Dr. Terry Simpson, of Phoenix, received the 2013 Regional Impact Award for improving health care, presented by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), at it’s 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, August 26 – 29, 2013. The award recognizes Dr. Terry Simpson’s commitment to consistently working to improve health care and its delivery.
The NIHB represents tribal governments — both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS).
“I am honored to receive this amazing award,” Dr. Terry Simpson said, ”We strive to make Alaska Native’s and American Indians the healthiest people on the planet.” Dr. Terry Simpson has been working with Alaska Natives/American Indians for his entire surgical career.
Upon completing his surgical residency, Dr. Simpson worked for the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, an Indian Health Service tertiary hospital. He continued to maintain a clinic in Sacaton, Arizona at the Hu Hu Kam Hospital for over 18 years. He has been on the board of the SouthCentral Foundation in Alaska since 2003 as well as the Joint Operating (governing board) for the Alaska Native Medical Center since that time. SouthCentral Foundation won the Malcolm Baldridge award for Health Care and is considered the model for innovation in health care for the nation.