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Virginia Mason Ranked No. 1 in Washington Health Alliance’s New Community Checkup Report

SEATTLE – (May 22, 2020) – Virginia Mason is No. 1 in the Washington Health Alliance’s new Community Checkup ranking of commercially insured medical groups with four or more providers for overall performance across a range of quality measures.

The Community Checkup empowers consumers to compare the performance of health care providers with each other, state averages and national benchmarks for categories spanning asthma care to well-child visits. 

“Virginia Mason’s standing in the Community Checkup report is a testament to the focus on quality and safety across our organization,” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO. “Our team’s commitment to excellence distinguishes Virginia Mason and is making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

The 2019 report, released in April, states that “consistency in performance deserves special note” in recognizing that Virginia Mason is one of a select few organizations to be in the top five every year since 2015.

Also, Memorial Physicians LLC at Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima is No. 6 among the approximately 100 commercially insured medical groups included in the Community Checkup ranking.

The Alliance uses as many as 31 measures to evaluate and rank the performance of medical groups, with separate rankings for commercially insured and Medicaid-insured. The Community Checkup includes information from the Common Measure Set for Health Care Quality and Cost, as well as additional quality measures on ambulatory and inpatient care. Measures focus on access to primary care (i.e., are children and adults visiting a primary care doctor at least once a year?); acute care (i.e., are hospitals doing all they can to promote patient safety and the best outcomes for patients?); prevention (i.e., are patients getting health screenings and immunizations they need to stay healthy?); and chronic care (i.e., are patients with chronic conditions getting care from their doctor that is recommended to help them manage their health?).

The Community Checkup brings together data-based results for 1,978 clinics, 376 medical groups, 123 hospitals, 16 health plans and 39 counties. It also provides an overview of statewide variation in quality performance; medical group variation on certain preventive care and health screenings; a special highlight on colorectal cancer screening in Washington state; and a review of Washington state health care spending.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

Carole E. Peet chosen as the new CEO of Virginia Mason Memorial

After an extensive national search, Carole E. Peet has been named the new CEO of Virginia Mason Memorial. Peet, who succeeds Russ Myers, will join the VMM team Feb. 3.

Carole has an extensive background in improving the patient experience while increasing both staff and patient satisfaction. She comes to Virginia Mason Memorial from Arizona, where she served as executive vice president of Northern Arizona Healthcare and chief administrative officer of Verde Valley Medical Center. Learn more »

Virginia Mason Memorial to offer elective angioplasty services beginning January 2020

Virginia Mason Memorial is pleased to announce that the Washington State Department of Health has granted VMM a certificate of need to perform elective PCIs (percutaneous coronary intervention). VMM expects to begin offering this service in January 2020.

VMM has long been providing PCI services to patients in our community on an emergency basis, performing more than 2,200 procedures since 2001. Learn more »

Virginia Mason Memorial President and CEO Russ Myers to retire in early 2020

After a career of more than 30 years of service at Virginia Mason Memorial, President and CEO Russ Myers will retire in early 2020.

Russ began his career at the hospital originally known as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in 1989 as a management analyst. His innovative thinking, hard work and dedication earned him increased responsibility and promotions to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and then Senior Vice President in 2011. He has served as the President and CEO of Virginia Mason Memorial since January 2014. Learn more »

COVID-19 News & Announcements

New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

Learn more about joining one of our providers for a Telehealth visit »

COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035


There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Elective Surgeries

Based on directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Virginia Mason Memorial is postponing elective surgeries and procedures.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm