Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System on Thursday announced the new head of the MultiCare’s Auburn Regional Medical Center it will acquire Oct. 1.
David Nicewonger, who has served as the administrator of the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center for eight years, will lead MultiCare Auburn Medical Center as its chief operating officer. That position is the top leadership at the hospital.
“David is a respected leader who inspires his team to put patients first and to continue to look for ways to advance our care. He’s the right person to lead the transition at Auburn and to share our mission and values with the community,” said Diane Cecchettini, president and CEO of MultiCare Health System. “We are very excited to expand the services we offer in South King County this fall.”
Nicewonger holds a master’s of business administration from City University with a health administration emphasis. During his time leading the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, the organization was recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers with the 2011 Innovation Award for improving the patient experience, MultiCare said. Nicewonger is a former Auburn resident who plans to move back to the city.
This fall, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center will become part of MultiCare’s integrated nonprofit health care system, which includes Tacoma General Hospital, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center, Allenmore Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and numerous outpatient clinics and specialty centers.
In South King County, MultiCare operates a network of primary care, specialty care and urgent care clinics in Auburn, Kent, Covington and Maple Valley, as well as the new emergency department that opened in April at the MultiCare Covington Medical Center. MultiCare also has plans to build a hospital in Covington.