HCLA 2013: Healthcare Manager
Southwest Human Development
Kessler has always been ahead of his time as a leader in healthcare for children with developmental and behavioral challenges. There has been a lot of recent interest in integrating medical and mental healthcare, but Kessler developed Southwest Human Development’s Children’s Development Center nearly two years ago, spearheading a team of pediatric professionals who work together as an integrated, comprehensive team to provide state-of-the-art treatment for young children with developmental challenges.
DR. RUBEN MESA
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
As chairman of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and deputy director for Mayo, Mesa has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator in more than 45 clinical trials for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms or other myeloid disorders, and he’s authored more than 300 publications along these latter themes. Mesa also championed an affiliation between Mayo and Yuma Regional Medical Center.
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona
During his three years as CEO of UCP of Central Arizona, Contreras successfully brought the organization’s administrative costs below 11 percent while expanding the number of those served by more than 2,000. Contreras is committed to reaching out to the community through health and educational fairs, community events, and one-on-one meetings to educate individuals about the life-changing services available though UCP and to dispel stigmas that surround the disabled community.