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Az Business names Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists

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 sector.

Az Business is proud to announce the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists, who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Abrazo Health — Arrowhead Hospital

Abrazo Health — Michele Finney

Affiliated Urologists — Dr. Mark Hong

Banner Health, Cardon Children’s Medical Center — Rachel Calendo

Banner Health — Peter Fine

Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation — Catherine Ivy

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — Martin L. Shultz

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

CTCA — Dr. Glen Weiss

Dedicated Health Solutions

Dignity Health — Barrow Neurological Institute

Dignity Health, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers — Tim Bricker

Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

HonorHealth and TGen — Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff

HonorHealth – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center

IASIS Healthcare — Tony Marinello

Insys Therapeutics

Magellan Health

Maricopa Integrated Health System — Dr. David Wisinger


Midwestern University — Kathleen Goeppinger

Quarles & Brady — Roger Morris

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Dr. Robert J. Arceci

Radiant Research

Remuda Ranch

Snell and Wilmer – Richard Mallery

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Southwest Behavioral Health Services

SynCardia Systems

The CORE Institute — Dr. David Jacofsky

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

University of Arizona Cancer Center


PMHC West, Courtesy of CBRE

ConnectionsAZ leases 36KSF at Phoenix Memorial Center

CBRE has negotiated a long-term, 36KSF lease at Phoenix Memorial Center. ConnectionsAZ, a physician-led company that specializes in providing emergency/crisis psychiatric services, has leased the space and will operate a patient intake center from the location.

Kate Morris and Vince Femiano with CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the landlord, Memorial Key, LLC of Gilbert, Arizona. The tenant was represented by Kevin Lange with Keyser.

“Memorial Key and I really enjoyed working with ConnectionsAZ and Kevin Lange to create a new, efficient long-term home for their much-needed services,” said CBRE’s Morris. “With the MIHS urgent care already in the building, its convenient access to major highways and proximity to downtown and major hospitals, Phoenix Memorial Center really was the ideal location for this tenant.”

Connections AZ is one of the largest intake centers that specializes in mental health in the Valley. This new center will expand the company’s physical footprint by nearly three times, which will allow them to significantly increase the number of patients they are able to serve.

Phoenix Memorial Center is the former Phoenix Memorial Hospital, located at 1201 S. 7th Avenue. In the fall of 2014, Memorial Key purchased the facility with the intent of bringing new life to the former community hospital. As part of the repositioning, the property was renamed Phoenix Memorial Center.

Norman King and Larry LeSueur with Memorial Key commented, “Phoenix Memorial Hospital was a cornerstone of the community for decades. Our goal with Phoenix Memorial Center to create a community-welfare and care-center facility that will again serve and bring value to the members of the immediate community and metro area at large.”

In just five short months, the new owners and CBRE leasing team have brought the once nearly-vacant property to 95 percent occupied. In addition to the new lease with ConnectionsAZ, tenants at Phoenix Memorial Center include, Haven Behavioral Health, a geriatric in-patient psychiatric care provider; Packages from Home, a non-profit that sends care and comfort packages to deployed American military members stationed in active duty theaters around the world and facilitates activities that elevate morale of all veterans; and a Maricopa Integrated Health Systems’ urgent care and family clinic location, among others.


Banner, UA launch informatics fellowship program

A two-year Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, sponsored by Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center), is being launched following the creation of a new clinical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The American Council on Graduate Medical Education has accredited the program, which is scheduled to begin later this year, said program director Howard Silverman, MD, MS. Two physician fellows will be admitted in July in the first program cohort.

The program will be overseen by Dr. Silverman, chairman of the department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Biomedical Informatics faculty from all major teaching affiliates will be actively involved in this innovative training program.

Biomedical informatics is the emerging field of optimizing data, using technology, to improve patient care and research.

