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 Joint Commission and 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]

Current Operations[edit]

The hospital offers the following services: [4]

  • Stroke (Primary Stroke Center)
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Surgical Services)
  • Neurosurgery (Surgical Services)
  • Cardiac Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Nuclear Medicine (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Ophthalmology (Surgical Services)
  • Cardiovascular Unit (Inpatient)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Coronary Care Unit (Inpatient)
  • Orthopedic/Spine Unit (Inpatient)
  • CT Scanner (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Outpatient Clinics (Outpatient)
  • Dialysis Unit (Inpatient)
  • Plastic Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Ear/Nose/Throat Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • EEG/EKG/EMG Lab (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) (Inpatient)
  • Gastroenterology (Surgical Services)
  • Radiation Oncology (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • GI or Endoscopy Lab (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Sleep Laboratory (Sleep Laboratory)
  • Gynecological Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Surgical ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
  • Hematology/Oncology Unit (Inpatient)
  • Surgical Unit (Inpatient)
  • Inpatient Unit (Inpatient)
  • Teleradiology (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Interventional Radiology (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Thoracic Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Transplant Surgery (Surgical Services)
  • Medical /Surgical Unit (Inpatient)
  • Ultrasound (Imaging/Diagnostic Services)
  • Medical ICU (Intensive Care Unit)
  • Urology (Surgical Services)
  • Neuro/Spine Unit (Inpatient)
  • Vascular Surgery (Surgical Services)


Virginia Mason Hospital was established in 1920 as an 80-bed hospital with offices for six physicians.[5]

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 [6]


The hospital added an adjacent 250,000 square-foot, 7-story building named the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion, which opened in 2011. It houses a new Emergency Department on the 7th floor, Intensive Care Unit, and procedure and operating rooms. Also added is the ability to isolate floors to contain any outbreaks of infectious diseases.[7]

The expansion was needed as some of its current facilities are vulnerable to earthquakes.[8]


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.[9] 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. ^ The Joint Commission (2014). "Quality Check". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Virginia Mason, Hospital, Medical Center and Clinics in Seattle, Washington". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Medical Firsts, New Treatments & Innovations | Virginia Mason Medical Center". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  7. ^ "VM’s Addition Named the Floyd & Delores Jones Pavilion". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  8. ^ "Virginia Mason Main Campus Addition". Virginia Mason Hospital. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "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