After three and a half years leading WMC, and the past year adding 'navigating the SEARHC transition waters' to his daily duties, Robert Rang is leaving his post as WMC Administrator. Rang will continue his career at the Providence Seward Medical Center.
Effective this Friday, April 12, Leatha Merculieff will assume the position of WMC Hospital Administrator. Merculieff has spent the last four-plus years serving as SEARHC Vice President/Executive Administration. Previously, she worked in leadership and executive positions with the Alaska Native Medical Center/Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium focused on the patient/customer experience.
"I really found a passion around healthcare and patient experience," Merculieff told the Wrangell Sentinel. "Number one, they're our family and friends. I want everyone to have a positive experience, no matter the medical outcome"
Rang stated he had four goals when he showed up in Wrangell; improve the hospital's reputation within the community, address financial concerns,, repair the culture within WMC, and land a new hospital. He feels as if he's leaving WMC having checked each item off of his list.
"We've gotten five-star ratings with CMS, we've won numerous quality awards within the state, we've been recognized twice by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best nursing homes," Rang told the Wrangell Sentinel. "Those accomplishments, although I get credit for them because I'm sitting in this office, it's the work that the team's doing,"