Swedish Medical Center December 21, 2018

After a nationwide search, Swedish Medical Center has selected a new Chief Operating Officer, Karl Leistikow, who will join Swedish in January 2019.

A native of Wisconsin, Karl has worked for HCA Healthcare for more than 10 years including the last five with Trident Health in South Carolina. There he served as Vice President of Operations at Trident Medical Center, a 313 bed, level two trauma center, and for the past two years as Chief Operating Officer at Summerville Medical Center, a 94 bed comprehensive acute care hospital.

Karl spearheaded numerous construction projects while at Trident Health including a $61 million women's and surgical expansion, an outpatient rehabilitation center, a freestanding emergency department and a 17 bed behavioral health unit. He also saw strong growth in admissions and surgical volumes during his tenure, and achieved physician satisfaction scores in the 93rd percentile.

Karl completed his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Ripon College. He went on to receive his Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

About Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA's HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state's first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region's neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south Denver area's only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology.