“These new additions to our team do outstanding work in their respective fields and, as important, share the Swedish true north - putting our patients and community first," said Dr. Hudson. "Each of these leaders brings expertise, passion and a commitment to support our people as they care for our patients every day. When choosing the best fits for these key roles, we felt it important that they appreciate our 107-year old legacy, but also help us think innovatively on how we deliver the best health care today and in the future.”
Chief Operating Officer
Jeffery “JR” Robert has been named Swedish Chief Operating Officer (COO), working with current leaders to oversee all operations for Swedish Medical Group, Swedish Medical Centers, and our Swedish Institutes. JR transitions to this role from his previous position as chief operating officer of Swedish Issaquah, where he has served over the past year.
As COO for Swedish, JR’s focus will be to support the delivery of seamless care of the highest value to every patient we serve. JR will ensure that the objectives and operating plans of each business unit support Swedish’s overall strategic plan. Working with operational and administrative leaders across the system, he will lead the continued development of high-quality, clinically integrated, cost-effective services that meet the needs of our communities. Through appropriate management systems and best practices for process improvement and measurement, JR and his team will drive effective and efficient use of resources to provide the best care for our patients.
Prior to his role at Swedish Issaquah, JR served for 10 years as Chief Strategic Officer for the Southwest Washington region of Providence St. Joseph Health where he founded Providence Medical Group within that region and shepherded the evolution of the region’s service lines, including neurosciences, cardiovascular, oncology and orthopedics.
JR brings more than 30 years of experience as a health care executive, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Medical Centers in Seattle, Senior Vice President of Operations for Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA and Vice President at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif.
JR holds a master’s degree in Public Health – Health Services Management from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science – Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Chris Dale, MD, MPH
Chief Quality Officer
As Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Dale is responsible for ensuring that Swedish continues to provide the highest quality and safest care for our community. Dr. Dale has a strong history of leading quality initiatives at Swedish. He joined Swedish Medical Group as a pulmonary and critical care physician in 2012 and then expanded his role to medical director of SMG’s Quality & Value (Q&V) team in 2013. Under his guidance, Q&V leveraged data to create consistent care pathways and clinical screenings, and developed the Clinical Excellence Index (CEI) in partnership with the Providence Quality team. CEI has had an incredibly positive impact on quality care, as SMG is consistently meeting eight of eight metrics.
Originally from Bellevue, Wash., Dr. Dale earned a BA in Chemistry from the University of Washington and an MD from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He also served as a U.S. Navy flight surgeon with a squadron at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. After his Navy service, Dr. Dale completed an internal medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center and served as a hospitalist at Skagit Valley Hospital before completing a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Washington. There, he also earned his MPH in Health Services.
Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer
As our new Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, Jennifer will provide direction, oversight and ongoing management of Swedish’s compliance and privacy functions.
Jennifer comes to us from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she developed, implemented and oversaw the hospital’s Compliance Program, including corporate compliance, fraud, abuse, ethics and privacy. She has led compliance, privacy, research integrity and continuous quality improvement efforts for public, private and government entities in Maine, Arizona and California since 2001. For example, she has served as a compliance officer for a community-based youth organization providing behavioral health, residential and community support programs to at-risk youth and families; a Medicaid managed-care organization; and a health system that administered health insurance programs for low-income families, children, seniors and persons with disabilities.
Jennifer holds dual master’s degrees in business administration and public policy and management.
Chief Real Estate Officer
Mike Denney returns to Swedish as our Chief Real Estate Officer and will engage with leaders across Swedish and serve as the primary executive having accountability for all of Swedish’s real estate assets and services. He will oversee strategic and occupancy planning, transactions, facilities management, program and project management, lease administration, and real estate-related finance and accounting services throughout Swedish. In his new role as CREO, Mike will serve as the real estate lead for Swedish’s critical First Hill Expansion Project
Mike comes to Swedish from CBRE, where he led healthcare accounts and most recently was responsible for creating comprehensive real estate solutions for health care organizations in the western U.S. Mike also has a long history with Swedish, serving as our former outpatient real estate director from 1989-2000. He then continued to lead Swedish projects while at other commercial real estate firms, notably the completion of the Swedish Orthopedic Institute and the development of the Major Institution Master Plan for the First Hill campus.