2013 Leaders in Health Care: Overview


Welcome to Seattle Business magazine’s fifth celebration of extraordinary achievement in health care. Since 2009, we have honored individuals and organizations for making heroic contributions to the well being of people the world over through enormous dedication, groundbreaking research and thoughtful stewardship. And each year we have been overwhelmed by their remarkable exploits. The 2013 Leaders in Health Care Awards honor an outstanding class of 25 in fields ranging from medical research and community outreach to health care practitioners and lifetime achievement. All of the recipients described on the following pages herald a health care system that prizes patient dignity, research integrity and community enrichment. We applaud their commitment as we champion their accomplishment.

Winner: Margaret Stanley, Board Chair,Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Winner: Robert Thompson, M.D., Valley Medical Center/Renton RotaCare Clinic
Silver Award: Jane Dimer, M.D., Chief of Women’s Health, Group Health Cooperative
Silver Award: Anthony Back, M.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Winner: Mark Secord, Executive Director/CEO, Neighborcare Health
Silver Award: Scott Bosch, President/CEO, Harrison Medical Center
Silver Award: Norm Hubbard, Chair, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Winner: Rainer Storb, M.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Silver Award: William Catterall, M.D, UW Medicine
Silver Award: Paul O’Donnell, M.D., Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Winner: Mobisante Inc.
Silver Award: Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation

Silver Award: Impel NeuroPharma

Winner: Alder Biopharmaceuticals
Silver Award: OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals

Silver Award: Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

Winner: Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)
Silver Award: SIGN Fracture Care International
Silver Award: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington

Winner: Pioneer Square Clinic/Harborview Medical Center
Silver Award: YMCA of Greater Seattle
Silver Award: Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)

Winner: King County

Silver Award: Faculty & Staff Wellness Program, Western Washington University
Silver Award: Swedish Wellness Works, Swedish Medical Center

Judges for the 2013 Leaders in Health Care Awards

Leo Greenawalt, retired president, Washington State Hospital Association

Mary McWilliams, executive director, Puget Sound Health Alliance

Joseph Phillips, dean, Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University

Chris Rivera, president, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

Roger Stark, M.D., health care policy analyst, Washington Policy Center


How Vacuum Systems Will Change the Landscape for Health Care Facilities

How Vacuum Systems Will Change the Landscape for Health Care Facilities


Sponsored by MacDonald-Miller

The Polyclinic Northgate wanted to do something that had never been done before — create a medical clinic that could be rearranged in a weekend, located in virtually any building, and most importantly, a place that would not cost a lot to change in the future. How could there be a flexible system with the constraints that sewer lines currently impose on existing facilities? The Polyclinic turned to its mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller, to come up with a solution.

We interviewed Steve Amann, project executive, to find out how vacuum plumbing systems will revolutionize the healthcare industry.  

What is the vacuum system solution?

Vacuum plumbing is a modular drainage system, which allows for immediate and future room reconfigurations. Rather than the standard protocol of requiring slab penetrations to accommodate gravity drainage, vacuum piping serving waste fixtures is installed in overhead spaces, delivering wastewater to a central vacuum center that exits the building at a single, convenient location. 

How will this flexible system change the healthcare industry?

The vacuum system is the first ever application of its kind in a medical clinic utilizing demountable, movable interior walls. Now medical clinic spaces can be remodeled at a fraction of the time and cost formerly required given standard plumbing and fixed walls. This efficiency provides new opportunities for business while maximizing revenue. Now, health care teams can drive project decisions, rather than decisions being made by the constraints of an existing space layout, or lack of plumbing infrastructure.

How will it change the landscape for healthcare facilities?

Medical clinics can now be located in nontraditional locations, such as standard office buildings with lower lease rates than designated-use medical office buildings.

What is the environment and financial impact?

The environmental impact of vacuum toilets is substantially less compared to standard low-flush toilets. With only half a gallon per flush, tenants realize big savings on their water and sewer costs. The system also prevents waste pipe leaks, which occur in gravity-driven systems and contribute to a deterioration of a building’s health over time.

With the ever-changing nature of the health care industry and mounting price pressure, the combination of demountable walls and vacuum plumbing creates flexibility and provides long-term economic benefits — two elements which are in high demand within this emerging industry. 

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions is a full-service, design-build, mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about MacDonald-Miller’s recent projects.