Barbara S. Dember, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., was named president/CEO of Verde Valley Medical Center in 2013. Prior to her appointment she serves as interim president/CEO. Additionally, Dember serves as an executive vice president of Northern Arizona Healthcare.
With more than 20 years of executive level experience, Dember brings extensive experience in healthcare management to the role. She joined VVMC in 2009 as vice president of Professional Services and Medical Group Operations. She spent one year at Flagstaff Medical Center as vice president of Professional Services before moving to VVMC.
Before joining Northern Arizona Healthcare, Dember worked with PeaceHealth, a 10-hospital system in the Pacific Northwest in various leadership roles including senior vice president for Clinical Institutes; regional vice president of Strategy and Business Development; system vice president of Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions; vice president of Hospital and Medical Group Operations; executive director of Managed Care and Whatcom Integrated Delivery System, including insurance operations at SelectCare of Washington.
Dember is an Arizona native, born and raised in Tucson. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Arizona in 1983 and her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from California College of Health Sciences in San Diego in 2005. She is a LEAN Six-Sigma Green Belt and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.