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Ronald McDonald House opening at Cardon

The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255 square foot home-away-from home

The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health. When the $2.116 million renovation, funded primarily through donations, is complete in late 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to accommodate up to 89 families a night at its three facilities.

The original House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave.  A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 3 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults.

Fundraising for the new location is ongoing.  As of Nov. 1, nearly $967,000 has been raised to support the project, including a generous $500,000 gift from the Gila River Indian Community.

Banner Health Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities are working to raise the remaining $1.15 million necessary to complete the building conversion. McDonald’s owner/operators in the Valley have committed to provide up to 75 percent of required operating expenses for the first three years.

As a nonprofit health care system, Banner Health relies on philanthropy. Charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations fund important services and initiatives, such as the Ronald McDonald House, and helps Banner deliver excellent patient care to more people in more places.

“There has been a tremendous need for a House in the East Valley for quite some time,” says Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “The convenience of being located on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center means that families won’t have to travel the 17 miles each way to the Roanoke House and can spend more time with their children.”

HKS Architects of Phoenix has designed the new house.  UEB Builders is the general contractor.   Historically, community and school groups and organizations, businesses and individuals have adopted and decorated individual rooms. Roach said that the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will hire up to ten new employees to manage and maintain the new House.

“The Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be a home away from home for our families, providing a level of safety and comfort at an incredibly difficult time in their lives and relieving stress by being with other families facing similar challenges,” said Cardon Children’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Anderson.  “The partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be vital in the healing process for the children and their families.”

A special ceremony at the site of the future House, and including a “blessing of the ground” by members of the Gila River Indian Community, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the Cardon Children’s Medical Center campus at Southern Ave. and Dobson Rd. in Mesa.  Additional events, including a Hard Hat tour and official ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.

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The backstory: RA Sushi

What started as a childhood friendship during grade school at a Scottsdale elementary school grew into an enduring business partnership. At the age of 28, Rich Howland and Scott Kilpatrick, along with two of their college friends, founded the now national sushi restaurant chain, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant.

Fresh out of college from The University of Arizona, Rich and Scott began their professional careers separate from one another, but it wasn’t long until the two concocted an idea to start a business together in their hometown of Scottsdale. Another college friend, Todd Belfer, was brought in as a business partner. It started when they purchased an Old Town Scottsdale restaurant called Trappers. With great enthusiasm, they decided to open an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in its place featuring complex entrees and an upscale design. The restaurant fell flat in less than eight months.

Back to the drawing board, longtime sushi fans, Rich and Scott realized there was something missing in the sushi restaurant scene in the Valley. Many traditional sushi restaurants were drawing crowds, but they didn’t have an alluring ambiance to combine with quality sushi.  The pair realized there was a demand for sushi restaurants, but they thought they could improve the concept by combining quality Japanese fusion cuisine, with a hip, stylish decor that would appeal to a younger crowd.

The concept was born, but the owners knew little about sushi operations. In June of 1997, they sought out a longtime acquaintance from their days in college, Tai Obata – a sushi expert and someone they trusted. Tai accepted a proposal to become a partner. To obtain funds to transform the failed Mediterranean restaurant into a trendy, contemporary sushi bar and restaurant, they brought in a number of colleagues who served as part owners. By adding investors, the original owners were able to greatly expand their circle of friends and customers. They credit much of their start-up success to this business decision.

The original team of owners quickly became the construction crew, interior designers and marketing professionals. Tai drew on his expertise as a native of Japan and longtime sushi chef to design the sushi bar and create the menu. Rich, Scott, Tai and the crew rolled up their sleeves and began building the restaurant’s interior all the while touting the new restaurant concept to locals.

In less than six months, the four business partners and a host of local investors opened the first RA Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale in October 1997. The concept took off and the place soon became the hotspot. By mid-1999, RA Sushi opened its second location in Tempe. The concept thrived and although there were some growing pains along the way, Rich and Scott remained at the helm. With a new bank loan and an extremely tight budget, RA opened two more locations in the Phoenix area in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, they were surprised to learn that Benihana Inc., operator of the nation’s largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, was interested in purchasing the company.

