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SEATTLE - (April 15, 2008) - Virginia Mason Medical Center has been named a 2008 Alliance Innovation Award winner. The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) presents the award on an annual basis to its institutional members that best exemplify creative and innovative approaches to medical education and research that result in better patient outcomes. The institution selected for this prestigious honor must demonstrate an institution-wide change in one of the following categories:

  • The development and/or implementation of innovative medical education programs for residents, physicians and other staff, or
  • The development and/or application of scientific discoveries.

Virginia Mason was selected for its outstanding contribution to the 2007-08 AIAMC National Initiative: Improving Patient Care through GME. Virginia Mason was chosen to participate based upon its demonstrated leadership in utilizing graduate medical education as a key driver to improve quality, patient safety and the cost-effectiveness of care.

"Both the public and our profession acknowledge that quality and safety efforts are falling short, and many hospitals and health care systems are seeking rapid improvements in patient care," said Kimberly Pierce-Boggs, executive director of the AIAMC. "Those of us in academic medicine realize that residents play an important role in patient care at teaching institutions; however, residents are generally not visible in safety and quality efforts."

The National Initiative has created resident-driven quality improvement efforts shared across multiple programs and systems throughout the United States. Virginia Mason was honored for its key role in this successful venture, which has resulted in improved patient outcomes.

Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers
The Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers is a national membership organization made up of 60 major academic medical centers and health systems committed to quality patient care, medical education and research. AIAMC members regard medical education and research as strategic assets in providing patient-centered care; operate independently of medical school ownership or governance while maintaining major medical school affiliations; care for a patient population that mirrors their local communities; and provide teaching and research that is innovative, applicable to practice and community responsive.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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