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 healthcare network.

 

 

Judy Rich – has had a varied health care career since she received an undergraduate degree in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  Rich has held roles from staff nurse to CEO. She started her professional experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After moving to Palm Beach, Florida, Judy held management positions at St. Mary’s Hospital for 15 years.  She served as the COO at Wellmont Health System, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and then moved to Tucson in 2003 where she held the position of COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2005. During this time, Rich was appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve on the Arizona State Board of Nursing. She worked with The Bard Group in Boston as a senior consultant for two years, where she focused on physician engagement in large academic medical centers.  Upon returning to Tucson Medical Center in June 2007, Rich led the organization in a financial turnaround as president and CEO of the 607-bed nonprofit hospital with more than 4000 employees. Under her direction, TMC has continued its legacy of leadership in the Arizona hospital and health care industry, investing more than $500 million into the community health care system during a 10-year period.  She has been a consistent leading voice advocating for increased access to quality health care, including the successful bipartisan campaign to restore and expand Medicaid in Arizona.  Recognizing that health care is local, Rich has worked with her executive team to take a grassroots approach to health care reform, implementing programs to increase access to preventive health care options and expand affordable health care opportunities throughout Southern Arizona.

Rich serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, Vizient West Coast and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.  She also serves on the board of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance and two regional accountable care organizations.  She was chair of the 2011-2012 United Way Campaign for Tucson and Southern Arizona and has previously served on the boards of VHA National, EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse and the Executive Advisory Council of UnitedHealthcare. Additionally, Rich is a member of the Chairman’s Circle of Sun Corridor Inc., which coordinates economic development activities and programs in Southern Arizona.

 

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.

 

Julia Strange is vice president of Community Benefit for TMC HealthCare with responsibility for government relations, community outreach, advertising and marketing, and strategic communication.  She serves on numerous community boards including Tucson Festival of Books, Benson Hospital, the Beyond Foundation, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee.  Formerly, she served on the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, Science of Sport, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, and the Employers Health Alliance of Arizona.  In 2016, Strange was awarded the Grassroots Advocate Award for Arizona from the American Hospital Association.

Prior to joining TMC HealthCare in 1996, Julia was a reporter/writer for the University of Southern California, Inside Tucson Business, and the Indianapolis Business Journal.  She is a 1988 graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism.  Strange received a Master’s in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall School of Law in 2017.

 

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.

 

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