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Healthcare Leadership Academy to launch Thursday, March 14

AzHHA Foundation and Creighton University partner to cultivate tomorrow's healthcare leaders


For Immediate Release │ March 13, 2024

Media Contact: Dillon Rosenblatt │602-445-4312 │[email protected]

PHOENIX, ARIZ.  The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, in collaboration with Creighton University, will be launching the Healthcare Leadership Academy on Thursday, March 14, 2024. This strategic partnership and program is designed for individuals who aspire to shape the future of healthcare.

Healthcare administrators and clinical leaders of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) member hospitals, as well as faculty members from the Creighton University School of Medicine, will be participating and empowered by the programming to ascend to higher levels of organizational leadership with this innovative initiative.

The academy’s training programs will equip all participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead effectively in the complex and ever-changing world of healthcare administration and management.

"At AzHHA, our purpose is advancing health and healthcare in Arizona. The establishment of the Healthcare Leadership Academy reflects this commitment to developing Arizona healthcare leaders for tomorrow,” said Ann-Marie Alameddin, president and CEO of AzHHA. “Partnering with Creighton University, renowned for its distinguished curriculum and faculty, underscores our mission to provide unparalleled executive management training for healthcare leaders.”

 "This program will develop healthcare leaders capable of introducing effective innovation into hospital settings that will ultimately enhance the experience and care of patients," said Gayla Stoner, Ph.D., dean of the Creighton University College of Professional and Continuing Education. "Our objective is to provide participants with the skills to address broader healthcare needs, extending beyond providers, to improve medical care in our local communities.”

The academy's curriculum features a blend of virtual synchronous learning and self-paced modules, including immersive experiences such as the "Friday Night at the ER – Systems Thinking Simulation." Participants will explore crucial topics including healthcare strategy, quality improvement, health law, finance and human resources management.

AzHHA will feature impact stories from Healthcare Leadership Academy participants like Lori Ray, MSN, RN, CEN.

“As a seasoned chief nursing officer with 19 years of experience, I applied for this opportunity to enhance my leadership skills. In healthcare's evolving landscape, continuous learning is vital for success. I look forward to expanding my knowledge in education, process improvement, quality and safety through the comprehensive curriculum,” said Lori Ray, vice president and chief nursing officer of Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center. “I’m grateful to AzHHA and my organization for this educational opportunity.”

The Healthcare Leadership Academy spans nine months, commencing in March 2024 and culminating in November 2024, with in-person sessions complementing virtual learning. Designed to accommodate busy professionals, the program requires no minimum background educational attainment, although a bachelor's degree is necessary for graduate credit hours.

To learn more about the program click here.

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About the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and AzHHA Foundation

The AzHHA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) affiliate of AzHHA through which it is able to provide healthcare and leadership education as well as grant-funded programs addressing a series of hospital-based services.

As the parent organization, AzHHA maintains a purpose of bringing together diverse voices to advance health and healthcare in Arizona. As the champion for healthcare leadership in Arizona, AzHHA and its member hospitals explore ideas and take collaborative action at the state capitol, in hospitals and at home to attain the best healthcare outcomes for our community. Above all else, we put people and patients first through Better Care, Better Health and Lower Costs. Visit for more information.