Rick Cooper is Chief Executive Officer of The Everett Clinic, which serves more than 295,000 patients in Snohomish County. He joined The Everett Clinic in 1977 and became CEO in 1985. During his tenure Mr. Cooper has helped position the Clinic as one of the most successful and recognized healthcare provider medical groups in the Pacific Northwest. The Everett Clinic is often cited for its quality improvement, service excellence, and cost containment practices in the national media, including Businessweek Magazine, US News & World Report and The New York Times. Mr. Cooper has been named Executive of the Year by the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, Top Healthcare Executive by Seattle Business Magazine, and Entrepreneur of the Year finalist by Ernst & Young. Under his leadership The Everett Clinic has been named a Top 100 Company to Work for by FORTUNE Magazine three times, a Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review, the number one Large Company to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine, and Employer of the Year by the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce. The Clinic has also been named a Top Corporate Philanthropist in Washington State by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Mr. Cooper is active in several professional associations at the state and national level. He is past Chairman of the American Medical Group Association, and former President of the Washington State Medical Group Management Association. He is actively involved in several community and civic organizations and currently serves as the Chair of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, the succession organization of regional Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations. Mr. Cooper is an active supporter of local human services organizations and serves as a member of the Tocqueville Society which aims to change lives through philanthropic leadership and giving. He received his master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan.