Swedish Adds Two New Board Members

Swedish Adds Two New Board Members

SEATTLE, Dec. 6, 2010 – Two experienced professionals have joined the Swedish Medical Center Board of Trustees.

“We are very pleased that people of this caliber will serve as Trustees,” said Nancy J. Auer, M.D., Board chair. “Health care is undergoing enormous change and clearly Swedish will benefit from their wisdom and expertise.”

Louise L. Liang, M.D., speaks, writes, and consults on a broad set of health-care issues including electronic information systems, quality, safety, service and practice design. From 2002 to 2009, she served as senior vice president of Quality and Clinical Systems Support for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, which provide health care and health benefit programs to more than eight million people. Dr. Liang oversaw Kaiser’s national quality agenda and led implementation of a $4+ billion organization-wide electronic health record and administrative systems.

Previously, Dr. Liang served as Board chair for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and she was chief operating officer and medical director of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound as well as the founding CEO and president of Group Health Permanente, the affiliated medical group. She has also served as chief operating officer of Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu and associate medical director of Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston. Dr. Liang served on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Panel of Judges in 1998 and 1999.

Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., has worked in higher education for 20 years and was appointed provost of Seattle University in July 2008. Previously, he was a professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago and served in key leadership positions, including chair of the Department of Psychology and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He is a well-published scholar in the areas of human sexuality and health promotion and his work has been nationally recognized with several awards, including two from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Crawford serves on the Board Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans and is former president of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Clinical Psychologists Licensing & Disciplinary Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation He is also a member of the Seattle Art Museum’s Education and Community Engagement Committee.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most
comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), an emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care, 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. For more information, visit www.swedish.org

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