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.



How Vacuum Systems Will Change the Landscape for Health Care Facilities

How Vacuum Systems Will Change the Landscape for Health Care Facilities


Sponsored by MacDonald-Miller

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. How could there be a flexible system with the constraints that sewer lines currently impose on existing facilities? The Polyclinic turned to its mechanical contractor, MacDonald-Miller, to come up with a solution.

We interviewed Steve Amann, project executive, to find out how vacuum plumbing systems will revolutionize the healthcare industry.  

What is the vacuum system solution?

Vacuum plumbing is a modular drainage system, which allows for immediate and future room reconfigurations. Rather than the standard protocol of requiring slab penetrations to accommodate gravity drainage, vacuum piping serving waste fixtures is installed in overhead spaces, delivering wastewater to a central vacuum center that exits the building at a single, convenient location. 

How will this flexible system change the healthcare industry?

The vacuum system is the first ever application of its kind in a medical clinic utilizing demountable, movable interior walls. Now medical clinic spaces can be remodeled at a fraction of the time and cost formerly required given standard plumbing and fixed walls. This efficiency provides new opportunities for business while maximizing revenue. Now, health care teams can drive project decisions, rather than decisions being made by the constraints of an existing space layout, or lack of plumbing infrastructure.

How will it change the landscape for healthcare facilities?

Medical clinics can now be located in nontraditional locations, such as standard office buildings with lower lease rates than designated-use medical office buildings.

What is the environment and financial impact?

The environmental impact of vacuum toilets is substantially less compared to standard low-flush toilets. With only half a gallon per flush, tenants realize big savings on their water and sewer costs. The system also prevents waste pipe leaks, which occur in gravity-driven systems and contribute to a deterioration of a building’s health over time.

With the ever-changing nature of the health care industry and mounting price pressure, the combination of demountable walls and vacuum plumbing creates flexibility and provides long-term economic benefits — two elements which are in high demand within this emerging industry. 

MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions is a full-service, design-build, mechanical contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about MacDonald-Miller’s recent projects.