Providence Names New President & CEO 

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Dr. Rod Hochman named next president & CEO of Providence Health & Services


SEATTLE – The sponsors and board of directors of Providence Health & Services today named Rod Hochman, MD, the next president & CEO of the health system. Effective July 1, Dr. Hochman, who is currently a group president for Providence, will succeed John Koster, MD, who recently announced he will retire at the end of the year.


Providence is a not-for-profit, Catholic health care system with a 156-year history of providing acute, ambulatory, hospice and health care services. The health system’s more than 64,000 employees and 3,000 employed physicians serve communities in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


“With 30 years of clinical and health care executive leadership experience, we are confident that Dr. Hochman is the right leader to continue our transformational work in the delivery of health care,” said Mike Holcomb, chair, board of directors.


“Most important to us, Dr. Hochman has a deep passion for our Mission, vision and values and demonstrates that passion in all that he does,” Sr. Anita Butler, president, Providence Ministries, the sponsors of Providence Health & Services.


Current Group President Mike Butler, 51, has been asked to serve in a broader role as president of operations and services. “For 15 years, Mike has helped Providence to remain one of the most operationally disciplined, financially stable and strategically well-positioned health systems in the nation,” says Holcomb. “He and Dr. Hochman have a great partnership and shared affinity for the Mission.”


Before serving as group president for Providence, Dr. Hochman, age 57, practiced as a physician, managed hospitals and health systems, taught medical students, negotiated and successfully executed managed care contracts, and led medical groups. Prior to Providence, he was president & CEO of Swedish, where he reimagined the organization’s approach to community benefit and community service, firmly establishing Swedish as a true partner to every person in every community served.  Dr. Hochman also led Swedish’s efforts to form an affiliation with Providence, resulting in a unique relationship that is well positioned to improve quality, reduce costs and increase access to health care in Western Washington.

“I am deeply honored to follow Dr. Koster’s leadership and continue to serve the Providence Mission,” says Dr. Hochman. “Providence is a leader in providing both quality health care and community benefit programs and I am committed to help continue our legacy of compassionate service.”


Dr. Koster will work with Dr. Hochman and Butler to ensure a seamless transition.


“These are important years of transformation in health care,” said Dr. Koster. “Rod’s experience as a clinician, his tenure leading a health system and his commitment to Mission-driven care will help ensure Providence can continue to improve the health of all of the communities we serve.”


Dr. Hochman’s medical background is in rheumatology and internal medicine and he has served as a clinical fellow in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Hochman has worked on both coasts and has served as a board member on national public, private and faith-based organizations.




Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 400 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The combined health systems employ more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Washington. In 2012, Providence and Swedish provided more than $807 million in community benefit, including nearly $270 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began more than 155 years ago. Together, Providence and Swedish are working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care in all of the communities they serve.