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Providence Names New Chief Executive Officer of Providence Alaska Medical Center

Aug 9, 2019 | Healthcare, Right Moves

Ella Goss to lead state’s largest hospital

ANCHORAGE—Providence Health & Services Alaska has named Ella Goss, MSN, RN, as chief executive officer of Providence Alaska Medical Center effective March 12.

As CEO, Goss will oversee operations of Alaska’s largest hospital with 401 beds, nearly 3,000 caregivers and 1,000 affiliated medical staff. She brings to the role more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, including 20 years at Providence.

Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in PAMC’s Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services, and director for the Providence Cancer Center. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland.
“Ella is a strong, compassionate leader with close ties to our community and a passion for service to improve the lives of others,” said Preston Simmons, DSc., MHA, FACHE, chief operating and administrative officer, Providence Health & Services Alaska. “Her ability to build teams and cultivate relationships will enhance Providence’s collaboration with community partners to address Alaskans’ health care needs.” 

Goss has a bachelor of science and master of science in nursing from Chamberlain University. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality.  

Goss succeeds Richard Mandsager, M.D., who announced his retirement in October and departs Providence at the end of April. Mandsager joined Providence as executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in 2006 and has served as chief executive at Providence Alaska Medical Center since 2009.

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