Meet the leaders that make up Alaska Regional's Administrative Team. This group works tirelessly to keep the hospital running smoothly so our staff can focus on what Alaska Regional is best known for: providing the best healthcare in Alaska.

Jennifer Opsut, CEO

Jennifer Opsut was named as our chief executive officer in March of 2021. She previously served as our chief operating officer. Before joining our Alaska Regional family in 2018, she served as chief operating officer, as well as executive director of strategic planning and operational development at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Prior to joining West Valley, Jennifer served as a senior decision support analyst with the West Florida Division of HCA, Alaska Regional's parent company.

With over 20 years of healthcare and hospital executive experience, some of Jennifer’s many areas of expertise include patient and employee safety, hospital culture, growth and engagement. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wingate University and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Jennifer and her husband enjoy exploring Alaska with their three sons.

Jennifer Opsut, COO

Stephen Heffington, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Accomplished physician leader and board-certified urological surgeon Dr. Stephen Heffington is our chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Heffington works with our executive team in advancing initiatives that elevate care quality and safety. He also oversees medical staff functions such as credentialing, risk management and patient safety, colleague education, and utilization review techniques that help manage healthcare costs.

Dr. Heffington previously served as the assistant director for medical affairs and chief medical officer for the Defense Health Agency’s Defense Health Network Central, based here in Alaska. He supported healthcare delivery in 39 medical treatment facilities in 21 states and four countries. Dr. Heffington earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennessee. He completed a combined six-year residency and fellowship in Urologic Surgery and Renal Transplantation from the University of Missouri.

He is a published author and has made national and regional presentations in the areas of urology, simulation medicine, accreditation, education administration, public health, risk management, physician/provider well-being, and healthcare administration.

Stephen Heffington, MD

Mesa Rangel, Chief Financial Officer

As our CFO, Mesa has a wealth of financial experience and expertise, and a proven track record of financial stewardship and strategic planning. She previously served as clinical division controller for Alaska Native Medical Center. However, Mesa is not new to Alaska Regional. She joined our team in 2014 as a staff accountant, and over the next eight years, she progressed to senior staff accountant, assistant controller, controller and assistant chief financial officer. She graduated from HCA’s Executive Development Program, obtained her MBA from Capella University, and has an undergraduate degree in General Accounting from Colorado Mesa University.

Mesa Rangel

Ashlyn Hall, Chief Nursing Officer

Meet Ashlyn Hall, our Chief Nursing Officer. She joined our team in 2021 from St. Mark's Hospital, our sister facility in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining St. Mark's, she served as the Director of Emergency Services, Cardiac Cath Lab and House Supervisors at another sister facility, Lakeview Hospital, also in Utah.

Ashlyn is originally from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, and received her BSN from Penn State University and her MBA from Western Governors University. She began her healthcare career as an Emergency Room nurse in a Level II trauma facility in Minot, North Dakota, and continues to serve as an Officer in Charge with the U.S. Army Reserves 934th Forward Surgical Team.

Ashlyn is known for her outgoing personality, energy and passion for service.

Ashlyn Hall, Chief Nursing Officer

Rob Stantus, Chief Operating Officer

Rob joined our Alaska Regional Hospital family in December of 2018. Prior to joining us, he served for five years as the assistant vice president of outreach in HCA's Mountain Division Office, with oversight of tele-health, patient transfers, behavioral health programs and outreach.

Rob has been a registered nurse for 25 years, with extensive experience in the ICU, emergency department and air medical field.

He received his BSN from Creighton University and MBA from the University of Utah.

Since moving to Alaska, Rob and his wife have been busily exploring the state with their three daughters.

Rob Stantus, Assistant Administrator and Interim Chief Operating Officer

Kimberlee (Kim) McNew, Ethics & Compliance Officer

Kim joined the team as our ECO in 2022. She previously worked as the practice administrator for a large local physician group. Before that, she was the clinical director for a hospital-owned multi-specialty group in Michigan.

Kim's extensive healthcare and executive career has encompassed strategic planning, leadership, business development and employee engagement. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Health Information Systems and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Kim also served on our hospital Board of Trustees for seven years, with two years as Board President.

Kimberlee (Kim) McNew, Ethics & Compliance Officer

Ali Miller, VP of HR

Ali Miller is our vice president of human resources. Ali has been a member of our HR team since April of 2016, initially serving as HR business partner and department leader.

Ali came to us from Hope Community Resources, a non-profit organization that provides support to people with intellectual and physical disabilities across the state of Alaska. During her six-year tenure with Hope, Ali served in several successive HR roles prior to joining our hospital.

Ali holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from University of South Dakota, a Leadership Certificate from Wayland Baptist University and Master's Degree in Business Management from UAA.

Ali Miller, Vice President of Human Resources