Breakthroughs Fall 2014
November 03, 2014
Letter from the CEO
In January, I journeyed from my office at Swedish Health Services in Seattle to Santa Monica to be part of a transition team to listen to Saint John’s physicians.
My goal was to solicit their opinions of how to effectively add Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute to the Providence Health & Services system. During the two days I spent at the Health Center, I was able to meet many members of the staff. What a first impression! I was struck by the devotion the physicians and staff displayed and by the strong commitment to the community. I never have witnessed such a warm, welcoming environment.
Now I am privileged to be the new chief executive of this storied, outstanding health care institution. I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about my new role. Providence Saint John’s Health Center already is nationally ranked in such fields as cancer, neurosciences, cardiac care and orthopedics. The John Wayne Cancer Institute is a center for innovation and research. And yet the Health Center has never lost sight of the fact that its first priority is to care for, serve and meet the needs of its community.
In the weeks and months ahead, I’m looking forward to partnering with all caregivers to build upon this long tradition of excellence. With our talented physicians, compassionate nurses and dedicated staff and volunteers, we possess all of the characteristics for continued success. But we won’t stop there. We will strive to advance high quality and safe health care by embracing leading-edge strategies and solutions.
My wife Jane and I are eager to experience life on the Westside and become part of the fabric of this great community. We are humbled by the opportunity to join the Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute families, and look forward to meeting all our new family.
With utmost respect,
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