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.
Stephen Smith, Director of Case Management
Stephen is passionate about ensuring that every patient’s care is coordinated from admission through discharge. He believes that when patients receive the best follow-up care possible, they are less likely to return to the hospital.
Stephen brings 11 years of nursing experience to his role, having served as a general medical staff nurse, emergency department nurse, and nurse care manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Concordia University in Portland, Ore., and an associate’s degree in nursing from North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in nursing education from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Before nursing, Stephen served 10 years as a program director at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He has been married 20 years and has three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, especially bedtime reading, children’s sports, summertime swimming, and downhill skiing.
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!
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.
Teresa Brown DiPasquale, Director of Therapy Operations
In her 17 years of experience, Teresa has always enjoyed watching individuals reach their fullest abilities through therapy services.
A licensed speech-language pathologist, Teresa has served as a therapist, therapy manager, administrator of home care, and director of therapy in a wide variety of settings including acute care, outpatient services, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation hospitals.
Teresa earned a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane WA., and a bachelor’s degree in speech and language from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has served on the faculty of Eastern Washington University (EWU) teaching in Health Services Administration and Public Health departments. She is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.
In her spare time, you can find Teresa….spending time with family and friends. She loves being outdoors. She likes lake time, traveling to the ocean and dragging her boys on a hike or two. Teresa also enjoys swimming, biking, running and participating in triathlons.