Peter Fine makes list of ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’

This week Modern Healthcare released its 2019 list of ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.’ For a seventh year, Banner Health President & CEO Peter Fine has been named to the list.

In its eighteenth year, the recognition program acknowledges and honors individuals who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished recognition,” said Fine. “It is a reflection of the exceptional care and hard work of our clinicians, support staff and leadership. They are the reason Banner Health is represented among the top leaders of the health care industry.”

Over the past few years, Fine has led strategic moves to reposition Banner for the future in multiple areas, including: integrating an academic enterprise in partnership with the University of Arizona, expanding Banner’s footprint in population health, partnering with Aetna on a commercial insurance product, growing its portfolio of ambulatory companies and greatly expanding the geography of Banner’s Medicaid plan. These changes, while continuing to mature, are elevating Banner Health as an integrated health system with the scope, scale, agility and customer focus to respond to a dynamic health care environment.

Fine ranked No. 60 on the 2019 list of ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.’ The complete ranking is a main feature in this week’s issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, and a feature article and profiles of the winners are available at

Jennings Strouss attorney appointed to board

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C., a leading Phoenix-based law firm, congratulates Sarah E. Epperson on her appointment to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel’s Young Lawyers Division (AADC YLD).

The AADC YLD is made up of lawyers practicing across every substantive area within the defense bar.  Its mission is to provide members with the best professional development, quality CLE programs, and networking opportunities.

“I am thrilled to join the AADC’s Young Lawyers Division Board as Director of Continuing Legal Education,” said Epperson. “The AADC is a wonderful organization, and I look forward to furthering its mission, along with the professional development of its members.” 

Epperson’s practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, and insurance defense. She also has experience representing clients in administrative proceedings and civil appeals. Epperson earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona, summa cum laude, and her J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association – Phoenix Chapter, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and the FDCC Ladder Down, Class of 2019. Epperson is admitted to practice in Arizona and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

Award-winning Realtor joins Platinum Living Realty

Platinum Living Realty, an independent luxury real estate brokerage with four offices across Arizona, is pleased to announce Lisa Groth has joined the brokerage. Formerly with RE/MAX Excalibur, Groth is an award-winning Realtor who earned “Rookie of the Year” status when she entered the industry in 2014. 

“Lisa is a highly effective realtor whether you are looking to buy or sell a home and we are pleased to welcome her to Platinum Living Realty,” said Jay Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “Her expertise in real estate contracts is unmatched.” 

Groth has built a reputation among her clients for being an expert in contracts relating to real estate. She says she has never had a problem getting a Buyer out of a contract, if the need arises and she can keep them contractually compliant, but also has a track record of keeping homes under contract once there is a Buyer.

“Most people don’t realize that they are entering into a multi-page legal contract when they are buying or selling a home. I help ensure my clients successfully navigate the complicated contract,” said Groth. “I’m looking forward to working with, and learning from, the staff and other agents at Platinum Living Realty.”

Harvest Health & Recreation announces 2 board appointments

Harvest Health & Recreation Inc., a vertically integrated cannabis company with one of the largest and deepest footprints in the U.S., today announced the appointment of Ana Dutra, CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, and Eula Adams, CEO of Neuromonics Corporation, to its board of directors, effective immediately.

“We are pleased to welcome Ana and Eula to the Harvest board after a lengthy process where we evaluated a number of qualified candidates’ fit for the demands of the company’s board today and into the future,” said Harvest CEO Steve White. “They bring remarkable skillsets and expertise at an exciting time as we continue to drive expansion into new and existing markets, and they understand the needs of the business. The addition of these two directors complements our vision to improve lives through the goodness of cannabis, and we are confident Ana and Eula will make an important and positive impact on our company.”

“Harvest has set new industry standards with their position in the growing cannabis market,” said Ana Dutra. “I’m thrilled to bring my experience driving transformational change and leading corporate boards to help build upon the excellent and important work the team is bringing to nationwide communities.”