Virginia Mason Hospital

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Virginia Mason Hospital
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Hospital.jpg
Main entrance at Seneca St. and Terry Ave.
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Care system Private
Funding Non-profit hospital
Emergency department Yes
Beds 336
Founded 1920
Lists Hospitals in Washington

Virginia Mason Hospital is a 336-bed teaching hospital in Seattle, Washington, part of the Virginia Mason Medical Center. The hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).[1] Founded in 1920, the hospital operates several accredited residency programs that train newly graduated physicians.


The hospital is known for its programs to reduce healthcare operating costs.[2] Gary Kaplan, CEO of Virginia Mason, took his entire hospital leadership staff to Toyota’s factories in Japan in 2002 to study methods of improving efficiency.[3] In the last year with data available, Virginia Mason Hospital had 22,722 emergency room visits, 15,543 admissions, performed 7,267 inpatient surgeries and 9,973 outpatient surgeries.[1]


Virginia Mason Hospital was established in 1920 as an 80-bed hospital with offices for six physicians.[4]

Staff at the hospital have been among the first to introduce a number of new treatments and innovations, including:

  • The first use of deep therapy X-ray in 1937
  • The first use of cobalt cancer therapy in 1957
  • The first use of electromagnetic imaging in 1974
  • The first lithotripsy to treat kidney stones in 1985
  • The first use of teleradiology to treat off-site patients in 1995 [5]


The hospital is currently adding an adjacent 250,000 square-foot, 7-story building which will be named the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion. It will house a new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, and procedure and operating rooms. Also added will be the ability to isolate floors to contain any outbreaks of infectious diseases.[6]

The expansion is needed as some of its current facilities are vulnerable to earthquakes.[7] The hospital will begin transferring services to the new building in the second half of 2011.


The hospital is affiliated with several other hospitals and health care organizations in the region:

Graduate medical education[edit]

Virginia Mason Medical Center operates several residency training programs for newly graduated physicians (MD and DO). The residencies are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.[8] Programs include: anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, general surgery, and internal medicine.


  1. ^ a b "Virginia Mason Medical Center". US News & World Report. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Cherie Blac (2008-03-14). "To build a better hospital, Virginia Mason takes lessons from Toyota plants". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  3. ^ Bauman, Valerie (August 13, 2012). "Virginia Mason CEO Gary Kaplan: Learning management from Boeing, Japan". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "About Virginia Mason, Hospital, Medical Center and Clinics in Seattle, Washington". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Medical Firsts, New Treatments & Innovations | Virginia Mason Medical Center". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ "VM’s Addition Named the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Mason Main Campus Addition". Virginia Mason Hospital. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Graduate Medical Education". Virginia Mason Medical Center. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 47°36′37″N 122°19′38″W / 47.61028°N 122.32722°W / 47.61028; -122.32722