Providence names new physician services leaders

March 08, 2013
SEATTLE – Providence Health & Services has named two new leaders for physician services across the five-state system. Craig Wright, M.D., will serve as senior vice president, physician services. Joining him in the leadership team is Mike Waters, who will serve as chief administrative officer, physician services.

Dr. Wright is currently chief executive, physicians and clinical services for Providence in Oregon. Previously, he has served as a Providence staff physician, led Medalia Healthcare, was a medical director for Swedish Physicians and held various leadership positions in Oregon. Dr. Wright received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. and his medical degree from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine in Seattle.

“I’m looking forward to new opportunities and working with our medical groups across the ministry,” said Dr. Wright. “I’m most proud of the people of Providence who care for some of our most vulnerable patients and communities. Thousands of people every day feel the scope and breadth of their work.”

Prior to joining Providence, Waters was the administrative director of Swedish Medical Group, which includes more than 900 employed providers and 100 primary and specialty care clinics. Previously, Waters worked in Dallas, Texas, where he held leadership positions in several national consulting firms. He has a master’s in health care administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“I’m honored to be a part of Providence Medical Group’s Mission to deliver the best health care at the most affordable cost to the communities we serve,” said Waters. “The medical group clinics are often the first place a patient and provider connect. We see millions of patients annually across five states, and this is a tremendous opportunity to ensure those connections are as meaningful as possible.”

Dr. Wright will begin his new position in early April and Waters will begin immediately.