History with Sage Memorial Hospital
Prior to Razaghi Healthcare, the Sage Memorial Hospital’s Administration was unable to correct health care program deficiencies cited by the Arizona Department of Health Services dating back to February 2003. As a result, the Hospital voluntarily cut numerous health care services including labor delivery (OBGYN), inpatient pediatrics and nursery, and surgery, and was on track to close its inpatient hospital, emergency department, clinical pharmacy, physical therapy, medical imaging, and laboratory.
The Board of Directors hired the management company Razaghi Healthcare, and Ahmad R. Razaghi to assume temporary CEO responsibility in October 2007. At that time, Sage was on the path to closing its hospital, emergency department, and other outpatient services. It had lost its Joint Commission Accreditation, and was in the process of involuntary termination of its certification by the Center for Medicare Services, and revocation of its license by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Over the next two years, Razaghi led a turnaround team that systematically corrected the AZDHS Deficiencies preventing further closure of the existing health care services lines. In 2010 – 2013, his executive leadership facilitated the Hospital’s ability to expand numerous health care programs, and establish new ones. In 2009, Sage was able to reestablish its Accreditation by the Joint Commission, and has held it ever since.
No services were cut during Razaghi’s tenure. However, it is not possible for the Hospital to bring back health care services that were voluntarily cut by previous Administrations (labor delivery (OBGYN), nursery, and surgery) because the Hospital, built in 1964, would be required to be in compliance with current architectural and building codes costing the Corporation tens of millions of dollars. However, under Mr. Razaghi’s leadership, the hospital has now established a secure financial position that it can use to pursue new facilities and begin restoring services. Today, Sage provides the highest standard quality of health care, is financially secure, and has an outstanding executive team. The future is bright for Sage, its patients and staff, and the Navajo Nation communities it serves.