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Harold Johnston, M.D., named chief executive for Providence Medical Group Alaska


Anchorage, AK — Harold Johnston, M.D., has accepted the role of chief executive for Providence Medical Group Alaska effective March 16.

"We are honored to have Dr. Johnston as our new chief executive for Providence Medical Group Alaska," said Bruce Lamoureux, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. "Harold has three decades of patient care experience and almost two decades of leadership within Providence Alaska. His experience and passion and concern for improved access to care, especially to the underserved and disadvantaged, make him the perfect leader for PMGA."

As chief executive of PMGA, Dr. Johnston will oversee an organization that provides primary and specialty care to Alaskans and is connected to state's largest and most sophisticated tertiary center, Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Children's Hospital at Providence.

Dr. Johnston earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He began his medical training with the University of Alaska Fairbanks WAMI (now WWAMI) program and completed his medical degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon completion of a family medicine residency at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Dr. Johnston began medical practice at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center in 1989.

A long-time member of Alaska's medical community, Dr. Johnston accepted appointment as the founding program director for the Alaska Family Medicine Residency at Providence in 1996, and today continues to serve as its designated institutional official. The residency program is one of the most distinguished in the United States.

Among other accolades, Alaska has the highest rate of retention for residency graduates of any state in the country. Approximately 80 percent of residents remain in Alaska after graduation, and almost 60 percent serve in rural settings.

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Providence Health & Services Alaska is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about Providence, visit: www.providence.org/alaska.