Updated: September 24, 2021 Posted: September 23, 2021
The Southcentral Foundation, one of Alaska’s largest medical providers, has appointed April Kyle as CEO to replace longtime former CEO Katherine Gottlieb.
Kyle had served as interim chief executive since August 2020, when Gottlieb stepped down after working for more than three decades with the organization.
The Southcentral Foundation provides health care to 65,000 Alaskan Natives and American Indians across south-central Alaska. She owns the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage as well as the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
The transition comes as organizations face an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients filling intensive care beds. They came under criticism after demanding that employees be vaccinated by October 15.
Kyle said it was an honor to become CEO of the Southcentral Foundation.
“As part of our healthcare transformation, both as an employee and as a client-owner, I have seen first-hand what is possible when decisions are made by the natives of Alaska and supported by our incredibly talented and caring workforce and partners, ”said Kyle. .
Kyle, an Athabascan born and raised in south-central Alaska, is a shareholder of Cook Inlet Region Inc., the Native Alaskan corporation that created the Southcentral Foundation.
She holds an MBA from the University of Washington. She worked for two decades at the Southcentral Foundation and played a key role in advancing healthcare, according to a statement prepared by the Southcentral Foundation Thursday.
Prior to being chosen to serve as the Interim Executive Director, Kyle was the Director of the Southcentral Foundation vice president of behavioral services.
“As we look to the future, we are confident that April is the right person to lead SCF and continue the long legacy of providing the highest level of support for SCF’s vision and mission,” said James Segura, Chairman of the Board of the Southcentral Foundation.
Gottlieb left weeks after Southcentral fired her husband, Kevin Gottlieb, and two other senior dental officials over allegations that dentists falsified health records.