Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Senator Amanda Aguirre
Legislative District 24

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Amanda Aguirre was recently voted to receive a 2009 Legislative Appreciation Award by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. The award will be presented by the Association during its Annual Leadership Conference on October 22, 2009 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I am honored to receive this award from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. I would like to give special thanks to Laurie Lange Liles and Elizabeth Baskett for their work with the Senate,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. Their legislative footwork with the Association makes my job easier on issues such as hospital financing throughout the various communities in the state."

According to the Association’s website, “AzHHA's membership includes health systems, hospitals and affiliated healthcare organizations that have united with the goal of improving healthcare delivery in Arizona.”

“During the 2009 legislative session, Senator Aguirre fought to preserve access to high quality healthcare in Arizona,” said John Rivers, President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. “The hospital community is grateful to her and is pleased to count Senator Aguirre among the Legislature’s healthcare champions.”

Yuma Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in legislative district 24, which encompasses Yuma and parts of La Paz counties. According to the YRMC’s website, it employs about 2,250 people, which include more than 250 physicians.

Gregory Beckman, President and CEO of the YRMC, and Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer of the YRMC both submitted the following statement regarding Sen. Aguirre’s award.

“Senator Amanda Aguirre does a great job representing the Health Care interests of the citizen’s in Yuma County. From her support of ambulatory care through her clinics to her support of all levels of education to provide for health care providers she is a model leader in our community.”

Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer at the YRMC, will be accepting the award in Scottsdale on Sen. Aguirre’s behalf. Sen. Aguirre was previously chosen by the Senate President to attend a seminar entitled “Using Limited Health Dollars Wisely:What States Can Do to Create the Health System They Want” on behalf of the Arizona Senate in New Orleans paid by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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