June 6, 2012

For Immediate Release


Contact: Gregg Davidson, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, 360-814-2130

Kari Ranten, MHA, Director of Planning and Marketing, 360-814-2370

Skagit Regional Health Hires First Chief Medical Officer

MOUNT VERNON – Connie Davis, MD, will serve as the first Chief Medical Officer at Skagit Regional Health.

Dr. Davis, a nephrologist, previously served as Director of the Kidney Care Line and Co-Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant program at the University of Washington, where she is on the faculty of the School of Medicine.

“I am very excited to be joining such a forward thinking and looking organization focused on improving community health,” Dr. Davis said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be at the forefront of new developments in care delivery and continuing the improvements in care quality.”

Dr. Davis will begin her new duties on July 16, 2012.

The Chief Medical Officer at Skagit Regional Health will be a member of the Executive Team and will be responsible for medical affairs, leadership and communications on the clinical components of the health care delivery system. She will work closely with physicians and administration, to gain alignment throughout the health care community, assure the provision of high-quality patient care and to advance primary care education through the graduate medical education program.

“I believe this is an exciting advancement for our healthcare community and a reflection of the changing healthcare landscape,” said CEO Gregg Davidson, FACHE. “This is essential to moving forward boldly into the new era of healthcare transformation as we seek to advance medicine and create a better-aligned health system for the benefit of our patients and the communities we serve.”

Dr. Davis received her medical degree at the University of Washington and went on to residencies and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Schools Hospitals and Clinics, and a research fellowship at Ludwig Maximillan University in Munich. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.

Dr. Davis earned a certificate in medical management and is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters in Health Administration program at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Physician leaders welcome the addition of a Chief Medical Officer at Skagit Regional Health. Skagit Regional Health employs 130 primary and specialty care providers, since integrating with Skagit Valley Medical Center in 2010 to form Skagit Regional Clinics.

“I’m excited to have Dr. Davis join the Skagit Regional Health team as the Chief Medical Officer,” said Cardiologist Robert Stewart, MD, chairman of the Skagit Regional Clinics Physician Governance Committee. “Her addition will provide another voice of the providers’ perspective at the executive team level and strengthen the vital relationship between providers and administration as we work collaboratively to solve the upcoming challenges facing healthcare. Her energy and experience will allow us to move forward in developing initiatives that will position Skagit Regional Health for success in the future.”

“This will boost a physician to a position of authority, not just influence,” said Dr. Richard Abbott, Quality Medical Advisor. “Having a strong physician leader will help advance our efforts in quality, process improvement, budgeting and operations.”

The CMO, who reports to CEO Davidson, will directly oversee quality and risk management, case management, medical staff services, hospitalist programs and graduate medical education. The CMO will work closely with the Skagit Regional Clinics’ Chief Physician Officer and quality director and serve as physician liaison to independent provider groups.