“This fellowship is meant for the physician trying to pursue a more effective use of biomedical data to improve health,” said Dr. Silverman. “This represents another way we are training the next generation of physicians to thoughtfully utilize information technology to improve the quality and safety of clinical care.”

The American Medical Informatics Association has defined the fellowship as one in which physicians will pursue the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health. Notice of accreditation was received on Feb. 25.

The fellowship is a community-based initiative with a diversity of settings, projects and approaches and is open to physicians of all specialties following completion of a primary residency. Fellows will take on rotations, projects and electives, as well as eight online core content courses from Oregon Health and Science University, totaling 24 credits, and resulting in a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon school. The major teaching sites are Banner Health, Dignity Health, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Phoenix VA Medical Center and the State of Arizona Office of Public Health Statistics.

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NAIOP Arizona announces opposition to Prop 480

The NAIOP Arizona board of directors has unanimously opposed Prop 480, an item on the Nov. 4 general election ballot that asks Maricopa County voters to approve a $1.4 billion general obligation bond over 27 years for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).

If passed, Prop 480 would be the third largest bond issuance in Arizona history, according to the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), the group spearheading the effort to defeat the proposition.

The NAIOP board could have supported a narrower bond request focused more on the behavioral health component and replacement of the Level One Trauma Center and Arizona Burn Center, NAIOP-AZ President Tim Lawless said.

However, it is opposed to the bond issuance, which would pit a taxpayer supported institution against a number of private healthcare systems where there is much duplication of services and excess hospital beds that private payers must support within a relatively small geographic radius of about five miles.

“We are especially concerned about duplication and unfair competition with taxpayer money,” Lawless said. “While the proponents claim there are three discrete funding components, the wording of the ballot proposal seems far more open-ended regarding the purposes the monies can be used.

“The timing of the bond issuance is also troubling as there was a massive property tax shift from residents to businesses during the Great Recession and these same businesses are still struggling to recover,” Lawless added.

From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2014, there was a 30 percent increase in property tax rates for businesses. If the bond passes, a typical small business with assessed valuation of $1 million will be paying $7,800 more over time in property taxes.

“We also believe patience is the watchword as we still are not certain of all the impacts of the Affordable Care Act, which was allegedly created to better meet the needs of the uninsured yet who are cited as the primary reason for the bond,” Lawless said. “Related to this, the state expanded Medicaid insurance to the poor to draw down more federal dollars and there appears to be an equity issue that only Maricopa County residents are being asked to pay for the MIHS services when these same taxpayers already pay $65 million per year.”

The point that proponents make where interest rates are near or at historic lows thereby decreasing overall costs seems valid until it is realized that the total cost of the bond ($935 million is the actual amount) with principal and interest will exceed $1.4 billion over 27 years.

The NAIOP board says it needs the Affordable Care Act provisions to be understood with all of the attendant costs associated with its implementation before Arizona embarks on the bond issuance where a new hospital and multiple clinics financed by taxpayer money are constructed only to compete against private hospital systems in an area that already has excess bed capacity and duplication of services. The costs will be shouldered by the same private payers.

“Our board has also set aside some level of funding for the opposition campaign formed by ATRA,” Lawless said of a $10,000 contribution to be made by NAIOP Arizona to the opposition campaign.


United Way Announces New Board Members

Valley of the Sun United Way welcomes six new Board Members: Ruben Alvarez, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Molera Alvarez, LLC; Bridget Olesiewicz, Principal, The Vanguard Group; Steve Purves, President and CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System; Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Rob Schaffer, Vice President and General Manager, USAA; and Farzana Scofield, Social Media Specialist for Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.

As new Board Members, each will provide dynamic leadership to achieve United Way’s three Community Objectives: 1) Ensure Children and Youth Succeed; 2) End Hunger and Homelessness; and, 3) Increase Financial Stability of Families and Individuals.

