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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
Gale.Robinette@VirginiaMason.org

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 »