April 11, 2016
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Leaders of Virginia Mason, Providence listed among nation's most influential health leaders

Two Washington health care leaders are among the most influential in the nation, according to the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders" list just published by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dr. Gary Kaplan, CEO of Virginia Mason, is number 11 on the list, which recognized his “pursuit of quality improvement.” Appropriately, this is his 11th year making the list, where he’s one of only three executives to make the list for 11 of the last year 12 years. (The only year he didn’t make the list was 2006.)

Dr. Rod Hochman, president and CEO of Providence Health & Services, came in at number 14. That’s up from 33 last year. The magazine said he was selected because of his pursuit of mergers and partnerships, including Providence’s pending link with St. Joseph Health in California and its partnership with the Institute for Systems Biology.

The Puget Sound Business Journal has more.

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