2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards: Achievement in Community Outreach (Organizations/Programs)



Swedish Community Benefits Program
Swedish Medical Center

Seattle is home to some of the top leaders in global health, but there are ample health care problems to be solved in our own backyard. Residents of South King County, for example, experience rates of diabetes, asthma, low birth weight and shortened life span, challenges similar to some developing countries.

Swedish Medical Center, whose Community Benefits Program already provides uncompensated care and clinic services, has taken new initiative in the area: The Global to Local program partners with area global health experts to apply in local underserved communities strategies that have proven effective elsewhere.

Working with the cities of Tukwila and SeaTac, Swedish learned the health care concerns of low-income residents by asking them in “conversation cafes.” In response, classes in diet and health account for the cultural habits and needs of the diverse area. Language barriers inhibit access to medical and nonmedical information, so the program provides translation services as well. 

The program is still young, cultivating local partners and training community leaders. But it has already gained strong acceptance, with help provided to more than 2,000 at-risk participants in its first 18 months.


Silver Awards

WWAMI Program
UW Medicine

For more than 40 years, the University of Washington has led an effort to encourage physicians to serve in the rural areas of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). Its newer Targeted Rural/Underserved Track (TRUST) allows students to train within a chosen community such as a small town, Native American lands or underserved urban neighborhoods, from medical school through residency. With roots established, a health care professional is more likely to remain and help alleviate the doctor shortage.

Silence Whooping Cough
Group Health Foundation

Whooping cough, once thought largely eradicated, made a surprising comeback in 2012, with nearly 5,000 reported cases in Washington state. In response, Group Health Foundation expanded its Silence Whooping Cough campaign to encourage vaccination against the highly preventable disease. Partnering with county governments, schools and parenting groups to educate and distribute free vaccines, Group Health Foundation has helped raise awarness in the state where nearly a third of children miss one or more recommended vaccinations.

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Honorees to be celebrated on March 2.

Seattle Business magazine has announced finalists for its 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards. Chosen by a panel of judges, the finalists are individuals and institutions leading the effort to improve Washington's health care sector. This year's finalists are:

1.    Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
2.    Al Fisk, MD, The Everett Clinic
3.    Genoa
4.    Group Health Cooperative
5.    Cynthia Hecker, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
6.    Bryce Helgerson, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
7.    Norm Hubbard, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
8.    Peter Myles McGough, MD, UW Medicine
9.    Navos
10.  Pacific Medical Centers
11.  Oliver W. Press, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
12.  Paul Ramsey, MD, UW Medicine
13.  SCI Solutions
14.  Seattle Genetics
15.  Preston Simmons, FACHE, Providence Health & Services, Everett
16.  Jeffrey J. Tomlin, MD, EvergreenHealth
17.  Virginia Mason Medical Center
18.  Wellpepper

Gold and silver award winners will be honored at the Leaders in Health Care Awards gala on March 2 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Winners will be recognized in a variety of categories, including Outstanding Medical Center Executive, Achievement in Community Outreach and Innovation in Health Care Delivery. For more information, contact Michael Romoser at michael.romoser@tigeroak.com. West Monroe Partners is presenting sponsor for the 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards program.