The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN), one of the largest employers in Southern Arizona with more than 6,800 employees, welcomes three new executives to its ranks:
Paula Watkins is the new Director of Medical Staff Services, which oversees credentialing of the 1,500+ physicians on the hospital medical staffs of UAMC-University Campus and UAMC-South Campus. Before coming to Tucson, she was Director of Provider Credentialing at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, and has held medical staff services positions at MultiCare Health System in Washington and Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
She has achieved Certified Professional Medical Services Management and Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist status and is a member of the National Association of Medical Staff Services.
Kevin Langkiet, RN, is the new Emergency Services Director at UAMC-University Campus and UAMC-South Campus. He previously held similar positions at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and with the Kaiser Permanente system for Northern California. He holds a master’s of nursing degree from the University of Phoenix and several advanced nursing certifications, and is working toward a doctorate in nursing. He also has completed Six Sigma Black Belt training.
Over 100,000 patients a year seek treatment in UAMC’s two hospital emergency departments. In addition, UAMC-University Campus operates the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Southern Arizona.
Don Brazie is the new Corporate Emergency Preparedness Officer for the UA Health Network, ensuring that the entire network -- which includes UA Medical Centers at University Campus and at South Campus, Diamond Children’s, and more than a dozen clinics across Tucson – is trained and ready to handle any disaster situation.
Brazie comes to Tucson from Scottsdale Healthcare, where he was manager of emergency management and disaster preparedness for 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in leadership with an emphasis in disaster preparedness from Grand Canyon University. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).