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Barbara Bigelow named administrator of Providence Valdez Medical Center

Barbara Bigelow

Barbara Bigelow

PHOTO: Courtesy of Providence Valdez Medical Center

VALDEZ, AK – Barbara Bigelow has joined Providence as administrator of Providence Valdez Medical Center, effective Aug. 5. In this role, Barbara will be responsible for all services at Providence Valdez Medical Center, Extended Care Center and Counseling Center.

Barbara’s background spans nearly 30 years in leadership roles at hospitals across Alaska, including PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Wrangell Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Barbara joins Providence from PeaceHealth Ketchikan, where since 2008 she has served as regional vice president responsible for a broad range of functions, including Social Services, Utilization Review, Medical Staff Services, Infection Prevention, the Center of Healthcare Improvement, Health Information Management and Compliance/Privacy. During her tenure, Ketchikan Medical Center was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health information management from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a Master of Science in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator and a registered health information administrator.

“Barbara impressed us with her breadth of experience, including leadership service in not-for-profit, mission-based health care,” said Sean McCallister, critical access hospitals administrator at Providence Health & Services Alaska. “Her Alaska roots and passion for rural health care will serve our patients and the Valdez community well.”

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