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 Facilities/Services
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 traveling.
Cindy Creed / Surgical Services Director
Cindy Creed recently relocated to Summit from Tucson. She started her nursing career in 1983 working in ICU at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois for an exciting year of training and experience before moving to Arizona and working in ICU at Tucson Medical Center.
Cindy transferred into Perioperative services in 1988 in Post Anesthesia Care/Pre op holding, then moved into the operating room as a circulator in 1991. She was encouraged to step into leadership in 2006 in charge of a Women’s surgery department including PreOp, Operating Room, PACU, and ancillary services; then spent 2 years leading central processing department for an OR averaging 80-100 cases/day, completing 33 years at TMC.
Cindy graduated from University of Arizona in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Systems Leadership and spent a bit over a year as Senior Manager in a University based 18 bed level one trauma center operating room. She worked for 11 years teaching skiing on weekends at Sunrise Ski Resort and always wanted to relocate to the White Mountains.
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.
Laurie Dose / Director of Environmental Services
Laurie Dose moved to Arizona from SE Minnesota in 2010 and recently relocated to Summit Healthcare. Laurie is a Certified Environmental Services Professional (CHESP) with 25 years of Healthcare Environmental Services experience. As the Director of Environmental Services, Laurie will place an emphasis on disinfection for Infection Prevention. Professional affiliations include the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE) and Cleaning Management Institute.
Laurie is excited to join Summit Healthcare and live in the beautiful White Mountains, as they are much like her home in Minnesota.
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.
Jarrett Maxwell / Director of Cardiopulmonary Services
Jarrett Maxwell grew up locally in Arizona’s White Mountains. To further his education, Jarrett went to Gateway community college earning his Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy and NAU for his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Respiratory Care. Then shortly after graduating; Jarrett moved back to the White Mountains and started working for Summit Healthcare as a night shift Respiratory Therapist in Cardiopulmonary. Jarrett has been a member of the Summit Healthcare team since 2010, and is working closely with his team as director. As Director of Cardiopulmonary, Jarrett is responsible for the oversight of Respiratory Therapy, EKG, EEG and Sleep Study services. In his off time Jarrett enjoys basketball, mountain biking, and racquet ball with his friends and family.
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!”
Jill Stansberry / Director of Volunteer Services
Jill has been at Summit Healthcare since 2012, and has been the Director of Volunteer Services since 2015. As Director of Volunteer Services she on-boards and places volunteers in areas throughout the hospital and oversees Around the Corner Sweet Shop & Café and Summit Marketplace Gift and Floral Shop. She enjoys working with the Volunteers at Summit and the variety of personalities and backgrounds they bring. Their passion and energy are contagious! She and her husband Jim moved to the White Mountains in 1987, and have 2 adult children. She enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Bill Thomack / Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist
Bill grew up in Winslow, AZ where he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for four years before returning to school and receiving a Degree in Respiratory Therapy. He went to nursing school in Farmington, NM and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Phoenix. Bill is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and has worked in Occupational Health since 1989. He spent 22 years working in Occupational Health for Arizona Public Service Company, most of which was at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. While at APS, he was also part of the APS Volunteer Clown Unit. In 2013, he went to work for Payson Regional Medical Center as the Director of Employee Health/Infection Prevention and Environmental Services.
Along with Occupational Health, Bill has also served as the Emergency Manager for Banner Payson Medical Center and has received training in Anniston Alabama through FEMA. Bill has 3 children and 12 grandchildren. Bill and his wife like to spend their free time camping, hiking and spending time in their RV in Tonto Basin, AZ. Bill makes jewelry which he sells at different craft shows in Arizona. He is a huge Disney fan, with the inside and outside of his house decorated with Disney items.
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.
Wanda Whittenburg / Director of Admitting and Imaging Scheduling
Wanda has been a member of Summit Healthcare Leadership team since February 2016. Wanda came on board with 18 years of experience in a hospital setting. Her expertise is in Patient Access, which includes surgery, Main Admitting, ED Registration and Imaging Scheduling. Wanda’s experience includes Centralized Scheduling, HIM, Respiratory, Sleep Lab, Wound Care, Patient Financial Services as well as Patient Revenue Integrity and Quality.