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New leaders, new promotions within Asante

From microbiology to marketing, they bring their talent and skills.

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.

Jeremy Filip, manager, Lab operations, ARRMC

Jeremy has risen through the ranks at Asante during the past six years. He started as a medical technologist at ARRMC, then was promoted to clinical laboratory supervisor at Ashland. He returned to ARRMC as the clinical laboratory supervisor for Microbiology, and now has been promoted to that department’s manager. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys hiking, skiing, beer brewing and gardening.

Kristi Frederick, manager, Organizational and Leadership Development, HR

Of all our new leaders this quarter, Kristi has been with us the longest at 13 years. She started at Asante as a Health Promotion educator, while also picking up hours in Work Health supporting therapists as a rehab tech. A few years after that Kristi worked part-time as a crisis intervention instructor in our Education department and then as an education specialist. This is where she found her passion for facilitating and stepped into the senior training and development role, followed by the organizational consultant role, then supervisor for Organizational and Leadership Development, and now manager of that department. Beyond work, Kristi loves her role as a stepmom to three kids — sharing that it’s “a gig that brings deep joy to her heart.” Beyond that, creative arts, camping, hiking, playing with the dogs and anything outdoors puts a smile on her face.

Michael Garcia, manager, Pharmacy, AACH

Michael is brand new to Asante, having started just last month at Asante Ashland. He received his master’s degree from Oregon Health & Science University and PharmD from Pacific University in Oregon. Michael says he was encouraged by some of our employees to work for Asante, and after researching our organization — particularly Asante Ashland — he discovered a lot of positive talk about the hospital, that it’s very community-centered, and that patients and employees are well-cared for. Aside from work, Michael enjoys time with his family and dog, and exploring Oregon.

Somnath Ghosh, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs, ARRMC

Dr. Ghosh has been an intensivist and pulmonologist at Asante Rogue Regional for ten years. As medical director of the Intensive Care Unit since 2013, he was instrumental in bringing hospital telemedicine to support patients in critical care. In his new role, Dr. Ghosh will oversee ARRMC’s medical staff of employed and affiliated providers. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer, snowboarding, fishing and spending time with his wife and two young children.

Andrea Goodboe, manager, Patient Care Services, ARRMC Behavioral Health

Andrea has worked for Asante for 10 years, beginning as an on-call nurse in the Behavioral Health Unit. While in the BHU, Andrea became a full-time nurse, charge nurse and then the unit’s supervisor for the past five years. Andrea says she chose Asante because the organization cares for our employees and the community, adding that this has been very evident in the past year with the pandemic and fires. Beyond work, Andrea enjoys time with her husband of 29 years and two adult children and exploring the outdoors.

Cindy Hoyt-Harvey, manager, Patient Care Services, ARRMC Cardiovascular Recovery

Cindy is a welcome addition to Asante Rogue Regional as the new manager of Cardiovascular Recovery. She started with Asante in January, having come to Medford from Aurora Medical Center in Wisconsin, where she was the director of Cardiac Services. She may be new to our hospital but is familiar with our cardiac care. She moved from Wisconsin to Grants Pass to help support her elderly parents. She says her father had his CABG at ARRMC about 18 years ago and was impressed with the hospital and the great care he received. When not working, Cindy enjoys spending her time doing outdoor activities, especially riding her Harley Davidson.

Nicole Proctor, practice manager, APP–Infectious Disease, Medford

Nicole has worked for Asante since 2015, starting right out of school as a medical assistant for Dr. Marcelin Charles in APP–Family Medicine in Medford. About a year later, Nicole moved into Infectious Disease as the medical assistant for the newly-hired Dr. Kirsten Schutte. In 2017 Nicole transitioned into the role of clinic supervisor for Infectious Disease, and now as the practice manager for both Infectious Disease and Pediatric Hematology Oncology departments. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time at area lakes, local wineries and breweries, and enjoying local music. She also enjoys DIY home improvement projects.

Grant Walker, marketing manager, Communications and Marketing

Grant WalkerGrant is not new to Asante, having worked as public relations specialist from 2007 to 2014. He left for a leadership position at Rogue Community College, where he served as the director of marketing and recruitment. Grant says he chose to return to Asante because the new marketing manager position was a great opportunity, but more important, because Asante is grounded in community, clear in its Mission and Values, and supports its employees. When not working, Grant enjoys working in the garden, playing guitar and making hot sauce.

Welcome, new providers
  • Kathryn Bacher, MD, urology, Medford
  • Derrick Blanchard, PA, orthopedics, Grants Pass
  • Danna Morgan, NP, Coumadin Clinic, Medford
  • Jennifer Perry, MD, neonatology, Medford
  • Tala Salem, MD, hospitalist, Grants Pass
  • Alok Shrestha, MD, hospitalist, Ashland
  • Mark Siefring, MD, primary care, Medford
  • Melissa Tejada, NP, wound care, Medford
  • Shaan Wadhawan, MD, hospitalist, Ashland
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