Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, named Rodney Hochman as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 2. He will succeed Richard Peterson, 62, who announced his retirement in June 2006 after 12 often-tumultuous years at Swedishs helm. Hochman, 51, a physician, currently is executive vice president of Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Va., overseeing the operations of five of the companys seven hospitals, as well as its medical group, legal and corporate compliance divisions. Prior to that, he was Sentaras chief medical officer and administrator of 469-bed Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Hochman was the recipient of Modern Physicians 2001 Physician Executive Award of Excellence. Swedish, one of the Pacific Northwests largest not-for-profit medical centers, operates three hospital campuses with a total of 685 beds, 12 clinics and a standalone emergency department. -- by Laura B. Benko
Hochman to head Seattle system
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