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Virginia Mason Earns Highest Mark for Safety in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Program

Virginia Mason is the only medical center in Washington state -and one of the few in the nation - to have consistently received an A for safety in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade since the program began in 2012.

Healthgrades Names Virginia Mason Among Best in Nation for Cardiac Care, Five Other Specialties

Virginia Mason Medical Center was recognized by Healthgrades today as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals(tm) for cardiac care, coronary intervention, pulmonary care, general surgery, gastrointestinal care and critical care.

Virginia Mason Celebrates Team Creativity at Innovation Expo Oct. 18

At Virginia Mason Medical Center, all team members are encouraged to use resources of the organization's management system to develop, test and implement creative solutions to real and potential barriers. The best ideas will be celebrated at the annual Innovation Expo, Wednesday, Oct. 18, on the medical center's main campus.

Hospitals in Washington Regularly Hang up on Spanish Speakers Calling about Charity Care

4 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Hospitals are failing to provide charity care to those who need it most by Chetanya Robinson Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. According to a recent survey, this hospital hung up on a tester calling in Spanish, has charity care policies that go against state or federal law, and offers low charity care amounts. Show More Summary

Confessions of a Healthcare Super User

BY JEFF GOLDSMITH On July 17 of this year, I journeyed from Charlottesville Virginia, where I live, to Seattle to have my cervical spine rebuilt at Virginia Mason Medical Center, whose Neuroscience Institute has a national reputation for telling patients they don’t need surgery. It was my fifth complex surgical episode in 29 months, after

Rethinking rural hospitals

Via Journel of American Medical Association (JAMA) is an invitation us to keep looking at the plight of rural hospitals in light of decreasing rural population. Dr. Diana Mason writes: But other rural communities, home to nearly 20% of the US population, are not so fortunate. Since 2010, 78 of the more than 2150 rural nonspecialty […]

Virginia Mason Study Shows Team Method Prevents Overuse of Spinal Fusion Surgery

Patients diagnosed with lumbar degenerative spine disease are more likely to receive the right care when a team of experts representing multiple medical specialties collaborate in reviewing the patient's needs and determining the best treatment option.

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

SEATTLE - (Dec. 6, 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.

Chicago emergency room preps for big patient increase during World Series

last yearHumor / odd : Boing Boing

With a 20 percent increase in patients during the Major League Baseball playoff games in Chicago, the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is preparing for a very busy World Series weekend there. Of course they expect alcohol-related...Show More Summary

Linda J. Mason, M.D., Elected First Vice President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Linda J. Mason, M.D., director of pediatric anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California, today was named first vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Dr. Mason was elected at the ANESTHESIOLOGY(r) 2016 annual meeting in Chicago and will serve for one year.

Healthgrades: Virginia Mason Among Best in Nation for Five Service Lines

Virginia Mason Medical Center announced today it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Pulmonary Care, Critical Care, Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery.

If we don't act now, all future wars may be as horrific as Aleppo | Paul Mason

In the world’s war zones, medical facilities are being routinely bombed by Americans, Russians and Saudis. We need more than words from the UN to end this scandal A single day of fighting in June 1859, among the vineyards and villages near Lake Garda, left 40,000 Italian, French and Austrian soldiers dead or wounded. Show More Summary

Stop Virginia From Establishing Death Panels!

Nobody covers the field of futile care like Thaddeus Mason Pope. I disagree with him about nearly everything, but he really keeps track of what is going on.  His Medical Futility blog reports that Virginia’s Joint Commission on Health...Show More Summary

What’s Up at Virginia Mason Medical Center? Top Awards & Joint Commission Problems

I want to preface this post by saying it’s mostly about questions, not answers. I’ve had many readers and acquaintances ask me about what’s been going on at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. The short answer is: “I don’t know, other than anything I’ve read in the news.” I don’t have any inside connections […]

Virginia Mason Institute Brings Special Workshop to Philadelphia to Improve Patient Access, Quality

/PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Mason Institute, a nonprofit health care education organization, is hosting a special workshop in Philadelphia for medical professionals, clinic managers and clinical teams September 26-28, 2016. Led by health care improvement experts Dr. Show More Summary

This Feels Like The Future Is Coming Towards Us At Pretty High Speed.

I spotted these two reports last week. First:Telstra-backed haptic medical robots transmit doctors' touch from city to countryby Max Mason May 20 2016 at 12:58 PM Robots are on the verge of bridging the gap between the city-based doctors...Show More Summary

Cancer Survival Rates at Virginia Mason Rank Among Best in Nation, Statistics Show

Survival rates for patients treated for a variety of cancers at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle are among the best in the United States, recent national data shows.

Virginia Mason Earns 'A' for Patient Safety in National Hospital Safety Score Program

Virginia Mason Medical Center has received another "A" for patient safety in the national Hospital Safety Score program administered by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

Medication Error Sparks Team Engagement, Innovation and the Patient Safety Pursuit

/PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Mason Institute, a leading lean education resource for health care organizations, just released a new improvement story that outlines how a pharmaceutical error had a profound effect on a patient, leaders and staff -- and eventually the processes.

Virginia Mason Earns Outstanding Patient Experience Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Virginia Mason Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the fourth consecutive year and is the only hospital in Seattle and the Puget Sound area to reach this milestone.

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