PMC Board members, CEO, and Borough Assembly Members gather at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Wellness, Education, and Resource Center (WERC) building.
Petersburg Medical Center Newsletter
2023 Year in Review
As we reflect on 2023, PMC achieved substantial milestones in our five key areas of focus, showcasing our unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence and community wellness. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each member of the PMC community. Your support, dedication, and collaboration have been instrumental in making this year one of tremendous growth and achievement. Here’s to a healthy 2024!

Happy & Healthy New Year 2024!
- Phil Hofstetter, CEO
Workforce Wellness
o Workforce wellness took center stage in 2023 as PMC garnered recognition and celebrated the outstanding contributions of our team. Achieving the Gold Pan award for Nursing Home Care Excellence at the Alaska Hospital and Healthcare Association conference in October was a testament to the dedication of our Long Term Care team. Other award recipients this year included PMC employee Becky Turland, who was awarded the Alaska Afterschool Superhero award for 2023; and PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter, who was named Alaska’s 2023 “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). In addition to these recognitions, we bid farewell to two pillars of our PMC family – Mike Boggs and Don Bieber, who retired with 24 and 16 years of service, respectively. Their profound understanding of PMC’s operations leaves an indelible mark.
o PMC’s commitment to professional development and advocacy was evident as senior leadership actively participated in the annual Alaska Hospital & Healthcare Association conference, ensuring that PMC remains at the forefront of healthcare excellence. This year PMC continued to focus on the development of the next generation of staff and medical providers. PMC physicians continue to be actively involved in teaching UW School of Medicine medical students and PMC nurses are teaching their third cohort of local nursing students through the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) nursing program, set to graduate in Spring 2024. The Lab Department continues to develop new training programs and career growth opportunities such as providing clinical experience for local students enrolled in online college programs and working towards professional certifications such as Medical Lab Technicians. PMC was also able to expand our workforce through the creation of temporary seasonal positions for high school students to work as mentors within our youth recreational programs.
Community Engagement
Financial Wellness
o  Financial wellness remained a focal point in navigating the challenges of 2023 and lingering recovery effects of the pandemic. PMC successfully paid off the approximately $5 million Medicare advance payment emergency COVID relief, showcasing our resilience. Grant awards from AHHA, Alaska and Community Foundation, and Rasmuson Foundation not only bolstered our financial stability but allowed us to expand summer youth programs, doubling our capacity of children and families served. It allowed us to offer extended hours and provide more support for employees and Petersburg families needing childcare. Securing grants, including $500,000 Falls Prevention, $51,000 Care Coordination, $88,000 Alaska Healthcare and Hospital Association employee wellness, $145,000 Tobacco Cessation, $229,000 FEMA, $50,000 Alaska Community Foundation, and $50,000 Rasmuson Foundation, positioned PMC for success in addressing diverse healthcare needs in the coming years. Additionally, PMC was awarded a $300,000 HRSA grant award for Rural Communities Opioid Response program as part of the Behavioral Health department and a $10,000 grant from the Petersburg Community Foundation to support training for two staff members to obtain certification as facilitators in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
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