Seattle Children’s Leadership

Russ Williams, MHA

Russ Williams headshotRuss Williams, MHA

Senior Vice President, Strategy, Capital and Regional Networks

At Seattle Children’s since 2017
MHA, University of Minnesota

As senior vice president and chief operating officer, Russ Williams oversees capital planning and construction projects, marketing and communications, research facilities operations, improvement and innovation, strategy and business development, regional services and other duties as assigned.

Over the last 20 years of working in healthcare, Williams has shown his strength in building needed relationships for providing the best care possible. Prior to his role at Seattle Children’s, Williams served for 3½ years as chief operating officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. During that time, he led major facilities expansions; facilitated planning and development of key service lines; and maintained complex systems that supported patient, family and clinical operations across the institution.

Prior to his role at Riley, Williams served as vice president of operations at Fairview Southdale Hospital, and vice president of patient experience at University of Minnesota Medical Center and Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Brigham Young University in Utah and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.

Outside of work, Williams spends most of his downtime with his wife and their four children, be it attending choir concerts or lacrosse matches or helping with homework. He also enjoys playing golf and reading, and is active with his church and Boy Scouts of America.

“Healthcare is truly a team sport, and the better we work together, the better care we deliver. If I do my job well, it allows all of our team members to have what they need in order to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families.”