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Komen Phoenix Introduces Director of Programs

The Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has hired Phoenix resident Lee San Miguel as its Community Health and Mission Programs Director. In this position, Lee will oversee the Komen Phoenix Affiliate’s current and future mission programs, including grant making, community outreach, education programs, community partnerships and public policy initiatives.

“During the course of my career, I have been involved in community health initiatives and have truly enjoyed it,” says Lee. “I’m excited about this position, which offers me the opportunity to make a difference in our community, from creating new and innovative community partnerships to enhancing breast cancer services and programs throughout central and northern Arizona.”

Lee’s previous experience incudes 10 years of development and coordination within the City of Avondale, five years with Arizona’s Department of Health Services and more than 10 years of community service in Colorado. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York, a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Planning from Metropolitan State College in Colorado. In addition, Lee is a certified facilitator and mediator.

“Lee’s strong background in creating successful, inclusive community teams, as well as his personal integrity and empathy for others, makes him well qualified to lead Komen Phoenix’s mission initiatives,” says Beverly Kruse, Komen Phoenix Executive Director. “He is also known for being an innovative problem solver, a skill that is extremely helpful in today’s economy and changing healthcare landscape.”

As Community Health and Mission Programs Director, Lee is responsible for helping Komen Phoenix meet the community’s breast health needs. He will lead the affiliate’s biennial community needs assessment and help develop strategic plans to close breast health gaps throughout central and northern Arizona. Lee will also represent the Affiliate among community organizations, public policy makers, volunteers and donors.

Lee lives in central Phoenix with his wife Kathy. The couple has two children and five grandchildren.

Parsons foundation supporting hiv aids center

Parsons Foundation Gives $5M To Fight HIV/AIDS

The Parsons Foundation is making a multi-million dollar contribution to help men, women and children battling HIV/AIDS in Arizona. The Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS announced a combined donation of $5 million from the founders of GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting, domain names and new SSL Certificates. Parsons is now Go Daddy’s Executive Chairman, having stepped down as Go Daddy’s CEO last December. He’s also now CEO of Arizona’s largest motorcycle dealership.

$3.5 million goes to build the center and provide support for prevention, wellness, community outreach and testing programs. The other $1.5 million is part of an incentive donation. Renee and Bob are challenging and inspiring others to donate, by vowing to match other donations up to an additional $1.5 million. The money raised from the incentive donation will help with interior and exterior renovations that will include community spaces and an art gallery.

“Bob and I hope others will be inspired to help the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS,” Renee Parsons said. “This center is a first of its kind because it brings domestic violence counseling and other emotional support together with medical aid all under one roof. Patients at our new center are going to get some of the best care available anywhere in the U.S.”

More than 14,000 men, women and children have AIDS or are HIV infected in Arizona, a disease that impacts nearly 4 million people around the world.

The Parsons Foundation Center for Health, Education and Wellness is being created at 1101 N. Central Ave., in the building that formerly housed the Phoenix NBC TV affiliate, KPNX. The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and will include a comprehensive medical center, mental health counseling rooms, as well as classrooms where community-based health workshops and support groups will meet needs of men, women, youth and families.

“This full-service center is such a critical piece of our work – especially for those in our community who do not have access to integrated healthcare and educational support programs. Bob and Renee’s generous donation is so inspiring because it means the difference between opening soon and opening sometime next year,” said Carol Poore, President and CEO, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. “Five million dollars is more than we’ve ever received from a single donor … when Bob says they want to make a difference, he really means it.”

The Parsons Foundation donation was formally announced at the 17th Annual Night for Life Gala held Saturday. In addition to the Parsons’ $5 million donation, nearly $300,000 was raised at the event and will be used to cover the costs of day-to-day operations.

Diversity Leadership Alliance Winners - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

Diversity Leadership Alliance Winners

Govt./Nonprofit Category Winner Yuma Regional Medical CenterGovt./Nonprofit Category Winner
Yuma Regional Medical Center

Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is proud of having a diverse work force that represents the community and the patients it serves. That work force diversity includes ethnicity, cultural background, gender, age, economic means, physical and mental ability, family settings, educational levels, and religious beliefs.

By valuing diversity, YRMC seeks to achieve an environment where the total spectrum of differences is valued and integrated into every aspect of the hospital. YRMC classifies its various dimensions of diversity as human, cultural and systemic. Human diversity refers to the physical characteristics or life experience of an individual. Cultural diversity is characterized by fundamental beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, values and personal characteristics. System diversity is characterized by the integration of organizational structures and management operating systems where differences are involved or implicit.

YRMC strives not only for diversity within its walls, but also outside of them. The YRMC Community Outreach Team allows employees to connect with Yuma’s many diverse cultures. The program focuses on meeting the needs of winter visitors, migrant workers, military personnel, as well as the elderly, uninsured and Spanish-speaking population.

Diversity Champion Lee A. Barnett: Director of Technology, American ExpressDiversity Champion
Lee A. Barnett: Director of Technology, American Express

Lee A. Barnett’s dedication to diversity and Valley youth already is bearing fruit.

Barnett, the director of technology at American Express’ Valley operations, has been a member of the Diversity Leadership Alliance’s (DLA) board since 2007. He has been key in developing the DLA Youth Council, which assists high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to transition to higher education and work force readiness. The council also develops leadership skills among youth that are aimed at building an inclusive community.

Under Barnett’s guidance, the three-year-old DLA Youth Council has grown from 24 students to 120 students participating in monthly workshops. At this year’s DLA Youth Council ceremony, 12 students from several Phoenix-area high schools received recognition. They in turn expressed their gratitude for the confidence, support, and diversity awareness and training that DLA provides.

