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Phoenix healthcare growth outpacing national average

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) unveiled a new website around the emerging healthcare industry in the Phoenix metro, designed to showcase the innovation capacity and robust ecosystems of the Greater Phoenix healthcare and bioscience sectors.

“The GPEC Healthcare Leadership Council, led by Linda Hunt and Dr. Stuart Flynn, gathers the who’s who of healthcare and biosciences in the Greater Phoenix region,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “The council’s forward thinking idea to centralize the assets and resources around the region allows us to further promote our growth in these industries.”

The healthcare and bioscience sectors in Greater Phoenix is projected to grow 31.9% over the next 10 years, which outpaces the projected national average growth of 19.5%. This growth complements the HLC mission in positioning the region as a healthcare investment and research destination, and the new site will provide an inventory showcasing that growth within the region and within the healthcare and biosciences industries.

“The new site will highlight the partnerships and resources available to people seeking care, as well as medical professionals wanting to learn more about the healthcare ecosystem in the Greater Phoenix region,” said Linda Hunt, CEO of Dignity Health. “There is an abundance of movement in the healthcare industry in Phoenix metro, and this new site will provide the opportunity to showcase that growth.”

The new site contains a profile of the healthcare and biosciences leadership within the region; collaborations in research, care delivery and education; an interactive ecosystem asset map with the ability to filter by hospitals, academic institutions, incubators, accelerators and more; operating environment data; and outcomes in health, personalized medicine, quality job growth and community and economic impact.

Dr. Stuart Flynn, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix stated, “We are proud to be part of the growing healthcare industry in Greater Phoenix and we are glad to see this resource coming online. It is crucial that companies have a place to see the critical mass of clinical, education and research-oriented efforts in the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus and beyond. This new microsite will be that resource.”

The site also features demonstrated value—answering the question, “why Greater Phoenix,” and why the region is the best place to live, work, collaborate and heal, along with testimonials from healthcare leaders and practitioners, and news and resources related to healthcare in Greater Phoenix.

To learn more about the vibrant healthcare and biosciences ecosystem in Greater Phoenix, visit http://greaterphoenixhealth.com/.

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Glasper named to board of Higher Learning Commission

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) – a regional agency that accredits more than 1,000 degree granting higher education institutions – has appointed Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, to its Board of Trustees. Among other things, the Board deliberates on and decides official actions for institutions placed on notice or probation and responds to requests for change of institutional control, structure, or organization.

Dr. Glasper’s term begins on September 1, 2014.

“Rufus Glasper brings to the Commission Board the wisdom of his extensive experience in education,” said HLC President Sylvia Manning. “He understands accreditation from the perspective of a chancellor or president and also from the perspective of a peer reviewer. He has helped the Commission explain the role and process of accreditation on Capitol Hill. He will be a terrific addition to a distinguished Board.”

Each of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges is individually accredited by the HLC. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. A full list of HLC-accredited institutions appears online at https://www.ncahlc.org/Directory-of-HLC-Institutions.html.

Dr. Glasper has worked for the Maricopa Community Colleges for 28 years, spending the last 11 as Chancellor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and a Master’s in school business administration from Northern Illinois University. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in higher education finance from the University of Arizona.