Washington Blessed By Outstanding Health Care Executives



Finalists for The Leaders in Health Care Award for Outstanding Health Care Executive are (in alphabetic order):

David Brooks 

CEO, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

An innovator and opinion leader on providing low-cost, high-quality health care, David Brooks has steered Providence Regional Medical Center Everett to be a national role model. Most notable are his efforts in collaboration with The Everett Clinic, Western Washington Medical Group and Northwest Washington Radiation Oncology Associates in building the newly opened Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. Now entering his fourth year as CEO, Brooks’ next goal is overseeing the construction of a $500 million medical tower scheduled to open this year.


Lloyd David

CEO and executive director, The Polyclinic

During his 16 years at The Polyclinic, Lloyd David saw it through tremendous growth in staff, from about 40 to 160 doctors; scope of patient services; and locations, up to 14, including a Northgate campus. He also oversaw a streamlined electronic medical records system that improved physician communication in-house, renegotiated with insurance companies so that The Polyclinic can lower costs, and welcomed the use of generic and less expensive medicines as a cost-cutting measure that doesn’t impinge on patient care.


Gary Kaplan

Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center

As chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason, Gary Kaplan has always looked for ways to provide affordable, quality care to his patients. In 2002, he launched the Virginia Mason Production System (based on Toyota’s model), which eliminated duplication and freed more staff time for patients. In 2007, he directed the launch of the Center for Health Care Solutions to reduce variations in quality of and access to care. In 2008, he joined a consortium of CEOs collaborating on sustainable health care ideas.