10 Things to Know About Virginia Mason Medical Center

Nestled within the Emerald City, Virginia Mason Medical Center has become one of the most established hospitals on the West Coast, with the clinical accolades and historical milestones to back up its record.

Here are 10 things to know about Seattle-based Virginia Mason Medical Center, according to its website.

1. Gary Kaplan, MD, has served as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center and its parent organization, Virginia Mason Health System, since 2000. He is a practicing internal medicine physician.

2. Sue Anderson is Virginia Mason Medical Center's CFO. She also serves as CIO and has overseen several of the hospital's major IT initiatives.

3. Virginia Mason Medical Center is licensed for 336 beds.

4. Virginia Mason Medical Center has more than 5,200 staff members and more than 440 employed physicians. Roughly 200 volunteers also help the hospital annually.

5. In 2011, Virginia Mason Medical Center recorded roughly $1.55 billion in total revenue, according to the American Hospital Directory. Net income equaled $42.8 million for a 2.8 percent profit margin.

6. In 2010, the hospital had more than 17,000 inpatient visits and performed more than 15,300 total surgical procedures. Virginia Mason Medical Center also saw more than 834,000 physician visits.

7. The Leapfrog Group named Virginia Mason Medical Center as the "Top Hospital of the Decade" in 2010. Only one other hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, received the distinction. Virginia Mason also received several 2012 awards from HealthGrades, including the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.

8. Virginia Mason Medical Center was founded as an 80-bed hospital in 1920. It was named after the daughters of two of the physician founders, both named Virginia Mason. Tate Mason, MD, one of the founders, had a daughter named Virginia, while John Blackford, MD, had a daughter named Virginia Mason Blackford.

9. In 2010, it became the first medical center on the West Coast to offer isolated limb infusion for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.

10. Virginia Mason Medical Center was the first hospital west of the Mississippi River to give an electrocardiogram and to use insulin to treat diabetes.

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