Central Peninsula General Hospital's (CPGH) new interim administrator Carolyn Riley is originally from Alabama and is enjoying her first time in Alaska, "It's beautiful here! Everyone has been so wonderful and gracious. I'm enjoying working at the hospital and exploring the environment here on the Peninsula, it's truly beautiful," said Riley, a 22-year veteran administrator with Quorum Health Resources.
Currently CPGH is in the search process for a permanent Chief Executive Officer, "In terms of an interim CEO, there are a lot of goals, activities, and projects that the Board has that I will be moving forward during this period of time. I anticipate at this time that I will be here somewhere between three to six months, so it looks like I'll have the opportunity to see the northern lights too," said Riley.
Having served at many rural hospitals Riley is impressed with the facilities of CPGH, "The community should be extremely proud of their hospital. Coming in with a new set of eyes, I am impressed with the physical plant," said Riley.
A positive problem that Riley pointed out is that CPGH has recruited a lot of new physicians to serve the population, which allows patients to stay in the local area for services. "Because of that the hospital is experiencing some growth problems in terms of utilization, having enough beds available, and that sort of thing, but those are all very positive growth problems to have to deal with. This hospital is as sophisticated as any rural hospital that I have ever been in. This hospital is in the 93rd percentile in terms of computerization which is something to be very proud of," added Riley.
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