Addressing critical issues impacting healthcare

Healthcare

The Healthcare Focus Area works to address critical issues impacting our region’s healthcare.  We also look for opportunities to use the strength of our healthcare community as an asset for building our economy and quality of life.

We supported efforts to design and implement a functional Health Information Exchange for the state and worked with University of Arizona leadership to bring Banner Healthcare into our community.

Co-Chairs

  • Nancy Johnson
      Nancy Johnson

      Nancy Johnson

      CEOEl Rio Community Health Center

      Nancy Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Community Health Center, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. She is a registered nurse as well as holding masters degrees in both nursing from the University of Illinois and marketing and business from the University of Arizona Eller College. Her doctoral research was on provider perspectives in caring for the uninsured population, leading to her completion of her PhD in Health Services.

      Nancy has held positions as a clinician, a faculty member in both nursing and business, as well as an administrator. She spent over 15 years with Tucson Medical Center, building community health and wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC system, and expanding community networks. Today, in addition to her role as El Rio’s CEO, she continues to serve as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has authored a textbook with her husband, entitled “The Care of the Uninsured in America” available through Springer Publishing and most recently, an article in Nursing Administration Quarterly on Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award.

    • Greg Taylor
        Greg Taylor

        Greg Taylor

        Regional Vice President of Community AffairsAZ Complete Health

        Since Greg joined the Tucson community in 2011, he has consistently worked to strengthen Tucson’s social service safety net and improve our quality of life. He is passionate about supporting children, families and vulnerable adults, making a personal commitment through board and volunteer service and a professional commitment through designing and implementing programs for corporate community reinvestment and social responsibility. In 2016, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Greg Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Man of the Year.

        Greg currently serves as the Regional Vice President, Community Affairs, at AZ Complete Health. Previously, he served as the Chief Community and Public Relations Officer at Community Partners, Inc./Community Partnership of Southern Arizona and Public Relations and Communications Director for Magellan Health Services of Arizona. During his time in Tucson, Greg stewarded the investment of approximately $2.5 million in support of local social service and nonprofit organizations. He currently serves in a board leadership role for the Children’s Museum Tucson and Oro Valley and sits on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.

        Additionally, his work in public relations and marketing efforts has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally by the International Association of Business Communicators, Health Information Resource Center, and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Greg also holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University.

      • Chad Whelan
          Chad Whelan

          Chad Whelan

          CEOBanner - University Medicine Tucson

          Prior to moving to Tucson, Whelan spent his entire life in the midwest, mostly the Chicago area.  Professionally, he is an academic physician executive who most recently served as Professor at Loyola’s Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, with 20+ years teaching residents & students.  Whelan has held several leadership positions in academic medical centers and in a large national health system.  He previously was the president of Loyola University Medical Center, where he was responsible for the 550 bed hospital and 25 ambulatory clinic sites with 700 employed physicians and 4,500 employees.  Prior to becoming president, Whelan served as senior vice president and chief medical officer.  His background also includes multiple leadership and clinical roles at Loyola and the University of Chicago Medicine.

          Throughout his career, Dr. Whelan has been actively involved in teaching residents and medical students, as well as the oversight of graduate medical education programs. He achieved the rank of professor of medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and has published multiple academic papers and serves on numerous national committees.

          Dr. Whelan earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Michigan.

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