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Meet Northern Arizona Healthcare’s latest L.O.V. honorees

Each day, your care is better because of the amazing work of our colleagues. Colleagues doing outstanding work are nominated for the L.O.V., or "Living Our Values," Award. A committee from across the system reviews all nominations to select monthly honorees and quarterly champions.

The following L.O.V. honorees distinguished themselves by living NAH Values – Show compassion, Do amazing work!, Respect differences, Build community; and Be better together. Thanks and congratulations to each and every one!


Lisa TenBarge, Therapy Educator
Value: Do amazing work!

In the 30 years Lisa has been an NAH colleague, she has lived our values – filling different roles; mentoring and educating colleagues and students; and serving patients with love, expertise and efficiency. Lisa started the physical therapy program in the Emergency Department more than 10 years ago, and in that time has helped create a strong ED PT team. In addition, over the last several years she has begun to increase her time in acute care to help with coverage for physical therapists out on PTO. Lisa stepped out of her comfort zone to treat wound patients so we have consistent would care coverage Monday through Friday. She is known as a flexible team player who empowers other colleagues, always taking the time to share her knowledge and passion for therapy in the ED.


Duane Koyawena, Mental Health Technician
Value: Build community

Because art is a balm for the mind and soul, Duane brainstormed different options to replace the wall décor after renovation of the Behavioral Health Unit. He came up with an amazing idea: Why not find local artists willing to donate their time and original talents? Duane worked side by side with these artists in order to make sure their mural creations were culturally appropriate for the communities we serve. He helped create a healing space dedicated to respecting differences and honoring all backgrounds.


Deb Horattas, Clinical Manager
Value: Show compassion

For Deb, no job is too big or too small. At Valley View Care, an assisted living home that specializes in end-of-life care, she took the reins and functioned in every role to prepare a beautiful Thanksgiving meal for patients and families. She mopped floors, cleaned rooms, bathed patients, and prepared and served the meal – all with a warm and sincere smile. In the middle of this very busy day, Deb opened a room for an incoming patient who needed immediate support, even though it meant spending her holiday at work. Her positive attitude and love for her community showed through all she did to make it a special holiday.