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Flagstaff ATHENA Anne Newland Acknowledged for Management By means of Pandemic – Flagstaff Enterprise Information

Her patience, passion and willingness to assist others is seen in everything she does.

Dr. Anne Newland is the 2021 ATHENA Award recipient, an honor sponsored by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. She has been serving as North Country HealthCare CEO since December 2015. Prior to that, she served as the chief medical officer.

Under her leadership, Dr. Newland developed the North Country HealthCare Foundation and launched a community-based family residency program, bringing much-needed doctors to the region. The organization has nearly 500 employees and revenues of more than $50 million annually.

Newland has been recognized at the regional and national level for her leadership, philanthropy and work in health care, and has spoken nationally on topics concerning COVID-19 and its impact on the Navajo Nation.

According to the nomination form, “Dr. Newland has demonstrated exemplary leadership in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Newland remained ahead of the virus as best as possible, from being the first healthcare provider to create an online symptoms checker tool, to quickly adapting to the ever-changing guidelines and best practices for the COVID response.”

North Country clinics span Northern Arizona, from Bullhead City to the Grand Canyon to the White Mountains.

“Anne was a central part of the reason I accepted the position at North Country,” wrote Chief Medical Officer April Alvarez-Corona, M.D. “Both as a clinician and administrator, she understands and promotes the mission to provide quality health care to underserved populations. She has been and continues to be a great mentor in my growth as a clinician leader and administrator. In addition, during the pandemic, a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty, she has been a steady guide, allowing us to maintain operations, community and patient focus, and staff morale.”

Young Professional Megan Roach Demonstrates Healthcare Fundraising Creativity During COVID-19

Megan Roach, an events specialist with the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation, has received the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Roach oversees large community events such as the Turquoise Ball and Taylor House Century Ride, which support community health and hospital programs.

According to the nomination form, Roach was instrumental in managing seven fundraising events during the pandemic, with its social distancing challenges, and shifting to virtual event platforms.

“Despite the many responsibilities Megan takes on, Megan is a servant leader who strives to ensure the success of the greater good of the foundation and overall community,” wrote events coordinator Melisa Guevara, who worked with Roach as an intern. “Her patience, passion and willingness to assist others is seen in everything she does.”

“During the individual interviews with the nominees, it was hard not to shed a tear given the stories about the odds they had overcome getting to a place of excellence. And none would ever admit that they were deserving of the honor, yet their qualities and passion and drive overshadowed any doubt that they were a perfect nominee,” said Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Julie Pastrick. “I couldn’t be more pleased that during an extremely difficult time we are able to shine a spotlight on so many business achievers who might not otherwise be recognized. Thank you, Flagstaff, for all of your nominations.”

This year’s judges were LaVelle McCoy, Jamie Whelan, Misti Warner and Bonnie Stevens. FBN

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