Governor Names Alaska Health
Care Commission Members
September 15, 2010
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Patrick Branco,
Emily Ennis, Col. Paul Friedrichs, Dr. Timothy (Noah) Laufer,
and David Morgan to the Alaska Health Care Commission.
Senate Bill 172, passed by the 26th Legislature and signed by
Governor Parnell, extends the Alaska Health Care Commission and
establishes it in state law. The purpose of the commission is
to recommend and develop a statewide plan to address the quality,
accessibility, and availability of health care for all citizens
Senate Bill 172 also provides for the reappointment of the current
commission members. They are Keith Campbell, Valerie Davidson,
Jeffery Davis, Dr. Ward Hurlburt, Wayne Stevens, Dr. Larry Stinson,
Linda Hall, Representative Wes Keller, and Senator Donny Olson.
Branco, of Ketchikan, is the regional CEO of Ketchikan General
Hospital. He has also served in the administration of Divine
Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe, Minnesota as well as the
Fairview-University Medical Center in Hibbing, Minnesota. Branco
served in the U.S. Navy from 1979 1995 as a strategic medical
planner, medical staff administrator, and director of ambulatory
care. As the chair-elect of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing
Home Association (ASHNHA), he is appointed to a seat representing
Ennis, of Fairbanks, is the executive director of Fairbanks Resource
Agency, a non-profit corporation serving Interior Alaskans with
disabilities. She is the president of the Alaska State Association
on Developmental Disabilities, in addition to her service on
the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Ennis
is a former mental health specialist with the Marion County (OR)
Mental Health Program, and is appointed to a seat representing
the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
Friedrichs, of Anchorage, is the commander of the Air Force/Veterans'
Affairs Joint Venture Hospital. He is also the Air Force representative
to the American Medical Association. He has served in the U.S.
Air Force for 20 years in several capacities, including chief
of operations of the Air Force Space Command, and commander of
numerous medical squadrons in Iraq. He is the recipient of the
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal as well at the Bronze Star.
Friedrichs is appointed to a seat that represents the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs.
Laufer, of Anchorage, is a physician at Medical Park Family Care
in addition to serving as president. He also practiced at Valley
Family Medicine and Valley Medical Center Rapid Care Clinic.
Laufer is appointed to a primary care physician seat.
Morgan, of Anchorage, is the director of reimbursement for Southcentral
Foundation. He is also the chairman of the Municipality of Anchorage
Health and Human Services Commission. Morgan is a member of the
Alaska Primary Care Association, the Medicaid Tribal Task Force,
the Healthcare Financial Manager Association, and the Alaska
Medical Group Management Association. He has worked in health
care for 31 years, and is appointed to a seat representing community
Campbell, of Seward, is a retired hospital administrator. He
holds national positions with the American Association of Retired
Persons (AARP), including the national board of directors. Campbell
served as CEO of the Seward General Hospital for 20 years, in
addition to service at the Wesleyan Rehabilitation Center and
the Seward Chamber of Commerce. He has held elected positions
with the Seward City Council and school board, and the Kenai
Peninsula Borough. Campbell is reappointed to a seat representing
health care consumers.
Davidson, of Anchorage, is senior director of legal and intergovernmental
affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She serves
on the Alaska Tribal Health Compact, the Tribal Medicaid Task
Force, and the National Indian Health Board. Davidson formerly
worked as vice president and general counsel for Yukon-Kuskokwim
Health Corporation and as a legislative staffer. Davidson is
reappointed to a seat representing the Alaskan tribal health
Davis, of Anchorage, is the president of Premera Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Alaska. He also chairs the Alaska Comprehensive Health
Insurance Association and is a member of the Anchorage Economic
Development Corporation. Davis is reappointed to a seat representing
the Alaskan health insurance industry.
Hurlburt, of Anchorage, is the chief medical officer for the
State of Alaska and the director of the Division of Public Health.
Hurlburt served in the U.S. Public Health Service for 32 years
and has executive experience in health care organizations in
Washington, Utah, and Oregon. As medical director for the Department
of Health and Social Services, he is reappointed as the chair
of the commission.
Stevens, of Juneau, is the president and CEO of the Alaska State
Chamber of Commerce since 2004. He formerly worked for the Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce, the Kodiak Alaska Visitors Association,
and for Wien Air Alaska. Stevens served in leadership positions
with Kodiak's hospital, and was an elected member of the Kodiak
Island Borough Assembly. Stevens is reappointed to a seat reserved
for a representative of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.
Stinson, of Anchorage, is the co-founder of Advanced Pain Centers
of Alaska, which operates clinics in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and
Wasilla. He has served as an anesthesiologist, a surgeon for
the 6th Infantry Division (Light) at Fort Wainwright, and as
a clinical instructor for the University of Arizona. He is a
member of the WWAMI Community Advisory Board, the American Medical
Association, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Stinson
is reappointed to a health care provider seat.
Hall, of Anchorage, has served as the director of the Division
of Insurance since 2003. She is an experienced commercial insurance
broker, and served as president of the Alaska Independent Insurance
Agents and Brokers Association. Hall is reappointed to a nonvoting,
ex-officio seat representing the Office of the Governor.
Representative Keller, of Wasilla, has served District 14 in
the House of Representatives since 2007. He is co-chair of the
House Health and Social Services Committee and chair of the Administrative
Regulation Review Committee. Keller has previously served as
a legislative aide, as an Alaska Air National Guard pilot, building
contractor, oilfield worker, and contracting trainer. He is reappointed
by House Speaker Mike Chenault to a nonvoting, ex officio seat
representing the House of Representatives on the commission.
Senator Olson, of Golovin, has represented Senate District T
since 2000. He is chair of the Community and Regional Affairs
Committee. Olson is a physician, commercial pilot, and reindeer
herder. He is a member of the Alaska State Medical Association
and a former member of the State Medical Board. He is reappointed
by Senate President Gary Stevens to a nonvoting, ex-officio seat
representing the Senate.
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