About Us

Providence has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome in 1902 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.

Today, 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.

We're committed to increasing transparency with quality and patient safety.

Learn more about quality and safety

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
2019
2015- 2018
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Designation - 2018
  • Recognition from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care - 2018
  • Certified Bariatric Center of Excellence in through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) - 2018
  • 2018 Forbes' list of Best Employers in the following categories:
    • Best for new grads
    • Best for women
  • 2018 U.S. News & World Report best in Alaska for four specialties:
    • Gynecology
    • Nephrology
    • Orthopedics
    • Urology
  • Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth – 2017
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification – 2017
  • American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award – 2017
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke care, the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll – 2017
  • American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award – 2016
  • American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award – 2016
  • The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized The Children’s Hospital at Providence for excellence in lactation care. – 2016
  • American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award – 2016
  • Comprehensive Pediatric Emergency Care Facility certification – 2016
  • The Vermont Oxford Network has named The Children’s Hospital at Providence a 2016 Center of Excellence in Education and Training – 2016
  • American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award – 2015
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.

About Providence Alaska

Providence Health & Services has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome in 1902 during the gold rush. Today, Providence serves Alaskans in six communities – Anchorage, Eagle River, Kodiak Island, Mat-Su, Seward and Valdez – with five hospitals, nearly 30 clinics and a diverse range of community services. With more than 4,000 caregivers (all employees), Providence is the state's largest private employer.

Learn more about how we help

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.

View Community Health Needs Assessments

Furthering the mission

Community partnership grant applications are accepted and reviewed annually (typically August through October), and funding notifications are issued in December.

Important update

To ease the way for our community partners and modernize our application and reporting questions and processes, Providence Alaska Foundation is excited to announce that we are upgrading to a cloud-based community partnership grants application and reporting platform. We anticipate that the platform will be available for use beginning in summer 2021. To orient our community partners to this new platform, we will be conducting several virtual training sessions in fall 2021, and will share those dates on this webpage. In the meantime, please continue to submit your community partnership grant reports to foundation@providence.org, and call Lindsie Mills at 907-308-2042 or Nathan Johnson at 907-212-6224 directly regarding future partnership opportunities.

For sponsorship requests, please complete a sponsorship request form by November 20 of the preceding year. A member of the Providence Marketing & Communications office will follow up with you. Most sponsorship requests will be decided in late December of the prior year or early January of the sponsorship year. For more information, or if you missed the deadline to submit a request, please email Katie Marquette, community relations manager or call 907-212-6081.

If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event and donating the proceeds to Providence Alaska Foundation, please visit our fundraising page to learn more or contact us