Health Care

Growing up in a family of surfers chasing the perfect wave on the California coast wouldn’t seem a likely path into health care. But for Dr. Pete McGough, that perfect wave has been a lifelong commitment to medicine and patient wellness.

Dr. Al Fisk has helped position The Everett Clinic, a division of Denver-based DaVita Inc., as a national leader for high-quality medical care and best workplace practices. He motivates his teams by helping them focus on why they got into the health care field: to provide their patients with great care.

As the new chief operating and administrative officer for Providence Health & Services Western Washington market, Preston Simmons is driven by the complexity and challenges of today’s health care system.

Norm Hubbard’s passion to eliminate cancer in his lifetime is a constant motivator in his stewardship of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. As EVP, he is responsible for overall strategic leadership and operational management of SCCA, one of the nation’s top 10 cancer centers.

Whether it’s fighting cancer, treating the mentally ill, lowering health care costs, improving patient experiences or keeping up with technological advances, practicing medicine today has transformed from individual-led volume care to a team effort — doctors, nurses, researchers, executives and even patients — focusing on deriving the greatest value from the health care experience.

Kidney stones can be extremely painful. Larger stones can get stuck, potentially leading to loss of the kidney, sepsis and even death. So in 700,000 procedures a year, kidney stones are shattered with sound waves or laser beams into smaller pieces that can naturally be flushed from the system. But pieces left behind often grow again, requiring an additional 100,000 operations a year at a cost totaling up to $1 billion.

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.

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Health care consumers now expect the same type of seamless experience they get from Amazon and Uber. Here's how to meet their expectations.

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How can we look at an employee population and figure out not just who has cost a lot, but who has the capacity to cost a lot? Once we identify the high risk members, what can we do to help prevent their health issues from escalating into the high-cost category?

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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.