One of the seven Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) Regional Collaboratives created to support regional healthcare transformation, the Southwest Health Collaborative is an interdisciplinary coalition bringing together local leaders and stakeholders in a structured forum for sharing valuable knowledge, finding common solutions, and identifying resources to improve health outcomes, improve quality and patient experience of care, and to lower costs of care in the region.

The Idaho Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) will redesign Idaho’s healthcare system to:

Goal 1:     Transform primary care practices across the state into patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs).

Goal 2:     Improve care coordination through the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and health data connections among PCMHs and across the medical neighborhood.

Goal 3:     Establish seven Regional Collaboratives to support the integration of each PCMH with the broader medical neighborhood.

Goal 4:     Improve rural patient access to PCMHs by developing virtual PCMHs.

Goal 5:     build a statewide data analytics system that tracks progress on selected quality measures at the individual patient level, regional level and statewide.

Goal 6:     Align payment mechanisms across payers to transform payment methodology from volume to value.

Goal 7:     Reduce overall healthcare costs.

Regional solutions for regional environments!

While testing a statewide model of healthcare delivery transformation, Idaho is relying on primary care providers to practice patient-centered and effectively coordinated care.  This coordination of care is impossible without mobilizing the complete medical/health neighborhood in which patient resides-specialists, hospitals, behavioral health professionals, long term care providers, pharmacists, social service agencies and community based organizations, just to name a few.  At the local level, Idaho’s seven Public Health Districts will serve as the main facilitators to the regional effort to address goals and objectives enumerated by the SHIP.  They will assist and support primary care practices (PCPs) in the transformation to become patient centered medical homes (PCMH), convene and support Regional Health Collaboratives and work with the stakeholders to organize and advance greater connection between medical/health neighbors in the region.

Southwest Health Collaborative meeting minutes.

February 2018

April 2018

June 2018

August 2018

October 2018

December 2018

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For workgroup meeting minutes, please visit the individual Workgroup pages.

2017 Meeting Minutes Archive

Executive Committee



Andrew Baron, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE
Medical Director
Terry Reilly Health Services

Dr. Andrew Baron joined Terry Reilly in 2013.  He is a board certified family physician that has been in practice for 21 years, with the second half of his career focused primarily on physician leadership and healthcare administration.  He attended medical school and family medicine residency in Canada and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).  Dr. Baron is currently a member of the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) and chair of the clinical quality work group.  He is a promoter of the patient centered medical home and is a teacher of Motivational Interviewing for healthcare providers. His clinical practice is focused on mental health and the homeless.



Sam Summers, MD
Family Practice Provider
St. Alphonsus Elm Clinic

Dr. Sam Summers has practiced family medicine in Caldwell since 1982. He attended medical school in Washington and completed his residency through Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.  Dr. Summers is an active member of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, Idaho Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and helped found the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho’s Rural Training Track. He is particularly interested in diabetic education and developed a program for teaching Diabetic Group Visits for his patients. Dr. Summers hopes the SHIP will transform healthcare as we know it.

Southwest District Health


Nikole Zogg, PhD, MPH
District Director
Southwest District Health

Nikki has nearly 18 years of public health experience. She most recently was a Regional Manager and Community Liaison for Advantage Dental in Central Oregon. Prior to working for Advantage Dental, Nikki spent 8 years working in local public health and held various roles from program manager to director in Idaho, California, and Oregon. Nikki also served 8 years in the U.S. Air Force as a public health technician. Nikki received her BA in anthropology from Boise State University, her Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her PhD in Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from Walden University. Nikki sees SHIP as an opportunity to transform healthcare in a way that puts the patient first and promotes the integration of care through shared community resources for the purposes of improved quality care,  better health outcomes, and lower cost.


Rachel Blanton, MHA
SHIP Manager
Southwest District Health

Rachel joined Southwest District Health in 2015 after moving from Colorado where she received her MHA while working for CU-Denver. Her background includes clinical research and community health education. Rachel is a member of the Community Health EMS, Behavioral Health Integration, Population Health, and Telehealth workgroups. She is dedicated to the work of SHIP and is invested in engaging the entire medical health neighborhood in healthcare transformation.

Southwest District Health SHIP Staff


Amber Aberasturi
SHIP Quality Improvement Specialist
Southwest District Health

Amber was born and raised in the Treasure Valley. She has a background in patient care and healthcare administration. Amber is excited for the opportunities the SHIP provides to improve healthcare quality and reduce healthcare costs for all Idahoans.


Marty Cappe
SHIP Program Assistant
Southwest District Health

Marty relocated from Florida to the Treasure Valley area nine years ago and immediately fell in love with Idaho. Marty’s background is in physician and allied health provider credentialing. She has worked for St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus since moving to the Treasure Valley and is happy to have found a home with the SHIP Program. She is excited to be part of the SHIP team and hopes to be an important part of this innovative and long needed program.