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.
LocationSeattle, Washington, United States
Care systemPrivate
FundingNon-profit hospital
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals 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.


The hospital documented infections with carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae between November 2012 and March 2014, and in November 2013 officially confirmed an outbreak. Infections were linked to duodenoscopes, an endoscope used during a gastroenterology procedure called ERCP that enters the mouth, passes the stomach and ends in the duodenum. An abstract submitted to an infectious-disease society conference was presented in October 2014.[10] CBS reported that at least 35 patients fell ill and 11 died, but it was not clear how much could be attributed to the bacteria, because "most patients who underwent the procedure already were critically ill with colon or pancreatic cancer".[11]

In June 2016, Virginia Mason was denied full accreditation after an inspection by the Joint Commission determined that the hospital was failing compliance in 29 of its standards.[12] However, Virginia Mason remains accredited pending a follow-up review by the Joint Commission, and at no time did it lose accreditation.[13]


  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" (PDF). Virginia Mason Hospital. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Graduate Medical Education". Virginia Mason Medical Center. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  10. ^ JoNel Aleccia (February 3, 2015). "After Virginia Mason superbug, Patty Murray urges FDA action". Seattle Times. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Deadly superbug infected patients at Seattle hospital". CBS. CBS Interactive Inc. January 22, 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  12. ^ Aleccia, JoNel (June 21, 2016). "Virginia Mason is denied full accreditation after lapses". The Seattle Times. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "Page Not Found - Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA".

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