Petersburg Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Woodyard will remain in Petersburg after being offered the CEO position at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.
“I applied for the position because professionally it was an opportunity too good to pass up,” Woodyard said. “But my heart is here in Petersburg.”
Woodyard was offered the position in Juneau but turned it down. “I talked it over with the Hospital Board Chair and my husband and decided to stay,” Woodyard said.
She explained that she loves it here and is committed to the hospital and its patients.
Woodyard came to Petersburg one year ago after serving as CEO at Banner Lassen Hospital in Susanville, Calif. for three years. She was also the Chief Nurse Officer for 11 years at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
“We just love Alaska,” Woodyard said. “We have put down roots here.”
She stated she felt really great about the job offer. “When I thought about leaving here, I just couldn't.”
“Petersburg is my home,” Woodyard stated. “I have a great board and a wonderful staff. The decision to stay is the right one.”