CEO Rich Roodman: Sticking With Valley Medical Center for 30 Years

Rich Roodman has served as CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Valley Medical Center, or King County Public Hospital District No. 1, since 1983. VMC is a component entity of UW Medicine, based in Seattle.roodman

Mr. Roodman celebrated his 30-year anniversary with VMC in February and is the longest-tenured CEO of a public hospital district in Washington State, according to the hospital.

During his tenure at VMC, Mr. Roodman has led the facility through many changes and advancements. For example, in his second year at the helm, Mr. Roodman led VMC to partner with the UW School of Medicine to start the first primary care residency and teaching program at any suburban hospital in the region. More recently, in 2011, he led VMC to a formal alliance with UW Medicine to further enhance graduate medical education and achieve cost savings. "The strategic alliance will benefit many, many people in our community for decades to come — and for that I am so grateful to have had a role in both its creation and implementation," he said in a news release.

Further, Mr. Roodman has also overseen the implementation of an electronic medical record system and the building or renovation of more than 70 percent of the hospital's campus. Also, with Mr. Roodman at the helm, the hospital has been named a "best place to work" in healthcare on the local, regional and national levels.

Mr. Roodman is originally from St. Louis.

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