Announcing Six New APP Directors

As we discussed in our APP Town Hall meeting in April, we’re standing up a new system-wide, specialty-based APP leadership structure. I’m very excited to announce the first group of leaders, several who were in previous APP leadership roles and preferenced into our new director-level roles. All will move into their director positions on June 30. These leaders have been pioneers and instrumental in leading APPs to where we are today. They are:

Gaylinn Breeze

  • Gaylinn Breeze, NP: APP Director, Hospital Medicine. Gaylinn is the APP team lead at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH). She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College, her master’s degree in nursing and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and is currently working on her doctor of nursing practice at Grand Canyon University, with a scheduled graduation in 2020. She joined the TOSH team in August 2016 from the U of U’s Neurosurgery Department.
  • Jody Carter, ACNP: APP Director, Trauma. Jody graduated with a master’s degree in nursing in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He joined Intermountain Healthcare in April 1999 at LDS Hospital in the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and joined trauma service at LDS Hospital in September 1999. He moved to Intermountain Medical Center in 2007 with trauma service and became the Trauma Service APP Manager in 2008.
  • Paige Christensen, NP: Director, Anti-coagulation and Thrombosis. Paige was recently named into a leadership role within the Medical Specialties Clinical Program leading the clinical operations of Anticoagulation and Thrombosis. Paige received her training and graduate degree from Columbia University in New York City. She has been practicing medicine for the past 15 years at Intermountain Salt Lake Clinic specializing in thrombosis and anticoagulation.
  • Stacie Mecham, NP: APP Director, Children’s Justice Center. Stacie has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for just over 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Weber State University, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Utah. She currently works in both a primary care setting and for Safe and Healthy Families serving the children of Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties.
  • Jessica Murray, NP: APP Director, Medical Specialties Clinical Program. Jessica has been in healthcare for 20 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Weber State University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Utah. She has worked for Intermountain Healthcare for 16 years at McKay-Dee hospital in the Intermediate Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and most recently in the Anticoagulation and Thrombosis Clinic.
  • Kathryn “Katie” Swenson, PA-C: APP Director, Pediatric General Surgery and Trauma. Katie has practiced with Intermountain Healthcare for just over five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in forensic science from Anglia Ruskin University, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies (MPAS) from Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. She also holds a doctorate in medical sciences with an emphasis in healthcare administration from University of Lynchburg.

These leaders will bring a wealth of experiences, diversity of backgrounds, and broad insights to our APP Council and I look forward to seeing their leadership drive enhancements to patient care and service. We’ll be announcing other new APP Directors in the coming weeks. Learn more about the APP System (including updated org charts) on our provider portal.

Thank you for all that you do.


Chris Hyer, PA-C, MPAS
Executive Director, Advanced Practice Providers