AZ Big Spotlight: HonorHealth, Jennings Strouss, Quarles & Brady, JSH

Business News | 13 Jun |

HonorHealth fills new vice president and patient experience role

HonorHealth, a leading Valley healthcare system serving 1.6 million people in the greater Phoenix and Scottsdale area, announced that Tiffany Pankow, MD, has been selected to serve as vice president, chief of caregiver wellness and patient experience.

The pandemic has tested everyone’s ability to stay healthy and balanced in both work and personal lives, especially those who work in healthcare. Listening to feedback from team members, through surveys and conversations, HonorHealth knew that many within the organization are challenged with the ability to balance their physical, mental and spiritual health during these unprecedented times. The creation of this new position is a direct result of that feedback. The role will focus on caregiver wellness, supported by their Center for Wellbeing, as well as a targeted emphasis on the organization’s efforts to further develop patient experience improvements, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and culture initiatives that support and sustain the changes.

“The decision to call out each of our team members as a ‘caregiver’ is intentional,” said Wayne Frangesch, senior vice president, chief human resources officer at HonorHealth. “No matter our roles within the organization, from housekeeping, food services and patient transport; to our physicians, nurses and technicians; to any of the roles in our hospitals, clinics and support services that assist us in fulfilling our mission; we all impact the care we provide to our patients and our community.”

Jennings Strouss elects Jeffrey D. Gardner as managing attorney

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Gardner has been elected as Managing Attorney. Gardner succeeds John C. Norling, who stepped down from the position after seven years to focus on his thriving practice. Norling will remain on the Firm’s Management Committee.

Jeffrey Gardner

“After significant reflection, I have decided that the time is right to return my full-time focus to my clients and my practice. I am extremely honored to have served as the Managing Attorney for the Firm for the last seven years. I am very proud of how our team handled and has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to the future as the Firm continues to grow and excel,” states Norling. “I have worked with Jeff Gardner for the last two years and am very comfortable handing the baton over to Jeff. He has the requisite character, integrity, and leadership to do an outstanding job. The Firm will be in great hands and I look forward to stepping into a support role and being available for Jeff for whatever he needs.”

Jeffrey Gardner has held numerous leadership roles in the Firm, including serving on the Management Committee, Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation Department, and Chair of the Associates Committee. As Managing Attorney, he will oversee firm operations and focus on maintaining Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s long-lasting reputation as a leader in the Arizona legal, business, and non-profit communities.

“I am deeply honored to have been elected as the Managing Attorney of a firm with the reputation and esteemed history of Jennings Strouss,” stated Gardner. “For 80 years we have helped clients achieve their business goals and resolve legal issues; and we have been tremendously successful in doing so because we have great people. I have the upmost respect for John Norling and thank him for the remarkable leadership and service he has devoted to our firm. Thanks to John, and before him Scott Rhodes, we are well-positioned for the future and I look forward to working with each and every member of the Firm as we continue to grow.”

Quarles & Brady adds business law attorney Jeremey Jarrett

 The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Jeremy Jarrett has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as of counsel.

Jarrett assists a wide range of clients with mergers and acquisitions, capital raises, corporate governance, commercial contracts, licensing agreements, debt and equity financings, reorganizations and restructurings. He also has extensive experience in the sports law industry, having worked with sports agents, the NCAA and NBA teams prior to entering private practice.

An active member in a number of Arizona organizations, Jarrett is a sponsor member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Accelerator Arizona, an Arizona chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, and an emerging leaders member of the Desert Botanical Garden.

4 new associates join Jones, Skelton & Hochuli Phoenix office

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC announced it has welcomed Charles Benaza, Richard Brown, Isaac Gilbert, and Nicholas Spare as associate attorneys in its Phoenix office.

Meet each of the firm’s newest associate attorneys below.

Charles Benaza

Charles focuses his practice on automobile and transportation defense, and governmental and social host liability. He brings with him experience representing the State of Arizona in a wide variety of criminal cases as a Deputy County Attorney at the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

Charles earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Menlo College in mass communications. Notably, Charles served in the United States Army for 11 years, retiring as a Staff Sergeant in 2016.

Richard Brown

Richard represents municipalities and retail companies as part of the firm’s Transportation, Automobile Products, and General Liability Trial Group. As a former Deputy County Attorney, he has experience in handling all stages of litigation, including jury and bench trials, evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, restitution hearings, and other felony and misdemeanor hearings.

Richard secured his Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in political science.

Isaac Gilbert

Isaac focuses his practice on transportation defense in the firm’s growing Rapid Response Team. He successfully defends his clients – large trucking, transportation, and logistics companies – in and out of court, using his experience as an Assistant Attorney General in the Child and Family Protection Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Isaac earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, with majors in history and literature and a minor in philosophy.

Nicholas Spare

Nicholas Spare is a member of the firm’s General Liability and Construction Trial Group and focuses his practice on defending clients in construction defect, automobile, contract, governmental liability, personal injury, product liability, and insurance defense cases.

Nicholas secured his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and his Bachelor of Laws and German from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

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