Seattle Children’s Names Cindy Evans Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations

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New role oversees ambulatory, emergency, diagnostic, therapeutic and support services, as well as initiatives to improve patient care

Today, Seattle Children’s announced the appointment of Cindy Evans, RN, MN, MHA, to senior vice president of hospital operations. In this role, Evans is responsible for all aspects of outpatient ambulatory services including more than 50 specialty clinics in eight locations across Alaska and Washington; urgent care and emergency services; and diagnostic, therapeutic and support services such as radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, dietary, nutrition, and home care services. Evans will also oversee several hospital initiatives including the improvement of patient access, ambulatory growth endeavors, accreditation and regulatory compliance, and safety systems.

Evans leaves her previous role as Children’s vice president of ambulatory and regional services, and medical specialties to take on the new position. Since joining Children’s in 1997, she has helped to significantly improve patients’ access to outpatient care. This is the result of several initiatives she spearheaded during her tenure including the opening of: the Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building at the main hospital, five regional satellite outpatient clinics including the Robert and Jean Reid Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center, and most recently three urgent care clinics. She has also been instrumental in the planning for Children’s new Emergency Department slated to open in 2013 as part of the hospital’s Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion.

“Since joining Children’s, Cindy has been a driving force in improving all aspects of patient care in our outpatient settings,” said Lisa Brandenburg, hospital president. “Her dedication to innovation and growth will continue to help Children’s deliver on its founding promise to provide expert, compassionate care to every child in our region who needs it.”

Evans has worked in Seattle-based medical centers for over 30 years. Previous to Children’s, she worked at Swedish Medical Center where she held a variety of roles including clinical director of Family Maternity Outpatient Services and nurse manager of the Mothers-Baby Unit. Prior, she worked at the University of Washington Medical Center as an obstetrics nurse.

“I have dedicated my career to improving healthcare quality and the options for children and their families,” said Evans. “In my new role, I am excited to continue working with the Children’s team to find new ways to deliver the highest quality, safest, and cost-effective care to our patients, and look forward to supporting the growth and development of our hospital leaders – those who provide care to our patients and their families on the front-line, and those who make this care possible behind the scenes.”

Evans will report to Brandenburg. Elements of her previous role will be assumed by other leaders in the organization.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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