CHI Franciscan Health has selected Ian G. Worden as its new chief operating officer. In his role, Worden will be responsible for directing the operations of acute care services, coordinating and integrating services, and ensuring the delivery of cost-effective care.
“Ian has more than 20 years of leadership experience in health care, directing clinical and financial operations of nonprofit, faith based health systems,” said Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer, CHI Franciscan. “His proven track record to lead and succeed is a perfect fit for CHI Franciscan, as we advance our mission to be the premier health care provider in the Pacific Northwest.”
Most recently, Worden led St. Vincent Health System, a 23 hospital system in Indiana, as its executive vice president/chief operations officer. As the COO, of the largest health care system in Indiana, he drove the system from a financially struggling operation to the most profitable regional system in Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.
Worden joined St. Vincent in 2000 as its senior vice president-Finance/chief operating officer. From 1995 to 2000, he was chief financial officer at PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest and join CHI Franciscan Health,” said Worden. “CHI Franciscan has a proud tradition of providing high quality and compassionate care to residents of the Puget Sound for more than one hundred years. I’m looking forward to working with all the exceptional physicians, leaders, and staff at CHI Franciscan as we embark on becoming the premier health care provider in the Pacific Northwest.”
Worden received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. He has a master’s in neuroscience, an MBA and a master’s in hospital administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He will join CHI Franciscan Health on Oct. 19, and will serve on the system’s senior executive team.