Benihana purchased RA Sushi in late 2002 and immediately began expansion of the concept. What four young friends started has grown into a successful national restaurant concept with 25 locations throughout the United States. Initially, Scott, Rich and Tai stayed on board to oversee the exciting new adventure. To this day, RA’s corporate office remains in Scottsdale, with Scott as the Vice President and Tai as the Executive Chef. Rich has since moved on to other restaurant ventures.

 

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Arizona congressional races too close to call

Arizona’s three competitive congressional races were too close to call early Wednesday, including the Tucson-centered seat Rep. Ron Barber won in June to replace his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords.

Barber saw his small lead against Republican Martha McSally in the 2nd District disappear just before midnight, with McSally taking a tiny lead.

“We knew it was going to be close and this is exactly what we expected,” she said late Tuesday.

Barber reminded supporters that Giffords’ narrow 2010 win over Republican Jesse Kelly also wasn’t known for several days.

“We’ve got a little bit further to go,” he said. “It’s going to be tomorrow or the day after that.”

Both Giffords and Barber were wounded in January 2011 when a gunman opened fire at a “Congress on Your Corner” event for the then-congresswoman and her constituents. Eleven others also were wounded and six people were killed.

Giffords stepped down from Congress earlier this year to focus on her recovery. Barber beat Kelly in the June special election to replace her.

Kelly chose not to make a third run this fall. McSally, a retired Air Force fighter pilot, won the GOP nomination in August and sought to persuade some of the women and independents who swung to Barber in the special election.

“We knew it was going to be close and this is exactly what we expected,” she said late Tuesday.

In the new Phoenix-area 9th District, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker were in a near dead heat.

Both Parker and Sinema acknowledged the wait would be long, and Parker urged his supporters to be patient because thousands of ballots remained uncounted.

“I am telling you all to hang in there,” Parker told supporters in Phoenix. “We will win this thing. I guarantee you.”

Republicans have a slight registration advantage in the district, which includes much of Tempe and parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Chandler. But both parties’ totals are exceeded by independents, and many believe it leans Democratic.

Sinema told supporters there was good reason to be optimistic.

“Right now we’re going to keep our heads high, take a deep breath and pray for every vote to be counted in this election,” she said.

In northeastern Arizona’s 1st District, Republican Jonathan Paton’s slight lead over Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick diminished as Tuesday night wore on.

Kirkpatrick told supporters she was waiting for results from the Navajo Nation and other tribal areas that she hopes will put her back on top. The district runs from Flagstaff through eastern Arizona counties and then west into parts of Pinal County.

“Our race is looking good, but we’re not going to know for quite a while,” she said.

Depending on the outcome, Democrats could end up with a majority of the delegation or Republicans could hold on or add to their current 5-3 majority. The state earned a ninth seat after the 2010 Census and will fill it for the first time in November.

Voters in six districts chose their representatives along the expected 4-2 party split in favor of Republicans.

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva won re-election in the 3rd District, freshman GOP Rep. Paul Gosar easily won in the 4th District and former Republican Rep. Matt Salmon coasted to victory in the 5th.

Republican Reps. David Schweikert and Trent Franks were re-elected in the 6th and 8th districts while Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor cruised in the 7th District.

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RA Sushi Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Valley-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant opened their first restaurant in 1997 in Old Town Scottsdale, founded on the premise of great sushi and good times. Fifteen years later, the company has grown to 25 locations nationwide, including five in Greater Metro Phoenix. To celebrate 15 years of successfully combining fresh sushi, Japanese fusion cuisine, and a “RA”ckin’ vibe, RA Sushi is hosting a customer appreciation day and throwing the mother of all parties on Thursday, November 15!

