A new chief financial officer has made himself at home at Central Peninsula General Hospital after the former CFO was hired on as the new chief executive officer, leaving the seat vacant.
The new hire, Jason Paret, last worked at a hospital in Trinidad, Colo., but worked at the Petersburg hospital from 1998 to 2004 as the center’s CFO and said he has been wanting to return to Alaska for sometime.
Paret has developed a long work history with hospitals, tucking 13 years of experience in health care and hospital finance under his belt.
In addition to his work at hospitals in Colorado and Alaska, Paret has also worked as CFO at hospitals in Tacoma, Wash. and Salem, Ore.
Paret also has experience serving as an interim CEO and chief operating officer while working in Colorado.
This summer, Paret received his master’s in business administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and is a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association and the National Rural Health Association.
CPGH CEO Ryan Smith said Paret’s previous experience of living in Alaska and his desire to return made him an attractive candidate for the position because they show Paret enjoys living in Alaska and is likely to stay long term.
In addition, Paret’s proven track record with hospitals and strong references also made him an impressive candidate, Smith said.
Paret said that, in the month since he started working for CPGH, he has also been impressed.
“The people are just so dynamic,” he said. “And the quality of the managers and the staff really stand out to me. It’s an incredible organization.”
Paret said he was also excited about the position’s location on the Kenai Peninsula, which he said was too perfect a location to pass up.
Paret has a wife, 6-year-old son and 4-month-old daughter. His wife, who is originally from Southeast, has been eager to return to her home state, Paret said.
Paret is originally from Oregon, but has lived in many parts of the Northwest and said Colorado is the furthest he has ever strayed from the Northwest.
Paret said as CFO at CPHG, his main objective is to improve the efficiency of the hospital’s operations by offering managers helpful advice based on his years of experience.
“I’m looking forward to the completion of the hospital and what that will mean to recruitment and the development of new programs and services for our area residents,” he said.
Paret received a bachelor’s degree in business while attending the University of Montana Missoula.
In Alaska, Paret has also been involved in a number of Alaska organizations, including Rotary International and Alaska Public Radio. He served as the vice president of Rotary International in Petersburg from July 2001-03 and volunteered as a board member for Alaska Public Radio.
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