EvergreenHealth announced last week that Christopher Bredeson has been named its chief operating officer, a position that had been vacant since May 2017. Bredeson, who began working for the Kirkland-based health system on Dec. 30, previously held executive roles at healthcare facilities in Puyallup and Tacoma.
Bredeson was selected from a nationwide search for his proven leadership skills and dedication as a healthcare executive in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country, according to a news release.
Bredeson most recently served as president and COO of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, a 375-bed, full-service community hospital in Puyallup. Under his leadership, the hospital expanded oncology services in partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; increased provider engagement by 6 percent; realized improved safety and quality outcomes; and completed a $5 million capital campaign one year ahead of schedule, among many other accomplishments.
“I really enjoyed my role at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, but I had the opportunity to meet the folks up here and I just fell in love with the culture; it’s a very special place,” Bredeson said when asked what attracted him to EvergreenHealth.
“Basically, it was an opportunity to work with a great team,” he said. “I was very excited about the opportunity to work with (CEO) Jeff Tomlin. I really liked his relational leadership style; he’s the epitome of a servant leader.”
Tomlin was appointed CEO in July 2019. He had served as interim CEO since May, following Dr. Amy Beiter’s departure from the organization.
Bredeson was also impressed with the facilities, and said he appreciated EvergreenHealth’s mission and values. “I really am enamored with their commitment to quality, absolute patient safety,” he said. “Those were things that really drew me in.”
Among opportunities he’s excited about, Bredeson said he’s interested in helping EvergreenHealth continue its progress toward innovative ways to access healthcare.
Also, the health system focuses on patient-centered care and patient preferences, an important part of delivering healthcare that Bredeson wants to continue to grow, he said.
Bredeson has a background working with independent physician groups which will be beneficial to his role at EvergreenHealth, which has independent partners as well as a large employed physician medical group. “I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to cultivate and grow those relationships with independent physician groups and other hospitals and health systems, because partnerships and collaboration are very, very important to me and to Evergreen,” Bredeson said.
Prior to leading Good Samaritan, Bredeson was a senior administrator at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center & Oncology Service Line, a comprehensive cancer program in Tacoma. There, he helped to establish a partnership with MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation for NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), resulting in a multimillion-dollar grant; and achieved accreditation for the Center by the American College of Surgeons Integrated Network Cancer Program, the release stated.
Previously, Bredeson served in executive management positions at L.G. Steck Memorial Clinics, PS, in Chehalis; Cogent Healthcare/Applied Medical Solutions; PhyAmerica Physician Services; and Columbia/HCA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated two-hospital healthcare system serving nearly 850,000 residents in its service area of north King and south Snohomish counties, with medical facilities located throughout the area, according to its website.
Its main campus is located in Kirkland and includes a 318-bed medical center and four medical specialty buildings. In 2015, it expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe, a full-service, 72-bed hospital in Monroe.
EvergreenHealth reported 2018 net income of $43.1 million in 2018, and EvergreenHealth Monroe reported $2.8 million, according to the health system’s latest annual report.