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
Una Alderman, Chief Executive Officer
Una is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who brings more than 35 years of diverse nursing and leadership experience to our hospital. She has served as a staff nurse in case management, trauma, pediatrics, labor and delivery, postpartum, intensive care (medical and cardiac), internal medicine, cardiology and medical/surgical. She also has served as a Medevac nurse orchestrating care for wounded soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Una held numerous management and leadership positions before coming to Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, most recently directing cardiac services at an acute care hospital. Her professional career has included rural and tertiary hospitals in the United States as well as working internationally in Germany, Russia, Afghanistan and South America.
Una holds a doctorate degree in leadership studies, a master’s degree in organizational leadership, bachelor’s and diploma degrees in nursing, and an associate’s degree in management.
Una is the eldest daughter of Irish immigrant parents and has six siblings. She has been married 35 years and has two grown sons and five grandchildren. She served in Afghanistan with her oldest son who is an active-duty Army Military Policeman. Una lives in the Northern Idaho area, but previously has lived in Germany, Afghanistan and Alaska. When not working, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, hiking, and spending time with her greatest joys – her grandchildren.
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.
Ashley Bertagnole, Director of Therapy Operations
Ashley is pleased to offer our patients outstanding care through directing the operations of physical, occupational and speech therapy services.
Ashley brings six years of inpatient and outpatient therapy experience to her role as a physical therapist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science with honors and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y. She is neuro-IFRAH certified .
Ashley decided to dedicate her career to helping those with injuries and disabilities after going through physical therapy in high school from sports injuries. One of her favorite quotes is from Elbert Hubbard, “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
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
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!