Providence Alaska Executive Team

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Preston Simmons
Senior Vice President and Chief Executive

Preston Simmons serves currently as chief executive for the Providence Alaska Region, including operating entities in Anchorage, Kodiak, Palmer, Seward and Valdez. Preston joined Providence Health & Services Alaska in January 2018, when he assumed the role of chief operating and administrative officer. 

Providence’s programs range from acute, long term, assisted living and residential care to ambulatory clinics, as well as joint ventures in imaging technologies, long-term acute care, ambulatory surgery and air ambulance services. The collective services deliver care for more than 17,000 acute care admissions and nearly 500,000 outpatient visits annually. Providence Alaska employs approximately 4,000 people and is the largest private employer in Alaska.

Preston has been a leader within Providence since 2007 in a variety of roles, including chief executive officer of Providence’s Northwest Washington Region and chief operating and administrative officer of the Western Washington Region.

Preston has served as a senior associate administrator for the University of Washington Medical Center. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of a rural hospital in the Samaritan Health System in Page, Arizona. He also served in senior leadership roles at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle. He holds a doctor of science in health services from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a master’s in health administration from the University of Washington. He is a clinical professor for the university’s Department of Health Services and is board certified as an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

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Monica Anderson
Chief Mission Integration Officer

Monica Anderson, Chief Mission Integration Officer for Providence Health & Services Alaska, is responsible for the organization's spiritual care, ethics, community services and community benefits. In her role she promotes our Mission and Core Values -- their understanding, meaning and operationalization -- in each of the Providence facilities in Alaska.

Anderson began serving at Providence in 1992. Prior to her current position she worked as Director of Mission/Spiritual Care for Providence Alaska Medical Center, and as Director of Spiritual Care for Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Ore. She also held a position as chaplain for Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore., and Director of Spiritual Care at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, W.V.

The child of a military family, Anderson grew up in a variety of Navy bases on the East and West coasts. She holds a BA in Theology from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., and an MA in counseling through West Virginia Graduate Studies. She is a board-certified professional chaplain with more than 2000 hours of clinical pastoral education.
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Amy Miller
Region Finance Director

Amy Miller has served as the region finance director for Providence Health & Services Alaska since 2008.Since joining Providence in 2006, Amy has served as senior financial analyst and region accounting manager. Prior to joining Providence, Amy worked for Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, serving in a variety of finance capacities, including chief financial officer.

Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned her MBA in healthcare management from Oregon Health Sciences University and Portland State University.  Amy also maintains her designation as a Certified Management Accountant.
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Ella Goss, MSN, RN
Chief Executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center

Ella Goss, MSN, RN, is Providence Alaska Medical Center’s senior executive, overseeing all medical center services at the 401-bed hospital. Prior to her appointment as chief executive, Goss served as the director of the Providence Cancer Center, the state’s most comprehensive cancer treatment facility.

Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in the hospital’s Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland.

Goss has a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Ill. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality.

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Michael Bernstein, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

As chief medical officer, Michael Bernstein, M.D., is responsible for working to achieve superior patient outcomes at Providence facilities across Alaska, including supervision of hospital safety and partnership with community physicians.

Dr. Bernstein comes to Alaska from Providence St. Joseph Health in Los Angeles, where he served most recently as chief medical officer of Providence Medical Foundations and president of Providence Specialty Medical Group. During his time in Los Angeles, Dr. Bernstein worked with more than 650 employed physicians across three medical foundations and 900 affiliated physicians in Los Angeles County. He has served as a chief medical officer in the Providence system since 2008 and has contributed to organization efforts focused on clinical quality, performance improvement, patient safety, digital innovation, population health and provider engagement, among other issues.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and completed his doctorate in medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his medical residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and clinical fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Elizabeth Paxton, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

Jim Elizabeth Paxton, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is chief nursing officer for Providence Health & Services Alaska. As CNO, Elizabeth is responsible for all nursing practice for the Providence Alaska Region.

