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Dave Paddison

TCA Announces New Director of Finance

Take Charge America, Inc. announced that Dave Paddison now serves as director of finance for the national non-profit credit counseling and debt management agency. He provides comprehensive financial management services, overseeing all accounting, tax and financial reporting activities.

Prior to joining Phoenix-based Take Charge America, Paddison held numerous director-level and chief-level financial management positions in the Arizona non-profit sector, primarily in healthcare and community services.

“Dave has a strong track record of effective leadership in the local non-profit community. His skill sets in financial management, administration and operations will be crucial as we grow our services and seek new ways to assist consumers struggling with debt,” said David Richardson, chief executive officer of Take Charge America.

Paddison, a Scottsdale resident, is active in the community on professional and civic levels. He’s a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and St. Vincent DePaul, and previously served on community boards for the Social Services Contractors Indemnity Pool and the Diocese of Phoenix School Board.

Paddison earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies and a Master’s in Business Administration in Finance & Accounting from Louisiana State University.

To learn more about Take Charge America operations and services, visit www.takechargeamerica.org.

2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

2010 HCLA – Health Care Administrator

Honoree: Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA

Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA
Director, Community Integration
Catholic Healthcare West

Kathleen Dowler, RN, BSHA Director, Community Integration Catholic Healthcare WestAs director of Community Integration for Catholic Healthcare West’s two hospitals in the East Valley, Kathleen Dowler’s role is defined by the hospitals’ missions of serving the poor and disenfranchised, and collaborating with colleagues in the community.

Dowler manages six departments at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, employing a staff of 65, including several managers, nurses, administrative staff, and program coordinators. She is directly involved in creating outreach programs to provide health care services to children and families who would otherwise not be able to receive that care. Dowler also builds relationships with the local social services community to discover ways the hospitals can partner with them.

A registered nurse since 1984, Dowler worked for many years in various maternal child health roles for Chandler Regional Medical Center. In 2002, she became manager of community education, and was promoted to director of community integration in 2006. In just three years, she has expanded existing programs and developed new ones, including a diabetes center, sick kid care, new mom and breastfeeding support groups, a safe sitter class, and prenatal education for teens and Spanish-speaking mothers-to-be.

As part of working with the community, Dowler also is a member of such groups as the National Association of Maternal Child Nursing and the Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Coalition. Last year, she was named the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year.

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Finalist: Bryan Gibson

Bryan Gibson
President, South and Southwest Region
Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro

Bryan Gibson President, South and Southwest Region Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro

Bryan Gibson, president of the South and Southwest Region for Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro, directs multi-region operations and provides valuable management insight to more than 5,700 personnel.

He also implements innovative business development plans and performance measures, and has earned a reputation as a significant contributor to business growth. A certified paramedic, Gibson has more than 24 years of experience in emergency medical services dating back to the start of his career in Booneville, Miss. Under Gibson’s leadership, Southwest Ambulance improved customer service to hospitals, care facilities, fire departments and communities. He introduced a system whereby all medical supplies on an ambulance are sorted into sealed bins and replaced at the start of every shift. Gibson also finds time to volunteer. He is an Explorer Program leader for the Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board.

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Linda McCoy, R.Ph., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Linda McCoy, R.Ph., Pharm.D. Director of Pharmacy Yavapai Regional Medical CenterAs director of pharmacy for Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Linda McCoy coordinates and implements patient-focused pharmacy services, is responsible for the department’s daily operations and manages 39 employees.

McCoy’s vision for her department, her hospital and Arizona’s patients is creating an effective and safe environment in which patients can heal. Although she heads the pharmacy department, McCoy maintains a broad knowledge of operations throughout the hospital, including the continuing development of medical and nursing policies and procedures, medical staff bylaws and medical staff committee structures. Throughout her career, which began at Brown County General Hospital in Georgetown, Ohio, McCoy has seized every opportunity to improve patient safety and ensure that Arizonans receive the best care. In addition, McCoy also devotes significant time outside of her workday to advance patient safety initiatives.

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