Seattle Children’s Leadership

Cara Bailey, MBA

Cara BaileyCara Bailey, MBA

Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation and Improvement Officer

At Seattle Children’s since 1998 
MBA, Seattle Pacific University

In her role as senior vice president for continuous performance improvement, Cara Bailey works with people across the organization to identify and implement ways for providing better care and service to our patients and families. As part of the executive team, she works to create an environment that supports people and engages them in finding the best ideas for improvement and innovation.

Bailey has worked in healthcare her entire career. Growing up with several nurses in her family, she was always drawn to healthcare but knew direct patient care wasn’t her calling. Instead, she was drawn to the ways people work together in organizations and how they derive meaning from their work.

After earning her undergraduate degree in psychology, Bailey landed her first job out of college working in the human resources department at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. She later worked at Franciscan Health System (now CHI Franciscan Health), and was part of the team that developed and opened St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. She joined Seattle Children’s in 1998 as regional vice president of support and consulting.

Bailey has found her niche at Seattle Children’s applying her knowledge of risk management, quality improvement and patient safety to the organization’s improvement philosophy. She likes that her work focuses on both patients and their families, as well as employee support and development.

Outside of work, Bailey uses music as a creative outlet, enjoys reading and dabbles in knitting and golf. She also loves traveling with her husband to Europe, Asia and places where they can enjoy the warmth of the sun.

“I am so proud of Seattle Children’s. I find myself feeling so grateful to be part of the incredible work our clinicians and other staff members do each day. If I’m having a frustrating day, just walking the halls reminds me of the incredible trust the community puts in us, and the many ways our people dedicate themselves to our mission.”