Providence Swedish is pleased to announce Drew Bigby, MBA, FACHE, as the new chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Central Puget Sound service area. As a key member of the executive team, Bigby will be accountable for day-to-day operational activities across Swedish’s First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Issaquah and Redmond campuses. In addition, Bigby will be responsible for operating budget performance, productivity efforts, and other key initiatives.
“I'm thrilled to embark on this new journey and excited to join the impressive team at Providence Swedish,” said Bigby. “It’s a remarkable organization that is deeply committed to excellence, innovation and compassionate care.”
Bigby comes to Providence Swedish from the prestigious Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where he served as chief executive officer, overseeing the 282-bed medical center and its staff of 6,700 full-time employees.
Prior to serving at Walter Reed, Bigby led a number of health systems and organizations — both large and small and domestic and international — including the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan, a 105-bed acute care facility with five ambulatory care centers located in Japan, the Republic of Korea and the British Island of Diego Garcia.
Bigby earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a project management professional certified by the Project Management Institute. He has nearly 30 years of health-care administration experience.
About Providence Swedish
Providence Swedish has served the Puget Sound region since the first Providence hospital opened in Seattle in 1877 and the first Swedish hospital opened in 1910. The two organizations affiliated in 2012 and today comprise the largest health care delivery system in Western Washington, with 22,000 caregivers, eight hospitals and nearly 250 clinics. A not-for-profit family of organizations, Providence Swedish provides more than $406 million in community benefit in the Puget Sound Region each year. The health system offers a comprehensive range of services and specialty and subspecialty care in a number of clinical areas, including cancer care, cardiovascular health, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive health and women’s and children’s care.