RA’s anniversary celebration will be all about good food, good times and good deeds! As a way of saying “thank you” to the loyal guests who have supported RA over the years, all day long on November 15, receive a 15 percent discount off your tab at any RA Sushi location. RA also feels it’s important to continually give back to the communities in which it does business. During the customer appreciation day on November 15, RA will donate 15 percent of all profits to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, whose mission is to provide food assistance to those who need it the most in the community.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and RA has made sure this anniversary celebration will be the bomb! On November 15 from 7 p.m. to close, take a trip down memory lane to the 90s and enjoy a variety of slammin’ food and drink deals. A selection of $5 drink specials include: The Usual Suspects (Jack and Cola), Teen Spirit, Baywatch Punch, Pineapple or Grapefruit Gin and Juice, Vanilla Ice Martini, Boombastic Bombers (Kirin & Kirin Light), or go for a $3 Spud’s Suds (Bud or Bud Light). Treat yourself to 90s-inspired sushi, such as the Fresh Prince Roll ($7), Kramer Roll ($8), Show Me the Money Roll ($9), and the “RA”dical Roll ($10).

Visit RA Sushi on November 15 at any one of five Valley locations:

* Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. For more information, call 480-940-1111.

* North Scottsdale at Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. For more information, call 480-951-5888.

* Downtown Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. For more information, call 480-303-9800.

* Mesa at Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. For more information, call 480-632-9500.

* Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. For more information, call 480-990-9256.

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Banner Health building four new health centers

Community and elected officials from four east Valley communities joined Banner Health leaders on a “whistle stop bus tour” on Thursday visiting the future sites of four Banner Health Centers which will provide new jobs and highly-coordinated patient care in convenient, neighborhood locations.

The four new centers, a $45.2 million investment by Banner Health, will bring new medical services to markets with a demonstrated need for additional primary care in the east Valley. The centers, including sites in Gilbert (Warner and Gilbert roads), Queen Creek (Ellsworth Loop and Ocotillo roads), Chandler (Alma School and Willis roads), and east Mesa (Crimson and Baseline roads), are anticipated to open in mid-2013.

Each 21,000-square-foot facility will offer a mix of primary care services for everyone in the family. Depending on the community, this may include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and, in some cases, Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, rotating physician specialists are expected to be scheduled onsite to meet patient needs.

Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite at each center for added patient convenience. Electronic medical records at all centers are accessible from all of Arizona’s 14 Banner hospitals and other Banner facilities. Each Banner Health Center will have the capacity for future growth in both size and staff. The architect for the east Valley health centers is HMC Architects and the general contractor is Kitchell.

“We look forward to providing residents in the east Valley quality and convenient care that is close to where they live,” said Jim Brannon, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Medical Group. “Our care will be patient-focused and stress preventative care for the entire family.”

All east Valley Banner Health Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Chandler and Mesa ranked among Top 10 tech hotbeds

To find the city where technology startup businesses are thickest on the ground, look no further than the Valley. Both Chandler and Mesa rank among the Top 10 for cities with the most tech startups — computers, software, medical devices and electronics — per capita.

That is one of the striking findings of a ranking of U.S. cities by technology startups per capita. Another is that none of the Top 10 tech startup hotbeds lies east of the Mississippi River. Silicon Valley boasts three, Southern California has another and the rest scatter across Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Washington.

The data and analysis came from SizeUp, a San Francisco–based provider of free business intelligence for small and mid-sized businesses. SizeUp CEO and cofounder Anatalio Ubalde sifted through millions of records from a plethora of sources to build it. He and his team identified companies less than five years old in the fields of computers, software, medical devices and electronics that were located in the top 100 cities by population.

