Providence executive named AHA chair-elect
Providence Health Care Chief Executive named 2016 chair-elect to American Hospital Association Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council
Spokane, WA—Elaine Couture, R.N., chief executive of Providence Health Care, is 2016 chair-elect of the American Hospital Association's (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals. Couture will assume the role of chairperson in 2017. The section is a forum for suburban and urban hospitals throughout the country to discuss common interests and concerns and to participate in the AHA policy process. The Metropolitan governing council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.
As the chief executive of Providence Health Care, Couture oversees a health system that employees nearly 7,000 employees in Spokane and Stevens counties. Its system includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital – both nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah. It also includes a full continuum of services – Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley, three urgent care centers, home health, assisted living, adult day health and skilled nursing care. Providence Medical Group of eastern Washington includes 700 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical sub-specialists and medical specialists.
Couture has been in health care for her entire career, first as a bedside nurse and nurse manager, as a chief nursing officer, and as chief executive for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital. She has been chief executive of Providence Health Care since 2013.