Leaders in Health Care 2012


Health care can be a lightning-rod topic. But when you strip away the politics, one thing is certain: We all want the best. And we want it to be affordable, accessible and accountable.
     This quest for the best has informed Seattle Business magazine’s Leaders in Health Care Awards program since its inception in 2009. Each year, our judges evaluate dozens of worthy nominees to arrive at a final determination of absolute excellence in the health care realm.
     Something that’s particularly noteworthy about this year’s class is a remarkable geographical diversity that speaks both to the expanding reach of this awards program and the sweep of influential leadership statewide. From Seattle to Pullman, from Walla Walla to Yakima to Everett, the recipients of the 2012 Leaders in Health Care Awards  provide a clear picture of how far and wide the outstanding stewardship of health care policies and health care benefits extends.
     We believe the profiles of the winners and the Silver Award recipients in the following links (see below) paint a portrait of great courage, compassion and consideration. We invite you to see for yourself.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Rick Linneweh, CEO, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Outstanding Health Care Executive: Rick Cooper, CEO, The Everett Clinic

Silver: Barbara Trehearne, Group Health Cooperative, and Johnese Spisso, UW Medicine

Outstanding Health Care Professional: Margaret L. Hall, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Silver Richard Caggiano, Pullman Regional Hospital, and Shannon Fitzgerald, Seattle Children's Hospital

Innovation in Medical Devices: Physio-Control      Silver: Mobisante

Innovation in Biopharmaceuticals: Seattle Genetics     Silver: Amgen 

Global Health Organization: SightLife

Community Outreach: Providence Senior and Community Services

Silver: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Mediciine

Wellness Program (Western Washington)

Group Health Cooperative

Wellness Program (Eastern Washington)

Baker Boyer Bank


2012 Leaders in Health Care Judges

Leo Greenawalt, Former CEO, 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 and Biomedical Association

Dr. Roger Stark, Health care policy analyst, Washington Policy Center

Linda Tieman, Executive director, Washington Center for Nursing

Greg Vigdor, President and CEO, Washington Health Foundation


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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.