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‘In your blood’: Nurse back to work, town she loves

Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2006

Central Peninsula General Hospital’s new head nurse says there’s one diagnosis for which she can’t offer any cure.

“Alaska kind of gets in your blood,” said Andrea Posey, CPGH’s chief nursing officer. “I always tell people don’t ever move away because it’s just a waste of money, you’ll just want to come back.”

Posey, who is originally from New York state, has also been afflicted with a love for Alaska.

She and her husband left Alaska since they first moved here in the late 1980s, but couldn’t stand being away and returned to raise their three children, who are 11, 9 and 6 years of age. Most recently, Posey worked at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage since 2004.

Posey said she and her husband are both from small towns and were pleased to move to a smaller community like Soldotna, when she was offered the position as chief nursing officer at CPGH.

Posey’s more than 20 years of nursing experience includes 11 years of critical care nursing, four years of catheter lab nursing and several years of home health, general medical/surgery and cardiovascular nursing at Columbia Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center.

She also has taught as an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Alaska School of Nursing and at Northern Arizona University/Yuma Regional Medical Center, specializing in medical surgical nursing, assessment, pharmacology and critical care.

Posey said her new position, which began Sept. 11, has not only brought her to an ideal place, but also an ideal hospital.

“The patient-centered environment and philosophy that they hold really sets (CPGH) apart from any other place that I’ve worked,” she said. “It really is integrated in every aspect of the hospital, from how the patients are treated to how the employees are treated.”

CPGH offers patients a welcoming atmosphere that allows everyone to feel comfortable and at home with their healthcare practitioners, she said.

“It’s the reason we all became healthcare practitioners, we believe in patient-centered care, but a lot of times that gets lost in politics and the finances,” she said.

Posey said because she has only just started her job, it is premature to make any sweeping recommendations for change. As of right now her goals are to further the mission of the hospital and to do what she can to make the hospital as outstanding as it can be.

Among the three final candidates considered for the hospital’s chief nursing officer position, Posey stood out as a candidate with a lot of great experience with Alaska’s healthcare system and with specialties that would be valuable to CPGH as it looks to the future, said Chief Executive Officer Ryan Smith.

“As we work with our strategic planning committee on what cardiology services will look like on the peninsula going forward, Andie brings a lot of experience in that arena,” Smith said.

Patrice Kohl can be reached at patrice.kohl@peninsulaclarion.com.



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