Change brings opportunity for AACH and systemwide services
During the past several years, Asante has been making strides to streamline and develop the Asante
Way, a consistent, strategic approach to providing high quality, affordable, accessible care to the people
of Southern Oregon and Northern California. On the heels of the COVID-19 outbreak, Asante is more
committed than ever to caring for the health needs of our community and patients we serve. To achieve
this, we must remain excellent stewards of our resources and implement efficiencies in our service
With the recent announcement of leadership transitions at Asante Ashland Community Hospital, we have developed an
organizational plan that realigns systemwide resources to provide support for services in Ashland. By leveraging the
experience, strength and talent of current employees to provide leadership and stability to our teams, patients and
community during the transition, Asante is advancing alignment within our health system and driving affordability for our
patients.I am pleased to announce the following series of changes that will continue our development of the Asante Way and
provide growth opportunities for many of our employees.
Lee Shapley, MD, will take on an expanded role as vice president of Medical Affairs and administrator at AACH. He will
continue to report to Jamie Grebosky, MD, chief medical and quality officer.
As previously announced, Amanda Kotler, RN, will serve as vice president for Nursing at both ARRMC and AACH. In
addition, AACH’s school nurse program as well as each hospital’s medical/surgical, respiratory therapy, OB, critical care
and emergency departments will align under Amanda’s leadership.
Kristi Blackhurst, RN, will take on an expanded role as vice president of Operations for both ARRMC and AACH. In this
role, perioperative services, imaging, lab, nutrition, facilities and environmental services will align under Kristi’s leadership.
Both of these roles will continue to report to Mick Zdeblick, CEO of ARRMC, for their Asante Rogue Regional
responsibilities and will have a reporting relationship to Dr. Grebosky in mutual coordination with Dr. Shapley.
To continue building a consistent, aligned, efficient approach to patient care and support, several services provided in
Ashland will now roll up to one departmental leader in Jackson County. Changes include the following:
- The Contact Center will align under APP’s vice president of Operations, Doug Ward.
- The post-visit call team will be overseen by Cassy Leach, director of Ambulatory Quality and Operations.
- Spiritual Care will become part of Asante Resource Management, led by director Dawn Wipf, to align with a
consistent systemwide approach.
- Rehabilitation Services will be led by manager Mike Mehl.
- Administrative oversight of wound-care services and Ashland Community Hospital Foundation are still being
While the AsanteForward philanthropic initiative will focus the systemwide use of resources for years to come,
establishing Asante Ashland Community Hospital’s long-term position and caring for patients in the market will drive future
decision making around allocations of time, talent and capital in this community.
I am proud of how our organization is responding and evolving during these times and grateful each day to work with such
committed professionals. Thank you for your ongoing focus on supporting high quality, compassionate health care for our
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