Swedish Medical Center
December 01, 2015


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Nicole Williams

Matthew P. Leary Named Chief Operating Officer of Swedish Medical Center

Englewood, CO (December 1, 2015) – HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center is pleased to announce Matthew P. Leary,  has been named the new Chief Operating Officer effective January 18, 2016.

Leary will transition from his current role as Chief Financial Officer at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas to Swedish Medical Center, HealthONE’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Trauma Research Program.

“Swedish Medical Center is nationally recognized and has an outstanding reputation for its centers of excellence,” said Leary. “I am excited to work as part of their executive team with staff and physicians to help continue to advance the high level of services Swedish provides.”

The 368-bed hospital has 2,000 employees, over 1,300 physicians, and cares for over 200,000 patients annually. A winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for more than a decade, Swedish is also a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters.

As Colorado’s leader in neurosciences, Swedish was the first Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center, the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region and developed the first multi-state telemedicine program for stroke. Additionally, Swedish is the region’s most accredited center for cardiac care. Leary joins Swedish about half way through the expansion of their neurosciences facilities scheduled to open in 2017.

“Swedish Medical Center is always advancing programs, investing in the latest technology and working to meet community needs,” said Leary.  “The current 50 million dollar neuroscience expansion project and the recent addition of the region’s only burn program at a Level 1 Trauma are just a couple examples of what makes this an exciting opportunity. Additionally, I am excited to work with employees and within a culture that reflects all the amazing things Swedish does as evidenced by outstanding quality outcomes.”

In Leary’s 21 years in healthcare he has gained experience in overseeing facility expansion. While acting as the Chief Financial Officer at Wesley Medical Center Leary lead parts of the acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital, a physician owned specialty hospital. Additionally, while the Chief Financial Officer at HCA Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Missouri Leary helped open the 64-bed facility as well as continued expansion into new service lines. While in Kansas Leary has also taken the lead in legislative issues helping to secure funds for medical research and education.

An active member in the community, Leary has served on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Health Information Exchange, Chamber of Commerce and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Wichita. Additionally, Leary was asked to participate in the Kansas Health Association Medicaid Expansion Funding Options Task Force and the State of Kansas Health Care Access Improvement Panel.

Leary is relocating to Colorado with his wife of 25 years, Jill and their three dogs. They also have two children, 21-year-old Tyler and 18-year-old Grace who is a freshman at Flagler College in Sr. Augustine, Florida.

About Swedish

Swedish Medical Center serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for neurotrauma and as the region’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a recognized leader in the most advanced stroke care. In 2015 Swedish became the first Level 1 Trauma Center with a dedicated burn Critical Care Unit. The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado specializes in burn care for patients of any age. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds. Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees.  As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care.  In addition, our family of services includes six hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.