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Governing Board

Ann Macinnes Cook – President, has been a resident of St. David since 1970.  A retired RN, she worked for a number of years at Benson Hospital.  Her interest in the hospital continued after her retirement and she was appointed to the Governing Board in 1997.  While active with Benson Rotary and at Holy Trinity Monastery, Benson Hospital remains high on her list of volunteer services.  “Providing the very best care for our community and those traveling through is paramount in healthcare.  Maintaining and encouraging our excellent staff for the delivery of that care is taken very seriously by our board.

William Lindley – Vice President, is a retired social worker.  Most recently he retired from Arizona Child Protective Services as a Training Manager.  His previous experience has been director of residential treatment centers, private practice, and clinician in an acute adolescent psychiatric hospital.  “I am interested in the Benson Hospital and community and have hopes of contributing to the hospital’s growth.”

Bob Lujan – Secretary and Treasurer, moved to the J-6 area in 2005.  Prior to his retirement, he was Senior District Executive, Boulder Dam Area Council, and Boy Scouts of America for 10-1/2 years, and Production Control Supervisor of McCulloch Corp. for 36 years.  “My wife and I like the small town atmosphere and have met many wonderful people.  Benson area is fortunate to have a great little hospital here.  I’ve enjoyed working with the other board members, administration, and all of the other employees I have met.”

Barbara Hartley, MD – Chief of Staff.  As Chief of Staff, one of her responsibilities is to be the link between the physicians and the governing board.  She is also one of our hospitalists on our Medical-Surgical floor.  “Benson Hospital is very important to the people in the surrounding areas.  I feel a great sense of responsibility to do all I can to keep improving and expanding services.  I knew even while in medical school that I would be practicing medicine here in Benson.  I live here as well and want my family and neighbors to have the best medical care as possible.

Susan Willis – As the president of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance, she works closely with rural hospitals, primary care practices, and the Cochise County Health Department.  She has an interest in supporting the sustainability of “safe patient care close to home” and believes that she can bring value to the Benson community through her expertise and extensive southern arizona healthcare network.

Steve Bush joined Tucson Medical Center (TMC) in September 2009 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  In his role at TMC, Steve is responsible for the planning and operations of the organization’s financial affairs including, revenue cycle, supply chain, capital and operational budgeting, financial reporting, treasury functions, governmental reimbursement and managed care contracting.  Steve has been in healthcare financial management for over 30 years.  Prior to joining Tucson Medical Center, Steve held senior financial positions at several health care organizations including Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee Wisconsin, OhioHealth in Columbus Ohio and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring Maryland.  Steve was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and moved to the United States shortly after earning his undergraduate degree from McGill University.  Steve has an MBA and CPA and is a fellow in Healthcare Financial Management.

Matt Smith has contributed a unique skill set for local, national, and international clients specializing in government and corporate relations, healthcare communications, political consulting and others.

Matthew is a founding partner of SIMG, Inc. which specializes in developing complex public policy initiatives and political consulting.  He currently manages strategic communications for the Tohono O’odham Nation, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, Tucson Medical Center, among others. Matthew has also worked on dozens of political campaigns in Arizona and across the U.S. He served as the Southern Arizona Director for the successful Proposition 202 campaign, the largest campaign in Arizona history.

Matthew began his career in government as a staff member for U.S. Senator James Exon. He later served as Vice President of Marketing and Washington Operations for The Research Group where he was involved in numerous high-profile campaigns. Matthew also founded The Smart Campaigns Company, overseeing government relations where he focused his efforts on research, new technology, and communication strategies.

Matthew has served on numerous boards and commissions.  He currently sits on the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, is a member of the Tucson Conquistadores, an avid golfer and enjoys spending time hiking with his family.

Hope Thomas moved from Ellicott City, Maryland to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona and has lived in Tucson since. Her career was split between retail buying and management and in varied community and service roles at Tucson Medical Center. Hope is deeply passionate about two things: improving the health and well being of Southern Arizona communities; ensuring families have all the tools, education and products to keep children safe and second, a strong commitment to service excellence in social and health care settings. Benson Hospital’s rich history coupled with its welcoming, expert staff fulfill her post-retirement desire to give back to the community.

Jon Young


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