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Joseph Fong named administrator of Providence Seward Medical & Care Center

SEWARD, AK - Joseph Fong, interim administrator at Providence Seward Medical & Care Center since July, will now serve in the role on a permanent basis.

"Joe provides stability, integrity and a deep sense of the Providence Mission," said Susan Humphrey-Barnett, Area Operations administrator for Providence Health & Services Alaska. "He has a desire to build lasting relationships in the community and is excited about this opportunity to serve the people of Seward."

Fong will begin his new role on Dec. 2. As administrator, he will be responsible for all aspects of hospital, clinic and long-term care operations. He is looking forward to improving clinic operations, working with the Seward Health Advisory Council to ensure responsiveness to community needs and making the most of the physicians' clinical expertise.

Prior to joining Providence Seward, Fong served as program development director at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Fong came to PAMC as an administrative fellow in 2001 after graduating with a master's in health care administration from the University of Minnesota, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. He then served Providence in a variety of roles related to quality improvement, auditing and Operational Excellence projects before joining Surgical Services in 2005 - first as perioperative business manager and then as director of the department.

During Fong's four-year tenure as director of Surgical Services, he led the department through a variety of operational improvements as well as expansion of the robotic surgery program. Joe was instrumental in restarting an operating room nurse fellowship program and supported the formation of the Alaska Perioperative Consortium, a collaborative with other Alaska hospitals to train new operating room nurses.

The hiring process for a permanent administrator included participation from the City of Seward and interviews with the Providence Seward management team, Providence Seward physicians, the Seward Health Advisory Council and the Providence executive team.

"During my time here at Providence Seward, I've been impressed by our staff's dedication to supporting and caring for the Seward community," said Fong. "We have a tremendous opportunity to provide excellent health care as well as encourage overall health and wellness for those we serve."

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