Anthony (Tony) A. Armada, FACHE, is chief executive of Swedish Health Services. Armada most recently served as president of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an academic and research hospital that operates the only Level I trauma center in the northwest Chicago region. The hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health provider in Illinois, and one of the nation’s top health systems. Prior to joining Advocate, Armada served as president and chief executive officer of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Michigan from 2004-2009. Armada also served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Metropolitan Los Angeles Service Area in California from 2000-2004. Throughout Armada’s career, he has exhibited a track record of outstanding employee engagement, maximizing patient satisfaction, improving access to care and achieving challenging financial goals.
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Lucius Andrew III is principal of Andrew & Associates, and is a private investor. He has been in the banking, securities and investment business for over 35 years. He is a former trustee of the Seattle Repertory Theatre as well as Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. He also served on the board of First American Bank in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and is president of The Highlands, Inc. in Seattle.
Nancy Auer, M.D., is an emergency medical physician who has served in many roles at Swedish. She has been at Swedish for more than 30 years, serving in various key positions, including chief medical officer, chief of staff, medical director of Emergency Services and vice president of medical affairs. Nancy retired from active practice in 2010 and now serves as a consultant on medical staff and leadership issues.
Deborah Crabbe is an attorney and partner at the law firm Foster Pepper PLLC. Her law practice is concentrated in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, including all facets of secured transactions, receiverships and workout proceedings. She has substantial experience representing lenders, leasing companies, trade creditors, trustees, receivers and individuals. Deborah is on the Board of Directions for the American Bankruptcy Institute and regularly speaks on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. In addition to her involvement with Swedish Medical Center, Deborah is a foundation board member of the Northwest Kidney Center.
Lida Buckner is chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. Lida joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in May 2008. She also serves on the boards of the O.D. Fisher Investment Companies, O.D. Fisher Charitable Foundation, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Issaquah PTSA Council, and is Secretary of the John L. Locke Jr. Charitable Trust. Lida is an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District, chairing a school auction, serving two years as President of the Grand Ridge Elementary PTSA, two years as Vice President of Elementary School PTSAs for the Issaquah School District, and is currently VP of Marketing for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Her previous civic services supported The Washington Round Table, Jubilee Women's Center, and the Deaf-Blind Service Center of Seattle. Buckner earned her bachelor's degree in administration-marketing from Washington State University. She spent eight years in television sales in Seattle. Lida now resides with her husband, Kyle, and two sons in Issaquah.
Anne Gittinger is an active alumnus of the University of Washington as a member of the Tyee Board of Advisors as well as serving as President of its Executive Committee from 2005 through 2007 and a member of the University of Washington Foundation Board. Additionally, she has been a member of the National Board of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) since 1994, Vice Chair from 1996-2008 and Chair from 2009 to the present date. Anne and her and husband Wayne Gittinger, built Gittinger Hall and Gittinger Park at the CCI Northwest Regional Training Center and National Headquarters in Santa Rosa, California.
Wayne Gittinger is a partner at Lane Powell. He focuses his practice on domestic and international business counseling, and transactional work. Wayne is a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law and Antitrust Sections. He was a director of Nordstrom, Inc. from 1971-2004 and Pabst Brewing Company from 1983-1985. He is a member of the Tyee Board of Advisors and its Executive Committee. He also lends a hand on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Sports Commission, First Tee of Greater Seattle, Seattle Police Foundation, and The Seattle Humane Society.
Cheryl Gossman is chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. She has been on the Board since 2005. She serves on the Board Quality Committee, the Campaign Leadership Council and the Women and Children's Advisory Council. She has 15 years experience in physician practice management. Cheryl has a master's degree in health-care management from George Washington University. She is also active in the Katy McKay Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.
Rodney F. Hochman, M.D., is chief executive officer (CEO) of Swedish. Before joining Swedish, Rod had been executive vice president of Sentara Healthcare since 2004. Prior to that position, he had served as Sentara’s chief medical officer and senior vice president since 1998. Before joining Sentara, he held numerous executive-level positions during five years with Cincinnati-based Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and he spent nearly 10 years with Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pa. His medical background is in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, and he has served as a Clinical Fellow in Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. In May 2009, Rod was honored for the second time by Modern Physician magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare — this time as No. 11.
Marcel Loh serves as Swedish’s chief executive for suburban operations and affiliates. He has senior leader responsibility for all Swedish suburban operations including three hospitals, Swedish Issaquah, Swedish Ballard, and Swedish Edmonds and two Ambulatory Care Centers, Swedish Mill Creek and Swedish Redmond.
In addition, Marcel is the executive over the Swedish Telehealth Program which currently extends to 18 sites. Marcel is also the chief executive of the Swedish Health Network, which currently has Washington State affiliation relationships with Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, and Forks Community Hospital in Forks. Additionally, he assesses new business opportunities for affiliation relationships. Prior to this role, Marcel was the senior executive responsible for the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. Marcel joined Swedish's senior leadership team in December 2000. Before joining Swedish, he served as President and CEO of Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, WA.