Northern Arizona Healthcare announces new CEO

After a nationwide search, the Northern Arizona Healthcare selection committee announce Robert Thames, M.B.A., has accepted the position of NAH CEO. He will join the NAH team on Monday, April 13.

"The selection committee is very pleased Rob accepted the position and we are eager to see how he will continue to unify and transform our organization. Rob's strong leadership will inspire colleagues at every level of the organization as NAH continues its pursuit of excellent patient care for the residents of Northern Arizona," said current NAH CEO and Board President Chris Bavasi.

As the eighth of ten children, Thames' mother taught him at a very young age to "do for others," which inspired him to pursue a career in healthcare. Doing for others is Thames' first priority when he arrives at NAH.

With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Thames brings with him a strong background in hospital operations and leadership; implementation of performance and system improvements; and strategic planning. He received his master's in business administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and is coming to NAH from Pueblo, Colo., where he serves as the president and senior advisor for Incendant Inc.

"I plan to hit the ground listening," Thames said. "My first 100 days on the job will be spent meeting with my NAH colleagues, physicians and community to enable them to teach me about the organization and those we serve. I have a lot to learn. I'm very excited to be joining a strong organization and for the opportunity to be a part of making it stronger."

The NAH CEO position was previously held by Bill Bradel, who announced his resignation from the CEO position in October 2014; NAH Board chairman Bavasi assumed the role in the interim.

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