Swedish Medical Center Leadership...



Anthony A. Armada, Chief Executive

Tony ArmadaAnthony A. “Tony” Armada is chief executive of Swedish Health Services. Prior to joining Swedish in November of 2013, Armada served as president for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Lutheran General is one of the flagship hospitals of Advocate Health Care, the largest health-care provider in Illinois.

Before joining Advocate Lutheran General, Armada was president and chief executive officer for Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Mich. from 2004 to 2009. He also served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s metropolitan Los Angeles service area from May 2000 to May 2004, and has held diverse senior leadership roles in his 29 years in the health-care field.

In 2012, Armada was appointed president of the Healthcare Executives Study Society, a voluntary educational organization for health-care professionals. In 2011 he became a member of the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Committee. He was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago in 2010. As Armada values diversity in health-care leadership, he has also served as chairman of the board for the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management. In November 2007 he was appointed the inaugural chairman of the newly formed Asian Healthcare Leaders Association, a national organization which promotes lifelong learning, coaching and mentoring, career development and networking opportunities in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity, American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In 2008, 2010 and 2014, Armada was selected as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was the recipient of the ACHE 2011 Dean Conley Award for his article, “Diversity in Healthcare: Time to Get REAL!,” published in the spring 2010 issue of Frontiers of Health Services Management.

Armada has served on the Xavier University President Council and Graduate Program in Health Services Administration Advisory Board, and Michigan State University Dean’s Board of Advisors in the College of Natural Science. He serves as a mentor for the American College of Healthcare Executives and other resident/fellowship programs.

Armada received his bachelor’s degree in human medicine-medical technology from Michigan State University, and his dual master’s degree in hospital administration and business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Executives Study Society.


John H. Vassall II, M.D., Chief Medical OfficerJohn Vassall II, M.D.

John Vassall, M.D., is a board-certified internist and chief medical officer for Swedish.

In this role, he is a liaison between Swedish medical staff and Swedish Administration and oversees the management of medical education, medical staff services, clinical effectiveness, regulatory compliance and other areas associated with medical affairs.

Prior to his most recent position as vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Vassal was chief of staff from 2005 to 2007 and former division chief of General Internal Medicine at Minor & James Medical. He served as chief of staff-elect from 2003 to 2005 and he was medical staff president for Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus. He has been on staff at Swedish/Cherry Hill since1983 and at Swedish/First Hill since 1984.

Dr. Vassall earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin. He holds a master's of science degree from the University of Washington (U.W.), where he also graduated from the School of Medicine. He did his residency and internship in internal medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Universty Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta. He is a graduate of the U.W.'s Certificate Program in Medical Management.

Dr. Vassall servies on Swedish's Bylaws and Credentials committees and is past president of the U.W. School of Medicine Alumni Association. He is an American Medical Association delegate from the Washington State Medical Association. He served for almost two decades as speaker of the House of Delegates for the Washington state Medical Association and is a member of the Boards of Trustees for both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Assocation.

In early November 2006, Dr. Vassall received the 2006 Washington-American College of Physicians Internist of the Year award by his peers for outstanding clinical skills and leadership.


Steve Dresang, M.D., Chief of the Department of Family Medicine

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