Wrangell – Effective immediately, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Director of Southern Primary Care Clinic Operations Carly Allen will assume the role of Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) Hospital Administrator. Allen will manage all day-to-day operations of the new WMC campus, including the critical access hospital and primary care. Allen was preceded in the position by SEARHC Vice President Leatha Merculieff, who will relinquish WMC Hospital Administrator duties to focus primarily on a Consortium-wide leadership role as Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer.
Prior to joining SEARHC as part of the 2017 Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) merger, Allen served AICS for 13-years, most recently as Chief Operating Officer. As SEARHC Director of Southern Primary Care Clinic Operations, Allen managed SEARHC facilities including Front Street Clinic in Juneau; itinerant clinics in Gustavus and northern Prince of Wales; and the former AICS Medical Clinic in Wrangell.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my mentors and those who have supported me along this journey,” said Allen. “I look forward to working with our leadership team to ensure Wrangell, and the rest of our SEARHC communities, receive the best possible healthcare.”
Allen is a third generation Wrangellite, who after growing up on a commercial fishing boat continues to spend much of her free time on the water, either fishing, boating or traveling to the hunting grounds. She and her husband Gary have two daughters.
“Carly has played an integral role in SEARHC since the acquisition of AICS, and throughout the construction of the new WMC campus,” said SEARHC Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elliot Bruhl. “Her rapport with current Wrangell SEARHC staff will help further solidify the local team and establish the community as a destination for high quality healthcare in southern Southeast.”
Construction of the new WMC campus at 232 Wood Street was completed in February 2021 and includes a 14-bed Long-Term Care unit, eight-bed Acute Care wing, expanded Emergency Department, integrated Primary Care services, and ancillary services including Rehabilitation, Imaging, Laboratory and Outpatient Pharmacy.