Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Hospital and Pavilions.jpg
A view of Virginia Mason Medical Center from 9th Ave. and Seneca St.
Geography
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Coordinates 47°36′37″N 122°19′38″W / 47.61028°N 122.32722°W / 47.61028; -122.32722Coordinates: 47°36′37″N 122°19′38″W / 47.61028°N 122.32722°W / 47.61028; -122.32722
Organization
Funding Non-profit hospital
History
Founded 1920
Links
Website virginiamason.org
Lists Hospitals in Washington

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a private, non-profit organization located in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Organization[edit]

Virginia Mason Medical Center is organized into a "system of integrated health services:"[1]

Virginia Mason is affiliated with Evergreen Healthcare, Group Health Cooperative, Pacific Medical Centers, and St. Francis Hospital.[1]

Virginia Mason also engages in philanthropic efforts through its Virginia Mason Foundation, under the guidance of a community board.[1]

History[edit]

Virginia Mason Medical Center was founded in 1920 by three physicians: John M. Blackford, James Tate Mason, and Maurice Dwyer; it was named after the daughters of Blackford and Mason.[1] Two years later it created its own school of nursing, which became affiliated with the University of Washington in 1957.[3]

In 1960, Alan E. Nourse, who was an intern at Virginia Mason, wrote The Intern;[3] it was published by Harper & Row in 1965, under the pseudonym "Doctor X".[4]

In 1985, Virginia Mason installed the first lithotripter in the Pacific Northwest.[3]

In 2002, Virginia Mason spearheaded an effort to improve patient safety and quality of care by adopting the Toyota Production System (TPS) to health care. Named the Virginia Mason Production System, Virginia Mason was the first health care institution to implement the TPS philosophy throughout the institution. The two main tenets of this system are to minimize waste through just-in-time production and eliminate defects in the system by empowering staff to "stop the line" whenever they detect a patient safety or quality problem. The problem is then analyzed and a solution tested out in a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop. VMPS is reported to have saved the institution $12 to 15 million over the course of six years.[5] Their efforts have resulted in Virginia Mason consistently being named Leapfrog Group's top hospitals, and one of two top hospitals of the decade in 2010.[6]

In 2007, the Seattle Seahawks named their new training facility on Lake Washington the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, as "part of a broad Seattle Seahawks and Virginia Mason partnership to support the health and well-being of our community."[7]

In 2008, Virginia Mason Medical Center established a breast clinic staffed by nurse practitioners to provide comprehensive testing and interpretation services such as breast examinations, mammography, and ultrasound to reduce unnecessary imaging studies and physician visits.[8]

In 2012, Virginia Mason joined Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Mercy Hospital Springfield, and Scott & White Memorial Hospital as a preferred provider in Walmart's "Center of Excellence" employee healthcare program, as a specialist in cardiac procedures, including "coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve replacement/repair, closures of heart defects, thoracic and aortic aneurysm repair"[9]

In 2014, the medical center announced that it will offer bundled payments and warranties for total hip and total knee replacements for self-insured employers and private insurers. [10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About Virginia Mason". Virginia Mason Medical Center. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Our History". Virginia Mason Medical Center. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ Doctor X (1965). Intern. Harper & Row. OCLC 236622. 
  5. ^ https://www.virginiamason.org/home/workfiles/clinicians/Winter_Contact_2008.pdf
  6. ^ "The Leapfrog Group Announces Top Hospitals of the Decade". Leapfrog Group. November 30, 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  7. ^ "VMAC". seahawks.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Nurse Practitioner–Staffed Clinic Offers Same-Day, Comprehensive Appointments to Patients With Breast Symptoms, Leading to Faster Diagnosis and Lower Costs". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Free Cardiac And Spine Surgery For Walmart Employees At Six Hospitals". Forbes. October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Seattle hospital offers warranty on hip, knee replacements". September 10, 2014. 

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