Chief nursing officer joins Abrazo hospitals

Charlotte Rankin, BSN, MHA, RN, is the new Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital. A former ICU and cardiac nurse, she has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience working with staff and providers to enhance hospital operations, quality care and exceptional service.

“I am excited to join the Abrazo team and start collaborating with our nurses, staff and providers. Abrazo continues to invest in talent, technology and facilities, and I look forward to advancing our hospitals’ role in serving the Northeast Valley,” said Rankin.

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus is a 120-bed acute care hospital at 3929 E. Bell Road, offering diverse surgical services including complex orthopedic, spine, bariatric and general surgery. It also offers an emergency department, ICU and other services. Abrazo Scottsdale was named a High Performing hospital for knee replacement and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease care in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospitals.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is a neighborhood hospital located at 5227 E. Carefree Highway. It serves patients of all ages and includes a 13-bed emergency department, a full imaging suite and eight inpatient rooms. Staff work side-by-side with first responders to serve the community and provide around the clock emergency care.

Rankin will also serve as Chief Nursing Officer for the Tenet Arizona Group. She joins Abrazo from Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Arkansas, where she was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern State University and Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix.

For more information about services available at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital, visit

Stream Realty Partners hires VP of property management

Stream Realty Partners continues to grow its Phoenix office with the hiring of a new Vice President of Property Management.

Tom Coughlin joined the national real estate services, development, and investment firm to deliver best-in-class property management services by building relationships, delivering on promises, and creating distinctive customer experiences. Under the leadership of Regional Managing Director Amanda Coupe and Stream Phoenix Executive Managing Director and Partner Tiffany Winne, Coughlin will manage trophy-class assets and provide mentorship for colleagues at properties including Airport I-10 Business Park. He comes to Stream from Everest Holdings, where he served as a Vice President of Property Management.

“I knew Stream’s values aligned with mine after seeing the success of some of my former colleagues who now work at the company,” Coughlin said. “Their high-caliber talent, strong brand recognition, and desire to tap into emerging markets excite me. I’m looking forward to harnessing the strengths of each of my team members to produce positive outcomes for our asset owners.”

Coughlin has worked in commercial real estate his entire career. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Regional Development, he moved to California and served as an Assistant Manager and Property Manager at CBRE and Dolphin Partners Inc. He returned to Arizona as a Senior Property Manager at Lincoln Property Company. Coughlin said he prides himself on exceeding industry benchmarks on The Kingsley Index and surpassing tenant retention goals “through managing a property with an owner’s mindset.”

“Tom has a depth of experience in both managing real estate and leading property teams in multiple markets,” Winne said. “When we look for an individual to join our team at this level, the intangibles such as leading with empathy are just as important as the skill set. Tom’s standing in the local real estate community is a huge benefit to our clients in how we will recruit and shape our property management teams as we continue to grow in Phoenix.”

Mike Vanderslice promoted to Founders Workshop VP of operations

Founders Workshop, a digital product and software development firm in Phoenix, announced today that veteran startup executive Mike Vanderslice has been promoted to VP of Operations. 

Mike ascends to the new position as longtime Founders Workshop team member Jennifer Columbe departs to launch a new SMB operations consultancy.

Prior to joining Founders Workshop in January 2021, Mike served as CEO, COO, or VP of Operations for eight startups – including Reputation Health, Geeks on Call, ServiceGuru, and MDTechPro. 

In his new role, Mike will continue to lead the critical Discovery Phase of Founders Workshop’s 5D process during which he collaborates with founders to define their software idea, clarify requirements, and scope development. He’ll also lead operations, sales, and marketing. 

“We’re excited to deliver more value for clients and continue to scale our company under Mike’s leadership,” CEO and founder Vincent Serpico said. “Mike’s experience as a startup executive, talent for building scalable business processes, and eye for strategic partnerships will benefit our clients throughout the product development lifecycle.”

Spencer Fane adds healthcare attorney

Spencer Fane LLP announced Beth Nillen has joined the Health Care Practice Group as an of counsel attorney in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Most recently in her legal career, Nillen founded a solo private practice that became a unique one-stop shop for health care clients to handle all legal matters related to operations. She has more than 15 years of experience handling the day-to-day legal affairs for clients as well as representing them in all facets of employment relationships and complex business litigation.

Nillen also brings firsthand clinical understanding of health care, as she is a stroke-certified registered nurse with eight years of in-hospital experience. She has previously worked in several units throughout the hospital system, including in the intensive care unit (ICU), emergency room, and neuro, trauma, and orthopedics unit. In these roles, her focus was working with patients who were suffering from neurological deficits, stroke, and catastrophic and traumatic brain injuries. Nillen also served on a large Arizona hospital’s ethics committee as well as recently completed two terms on the State Board of Nursing’s Scope of Practice Committee. 

“Beth brings a rare combination of real-world knowledge from her time as a professional in the health care industry and in private practice that allows her clients to achieve legal outcomes that match with business goals,” said Andy Federhar, Office Managing Partner for Spencer Fane in Phoenix. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked on the front lines in the ICU treating patients. Her ability to understand the challenges her clients face on a deep and personal level makes her a true asset in tackling and resolving legal matters critical to maintaining operations and focusing on patient care.”


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