Seattle Children’s Names New Hospital President

Lisa Brandenburg

Lisa Brandenburg to assume role immediately

Today, Seattle Children’s named Lisa Brandenburg hospital president. Effective immediately, Brandenburg will leave her five year role as hospital chief administrative officer (CAO) to take on the new leadership position, where she will focus on helping the hospital meet the goals set forth in Children’s 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.

Brandenburg has 21 years experience leading complex service organizations, including the University of Washington Medical Center. As CAO of Children’s, she has been deeply involved in all aspects of the hospital including patient care, physician practice management, the Building Hope expansion, transportation initiatives, human resources, and supply chain management. During each year of her tenure, Children’s has been recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report – most recently ranked number 7 in 2011.

“Lisa has been wholeheartedly dedicated to improving the healthcare experience for Children’s patients and their families since joining the organization in 2007,” said Thomas N. Hansen, MD, CEO at Seattle Children's. “She has helped Children’s identify and overcome challenges, and improve patient care – at the same time inspiring others in the organization to do the same. The Board of Trustees and I are confident her leadership and laser focus on helping the hospital meet its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease, will provide Children’s with endless opportunities to shape the future of pediatric healthcare.”

“Children’s has a guiding star in our mission to take care of every child that needs us,” said Brandenburg. “We have a clear roadmap for moving us toward our vision for Seattle Children’s Hospital and I am delighted to lead us into that future. I am eager to work alongside our organization’s leaders and staff to accomplish our goals, and am honored to take on this role.”

Brandenburg talks about her new position, her passion for Children’s mission, and what’s next for the organization:

Brandenburg replaces former hospital president and COO Pat Hagan who after more than 15 years of service resigned from his position last January to serve as a Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) consultant, helping other organizations realize the power of CPI philosophy and its tools. In addition to CAO, Brandenburg has been serving as interim president since Hagan’s departure. Brandenburg’s CAO duties will now be distributed to other leaders across the organization so she can focus on her new responsibilities.

Brandenburg will report to Dr. Hansen and will become one of three current Children’s presidents joining: James Hendricks, PhD, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and Douglas Picha, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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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