About Us

Since 1933, IHA has been providing voice, value and visibility for Idaho’s community hospitals. A statewide, nonprofit association, IHA brings hospital and healthcare leaders together in pursuit of quality healthcare across Idaho. IHA strives to offer members valued resources and services in many areas, including: federal and state policy development and advocacy; quality and patient safety; data analytics; and workforce development.

Contact

Mailing Address

PO Box 1278
Boise, ID 83701

Physical Address

615 North Seventh Street
Boise, ID 83702

Staff

Brian Whitlock

President/CEO 208.489.1400
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With over 30 years of communications, government, public relations and management experience in Idaho and Washington DC, Brian Whitlock brings an insider’s view of how government works to IHA as the President and CEO.

He joined the Association in 2015 and leads a team of dedicated professionals in providing voice, value and visibility to community hospitals. He creates sound policies for healthcare at both the state and federal levels, as well as works to evolve our healthcare system to one focused on quality and value for all Idahoans.

Brian’s extensive service, sage advice, and insight on Capitol Hill and in Idaho’s Statehouse make him a trusted advisor to many elected officials and lawmakers. You cannot take too many steps around the Statehouse without someone calling out Brian’s name.

Prior to joining the Association, Brian was the Director of State and Regional Governmental Affairs for the Idaho National Laboratory and advocated on behalf of nearly 4,000 scientists, researchers and engineers in eastern Idaho.

He was a trusted advisor, Chief of Staff, and State Budget Director to Governor Dirk Kempthorne. As budget director, he managed the state’s $4 billion budget impacting every Idahoan through hundreds of programs and state agencies. He also served in senior staff positions for Senator Dirk Kempthorne and Senator Jim McClure.

Brian is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Broadcast Communications. He and his wife Kelly have three children: Alex, married to Jenni; James, married to Jessica, and Megan.

Stacey Carson

Vice President, Operations & Registry Services 208.489.1401
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Stacey Carson joined the IHA team in 1988. As Vice President of Operations, Stacey works with the team to plan, implement and monitor initiatives that align with the strategic plan and operationally supports the team in fulfilling our mission of providing health policy, advocacy and comprehensive member services that strengthen Idaho hospitals ability to best serve their communities. Over her 30-year career, Stacey has participated in many statewide efforts to promote accessible, high quality and efficient healthcare, such as chairing the Idaho Telehealth Council. Stacey also devotes time to IHA’s subsidiary organization, Healthcare Business Ventures.

At the outset of her IHA career, Stacey managed the Cancer Data Registry of Idaho, a population-based cancer registry collecting incidence and survival data on all cancer patients who reside, are diagnosed, or are treated for cancer in Idaho, and promoting the use of cancer registry data to monitor trends and assisting public health officials, hospital administrators, and physicians to effectively plan services and prioritize health resource allocations.

A Boise State University Graduate, Stacey has earned degrees from the College of Social Science and Public Affairs in general studies, and from the College of Health Science in health information management. She also holds a certificate in dispute resolution.

Stacey enjoys camping, gardening, and traveling with her husband, Kip.

Larry Tisdale

Vice President, Finance 208.489.1402
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Larry has over 30 years experience in healthcare administration. As the Vice-President of Finance, Larry focuses on protecting and improving the fiscal health of member hospitals through data analysis. He is charged with assessing impacts of proposed legislation at both the state and national levels and proposing resolutions that allow hospitals to continue to be valued community assets.

In addition, Larry guides IHA’s accounting department and is responsible for Healthcare Business Ventures, IHA’s subsidiary organization which is designed to bring valued resources to IHA members.

Prior to joining IHA, Larry was the Chief of the Bureau of Financial Operations for the Idaho Medicaid Program. In this role he oversaw the operations of one of the state’s largest budgets and was responsible for reimbursement processing.

Larry received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Houston and his MBA from Boise State University. He currently serves as an appointed member of the Governor’s Idaho Healthcare Coalition and is a Fellow of the American Collage of Healthcare Executives.

Larry and his wife Toni have two sons.

Toni Lawson

Vice President, Government Relations 208.489.1404
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Toni Lawson has worked on a broad range of healthcare issues in her 14 years in the policy and advocacy arena. In 2006, she joined the Idaho Hospital Association as Vice President for Government Relations where she has successfully advocated on behalf of hospitals throughout the state of Idaho and the communities they serve.

Lawson’s career in health policy began at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where she coordinated government relations, community benefit programs and new programs to provide language and cultural awareness training opportunities for staff and physicians. Later, she worked as an independent consultant and lobbyist, successfully representing clients such as Nurse Practitioners of Idaho, the Idaho Nurses Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

This experience in public policy led her to Washington, D.C., where she served as Health Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. She worked with staff and members of Congress to develop legislation, formulate positions on health policy issues, identify relevant topics for congressional hearings, and act as liaison with other committees, House staff, government agencies and outside groups.

Prior to her shift to health policy, Toni worked as a fundraiser and organizer with a variety of non-profit community organizations. This included nine years in the Basque region of Spain, and work with the Basque peace organization, Elkarri.

Lawson graduated from Boise State University with a Degree in Anthropology.

Darin Atherton

Vice President, Clinical Programs 208.489.1371
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Darin has over 23 years clinical and administrative healthcare experience. He oversees IHA’s quality operations and manages IHA’s participation in the Health Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). He is also responsible for the development and implementation of value-added services, including Ventures Peer Review program, through Healthcare Business Ventures.

Darin’s healthcare career started in urgent care, wound care and hyperbaric therapy later progressing through other clinical areas as a registered nurse. His role advanced to executive leadership in both hospital and clinical setting prior to joining IHA.

As a lifetime learner, Atherton holds several degrees including a bachelor’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University and his MBA from Boise State University. He is certified in Wound Care and is a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare.

He and his wife have two adult children and one grandchild.

Wendi Blauvelt

Accounting Specialist 208.489.1408

Toni Pugmire

Director, Education & Member Services 208.489.1409

Darryl-lynn Oakes

Director, Communication & Executive Assistant 208.489.1405

Shawnie Christensen

Director, Human Resources 208.489.1407

Ed Bunnell

System Engineer 208.489.1395

Karen Leach

Quality Consultant 208.489.1406

Nicole Hernandez

Director, Quality 208.489.1372

Vicki Cate

Administrative Assistant 208.489.1410

Randi Rycroft

Registry Manager 208.489.1386

Chris Johnson

Epidemiologist 208.489.1380

Bozena Morawski

Epidemiologist 208.489.1373

Denise Jozwik

Director, Data Quality 208.489.1381

Patti Rose

Coordinator, Data Quality & Collection 208.489.1384

Shannon Makinen

Coordinator, Data Quality & Collection 208.489.1383

Tessa Morrison

Coordinator, Data Quality & Collection 208.489.1385

Rebecca Juarez

Data Quality & Collection Coordinator 208.489.1397

Regina Eck

Database Administrator 208.489.1390

Michelle Barnett

Project Specialist, TSE Registry 208.489.1392

Cheryl Hansen

Trauma Registrar 208.489.1403