June Altaras receives Seattle Business magazine’s Outstanding Health Care Executive Award

March 17, 2016

Swedish Medical Center is pleased to share that June Altaras, Swedish Seattle Chief Executive and System Chief Executive for Acute Care, has been named Seattle Business magazine's Outstanding Health Care Executive for the Puget Sound Region as part of the magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards. 

Seattle Business magazine's Outstanding Health Care Executive award is a recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors champions for change who are compassionate visionaries who believe in better patient care.

As chief executive of acute care for the Swedish Health Services system, June Altaras guides her team to deliver the most efficient, effective and reliable care in Swedish hospitals by working directly with chief executives at each campus.

With more than 31 years in health care, she also leads a newly formed system acute care operations council. In addition, Altaras serves as chief executive of Swedish Seattle, which includes the Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses, overseeing operations at Swedish’s two largest hospital facilities. 

Throughout her career June has worked to empower nurses on her teams to take ownership and leadership in their work, lead patient care improvement processes, and improve their work environment.

“Transforming health care is like rebuilding the plane while flying it,” Altaras explains. “Yet what we are rebuilding isn’t a thing; it’s people’s health and lives. This is a very important and significant challenge.”

June serves on the board of several Seattle-based organizations including Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington School of Nursing, the Northwest Healthcare Response Network and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

For more information, visit: http://swedishnw.org/1oTQVdd.