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Asante welcomes new leaders

They represent nursing, lab services, wound care, medical staff, outpatient clinics and more.

Some have risen through the ranks to become Asante managers or executives, others have recently joined the organization. Asante welcomes this past quarter’s new leaders and providers.

Jacob Blair, manager 

Blair started his career with Asante five years ago as a medical technologist at ARRMC for two years before moving to Ashland as the laboratory supervisor. Asante’s culture and future direction are why he says he’s wanted to work and stay with our organization.

Outdoor activities and CrossFit keep Blair busy when not at work. He also enjoys cooking for friends and family, and spending time with his 1-year-old niece.

Meghan Brace, manager, ARRMC Wound Care

Brace joined Asante two month ago from Curry Health in Brookings. She says our reputation for excellence is why she wanted to join the Asante team. When not working, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new things with her family.

Steven Hersch, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs and administrator, AACH

Dr. Hersch may be new to his role, but he’s no stranger to working within Asante. He came to Southern Oregon in 2002 when he was recruited to join a growing hospitalist program. He worked primarily at ARRMC for 10 years, and occasionally at AACH. Dr. Hersch has been a leader in Asante Health Network since its inception.

Away from work, time with family tops his list of things he enjoys, including traveling to Israel and Tulum, Mexico. He also enjoys woodworking and recently is self-taught at the art of wood-turning.

Kelly Markey, manager, Nursing Operations, ARRMC

When Markey arrived at Asante as an experienced nurse 11 years ago, she went to work in the ICU at ARRMC. From there she transferred to the IMCU when it opened in 2013, then to Nursing Operations as a house supervisor. Her career path continued last year, overseeing our nursing resource team, then focusing on the TAC Team.

Markey says her decision to stay with Asante is her excitement to be part of our growth and change. She enjoys traveling, hiking and paddle-boarding with her husband.

Jackson Miller, practice manager, APP–Neurology, Medford

Miller joined Asante four years ago as a referral coordinator in the Contact Center. He was promoted to supervisor of the Patient Access Support team before his current role as a manager for APP’s neurology clinic in Medford.

Miller says staying with Asante has been an easy decision because each person strives to achieve our Values and provide outstanding care to our patients and community. Beyond work, he enjoys golfing, lifting weights, watching sports and spending time with his family.

Megan Owen, manager, patient care services, AACH surgery

Owen has been with Asante for five and a half years, starting as a staff nurse before moving into more advanced roles as a charge nurse, department lead, supervisor and now manager. She says she appreciates the work-life balance Asante offers, and her belief in our Mission to provide quality care is what keeps her with the organization.

Part of that work-life balance includes breeding and showing Dutch warmbloods, one of the most beautiful breeds of horses.

Chrissie Spires, manager, patient care services, ARRMC pediatrics

Spires started at Asante as a new grad nurse in 2017. She became a charge nurse and received her pediatric hematology/oncology and pediatric nurse certifications. Last year, Spires transitioned into the role of supervisor in pediatrics and now as the department’s manager.

Spires says she loves the team atmosphere, and the culture of growth and learning that’s encouraged at Asante. She says she’s grateful to have the opportunity to nurture both a passion for leadership and the pediatric population.

Her kids and family are at the center of life when she’s not at work. Right now, that means cross country, cheer, dance parties and eating ice cream. On her own, Spires enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking and binging a good TV show.

Shawn Whitcomb, manager, preventive care services, APP Care Management

Whitcomb’s most recent employment with Asante had been as an LPN with Asante Physician Partners for about five years. However, she started her career with Asante in 2009 as a CNA at ARRMC, where she worked for three years.

Whitcomb says the opportunity for growth at Asante has been an important factor in returning. She recalls seeing former CEO Roy Vinyard around the hospital talking with staff and appreciated that our top leader would mingle with everyone. Upon her return to Asante, Whitcomb says she found Asante to have the same commitment — that leaders are very engaged with staff.

Traveling, going to concerts and hiking are all things she enjoys with her family when taking a break from work.

Welcome, new providers
  • Thu Han Aung, MD, hospitalist, Ashland, Grants Pass
  • Nathan Boddie, MD, hospitalist, Ashland, Grants Pass
  • Mehul Daulat, DO, hospitalist, Ashland, Grants Pass
  • Asif Khan, MD, hospitalist, Grants Pass
  • Timothy Roberts, MD, hospitalist, Grants Pass
  • Tala Salem, MD, hospitalist, Grants Pass
  • George Schultz, MD, hospitalist, Ashland
  • Alok Shrestha, MD, hospitalist, Ashland, Grants Pass
  • Shaan Wadhawan, MD, Ashland
  • Kathryn Bacher, MD, urology, Medford
  • Christina Godwin, MD, urology, Medford
  • Travis Melin, DO, intensivist  Medford
  • Loretta Church, PA-C, orthopedics, Grants Pass
  • Jessica Foster, NP, emergency medicine, Medford
  • Alexander Kaminsky, MD, emergency medicine, Medford
  • Erin McPeak, PA-C, pulmonary and sleep medicine, Medford
  • Raymond Silva, MD, thoracic surgery, Medford
  • Beatrice Song, MD, employee health/urgent care  
  • Jessi Magnani, MD, neonatology, Medford
  • Jennifer Perry, MD, neonatology, Medford
  • Molly Matthews, PA-C, neurology, Medford
  • Jose Rodrigues-Moreno, MD, neurology, Medford, Grants Pass
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