Meet Our Leaders

Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital is led by a team of highly experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about providing the highest level of care available to the hospital’s patients.

We invite you to learn more about us below:

Meet our Leaders

Shane Sanborn, PT, DPT, MBA, ACHE, Chief Executive Officer
Shane brings more than 15 years of diverse clinical and leadership experience to Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. He has clinically practiced and served as a physical therapist in long-term acute care, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, inpatient acute care, sub-acute care, and sports medicine.

Shane held numerous administrative and managerial positions before arriving at Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, recently as a regional administrator at several acute care hospitals in Florida.

Shane obtained a doctoral degree in physical therapy, a master’s degree with a focus on healthcare management and bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology, psychology, and chemistry.

Although Shane is a Florida native he feels right at home here in north Idaho because of the people that make it special to live here. He and his family look forward to enjoying all the activities the area has to offer and engaging in the community.


Dr. Kevin Strait, Medical Director
Dr. Strait brings more than 10 years of medical experience to his position. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, he is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and a medical degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz.  He completed an internship in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Strait worked in pulmonary and critical care services at hospitals in Minnesota before moving to Idaho. He currently is a member of the American Medical Association, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition to being the medical director for our hospital, Dr. Strait practices in Coeur d’ Alene at North Idaho Lung Asthma and Critical Care, LLC.


Jennifer West, Director of Compliance
Jennifer says she became a nurse because her mother was a nurse.  As a second-generation nurse, she learned what compassion was and how to be a part of the nurturing and healing process of patients initially through observation.

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of varied experience to the hospital, with a background in nursing, critical care, surgery, infection control, and compliance. She ensures that our patients are cared for in a secure and safe environment.

Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is involved with North Idaho Prevention Coalition and the North Idaho Healthcare Coalition. She also is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

Jennifer says Ernest Health’s guiding principle, “We are compassionate caregivers, connected at our core by the treatment needs of our patients,” resounds deeply with her because of the compassion caregivers have and the interconnectivity Ernest Health’s treatment teams have. “This guiding principle is visible in everyone whom I work with,” she says. “We can take patients that are so broken by trauma and disease, and with our treatment, get them back to their lives.”

Jennifer enjoys camping in the beautiful wilderness of Idaho with her family and friends.


Eric Kenner, Director of Nursing & Director of Patient Outcomes
Eric’s love of caring for people is evident in his actions every day as he leads the nursing department of our hospital.

Eric has held numerous management and leadership positions as a registered nurse, most recently serving as an ER charge nurse in an acute care hospital before coming to Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. He also has served as an assistant nurse manager in a pediatric emergency department.

Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and an associate’s degree in nursing from North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

Eric was born and raised in North Idaho. When he’s not at the hospital or attending and volunteering through St. Pious X in Coeur d’Alene, he enjoys boating, camping, and fishing with his wife and five children…with one more on the way!


Brian Edwards, Director of Human Resources
Brian is responsible for the overall administration and evaluation of the Human Resources department at both hospitals. 

With more than 17 years of experience, Edwards has held numerous management and leadership positions in human resources, most recently serving as Human Resource and Safety Manager at WEAR-TEK in Spokane. He has also served as a human resources, benefits, and payroll manager at Kootenai Health Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene.

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Brian and his wife Beth have two grown children and when he’s not at the hospital he relishes time with them and extended family enjoying the many outdoor activities North Idaho has to offer.


Ashley Bertagnole, Director of Therapy Operations
Ashley enjoys helping patients progress to their highest abilities possible. Ashley has 10 years of experience as a physical therapist in both outpatient and inpatient settings, specializing in patients who have had a stroke. Ashley values the opportunity to work with the case management team and interdisciplinary team daily to help coordinate and plan the necessary discharge services for all patients. Ashley’s primary goal is to have the best outcome for each patient and their family while at the rehab hospital.

Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and a doctorate in physical therapy from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY. She currently is Neuro-IFRAH certified.

When Ashley isn’t working, she enjoys short, fun runs, camping, traveling, knitting, and spending time with family and friends.


Dan Leonard, Director of Plant Operations
Dan brings 30 years of project management and leadership to the table, 15 of those years in healthcare. His experience in all phases of commercial construction has prepared him well for his role at NIACH.

A lifelong resident of the Northwest, Dan attended the Lakeland school district and DeVry Institute. His certifications are as an ALS Locksmith, ABC project manager, 12 hour OSHA, FEMA emergency management, BLS. He is also a member of the Healthcare Coalition.

Dan and his wife of 34 years, Pam, have two children, Ryan and Kara, They have two grandchildren, Clint and Kimber. Dan and Pam live on a ranch with horses and livestock. They love to travel and ride motorcycles.


Heidi Frazier, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Heidi has been working in the Pacific Northwest Region in the healthcare marketing arena for 19 years. The last half of her career has been in the hospital/inpatient setting. Heidi appreciates the opportunity to educate and advocate for excellent patient services and care. She also enjoys growing service lines and coordinating access to care.

Growing up in a military family, Heidi has enjoyed calling Idaho her home for the last 25 years. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a BS in Food and Nutrition. When Heidi is not working she enjoys being with her family, cheering her kids on, and playing in the outdoors.