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Join AzHHA at its 2022 Annual Leadership Conference October 19-21, 2022. After two years of putting the conference on pause to focus on the pandemic response, we will meet at the majestic Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. The AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference brings together healthcare executives, trustees, thought leaders, legislators and community partners from across the state for two days of education and networking.

Keeping up with the latest developments in healthcare is an integral part of leadership roles. And there’s no better forum to do so than at AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference, at which like-minded professionals come together to learn about challenges and opportunities, discuss issues and build relationships with peers.


Wednesday, Oct. 19

8:50 a.m. Golf at the Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club - Tee times begin at 8:50 a.m.
2 p.m. Sponsor Exhibit Hall Opens
2:30-4:30 Registration Open
3-4:30 Clinical Panel Discussion
Recovery and Resiliency: Lessons Learned from a Clinical Perspective

Deb Aders, RN, MS, CENP
Maria Martinez, RN, BSN
Joy Upshaw, RN, BSN, MBA
3:30-5:00 Trustee Session - Top 3 External Threats Facing Healthcare Today
Panel session speakers include:
Moderator: Jeffery Adler, CEO, iPro
Governance Expert: Laura Orr, CEO, Forward Governance Consulting
Judy Rich, President and CEO, TMC Healthcare
Woody Martin, Board Chair, Yuma Regional Medical Center
5:00 Sponsor Exhibit Hall Closes
6-7:00 Sponsor Reception by invitation only


Thursday, Oct. 20

7:30 a.m. AzHHA Board of Directors Breakfast
8-9 AzHHA Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 Sponsor Exhibit Hall Opens
8:30-10:00 Registration Open / Sponsor Networking
10:00 Welcome and Opening Session
10:15 How to Lead Teams During Any Crisis, Challenge, or Change
Mary Kelly, Ph.D, CSP, CDR, US Navy (ret)
11:05 Cyber Security Preparedness
John Riggi National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, American Hospital Association
12:10 p.m. Lunch and Salsbury Award Presentation
1:15 Breakout session: Health Equity
Building the Integrated Behavioral Accountable Care Organization for All Arizonians

Ben Baxter, Horizon Health & Wellness
Lauren Lauder, COPA
Dennis Regnier, CODAC
Sarah Nadler, La Frontera
1:15 Breakout session: Hospital Finance and Reimbursement
AHCCCS updates and Social Determinants of Health Closed Loop Referral System

Kristen Challacombe, AHCCCS
Melissa Kotrys, Contexture
1:15 Breakout session: Healthcare Workforce
The Arizona Wellbeing Collaborative for Health Professionals: Building a Framework for Sustainable Improvement
Mark Carroll, M.D.
Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, M.D., FAPA
2:15 Breakout session: Health Equity
Leadership in the Time of Maternal Health Inequities

John Molina, MD, JD, LHD
Vicki Buchda, MS, RN, NEA-BC
2:15 Breakout session: Hospital Finance and Reimbursement
Arizona Market Update from The Hertel Report
Jim Hammond, Hertel Report
2:15 Breakout session: Healthcare Workforce
Employer Brand Strategy: A Contemporary Approach to Talent Acquisition and Union Avoidance
Jay Kuhns, Vice President, Strategic Planning, IRI Consultants
Joe Clees, Founding Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins law firm
3:30 General Session Panel Discussion
Hospitals Against Violence
Combating Human trafficking: Role of Hospitals and Health Systems

Jill Rable, MSN-ED, RN, ARN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, HonorHealthThompson Peak Medical Center
Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, HEAL Trafficking
Laura Castellanos, MHA, American Hospital Association
4:45 Adjourn / Sponsor Exhibit Hall Closes
5:30-7:00 Networking Dinner Reception


Friday, Oct. 21

7:45 a.m. Sponsor Exhibit Hall Opens
7:45-8:45 Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions with Title and Platinum Sponsors
9:00 Annual Meeting
9:30 Arizona Agenda: Political Insights and Prognostications
Hank Stephenson, Co-founder, Arizona Agenda
Rachel Leingang, Co-founder, Arizona Agenda
Meghan McCabe, AzHHA Director of Government Relations
10:45 Why Healthcare Leadership Matters
Thom Mayer, M.D.
11:45 Closing Remarks and Raffle Prize Giveaway
12:30 p.m. Adjourn / Sponsor Exhibit Hall Closes


Presentation times are subject to change as we work to finalize the agenda.



A breathtaking desert sanctuary located in a lush 100-acre desert garden at the foothills of the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort captures the spirit, beauty and culture of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Newly renovated guestrooms offer private terraces, breathtaking views of the area, and every creature comfort. Room Block Closes: September 15th, 2022

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Title Sponsor





Platinum Sponsors
Adaptive Workforce Solutions Platinum Sponsor       AB Staffing Solutions       Aya Healthcare      
Envision Physician Services       Radiology Partners

Gold Sponsors

Contexture - Gold sponsor         COPIC - Gold Sponsor         Forvis - Gold Sponsor        

Kitchell logo - Gold level sponsor         RPG logo - Gold sponsor          USACS logo - Gold sponsor          Vaya Workforce - Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Bank of America - Silver Sponsor         BeachFleischman - Silver Sponsor         HSC logo - silver sponsor         Humana Healthy Horizons - silver sponsor         
MCAG logo - silver sponsor         Sound Physicians - Silver Sponsor


Become a 2022 AzHHA Leadership Conference Sponsor and have a greater ability to reach hospital and healthcare industry leaders at AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference. Download Sponsorship Prospectus.

Conference App

Coming soon! Download the Conference App to view the agenda, learn more about our speakers and interact with us during the conference.


Questions about the conference may be directed to [email protected]