With Brown starting his new role in May, the Swedish Community Board named Marcel Loh as the interim chief executive effective today. Loh currently oversees Swedish’s suburban hospitals and community hospital affiliations.
A national search for a permanent chief executive will be launched immediately, and the Swedish board and medical staff leadership will help lead the recruitment and selection process working with the leadership of Providence Health & Services, which Swedish affiliated with in February 2012. External and internal candidates will be considered.
“Because Swedish is a well-respected institution with a national reputation, we believe we can attract the best and the brightest for this position,” said Swedish Community Board Chair Nancy Auer, M.D.
Brown, who has been with Swedish since 2000, stepped into the role of chief executive just over a year ago. With support from physicians and staff, as well as Swedish’s affiliation with Providence, Brown led an effort to improve quality while ensuring financial stability for Swedish. His other major accomplishments include the creation and growth of Swedish Medical Group, the re-development of Swedish/Ballard, the opening of a new hospital in Issaquah, Wash., and the development of an innovative ambulatory care strategy.
“When you have highly talented individuals on your team, there is always a chance that other organizations will approach them with the right opportunity at just right time in their professional and personal lives. While we are sad to see Kevin leave, we know this is a wonderful opportunity for him and his family,” said Dr. Auer.
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In early 2012, Swedish affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a not-for-profit Catholic health-care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. The affiliation expanded both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, www.twitter.com/swedish or www.providence.org.
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