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Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

By Sara Weiss, MD Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center According to the American Heart Association’s latest statistics, it affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with the malady. Unfortunately, though, this common condition was given […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, announced today the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospitals award, which the group awards to hospitals with that meets its quality and safety standards. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and high-risk procedures, and lower readmission rates, the […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

Downgraded accreditation triggered state, federal investigation at Virginia Mason | Puget Sound Business Journal

A regulatory agency’s decision to downgrade Virginia Mason Medical Center’s accreditation status earlier this month because of issues with quality and safety standards prompted a dual state and federal investigation. Virginia Mason has already taken corrective action to fix the issues raised, but the Washington state Department of Health says “there is an ongoing investigation, […]

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

From Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality “A string of bad news at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle continues this week as the Joint Commission denied the hospital full accreditation after a surprise review in May revealed noncompliance with 29 standards, according to The Seattle Times. The accreditation announcement follows news of a possible […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Risk for hepatitis B exposure in Virginia Mason dialysis unit low – Public Health – Seattle & King County

Risk for hepatitis B exposure in Virginia Mason dialysis unit low – Public Health – Seattle & King County

Today, Virginia Mason Medical Center notified the public about a lapse in recommended hepatitis B screening and isolation procedures for patients who had received care in their dialysis unit. Public Health – Seattle & King County conducted an investigation into the risk to patients and staff at Virginia Mason.

June 18, 2016 | By | Reply More