Edwards brings 24 years of experience in the health care industry to SEARHC. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University (Ellensburg, Wash.). He plans to complete a Masters degree in Health Care Administration this summer with City University (Bellevue, Wash.).
Edwards started working for a small Seattle clinic in 1983, and as the clinic grew he eventually became its first director of finance. From 1990-92 he served as director of finance for Elder Health Northwest in Seattle, which is one of the leading adult day health care facilities in the country. He then moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1992 to work for the Heart Institute of Spokane, serving as CFO for seven years and Chief Operating Officer the last 3 1/2 years of his 11 there. Since 2004, Edwards has been a private health care consultant, working in management roles during the start-ups of a community health care center in Idaho and a hospital in Nigeria.
A former Alaskan, when he was growing up Edwards spent a couple of years in Anchorage and Fairbanks - and even a summer in Sitka - while his father worked as a general contractor.
"I'm excited to be back in Alaska," Edwards said. "My family's never been here, and I'm excited for fishing season."
While he doesn't work in direct patient care, Edwards said working in a health organization's support roles still can have major effect on a patient's health. For example, Edwards said those working in finance can make sure the resources are available to provide the best health care possible.
"It doesn't matter what role we have in health care, it's all about the patient," Edwards said.