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 mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

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