Swedish Names Margo Bykonen, RN, as Chief Nurse Officer

March 24, 2015

Swedish Health Services announced Margo Bykonen, RN, will be taking the role of Chief Nursing Officer for Swedish Health Services. In her new position, Margo will play an integral role in executing Swedish’s strategic nursing plan and furthering its mission to improve the health and well-being of patients. Margo will have a dual role, maintaining her duties as Swedish First Hill Nurse Executive as she assumes the Chief Nursing Officer position.

Margo has a deep understanding of Swedish with 33 years of service to the system. She began her career at Swedish Medical Center in 1982 as an RN in the gynecological surgery unit caring for post-operative patients. From there, she became a nursing care specialist in home hospice before spending the next nine years as the HIV/AIDS program director. Margo was responsible for overseeing all care and services for HIV/AIDS patients and worked with community organizations to improve care options.

From 1997-2010, Margo served as a nurse manager responsible for three inpatient departments including nephrology, urology and transplant and was responsible for managing the palliative care consult service. In 2010, she took on the role of nursing director for acute care services with system-wide responsibilities for dialysis, IV and palliative care. Next, Margo was administrative director of nursing and took on the additional responsibility of managing the emergency departments at both Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish First Hill. For the past three years, Margo held the nurse executive role at Swedish First Hill managing all inpatient units and the emergency department.

Margo is passionate about Swedish’s Culture of Safety and is a role model to the system in leading these efforts. Margo earned both her master’s degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Washington.