“The depth and breadth of experience of our 2015 Board Members represent the diverse voices in our community, will facilitate even greater change in the Valley and broaden our impact,” said Merl Waschler, Valley of the Sun United Way President and CEO. “Each has significant influence personally and professionally and will advance long-term community solutions as we transform individual lives.”

The new members will work with the existing Board and United Way executives to engage a broader base of community members to inspire them to give, advocate and volunteer with United Way. With a keen focus on creating new connections with businesses, seasoned professionals, young leaders and Millennials, United Way will build a stronger community.

“We appreciate our Board Members’ willingness to serve and look forward to working together to ensure each member of our community has the ability to achieve the aspirations we all share: a good education for our kids, food on the table, a roof over our heads and the security of financial self-sufficiency,” Waschler added.


UA-Phoenix Graduates 37 Doctors

A new group of 37 University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix medical students were officially conferred with their medical degrees at ceremonies Monday in the fourth graduation for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

Led by a bagpipe and drum corps, commencement exercises began with a procession from the college to the ceremony at Phoenix Symphony Hall. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has graduated 151 physicians in four years. The school opened in 2007 in what was the largest city in the nation without an allopathic (MD-granting) medical school.

UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Dean Stuart D. Flynn, MD, began Monday’s ceremony with a short description of the fourth class to complete four years of study on the downtown Phoenix campus.

“You arrived with a wonderful mix of confidence and humility, fun interpersonal skills and leadership characteristics,” Dr. Flynn said. “You have valued being trailblazers on our campus and adjectives you have used to describe your class include that you have a community feel, you are family-centered and you are all in together.”

A special hooding ceremony and the recitation of the oath were part of the ceremony, which included an address from renowned researcher Eric Reiman, MD, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and a faculty member of the UA College of Medicine.

“I am here to tell you that you are entering our profession at the most exciting time in history, the most important moment to become a doctor,” said Dr. Reiman, who is also director of the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium. “You will have opportunities to make a difference far greater than you think, far greater than the rest of us could have imagined when we began our own careers. You will be on the frontline of a new frontier, you will transform the way health is promoted and care is provided and you will blaze the trail for generations to follow.”

Graduating senior Christian Dameff, who will be a resident in the emergency medicine department of Maricopa Integrated Health System, gave the student address.

“I am awestruck at the accomplishments of every single person in this class,” Dameff said. “The thousands of hours of volunteer work, the passion and dedication to scholarly research, the diligence they show during their study of medicine and most important, the passion and superior care they give when they treat every single one of their patients. It is truly inspiring.”

The ceremony capped a day of celebration that included a senior luncheon with graduates cited for awards by specialty and achievement in the community, for humanism and scholarship.

At the lunch, graduate Jacob Gold singled out the administration for its leadership, thank them specifically.

“For taking this school from this tiny, three high school buildings to this big building, very well respected organization that we have here,” Gold said.

Among the citations, faculty member Stephanie Briney, MD, who oversees the service learning program on campus noted that the Class of 2014 had collectively served more than 5,000 hours in clinics, teaching and other areas during their four years of medical school.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix opened in 2007 as a way for the state to address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona. Nearly half of this year’s graduates from the Phoenix campus are staying in Arizona for their residencies and a similar number are pursuing primary care specialties.


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.

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.

Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

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.

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

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.

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

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.

W.L. Gore and Associates

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.

Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

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.

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

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.

David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

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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Robertson Joins MIHS Senior Leadership Team

Mike Robertson, a senior leader in health care marketing and communications, has been named Senior Vice President for Marketing and Public Affairs for the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Arizona’s only public hospital and health care system.

Effective Monday, Robertson will assume responsibilities for marketing, business development, communications and public relations for MIHS, which includes the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, two psychiatric hospitals, 11 family health care centers and Maricopa County’s only HIV/AIDS clinic.

