ANTHC welcomes Yup’ik Vice President of Patient Logistics

March 18, 2024

Dr. Elizabeth Arteaga recently joined the ANMC division as Vice President of Patient Logistics. Arteaga has worked for ANTHC since 2015, where she started as a Registered Nurse in the Surgical Services department. Prior to her new position, Arteaga was the Director of Patient Experience. In her role as Vice President of Patient Logistics, Arteaga works to support the Travel Management Office and Patient Housing teams.

“My multifaceted journey has become a realization of a lifelong dream that was inspired by my father’s stories of building the new hospital,” Arteaga said. “It has been an honor to work among the best in an organization that is so deeply rooted in our community.”

Arteaga is a proud Yup’ik and member of the Calista Corporation, with roots in Hooper Bay. She is originally from Fairbanks, but her father’s family originates from the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. The diversity of Alaska’s landscapes and cultures has always been close to Arteaga’s heart. Her grandmother was a skilled parka maker, which is a testament to the rich heritage and resourcefulness of the Yup’ik people.

Arteaga earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. Shortly after graduation, she chose to broaden her horizons by setting her sights on a new adventure as a travel nurse. Arteaga anticipated this level of diversity and an ever-changing environment would help her gain the experience needed to reach her future goals. She accepted positions at some of the most prestigious hospitals available to better prepare herself for her expected return to Alaska. Arteaga’s commitment to better serving the Native community and improving the Alaska Tribal Health System drove her to further her education. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing, and then a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership and Management, from Chatham University.

“Working at ANTHC is more than a job; it’s a commitment to my family, my ancestors, and future generations. I will continue to work toward our vision to ensure that we become the healthiest people in the world. It is about honoring our traditions while embracing the future,” Arteaga said.

What Arteaga cherishes most about working at ANTHC is the opportunity to care for and work alongside her people.

“The interaction with patients and colleagues, the shared purpose, and the joy of serving our community fulfills me deeply. Every day is an opportunity to contribute to our collective well-being,” Arteaga added.

In her free time, Arteaga loves spending time in the Alaskan outdoors. Whether it’s salmon fishing with her family, berry picking, hiking, biking, or traveling to explore new places and cultures, each activity enriches her life and broadens her perspective on the world.

“It’s these simple joys that keep me grounded and grateful,” Arteaga said.

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