Seattle Business Magazine's 2020 Leaders in Healthcare Awards

Expanding the horizons of medical care is all in a day's work for these health care heroes
  • Expanding the horizons of medical care is all in a day's work for these health care heroes

TThis article appears in print in the March 2020 issue. Click here for a free subscription.

The medical community throughout Washington State, as in the rest of the nation, faces significant challenges.

The uninsured rate increased significantly in 2018 for the first time since 2014, according to the state Office of Financial Management. The number of primary care physicians — the front line of preventive medicine — is declining. Only 6% of physicians practice in rural areas.

Yet Washington remains a national leader in research and quality of care. Dr. Jay Shendure spends his days working to prevent and treat cancer. Samaritan Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Theresa Sullivan is focused on access to medicine in rural communities.

They are two of the 17 organizations and individuals across the state that Seattle Business magazine is recognizing for their cutting-edge research and innovative approaches in an increasingly evolving and complicated health care environment.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Rick Ludwig, M.D., Interim CEO, Pacific Medical Centers and Medical Director of U.S. Family Health Plan at Pacific Medical Centers, Seattle

Category: Achievement in Community Outreach
Gold Award: Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands
Silver Award: Providence Home and Community Care

Innovation in Health Care Delivery
Gold Award: CHI Franciscan Mission Control Center
Silver Award: Confluence Health

Achievement in Digital Health
Gold Award: Airlift Northwest/UW Medicine
Silver Award: Twistle

Achievement in Medical Research
Gold Award: Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D. UW School of Medicine & Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine 

Achievement in Medical Technology
Gold Award: PharmID
Silver Award: UW Medicine and VA Puget Sound Health Care System; Adaptive Biotechnologies

Outstanding Medical Center Executive - Puget Sound
Gold Award: Lisa Brandenburg, Chief Health System Officer, UW Medicine

Outstandng Medical Center Executive - Outside Puget Sound
Gold Award: Theresa Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Samaritan Healthcare

Outstanding Medical Group Executive
Gold Award: Nancy Davidson, M.D., Executive Director and President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Silver Award: Glenn Lux, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, Allegro Pediatrics

Outstanding Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer
Gold Award: Aileen Mickey, M.D. Chief Medical Officer, EvergreenHealth Medical Group
Silver Award: Craig Hampton, M.D. Medical Director of Cardiac Surgery, CHI Franciscan

Washington Health Alliance Community Checkup Award: 
Washington Health Alliance identifies several low-value health care services


Nancy Belcher, CEO, King County Medical Society
Majdi Daher, CEO and founder, Denali Advanced Integration
Nancy Giunto, executive director, Washington Health Alliance
Christina Kelly, director of communications, west division, American Cancer Society
Mary McWilliams, former executive director, Puget Sound Health Alliance, former president and CEO Regence BlueShield-Seattle
Ketul Patel, CEO, CHI Franciscan 
Lorne Richmond, CEO, Richmond Public Relations
Shannon Riggs, partner, Lane, a Finn Partners Co.

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The Silver Award goes to health care tech firm Twistle

Shendure serves as a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington and as the scientific program director at the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine

The Silver Award winners are UW Medicine and VA Puget Sound Health Care System; and Adaptive Biotechnologies

Sullivan is the chief executive officer of Samaritan Healthcare