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Clinical Support Team

Our clinical support team consists of experienced nurses and technicians with extensive operating room experience as well as experience in hospital operations and logistics. The clinical support team coordinates patient flow and works diligently to keep the schedule running on time while accommodating the inevitable emergency add-ons and cancellations that would otherwise disrupt the schedule. The clinical support team also assists the physicians in ensuring that intravenous lines are in place and the appropriate lab work has been completed prior to surgery.

Elizabeth Tierney, RN


Elizabeth received her nursing degree from Indiana Central University, and furthered her studies at the University of Southern Florida and the University of Florida before moving to Tucson in 1984. She has a wealth of experience in various clinical settings, including the neurosurgical intensive care unit, cardiovascular surgery, telemetry, and the general operating room. She joined SAA and ASA in 1989 and works primarily at Northwest Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Scott Wermie, RN


Scott is originally from central Canada, and trained at St.Boniface General Hospital School of Nursing, a strict and prestigious French Roman Catholic teaching hospital. He also attended the University of Winnipeg as well as the University of Calgary. In his twenty two years of nursing experience, Scott has worked in a wide variety of clinical specialties, including general surgery, otolaryngology, cardiovascular & thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and the general operating room. In addition, he has a background and management experience in the field of dialysis and in the blood banking industry. Scott joined SAA & ASA in 2009 and works primarily at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Jason Richardson, Cert AT


Jason is an Arizona native who attended Flowing Wells High School and the University of Arizona. After successfully completing his certification as an Anesthesia Technician, Jason gained extensive experience in anesthesia equipment, regional anesthesia procedures, and operating room logistics while working with the Department of Anesthesia at Northwest Hospital. Jason joined SAA & ASA in 2007, and works primarily at St. Mary’s Hospital as well as Northwest Medical Center.