Welcoming new leadership
Welcoming new leadership

Please Renew Your KCMS Membership 

It's that time of year again! KCMS is proud to consistently maintain affordable membership dues, significantly below the rates of other medical membership organizations. By submitting your membership dues today, you empower KCMS to monitor legislative developments and advocate for the protection and interests of doctors in the ever-changing landscape of laws and regulations in healthcare.
We thank all our members and the medical organizations that generously support their physicians by covering their KCMS dues.
If your organization does not currently extend this valuable benefit, we strongly encourage you to advocate for including KCMS Membership support as a benefit. Your proactive involvement can pave the way for more physicians to access KCMS membership. Thank you for being so dedicated to KCMS.
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The KCMS Gala Was Enchanting

All of the KCMS Excellence in Medicine winners

The KCMS Community Foundation Honored Physicians from 

  • EvergreenHealth
  • Overlake Hospital
  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
  • Optum
  • The University of Washington
  • Children's Hospital
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Evergreen Emergency Services
  • Providence Behavioral Health Clinic Urgent Care Clinic in Everett 

KCMS Welcomes Three Visionary CEOs

KCMS is delighted to announce the appointment of three distinguished leaders who will lead as CEOs of some of our largest and most well-respected hospitals in King County. 

With an unwavering commitment to excellence and a wealth of experience, these individuals bring a dynamic vision that promises to shape the future of healthcare delivery. Join us in welcoming the new CEOs of Swedish Health Services, EvergreenHealth, UW Medicine, and the UW School of Medicine as they embark on this journey to enhance the health and well-being of our community. 

KCMS is excited and honored to work hand in hand with these visionary leaders, forging a collaborative path toward a healthier tomorrow. Welcome to CEOs Dr. Elizabeth Wako, Dr. Ettore Palazzo, and Dr. Timothy Dellitt.

Elizabeth Wako, MD, Appointed President & CEO of Swedish Health Services

Providence Swedish is thrilled to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Wako, M.D., as the permanent president and CEO of Swedish Health Services, effective immediately. Dr. Wako has been serving in an interim capacity for the past seven months, and her leadership is set to chart a transformational course for Swedish during a pivotal period in the organization's history.  

“As we prepare to embark on key initiatives that will improve the health of the region and carry our tradition of excellence well into the future, Dr. Wako brings a clear vision, a strategic mindset, and a remarkable ability to build consensus and enthusiasm around our shared purpose,” says Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence.  

With a career spanning three decades, Dr. Wako’s path in medicine began at the bedside as a registered nurse caring for psychiatric patients. Seeking a broader role on the care team, she went to medical school in Utah and then to the University of Washington, where she completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in perioperative medicine. In addition, she also holds an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. 

“This is an exciting moment for the organization as Dr. Wako’s appointment represents a number of historic firsts for Swedish,” says R. Omar Riojas, Chair of the Swedish Board of Trustees. “She is the first woman and first African American to lead the organization since it was founded by Dr. Nils Johanson 113 years ago. As a nurse, physician, woman of color, wife, and mother of four, she brings a unique perspective that is critical in shaping healthcare delivery of the future.”

EvergreenHealth Appoints New CEO:

Ettore Palazzo, MD, FACP

EvergreenHealth  Communications

The EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners has appointed Ettore Palazzo, MD, FACP, CEO of EvergreenHealth, the community-owned public hospital district and two-hospital healthcare system, effective Dec. 10, 2023. Dr. Palazzo assumes the role following the retirement of CEO Jeff Tomlin, MD.
“Over the past 20 years, some of the greatest, as well as most challenging, moments of my personal and professional life have taken place at EvergreenHealth,” said Dr. Palazzo. “It is the honor of a lifetime to work for this organization and serve its community as the next Chief Executive Officer.”  
Dr. Palazzo has served EvergreenHealth and its community for 20 years. He joined EvergreenHealth in 2003 as a hospitalist and most recently served as the Chief Medical and Quality Officer. 

