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Employees rise to leadership (and two new leaders join Asante)

From Ashland to Grants Pass, new Asante leaders move up in their clinical departments.
Caitlin Coombs, manager, Ambulatory Clinic Services

Caitlin CoombsCoombs’ promotion was announced while she was out on maternity leave for the recent birth of her baby girl. She started with Asante as a nurse on Post-Surgery at ARRMC, then transitioned to APP–Family Medicine, Black Oak, as a clinical nurse. In 2020, she was promoted to supervisor for APP Care Management nurses, and just recently promoted to manager of Ambulatory Clinic Services.

Coombs says she finds her inspiration in helping teams care for patients in times of transition and stress. She’s been impressed with Asante’s response to the pandemic and proactively serving our community, including opening the COVID hotline and the monoclonal antibody drive-thru clinic.

Coombs is married to Asante ambulatory quality specialist Paul Coombs. In addition to spending time with their new baby, Caitlin enjoys reading, writing and working in her flower garden.

Rhonda “Rhonnie” Forbes, manager, practice operations, APP–Internal Medicine, Ashland

Forbes started her career with Asante a year ago as an operations supervisor for urgent care in Medford and White City. She was drawn to Asante because of its Values, Mission and support it gives our employees.

Before joining Asante, Forbes worked at Rogue Community Health as a health care director for three clinics. She’s a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins fan. She loves taking trips to the coast and tagging along with her husband on the golf course.

Angel Kinzig, manager, Maternal and Child, ARRMC

Kinzig has made her career with Asante for 20 years. The first seven years were spent as a bedside caregiver, precepting new hires and as a charge nurse. She then moved into teaching for Nursing Professional Development for nine years with a focus on OB, peds and NICU. The past four years have been as supervisor, then manager, in Maternal Child.

Kinzig says she has stayed with Asante so long because of its excellent patient care and the support it provides employees. “I’d like to think Angel left Cincinnati, Ohio, 20 years ago for the job with Asante, but it may have been for Southern Oregon’s great golfing weather,” CEO Scott Kelly says. She and her husband can be found on the links at Centennial Golf Club.

Stacy Kostenbauer, manager, Asante Hematology Oncology Clinic

Kostenbauer recently joined Asante to lead the new Hematology and Oncology Clinic in our cancer center. Stacy has significant specialty clinic experience, having started in women’s health as a medical assistant and worked her way up to a regional manager position. She worked at Providence managing the cardiology clinic as well as overseeing multiple specialty clinics and family practice.

Kostenbauer says she took the job because of Kristi Blackhurst, vice president of Operations for ARRMC and AACH, and her leadership team. She says the job is the right thing for her, because what we’re doing is the right thing for the community. That includes bringing all cancer services into one location in Medford and Grants Pass. She says she appreciates the investment in our community.

Time away from work is often spent with family, including her husband and two step-daughters. She enjoys movies, reality TV and cooking shows.

Duncan McColpin, manager, Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Lab, ATRMC

McColpin started his career at Asante 13 years ago as a respiratory therapist and cardiopulmonary tech. He now leads the team in the Cardiopulmonary and Sleep Lab at Asante Three Rivers. McColpin says his reason for staying with the organization is the great team he works with who all enjoy taking care of the community.

In 2018, he received the coveted Annual VIA Award for his managerial skills and dedication to Asante’s Values. When not at work, he finds time to relax by traveling, reading and riding his motorcycle.

Peter Richard, manager, ATRMC Imaging

Richard can also claim a long tenure with Asante. He joined 13 years ago, working in ARRMC’s vascular lab and general ultrasound lab at Asante Three Rivers.

He says the Imaging Department’s strong community culture and Asante’s Values align with his personal values, and that he enjoys working with an organization that benefits our community directly.

When not at work, he stays busy cycling and spending time with his family and kids.

Wendy Vaughn, clinical director, Asante Cancer Services

As the new director for Clinical Cancer Services, Vaughn brings an impressive clinical pedigree. Before joining Asante late last year, she served as the associate director for Nursing at The Angeles Clinic Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Southern California.

Vaughn says bringing world-class cancer care to the community has been her life’s work, and she was drawn to Asante’s Mission and Values that aligned with her own. For fun, she enjoys growing her own food and cooking it. As empty nesters, she and her husband decided the Rogue Valley is a great place to settle down.

Welcome, new providers

Brian Allen, PA-C, orthopedics, Grants Pass

David Cohen, PA-C, family medicine, Talent

Kent Davis, MD,  OB hospitalist, Medford

Carl Griesser, MD, family medicine, Medford

Ravneel Gulati, MD, hospitalist, Grants Pass

David Kashmer, MD, intensivist, Grants Pass

Lucille Martinez, MD, OB hospitalist, Medford

William Muth, MD, infectious disease, Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass

Minh Nguyen, MD, family medicine, Grants Pass

Donald Olson, MD, pediatrics, Medford, Grants Pass

Fallon Polich, NP, emergency medicine, Medford

Rajapreet Singh, MD, hospitalist, Ashland, Grants Pass

Shereen Underwood, MD, behavioral health, Medford

Ee Lin Wan, MD, hospitalist, Ashland

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