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  • Virginia Mason Named a Top U.S. Hospital for 11th Straight Year

    December 8, 2016

    For the 11th consecutive year, The Leapfrog Group today named Virginia Mason a Top Hospital based on its evaluation of quality and safety at medical centers across the nation. The Top Hospital award is based on results of Leapfrog’s annual hospital survey, which measures performance on patient safety and quality and focuses on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and the hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors. Virginia Mason is the only facility in the nation to be designated a Top Hospital every year since the recognition program began in 2006. Also, Virginia Mason is the only recipient of the 2016 Top Hospital award in Washington. “The Top Hospital award from The Leapfrog Group is another affirmation of our team members’ focus on quality and safety, and on creating a remarkable patient experience,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “The attributes of teamwork, integrity, excellence and service guide our work every day and ensure we are on the right path.” Established in 2000 by large employers and other health care purchasers, the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group is a non-profit coalition driving a movement for giant leaps forward in health care quality, safety and transparency. Members of the coalition include several Fortune 100 companies. National and regional health plans use Leapfrog hospital results to power decision-support tools for their members, and regional coalitions use the data to activate their communities around safety and quality. See the Top Hospital award recipients for 2016 at leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals ( http://www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals) .

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  • Virginia Mason Earns ‘A’ in National Hospital Safety Program

    November 21, 2016

    Virginia Mason has again earned an “A” in the national Hospital Safety Grade program, The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit patient safety watchdog, announced today. Virginia Mason has received the top grade all 10 times since the program began in 2012 and is the only medical center in Seattle to achieve this. Leapfrog issues its safety grades twice a year. “Earning straight ‘As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to a hospital’s ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. The grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. “Our passion for making medical care safer has been recognized often by outside organizations that evaluate our industry,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “I am proud of this latest recognition by The Leapfrog Group. It is another affirmation that teams across our organization are focused on the right work and truly making a difference for our patients everywhere.” Visit http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/ to see the Leapfrog safety grades for hospitals in Seattle, the state and the nation.

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  • Virginia Mason named ‘Most Wired’ health system for fifth straight year

    November 21, 2016

    Virginia Mason today was named one of the “Most Wired” health systems in the nation for the fifth consecutive year by Hospital & Health Networks magazine, the publication of the American Hospital Association. The Most Wired Award, announced in the magazine’s July edition, recognizes organizations that are leaders in leveraging information technology to support clinical decisions, patient safety and the overall patient experience. “This recognition is a testament to the pursuit of excellence that distinguishes teams across our entire organization supporting IT solutions that improve the overall patient experience,” said Bill Poppy, senior vice president and chief information officer at Virginia Mason. Virginia Mason’s achievements in clinical information technology include a computerized physician order entry system, a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient electronic health record, comprehensive nursing documentation, a barcode system that ensures safe medication administration, and a secure online portal called MyVirginiaMason used by thousands of patients to view their lab results, renew prescriptions, securely message their providers and access to their personal medical information. Virginia Mason has received the Most Wired Award annually since 2012.

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  • Virginia Mason Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for Third Year

    March 2, 2016

    Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospital Award from Healthgrades, making this the third consecutive year it has earned this recognition for clinical quality. Virginia Mason ranks among the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance across a broad spectrum of care as measured by Healthgrades. Virginia Mason is also the only hospital in Washington State to receive the 2016 award from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. “I am proud of the commitment to excellence that distinguishes the care teams across our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are all here to improve the health and well-being of the patients we serve, and our dedication to quality and safety is why Virginia Mason is a national leader in health care.” Award winners are determined through Healthgrades’ independent evaluation of clinical outcomes for Medicare patients. From 2012 through 2014, patients treated at a hospital receiving this year’s award had, on average, a 26.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated at a hospital that did not receive the award, based on 19 rated procedures and conditions for which in-hospital mortality was the outcome. During this same period, if all hospitals had performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other award recipients, an estimated 170,699 lives could potentially have been saved, according to Healthgrades. “Our analysis shows that there is tremendous variation in care, so it’s important for consumers to carefully research and choose a hospital,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for delivering exceptional clinical outcomes that help them stand out from their peers in terms of overall clinical performance.” Healthgrades evaluates clinical outcomes for 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures at more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States annually. No hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated. Mortality and complication rates are risk-adjusted, which takes into account differing levels of severity of patient illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared equally. The 100 Best Hospitals Award follows the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence that Virginia Mason received from Healthgrades in January. In that recognition, Virginia Mason earned five stars, the most possible, for the treatment of several conditions, including heart failure, stroke and pneumonia.

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  • Virginia Mason Receives Clinical Excellence Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

    January 29, 2016

    Virginia Mason announced today it has received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals in the United States. As an award recipient, Virginia Mason ranks among the top 5 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades. It is the only hospital in Washington state to receive the award six consecutive years (2011-2016). “This honor is a result of the steadfast commitment of our physicians, nurses and other clinical team members to providing our patients the highest quality care every day,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. From 2012 through 2014 (the study period for the 2016 award), patients treated at Virginia Mason and the other 259 hospitals that earned the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, an overall 26.5 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in a hospital that did not receive the award, according to Healthgrades. “Unfortunately, not all hospitals perform equally when it comes to clinical outcomes, so it’s important that consumers do their research in order to find the right care,” said Healthgrades Chief Strategy Officer Evan Marks. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to high quality care to accomplish these results.” If all hospitals performed at the level of Virginia Mason and the other Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence award winners, an estimated 158,858 lives could potentially have been saved, according to Healthgrades. “Virginia Mason is distinguished by the focus on improving all aspects of care, from service to outcomes to safety, at every touch point for every patient across the organization,” Dr. Kaplan said. “The primary reason we are here is to improve the health and well-being of the individuals who entrust us with their care.” Kirkland-based Evergreen Health, with which Virginia Mason has a strategic partnership, also received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. To be eligible for the award, a hospital must be evaluated by Healthgrades for its performance in at least 21 of 32 most common procedures and conditions. The evaluation is based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data files. Healthgrades evaluates clinical performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt in or opt out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.