Robertson, a highly regarded healthcare marketing professional and leader, is no stranger to MIHS’ unique public mission. Since 2008, he has served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing at Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed public healthcare system in Ocala, Florida, ranked a US Top 50 hospital. From 2001 to 2008, he was Munroe’s Director of Marketing and Public relations. There, he built from the ground up an award winning and goal-oriented marketing and PR program.

His 28-year career in marketing, public relations and business development includes working and consulting across a diversity of industries, including several prominent healthcare systems.

At MIHS, Robertson will oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and business development efforts.

“Mike will play a key and strategic leadership role at MIHS and will help us share our story and vision,” said MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves.

Purves noted that MIHS is at a special point in its 140-year history and is poised to tell impressive stories about transformations it has created in training physicians and other healthcare professionals, advancing new medical treatments and techniques and promoting community health. This key period, Purves said, provides a significant opportunity, under Robertson’s guidance, to share MIHS’ story with the community.

“Mike will be a tremendous addition to MIHS’ senior leadership team and to Maricopa County’s healthcare community,” Purves said. “He brings a well-established reputation for developing effective and innovative marketing and communications strategies.”

Robertson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon in 1987, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Marketing Student of the Year, and earned both the National American Marketing Association Award and Wall Street Journal’s Academic Achievement Award. He later returned to the same school, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1995, graduating Cum Laude. He graduated with honors and Summa Cum Laude from Webster University in Ocala in April 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.

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MIHS recognized for top safety, health

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department will present Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) with a “STAR Site” designation, recognizing exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. ADOSH representatives conducted an audit of safety practices at MIHS’ main hospital in Phoenix, as well as its other external clinics.

The award, designated through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), will be presented during a ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at 9 a.m. at Maricopa Medical Center at 2601 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix.

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

“We carefully inspected the facilities of Maricopa Integrated Health System and found a safety culture who communicated safety as a top priority on a daily basis and best practices were utilized throughout the campus,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should be proud of the advances they have made in order to ensure a safe working environment.”

To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David Jacofsky

HCL Awards 2012: Surgeon, Dr. David Jacofsky


Dr. David Jacofsky

The CORE Institute

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David JacofskyDr. David Jacofsky takes a multi-pronged approach to orthopedic research, which gives him the opportunity to study devices and drugs from the bench top to the bedside. In a few short years, he has developed a Division of Research and Development and partnership with The Sun Health Research Institute, whose projects are studying total knee replacement devices; ways to improve hip fracture implants; improved methods of fracture treatment; and release of antibiotics from implants in an attempt to reduce the risk of post-operative infections.  With his leadership, this collaborative contribution in biomechanics, clinical research programs, and motion analysis (which uses state-of-the-art equipment to analyze human movement) has contributed enormously to the care of orthopedic conditions.

In addition, surgeons and researchers at The CORE Institute are working with both large and very small companies to help them create and improve products for patient care.  The CORE Institute has developed and patented products of its own to either license or sell to industry. This demonstrates Jacofsky’s continuous effort to work with local, regional and international partnerships within private orthopedic companies as well as research institutions. His focus brings greater economic development opportunities to Arizona.



John J. Nigro, MD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - John J. Nigro, MDNigro exemplifies the values of leadership and knowledge in a population of children who live with congenital heart defects. He is the division chief of cardiothoracic surgery and program director of transplant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Nigro has been active in the healthcare field for more than 20 years and served as the director of the Congenital Heart Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center for seven years. He devotes his time to the American Heart Association, Heart Center board and assisted in the initiation of the Heart Lung Transplant program for St. Joseph’s in 2010.



Dr. Marc Matthews

Maricopa Integrated Health System

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Marc MatthewsIn the story of Arizona’s Burn Center, Matthews is a name to remember. In addition to working 18 years in surgery with Maricopa Medical Center and Arizona’s largest burn center, Matthews is a lieutenant colonel with the 161st Air Refueling Medical Group, US Air Force. He served as a trauma surgeon at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan for three months, where his war zone experiences included operating on children and soldiers alike. Matthews is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as well as a speaker for Drug Free AZ.


HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

HCL Awards 2012 - Ruth Rimmer, PhD

HCL Awards 2012: Community Outreach, Ruth Rimmer, PhD

Community Outreach

Ruth Rimmer, PhD

Maricopa Integrated Health System

HCL Awards 2012 - Ruth RimmerRuth Rimmer, director of psychosocial and prevention research for the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, has developed evidence-based prevention programs designed to improve delivery of scald, burn prevention, and fire safety education to children and families in Arizona. She has made a major contribution to the literature available regarding psychosocial problems that are related to burn injuries. She has written five fire prevention books and provided more than 80,000 books and fire safety flash cards in both English and Spanish to children and their families, reaching from Flagstaff to Nogales.

When Rimmer’s research revealed that 65 percent of the children admitted to the burn center were Hispanic, she conducted early morning, evening and weekend focus groups in Hispanic neighborhoods to gain a better understanding of the problem. She then incorporated her findings into prevention strategies.

Rimmer also volunteered to develop a comprehensive classroom burn prevention and fire safety course that meets Arizona standards. The curriculum – a 70-page program that Rimmer distributes to teachers on a CD during training – allows teachers to instruct students about life-saving injury prevention, while still meeting their classroom goals.



Blue Cross Blue Shield

HCL Awards 2012 - Blue Cross Blue ShieldEvery year, BCBSAZ supports many charities and organizations through contributions – BCBSAZ contributed more than $1 million to the Valley of the Sun United Way in 2011 – talents and resources of the company’s employees. Corporate giving is focused in the areas of arts and cultural programs; economic development and civic initiatives; youth and education; and health, wellness and human services initiatives. The Green Schoolhouse Series is a perfect example of how BCBSAZ gives back. As a sponsor of the green gardens and wellness classrooms, BCBSAZ hopes to positively impact students by replicating this program at more and more schools throughout Arizona.



Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH)

HCL Awards 2012 - Arizona Institute for Breast Health“What’s your insurance?” Not the first words you want to hear when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. And AIBH, the only organization of its kind in the nation, is doing something about it. AIBH has a 20-member volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, and breast pathology. This team evaluates the best medical and surgical options for the preservation of a woman’s life, body and emotional well-being, and continued quality of her life. And they offer a second opinion – free of charge.


HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Health Care Leadership Awards 2011

Health Care Leadership Awards Ceremony 2011

Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the Health Care Leadership Awards 2011!

The Health Care Leadership Awards ceremony took place March 8, 2011 at The Ritz Carlton in Phoenix, Ariz. and had quite the turnout.

Guests included those within the health care community — all committed to bringing quality health care to the Valley.

This year we had a special keynote speaker Dr. Peter Rhee, Medical Director of University Medical Center — who gave a moving presentation.

Arizona Business Magazine presented a special Award of Merit to the University Medical Center Trauma Unit for its outstanding and heroic work.


News Coverage of HCLA 2011

ABC 15


Complete Photo Album
from the 2011 Award ceremony

Congratulations to the 2011 Health Care Leadership Award Honorees and Finalists!

Community Outreach


Molly Stockley, Cancer Treatment Centers of America


Center Against Family Violence, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Jean Revard, Paradise Valley Hospital

Community Outreach winner Molly Stockley, director of marketing, Center Treatment Centers of America

Hospital Executive


David Veillette, Cancer Treatment Centers of America


Jo Adkins, West Valley Hospital

Ruth W. Brinkley, Carondelet Health Network

Hospital or Medical Center Executive winner David Veillette, president and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaHospital or Medical Center Executive winner David Veillette, president and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Institution or Education


Home-Based Care Team, Cigna Medical Group


Dr. Mark Smith, Banner Health

Water Watchers Program, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Institutional or Educational Program winner Home-Based Care Program, Cigna Medical Group

