Regional business and government partners welcome two decades of leadership experience involving several large health systems around the country.

Seattle, Wash. (June 29, 2021) – Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) today announced Ketul J. Patel, chief executive officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has been appointed as the new co-chair of Greater Seattle Partners’ Executive Council. He succeeds Brad Tilden who recently retired as chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group. Patel will co-chair the Executive Council alongside Phyllis Campbell, chairman, Pacific Northwest of JP Morgan Chase.

Ketul Patel, CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

“I am excited to take on this role at such a pivotal time for our region. The need for Greater Seattle Partners and the public and private partnerships it represents has never been more essential in bridging the business, government and civic sectors to welcome new investments that promote our region on the global stage. Greater Seattle Partners’ approach to regional economic development will continue to drive our culture of collaboration and help build our economy back stronger and more equitably than before,” said Ketul Patel, chief executive officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.

“Ketul’s proven leadership running large, multidisciplinary organizations that are focused on value-based care and improving people’s lives makes him an ideal leader for this new role on the Executive Council. At the end of the day, Greater Seattle Partners exists to create and sustain opportunity and prosperity for all.” said Phyllis Campbell, chairman, Pacific Northwest of JP Morgan Chase and Executive Council co-chair of GSP.

“We have a bold vision for the future of Greater Seattle. Ketul’s invaluable experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors, coupled with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s deep history in the Puget Sound area, allows us to build on a vibrant foundation for regional economic development,” said Chris Mefford, interim chief executive officer of Greater Seattle Partners. “Together we will create more access to opportunity for our diverse communities in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties with best practices for business attraction, job creation and support for talent development.”

Ketul J. Patel is President, Pacific Northwest Division, CommonSpirit Health and Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Prior to joining Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Patel served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Chief Operations Officer at Hackensack University Health Network and Hackensack University Medical Center located in northern New Jersey. Patel’s more than two decades of leadership experience involves several large health systems around the country. He served as vice president of operations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Magee-Women’s Hospital; senior vice president at Franciscan Health Alliance St. James Health in Chicago; and vice president for strategic planning and business development at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Patel holds master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a bachelor’s degree from The John Hopkins University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Greater Seattle Partners (GSP) is a public-private partnership that leads regional economic development through global business attraction, site selection and investment and trade opportunities in the greater Seattle region. GSP collaborates with community and economic development partners to ensure that every person in the Puget Sound region has the opportunity to prosper. We strive to attract and retain quality family/living wage jobs across all communities of the region. Throughout the world we tell the story of our talent, pioneering spirit, unique communities, and quality of life. For more information visit


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