Here are the top 10 cities for the most tech startups and the number of startups they have per 100,000 population:

1. Fremont, CA, 21.3
2. San Jose, CA, 10.1
3. Irving, TX, 6.5
4. Chandler, AZ, 5.1
5. Austin, TX, 4.5
6. Paradise, NV, 3.9
7. Anaheim, CA, 3.8
8. Mesa, AZ, 3.7
9. Seattle, WA, 3.5
10. Santa Ana, CA, 3.3

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Fulton Homes Unveils Lounge at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Fulton Homes wants Midwestern and Canadian travelers to feel at home this winter the minute they step off the plane. Travelers flying into Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will be greeted by a welcoming lounge set up as a life-size Fulton Homes living room next to the baggage claim area.

The unique lounge measures 40 feet long and eight feet wide, and features a trio of custom, Fulton Homes-logoed couches and loveseats. Five six foot-by-four foot windows offer faux views of the picturesque Arizona landscape. The lounge opens Oct. 1 and will remain at the airport until April.

“This is a unique way for Fulton Homes to showcase our homes to the Canadian and Midwestern visitors who are arriving here in greater numbers every year,” Doug Fulton, Fulton Homes CEO, said. “Not only will visitors have a place to sit and rest while their baggage is being delivered, but they can learn more about Fulton Homes and the many options they have to buy their first or second home here in the Valley.”

While waiting for their baggage, travelers will have the opportunity to hear testimonials from satisfied Fulton Homes’ owners by clicking on an interactive QR code assigned to photos hung on the walls of the lounge. The living room area also features both Canadian and American flags.

Fulton Homes ranks in the top five in homebuilders sales, according to the 2011 RL Brown Reports, and has constructed more than 20,000 homes in the Valley since 1975.  For more information on Fulton Homes, go to the company web site at www.fultonhomes.com.

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Allegiant launching Mesa-Honolulu service

Allegiant has announced new, nonstop jet service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Honolulu International Airport (HNL) beginning February 8, 2013. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $199.00 one way.

“We are pleased to bring another affordable and convenient travel option to Phoenix-Mesa,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident area residents will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to Hawaii and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together.”

“This is exciting news because Hawaii is a destination near the top of the list for travelers,” Mesa Mayor and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Authority Chair Scott Smith said. “It also shows that Gateway is growing and maturing as an airport and we look forward to announcing even more great destinations.”

The new flights will operate three times a week between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) and Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Flight days and times can be found at allegiant.com.

Hawaii is like no place else. With perfect weather year-round, six unique islands, and some of the most breathtaking views in the world, Hawaii is a vacationer’s dream. Allegiant partners with many of the area’s most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on activities. Phoenix-Mesa travelers can now book their entire Hawaiian vacation for less by visiting allegiant.com.

Reservations can be made on the company’s website at allegiant.com or by calling the company’s travel experts at 702-505-8888.

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Mesa CVB Names New CEO

The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau (Mesa CVB) along with their board of directors has named Marc Garcia president and chief executive officer. The announcement comes after a six-month absence in the position following the passing of Robert Brinton last October.

“We welcome Mr. Garcia to Mesa and are excited to have him lead us into the next era of tourism,” said Gary Levine, board chair for the Mesa CVB. “His leadership style and knowledge of the Greater Phoenix marketplace are in line with our vision for tourism growth as our community works to further Mesa’s reputation as a leading destination in the Southwest.”

Garcia comes to Mesa after serving 15 years at the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. Garcia most recently held the position of vice president of visitor marketing and community development where he oversaw the Travel Industry Sales, Convention Services & Housing, Government Affairs and Sports Sales departments. During Garcia’s tenure he helped lead the Phoenix bureau’s sales and service efforts for high-profile national events including Super Bowl XLII, NBA All-Star Weekend 2009, WrestleMania XXVI and 2011 MLB All Star Summer. Garcia also served as the former executive director of the Greater Phoenix Multi-Cultural and Arts Foundation within the bureau. Garcia was a key leader in the advocacy effort that led to the expansion of the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center and most recently he booked more than 67,000 room nights for youth/amateur sports events in the last fiscal year.

