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.
Jennifer Opsut, CEO
Jennifer Opsut was named as our chief executive officer in March of 2021. She previously served as our chief operating officer. Before joining our Alaska Regional family in 2018, she 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.
With over 20 years of healthcare and hospital executive experience, some of Jennifer’s many areas of expertise include patient and employee safety, hospital culture, growth and engagement. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wingate University and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina.
Jennifer and her husband enjoy exploring Alaska with their three sons.
Jill Birdsong, CFO
Jill Birdsong joined Alaska Regional Hospital as the CFO in March of 2018. Jill has master's degrees in public administration, healthcare administration, and business administration, as well as a bachelor's degree in management.
Before joining Alaska Regional, Jill was the performance improvement (PI) vice president (VP) of operations in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that position, she was chief financial officer at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Rob Stantus, Chief Operating Officer
Rob joined our Alaska Regional Hospital family in December of 2018. Prior to joining us, he served for five years as the assistant vice president of outreach in HCA's Mountain Division Office, with oversight of tele-health, patient transfers, behavioral health programs and outreach.
Rob has been a registered nurse for 25 years, with extensive experience in the ICU, emergency department and air medical field.
He received his BSN from Creighton University and MBA from the University of Utah.
Since moving to Alaska, Rob and his wife have been busily exploring the state with their three daughters.
Tom Kent, Ethics & Compliance Officer
Tom began his long career with Alaska Regional Hospital in October of 1978 as a dishwasher in our cafeteria kitchen.
After mastering the art of keeping our pots and pans sparkling clean, he moved to different positions in the facility, including serving as a file clerk with patient accounting and medical records, a statistician, inpatient records coder, and then as the director of our health information management department for a number of years.
In 2018, Tom was named the hospital's ethics and compliance officer. He and his wife Lori have two sons, both of whom were born at Alaska Regional Hospital.
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.