Holland America exec to head Providence Health System

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A tourism executive is taking the reins at Providence Health System in Alaska.

Al Parrish, who has served as vice president of government and community relations for Holland America Line, will become chief executive of Providence Health System in Alaska on Dec. 15, hospital officials said Tuesday. He'll replace Doug Bruce, who is retiring.

Providence operates hospitals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Seward, and provides home health, assisted living and skilled nursing services in various part of the state.

As chief executive, Parrish will manage Alaska's largest private employer, with a work force of 3,600 people.

Parrish, 57, has a long history of involvement with Providence, having served on its board of directors since 1991. He was chairman of the finance committee for several years.

Parrish has held executive positions in the hospitality industry in Alaska for decades.

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