Gary Kaplan, MD, to end his career as CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health after 22 years of nationally recognized leadership



Ketul J. Patel will continue to guide the growth and evolution of the patient-centered healthcare system as sole CEO of VMFH effective January 1, 2022

TACOMA, Wash. and SEATTLE, September 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – After 22 years of transformative leadership, Gary Kaplan, MD, announced today that he will be terminating his tenure as CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Kaplan is internationally recognized for adapting management principles from the automotive and manufacturing industries to healthcare settings to drive continuous improvement in quality, safety and the patient experience. Through the development of the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) methodology, Kaplan has brought Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) to national and international recognition as a leader in healthcare delivery, clinical performance and cost reduction through to waste reduction. Over the past year, Kaplan has served alongside Ketul J. Patel as CEO of the new Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) health system, where he was instrumental in expanding the impact of VMPS by integrating it as a new management system for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

Effective January 1, 2022, Patel will assume the role of unique CEO of VMFH and continue to position VMFH as an innovative national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction and will advance the healthcare system on its momentum to achieve growth and excellence. .

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve Virginia Mason and our Puget Sound communities, and I am deeply proud of the tremendous progress we have made in our first year as a new VMFH health system, including the system-wide launch of the Virginia Mason Production System, ”Kaplan said.“ As we enter this new chapter, I have no doubts that Ketul is the best-equipped person to lead VMFH over the next several years of growth and evolution. “

“Gary has had a legendary impact on healthcare not only in our region, but across the country,” said Patel, who is also president of the Pacific Northwest division for CommonSpirit Health. “We are deeply grateful for his leadership and his commitment to infuse the constant pursuit of quality and safety improvement into the fabric of who we are as VMFH.”

In 2022, for one year, Kaplan will serve as special advisor to Patel and senior vice president of CommonSpirit Health with a focus on quality, safety and patient experience. The transition from the CEO role will create a space of time with family after decades of contributing to the healthcare industry and enable Kaplan to promote quality, safety and the patient experience in CommonSpirit Health. He will continue to stay involved with the Virginia Mason Institute and lead trips to Japan train healthcare leaders in the methods of the Toyota production system.

“CommonSpirit Health will benefit from Gary’s extensive expertise, particularly in quality, patient safety and experience, and waste reduction to improve costs of care,” said Marvin O’Quinn, President and Chief Operating Officer of CommonSpirit Health. “We are proud of the progress underway at VMFH and look forward to the opportunity to continue building on the success of Virginia Mason’s proven quality management framework. Together, we can continue to raise the bar for high quality care in our 21 – state national network of mission-driven health care providers. “

Kaplan and Patel have been CEOs of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health (VMFH) since the health system was formed through the combination of Virginia Mason Health System and CHI Franciscan Health in January 2021. The partnership created a vast healthcare network comprising 11 hospitals, 200 clinics, 5,000 physicians and providers, and 18,000 team members. Adopting the Virginia Mason Production System Quality Principles and Continuous Improvement Framework throughout VMFH has been a key achievement of the first nine months of the system, and VMPS training is already underway across the organization with plans to fully train over 600 leaders. Armed with VMPS principles, teams are already at work to improve clinical-grade outcomes, elevate the patient experience, and reduce costs to provide more affordable patient care.

“Throughout our first year as Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the system has benefited from the joint leadership of Ketul and Gary,” said Dr. Uli chi, chairman of the board of directors of the VMFH. “Their collaboration at the helm of our system facilitated a smooth transition and allowed us all to learn from each other, share best practices, jointly define our new culture and advance our common goal of providing a exceptional service to our patients and communities. “

Prior to the formation of VMFH, Kaplan was CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) for 21 years. Under his leadership, VMMC was the first recipient of the Leapfrog Hospital of the Decade Award in 2010, 10 years after the US Institute of Medicine called for healthcare quality reform in its founding report, To err is human: building a safer healthcare system. The system has also received numerous awards, including the Top 50 Hospitals in the United States award from Healthgrades and Top Hospitals in United States from the Leapfrog group.

Kaplan’s influence in the healthcare industry has extended beyond VMMC and VMFH as a national and international thought leader, including chairing the board of directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, National Patient Safety Foundation, IHI Lucian Leape Institute, and Medical Group Management. Association. He also chaired the Greater Metropolitan Seattle Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Kaplan was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He has held numerous regional leadership and governance positions in the Pacific Northwest. He received the John Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and was honored with the first Steven schröder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO in 2018 in recognition of his courageous and ethical leadership in affordability and quality of healthcare. Kaplan has been recognized many times in the top 100 leaders in healthcare and 15 times as one of Modern healthcare Most influential clinical executives (most recently in 2020). Through the Virginia Mason Institute (VMI), the improvement model developed at Virginia Mason has been successfully shared with hundreds of healthcare organizations and leaders in the United States and around the world to drive innovation and excellence.

About Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is an integrated health system serving the Puget Sound area of Washington state, offering access to some of the country’s most prestigious experts and hospitals, internationally recognized for their superior quality. With a team of 18,000 members, including nearly 5,000 employed physicians and affiliated providers, we unite the brightest minds in healthcare in the region to deliver world-class clinical excellence in 11 hospitals and nearly 300 care sites in the Puget Sound area. We are proud to be home to Bailey-Boushay House, the premier nursing and chronic ambulatory care management program in United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people living with HIV / AIDS, and Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for research into autoimmune diseases. We embrace the unique vibrant and active culture of our community by providing holistic, personalized and patient-centered care. We are committed to caring for the most vulnerable in our communities, including the poor and underserved, by providing more $ 300 million for the benefit of the community – free, subsidized and low-cost health care and programs.

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health was established in 2021 by bringing together two major health systems in Washington state. Our family of hospitals includes Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle; Saint-Antoine Hospital, Concert port; Sainte-Claire Hospital, Lakewood; Sainte-Élisabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; Saint-François Hospital, Federal route; Saint-Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Saint-Michel medical center, Silverdale and Bremerton; Sainte-Anne Hospital, Burien; Rehabilitation hospital, Tacoma; and Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital, Tacoma. Learn more about

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