Everett Clinic CEO joins DaVita

Chris Knapp, chief le­gal of­fi­cer, now will lead the health care provider.

The Daily Herald - - HERALD BUSINESS JOURNAL - By Jim Davis The Her­ald Busi­ness Jour­nal

EVERETT — The long-time CEO of The Everett Clinic will be tak­ing on a new role with DaVita Health Care, which pur­chased the health care provider ear­lier this year.

Rick Cooper will serve as the Pa­cific North­west mar­ket pres­i­dent for the Den­ver-based com­pany. He has served as the CEO of The Everett Clinic for more than 30 years.

Chris Knapp, the chief le­gal of­fi­cer for The Everett Clinic, has been pro­moted to the CEO po­si­tion.

“DaVita will em­ploy Rick’s ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­per­tise and re­gional in­flu­ence in a new role as North­west mar­ket pres­i­dent and Chris has demon­strated out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and is ready to lead The Everett Clinic as CEO,” said DaVita Health­Care Part­ners’ Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Joe Mello in a news re­lease.

Knapp, who has been le­gal coun­sel for the clinic since 1997 and its chief le­gal of­fi­cer since 2012, will con­tinue The Everett Clinic’s plans for growth and in­no­va­tion, Mello said.

“Chris has the en­thu­si­as­tic en­dorse­ment of The Everett Clinic’s Clin­i­cal Lead­er­ship Board,” said Dr. Shawn Slack, board pres­i­dent, in the re­lease.

“We’re for­tu­nate to have this depth and strength of ca­pa­ble lead­er­ship as we con­tinue to pro­vide out­stand­ing care to our pa­tients, and seam­less ex­cel­lence in qual­ity and ser­vice dur­ing this tran­si­tion,” Slack said.

DaVita took con­trol of the in­de­pen­dent med­i­cal group March 1. The Everett Clinic kept its name and con­tin­ues to be run by a physi­cian board.

It op­er­ates as a sub­sidiary to

DaVita, a For­tune 500 com­pany that op­er­ates 2,000 out­pa­tient kid­ney dial­y­sis cen­ters na­tion­ally. DaVita paid $405 mil­lion for The Everett Clinic.

The Everett Clinic is un­der­go­ing an am­bi­tious plan for growth.

Next month, it plans to open a $17 mil­lion, 40,000-square-foot clinic in Shore­line at 1201 N. 175th St., next to the Trader Joe’s.

It’s the health care provider’s first clinic out­side of Sno­homish County.

And the clinic re­cently signed a lease on a 31,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity that will be­come an am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter at 21401 72nd Ave. W in Ed­monds.

The clinic hopes that will open at the end of the year.

Chris Knapp

Rick Cooper

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