Providence Health & Services Alaska appoints new chief executive

November 15, 2018

Preston M. Simmons, DSc., to lead state’s largest health care provider

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Providence Health & Services Alaska’s chief operating and administrative officer, Preston M. Simmons, DSc., will serve as chief executive officer of the state’s largest health care provider beginning Jan. 1, 2019.BruceandPrestonv3

Simmons brings more than 30 years of health care executive leadership experience to the position. He has served as a leader within Providence since 2007 in a variety of roles, including chief executive officer of Providence’s Northwest Washington Region in Everett and chief operating and administrative officer of its Western Washington Region in Seattle.

“I’m honored to lead Providence Health & Services Alaska,” Simmons said. “The organization is blessed with talented caregivers who are steadfast in providing excellent, compassionate care for all Alaskans. Their dedication ensures better health for the communities we serve.”

PH&SA’s current chief executive, Bruce Lamoureux, announced his retirement Wednesday and will remain with the organization through June 2019 to ensure a smooth transition. Lamoureux has served Providence Alaska since 2006 and has been instrumental in building and enhancing care and services while increasing access, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable.

“Preston is very much a values-driven person who holds our Mission near to his heart,” Lamoureux said. “He possesses a deep understanding of health care systems and has expertise in contemporary models, which will prove invaluable as health care continues to evolve in Alaska.”

Before joining Providence, Simmons 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 Healthcare in Edmonds, Wash., and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle.

Simmons holds a doctor of science in health care leadership 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 in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Simmons is committed to community service and volunteers with several boards and councils, including the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association’s Board Executive Committee, the State of Alaska’s Medicaid Redesign Innovative Provider Payment Stakeholder Workgroup, and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.’s Investors Council, and is chair of the University of Washington Bothell’s Advisory Board.

Since joining Providence Alaska in early 2018, Simmons also has immersed himself in the state’s outdoor activities, including sport-fishing and working toward his pilot’s license.

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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.