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Care Improvement

AzHHA’s care improvement team works closely with hospitals to improve the health and well-being of patients, families and communities by implementing safe, evidence-based practices that prevent harm, save lives and honor patient wishes. Our three areas of focus are maternal health, hospital quality improvement and advance care planning.


Arizona AIM Collaborative - maternity setting Hospital team
Arizona AIM Collaborative Arizona Health Equity Organizational Assessment Collaborative Quality Improvement Collaboratives and Awards

Thoughtful Life Conversations - couple in discussion
Resources Thoughtful Life Conversations Transition to Practice Program



Care Improvement Committee

Deb Aders, RN, MS, CENP
Vice President Patient Care Services and CNO | Yuma Regional Medical Center
Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSc(h), FAAN, FACHE (Chair)
Consultant | RMA Consulting
Diandra Andrews, RN, MSN, CPHQ
Healthcare Director of Quality & Accreditation | Tucson Medical Center
Velma Cooper RN, MSN
Director of Nursing | Benson Hospital
Jonathan Felton
Chief Operating Officer | Summit Healthcare
Melania Flores, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Nurse Administrator | Mayo Clinic
Crystal Garcia, RN
VP Specialty Services Quality & Safety | Valleywise Health
Jennifer Gutowski, MHA, FACHE
Director/Chief Executive Officer | Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Julie Hunt RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer | Oro Valley Hospital
Susan Kelley, RN, MS, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer | Gila River Health Care Corporation
Tracy Leonard-Warner, MHI, MT-BC
Executive Director | Ryan House
Leslie Martin, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer | Kingman Regional Medical Center
Maria Martinez, RN, BSN
Nursing Consultant | La Paz Regional Hospital
Sharon Unterreiner, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Director, Integrated Care | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Melinda White, RN, MSN
Chief Executive Officer | Sage Memorial Hospital