I joined the Swedish team a decade ago as a physician. I have seen this organization from the caregiver’s perspective, and I understand the enormous value and insights our physicians provide to Swedish and our patients every day.
I have learned that hospitals and health systems can be significantly strengthened when physicians serve as leaders in the organization and play active roles in management and governance.
Therefore, I am very proud to share that the Swedish Board of Trustees recently voted to add five new physician members to the Board. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Dr. Tanya Sorensen and Dr. Joel Wasserman will serve three-year terms as members of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Peggy Hutchison, the elected chief of the Unified Medical Staff, will serve as an ex officio member of the Board during her term of office; and Dr. Adam Corson and Dr. Janice Lew will join the Board’s Finance and Capital Projects Committee.
I applaud the Board of Trustees for taking this important step to strengthen physician representation in our governance. I am confident that adding new physician members in these roles will enable all of us to continue delivering on Swedish’s core promise: to provide everyone in our community the best possible care.