Virginia Mason honored as top hospital in Northwest

September 14, 2010

By Staff

Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center again received the highest overall score of any reporting hospital in the Northwest in the 2010 Leapfrog Group Survey.

Virginia Mason also scored the highest in Washington in high-risk treatment safety ratings and overall patient safety ratings among all reporting hospitals.

Virginia Mason has an Issaquah clinic at 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

The latest results follow last December’s Leapfrog announcement that Virginia Mason was one of only 37 hospitals and eight children’s hospitals to be named to its prestigious Top Hospitals list.

Virginia Mason fully met Leapfrog standards in 11 of 16 categories. Virginia Mason rated in the highest quartile in all four of the survey’s measures for cost of care, including heart bypass surgery, heart angioplasty, heart attack and pneumonia. Virginia Mason also is in the top quartile for Leapfrog’s “steps to avoid harm” ratings, which includes such practices as hand hygiene, reducing catheter-related infections, reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia, preventing urinary tract infections, and assessing and preventing blood clots.

See complete survey results and compare hospitals at www.leapfroggroup.org.

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