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Personally Speaking ... with

Nancy Steiger

Photos courtesy of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Her path from clinical nursing background to CEO chair

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ow can you condense into 10 words or less a description of heading two organizations, traveling thousands of miles a year over dozens of days, and managing the largest employer in Whatcom County with almost $200 million in payroll? PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center did it this way in the title for Nancy Steiger: CEO & Chief Mission Officer, and CEO of the Northwest Network. That means she is responsible not only for the Bellingham hospital, but also the parent health-care system’s operations in SE Alaska, Sedro-Woolley, and San Juan Island properties, plus serving on the board of directors for the system in Vancouver, Wash. The scope of her work just in Bellingham: more than 2,700 employees, 400 doctors, 400 volunteers, 253 bed-hospital operation with 19 major services, 19 specialty services – the ongoing mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace over the last 121 years as a non-profit that declines nobody who needs health care. During a one-hour session with Mike McKenzie, managing editor of 18 | BUSINESSPULSE.COM


Business Pulse Magazine: Winter 2013