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Leadership spotlight: Rhonda Anderson

Rhonda Anderson
Cardon Children’s Hospital

Anderson played an integral role in the planning and development of the child- and family-centered facility which opened in 2009. Anderson’s healthcare leadership experiences include serving as a nurse, educator, chief nursing officer, COO and executive vice president. She also serves on national healthcare reform committees.

Biggest challenge: “My father was an exceptional businessman and he taught us that there are no obstacles. We learned to view a business challenge as a puzzle and look for the pieces that appropriately fit together to complete our business strategy and implement our tactics.”

Advice to offer: “Never lose your passion for the children and families to whom your associates and doctors provide care. Your staff are the most important asset you have. Be available to them, encourage them and thank them for all they do.”


2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Winners & Photos

David Lincoln and the Lincoln family earned Arizona Business Magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to highlight the 5th annual, 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Thursday, March 8 at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Even though this is a lifetime award, I hope that I have a lot more life to live,” David Lincoln joked.

Thirteen other awards were presents to honorees, who heard keynote addresses from Dr. Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health and interim co-director at ASU’s Biodesign Institute; and Elizabeth Reich, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona.

Congratulations to the 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists and winners!

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2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Winners:

Community Outreach: Ruth Rimmer, Director of Psycho/Social Research, Arizona Burn Center, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Institution or Educational Program: Arizona Institute for Breast Health

Insurance Provider or Executive: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Volunteer of the Year: Jean Reynolds, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Dentist of the Year: Tony S. Hashemian, DDS, A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Nurse or Nursing Advocate: Dr. Anne McNamara, Grand Canyon University

Manager of the Year: Brain Shelley, Banner Del E. Webb

Hospital Executive of the Year: Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Hospital Administrator of the Year: Dr. Edgar Staren, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Researcher of the Year: Julie Robbins, Battelle

Healthcare Leadership Physician of the Year: Dr. Stephen Pophal, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Surgeon of the Year: Dr. David Jacofsky, The CORE Institute

Medical Center or Hospital: Thunderbird Medical Center

Lifetime Achievement Award: David Lincoln and the Lincoln Family

Photos of the 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards reception and ceremony:

Photos: Cory Bergquist

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Presenting Sponsors:

CTCA Logo Quarles & Brady Logo
National Bank of Az Health Care Trust of America, Inc.

Event Sponsor:

Arizona Biltmore Resort

Dessert Sponsor:

Scan Health Plan Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - Rhonda Anderson

HCL Awards 2012: Hospital Executive, Rhonda Anderson

Hospital Executive

Rhonda Anderson

Cardon Children’s Medical Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Rhonda AndersonAs CEO of Banner Health’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Rhonda Anderson is the epitome of a “hands-on” CEO. She makes it a priority every day to visit patients and their families to ensure that their stay at Cardon is as positive an experience as it can be. Anderson was instrumental in the planning, development and construction of the $350 million facility that opened in 2009 on the Banner Desert Regional Medical Center campus in Mesa. Before the facility was built, there was not enough adequate pediatric care in the East Valley for the number of children needing attention. Families had to travel to Phoenix or out of state to get the best care possible. Under Anderson’s leadership, Cardon was built “Through the Eyes of a Child,” which is the medical center’s foundational covenant that ensures the specific needs of the children are at the center of every decision, action and discussion that takes place within the hospital’s walls. Anderson, who is a registered nurse, has been instrumental in recruiting, attracting and convincing some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists to relocate and join the staff at Cardon.



Susan Zook

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Susan ZookWith her extensive background in oncology, CTCA selected Zook to serve on the eight-person Senior Management Team during the development and construction of the Arizona hospital.  Overseeing construction of the facility from a clinical perspective, Zook developed a plan to procure a comprehensive array of the most advanced diagnostic tools and radiation oncology treatments previously unavailable to oncology patients in Arizona. Under Zook’s guidance, CTCA was the first hospital in Arizona to purchase Varian’s Trilogy technology; she led the charge for the hospital’s procurement of Calypso; and spearheaded the hospital’s development of the only BSD 5000 Superficial Hyperthermia program in Arizona.



Chuck Ribbe

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Chuck RibbeA dramatic example of Ribbe’s leadership in maximizing efficiencies is CTCA’s Lean Six Sigma program, which he oversees in his role as CFO. Under his leadership, the program eliminated more than 9,800 hours of patient wait time in 2011 alone. An additional 12,000 hours of non-value added employee time were also eliminated. To date, more than 65 percent of the hospital’s employees have been A3 certified, completing a variety of projects that have greatly improved efficiencies across every department of the hospital. Ribbe is ever vigilant about encouraging employees to uncover tremendous opportunities to increase time savings and decrease cost.


HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012