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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


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