Research Survey Participants Needed!

A doctoral nurse anesthesia student at the University of Arizona is currently looking for survey participants.  This survey seeks to understand Hospital Healthcare Administrators/Executives’ perceptions on the role and scope of practice of nurse anesthetists.

For more information, please contact Jessica Portillos at


Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership

Check out this program from a Local Partner!

The Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership program provides high potential leaders within hospitals and healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders.  As your current leadership retires or leaves, who are you preparing to take their place?  The program includes a comprehensive curriculum combining core leadership competencies with applied practice.  In addition to the in person learning, participants receive one to one executive coaching, and a detailed TTI TriMetrix EQ assessment which provides deeper understanding in the areas of behavior, motivation and emotional intelligence.  Facilitators and guest speakers will provide additional resources for learning and growth.


For more information: 
2018 AIHL program flyer


For the 2018 Program application:
2018 AIHL registration

Hospice of the Valley Seeks Tomorrow’s Leaders in Dementia Care!

Every one of us has been touched by dementia. We’ve watched it impact not just those with the disease—whether it be a grandparent, parent, spouse or friend—but also those who care for that loved one.

What many don’t realize is that dementia is already the fourth leading cause of death in Arizona—and numbers are projected to increase sharply over the next decade. We, individually and collectively, need to prepare for our current and future patients by cultivating a new workforce of dementia care experts.

To meet these needs, Hospice of the Valley, a long established leader in dementia care and education, has created a Dementia Care Fellowship Program. This fellowship will provide targeted education, opportunities to creatively collaborate and resources to enable the Fellows to develop a program within their organizations. We encourage applications to this new Dementia Care Fellowship Program with the goal of enhancing expertise in this field and improving quality of life for patients, families and our communities.

Up to twelve people from a variety of fields will be selected for the year-long fellowship starting January 2018. Candidates may come from any discipline or role within the healthcare continuum-from primary care to post-acute care and care facilities. We welcome nurses, social workers, administrators, teachers, therapists, artists, musicians. We seek individuals passionate about contributing to their organization, profession or community through the fellowship and beyond. Ideal candidates are creative thinkers committed to developing and implementing a project that will improve or change dementia care in their agency. A stipend of $10,000 will be awarded ($5,000 to the Fellow and $5,000 to the Fellow’s organization) to cover support, training, materials, conference fees, etc. The time commitment would be two initial days, one day at six months and one day at 12 months, along with monthly virtual phone calls.

Fellows will be awarded a certificate of completion identifying them as a Fellow in Dementia Care. Opportunities to present their project and associated outcomes will be ongoing.

This program is a chance to create and innovate the next generation of dementia caregivers and to develop skills to improve care for persons with dementia and their families. We encourage you to apply!

For more information, visit For specific questions, please email and we’ll get back with you.

Thank you,

Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD
Administrative Medical Director
Hospice of the Valley


Dementia Care Fellowship Flyer

Join us in Flagstaff for a Diversity and Inclusion Panel Discussion!

Join us on Friday, August 11th at 3:30 at the Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC East Campus) for a panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion.

After the event, join us for a wine tasting/wine experience at Blendz Wine Bar in Downtown Flagstaff.


For more information and to register the event, please go to the chapter’s Eventbrite page!


Check of the following TED talks before the session to learn more about Diversity and Inclusion:

TED Radio Hour: Beyond Tolerance ted-radio-hour/474820279/ beyond-tolerance

Verna Myers TED Talk: How to overcome our Biases?  Walk boldly toward them

Early Careerist Event!

Last week, the Early Careerist Network (ECN) committee of the Arizona Healthcare Executives held a networking event at Docktails Beach Cafe.  The event brought together local healthcare executives and early careerists in the first ECN networking session of 2017.

A group of attendees at the ECN Networking event at Docktails Beach Cafe.

Operation Santa Claus Charity Fundraiser

AHE participated in the annual Operation Santa Claus Charity Fundraiser.  Below are several  pictures from the event.

From Right: Majella Vito, Aamer Qidwai, Richard Sherry, Tom Sanders, Rona Curphy, Me, Syed Jaffery
From left: Majella Vito, Aamer Qidwai, Richard Sherry, Tom Sanders, Rona Curphy, Me, Syed Jaffery











Rona Curphy, Syed Jaffery
From left: Rona Curphy, Syed Jaffery
From left: St. Mary’s Food bank volunteer, Aamer Qidwai, Erica Gibbons, John Kukowski, Majella Vito, (St. Mary’s Food bank volunteer #2),Me, (Aadi Stevenson from SARRC), Catrina Starner (AHMMA guest of AHE), Kelly Norling
Kelly Norling, Erica Gibbons, (ABC15 volunteer) John Kukowski, Majella Vito
From left: Kelly Norling, Erica Gibbons, (ABC15 volunteer) John Kukowski, Majella Vito
Dustin Monroe, Rich Gilbert, Greg Wojtal, (outside volunteer), Jaime Estrada, Mikaela Hudson
From left: Dustin Monroe, Rich Gilbert, Greg Wojtal, (outside volunteer), Jaime Estrada, Mikaela Hudson
Dustin Monroe, Rich Gilbert, Jaime Estrada, Greg Wojtal, (outside volunteers)
From left: Dustin Monroe, Rich Gilbert, Jaime Estrada, Greg Wojtal, (outside volunteers)
ABC15 anchorman Steve Irvin
ABC15 anchorman Steve Irvin
From left: Majella Vito, Rona Curphy, Syed Jaffery
From left: Majella Vito, Rona Curphy, Syed Jaffery

Honor Health Desert Mission Food Bank

On  Thursday, November 3rd  a group of  17 AHE Volunteers spent time at the Honor Health Desert Mission Food Bank to help provide emergency food assistance for the hungry and support children, families and senior citizens in urgent need of food security.

The Desert Mission Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to help families move out of crisis and into self-sufficiency where they can provide meals for themselves.  The food bank—which is actually designed in a market format so that clients shop as they would in a regular grocery store—offers nonperishable and perishable food, and educates clients about nutrition and healthy ways to prepare it.  Through a variety of programs, and with the help of generous donors and volunteers, the Food Bank truly nourishes the surrounding community.

Currently, nearly 1 in 5 Arizonans and 1 in 3 children in Arizona live in poverty.  Recent data show that Arizona’s hunger rates are indeed higher than national averages:

·         17.8% of Arizonans are food insecure, compared to 15.9%, nationally.

·         28.2% of Arizona children face hunger, compared to 21.6%, nationally.

·         Arizona ranks 3rd in the country for high child food insecurity rates, behind New Mexico and Mississippi, with  456,760 children facing hunger on a daily basis.

The AHE Volunteers at the Desert Mission Food bank.
The AHE at the Desert Mission Food Bank

2016 AHE Annual Dinner

On October 13th, 2016, AHE held is annual membership dinner and recognition program.  Dozens of AHE members attended the dinner at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.

Seated left to right: Peggy Altamura, FACHE; Laura Robertson, FACHE; George Sterling; Joanne Schlosser, FACHE; Greg Vigdor; Kimberly Navidi, FACHE; Danae Farrell, FACHE. Back row, left to right: Rona Curphy, FACHE; Dan Silver, FACHE; Jim Flinn, JD, FACHE; Preston Allred: Ed Lamb, National ACHE President and Michael Mayer, FACHE.