Small Hospital Committee/Network

The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) provides support and technical assistance to the small and rural hospitals in Alaska. Click here for a list of the resources and programs available for all small hospitals in Alaska.

The committee serves as a network of hospitals that come together to address the common and diverse needs of Alaska’s small and rural hospitals.  The Committee acts as an umbrella for a variety of projects or activities to support hospitals.  Each project/activity may involve all hospitals or just a sub-group based on needs.

The following hospitals are members of the Committee/Network:

Hospital Administrator Status
Bartlett Regional Hospital Chuck Bill Small
Central Peninsula General Hospital Rick Davis Small
Cordova Community Medical Center Stephen Sundby CAH
Kanakanak Hospital Lucretia Scotford CAH & Tribal
Manillaq Health Center Paul Hansen CAH & Tribal
Mt Edgecumbe Hospital/SEARHC Jeffrey Prater (interim) Small &Tribal
Norton Sound Regional Hospital Angela Gorn CAH & Tribal
PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Ken Tonjes CAH
Petersburg Medical Center Liz Woodyard CAH
Providence Kodiak Medical Center Don Rush CAH
Providence Seward Medical Center Joe Fong CAH
Providence Valdez Medical Center Barbara Bigelow CAH
Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital Richard Hall CAH & Tribal
Sitka Community Hospital Rob Allen (interim) CAH
South Peninsula Hospital Bob Letson CAH
Wrangell Medical Center Marla Sanger CAH
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital James Sweeney (interim) Small & Tribal

CAH- Critical Access Hospital

Priorities for 2015

  1. Develop and expand peer network/collaborative groups for CFOs, QI, HIT, Nurses, and others.
  2. Develop quality program at ASHNHA.   Identify quality and safety focus areas to work on collaboratively using evidence-based practices.
  3. Financial and operational improvement –CFOs to set direction.  Develop financial benchmarks and best practices to monitor and improve performance.   Training and support on ICD-10.
  4. Support HIT/EHR implementation and telehealth.
  5. Develop infrastructure & technology to support the Small Hospital Committee and peer networks/collaborative groups through listservs, videoconferencing, website, and other communication structures.
  6. Education and training to ASHNHA members and hospital staff on areas such as:  manager/leadership training, IRS/community needs assessment, EHR/meaningful use, other regulatory drivers and emerging issues.
  7. Planning and policy analysis on issues relevant to small hospitals such as F-CHIP, value-based purchasing, federal CAH funding changes, telehealth, trauma, etc.
  8. Strengthen small hospital initiatives with funds from Flex, SHIP, & others.