2020 Executive Excellence Awards: Tom Sebastian, President & Chief Executive Officer, Compass Health

The first phase of Compass Health's Broadway Campus redevelopment project breaks ground this year

This article appears in print in the January/February 2020 issue. See more about the winners of the 2020 Executive Excellence Awards here. Click here for a free subscription.

Compass Health President and CEO Tom Sebastian is cobbling together fragmented medical, mental health and addiction-treatment systems to create a new future of care.

When the state moved to a new funding model allowing Compass Health and other behavioral health providers to contract with private insurers to manage Medicaid clients, Compass implemented a new electronic health-records system.

When Compass needed to ramp up and better coordinate its behavioral health, primary medical care and permanent supportive-housing services, it raised more than $26 million for the first phase of its Broadway Campus redevelopment project in Everett. The project breaks ground this year and will provide 82 new units of permanent supportive housing, doubling Compass’ space in Snohomish County.

Sebastian also is credited with expanding Compass’ outpatient services for children, growing it from serving 40 children in Snohomish County to more than 300 annually across the five counties it serves: Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom.

Sebastian has spent 32 years at Compass, serving as CEO the past 12. Under Sebastian’s leadership, money raised via Compass’ annual fundraiser has skyrocketed 82% the past three years. Company revenue has increased 25% since 2016, to more than $66 million in 2018.

Compass Health’s 800-plus employees provide more than 21,000 instances of care to clients throughout the five counties.

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