Achievements in Idaho health

Job changes, new hires, good deeds and recognition.

February 19, 2014 

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Hickman joins Saint Alphonsus

Joel Hickman has been named the new vice president of corporate and community relations for the Saint Alphonsus Health System. Hickman will lead community initiatives and relationship building in advancing Saint Alphonsus’ ministry of healing.

Hickman most recently served as regional president of U.S. Bank’s Idaho division, with more than 400 employees and $1.7 billion in assets. Previously he worked at KeyBank for 25 years, serving as the district president for the last nine.

He was a founding member of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, a regional economic development organization in Southwest Idaho, and served as co-chair of BVEP’s recent fundraising campaign.

Hickman has served on the boards of the March of Dimes, the Idaho Public Schools Foundation, the Boise Art Museum, the Boise State University Foundation, the Bronco Athletic Association, the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and the College of Western Idaho Foundation.

“Joel is a well-known community leader and is a great addition to our team,” says Sally Jeffcoat, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus.

Hickman graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s in business administration and has been recognized as the 2011 CEO of Influence by the Idaho Business Review, CEO of the Year by the Boise Metro Chamber, and Alumni of the Year at Boise State University.

Hunsicker new CEO of WVMC

Effective March 3, Betsy Hunsicker will join West Valley Medical Center. She is chief operating officer at Rose Medical Center in Denver. Both hospitals are among the 162 hospitals and 113 surgery centers owned by HCA Healthcare.

Greg Angle, president of HCA’s Mountain Division, says Hunsicker is “an excellent match for West Valley Medical Center and the communities that encompass Canyon County.”

Hunsicker’s top priorities will be supporting further improvement of quality and patient satisfaction as well as enhancing employee and physician engagement.

“West Valley Medical Center is an excellent facility with highly skilled staff, board-certified physicians and a very involved governing board,” Hunsicker says.

During the past 11 years, Hunsicker held several positions with progressing responsibility at Rose Medical Center. Prior to three years as chief operating officer, she served as vice president of business development.

Previously, she worked at PacifiCare Health Systems (now part of United Health Care) and Kaiser Permanente in Denver, after launching her healthcare career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and dual master’s degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Florida.

Hunsicker serves on the board of The Denver Hospice and participates in the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee.

Hunsicker and her husband, Jeff, have two children.

“My husband and I always envisioned living in a town where neighbors are connected and people are invested in the future,” Hunsicker says. “Caldwell definitely fits that bill.”

Idaho Counseling Association awards

Six people received Idaho Counseling Association annual awards Feb. 1.

Lifetime Achievement Award — Dr. Thomas Edgar, Boise. From his completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming in 1963 to his retirement in 1995 from Idaho State University, Edgar has been a supervisor, educator beyond school, advocate, cheerleader, counselor, encourager, motivator, mentor, consultant and challenger to many counselors for more than 40 years, the association says.

Counselor of the Year — Penelope Hansen, Boise. Hansen has been nominated by the Idaho National Guard for her contributions to the field.

Advocate “Pass it on Baton” — Dr. Elizabeth Horn, Boise. Her advocacy of counseling has had a positive impact for counselors on a state and national level, the association says.

Volunteer Service “Wing Award” — Dr. Susan Perkins, Boise. Perkins works as an educator, supervisor, mentor and leader. She was instrumental in the rebirth of the Idaho Marriage and Family Counselors Association and has spent numerous hours helping to develop and define the expectations of Northwest Nazarene University’s Counselor Education nonprofit counseling clinic, Families Etc. Her research has been recognized by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Distinguished Service “Medal of Honor” — Dr. John Thuerer, Boise. Thuerer has spent his time in Idaho educating, mentoring and supervising future and present counselors, the association says.

Public Policy and Legislation Award — Dr. Dennis Cartwright, Nampa. Cartwright founded the NNU nonprofit counseling center Families Etc. and continues as a board member thorough his retirement.

Treadway joins MedMan

Cathy Treadway, director of operations at Saint Alphonsus Medical Group in Baker City, Ore., will join MedMan as director of consulting. MedMan manages medical offices.

Treadway began her career in obstetrics and gynecology as a billing and coding specialist, later becoming the administrator of Idaho’s largest OB/GYN medical group, The Woman’s Clinic in Boise. She has also served as the executive director of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. In 2005, Treadway joined MedMan as a consultant and interim administrator, where she served through 2012. She then assumed the role at Saint Al’s in Baker City, where she resides.

Treadway has experience in coding and revenue cycle management. She has been involved with the setup of an urgent care clinic, worked around critical access hospitals and acted as an interim central billing office manager. Treadway is a fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, past president of the Idaho Medical Group Management Association and has testified before Congress on health care topics.

“As we are expanding our advisory services and geographical reach, I’m especially pleased that Cathy has agreed to lead this initiative,” says Jim Trounson, president of MedMan. “Besides her subject matter expertise in the areas of revenue cycle management, Cathy brings us the sensitivities of rural medicine along with experience in a large integration such as Saint Alphonsus Medical Group.”

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