Swedish Medical Center
August 19, 2016

Media Contact:
Nicole Williams

Englewood, CO (August 17, 2016) –
Swedish Medical Center has named Ryan Thornton, RN, MA, BSN, BA as Chief Nursing Officer, assuming his new role on August 24, 2016.

Swedish Medical Center is a 408 licensed bed hospital, Level 1 Trauma Center and two affiliated emergency rooms in Lakewood and Littleton, CO. Swedish is also the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center as designated by The Joint Commission, recently added a comprehensive burn program, and is underway on a 52-million dollar neurosciences expansion. Thornton has served as Associate CNO at Swedish since 2013.

“In his time here at Swedish Medical Center, Ryan has shown tremendous leadership, commitment to culture, and has made a positive impact in our patient experience,” said Richard A. Hammett, CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “He has a clear focus on quality care, process improvement, and developing an internal leadership pipeline for our clinical staff that will make him successful as our Chief Nursing Officer.”

Thornton has been instrumental in the opening of the burn service line, TAVR program, and the opening of the Belmar ER. His work in quality implemented multiple nurse driven protocols including the Sepsis Initiative, Core Measures, and making Swedish the only Colorado hospital with Advanced Heart Failure, CABG and CAD The Joint Commission accreditations. Other accomplishments include the Swedish Emergency Department receiving the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award for leadership and innovation, and the initiation of a Nursing Shared Governance Structure, and a nomination by staff for the Nightingale Award for nursing excellence.

“Swedish expands and changes at rapid pace,” said Thornton. “To be the nursing leader at such an accomplished facility and to oversee the growth of so many services needed by our community, and region is an honor.” 

A Colorado native, Thornton completed his degrees at the University of Northern Colorado, served in the United States Air Force for nearly ten years, and is a graduate of the HCA Executive Development Program. Before returning to Colorado, Thornton spent time in Anchorage, AK with the USAF, became Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Rose Medical Center, another HealthONE facility, and Chief Clinical Officer at Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, UT. Thornton has been married to his wife, Amanda, for 22 years and has two children. He enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and biking.

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. An acute care hospital with 408 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.