As technology improves and Americans spend more on treatments to cure or prevent disease and injury, 2016 is likely to be a challenging year in health care. Doctors, nurses and clinicians are learning to work in new and innovative ways as consumers rely on video consults and their smartphones as diagnostic tools. The 18 honorees in Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards are up to the challenge. All are champions for change, compassionate visionaries who believe in better patient care.

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.

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.