Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Dr. Kaplan has served on the board since 2007.
IHI is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., that focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care by promoting the adoption of best practices and effective innovations.
The Institute was founded by Dr. Donald Berwick, a leading proponent of evidence-based medicine who recently served as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Obama Administrations.
The Institute has become known as a leader in health-care quality improvement.
Virginia Mason Medical Center’s involvement with IHI began in 1989 – two years before it was formally incorporated as IHI
Over the years, Virginia Mason has participated in a number of IHI projects, including:
- The Breakthrough Series: IHI’s Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement
- The Idealized Design initiatives
Dr. Kaplan has served as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center and the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He received a medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board certified in internal medicine.