Providence division exec to step down

Guy Hudson, MD, will be stepping down as CEO of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services and chief executive of Renton, Wash.-based Providence's north division.

Dr. Hudson will step down as chief executive on April 1 and as president and CEO of Swedish on Sept. 30, according to a news release. 

Kevin Brooks, who has served as COO of Providence Swedish, was selected to serve as chief executive of Providence's north division, effective April 1. 

Dr. Hudson's departure comes as he has served the organization for nearly 16 years, according to the release.

During his tenure, Providence and Swedish rolled out a unified brand — Providence Swedish — for their chain or healthcare organizations in western Washington. They unveiled the unified brand last year as they celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their affiliation.

Also last year, Providence announced it would shift to a new operating model that includes a leaner executive team and a new divisional structure. The change includes grouping seven current Providence operating regions into three new divisions, resulting in three divisional teams rather than seven regional senior leadership teams.

With Dr. Hudson's departure, the Swedish board of trustees, per its affiliation agreement with Providence, will work to select the next president and CEO of Swedish, according to the release.

Providence said Elizabeth Wako, MD, will continue oversight responsibilities for Swedish operations in King County as chief executive for the Central Puget Sound service area, while Kristy Carrington will remain chief executive for the North Puget Sound service area and maintain responsibility for the Swedish operations in Snohomish County and Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (Wash.). 

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