Caring with Compassion Across Alaska

Providence serves Alaskans in six communities - Anchorage, Eagle River, Kodiak Island, Mat-Su, Seward, and Valdez. Providence Alaska is the state's largest private employer with more than 4,000 full and part-time employees working for the organization statewide. Finding compassionate, affordable health care is easy thanks to Providence. Providence Medical Group - Alaska offers primary and specialty care to adults and children.

Among our unique services are Alaska's only children's hospital and the only Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit. We also provide treatments and technologies available only at Providence Alaska Medical Center

Providence Alaska Executive Team
  • Preston Simmons, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive
  • Monica Anderson, Chief Mission Integration Officer
  • Amy Miller, Region Finance Director
  • Ella Goss, MSN, RN, Chief Executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Michael Bernstein, MD, Chief Medical Officer
  • Elizabeth Paxton, MSN, RN, NE-BC Region Chief Nursing Officer
  • Tamara Brown, Chief Executive, Providence Medical Group Alaska
  • Sheldon Fisher, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Suzanne Carte-Cocroft, CFRE, President, Providence Alaska Foundation
  • Florian Borowski, Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Kirsten Schultz, Chief Communications Officer
  • Renee Rafferty, Regional Director, Behavioral Health
  • Jeff Davis, Chief Population Health Officer
2021 Providence Alaska Regional Board Members
  • Pamela Shirrell, RN
  • Christine (Potter) Kramer, DNP, Chair
  • Stephanie Kesler,
  • Lisa D.H. Aquino, MHS
  • Sarah Barton
  • Tim Bateman, MD
  • Estrada Bernard, Jr., MD, FACS
  • Pat Branson
  • Doug Capra
  • Joe N. Faulhaber
  • Scott Habberstad
  • Kathy Hurlburt, MD
  • T. Noah Laufer, MD
  • Donna Logan, Secretary
  • Preston Simmons, DSC – ex officio member
  • Steve Smith, MD
  • Scott Wellman, MD
  • Tanya Kirk
  • Martin Parsons
Creating healthier communities, together

The Providence Mission reaches out beyond the walls of care settings to touch lives in the places where relief, comfort and care are needed. One important way we do this is through community benefit spending.

These investments not only support the health and well-being of our patients, but the whole community. Through programs and donations, Providence’s community benefit connects families with preventive care to keep them healthy, fills gaps in community services and provides opportunities that bring hope in difficult times.

When the Sisters of Providence began our tradition of caring nearly 160 years ago, their ministry greatly depended on partnering with others in the community who were committed to doing good. Today, we collaborate with social service and government agencies, charitable foundations, community organizations, universities and many other partners to identify the greatest needs and create solutions together. 

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Community Health Needs Assessments
How we discover the needs of our communities

For generations, Providence has partnered with people of goodwill to offer a caring hand of compassion. We collaborate with social service and government agencies, charitable foundations, community organizations, universities and many other partners to identify the greatest needs through community health needs assessments. Then our solutions are reflected in community health improvement plans.

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Providence has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome during the Gold Rush. This pioneering spirit set the standard for modern health care in Alaska and formed the foundation for Providence's growth as the state's leading health care provider. 

Following rumors of striking gold, prospectors headed to Alaska in droves. By 1900, over 10,000 inhabitants occupied the town. With no formalized government, the community had few provisions for social welfare and local leaders look beyond the town for help. Heeding their call, two Roman Catholic priests arrive in July 1901. Knowing of the great works of the Sisters of Providence, they persuade the Sisters to establish a much needed hospital in Nome.

The missionary and service tradition of the Sisters of Providence compelled them to extend their work to the far reaches of Alaska. To the delight of the community, the Sisters arrived in Nome on June 10, 1902. Once settled in Nome, the Sisters purchased a two-story building and establish the Holy Cross Hospital. They provided shelter, care and compassion to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Learn more about our Alaska history