Doctors at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, voted to support President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Peterson, narrowly averting a no-confidence vote that could have ousted Peterson after nearly a decade as head of the region's largest hospital. Of physicians who voted, 330 said they had confidence in Peterson's leadership of the 1,245-bed hospital, and 313 said they did not. Ballots were sent to 1,192 active members of the medical staff and tallied Wednesday. Doctors had complained that Peterson ignored them when making strategic decisions that threatened to undermine physicians' private practices. In particular, neurosurgeons had objected to Swedish's decision in April to hire in-house doctors to build its own neurosurgical specialty center. Peterson is credited with leading Swedish through an unprecedented growth phase since taking charge in 1995. -- by Laura B. Benko
CEO avoids no-confidence vote by narrow margin
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