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Virginia Mason Medical Center’s quality of patient care cited by HealthGrades’ 11th Annual Hospital Quality in America Study

SEATTLE (Oct. 14, 2008) — Virginia Mason Medical Center today announced it has received five-star ratings for the quality of five service areas by HealthGrades, the health-care ratings company. They are:

  • Treatment of sepsis
  • Treatment of pneumonia (six years in a row)
  • Treatment of bowel obstruction (four years in a row)
  • Joint replacement (six years in a row)
  • Total knee replacement (six years in a row)

VM was also ranked in the top five in Washington state for GI medical treatment.

"This recognition confirms that the organizational focus to be the leader in quality and patient safety is bringing great results," says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO. "As with our recent Leapfrog award, this recognition reflects on the effectiveness and success of our Virginia Mason Production System, and the commitment and hard work of the entire staff of VM."

The findings were included in the 11th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation's approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals. According to the study, patients treated at the nation's top-rated hospitals have a 70 percent lower chance of dying compared to the lowest-rated hospitals across 17 common procedures and conditions, ranging from heart attack and pneumonia care to respiratory failure.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country, allowing individuals to research and compare local health-care providers.

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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