Sat, Feb. 22

Verde Valley Medical Center selects new chief medical officer

Nick Paslidis

Nick Paslidis

COTTONWOOD - After an extensive nationwide search and the evaluation of numerous highly trained and qualified candidates, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) has selected Nick Paslidis, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.C.M., to serve as its new Chief Medical Officer/Vice President of Medical Affairs.

"The CMO/VPMA has a critical role in the delivery of our hospital's medical care, and consequently, to improve the health of the communities we serve," said J.J. Bleicher, M.D., president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VVMC. "We were determined to find the best fit not only for our organization, but for North Central Arizona."

Most recently, Dr. Paslidis was the president and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, the state's Quality Improvement Organization, in Little Rock, Ark. His responsibilities included evaluating the quality of care provided to Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

Before the foundation appointment, Dr. Paslidis was the medical director of White River Rural Health Centers in Augusta, Ark. There, he managed 18 clinics, 25 physicians and seven nurse practitioners. White River Rural Health Centers covers a 260-mile area and provides care to approximately 100,000 patients annually.

   "What impressed me most about VVMC was the quality of patient-focused care being provided to the community," said Dr. Paslidis. "The staff, management team, physicians and board of directors are committed to working together to achieve excellence. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with VVMC, and look forward to utilizing my experience and training to bring value to local healthcare services. My family and I also are looking forward to living in the beautiful Verde Valley."

   Dr. Paslidis earned a Master's of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University, School of Public Health. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, also at Harvard, Dr. Paslidis trained in a clinical gastroenterology fellowship in Medicine. He is a graduate of the Ross University School of Medicine, North Brunswick, N.J., and Dominica, West Indies; and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston.

Additionally, Dr. Paslidis completed a Ph.D. from the University of Crete Medical School and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Cell Biology along with a post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood, Ariz., is a 99-bed, nonprofit hospital serving North Central Arizona, with four campuses including Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde Health Center and Village of Oak Creek Health Center. More than 800 professional and support staff are employed at VVMC. The medical staff is comprised of nearly 100 physicians representing 25 medical specialties, including an internal medicine physician residency program. VVMC is a member of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center and Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice.

To learn more about programs and services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit or call 928 634-2251.

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