Before joining Providence Alaska in November 2020, Elizabeth served as chief nursing officer at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. She began her career as a
Newborn Intensive Care Unit staff nurse at Children’s Hospital of Alabama before moving into clinical and administrative leadership roles at hospitals and health systems in California and Indiana. During her tenure at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Elizabeth led the organization to Primary Magnet designation; increased quality outcomes, patient experience and caregiver engagement; and improved collaboration with medical staff.

Elizabeth earned a master of nursing with a concentration in nursing administration from the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor of nursing from Samford University. She plans to complete a doctor of philosophy with a concertation in change management and leadership from Antioch University next year. She is board certified as a nurse executive.
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Tamara Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Physician Enterprise, Alaska Region

Tamara Brown is the chief executive officer for Physician Enterprise, Providence Health & Services Alaska. As leader of the region’s Physician Enterprise, she oversees operations and strategic development of Providence Medical Group Alaska and Providence Family Medicine Center.

Prior to joining Providence in May 2020, Tamara worked at Southcentral Foundation for 15 years, most recently as senior director of Finance Administration. In this role, she oversaw 140 employees in Finance Operations and Revenue Cycle. She ensured a compliant and comprehensive revenue cycle and operation partnership across all health care programs and departments. Tamara is a member of the Social Justice Community Outreach committee, reviewing grant applications to allocate funding for local initiatives. She is also a longtime supporter and volunteer of Amor Impact Trips, which takes Alaska high school students to Mexico to build homes for families living in poverty.

Tamara has a bachelor’s of arts degree from Hope International University and a master’s in business administration from Alaska Pacific University. She also completed the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program through Alaska Pacific University.
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Sheldon Fisher
Chief Strategy Officer

Sheldon Fisher serves as chief strategy officer for Providence Health & Services Alaska. In this role, Sheldon is responsible for helping to lead strategy development for the Alaska Region, which includes development of the region’s annual goals and objectives via its strategic planning process and implementing strategic business development opportunities for the region, including service-line and program development as well as collaborative joint ventures.

Before joining Providence in 2019, he served as commissioner for the Alaska Department of Revenue and the Department of Administration for Gov. Bill Walker. He served as a trustee on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and on the Alaska Retirement Management Board. His background includes leadership roles with McKinley Capital Management, Alaska Communications and Sprint.

Sheldon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
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Jeffrey W. Davis
Chief Population Health Officer

Jeffrey W. Davis is the chief population health officer for Providence Health & Services Alaska. In this role, Jeff oversees the operation of population health and accountable care activities for Providence’s Alaska Region. This includes implementation and retention strategies, daily operations, assuring financial stability, development, and implementation of new products, and representing population health with other market leadership groups and system population health.

Before joining Providence in September 2019, Jeff served as chief executive officer with the UnitedHealthcare Community & State Alaska Health Plan, where he led the effort to build a Medicaid Managed Care Plan as part of a Coordinated Care Demonstration Project with the State of Alaska. Additionally, he served as president of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska for 18. He began his career as a peritoneal dialysis technician before serving in leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, managed care, consulting and provider network development, as part of his 30+ years of experience in health care.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and earned his master’s degree in health administration at the University of Washington in Seattle. Jeff has also served as a commissioner on the Alaska Health Care Commission, chair of the Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, and was a founding board member of the North Central Accountable Community of Health in Washington.
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Suzanne Carté-Cocroft, CFRE
President, Providence Alaska Foundation

A lifelong Alaskan, Ms. Carté-Cocroft was born and raised in Palmer and joined Providence in 2001. As president of Providence Alaska Foundation, Suzanne is responsible for philanthropic and grants development and operations for Providence in Alaska.

Prior to joining Providence, Suzanne worked in the telecommunication’s industry in various operations and marketing leadership roles. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration and Management from Alaska Pacific University and has maintained her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) accreditation since 2007.

Suzanne serves her community on the Alaska Children’s Alliance board of directors and The Foraker Group operations board, and has served through Rotary and the YWCA board of directors. She is honored to be a previous recipient of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40.