Amy Lou Simminger, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Amy Lou Simminger obtained her nursing license in 1989 and has enjoyed all the excitement, joys and challenges of working as a registered nurse ever since. Her career at a safety net hospital in a major metropolitan city in the beautiful Southwestern United States has taken her from the general pediatric ward to pediatric intensive care and burn intensive care for both children and adults. She ultimately used her experience to develop a dedicated vascular access team within her facility. She also has some added experiences of neonatal intensive care, interventional radiology, consulting for a preschool organization and a part time instructor for Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The difficulty in obtaining vascular access in her patient population helped to stimulate her interest and develop her talent as a vascular access specialist. She is an active member of local and national chapters of Infusion Nurses Society and the Association for Vascular Access and holds certifications from each organization. As a dedicated patient advocate, Amy Lou strives to provide evidence based, best practice to every patient she touches.
When Amy Lou is not working she enjoys the many outside activities that Arizona has to offer. Along with her husband and two college age children you can find her out cycling, running, hiking, kayaking or camping any time of year. She also enjoys participating in many volunteer opportunities, including assisting with the organization and serving on a medical mission with her church that fully funds and supports a dental, vision and medical clinic for a small village in Mexico.
Amy Lou truly believes that everyone has the right to the best healthcare services available and is thankful that she can help others by bringing her talents and knowledge to those who need them.
Susan J. Baker, BSN, RN
Vice President, CNO
Susie Baker grew up in Salem Oregon, but has lived in the Valley of the Sun almost 25 years. She graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with her BSN in 1987. Early in her career she worked in the Emergency Department and Trauma Center in Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. During this time she also taught paramedic students and received her Trauma Nurse Specialist certification.
More recently she has worked in Phlebology and has been a National speaker at the American College of Phlebology annual conferences (ACP). During 2010-2016 she traveled with a medical foundation to Ecuador and Nicaragua 4 different times, providing free medical care for many people afflicted with varicose veins and venous disease.
She enjoys helping others, but providing adequate nursing care in the last few years has become challenging. There is less time with patients and increasing medical costs, Susie felt it was time for a change. She is excited to be a part of healthcare that now delivers what she calls ESP. Exceptional, Specialized, Professional and Personal care!