One student stated: “I went into the DLA being someone who preferred their own ideas and thoughts over others. I am extremely proud to say I am leaving the DLA being a person who now respects, accepts and is grateful for different ideas.”

Barnett’s dedication to the Youth Council is opening new horizons for many diverse high school students throughout the Valley.

Small Co. Category Winner Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority Inc.Small Co. Category Winner
Northern Arizona Regional
Behavioral Health Authority Inc.

Serving 10 Native American tribes, the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) has made a commitment to upholding diversity and cultural sensitivity in order to provide high-quality care to its patients.

NARBHA is the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties, serving more than 700,000 people throughout 62,000 square miles of Northern Arizona.

In 2001, NARBHA established a cultural competency plan as required by the Arizona Department of Health. The following year, NARBHA developed the Cultural Awareness and Diversity Committee, which uses community input to annually update the cultural competency plan. In 2003, the co-chair of the committee saw a gap in communications between NARBHA and the 10 tribes NARBHA serves. To improve coordination with the tribes, NARBHA created a new position called the Tribal Liaison.

The development of the cultural diversity committee, the cultural diversity plan, and employees devoted to cultural inclusion has improved NARBHA’s ability to provide services to diverse populations. The initiative has broken down barriers to tribal members’ access to care, created culturally responsive behavioral health programs in treatment clinics, and increased awareness statewide of the unique needs of diverse, rural communities. In addition, NARBHA focuses its hiring efforts on developing a work force that reflects the diversity and language needs of the community.

Large Co. Category Winner Cox CommunicationsLarge Co. Category Winner
Cox Communications

The Spanish word for “leader” is “lider.” It’s no surprise that LIDER is the name of Cox Arizona’s 12-week Leadership Development Program. The program was created to introduce the company’s frontline bilingual (Spanish/English) employees to leadership, and to develop future leaders that will help Cox grow its Hispanic customer base.

LIDER provides education on the leadership roles at Cox and Cox’s core competencies (influencing others, producing results, communication skills). The program is structured to address the uniqueness of Hispanic culture, and the combination of multiple cultures and languages in a business environment.

The four-year-old LIDER program is facilitated by the Cox Internacional leadership team and was developed through a collaborative effort of the company’s Arizona care, field training and human resources. Candidates are provided extensive development plans, participate in presentations by the local executive leadership team, review core leadership competencies, book reviews, and are given a final project that is presented in front of the Cox Arizona executive team. The program is cross-departmental and has seen a 33 percent promotion rate.

Development programs such as LIDER help to grow Cox’s diverse employee base. The company’s leadership team, from executives, VPs, directors and managers, participates and actively promotes self-development and growth.

Large Co. Category Winner Veolia TransportationLarge Co. Category Winner
Veolia Transportation

Veolia Transportation is committed to creating an environment of diversity and inclusion. Through its Diversity and Inclusion Program, Veolia’s overall human resource strategy includes recruiting, hiring, promoting, engaging and retaining the company’s diverse talent.

Veolia’s Diversity and Inclusion Program began with revamping the entire recruiting process to ensure Veolia became an Equal Opportunity Employer. Once on board, Veolia provides an employee orientation program that includes diversity training. In addition, all existing employees completed a diversity training class in 2008. Awareness and education regarding diversity have continued with the production of a monthly diversity newsletter. Also, an internal Mentoring Program was created to provide opportunities for new hires to be partnered with seasoned employees.

The need for a culture change was imminent at Veolia Transportation of Tempe. Due to a poorly run operation, new leadership was sought. A new, diverse team was brought together in 2007 to help transform the performance of the operation and improve the overall morale of employees. The diversity training initiative helped “create an environment of respect for our differences and inclusion.” Soon, Veolia’s slogan of “Together We CARE” became real. CARE stands for commitment, accountability, respect and empowerment. These are four values that are consistent with Veolia’s everyday operations in Tempe.

Arizona Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Arizona Business Magazine is pleased to present and honor some of the people who bring excellence to the Valley’s health care system with Health Care Leadership Awards.

The honorees and finalists for these awards have served for years to bring quality care to men, women and children across the Valley – from hospital managers and executives, institutional and educational programs, to insurance providers and the people at the front line.

Community Outreach

Honoree:

Crista Johnson, MD, FACOG Refugee Women’s Health Clinic

Finalists:

Lucy Ranus, RN, BSN
Program Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute

Health Care Administrator

Honoree:

Kathleen Dowler, Community Integration, Catholic Healthcare West

Finalists:

Bryan Gibson, President of the South and Southwest Region for Southwest Ambulance/Rural Metro

Linda McCoy, Director of Pharmacy at Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Hospital and Medical Center

Honoree:

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

Finalists:

Banner Simulation Medical Center

NextCare Urgent Care

Hospital Executive

Honoree:

Peter Fine, CEO, Banner Health

Finalist:

Laurie Eberst, President and CEO, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

David Veillette, CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Institution or Education

Honoree:

Medical Center Maricopa, Integrated Health System, Residency Training Programs Maricopa

Finalist:

Cigna Medical Group Chronic Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Graduate Advancement Program in Pediatrics (GAPP)

Insurance Executive

Honoree:

Robert Flores,President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Finalist:

Robert Beauchamp, MD Senior Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Robert Flores, Medical Director, Population Health Management at CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona

Nurse & Nursing Advocates

Honoree:

Kim Wilson

Finalist:

Linda Lindquist, RN Director of Critical Care Phoenix Baptist Hospital

Physician

Honoree:

Brian Tiffany, MD, Ph.D., FACEP

Finalist:

John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP

Julianne Thompson, Medical Director

Researcher

Legislative Impact Award & Lifetime Achievement

Honorees:

Roy Ryals, Executive Director, Southwest Ambulance

Joseph Rodgers, PH.D.