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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.

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Care Improvement Committee

Deb Aders, RN, MS, CENP
Vice President Patient Care Services and CNO | Yuma Regional Medical Center
Diandra Andrews, RN, MSN, CPHQ
Healthcare Director of Quality & Accreditation | Tucson Medical Center
Velma Cooper RN, MSN
Director of Nursing | Benson Hospital
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
Carolyn Jacobs
Chief Nursing Officer | Summit Healthcare Association
Tracy Leonard-Warner, MHI, MT-BC
Executive Director | Ryan House
Judy Lunbery RN, BSN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer | Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation
Will McConnell, MBA, PhD
Chief Executive Officer | Kingman Regional Medical Center
Linda Rankin, MSN, MBA, MJ, BS, RN
Chief Nursing Officer | Wickenburg Community Hospital
Dr. Anthony Santiago, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer | Gila River Health Care Corporation
Sharon Unterreiner, MSW, LCSW, CCM
Director, Integrated Care | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Melinda White, RN, MHA, MSN
Chief Quality & Compliance Officer | San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation