Seattle-based Providence Swedish CEO Dr. Guy Hudson has been elected board chair of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA). As chair, Dr. Hudson will preside over the Board of Directors and help lead the hospital association’s work for the coming year. WSHA hospital and health system members elected Dr. Hudson during the association’s Annual Meeting Oct. 17.
“Hospitals are the cornerstone of care, whether in urban or rural settings. I grew up in a small town and understand the importance of rural hospitals at the center of communities. WSHA members together provide care for all patients regardless of where they call home. Today hospitals are more connected than ever before. What affects one hospital affects us all,” Dr. Hudson said. “As health care faces continued challenges, I am honored to serve hospitals across the state in joint advocacy, patient safety and other shared efforts. As a single voice, we will ensure access to excellent care for all Washingtonians.”
Dr. Hudson’s term began Oct. 17.
WSHA is the membership association for all the hospitals and health systems in Washington state. The association takes a major leadership role in issues that impact delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care in both the policy and clinical arenas. It works to improve the health status of all residents.
About Dr. Hudson
Dr. Hudson serves as chief executive of Providence’s family of organizations in Western Washington, which cares for patients across the Puget Sound from Snohomish to Lewis counties. He came to Swedish from an academic practice at Oregon Health & Science University. A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Oregon Health & Science University, followed by a fellowship in pediatric urologic surgery at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Hudson holds an MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Dr. Hudson has been recognized multiple times as one of Seattle’s and Portland’s Top Doctors, and he received the Patients’ Choice Award Compassionate Doctor Recognition each year from 2011 to 2014. He is passionate about delivering care to patients in areas that are medically underserved, including providing surgical care to children in Africa and serving as a Guatemala service representative with Providence Health International. Dr. Hudson serves on the Washington State Hospital Association board and is a member of the Community Development Roundtable of Seattle.
About Providence Swedish
Providence Swedish has served the Puget Sound region since the first Providence hospital opened in Seattle in 1877 and the first Swedish hospital opened in 1910. The two organizations affiliated in 2012 and today comprise the largest health care delivery system in Western Washington, with 22,000 caregivers, eight hospitals and 244 clinics. A not-for-profit family of organizations, Providence Swedish provides more than $406 million in community benefit in the Puget Sound Region each year. The health system offers a comprehensive range of services and specialty and subspecialty care in a number of clinical areas, including cancer care, cardiovascular health, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive health and women’s and children’s care.