2018 Leaders in Health Care, Outstanding Medical Group Executive: Timothy H. Dellit, Rebekah Couper-Noles

The president of University of Washington Physicians, Seattle, and the VP & COO of of Providence Medical Group, Northwest Washington Service Area Everett are Leaders in Health Care.

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Timothy H. Dellit, M.D.
President, University of Washington Physicians, Seattle uwmedicine.org/uw-physicians

Dr. Timothy Dellit’s role at the University of Washington has evolved during the past 17 years. He came to the university in 2001 for an infectious disease fellowship and joined the faculty in 2003. He has been president of University of Washington Physicians (UWP) since September 2016 and continues to serve as a professor of medicine, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate medical director of Harborview Medical Center, a role he’s held since 2006.

“Throughout all these positions,” says Dellit, “what has been most important is maintaining that connection with our faculty, with the other members of our health care team and serving them.”

UWP is the largest physician practice plan in the region, numbering more than 2,000 physicians and advanced-practice providers. As president of UWP, Dellit is advancing several initiatives designed to improve efficiencies and quality of care, including integrating compliance programs.

“It’s really just about how we minimize potential barriers and make it easier for our clinicians to do what they love and what they do best: provide outstanding clinical care,” Dellit observes. “I’ve always viewed myself as a partner with the clinicians and want to help them succeed in the areas in which they work.” 


Rebekah Couper-Noles, WHNP, RNVP & COO
Providence Medical Group, Northwest Washington Service Area Everett washington.providence.org 

Rebekah Couper-Noles has served at Providence for nearly 10 years, the past four as COO for Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington, which provides ambulatory health care services in Snohomish County.

Under Couper-Noles, the group has grown from 90 providers to nearly 250. Her focus has been on increasing the number of clinics to nearly 20 and expanding primary care and specialty types.

When she became COO, the group’s clinics offered no specialty types; today there are 14. Also during Couper-Noles’ tenure, physician satisfaction has grown dramatically — from 5 percent in her first year to more than 55 percent last year. 

See the full list of Leaders in Health Care winners here.

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