Summit Healthcare Leadership Team

Sarah Basinger, RN, BSN, MHI / Director of Woman and Infant Services

Sarah Basinger has been a member of Summit Healthcare’s Leadership Team since 2008. As Director of Woman and Infant Services, Sarah is responsible for oversight of labor and delivery, the obstetric operating room, post partum, and gynecological services. Sarah is a Registered Nurse with her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Innovation.

Bruce Best / Director of Safety and Security

Bruce grew up in England and moved to Arizona with his family in 1980. He worked for the City of Phoenix Aviation department for 30 years and retired in 2011. His aviation background includes managing the airfield maintenance division at Sky Harbor and managing the Deer Valley Airport. He has had the pleasure of working with the FBI, CIA, TSA, DEA, FAA and several other alphabet jumbles he can’t remember. He attended ASU and has a B.S in Management. He joined Summit Healthcare in 2014 as the hospital’s employee safety specialist and has since assumed the role of managing the security department. He enjoys skiing and has recently taken up golf.

Jessica Covey / Controller

Jessica Covey has been a member of Summit Healthcare since 2009. As Director of Finance/Accounting, Jessica is responsible for the oversight of all finance and accounting related functions. The accounting department manages accounts payable, payroll, budgeting, statistics, audits, required financial reporting, financial policies and internal controls. Jessica is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) and an ASU Alumni with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing. Jessica also holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters of Science in Accountancy. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her kids, golfing and travelling.

DeAnn Davies, MS, CLC / Director of Early Childhood Outreach and Pediatric Clinical Psychology

DeAnn graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University. For 18 years DeAnn has dedicated her passion for young children to leading early childhood programs. She currently serves as the Arizona Healthy Steps Director and the Summit Healthcare Director of Healthy Steps. DeAnn has been an active member of boards representing the needs of children with special needs, infant-toddler mental health, and she served as Chair for a First Things First Regional Partnership Council. DeAnn is married to her husband Ben, is the mother to two adult children, and grandmother to two granddaughters.

Rus Dunaway / Director of Wound Care

Rus grew up in the mountains of North Idaho. He joined Summit Healthcare’s Wound Care and Hyperbarics program in 2011.  Rus is an expert in hyperbaric systems and diving medicine as a military and civilian diver between 1980 – 2002. In 2002 he worked with a company that specialized in wound care and hyperbarics. Rus achieved certification in hyperbaric therapy and wound care at UC San Diego Medical Center in Southern California.

In early 2004 he began to work for Diversified Therapy Inc. to open a new hyperbaric center for Palomar Pomerado Health in Poway Ca. His position grew with Diversified and began to install chamber systems and working with the staff to ensure they received the training required to run their programs.

Julie Forney, AART(R) (T) / Director of Oncology Services

As the Director of Oncology Services she is responsible for Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Chemotherapy, and a dedicated oncology pharmacy. Julie began the radiation oncology program at Summit Healthcare in April of 2003. As the program grew, it was necessary to develop a comprehensive oncology center and as a result, in 2005 the medical oncology program was developed. Oncology Services now has two medical oncologists, one radiation oncologist, seven RN’s, and support staff. Julie is Board Certified in Radiology as well as Radiation Therapy. She is married with three grown children and four grandchildren.

Louie Granado / Director of Environmental Services

Louie joined the team at Summit Healthcare in 2013. As the Environmental Services Director, one of Louie’s main responsibilities is infection control. The Environmental Services team helps to prevent infections and the spread of disease by keeping our hospital clean and sanitized for the safety of our patients, staff, family and visitors. Louie has an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Operations and an Associate of Arts Degree in Automated Accounting. When Louie looked at Summit Healthcare as a prospective employer, he saw the astounding growth over the past ten years, the great patient satisfaction scores, and a close knit staff – and he knew he had found his home. In his free time, Louie is an avid golfer and movie goer.

Aaron Grigg / Director of Social Services

Aaron’s background is in providing treatment to survivors of severe war trauma and torture. He is passionate about managing programs that eliminate barriers and enhance behavioral health services for vulnerable populations. Aaron chose employment at Summit Healthcare as it affords him the opportunity to have an impact on our communities. The Social Services department at Summit Healthcare is responsible for psychosocial assessments and planning in areas of perinatal social work, abuse/neglect, chemical dependency, behavioral health, domestic violence, suicide attempts, traumatic events, dysfunctional relationships, and end of life/death issues.

Steve Hurst / Director of Cardiopulmonary Services

Steve Hurst has worked as a Respiratory Therapist for over 30 years. Steve came to the White Mountains from Phoenix to the town of Overgaard in 1988. He assumed the Director role in 2002. His responsibilities include the Sleep Lab, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Neurodiagnostics. Steve enjoys his dogs, cats, and sailing and skiing.

