New CEO named for Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Arizona Heart Hospital

Jeff Patterson has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus and Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, effective Jan. 2.

He is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 10 years of experience working for Tenet. He comes to the Abrazo Community Health Network from Tenet’s Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches, Texas. where he served as Chief Executive Officer.

During Patterson’s tenure, Nacogdoches Medical Center earned top scores for patient experience, as well as physician and employee engagement.  Since his arrival, the hospital has opened a Level II NICU, as well as achieved certifications from the Joint Commission for Chest Pain, Advanced Primary Stroke and Total Joint procedures.

Prior to his role at Nacogdoches, Patterson served as Chief Operating Officer of Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.; Senior Director of Business Development for Tenet’s former Southern States Region; and Chief Operating Officer of Lake Pointe Health Network in Rowlett, Texas.

Patterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Care Fund appoints Alyssa Crockett as executive director

Care Fund, a local nonprofit that keeps families in their homes with financial assistance while they care for their seriously ill or injured child, has announced Alyssa Crockett as its new executive director. 

“Care Fund is set to grow, and Alyssa has the experience, values and passion to grow Care Fund strategically,” said Bill Rogers, CEO of Homeowners Financial Group and co-founder of Care Fund. “With the board, Alyssa will ensure the Care Fund is a bridge to a stronger, more stable family environment for all Arizonans.”

Crockett was formerly the executive director at Ryan House, where she guided the organization to its first year in the black. She transformed an annual budget shortfall of $800,000 in 2014 to a balanced budget of $2.5 million by the end of 2016’s fiscal year.

“Ryan House grew to become a national model of pediatric palliative care while Alyssa was its executive director, and it is now a sustainable, thriving organization serving many of the same families as the Care Fund,” said Rogers.

Care Fund was co-founded eight years ago by Pat Lamb, president of Homeowners Financial Group, whose child passed away from an unexpected illness. The 501c3 nonprofit grants mortgage or rent payments to families during financial hardships. The history behind the Care Fund is a heartfelt collaboration between numerous local and national companies, employees, volunteers and a giving donor community who all help to support families by keeping them in their homes.

“I am a true believer in the power of community,” Crockett said. “Care Fund’s community of donors makes sure a parent never has to choose between working to pay a mortgage and caring for his or her child.”

Shannon Doetsch joins Clear Title Agency of Arizona

Shannon Doetsch has joined Clear Title Agency of Arizona to lead the Mesa branch as the new Branch Manager. In addition to day-to-day operations and continued market growth, her role as Branch Manager includes an emphasis on building relationships with real estate brokers, agents, and lenders. The Mesa Branch is strategically located in the East Valley at 4864 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 106, Mesa, Arizona 85206. 

Doetsch’s previous experience includes working as a Senior Escrow Officer for Lawyer’s Title Agency. Her 15 years of experience in handling a high volume of real estate transactions from clients throughout the Phoenix Metro area have led to her being recognized among the top 5% of producers for Fidelity National Financial Inc.

“We are excited to have Shannon join us in the East Valley,” said Mike Winters, Executive Vice President of East Valley Operations at Clear Title Agency of Arizona. “She brings a large amount of industry experience and relationships to our team. Shannon’s proven track record is exactly what we look for when growing our business.”

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa make appointments

• Derek Ellis was appointed Resort Manager for the 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.  Prior to returning to the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa where he opened the property as Director of Room Operations in 2002, Ellis was the General Manager of the JW Marriott Houston Galleria.  Ellis has extensive experience in major hotel and resort openings and has held similar leadership roles throughout his career including General Manager of the Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center, and Hotel Manager at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio.    He’s been with Marriott for 27 years.

• James Anderson has been named Director of Sales & Marketing for the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona.  Prior to joining the 950-room luxury resort, Anderson was most recently the Director of Group Sales for the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.  Anderson also held the positions of Director of Northeast Sales and Director of West Coast Sales during his 12-year tenure at the property.