Swedish Names Dr Charles Watts as New Interim Chief Medical Officer

April 25, 2017

In Another Key Appointment, Dr. Jon Younger to Serve as Interim Chief Executive of Swedish Medical Group

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Swedish announced today that Charles Watts, M.D., has been named interim chief medical officer for Swedish Health Services, overseeing all clinical activities for the system and providing leadership to Swedish medical staff including physicians and advance practice clinicians. 

Dr. Watts will work closely with medical staff leaders to ensure Swedish continues to maintain the highest quality of medical care for all patients.

Dr. Watts transitions to this role after serving as a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees, where he played a very active role in the quality and patient safety committee. Dr. Watts has also been an executive-in-residence at the Health Management Academy since 2012, serving as faculty and mentor for multiple activities: physician leadership program, CMO fellowship, and multiple collaboratives including population health, big data, and consumerism. Dr. Watts is also emeritus professor of medicine at Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University. 

From 2001 through 2011, Dr. Watts served as chief medical officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and associate dean at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. There he directed the quality and patient safety programs and was responsible for oversight and support of the clinical programs. During that period, NMH was recognized as a national leader in quality of care by the University Health System Consortium, Leapfrog and others. Prior to 2001, Dr. Watts served in the same roles at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

“As a Swedish board member, Dr. Watts has been entirely committed to our Swedish mission of improving the health and well-being of each person we serve,” said Dr. Guy Hudson, interim CEO of Swedish Health Services. “He brings a true passion for learning and continuous improvement that will transition well into this important senior medical leadership role.”


Swedish also announced that Jon Younger, M.D., has been chosen to serve as the new interim chief executive for Swedish Medical Group (SMG). He will work closely with SMG physician and administrative leaders to support the network of more than 180 primary and specialty care locations. 

During the past year, Dr. Younger worked closely with medical groups throughout Providence to improve clinical quality and provider engagement, and to encourage collaboration between the specialty care institutes and primary care. Dr. Younger has served in a number of leadership and administrative positions at Swedish, including chief medical officer of SMG. He has been a member of the Swedish Medical Staff for more than 25 years. 

“Dr. Younger’s emphasis on partnership and collaboration has strengthened relationships across Swedish and helped us to continue to provide the highest quality and most innovative care for our primary and specialty care patients,” said Dr. Hudson. “We look forward to his ongoing leadership and the experience he’ll bring to our medical group.”