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Az Business honors healthcare leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

BIOSCIENCE COMPANY
Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Finalists:
Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION
Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Finalists:
Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE
Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Finalists:
Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Finalists:
Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

INSURANCE PROVIDER
Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Finalists:
Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

LEGAL ADVOCATE
Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Finalists:
Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

MEDICAL CENTER OR HOSPITAL
Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Finalists:
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

MEDICAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

Finalists:
Medtronic
W.L. Gore and Associates

MEDICAL RESEARCH COMPANY
Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Finalists:
Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Finalists:
Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

Finalists:
David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.


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HCLA 2014: Physician of the Year

WINNER

Jimmy Chow
IASIS Healthcare

Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.


FINALISTS

Karen Corallo Chaney
Magellan Health Services

Chaney provides clinical oversight for adults with mental illness. She initiated the Arizona Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System and the pilot, Driving Suicides to Zero, which utilizes screens, risk assessments, and interventions. No suicides were reported from the pilot and suicides by members of the behavioral health system has decreased by nearly 50 percent.

David Notrica
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

As the trauma medical director for PCH, Notrica helped create the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Arizona for the evaluation, stabilization, treatment and care of children who have experienced a trauma. The program has expanded to treat 2,500 patients, making it one of the busiest pediatric trauma centers in the nation.


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HCLA 2014: Medical Center or Hospital

WINNER

Scottsdale Healthcare

As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.


FINALISTS

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center was named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs. The Cavanagh Heart Center is recognized as a leading provider of cardiac services and vascular research. The Medical Center was also home to the 100th set of quadruplets born at their facilities.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

CTCA provides whole-person care for cancer patients that includes supportive therapies, naturopathic medicine, nutritional support and mind-body, chiropractic and spiritual care. They operate under the Mother Standard and every patient receives individualized care from a team of doctors that follows them through their journey.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation, which is an international acknowledgement that the hospital has a high level of expertise in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have also made great strides in diagnosing and curing Hepatitis C and even did Arizona’s first breathing lung transplantation.

St. Luke’s Medical Center

Providing care for the Valley for more than a century, St. Luke’s has expanded from a 20-bed facility focused on tuberculosis to a 200-bed center that encompasses an inpatient/outpatient hospital, medical office buildings, behavioral health center and acclaimed burn center.


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HCLA 2014: Legal Advocate

WINNER

Kristen Rosati
Polsinelli 

As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.


FINALISTS

Richard Mallery
Snell and Wilmer 

As the founding pro-bono chair and CEO of the International Genomics Consortium, Mallery was the driving force bringing the IGC and TGen) to Phoenix. In addition, he was the founding chair of the Molecular Profiling Institute, which was purchased in January 2008 by Caris Diagnostics of Dallas. He now serves on the board of Caris Diagnostics.

Martin L. Shultz
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Shultz led the 100-member Steering Committee that in 2002 launched Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, the state’s long-term strategy to advance its bioscience sector. Over 10 years, the Roadmap helped Arizona bioscience jobs increase by 45 percent and the number of bioscience establishments in Arizona rose 31 percent.


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HCLA 2014: Insurance Provider

WINNER

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.


FINALISTS

Health Net of Arizona

Health Net of Arizona has been serving Arizonans since 1981 and has been Ranking Arizona’s No. 1 HMO for nine years in a row. Health Net of Arizona, together with Health Net Life Insurance Company, offer healthcare plans and specialty services including coverage for vision, dental, life insurance, chiropractic and alternative medicine.

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.45 million Arizonans and is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives. It works to help simplify the healthcare experience, sustain relationships with care providers, empower consumers and improve affordability for consumers, employers and the larger healthcare system.


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HCLA 2014: Healthcare Executive

WINNER

Robert L. Meyer
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.


FINALISTS

Tony Marinello
IASIS Healthcare

As CEO of Mountain Vista, Marinello changed the hospital’s challenged reputation to one of national recognition, especially for its cardiac, stroke and trauma programs. He established a public-private partnership to help underserved patients and even provided response vehicles to treat non-emergent patients in their homes to keep them out of the emergency room.

Ed Myers
IASIS Healthcare

Myers has expanded St. Luke’s Medical Center’s programs. The expansions include a partnership with the Behavioral Health Center, which helps the growing need for geropsych care, and the Grossman Burn Center, which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of burns and collaborates with organizations to bring prevention education to the community.

Tim Bricker
Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert

Chandler Regional has undergone significant expansion since the arrival of Bricker in 2011. The hospital added a $9.9 million cardiac catheterization lab and a $125 million, five-story patient tower that will expand emergency services, adding six beds and 180 jobs. The hospital is also seeking a Level I trauma designation.

Mary Lee DeCoster
Maricopa Integrated Health System

DeCoster exemplifies the passion needed in the healthcare industry. With MIHS, she is responsible for more than $1 billion in gross revenue and a multitude of other responsibilities to help the uninsured and under-insured. She is a company leader for the Heart Walk, where she speaks about the loss of her daughter and about heart health awareness.


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HCLA 2014: Healthcare Advocate

WINNER

Dr. John Chen
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.


FINALISTS

Dr. Randy Christensen
Crews ‘n’ Healthcare

With Crews’n Healthcare, Christensen has helped and advocated for homeless adolescents. He has succeeded in reducing ER visits by 50 percent, increasing the connection of youths and behavioral health case managers by 41 percent, increasing patients screened for STV, HIV and hepatitis by 85 percent and growing the program to care for more than 6,500 patients.

Gerri Hether
Orchard Medical Consulting

Providing great care as a nurse case manager for people injured on the job, Hether receives the most challenging patients with the most complex injuries. She has one of the highest success rates of returning injured workers to productivity and optimal health in the state.


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The Healthcare Issue

Michael Gossie profileGrowing up as the older brother to one sister with mental disabilities and another who passed away far too early, I spent way too much time in hospitals when I would have rather been doing ANYTHING other than waiting for my sisters to see yet another doctor. What I did
accomplish, though, was gaining a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women who devote their lives to making our lives better.

So it’s only natural that our healthcare issue, where Arizona Business Magazine honors the
recipients of our Healthcare Leadership Awards, is very dear to my heart. This year, a year in which our state turns 100 and the Maricopa Medical Society turns 120, it’s only fitting that the Healthcare Leadership Awards bestows its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Inside this issue, you can read about David Lincoln — whose family name is synonymous with healthcare and philanthropy in the Valley — and the exceptional men, women and institutions who earned Healthcare Leadership Awards. They lead an amazing field of extraordinary
and accomplished candidates.

The last place most of us want to be is at a hospital. But knowing there are exceptional professionals like our Healthcare Leadership Award winners eases the pain.

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Michael Gossie, managing editor

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