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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. Arizona Perinatal Trust (APT) has three main components; certification, perinatal education, and perinatal data analysis, which together 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 - Perinatal Conference, continuing education of perinatal staff and patient education requirements as part of certification.


Our Goal

  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.  

Volunteer Boards

2019 Board of Trustees

Chairman – Robert “BJ” Johnson, MD

Vice Chairman – Laurie S. Wood, MS, RN

Secretary – Richard Jutzi, CPA


Rhonda Anderson, MPA, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACHE

Michael Clement, MD

Melissa Day-Johnson

Nancy Kinnard

Michael McQueen, MD, MBA, FAAP

Kathryn L. Reed, MD

Jeanette Shea, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Mark Shwer, MD

William Sowders, Esq.


N. Burton Attico, MD, MPH, FACOG

Joe Daily, MD

Len Kirschner, MD, MPH, FACOG


Patricia Tarango MS – ADHS (Bureau of Women & Children’s Health)

Breann Westmore, CHES - March of Dimes (South Central Region)

2019 Board of Directors

President – Grayson Guzman, MD, FACOG

Vice President – Teresa K. Anzar, MSN, RNC-OB

Secretary –  Alan D. Bedrick, MD 

Treasurer – Hugh S. Miller, MD


Georgina “Gina” Barreras, MSN, RN

Mary “Gina” Connelly, MD

Dean V. Coonrod, MD, MPH

Mary Ellen Cunningham, MPA, RN

Lynn K. Daugherty, MHA, BSN, RN

Margaret Earle, MD

Sharon Glanville, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Leann Hardin, MSN, RN, C-EFM

Khaver Kirmani, MD, MBA, FAAP

Shelly Lanagan, MS, WHNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Deb Ledington, MSN, NNP-BC

Mary Luster, MS-L, RN, NE-BC

Linda A. Meiner, MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC

Carol J. Olson, MBA, BSN, RN

Lori-Ann Satran, MS-L, BSN, RN, ICBLCE
Thomas H. Strong, Jr., MD, FACOG

Lori Throne, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Kathy Walker, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC 


William “Bill” Alcock, BSN, RN, JD - ADHS (Medical Licensing)

John Condojani, DO – Indian Health Services

Brenda Nichols – ADHS (HRPP/NICP)

Eric Tack, MD, JD, MPH – AHCCCS

Patricia Tarango MS – ADHS (Bureau of Women & Children’s Health)

Breann Westmore, CHES - March of Dimes

Our Staff

Executive Director - Deb Christian

Administrative Assistant - Angie Reyna

Annual Reports

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2018 APT Annual Report (pdf)


2017 APT Annual Report (pdf)


2016 APT Annual Report (pdf)


2015 APT Annual Report (pdf)


2014 APT Annual Report (pdf)


2013 APT Annual Report (pdf)


Help Our Cause

The Trust is primarily funded through hospital certification and membership fees. Additional revenue is generated through donations and grants.

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Arizona Perinatal Trust

711 E Cottonwood Lane Suite C, Casa Grande, Arizona 85122, US

Phone: (520) 421-9880


Monday - Friday: 

8am - 4pm