Swedish Board Appoints Physician as New Interim Chief Executive

February 21, 2017


The Swedish Board of Trustees today named R. Guy Hudson, M.D., as interim chief executive of Swedish Health Services following a personal decision by Tony Armada to resign from the role.

Dr. Hudson brings a dual perspective as both a physician and health care executive, Swedish officials said. He has been with Swedish for 10 years, most recently serving as the chief of Physician Services for Western Washington. Dr. Hudson is a pediatric urologic surgeon with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. He earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, completed an internship and residency at Oregon Health and Science University and a fellowship at University of California at San Diego.

“We believe this is an important time to return to physician leadership,” Swedish Board Chairwoman Teresa Bigelow said. “Dr. Hudson is a well-respected leader in the medical community and is dedicated to our mission. His immediate next steps will be to strengthen relationships with our medical staff, as well as our caregivers and the community,” Bigelow said.

After a great deal of personal reflection, Armada told the board Monday he believes stepping down is in the best interest of the organization. Swedish board members express their deep gratitude to him for three and a half years of dedicated service to Swedish and the community.

“Tony created a strong culture of teamwork during a time of great change across the industry. He also put the needs of our patients and caregivers first and was deeply committed to quality, affordability and access for all,” Bigelow said.

Armada has an outstanding track record as a health care executive who started his career as a medical technologist. He has held top positions at Kaiser Permanente, Henry Ford Health System and Advocate Health Care prior to joining Swedish Health Services. He has also been named among Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives. He will work with the leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.

About Swedish

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, 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. In 2015, Swedish provided more than $175 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.