Leadership & Governance

All members of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, as well as all employees and hospital volunteers, are governed by a Code of Conduct and are subject to a Conflict of Interest policy.

Board of Trustees

Swedish Medical Center is governed by a board of trustees composed of community members who volunteer their time. The role of the board is to establish policy, promote performance improvement, provide for necessary resources, and provide for organizational management and planning. The board of trustees appoints a governance committee, which is responsible for identifying new board members and making recommendations to the board.

  • R. Omar Riojas, JD - chair, Swedish Health Services Board of Trustees
  • Robert Andrews
  • Meredith Baty
  • Rick Cantu
  • Diankha Linear, JD - chair, Finance and Capital Projects Committee
  • Mark Lowdermilk, M.D.
  • Monica Pool Knox, MBA
  • Tanya Sorensen, M.D.
  • Alvin Sturdivant, EdD
  • Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN - vice chair, Swedish Health Services Board of Trustees
  • Simone Vincent, MSN, RN, ARNP
  • Elizabeth Wako, M.D., MBA - interim president and chief executive officer, Swedish Health Services
  • Kathleen Wright 

Senior Leadership Team

The day-to-day management of all operations is the responsibility of Swedish's interim president and chief executive, Elizabeth Wako, M.D., MBA, and the chief officers who make up the senior leadership team.

  • Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., MPH, MBA - chief health equity officer
  • Kevin Brooks, MHA, FACHE - chief executive, North Division, Providence
  • Mike Denney - chief real estate officer
  • Keegan Fisher, MHA - chief human resources officer
  • Mary Beth Formby, MHA - regional chief financial officer
  • Kelly Guy - regional director, Community Health Investments
  • Karin Larson-Pollock, M.D., MBA, FACHE - chief quality officer, Puget Sound region
  • Michael Marshall, M.D. - chief executive, Physician Enterprise, Puget Sound and Washington/Montana regions
  • Mardia Shands, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer
  • Arooj Simmonds, M.D. - regional chief medical officer, Puget Sound region
  • Andrew B. Taylor, FACHE - chief strategy officer, Swedish Health Services and Washington/Montana
  • Elizabeth Wako, M.D., MBA - interim president and chief executive officer, Swedish Health Services

Foundation Board of Governors

The Swedish Medical Center Foundation reaches out to the community to secure resources in support of Swedish. Community volunteers who donate their time on the Foundation Board of Governors help to develop fundraising programs that are in alignment with the strategic priorities of Swedish, and assist with increasing community awareness of Swedish and its mission. Members of this board are selected by a Nomination Committee that identifies individuals to serve. Click here to learn more.