For the past several years, Julia Colson has helped bring free dental, vision and medical care to nearly 8,000 people in a safe and respectful environment. She is the project director for Seattle/King County Clinic, a large-scale, volunteer-driven free clinic event that has taken place at KeyArena during a four-day period in October 2014 and October 2015. The patients seen were primarily the working poor who waited in line overnight at Seattle Center to be admitted. Discussions and fundraising are under way to determine whether the event can be held again this October.
Designing a whole new world of proteins to address 21st-century problems in biomedicine, energy and technology is all in a day’s work for David Baker. Baker, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences, is leading a team of researchers tackling the problem of protein folding with an online puzzle video game. A world-renowned expert in proteomics, Baker has his research group developing methods to predict and design the three-dimensional structures of proteins.
The heart and soul of Colleen Delaney’s medical practice is patient care. “To provide meaningful hope to patients where their future is uncertain and to walk that path with them is what I care most about,” she says. “I develop long-term relationships with my patients and their families. Now, I have the opportunity to make an even bigger impact on a more global scale. This drives me to work harder.”
Mark Adams is a change agent. He has been the catalyst for transforming the way CHI Franciscan delivers health care — improving patient access to care and advancing patient outcomes through innovative tools. He led the creation of CHI Franciscan’s Health and Informatics Department in 2013 and managed the successful systemwide implementation of the organization’s Epic EHR system on time and under budget.
Since joining The Polyclinic in 2001, Anita Geving has helped transform the company into the leading independent, multispecialty medical practice in the Puget Sound region. The clinic has grown from 83 physicians and 425 staff members in 2001 to more than 200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians today, along with 1,025 staff members. It provides care to more than 200,000 patients at 15 locations in and around Seattle.
Thomas Martin, former CEO and superintendent of Lincoln County Hospital, has increased access to health care throughout his community and continues to remain an important advocate for rural health care and critical access hospitals all across the state.
As chief executive of acute care for the Swedish Health Services system, June Altaras guides her team to deliver the most efficient, effective and reliable care in Swedish hospitals by working directly with chief executives at each campus.
For the past 40 years — his entire career — Rich Umbdenstock has been leading change in a field where he says “doing the extraordinary is the ordinary.” Along the way, he has helped to improve the quality and safety of health care for Americans.
Leroy Hood’s startup uses data from your blood, your genes and your digestive tract to coach you toward better health awareness.
Winner: Harlan Robins, Adaptive Biotechnologies