“Mr. Garcia has a proven track record of performance all developed within Phoenix’s regional tourism sector,” said City of Mesa Economic Development Director William Jabjiniak. “We are confident Marc is the right choice for Mesa as we continue our efforts to build an in-demand destination through key projects.”

Mesa is setting a fast pace as the leading destination marketing entity in the East Valley with continued growth taking place at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, new higher education developments within the city’s downtown core, and signature visitor products about to take hold including the Metro light rail expansion and the Chicago Cubs stadium development. Garcia is a graduate of Pitzer College with a bachelor’s of arts degree in political studies. Garcia, an Arizona native, will begin his employment at the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau on June 11.

You can find out more about the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau at mesachamberofcommerce.org.

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Centennial Series: Photos Then And Now — Mesa, Ariz.

The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” aptly describes the relationship the city of Mesa and the Chicago Cubs share.

Major League Baseball first came to Mesa for spring training in 1952. Back then, the Cubs made Rendezvous Park their home until it was razed in 1976 and replaced with a new stadium at Hohokam Park. In the almost 60 years since the Cubs starting playing in Mesa, the city has evolved dramatically. But one thing hasn’t changed — Downtown Mesa remains a buzz of activity on days when the Cubs play, and the streets around the stadium are lined with carloads of die-hard fans.

Just how popular are the Cubs in Mesa? In 2009, they set an MLB spring training attendance record of 203,105. Average per game attendance was 10,690, leading all of baseball.

Big changes are on the horizon, however. In 2016, the light rail is expected to make its way to Downtown Mesa. And by the end of 2011, Mesa and the Cubs hope to break ground on a new spring training facility and retail area known as Wrigleyville West at Riverview Park at Dobson Road and the Loop 202.

Besides the light rail and the Cubs’ new home, Mesa continues to expand its residential and business base.

Incorporated in 1883, Mesa has a population of almost 470,000, making it the third-largest city in Arizona and the 38th-largest city in the United States.

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2010 HCLA – Hospital or Medical Center

Honoree: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center has been revolutionzing the medical field for over 30 yearsFor nearly 30 years, Cancer Treatment Centers of America has been revolutionizing cancer care, and in December 2008, CTCA opened the doors of its Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear.

Under the guidance and strong leadership of President and CEO David Veillette, the center has proven to be different from other hospitals and treatment facilities. CTCA patients find a comprehensive and integrative approach to fighting cancer — all under one roof. Even more importantly, patients receive what Veillette calls the “Mother Standard” of care. More than a gold standard, the Mother Standard reflects the way stakeholders would want their own loved ones to be treated if they had cancer.

An innovator in health care, Veillette’s background in developing digital hospitals, including building the first all-digital heart hospital, provided the basis for Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center to become the first and only all-digital cancer hospital in the United States.

This innovative design maximizes medical care, as patients benefit from greater efficiency created by real-time access to patient data; improved communication across departments; faster development of treatment plans; fewer medication errors, resulting in improved patient safety; and reduced turnaround times for lab results. In one year, Veillette and CTCA have made a tremendous impact on cancer care, not only in the Valley, but also across Arizona.

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Finalists: Banner Simulation Medical Center

The Banner Simulation Medical Center in Mesa is changing the way doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners learn, and in many cases, re-learn their profession. Banner Simulation Medical Center

Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Smith and Carol Noe, the center pioneers health care learning with the use of high-tech mannequins. The mannequins help replicate myriad medical conditions and emergencies, all of which are conducted in educational training centers to reduce medical errors and improve patient care. Wired to computers, these mannequins can speak, breathe, bleed and mimic a host of medical ailments, including heart attacks, stroke and even birth. Smith, who completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Phoenix, helped conceptualize and develop the simulation-training center. Noe led the development and standardization of simulation curricula for physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and allied health professionals.