Insurance/Insurance Executive


David J. McIntyre Jr., TriWest Healthcare Alliance


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Benton Davis, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Insurance/Insurance Executive winner David J. McIntyre Jr., president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance



Martha Martinez, Maricopa Integrated Health System


Nathan Lewis, Banner Health

Jean Revard, Paradise Valley Hospital

Health Care Manager winner Martha Martinez, manager of interpreters program, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Nurse or Nursing Advocate


Stacy Danahy, Laser Spine Institute


Diane Drexler, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Virginia Prendergast, Barrow Neurological Institute

Nurse or Nursing Advocate winner Stacy Danahy, director of medical operations, Arizona, Laser Spine Institute



Dr. John Post, Maricopa Integrated Health System


Dr. Bentley Bobrow, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Dr. Andrew Garff, Paradise Valley Hospital

Physician winner Dr. John "Papa" Post, MD, medical director, McDowell Healthcare, Maricopa Integrated Health System



Dr. Eric Reiman, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute


Dr. David Adelson, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Researcher winner Eric Reiman, MD, executive director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute



Dr. David Adelson, Phoenix Children’s Hospital


Dr. Scott Peterson, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Surgeon winner David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP, medical director, Children's Neuroscience Institute, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Special Recognitions:

Behavioral Health Care Award

Richard Clarke, Magellan Health Services of Arizona

Behavioral Health Care Award winner Richard Clarke, PH.D., chief executive officer, Magellan Health Services of Arizona

Neonatal Care Award

Dr. Cristina Carballo, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Neonatal Care Merit Award to Cristina Carballo, MD, medical director of neuro/NICU, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Hospital & Medical Center, Merit Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, HCLA 2010; Flickr: AzNow.Biz

Complete Photo Album
from the 2011 Award ceremony

View all of the bios in the March/April issue of Arizona Business Magazine.


HCLA 2011 – Physician

John Post, medical director, mcdowell healthcare, Maricopa Integrated Health SystemHonoree: John Post, M.D., Medical Director, McDowell Healthcare, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Nicknamed “Papa Post” by some of his patients, Dr. John Post has built a reputation over the past 30 years as a compassionate physician with genuine concern for his patients. As medical director for the McDowell Healthcare Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Post oversees a staff of more than 30 people, including three MDs, three nurse practitioners, two psychiatrists, three registered nurses, medical assistants and administrative support staff. In his research, Post has conducted expansive clinical trials, as well as contributed medical articles and abstracts.

However, the majority of his medical career has been dedicated to providing care for those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He has focused on the disease since it first spread to epidemic proportions and there was little hope for survival for those infected with the virus. He is known for the compassionate care he provides to the Valley’s HIV/AIDS population. Post also provides pediatric consults to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

He earned his medical degree from the Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at MIHS. He has been employed at MIHS since the completion of his residency.

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Bentley Bobrow, Emergency Physician/Researcher, Maricopa Integrated Health System Finalist: Bentley Bobrow, M.D., Emergency Physician/Researcher, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Dr. Bentley Bobrow works as an emergency medicine physician at Maricopa Medical Center, is the director of the Medical Center’s Resuscitation Science Center, and serves as an attending physician who mentors ED residents. He also treats patients every day.

Throughout his career, Bobrow has devoted much of his time and energy to reducing the number of deaths due to cardiac arrest in Arizona. He has been a catalyst for exploring cutting-edge tools for fighting heart disease. As a result of these advances in technology and resources, Arizona has seen its death rate due to cardiac arrest plunge in the last six years and the survival rate for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in Arizona has tripled.

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Finalist: Andrew Garff, M.D., Medical Director, Emergency Department, Paradise Valley Hospital

Although he was only appointed medical director of Paradise Valley Hospital’s emergency department in April 2010, Dr. Andrew Garff has made huge strides in improving the hospital’s processes and flow of patient care.

