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Mr. Alan K. Barlow – B.S., English, 2001; M.S., American Studies, 2004; M.S., Human Resource, 2006

Google News Alerts -- October 26, 2012
The Seneca Nation Health Commission announces the appointment of Alan Barlow, M.S., M.S.H.R., SPHR, to the position of chief executive officer (CEO) for the Seneca Nation Health System. Barlow, a Diné, was raised on the Navajo Nation Reservation in the Four Corners Region of the United States. He brings over seven years of executive health care administration experience to the position and holds dual master’s degrees in American Studies and Management and Human Resources from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. As a certified senior professional of human resources, he maintains strong professional interests in strategic and organizational alignment, human resources development, operational systems development and measurement implementation, team-building, experiential training, public speaking and graphic arts/marketing development. Having served as a human resources director and chief executive officer for several tribal and Indian Health Service (IHS) programs, including CEO of the Tule River Indian Health Center in California and the Fort Yates Indian Hospital in North Dakota, Barlow most recently served as acting deputy director of management operations for the IHS Aberdeen Area Office and brings considerable experience and knowledge to the SNHS organization. "The entire Commission and I are very excited to have Alan Barlow join us,” said SNHS Commission Chairman Dr. Anthony Billittier IV. “Alan's extensive leadership experience and background with the Indian Health Service will help us continue our commitment to excellence. We look forward to continuing to foster consumer-driven, cutting-edge programs leading to much health and wellness. The people of the Seneca Nation deserve nothing less." Barlow has been honored for his work and received the 2008-2009 National IHS Director’s Award for “outstanding contributions and notable accomplishments” as CEO at Tule River as well as the 2011 Aberdeen Area Outstanding Leadership Service Award for service as CEO of the Standing Rock Indian Hospital in North Dakota. In addition to his administrative posts, Barlow served as secretary of the National Council of Chief Executive Officers (NCCEO) and as NCCEO representative to the National IHS Labor-Management Relations Council. “It is an exciting time to lead the Seneca Nation Health System,” said Barlow. “The challenge and fulfillment this opportunity provides appeal directly to my formal training and experience. I see true, unlimited potential in the structures upheld by the Commission and the support of tribal and community leadership. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and I look forward to identifying and implementing solutions that will best serve the Seneca Nation community in achieving the improvement we are all after.” Barlow was selected from a field of candidates following a national search conducted by the Manitoba, Canada, firm Higgins Executive Search/Leaders & Co., which specializes in conducting searches for and facilitating the placements of Native American professionals. “I support and praise the important work of the Seneca Nation Health Commission for their diligence and determination in striving to improve the Seneca Nation Health System with the appointment of Mr. Alan Barlow,” said Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter. “On behalf of the entire Seneca Nation, I extend a warm welcome to Mr. Barlow and appreciate the wealth of experience, dedication and strength he brings to our Health System’s team.” Barlow’s appointment is effective immediately. He assumed his new role Oct. 15 and succeeds Acting CEO Darlene Miller, a Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor and former SNHS controller, who had served in that capacity for the past 15 months. "We are also extremely grateful to Darlene Miller for stepping up to lead the system in the interim,” said Billittier. “Without question, Darlene's professionalism and leadership ensured that our patients received quality care during this period of transition. And for that, the Commission is very appreciative." The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS) began as the Seneca Nation Health Department, serving the Seneca community on April 1, 1976. Providing health care services through two health centers — the Lionel R. John Health Center on the Allegany Territory and the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Health Center on the Cattaraugus Territory — and Community Health and Wellness Centers. The SNHS serves as a role model in the health care field for Native American tribes and is dedicated to providing the best quality health services available to all members of the Seneca Nation and Native Americans eligible to receive these services.