Everett Clinic CEO joins DaVita
Chris Knapp, chief legal officer, now will lead the health care provider.
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.