Meet the leaders that make up Alaska Regional's Administrative Team. This group works tirelessly to keep the hospital running smoothly so our staff can focus on what Alaska Regional is best known for: providing the best healthcare in Alaska.
Julie Taylor, CEO
Julie Taylor, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, joined Alaska Regional Hospital as Chief Executive Officer in December 2013.
Before arriving at Alaska Regional, she was the Chief Executive Officer of West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Prior to that, Julie was the Chief Operating Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver, Colorado.
Throughout her distinguished career Julie has held a number of leadership positions, including Director of Case Management and Admissions, Interim VP of Human Resources, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, and Chief Operating Officer.
Julie holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Julie, her husband, Mike, and their daughter Lauren reside in Anchorage.
Kevin Worley, CNO
Kevin Worley, RN, is Alaska Regional Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. Kevin came to Alaska Regional in 2015 as Associate Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to that he spent 5 years at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho, in successive leadership positions including Case Management and Director of ICU/Float Pool Services. Kevin also has 19 years of nursing experience in the ICU, NICU and hospice.
Jennifer Opsut, COO
Jennifer Opsut joined our team as Chief Operating Officer in August 2018. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Operational Development at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Prior to joining West Valley, Jennifer served as a Senior Decision Support Analyst with the West Florida Division of HCA, Alaska Regional's parent company. Jennifer and her husband, along with their two sons, are enjoying discovering everything that their new Alaska lifestyle offers.
Keri Gardner, CMO
Keri Gardner MD, MPH, FACEP, joined our team as Chief Medical Officer in 2018. She previously served NES Healthcare, a nationwide ED and hospitalist staffing / management group, as the Chief Medical Officer.
Dr. Gardner has a strong background in emergency medicine, quality — she was a Quality Director for 15 years — and in process improvement. Her diverse career has taken her all over the Unites States and beyond. She began her career in OBGYN, and then moved into emergency medicine.
During her academic years, she was at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and UCLA Medical Center in California. She was a public health service physician on Indian reservations in South Dakota and Oklahoma, and the lead physician at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. She provided medical services in Ethiopia, worked at a clinic in Dutch Harbor and was the Medical Staff President and Emergency Department Quality Director at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Ali Miller, VP of HR
Ali Miller is our Vice President of Human Resources. Ali has been a member of our HR team since April of 2016, initially serving as HR Business Partner and department leader.
Ali came to us from Hope Community Resources, a non-profit organization that provides support to people with intellectual and physical disabilities across the state of Alaska. During her six-year tenure with Hope, Ali served in several successive HR roles prior to joining our hospital.
Ali holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from University of South Dakota, a Leadership Certificate from Wayland Baptist University and Master's Degree in Business Management from UAA.