Gov. Jan Brewer Announces Medical Task Force

CREATED Jul 18, 2011 - UPDATED: Jul 18, 2011

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Web Producer: Brittine Bahena

Phoenix Ariz.(KGUN9-TV)- Gov. Jan Brewer announced the members of the new Arizona Medical Education Oversight Task Force Monday.

The task force was created to ensure that community members are involved in the decisions that are being made with the Arizona Healthcare System.

“I established this Task Force to ensure that policymakers, business and community leaders, and the citizens of Arizona have the opportunity to understand and contribute to the decision-making process surrounding the future of this important community resource,” said Gov.Brewer

The task force has a total of seven members which includes Vice Chairman Rick Myers, member of the Arizona Board of Regents and past chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.

“I look forward to working with other state leaders to define the best path forward for our academic medical center,” Myers said. “Creating a modern approach and strong foundation for outstanding medical education, research and patient care is what the citizens of our state expect and deserve."

The Governor's Office also said that the task force will do an analysis of the academic medical center, and will also have a public forum for citizens to make recommendations to the governor about the future direction of institution.
The Task Force will build upon the merger made by the University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare, and the continued partnership with the University of Arizona College of Medicine and their efforts to enhance medical education, expand medical research investment and improve the quality of care for Arizonans.

The Task Force members are:

Richard Silverman, Chairman - General Manager, Salt River Project – Board member of community organizations such as the University of Arizona Foundation St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Board, Arizona Community Foundation and the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Rick Myers, Vice Chairman – Chief Operating Officer of Critical Path Institute and member of the Arizona Board of Regents Civic leader in Tucson and across the state serving as a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, is a current member and past chairman of the  Southern Arizona Leadership Council and a past board member of Science Foundation Arizona.

Betsy Bayless - President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System – Leads the state’s only public hospital system,  working with a Board of Directors who represents the Maricopa County Special Health Care district. She is a former Secretary of State and is active in community service. She is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership and numerous Boards of Directors.

Steve Goldschmid, MD – Dean, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Voted in “Best Doctors in America” for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians and American College of Gastroenterology and a member of the American Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Gastroenterology Association.

Joe Higgins – Entrepreneur, Tucson Community Leader and Support of Local Charities – Founding President of Catholic Community Services Foundation, Past member Executive Committee Catholic Community Services, Saints Peter and Paul School Board, Foothills Sertoma

Chris Monson – Principal, Aberdeen Group – Owner of a private warehouse storage company in Tucson; Advisory Board member of Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. – Southern District Board of Directors 2010-2011; Southern Arizona Leadership Council member

Granger Vinall – Board Chair UAHealthcare – Entrepreneur, Leadership and Management Experience; Board Member, University Physicians Healthcare, Inc.