Krevans, 56, joined Sutter in 1999 and has been COO since 2012.
Early in her career, Krevans was appointed deputy director of the Bureau of Medical Services for the state of Maine, and went on to be appointed the state's acting director of Medicaid, health planning and licensure programs at age 29.
Before working at Sutter, Krevans joined Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente in 1987 as assistant administrator at its South San Francisco Medical Center. She went on to work as administrator of the Permanente Medical Group Sacramento and as senior VP and area manager of Kaiser's busy, six-county Valley Service Area.
Krevans joined Sutter 16 years ago as senior VP of managed care and was later named regional executive officer and president of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, overseeing operations throughout the San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento Valley.
“I feel incredibly both grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead Sutter Health at this time,” Krevan said in an interview. “I think Pat has worked to build an incredible team and an incredible organization.”
As COO, Krevans has led several major initiatives, including a $20 million three-year commitment in 2012 to form a systemwide team tasked with developing new products and care solutions. She also oversaw the establishment of a shared-service center to consolidate functions no related to patient care, such as finance, billing and human resources.
As a former state bureaucrat herself, Krevans said she respects the decisionmakers at the state and federal levels, but acknowledged that it's still a difficult environment for healthcare organizations in regards to issues like consolidation and reimbursement.
“I think healthcare is incredibly complex, and as you bring together federal and state regulations that don't often match up, it can be challenging for providers,” Krevans said. “There's a lot of experimentation going on at the federal level and it's going to continue to be a very challenging time for provider systems.”