“We’re delighted and honored to confirm Dr. Palazzo’s selection as CEO of EvergreenHealth and look forward to his leadership in the years to come as we continue our journey of 50-plus years, enriching the health and well-being of every life we touch,” said EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners Chair Virgil Snyder.

Tim Dellit, MD, is Named CEO of UW Medicine

UW Medicine | Newsroom
Following a national search, Dr. Timothy H. Dellit has been appointed to lead UW Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine. UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Tricia Serio announced today.    

Dellit will serve as the CEO of UW Medicine, the Paul G. Ramsey Endowed Dean of the UW School of Medicine, and the university’s executive vice president for medical affairs, positions he has held on an interim basis since July 2022.   

“Tim has proven himself to be a leader in the most difficult of times, including during the COVID-19 pandemic and as UW Medicine addresses the challenges caused by the changing healthcare landscape. He is an adept listener and communicator who is dedicated to serving all communities,” Cauce said. “Tim is also committed to advancing excellence and equity in education and our workforce and healthcare outcomes, all of which are core to UW Medicine’s mission to improve the health of all people. 

“And even as someone who has more than two decades of service to UW Medicine, Tim still brings new perspectives. I’m so pleased that he’ll be the one leading our healthcare enterprise into a new era.”  

Capturing Moments, Creating Memories 

We are grateful for the support from the talented Andre Stepanov of Seatownphoto! Thank you, Andre, for your outstanding contribution to our recent Gala! Your talent and generosity made our event unforgettable.

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A Message From Physicians Grassroots Network

3.37% Medicare Physician Payment Cut Coming 
Physicians are again on the brink of facing a Medicare payment cut, set to take effect on January 1, unless Congress takes action before year-end!
These next few weeks are pivotal as Congress races towards the year-end finish line. We're calling upon advocates like YOU to make a significant impact by reaching out to your members of Congress today. Please urge them to rectify the flawed Medicare physician payment system and prevent the impending cut from becoming a reality.
This potential 3.37% reduction is especially concerning as it follows three consecutive years of cuts to Medicare services. If Congress fails to act this year, Medicare payments will have endured nearly a 10% reduction over four years—an unsustainable burden for our nation's physicians. These past and potential cuts have already led to significant consequences, including hiring freezes, service delays, and shifting towards new value-based care models within physician practices and integrated care systems.
The repercussions of these cuts will be most acutely felt in rural and underserved areas, which are already grappling with substantial healthcare access challenges. Furthermore, Medicare physicians and providers do not receive inflationary updates within the Medicare program, further underscoring the urgency of averting these impending cuts.
Please take action today by reaching out to your members of Congress and urging them to cancel this looming cut before it takes effect on January 1. There is a unanimous consensus that the Medicare physician payment system needs reform, and the time for Congress to act is now—before it's too late.
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Dr. Abe Bergman Remembered For Child Advocacy

UW Medicine | Newsroom
Dr. Abraham “Abe” B. Bergman, a pediatrician noted for leading many successful national efforts to pass legislative acts to protect the safety of children, died Nov. 10 in Seattle. He was 91.

Dr. Bergman joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1964 and practiced at Seattle Children's (then known as Children’s Orthopedic Hospital). He was head of ambulatory care at Seattle Children’s for many years before moving to Harborview Medical Center as chief of pediatrics in 1983.

He retired in 2016 as a professor emeritus but remained active in editorial writing and other advocacy efforts on issues affecting children's health and the U.S. healthcare system. Dr. Bergman mentored hundreds of pediatricians in his long career and taught them the importance of keeping true to their values continually improving children's health, said UW Medicine pediatrics and injury-prevention colleague Dr. Fred Rivara. “He was an iconoclast who pushed us all to do better,” Dr. Rivara said.
The team at KCMS wants to express our gratitude to each of you. We are thankful for your dedication to the field of medicine, your commitment to healing, and your continued efforts to ensure the well-being of our community.

As we approach the New Year, we are filled with excitement and honor to continue serving you, united in our shared commitment to the health and vitality of our community.
Warmest wishes,  Your KCMS Team
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