Joan Lewis / Director of HIM/Privacy Officer

Joan Lewis, CPC has worked in healthcare for 29 years, with a background that includes Coding/Billing/Medical Records and 10 years as a Director of Health Information Management. She has lived in Winslow, working with Little Colorado Medical Center and Winslow Indian
Healthcare Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico working with St Joseph’s Medical Center, and Fort Mohave, Arizona. Joan cares about her community and is very pleased to be back in the White Mountains of Navajo County again!

Wade McDowell / Director of Therapy Services

Wade McDowell has worked in therapy services for over 21 years. He began his career in the early 90’s as a staff occupational therapist, working in both Nebraska and Colorado. By 1997 he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services, in 2008 he moved into an Assistant Nursing Home Administrator role and two years later he became the Administrator. In 2013 he moved to New Mexico to become the Director of Rehabilitation Services and Occupational Therapy at a large, for profit hospital. He joined the Summit Healthcare Therapy Services team as Director in the fall of 2014.

Mitzi Melero, RN / Director of ICU, IV Therapy and Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Mitzi Melero came to Summit in 2004. She graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with a degree in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration with an emphasis on Health Information Systems in 2012. Mitzi has worked in Intensive Care Units since 1983 and has spent more than a decade in management. Mitzi is a major NASCAR fan!

Laura Nicks, RN / Director of Compliance

As a Midwest transplant, Laura started her nursing career at Summit Healthcare in 1983. She returned to Summit in 1992 and shortly thereafter became the Care Resource Director. Care Resource encompasses several supportive functions that serve all hospital departments which include Social Services, Case Management, Administrative Shift Coordinators, RN Floats, Utilization Management and Staffing Coordinator. Laura graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, emphasis on Community Health. Professional affiliations include Case Management Society of America and the ‘Diehard Minnesota Vikings Club’. in 2013 Laura took on the challenging position of Compliance Director.

Jayne Simms, RN, MSN / Director of Medical Surgical Services

Jayne Simms has been in her role as Director of Medical/Surgical Services since 2002 and has been a member of the Summit Healthcare Leadership Team since 1996. Jayne’s nursing career started when she became a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. In addition to her military service, Jayne has over 17 years of nursing management experience in the inpatient and outpatient arenas, staff development, and quality management. Jayne and her team of dedicated staff have worked hard to build a Med/Surg environment that is team-oriented and fun while focused on providing high-quality care to their patients. This atmosphere has come to be known as the “Med/Surg Magic!”

Angie Valentine / Director of Home Health

Angie Valentine, Director of Home Health, was raised in a small community in Illinois and attended St. Louis University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her passion for Home Health began in 2001 in St. Louis where she had the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life – from the inner city to rural farm towns. Dr. Valentine appreciates the interdisciplinary approach offered by the Home Health Department. Home Health Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Home Health Aides and Medical Social Workers help patients recuperate from illness or surgery and educate them in how to manage their chronic disease(s). In 2012, Angie was excited to join Summit Healthcare and live in the beautiful White Mountains. In her free time, Angie enjoys being outdoors, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and reading.

Daran Wilson / Director of Medical Surgical Services Telemetry Unit

Daran joined Summit Healthcare in December of 2009 as the Director of the Med Surg Telemetry Unit.  After spending the last 30 +  summers vacationing in the White Mountains, she and her husband Mark, a retired Tucson Police Officer decided to relocate to the area they love.

Daran graduated with her BSN from the University of Arizona. Bear Down Wildcats! She was an Emergency Department charge nurse at University Medical Center Tucson from 1976- 2000. She also worked concurrently as a charge nurse at Northwest Medical Center ED  Tucson from 1987-1991. From 2000-2009 she was the Urgent Care NCL then the Clinic Director at the Northwest Medical Center’s Rancho Vistoso Outpatient Clinic where she was responsible for the day to day functions of Urgent Care, Lab, Imaging, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography, Ambulatory Services including IV Therapy and a rotating specialty physician clinic.

Daran is very happy to be living in the White Mtns where she enjoys hiking with her friends, fishing with her husband and looking forward to visits from her grandsons who love coming to Grandma’s house!

Cristin R. Connor, MS, RN, BSN / Director of Occupational and Employee Health

Cristin Connor, MS, RN, BSN; joined Summit Healthcare in 2015, as the Director of Occupational and Employee Health. As a Nurse and Exercise Physiologist, Cristin has over 18 years experience in many aspects of Healthcare and Wellness, including Surgery, Cardiac Care, Corporate Health and Wellness, Project Management, Practice Management, and Occupational Health. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree with the Ohio State University and The University of Phoenix, with a Master’s Degree from The University of Akron, Ohio. Currently Cristin is pursuing her Certification as an Occupational Health Nursing Specialist (COHN-S). In her spare time, Cristin enjoy’s biking, hiking and travel.