Although she began leading Swedish Health Services in an interim capacity, Elizabeth Wako said she was looking ahead.
Elizabeth Wako (Swedish Health Services)
“I’m starting to improve,” Wako said Chief Healthcare Executive®.
Part of his focus is getting the final stamp of approval for a new, $1.3 billion project for a new hospital in downtown Seattle. Providence Swedish announced the ambitious project in late November. Providence, the large health system based in Washington, has been associated with Swedish since 2012.
As he plans for the new hospital, Wako has a new title. Last month, he was named president and CEO of Swedish Health Services. He served as interim leader for seven months.
The new 12-story tower is expected to be completed in the fall of 2027. The project also calls for a new, in-patient facility. The project will command much of Wako’s attention, and is needed to replace aging facilities.
“This is an amazing project and an important project,” Wako said.
However, Wako says he is also focused on caregivers and making Swedish “the best place to work.”
He said he was focused on the question, “How do we make it desirable for our doctors and clinicians who want to provide care in Swedish?”
Wako also said that he “really thinks about our programs and the services that we provide to our community, and elevates the areas where we are best in class, or certainly provide the best service in the Pacific Northwest.”
Wako began her career as a registered nurse working with psychiatric patients, and later earned her medical degree. He joined Swedish in 2011 and served as chief medical officer for the First Hill campus, and chief executive for the First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses.
She is also the first woman and first African-American to head the organization.
Wako has been working on the new hospital project for years, and he is excited to see it come to fruition.
“I started this project and I really followed this project,” he said. you, I’ve been living and breathing this project for a long time. We’re very excited about it.”
Sandra L. Wong (Emory University)
Emory University’s medical school has announced a new dean
Sandra L. Wong has been named the next dean of the Emory University School of Medicine.
He will also serve as chief academic officer for Emory Healthcare. He will begin his new roles in March 2024.
Wong, a surgical oncologist, specializes in the management of soft tissue sarcomas, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. He is currently chairman of the surgery department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He also spent a decade at the University of Michigan as an attending physician and professor.
“I am honored and humbled to be named dean of Emory University School of Medicine and look forward to working with the incredibly talented and dedicated team at Emory University and Emory Healthcare to continue to build world-class patient care, research and global education,” Wong said in a statement.
Wong has more than 250 peer-reviewed studies to his credit. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the Journal of Surgical Oncology, a deputy editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology, and an associate editor for the Annals of Surgery.
Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves said Wong has “tremendous experience and expertise.”
“As a surgeon and academic leader, Dr. Wong has saved lives, taught generations of physicians and worked to eliminate health disparities in underserved populations,” Fenves said in a statement. “He will inspire and empower Emory’s community of talented physicians, scientists and trainees as the School of Medicine reaches new heights of excellence.”
Wong is also the first female medical school dean in Emory’s history.
Britt Crewse (MaineHealth)
MaineHealth appoints regional president
Britt Crewse has been named MaineHealth’s new regional president.
The system announced that Crewse will serve as regional president overseeing operations at Maine Medical Center in Portland and Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford.
He will assume his role in January 2024.
“The care team at MaineHealth has an exceptional reputation for providing patient-centered care, educating caregivers and researching better ways to provide care,” Crewse said in a statement. “It’s this mission, the dedicated professionals behind it and the positive impact they have on the communities they serve that brought me to Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Health Care.”
Andrew Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth, praised Crewse’s “commitment to providing high-quality health care.”
“Britt comes to us with more than 30 years of healthcare experience and an impressive list of accomplishments,” Mueller said in a statement. “Getting to know Britt, it became clear to us that she shares MaineHealth’s passion for our vision to work together to make our communities the healthiest in America and I believe she will do an excellent job.” contributions to our care team.”
Crewse has served as chief executive officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. since 2020. Previously, he held leadership roles at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC, Ernst & Young LLP, and Memorial Medical Center in Savannah. , Ga.
Steven Webber (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences names dean
Steven Webber has been named executive vice chancellor and dean of the University of Arkansas’ College of Medicine for Medical Sciences.
He will take office on March 1.
Webber joins UAMS from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was a professor and chair of the department of pediatrics. He also served as pediatrician-in-chief at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
He said he is “very honored to be joining UAMS.
“I look forward to working with the UAMS community to advance the university’s clinical, educational and discovery missions, and to share in the common goal of improving the health and well-being of all who live in Arkansas and the surrounding region,” Webber said in a statement.
Before joining Vanderbilt in 2012, Webber served as division chief of pediatric cardiology, co-director of the Heart Institute, and medical director of the thoracic transplantation program at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
“Dr. explained Webber is an extraordinary physician, researcher and administrator who has accomplished remarkable things at Vanderbilt,” Cam Patterson, UAMS chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health, said in a statement. “I look forward to working with him as we accomplish more. things at UAMS.”
PeriGen has named a new chief medical officer
John Parker has been named the new chief medical officer of PeriGen Inc., which offers software solutions for obstetrics.
Parker has 16 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. He joins PeriGen from OhioHealth, where he held leadership roles in perinatal quality and as associate program director of Riverside Methodist Hospital’s residency program.
He also brings experience in software development as a developer and designer before moving into medicine.
“John is a bit of a unicorn given his knowledge of systems design and development and practical experience as a physician leader and educator,” Matthew Sappern, PeriGen CEO, said in a statement. “He is exceptional in helping PeriGen clients understand how to best use PeriGen analytics within their workflow.”