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Board Of Managers

The 21-member Board of Managers, which meets quarterly, is composed of 15 physicians representing all regions of the Valley and a blend of primary care physicians and specialists, five healthcare administrators representing Dignity Health and Abrazo Community Health Network, and one Medicare beneficiary.

Physicians

Linda Brown, MD, Abrazo Medical Group / West Olive Family Medicine Center (Board Chair)

Rama Devineni, MD, Chandler Primary Care

Edward Donahue, MD, Dignity Health

Robert Elk, MD, Adelante Healthcare

Sunita Gupta, MD, East Valley Family Practice

Jon Hackenyos, DO, Ocotillo Internal Medicine (Vice Chair, Network Committee Chair)

John Hopkins, MD, Integrated Medical Services

Pankaj Jain, MD, Palo Verde Hematology Oncology

Michael Keller, MD, Abrazo Health (Quality Committee Chair)

Kenneth Paige, DO, Sun Lakes Family Physicians

Donald Paxton, MD, Dignity Health Medical Group

Chris Pruitt, MD, Sound Physicians

Dana Seltzer, MD (Care Management & Performance Committee Chair), AZ Sports Clinic

Monte Swarup, MD, New Horizons Women's Care (AOA)

Edward Tokatlian, MD, Associated Internists of Ahwatukee (Finance & Payer Contracting Committee Chair)       

 

 

Dignity Health

Linda Hunt, President/CEO of Dignity Health Arizona

Bruce Bethancourt, MD, CMO, Dignity Health Medical Group

Abrazo Community Health Network

Frank Molinaro, CEO

William Ellert, MD, CMO 

Medicare Beneficiary Representative

Fr. Douglas Lorig

Administrative Leadership

David Hanekom, MD, Chief Executive Officer

Ed Clarke, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Robert Davis, Chief Information Officer

Alex Nuñez, Chief Financial Officer

Jami Berger, BSN, RN, MBA, Executive Director, Operations

Todd Ricotta, MBA, Executive Director, Provider Network, Government Relations

Debra J. Stevens, MBA, APR, Executive Director, Marketing and Communication

 

 

Arizona Care Network Executive Leadership Team

David S. Hanekom, MD, FACP, CMPE

Chief Executive Officer


David Hanekom, MD

Since 2016, Dr. David Hanekom has served as chief executive officer of Arizona Care Network. Dr. Hanekom is an experienced physician executive with demonstrated success in the collaborative design, implementation and operational oversight of innovative, value-based programs and information technology solutions.

Dr. Hanekom came to Phoenix from North Dakota, where he consulted with clients in the provider and health plan markets. Before that, he served as chief medical officer and senior vice president of business development at SPH Analytics.

Dr. Hanekom previously served as chief medical officer and vice president of medical management of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, where he designed and implemented the nationally acclaimed MediQHome Quality program. Early in his career, Dr. Hanekom was an internal medicine physician and director of Chronic Disease Management for MeritCareHealth System.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Hanekom earned his medical degree from University of Witwatersrand Medical School in South Africa, received post-graduate training in family medicine at the Medical University of Southern Africa, and gained additional training in internal medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a clinical associate professor of Medicine at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

 

Ed Clarke, MD

Chief Medical Officer


Ed Clarke, MD

Dr. Ed Clarke, a primary care physician known for his track record in partnering with medical professionals to achieve transformational improvements in patient care, joined Arizona Care Network as chief medical officer in 2017.

In this role, he is responsible for the clinical performance of the network and collaborates with members to achieve a Quadruple Aim of improved population health, enhanced patient experience, improved provider satisfaction and reduced costs. Dr. Clarke is leading improvements to the networks infrastructure, including new technology tools to improve quality, safety, service and satisfaction.

Previously, Dr. Clarke held a similar role for Banner Medical Group in Arizona and Colorado and has experience as a physician informaticist.

