Providence Health & Services Alaska appoints new physician leaders

October 29, 2018

Michael Bernstein, M.D., named chief medical officer; Thomas Yetman, M.D., named chief executive of PMGA

Anchorage, ALASKA — Providence Health & Services Alaska has named a new chief medical officer and Providence Medical Group Alaska chief executive. Michael Bernstein, M.D., will join Providence as chief medical officer effective Nov. 12. Thomas Yetman, M.D., began serving as Providence Medical Group Alaska chief executive on Oct. 1.

“We are honored to welcome Drs. Bernstein and Yetman to Providence Alaska,” said Bruce Lamoureux, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. “Their combined experience, reputation and passion for patient care, especially for the poor and vulnerable, will be a tremendous asset to the communities we serve.”   

Michael Bernstein, M.D.

As PH&SA chief medical officer, Dr. Bernstein will be responsible for working to achieve superior patient outcomes at Providence facilities across Alaska, including supervision of hospital safety and partnership with community physicians.Dr_Michael_Bernstein

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.

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.

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 contributed to organization efforts focused on clinical quality, performance improvement, patient safety, digital innovation, population health and provider engagement, among other issues.

Thomas Yetman, M.D.

As chief executive of PMGA, Dr. Yetman will oversee an organization that provides primary and specialty care to Alaskans and is connected to Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at Providence.Dr_Thomas_Yetman

With more than 30 years in health care, Dr. Yetman joins Providence Alaska from Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington in Everett, Wash., where he served as chief executive and then chief medical officer. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Yetman received his medical degree from George Washington University.

Upon completion of a family practice internship at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., he spent time on active duty as part of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps at the Navy hospital in Guam. He then completed training in obstetrics and gynecology at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

In his previous role, Dr. Yetman led a team that managed Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington as it evolved and prepared for health care reform, accountable care and the new realities of health care economics.

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Providence Health & Services Alaska is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about Providence, visit www.providence.org/alaska.