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NextCare Urgent Care

But NextCare Urgent Care, under the leadership of founder and CEO Dr. John Shufeldt, has changed the way millions of patients view medical care.In the early 1990s, the concept of urgent care medicine was something new within the health care industry. But NextCare Urgent Care, under the leadership of founder and CEO Dr. John Shufeldt, has changed the way millions of patients view medical care.

From its beginnings 17 years ago in Mesa, with a staff of less than 10, NextCare has grown to become the country’s largest urgent care provider with 55 clinics across the nation, including 21 in Arizona. NextCare stays on the cutting edge of technology and reduces patient wait times by offering Web check-in, call-ahead patient scheduling, and electronic kiosk registration. Recently, NextCare became the only urgent care provider in the nation to offer conclusive H1N1 testing using Diatherix, which allows providers to decisively diagnose the specific type of virus in order to ensure the most effective treatment. Unlike some competitors, NextCare offers onsite medication dispensing.

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Arizona Business Magazine hosts their "2010 Health Care Leadership Awards" to honor those in the Health Industry

2010 HCLA – Hospital Executive

Honoree: Peter Fine, CEO, Banner Health

Peter Fine, CEO Banner Health.2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Peter Fine, CEO Banner HealthPeter Fine, president and CEO of Phoenix-based Banner Health for more than nine years, leads the nonprofit organization with 22 facilities in seven states and more than 35,000 employees.

Banner is the largest private employer in Arizona and admits more than 234,000 patients annually. In 2009, Fine oversaw, managed and implemented more than $1 billion in capital investment, including the $109 million M.D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center on the campus of Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, opening in 2011; and the $356 million Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

Ironically, while Fine was in discussions with Houston-based M.D. Anderson in 2008, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. While undergoing treatment, Fine maintained his management and leadership at Banner Health. Today, is he cancer free, and shares his experience with others as an inspirational model of leadership, courage and dedication to excellent patient care. Fine was hired as CEO of Banner Health in November 2000.

Today, Banner provides more than $65 million in charity care annually and is nationally recognized for its patient safety efforts. Under Fine’s leadership, Banner has weathered the current economic recession, generating nearly $5 billion in annual revenue. At Banner, Fine oversees a system-wide initiative called Care Transformation that unites clinical care with leading-edge clinical computer systems to provide better, safer care to patients.

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Finalist: Laurie Eberst, President and CEO, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Laurie Eberst is the Presidet and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Laurie Eberst isn’t your typical hospital executive. An RN with an MBA, Eberst has been president and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center since 2004, and with the exception of a seven-year time period, she has been with Catholic Healthcare West, which operates Mercy Gilbert, since 1979.

Laurie Eberst is the Presidet and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.  She visits with patients on a daily basis, recognizing that these encounters are the most important meetings she has on any given day. The conversations resulting from these meetings enable Eberst to ensure that each patient is receiving the best possible medical treatment. That’s not all.

One of Eberst’s favorite events is the quarterly Tea with Laurie. Every employee who is mentioned in a letter from a patient or family is invited to have tea with Eberst at this recognition event. She also holds town hall meetings and monthly birthday celebrations for employees. Eberst was drawn to health care because she has the true, nurturing nature of a caregiver.

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

David Veillete is the CEO and President of Cancer Treatment Centers for America (CTCA)Most mornings, you won’t find David Veillette, president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, sitting at his desk. More likely he’s at the inpatient unit, chemotherapy infusion area or outpatient clinic visiting with patients and their caregivers to learn about their experience at CTCA and how his staff can improve upon it.

David Veillete is the CEO and President of Cancer Treatment Centers for America (CTCA). With more than 35 years of experience in the health care field in clinical and leadership roles, Veillette has held national registries in cardiovascular, perfusion, radiology and pulmonary technologies. Under his guidance and leadership, the hospital has flourished, providing cancer patients in the Western United States with a new and unique option in cancer care.

When other hospitals say, “There is nothing more we can do,” Veillette says they mean there is nothing more they can do. He believes there is always more that can be done, and champions that philosophy at CTCA.

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