The 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards: Medical Group Performance

Ranking Washington’s Best Providers
In a partnership with the Washington Health Alliance (WHA), Seattle Business magazine this year selected one category from the WHA’s annual Community Checkup ranking of health care organizations and looked at the overall performance of the medical groups serving commercially insured patients. The top two finishers are profiled below. 

Group Health Cooperative

Group Health, a member-governed, nonprofit health care system that recently became a part of Kaiser Permanente, has received high marks for its effective use of preventive medicine to keep people from getting sick and occupational services to get employees back to work as quickly as possible. It ranks high in making sure patients receive the tests they need while avoiding unnecessary procedures that lead to high costs and poor health. Group Health scored above the national 90th percentile on breast cancer screenings, eye exams and kidney screenings for diabetes, monitoring patients on high blood pressure medicine, and avoiding antibiotics for bronchitis and for children with upper respiratory infections. Founded in 1947 and based in Seattle, Group Health as part of Kaiser Permanente will continue to serve more than 600,000 residents of Washington and northern Idaho.
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason, long known for its use of the quality improvement system pioneered by Toyota to improve every area of operation, finished second in the WHA’s ranking on performance measures for the commercially insured, scoring at or above the national 90th percentile on six measures, including breast cancer screenings, eye exams and kidney screens for people with diabetes, monitoring patients on high blood pressure medicine and avoiding antibiotics. Established in 1920, Virginia Mason began as an 80-bed hospital with six physicians. The founders’ vision was to provide a single place where patients could receive comprehensive medical care — a “one-stop shopping” resource for virtually any medical problem or need.

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