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National Recognition for Patient Safety Awarded to Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Nov. 6, 2023

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health hospitals recognized for outstanding patient safety with five ‘A’ grades in Fall 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Report

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) continues to lead the way in patient safety, with five of its hospitals earning 'A' safety grades in the Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Grade Report by Leapfrog Group. This recognition reaffirms their unwavering commitment to patient safety and the delivery of high-quality care in the Pacific Northwest.

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle proudly stands as the only hospital in Washington state and one of a select few nationwide to consistently achieve straight A's since the inception of the Hospital Safety Grade program in 2012.

"We take great pride in this national recognition for our health system’s steadfast commitment to elevating quality and safety standards for our communities," stated Ketul J. Patel, CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. “Amid the ongoing challenges in the healthcare industry, we owe it to our patients to also seek opportunities for improvement and I am both proud and inspired by our team's tireless dedication to delivering top-notch care while prioritizing the highest levels of patient safety.”

The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Report includes:

  • Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle – A
  • St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor – A
  • St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way – A
  • St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma – A
  • St. Michael Medical Center, Silverdale – A
  • St. Anne Hospital, Burien – B
  • St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood – C

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on the prevention of hospital medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system – A, B, C, D or F – is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

About Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is an integrated health system serving the Puget Sound region, offering access to some of the country’s most prestigious experts and hospitals that are internationally known for superior quality. With a team of 18,000 team members, including nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers, we unite the brightest health care minds in the region to provide world-class clinical excellence at 10 hospitals and nearly 300 sites of care throughout the Puget Sound area. We are proud to be the home of 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, and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research. We embrace our community’s uniquely vibrant, active culture by providing holistic, personalized and patient-centered care. We are committed to caring for the most vulnerable in our communities, especially the poor and underserved, providing more than $300 million in community benefit – free, subsidized, and reduced cost health care and programs.

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