Statement from CEO Dr Guy Hudson Regarding SEIU Vote of No Confidence

December 12, 2017
At Swedish, we value all our caregivers, including the represented caregivers, and are committed to engage and partner directly with them as they provide our patients extraordinary care every day. I am disappointed by this union negotiating tactic.

Since I became the permanent CEO five months ago, I have personally met with thousands of caregivers in forums, department meetings, rounding and in one-on-one conversations. In addition, I recently invited several SEIU-represented caregivers to meet in my office to share their concerns.

In September, over 9,600 Swedish caregivers -- 81 percent of all employees -- provided detailed, constructive feedback to me and my new leadership team through our internal caregiver survey. The results show Swedish has made progress across multiple engagement categories, and we use caregiver feedback to focus on opportunities to improve.

We all came to Swedish with a shared commitment to improve people’s lives and serve our community. As CEO, I welcome feedback from all our caregivers. Our collaboration helps us make Swedish the best place to work and receive care.

I believe in uniting our people to serve our Swedish mission together. We welcome constructive, data-driven conversations with our union partners. A disruptive approach and an us-vs.-them mentality benefits no one, certainly not our patients.

R. Guy Hudson, M.D., MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Swedish Health Services