SEATTLE, May 12, 2009 – Swedish Medical Center CEO Rod Hochman, M.D., was recently honored for the second consecutive year by Modern Healthcare as part of the nationally distributed magazine's fifth-annual '50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare' recognition effort. In 2008, he was No. 48. This year, Hochman's ranking moved up to No. 11.
In describing this recognition, the magazine's editorial staff wrote, "They are more than peace-keeping middlemen between the administration and the medical staff. They are the medical architects of not just their own health-care organizations but the United State's future health-care system. These physician executives are playing key roles in controlling costs, expanding access and improving quality."
According to magazine staff, readers submitted more than 4,300 nominations from Dec. 8, 2008 to Jan. 9 2009. The final ballot was based on those nominations. Voting began Jan. 26 and ended March 6, with more than 27,600 votes cast during that period. The 50 physicians who received the most votes made the final list, with the ranking determined by the number of votes received.
Hochman assumed his role as CEO at Swedish in April 2007. In his role, he is tasked with leading Swedish on multiple fronts. These long-term priorities include implementing a state-of-the-art clinical information system, spearheading the organization's long-term strategic planning process, solidifying Swedish's leadership role in clinical and service quality, continuing to develop and enhance key service lines, as well as helping strengthen Swedish's culture of philanthropy and leading a major fund-raising campaign.
Before joining Swedish, Hochman had been executive vice president of Sentara Healthcare – a major medical system with seven acute-care hospitals, 1,722 beds and 17,000 employees based in Norfolk, Va. – since 2004. In that role, he was responsible for the operation of five hospitals, as well as the organization's medical group, legal and corporate compliance divisions. Prior to that position, he had served as Sentara's chief medical officer and senior vice president since 1998. Before joining Sentara, Dr. Hochman held numerous executive-level positions during five years with Cincinnati-based Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and he spent nearly 10 years with Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pa.
His medical background is in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, and he has served as a Clinical Fellow in Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School.
In addition, Dr. Hochman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is the recipient of the 2001 Physician Executive Award of Excellence, sponsored by Modern Physician magazine, and under his leadership, 569-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital won the American Hospital Association's prestigious Quest for Quality national award in 2002.
He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and his bachelor's from Boston University.
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of about 40 primary-care and specialty clinics. 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, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org