AAAHC has announced newly elected 2017-2018 board officers. The new officers bring extensive experience and expertise in patient-centric ambulatory care to their leadership roles.

Elected Board Chair, Kenneth M. Sadler, DDS, MPA, MAGD, FACD, FICD, FADI is the president of Kenneth M. Sadler, DDS and Associates, PA, dba Winston-Salem Dental Care, a leading dental practice located in Winston-Salem, N.C. Dr. Sadler previously served as vice chair of the AAAHC board and is an active surveyor for AAAHC.

Dr. Sadler is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Dental Group Practice and a past president and current member of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. He recently completed a six-year term on the MetLife national Dental Advisory Committee. Dr. Sadler retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel in 2003, with his last duty assignment as the Pacific Regional Dental Commander (IMA).

“The AAAHC approach is centered on creating collaborative partnerships with organizations and using accreditation as a tool for ongoing quality improvement and innovation,” said Dr. Sadler. “I look forward to continuing to serve AAAHC and its accredited organizations to improve patient safety and quality of care in ambulatory health care settings through accreditation.”

Elected to serve as vice chair of the board of directors, Arnaldo Valedon, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and managing partner and executive director, ambulatory surgery division, First Colonies Anesthesia Associates LLC, in Rockville, Md. He most recently served as treasurer of the AAAHC board and is also a board member of Acreditas Global, the international accreditation body of AAAHC.

Outgoing board secretary and newly-elected treasurer Ira Cheifetz, DMD, is a retired diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a past president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), having served in all its officer positions as a board member over eight years, and on various AAOMS committees over a 20-year period.

Joining as secretary, Timothy Peterson, MD, has been the chief medical officer at Evercare Select (now UHCCP), a program contractor with the State of Arizona AHCCCS System in Phoenix. The program provides medical care, social services, housing, pharmacy and Medicare wrap-around services for the elderly and physically disabled population. He has been board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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