Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth today announced that Jason Wood, MBA, MS, has been named new chief information officer (CIO) for the Kirkland-based health system. Wood was selected through an extensive national search and replaces Jack Peters who served as the interim CIO for the past year following the retirement of John Dwight, who previously served as CIO since 2017.
Wood has led an extensive career in information technology, and he brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership and IT management specifically within the health care space. Most recently, he served as CIO for OptumCare-Northwest, a health care network which includes The Everett Clinic, The Polyclinic, Northwest Physicians Network, Physician Care Network, Physicians Care Alliance, Oregon Groups & Optum Care Network-Washington.
“We look forward to welcoming Jason and his proven track record for innovation in health care IT to our leadership team. His ability to develop highly engaged teams and demonstrated success in overseeing complex technology systems and initiatives will help continue to build on our existing infrastructure and identify future growth opportunities to better serve our community,” said Chris Bredeson, chief operating officer of EvergreenHealth.
While at OptumCare-Northwest, Wood led a team of nearly 200 employees, whose work focused on the areas of Data & Analytics, EPIC Clinical and Revenue Systems, Digital Health, Enterprise PMO, IT Finance, Purchasing, IT Contracting, Applications, Network/Systems Engineering, Helpdesk/Field Support, Telecommunications and Health Information Management. Throughout his tenue, Wood led a regional transformation with demonstrated success in shift to value, process improvement and IT team restart, with a focus on service excellence and execution.
According to Wood, he enjoys working creatively with others to solve problems. “It’s my job to understand where IT can best engage to support the delivery of exceptional care,” Wood shared. “Information technology is woven into every process. It’s critical for IT to be at the table for discussion and to innovate and help generate solutions.”
Wood received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Washington State University. He then earned his Master of Science in Information Systems Management from Seattle Pacific University and his Master of Business Administration with a Healthcare Management concentration from the University of Arizona.
Outside of the health system, Wood is part of various local CIO boards, collaborates with other IT professionals in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys spending time with his wife and their two sons.
To learn more about EvergreenHealth and its leadership team, please visit www.evergreenhealth.com/evergreenhealth-leadership.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system?is named?as?one of?Healthgrades?America’s 50 Best Hospitals?and it?is one of only?407?hospitals nationwide to?hold?a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).?Learn more at?www.evergreenhealth.com.
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