President and CEO of Southcentral Foundation
Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, Doctor of Public Service (h.c.), is originally from the Kodiak Island village of Old Harbor. She is a tribal member of Old Harbor, a tribal member and an elected member of the tribal council for the Seldovia Village Tribe, and an honorary tribal member of the Native Village of Eklutna. Her mother, Margaret, was Sugpiaq (Alutiiq), and her father, Alfred Quijance, was Filipino.
Dr. Gottlieb has served as president and chief executive officer of Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in Anchorage, Alaska, for more than 20 years. SCF provides health and related services to 65,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in a geographical service area of over 100,000 square miles. SCF also jointly owns and operates the 150-bed Alaska Native Medical Center supporting 140,000 people statewide.
Dr. Gottlieb began her career in health care as a community health representative in Seldovia, Alaska, a community of about 300 people, accessible only by boat or plane. While pursuing an undergraduate degree, Dr. Gottlieb worked at SCF's headquarters in Anchorage as a receptionist. She quickly worked her way up the ranks, and by 1991, was serving in the organization's top executive position. An innovative and visionary leader, Dr. Gottlieb has partnered with SCF's Alaska Native board of directors, fellow customer-owners and other leadership, to transform health care for the Native Community. Today, as SCF's chief executive, she oversees 1,750 people and administers an annual budget of $210 million to manage more than 90 health care programs and services. Under her direction and guidance, SCF'sNuka System of Care has earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and other national and international recognitions for performance excellence and innovation.
Medical Director of Quality Assurance for Southcentral Foundation
Donna Galbreath is the medical director of quality assurance for Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) Medical Services Division. Donna provides direction in strategic planning and development of SCF’s comprehensive quality assurance program to ensure optimal health care delivery. Under Donna’s guidance, the organization achieved a Level 3 NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) Patient Centered Medical Home status for high-quality health care improvement. She was also instrumental in creating a multidisciplinary peer review program at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), a 150-bed hospital co-managed by SCF and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
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