He holds a medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and is board certified in Family Medicine, with an additional certification in Sports Medicine.

Alex Nuñez

Chief Financial Officer


Alex Nunez

Alex Nuñez joined Arizona Care Network as chief financial officer in February 2016, overseeing the financial operations, contract negotiations, and with data analytics for the 5,000-clinician network.

He brings nearly two decades of experience in finance and consulting to his role. This includes leadership roles at DaVita HealthCare Partners, Magellan Health Services of Arizona, and Banner Health.

A native Arizonan, Nuñez earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with honors, from Arizona State University.

Rob Davis

Chief Information Officer


Rob Davis

Rob Davis joined Arizona Care Network in 2017 to oversee the organization’s technological infrastructure.

As chief information officer, Davis leads the ongoing support of technology deployment across ACN’s provider and stakeholder network. He also monitors and analyzes changes or advancements in technology to uncover ways ACN can gain a competitive advantage.

Davis is an entrepreneurial leader with keen technical and business acumen, along with more than 20 years of experience in the health information-technology industry.

He is a former senior vice president of Product Management & Marketing at SPH Analytics (SPHA) in Alpharetta, Ga., where he drove the development of innovative, new cloud-based hosted solutions, built product-management teams and established the companys first formal product-management processes

Davis also was instrumental in the launch and development of another Health IT company, as a founder of MicroMed, the first Windows-based practice-management system. MicroMed was sold to Quality System (QSI), and in 2000, QSI formed NextGen Healthcare, of Irvine, Calif. 

Todd Ricotta, MHSA, MBA

Executive Director, Network & Government Relations


As executive director of Provider Network and Government Relations for Arizona Care Network, Todd Ricotta leads network development, ensures network adequacy, provides extensive member services, and navigates the complexities of meeting and reporting requirements of Medicare and Medicaid contracts. He also leads a team of Provider Network Consultants who service the day-to-day needs of ACN providers to help them succeed in the rapidly changing world of value-based contracting.

Todd Ricotta joined ACN in 2013 as the organization’s executive director of operations, supporting ACN members with information and resources to provide the best patient care and operate their practices more efficiently.

Ricotta has worked in the healthcare industry since 1995, holding various hospital administration, health plan and business development roles in the not-for-profit, for-profit, public and private sectors.

He earned a master’s in business and a master’s in health services administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Debra J. Stevens, MBA, APR

Executive Director, Marketing & Communication


Debra Stevens

Debra J. Stevens joined ACN in 2017 as executive director of Marketing and Communication to build the Arizona Care Network brand and drive growth.

She previously was at the helm of marketing and communications programs supporting Arizona’s most visible brands, including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Phoenix Suns.

For 10 years, Stevens served as director of Marketing and Communications for Phoenix Children’s, where she was instrumental in driving brand value and patient volume through multimedia marketing programs.

Stevens’ 30-plus-year career also included 13 years rising through the marketing leadership ranks at the Phoenix Suns, where she led the opening of then-America West Arena and played a leading role in the legendary Phoenix Suns Western Conference Champions parade.

She previously worked in marketing and communications positions for KTVK-TV 3, Evans Artigue Public Relations, and Loreto Bay Company.

Stevens has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix

Jami J. Berger, BSN, RN, MBA

Executive Director, Operations


Jami Berger

Jami Berger has been with Arizona Care Network since August 2016. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Operations.

Jami earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from North Dakota State University and went on to pursue her MBA with a emphasis in Health Care from the University of Mary. 

Early in her nursing career she worked in several Nursing Management positons for Fargo VA Medical Center for over 10 years. She moved on to serve as Director of Medical Quality for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota where she was responsible for the oversight of the quality management program, health informatics department, and medical review team. She also worked as Director of Care & Delivery Management for Noridian Healthcare Services, LLC a Medicare Administrative Contractor. She was responsible for assisting in the design and development of business opportunities, including sales, operations and performance requirements. 

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