About Us

We are a non-profit health consortium that serves the health interests of Southeast Alaska.
  • Mission

    Alaska Native People working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities

  • Vision

    Partnering with our communities to promote a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit

  • Values

    Respect
    Cultural Identity
    Service
    Professionalism
    Compassion

Our Story

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is a distinguished non-profit health consortium dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services to the residents of Southeast Alaska. Established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act, SEARHC has played a pivotal role in advancing the health and well-being of the Alaskan communities it serves.

SEARHC’s history is one of resilience, innovation, and community collaboration. What began as a response to the unique healthcare needs of Alaska’s remote and diverse populations has evolved into a model of integrated care that encompasses medical, dental, behavioral health, and community-based services.

Board of Directors

Elected to represent the communities we serve, the Board of Directors is the chief policy-making body of the Consortium.

  • Kimberley Strong

    Board Chair

    Chilkat Indian Village

  • Judean Gordon

    Vice Chair

    Skagway Traditional Council

  • Harriet Silva

    Treasurer

    Angoon Community Association

  • Lavina Brock

    Secretary

    Wrangell Cooperative Association

  • June Durgan

    Member-at-Large

    Craig Tribal Association

  • James Jack Sr.

    Member-at-Large

    Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Council

  • Patty Cottle

    Member-at-Large

    Klawock Cooperative Association

  • Janice Hill

    Board Director

    Chilkoot Indian Association

  • Barbara Cadiente Nelson

    Board Director

    Douglas Indian Association

  • Lily Hughes

    Board Director

    Hoonah Indian Association

  • Marvell Nix

    Board Director

    Hydaburg Cooperative Association

  • Lincoln Bean Sr.

    Board Director

    Organized Village of Kake

  • Dorothy Smith

    Board Director

    Organized Village of Kasaan

  • Everett Bennett

    Board Director

    Petersburg Indian Association

  • Lawrence Widmark

    Board Director

    Sitka Tribe of Alaska

SEARHC Strategic Goals

We are an Employer & Provider of Choice. Read about our vision for 2024.

Executive Leadership Team

The SEARHC Executive Leadership Team is responsible for the executive administration of the organization, and also sets the tone for the “Corporate Culture” of SEARHC.

Charles Clement - SEARHC President & CEO

Charles Clement

President/Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO, Charles Clement is accountable for all day-to-day aspects of operations of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

An Alaska Native of Tsimshian and Athabascan heritage, Charles Clement came to SEARHC in 2011 from his position as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Southcentral Foundation. He played an instrumental role in the organization becoming the first Alaskan health care organization to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.

A graduate of Metlakatla High School, Mr. Clement earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and completed an executive leadership program with the Indian Health Service.

  • Leatha Merculieff - Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

    Leatha Merculieff

    Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

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  • Michael Douglas - Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

    Michael Douglas

    Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

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  • Dan Harris - Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Dan Harris

    Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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  • Cate Buley

    Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

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  • Elliot J. Bruhl - Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

    Elliot J. Bruhl

    Senior Vice President

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  • Eric Gettis - Senior Vice President, Chief of Behavioral Health

    Eric Gettis

    Senior Vice President, Chief of Behavioral Health

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  • Martin Benning - Senior Vice President, Chief of Clinic & Hospital Operations

    Martin Benning

    Senior Vice President, Chief of Clinic & Hospital Operations

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