Locally raised Nomeite to become NSHC division leader
NOME, ALASKA -Norton Sound Health Corporation hired a new Vice President of Hospital Services to replace outgoing administrator Phil Hofstetter. Kelly Bogart will take over leadership of the large NSHC division, which includes most hospital-based departments, and she will also take on the role of Nursing Home Administrator. Her promotion marks the first time there has been a homegrown administrator in this position since Charles Fagerstrom, Jr. resigned in 2003.
Bogart, 30, was raised in Nome. She is the daughter of the late Jones Wongittilin of Savoonga and Phyllis Punguk (Longley) of Nome and stepdaughter of Charles Punguk of White Mountain and Golovin. She is married to Blake Bogart, with whom she has two young daughters. Bogart graduated from Nome-Beltz High School in 2006 and obtained a bachelor’s degree in child development and family studies through the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014. She is working toward her master’s degree in organizational leadership through St. Mary’s University.
Bogart began working for NSHC in 2014 and gained experience in the Human Resources department as well as the Infant Learning Program before becoming the Assistant Vice President of Hospital Services in 2015. Since that time, she has become an integral member of the Administration team, familiarized herself with Hospital Services departments and has overseen several committees, including the Emergency Operations Plan and the Safety and Environment of Care Committee.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I’m excited to continue learning and growing,” Bogart said. “Over the last few years, I’ve learned a lot and have established good relationships with managers of Hospital Services departments. I look forward to supporting them and working together to make a difference in the Norton Sound region.”
Bogart’s predecessor and mentor, Phil Hofstetter, will depart NSHC at the end of June with his family to relocate to Petersburg, Alaska. Hofstetter served as Vice President of Hospital Services and Nursing Home Administrator for five years.
“Kelly has been a gem to work with as the Assistant Vice President, and I am extremely excited she will assume the Vice President role,” said Hofstetter. “Kelly is a local talent, and she will add considerably to the leadership of this organization.”