Leaders In Health Care Awards

Seattle Business magazine is looking for individuals and organizations pioneering efforts to advance Washington's world-class health sector.

Dr. Paul Ramsey begins most weekday mornings by rowing on Lake Union. On weekends, he’s likely to do bike rides of 50 or 100 miles. These rituals — daily journeys, if you will — have helped prepare him for a 40-year-plus career in medicine and administration.

In a partnership with the Washington Health Alliance (WHA), Seattle Business magazine this year selected one category from the WHA’s annual Community Checkup ranking of health care organizations and looked at the overall performance of the medical groups serving commercially insured patients.

For Fred Hutch researcher Dr. Oliver Press, academic medical research is all about sharing and collaborating. “If enough people work together on a problem,” he asserts, “we can conquer it.”

Through a range of treatment programs and support services, Navos Mental Health Solutions transforms the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness and substance use disorders.

Through innovative and empowered antibody-based therapies, Seattle Genetics, the largest biotechnology company in the Pacific Northwest, is improving the lives of people with cancer.

Former Microsoft employees Anne Weiler and Mike Van Snellenberg transformed the quality of patient care in 2012 with their Seattle-based technology startup, Wellpepper. They were motivated to improve patient experiences and reduce health care costs after seeing firsthand how the system failed their own loved ones.

Former Seattle Seahawks football coach Chuck Knox once said: “Nothing speaks so loudly as your actions.” Dr. Jeff Tomlin refers to that quotation when describing his leadership position at EvergreenHealth.

Growing up in a family of surfers chasing the perfect wave on the California coast wouldn’t seem a likely path into health care. But for Dr. Pete McGough, that perfect wave has been a lifelong commitment to medicine and patient wellness.

Dr. Al Fisk has helped position The Everett Clinic, a division of Denver-based DaVita Inc., as a national leader for high-quality medical care and best workplace practices. He motivates his teams by helping them focus on why they got into the health care field: to provide their patients with great care.