HOOPA – Dubbed as “Nurse Nick” by his colleagues, Nicholas Sarchet has joined the clinical team at K’ima:w Medical Center.  As the director of clinical services, his position includes direction and supervision of the nursing department, outreach, and patient benefits.

“This is a vital role at K’ima:w,” stated Keith Dobbs, CEO.  “He will be responsible for setting the standards for clinical nursing care by maintaining up-to-date nursing policies, procedures and protocols, quality and accreditation standards, and education for the nursing department.”

As the only Indian Health Services ambulatory clinic in California to be accredited by The Joint Commission, a national accreditation and certification agency, K’ima:w has a strong commitment to continually improving quality and service standards, stated Dobbs.

“Because of his professional accomplishments in similar settings, we are confident that Nurse Nick will be a strong asset for taking our clinical functions to even higher levels,” said Dobbs.

For the last six years, he has been a community and public health nurse with a variety of primary, urgent, sexual health, and specialized health care experiences in both US-based Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and international humanitarian responses.  Most recently, Nurse Nick has served as a clinical nurse focused on sexual health and family planning with Denver Public Health and as the Lead RN Suite Coordinator at Stout Street Health Center, a FQHC providing integrated health services to Denver’s homeless population.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation NCIN Scholar, Nurse Nick graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  “Nursing is my second career.  I spent 15 years working within progressive, grassroots, community organizations.  My roles have included everything from volunteer, community organizer, fundraiser, consultant, to  executive director and board member,” he stated.  Nick also holds a self-designed bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Nonprofit Training and Consulting.

Nurse Nick has also provided humanitarian nursing care in Lesvos and Idomeni, Greece, for refugees and migrants fleeing Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  During this time he coordinated medical volunteers from all over the world as they provided primary, urgent, and emergency services to refugees out a makeshift clinic and later out of a donated ambulance.  He also served as a clinician on one of the first US medical teams to respond to the Ebola outbreak in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  In addition to caring for sick and dying patients in a dangerous and resource-challenged environment, Nurse Nick and his colleagues also provided medical and safety training for the many local people working in their communities.

“The combination of leadership experience, of working with similar constituents as K’ima:w, his nonprofit and FQHC experience, and his passion for rural, under served communities, makes Nurse Nick a perfect match for our needs,” continued Dobbs.  K’ima:w Medical Center is an FQHC “look alike” in its operations model.

Nurse Nick takes over the functions of Mary Lou Marshall who has been admirably serving as the interim director of nursing.  Marshall will assume her previous role and passion, as the RN Care Manager for the Acorn Team at K’ima:w.

“Join us in welcoming Nurse Nick to our community,” concluded Dobbs.