Lisa Brandenburg: The 2020 Leaders in Health Care Gold Award Winner for Outstanding Medical Center Executive, Puget Sound

Brandenburg is the chief health system officer for UW Medicine

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Gold Award
Lisa Brandenburg’s approach to health care was shaped as a young girl. Her father had many medical issues after contracting polio as a child. As an adult, he suffered from early-onset heart disease and went blind.

Now the chief health system officer for UW Medicine, Brandenburg vividly remembers the difficulty her father had receiving consistent, quality health care.

Brandenburg has held her current post for a little more than two years, after holding a series of senior leadership positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital for a decade. She leads UW Medicine’s Financial Improvement and Transformation program, which was launched in 2018 following a $75 million loss the previous year. Brandenburg has led initiatives to generate revenue, cut costs and invest in infrastructure. In the program’s second year, UW’s net income was $70 million, or 52% higher than its goal.

Brandenburg is now keenly focused on UW Medicine 2025, a roadmap to the future that will be finalized this year. Developing the strategic plan involves asking colleagues across the organization to share their visions for UW Medicine’s future.

UW Medicine has 28,000 employees and $5.5 billion in annual revenue. UW Medicine’s four hospitals — Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center and Valley Medical Center — admit about 64,000 patients each year. Its network of hospital-based and outpatient clinics has more than 1.78 million patient visits annually.

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