Northern Arizona Healthcare names new CEO

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FRED BROWN, currently the incoming chairman of the National Kidney Foundation, will serve as CEO for NAH.

The appointment of Brown was announced by Evelyn Grgurich, chair of the NAH Board of Directors. He replaces Joseph Kortum, who is now CEO of Southwestern Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash.

Brown currently is vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and chair-elect of the National Kidney Foundation.

He also has served as a visiting scholar and executive-in-residence with the School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University.

From 1993 to 1998, Brown served as the principal architect and founding president and CEO of BJC Healthcare in St. Louis. BJC is a 4,947-bed, 200-site healthcare system with 30,000 employees.

“We selected Mr. Brown from hundreds of excellent candidates,” said Grgurich. “To have someone with his unbelievable experience in our own backyard was indeed fortunate.”

Brown and his wife, Shirley, are the parents of four children. He earned his bachelor’s from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., his master’s in business administration from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past president of the Washington University Medical Center, and past president of the American Protestant Health Association and the Missouri Hospital Association. In addition, Brown sits on the Boards of Curon Medical, Inc., and Quovadx, Inc. He was chairman of the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 1999.

“My wife and I are extremely happy about our upcoming move to NAH and Northern Arizona. The opportunity to be a part of this growing, high quality healthcare system is exciting,” said Brown. “It is my goal to continue Northern Arizona Healthcare’s rise to the top.”

Throughout his career, Brown has led healthcare organizations in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. His many awards include Distinguished Alumni Award from The George Washington University, B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Leadership Award, Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Chaplains, Flame Leadership Award from National Council on Youth Leadership, Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Hospital Association.

In 1999, Brown was appointed to President Bill Clinton’s Senior Advisors Group on Y2K. He also has authored numerous articles on integrated delivery systems and leadership.

Brown is noted for his expertise in issues related to healthcare integration, governance, operations, public policy, diversity, spiritual care, community health and social responsibility.

“I cannot emphasize enough the important role healthcare organizations play in society, and everything I have read shows that NAH is fulfilling that role,” Brown said.

Northern Arizona Healthcare is the parent corporation of Flagstaff Medical Center, Sedona Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center and Northern Arizona Homecare.

Brown will start in his new position Aug. 25.

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