SEARHC hires Brenda Parnell as Chief Financial Officer

January 10 2011

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has hired Brenda Parnell, MBA, as its new Chief Financial Officer after a national search with an excellent pool of candidates. Parnell will start work Jan. 31 in SEARHC’s Juneau office. Parnell comes to SEARHC after a stint as Vice President of Finance/CFO with the Barrow-based Arctic Slope Native Association, the tribal health care organization that manages the Samuel Simmonds Hospital. Parnell has 12 years of experience in finance and compliance leadership roles (VP of Finance, CFO, Controller, etc.) in the health care industry, with previous career stops at Samaritan Healthcare in Moses Lake, Wash., South Peninsula Hospital in Homer and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) in Anchorage. In addition to health care, Parnell also has worked in the insurance and banking industries, and she has been a state and national examiner in the Malcolm Baldridge Performance Excellence Program. “Brenda has a good mixture of experience in tribal and not-for-profit health care. We’re very pleased Brenda is going to come join our management team at SEARHC,” said Roald Helgesen, SEARHC President/CEO. Parnell has a Master of Business Administration degree in health care from the University of Colorado-Denver, and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. She also earned a Certification in Healthcare Regulatory Compliance from the University of Washington in Seattle, and she has been a Quality Assurance Examiner for the American Society of Quality. Parnell has held leadership roles in the development of the Alaska APEX Baldridge Program, International Internal Auditor Association Ethics Committee, the Healthcare Financial Management Association International Delegate and a member of the Alaska Chapter American Society of Quality Strategic Planning and Board Oversight Committee. “I am humbled to be selected as SEARHC’s next CFO,” Parnell said. “I have been following SEARHC from afar, watching it grow and prosper for the good of the Native communities it serves in Southeast. I look forward to working with my colleagues, physicians and staff committed to building a healthy Native community.” In addition to working on financial reporting and revenue cycle issues, Parnell also has been involved with and taught health care process improvement modeling. Besides her professional interests, Parnell enjoys outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, running, bicycling, swimming, skiing and tennis.