Friday Sep 18, 2015

"Update on Providence Health & Services"

Preston Simmons

CEO Providence Health & Services, Northwest Washington Region

Introduced by: Jonathan Heras

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Preston Simmons will give an overview of what’s happening within the Providence Health System and Christine Tipton will speak to the Children’s Center and Autism programs specifically.

In seeking better accessibility to healthcare, Renton-based Providence Health & Services on Thursday August 21 announced a partnership with Walgreens (Nasdaq: WBA) to open up 25 retail health clinics across Washington state and Oregon.

The Providence Express Care clinics, called Swedish Express Care in the Seattle area, will be located in Walgreens stores. The clinics will be owned and operated by Providence and its affiliates. Patients will be able to access convenient health care on a walk-in basis or by same-day appointment at these clinics, which will be open seven days a week.

In the first six clinics, Swedish providers will staff Issaquah, Kirkland and Renton locations and Providence providers will staff Oregon locations in Beaverton and Milwaukie as well as a Vancouver location. Anyone can use the services provided at the new clinics, not just Providence and Swedish patients.

See what other enhancements Providence is making to provide health services to their patients and northwest communities.


About the Speaker

Preston Simmons is the Chief Executive Officer for Providence Health & Services, Northwest Washington Region. He is responsible for a complex health care delivery system, including Providence Regional Medical Center Everett - a 501 bed tertiary medical center; Providence Medical Group - a network of primary and specialty care clinics; and the Providence Institute for Healthier Communities. He joined Providence in 2007.
Prior to his current role, Preston was a Senior Associate Administrator at the University of Washington Medical Center. He served at the University of Washington Medical Center since 1998. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of a rural hospital in Page, Arizona as part of the Samaritan Health System and served in senior leadership roles at Stevens Healthcare in Edmonds and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle.
Preston has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in many professional and community organizations including membership on the Boards of the University of Washington Bothell, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Washington State Hospital Association, Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition and the Governor’s Health Innovation Leadership Network for Washington State. .
He resides in Snohomish with his wife Jill, and two sons PJ and Connor.