Statement on Pat Hagan’s Departure: From Thomas Hansen, MD, CEO at Seattle Children’s

Statement on Pat Hagan’s Departure


After over 15 years of service at Seattle Children’s, Pat Hagan has decided to resign from his position as president and chief operating officer of the hospital. His last day will be January 31.

Effective February 1, Lisa Brandenburg will assume the duties of interim president and chief operating officer, which she will perform in addition to her current responsibilities as chief administrative officer. Since joining Children’s five years ago, Lisa has been very involved in all aspects of the hospital including patient care, physician practice management, our Building Hope expansion, transportation initiatives, human resources, and supply chain management.

Lisa’s 21 year experience leading complex service organizations, including the University of Washington Medical Center; her commitment to providing Children’s patients and their families with the best in patient care; her enthusiasm for our mission and future; and the confidence she has earned with the executive team, make her the perfect candidate for this role.

Pat joined Children’s in 1996, and over the years has remained devoted to our mission and vision. He has worked tirelessly to improve quality and safety for patients, families and staff.

With Pat’s strong leadership, Children’s has benefitted from the Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) philosophy and improvement approach in countless ways, of note, using the principles to remain fiscally strong during challenging economic times. Pat will leave Children’s to serve as a CPI consultant, helping other organizations realize the power of CPI philosophy and its tools.

Although we are saddened by Pat’s departure, we are proud of how much we have grown and how far we have come during his tenure. We are also optimistic about the future of Children’s. We will continue to be guided by our commitment to CPI principles. In addition, we will look to our strategic plan to direct Children’s work over the next five years.

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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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