Story last updated at 8/5/2009 - 12:30 pm
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has hired Libby Watanabe as the health systems analyst for the SEARHC executive offices in Juneau.
In her new job, Libby will work closely with SEARHC President/CEO Roald Helgesen. Her main tasks will be to develop program responses to the health needs encountered by the populations served by SEARHC.
Libby is a long-time employee of SEARHC who most recently served as the director of medical nutrition services at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. She is a licensed and registered dietitian, as well as a certified dietary manager. Libby holds a Master's in Public Administration degree from the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus, a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and an Associate of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
"I believe that my background working in the hospital as a health care provider has given me a strong clinical background and understanding of the tribal health care system, as well as the challenges that we face in Southeast Alaska in delivering high quality and culturally relevant health care," Watanabe said. "Additionally, my educational background has prepared me well for this position. I have learned that this is a fast-paced position that requires adaptability, flexibility and good communication and people skills. My current career goal is to become certified with the Medical Group Management Association, as I believe that it will be beneficial to me, as well as to SEARHC."
Libby got her start at SEARHC in 1989 working as a night aide at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in what then was called Alcohol Therapy Services. In 1990, she began working as a dishwasher in the dietary department, and her work there led her to pursue her education as a dietitian. In addition to her duties at SEARHC, Libby also serves as Grand First Vice President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood. Libby is the daughter of Gerry Williams of Juneau, her grandparents are the late Lena and Judson Brown. She and her husband, Clint, have a son, Justin.