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Former White House doctor will speak at healthcare awards

Although she doesn’t, Dr. Connie Mariano could boast about her title as the first Filipino American in history to receive the rank of Navy Rear Admiral. However, when she reflects on her past, this “first” may not seem quite as significant as another first: “the first patient.”

This is how Dr. Mariano, former White House physician, referred to her most important patient: the president of the United States.

Mariano served for nine years as the White House physician under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mariano will be the keynote speaker at Az Business magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. Click here to see a list of the 2015 finalists.

Mariano published a captivating book about her experiences at the White House. The memoir, titled “The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents,” is written in such a way that you feel as if you’re sitting down with Mariano herself, listening to stories about her years caring for the most important patients of her medical career.

Since 2001, Mariano has lived and served people here in the Valley. After four years working as a consultant in the Executive Health Care Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Mariano established the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice for CEOs and their families. Framed pictures of Mariano being sworn in as Rear Admiral and posing with Presidents and other world leaders adorn the walls of her medical office, furnished to resemble the West Wing of the White House.

While Mariano has spent her life in innovative service to others, she’s not finished yet. Recently, Mariano was nominated and chosen to sit on the board of directors for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ever since Mariano’s younger sister came close to death at the age of 3 after accidentally ingesting poisonous liquid, Mariano, who played a vital role in saving her sister’s life, has recognized the importance of quality pediatric care.

Now, a mother of two and a stepmother of two, Mariano continues to see the need for excellent pediatric medicine and as a physician who cares for adults, oftent sees the dangerous effects of unhealthy choices that could have been prevented in childhood.

“As a parent, I can definitely see the importance of (pediatric care),” said Mariano. “But also as a physician who believes in preventative medicine, I think if you can give good care in the pediatrics world, get (children) started with good prevention of disease and good health habits, as well as educate the parents, you’ll have a healthier population.”

When discussing what excited her about the board position with PCH, Mariano said, “The most significant thing was to be part of a great team of people who are really going to make a difference in childcare here in the Valley.”

Mariano looks forward to acting as a liaison between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the federal government and using the connections she has in Washington to contribute to the growing institution.

“There’s a reason I’m in this position in my life,” Mariano said. “The best thing to do about it is to touch lives.”

With every life she encounters, Mariano asks, “How can I help that life be better?” As a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mariano will be able to contribute to the betterment of thousands of young lives.

Lon Megargee, "Cowboy’s Dream"

Hermosa Inn Upholding Its Artful Origins: Art Walk, Residence Dinners And More

Originally built by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee as his art studio and residence, The Hermosa Inn has a history within the art world reaching as far back as 1936. After being launched to prominence by his commission with the state of Arizona to create 15 large, historic and iconic murals for the capitol building in 1913, Megargee also worked briefly in Hollywood; created illustrations for the cover of popular Western story magazines in the 1920s, which are hanging in the Library at The Hermosa Inn; and was also commissioned by Stetson to create his now-famous “Last Drop from His Stetson,” which to this day is printed in the top of every top-of-the-line Stetson hat and is the namesake for The Hermosa Inn’s Last Drop at the Hermosa.Lon Megargee, "Last Drop From His Stetson"

With such a rich history in the Arizona arts scene, The Hermosa Inn has since made a mission to preserve its artful origins, in addition to building an awareness of arts and culture within Arizona. A private collection of Megargee’s work has blossomed into an exhibit of more than 30 original pieces, which adorn the walls of the Inn and its culinary centerpiece, LON’s at the Hermosa — while the award-winning Artist in Residence Series is now in its eighth season. Most recently, however, is a partnership with Figarelli Fine Art — a leader in contemporary Southwestern art — who has brought in, and crane-lifted, an art installment valued at more than $2 million.

Lon Megargee, "Cowboy’s Dream"The 50+ piece exhibit is displayed in the resort, throughout the grounds, within guest rooms and in what is now the “Sculpture Garden,” includes such prominent artists as Allan Houser, Paul Moore, John Dawson, Phillip Haozous and Tony Lee. Combined with the existing pieces by Megargee, The Hermosa Inn has become an epicenter of Southwestern artistry and come late September will be hosting The Hermosa Inn Art Walk.

The Art Walk will allow guests and Valley residents alike to take guided, or self-guided, tours of the artwork on property, learn more about the artistic origins of the “old Arizona” inn and have the opportunity to purchase the work on-site.

In addition to the tours, the Inn will also be coordinating culinary events in the Sculpture Garden, where guests will not only be able to enjoy the atmosphere and artwork, but also the culinary creations of Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco.

As if this wasn’t enough, the award-winning Artist in Residence program will be returning to the property in October and will feature a series of dinners and brunches with critically acclaimed artists, authors and musicians from across the U.S. who will be sharing stories about their work, art and life. Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with each accomplished artists and, in some cases, watch as they create a masterpiece on-site while they share their tips and techniques.

The line-up includes:

Artist in Residence Dinners ($99++/person):

Friday, October 19: Javon Jackson
Friday, November 30: Ed Mell
Thursday, February 21, 2013: Jeffrey Siegel
Saturday, March 16, 2013: Mike Elsass Artist ‘Canvas and Corks’ Workshop
Friday, April 5, 2013: Dr. Connie Mariano

Artist in Residence Brunches
(complimentary with the cost of brunch at LON’s):

Sunday, October 21: Patsy Lowry
Sunday, November 18: Tom Van Dyke
Sunday, January 27, 2013: Jim Sudal
Sunday, February 17, 2013: Fred Krakowiak
Sunday, March 10, 2013: Linda Pullinsi
Sunday, March 17, 2013: Mike Elsass

For art lovers anxious to get a glimpse, The Hermosa Inn is open for viewing of the artwork on property, and private tours can be set up by calling (602) 955-8614. For further information on The Hermosa Inn & LON’s or upcoming Artist in Residence details, visit HermosaInn.com, Facebook , Twitter or The Hermosa Inn blog.


Recently named one of the 2012 “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Poll pick, The Hermosa Inn is a jewel of a hideaway in the heart of the Valley — minutes from Scottsdale, yet surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley. Originally hand-crafted in the 1930s by cowboy artist Lon Megargee at his private residence, the Inn’s adobe architecture has kept its “old Arizona” character and charm. All 34 casitas are surrounded by spectacular landscaping and beautiful desert vistas.

The $2 million remodel of the accommodations retains the legendary personality and intimate atmosphere of the original hacienda, while enhancing the accommodations with upgraded amenities for a more luxurious experience. The culinary centerpiece of the Inn is Lon’s at the Hermosa, the celebrated Four Diamond restaurant renowned for “artful American” cuisine, which is complemented by the Last Drop Bar, aptly named after one of the many paintings by Megargee that can be seen throughout the historic inn. For more information, visit HermosaInn.com or call (602) 955-8614.