NAH Board of Directors bring expertise, experience and leadership to organization

October 25, 2013

The Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and experienced group of Northern Arizona residents who care deeply about the needs and the medical services available to our region. Members on the board are all volunteers who also serve on either the Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) Board of Directors or the Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) Board of Directors.

The 2013 – 2014 officers for the NAH Board of Directors are Chairman Christopher Bavasi, executive director of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation Commission; Vice Chair Gary Christensen, M.D., anesthesiologist at Flagstaff Medical Center; Secretary William Jeffers, cattle-rancher and long-time Arizona resident; and Treasurer Wayne Fox, M.S., C.P.A., assistant dean of the College of Business Administration at Northern Arizona University.

Board members include William Austin, M.D., retired pediatrician and medical director of FMC’s Children’s Health Center; Richard Cranmer, C.P.A., accountant in Cottonwood;  James Dorman, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of Flagstaff; Alice Gagnaire, B.S.N., M.H.S.A., former FMC vice president of Nursing Services; James Ledbetter, Esq., attorney at the Ledbetter Law Firm in Cottonwood; Charles Marr, former CEO of Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb.; Shawn Orme, educator and president of Orme Ranch, Inc.; and Ray Selna, broker/owner of Selna and Associates Real Estate and Investments in Cottonwood.
Ex-officio members are William Bradel, F.A.C.H.E., NAH president/CEO; Irwin (Irv) Bloom, M.S., M.B.A., interim FMC president/CEO; and Barbara Dember, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., VVMC president/CEO. 
Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is the largest healthcare organization in Northern and Central Arizona. With nearly 3,000 employees and 300 physicians on its active medical staff, NAH experiences more than 167,000 patient visits each year. As a not-for-profit healthcare system, NAH is governed by a volunteer board of directors.
NAH provides healthcare services through Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center (with campuses in Cottonwood and Sedona), Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, Fit Kids of Arizona and Guardian Air. The organization includes a state-designated Level I Trauma Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and extensive cardiovascular surgical services including traditional and minimally invasive open heart surgery.
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