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Children’s Hospital names new chief executive

October 22, 2015
Keith Georgeson, MD - Chief Executive, Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, WA.

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Spokane, WA—Keith Georgeson, M.D. has been named chief executive of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Dr. Georgeson will assume his new responsibility in January 2016.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital has grown substantially since first opening in 2003,” says Elaine Couture, regional chief executive of Providence Health Care. “It has become clear that the hospital requires an executive leader with the sole responsibility of overseeing its strategic and operational management,” she says.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the Providence Health & Services five-state system (Washington, Montana, Oregon, California and Alaska), serving patients and their families from Canada to Oregon, and throughout eastern Washington, north Idaho and Montana. Its service area extends to about 1.5 million people.

It is the only facility in the region prepared to serve the most critically ill and injured children who require complex care and extended hospital stays. It has 177 beds and a full range of specialties representing all major pediatric subspecialties. The hospital provides the region’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care and a dedicated children’s emergency center with Level II trauma care, among other specialty services.

As chief executive of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Dr. Georgeson will have overall responsibility for the hospital and will participate with leadership throughout the system to ensure continuous advancement in the care of children. “Dr. Georgeson is uniquely qualified for this new position, bringing a wealth of expertise and years of experience in working with children services,” adds Couture.

Dr. Georgeson is nationally recognized as a leader in children’s health care. He served as director of the American Board of Surgery from 2000-2006 and chairman of the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery from 2003-2006. He is past president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and a founding member and past president of the international Pediatric Endosurgery Group. In 2011 he was awarded the William E. Ladd Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field of pediatric surgery.

He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University; and completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He spent most of his academic career at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital of Alabama for more than 20 years. Dr. Georgeson has served as chief of children’s services at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital for the past three years.