Helen J. Houser

RN, MSHA

Cutting edge innovative programs with a real-world approach

Helen is a unique, engaging professional known for establishing cutting edge innovative programs while utilizing a real-world approach. She understands the nuances and strategies necessary to successfully implement change and to assure sustainability. With a distinctive background in clinical and administrative healthcare, public health and education, 40 years ago, Helen was a pioneer in establishing intelligent alternatives to inpatient acute care which included outpatient surgery centers and urgent care centers. As one of the imaginative creators of the Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS), she continues to promote resource efficient innovation. More recently, one of her passions is the Patient Centered Medical Home which she sees as an opportunity to improve the outcomes of the growing numbers of chronically ill, while increasing and strengthening partnerships, utilizing technology and creating new healthcare roles.

Experience:

  • Director of Nursing, Northwest Hospital
  • Vice President of Patient Services, Phoenix General Hospital Deer Valley
  • Director of the Medical Assisting and Patient Care Technician Programs, Phoenix College
  • Author of two nationally published textbooks, (one of which is in its fourth edition) and a contributor to the article “Healthcare-Associated Pertussis Outbreak in Arizona: Challenges and Economic Impact, 2011”, published in the Journal of Pediatrics
  • Extensive experience working with culturally diverse populations and spent four years on the Navajo reservation

Specialties:

  • Innovation and creativity, problem solving, promoting personal and corporate responsibility and accountability and fostering partnerships

Credentials, Education, Achievements:

  • Registered Nurse, St. Francis School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, University of Phoenix
  • Master of Science in Health Services Administration, University of Colorado
  • Recipient of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award and two Arizona Governor’s Awards for Excellence

Affiliations:

  • Senior Consultant -Thunderbird Leadership Consulting (2010)
  • President – Houser and Associates (2010)
  • Board of Directors, President – Adelante Healthcare (2014)
  • Board of Directors, Secretary – Casa Franciscana Outreach (2015)
  • Continuing Author – Lippincott, Williams and Wilkens, Healthcare Education Publishers (since 2004)
“As an experienced educator and innovative health care professional, Helen has provided sound leadership in public health issues. She has been an invaluable consultant to us, especially in the area of physician staff development utilizing a quality improvement model.”  Debbie McCune-Davis, Executive Director, The Arizona Partnership for Immunizations (TAPI) and an Arizona State Legislator