Andrew Garff, M.D., Medical Director, Emergency Department, Paradise Valley Hospital

Garff’s guidance has contributed to significant and consistent increases in patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Patient wait times have decreased by approximately one hour.

Garff also provides tenderhearted care to his patients and a quality level of professionalism, humility and warmth in all patient encounters. When given the duty of delivering unhappy news, Garff can be found sitting at the bedside with the family, compassionately holding a hand to offer support.

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2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

2010 HCLA – Community Outreach

Honoree: Crista Johnson, MD, FACOG

Crista Johnson, MD, FACOG
Director, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic
Maricopa Integrated Health System

Crista Johnson is the Medical Director at Maricopa Health SystemAs director of the Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, Dr. Crista Johnson is passionate about her work, striving to make her patients feel at home. This is especially critical, as many of Johnson’s patients are suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences in their home countries, while attempting to adjust to their new lives in an entirely different culture.

Johnson and her staff work daily with women refugees from nearly 20 countries, providing culturally sensitive, comprehensive health services. Part of Johnson’s work includes prenatal care for healthy births, delivery and postpartum care, preventive health services, gynecological care, maternal and child health issues, management of infertility and menopause, and health nutrition and exercise. An obstetrician/gynecologist, Johnson has been working at Maricopa Medical Center since 2008. In that time, she has had a tremendous impact on the community as a whole. For more than 13 years, she has focused on women’s health research for underserved populations. The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, which began in 2008, has treated more than 300 refugee women, and is the only such program West of the Mississippi River. Johnson supervises a staff of eight, some of whom are from foreign countries themselves and are keenly aware of important cultural differences and sensitivities.

The staff assists Johnson with numerous outreach projects in the community, such as the fostering of partnerships with refugee agencies, holding special health care events, and developing intervention strategies that include cultural competency training for medical professionals, patient education, continuity of care, and referrals for mental health care for survivors of war and trauma. While the majority of her work takes place here in the Valley, Johnson also has traveled the globe, lending her expertise to those in need.

She participated in a 2006 medical mission to Kenya, a 2003 surgical mission to Guatemala, and in July 2003 she organized and conducted an extensive women’s health seminar in Alexandria, Va.

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Lucy Ranus, RN, BSN

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

Lucy Ranus is the Program Director at St. Joseph's Medical Center

In a word, Lucy Ranus is unstoppable. She works from her heart and fully pours herself into every project she undertakes. Ranus has coordinated the Barrow Neurological Institute’s Community Education, Outreach and Prevention programs at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center since 1995.

In that time, she has significantly expanded the number and variety of programs offered, including efforts that focus on helmet use during recreational activities such as biking, rollerblading and skateboarding; wearing a seat belt while riding in a car; water safety; stroke prevention; and injury prevention.

One of her duties is designing, implementing and evaluating multifaceted injury-prevention programs in schools and communities. Before Ranus took the lead as program coordinator, Barrow and St. Joseph’s representatives usually made a handful of presentations to schools each year.

Ranus now leads a team that makes more than 150 presentations annually to students, educators, community groups, parents and first responders. She and her team also participate in numerous community health fairs and events. Ranus began her health care career as a nurse in 1988, and has worked in all areas of St. Joseph’s Hospital, from the trauma department to the intensive care unit. Her perspective as a nurse and an educator compels her to improve the health, knowledge and well being of people in the community. She is driven by her belief that everyone, particularly undeserved populations, should be provided with the tools to develop healthy living skills. As a result, she strives to create and implement effective education and training programs. Indeed, she has taken Barrow’s injury prevention programs to a whole new and exciting level. What’s more, she attracts equally talented and dedicated team members and volunteers to support her endeavors.

Because of Ranus’ efforts, Barrow’s Helmet Your Head program received the Arizona Public Health Association’s Health Education Media Makers First Place Award for 2005-2006. In 2006, Ranus received personal recognition from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

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