Newswise — SEATTLE - (Feb. 25, 2015) – Today, Virginia Mason announced it has received the Healthgrades 2015 America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second straight year.

The distinction makes Virginia Mason one of the top 2 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its consistent, year-over-year superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Virginia Mason is the only hospital in the Seattle area to receive the honor.

“We are very proud to receive this recognition again,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “It is the direct result of our team’s dedication to providing the highest quality care possible for our patients while maintaining an unwavering commitment to safety.”

From 2011 through 2013, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients, as a group, had a 26.4 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals. During this same period, if all other hospitals performed at the level of America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ recipients across these 19 procedures and conditions, 172,626 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated at a hospital that has achieved the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award™ had, on average, a 29.3 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure than if treated at a hospital that did not receive the award.

According to Healthgrades, Virginia Mason is among hospitals with some of the best quality care across at least 21 of 32 common inpatient conditions and procedures evaluated by Healthgrades over a period of at least three years. “The Healthgrades analysis shows that not all hospitals perform equally, so it is important that consumers do their homework when selecting a hospital,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care over an extended period of time.” Earlier this year, Virginia Mason received Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the fifth consecutive year, positioning it to be designated as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals.

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award ™ recipients, visit

About Virginia MasonVirginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety.

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