Arizona Perinatal Trust (APT), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, was established in September 1980. It was initially established by carryover funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation perinatal regionalized grant (1975-1980) and a grant from St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. The Trust is dedicated to improving the health of Arizona's mothers and babies and is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and Board of Directors.
APT has three main components; certification, perinatal education, and perinatal data analysis, which form the core of our work. These efforts are implemented in collaboration with our member hospitals in the region, the professionals who work with mothers, babies, and the state agencies that partner with us to support the regional perinatal system. The Voluntary Certification Program is a quality improvement process that includes matching hospital capabilities and capacity to established guidelines through a self-assessment process and a site visit by a team of peer professionals. Perinatal Education includes the Annual Arizona Perinatal Trust Conference, continuing education of perinatal staff and patient education requirements as part of certification.
Every mother and baby in Arizona should have the best care regardless of where they live in Arizona. The Arizona Perinatal Trust is a private-public partnership among hospitals, health care professionals, and state agencies throughout Arizona, committed to an effective regionalized perinatal health care system.
The Arizona Perinatal Trust is created to be an independent source of energy and resource to focus efforts on the continuing improvement of the health of Arizona's mothers and babies.
Thus, the critical impact of birth outcome, which persists for the duration of each life, calls for special commitment to principle of equal access to high quality care for all mothers and their babies.
Chairman – Robert “BJ” Johnson, MD
Vice Chairman – Rhonda Anderson, MPA, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACHE
Secretary – Richard Jutzi, CPA
Michael Clement, MD
Grayson Guzman, MD
Kathryn L. Reed, MD
Mark Shwer, MD
William Sowders, Esq.
Warren Whitney, MBA
Joe Daily, MD
Len Kirschner, MD, MPH, FACOG
President – Alan Bedrick, MD
Vice President – Mary Luster, MS-L, RN, NE-BC
Secretary – Hugh S. Miller, MD
Treasurer – Sarah Dent, MSN, RNC
Teresa Anzar, MSN, RNC-OB
Georgina “Gina” Barreras, MSN, RN
Karin Braun, CNM
Mary “Gina” Connelly, MD
Curtis Cook, MD
Dean V. Coonrod, MD, MPH
Kimberly Couch, FNP, CNM, DNP
Lynn K. Daugherty, MHA, BSN, RN
Sarah Dent, MSN, RNC
Margaret Earle, MD
Andrea Hassler, RN, MSN
Shelly Lanagan, MS, WHNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Deb Ledington, MSN, NNP-BC
Michael MacKinnon, DNP, FNP-C, CRNA
Debra Pace, RN, BSN
Lori-Ann Satran, MS-L, BSN, RN, ICBLCE
Lori Throne, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Kathy Walker, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
TBD – Indian Health Services
Odette Colburn, RN, BSN - ADHS (Licensing)
TBD – ADHS (HRPP)
Laura Luna Bellucci, MBA - ADHS (BWCH)
Eric Tack, MD, JD, MPH – AHCCCS
The Trust is primarily funded through hospital certification and membership fees. Additional revenue is generated through donations and grants.