Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2020, including Ann-Marie Alameddin, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. Each day, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2020.

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Today’s spotlight: Ann-Marie Alameddin

President and CEO

Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Background: With more than 16 years’ experience in healthcare law and administration, Alameddin keeps her expertise with the needs of both Arizona hospitals and patients alike at the forefront of her work. She has an extensive background in community service and organizing and is well-versed in bringing people and organizations together not only to exchange ideas, but to take affirmative action and achieve desired results in driving health policy.

Professional advice: “I encourage any aspiring leader in healthcare to be solidly grounded in what healthcare is about—which is people. We need healthcare leaders who are looking to improve care for patients and creating environments that support healthcare providers. Sure, develop expertise and your craft, but then hold your mom or dad’s hand in the hospital and experience healthcare at the bedside. That experience should ground all of us in healthcare like nothing else.”

Lesson learned in 2020: “In dealing with the healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve learned the importance of listening, working hard in a rapidly changing environment and coming to the table with the mindset of a problem solver. No one has all the answers. But act with integrity, ask good questions and invite others to the table to help figure it out.”

Surprising fact: “My family started Bashas and we have a long family history in Arizona going back to the 1890s. Professionally, I’ve been in healthcare for decades but I don’t think many people know the grocery connection. Learned during my ‘courtesy clerking’ days, I retained solid grocery bagging skills and I always bring the cart back in the store—especially in the summer.”