Arizona Healthcare Executives

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AHE - The premier network for healthcare professionals in Arizona

An independent chapter of The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations, AHE represents more than 800 professionals throughout the state  Our mission is to advance our members in healthcare leadership excellence by providing a professional community, offering relevant educational programs, networking events and career development opportunities.

ACHE Overview

AHE Thanks Platinum Sponsor


2019 Sponsorship Opportunities 

AHE represents professionals from across the healthcare continuum including hospitals, managed care organizations, long term/chronic care organizations, governmental bodies, educational institutions, consulting services, federations, and associations.

We are looking for partners to sponsor two of our premier events for 2019. Our Annual Dinner and CEO Diversity and Inclusion Round Table. We have opportunities to sponsor both events through our platinum sponsorship or as individual event sponsors. Thank you for your support!

Platinum Sponsorship  - $4000

Annual Dinner Sponsorship - $250 - $2000

CEO Diversity and Inclusion Round Table Sponsorship - $250 - $2000

Please contact AJ Thomas, Committee Chair for more information :

Scottsdale Cluster February 10-13 2020

Eight Seminars to Meet Your Needs At the Scottsdale Cluster, choose to attend seminars during Session 1 on Monday and Tuesday and/or Session 2 on Wednesday and Thursday. These two-day interactive seminars focus on topics including: leading change, finance, ambulatory management and using healthcare analytics; all of which are integral to successful healthcare management. Select the session or sessions that best supports your career development as you earn up to 24 ACHE Face-to-Face Education credits. Seminar information is available

Welcome Physician Leader Committee Co-Chairs

Petr Ruzicka, MD, FAANS, FAAP, FACS

Chief Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Banner Health Mesa, Arizona Summary Experienced Chief Physician with a demonstrated history of working in the Hospital & Health Care Industry. Skilled in Leadership and Team Building, Programmatic Development and Market Share Growth, Physician Recruitment and Performance Improvement, Physician Alignment, Continuous Process Improvement, Cost Containment, Medical Education, Physician Relations, Working with Physicians, and Patient Safety. Strong professional with a Advanced Leadership focused in Physician Leadership from Banner University and American Association of Physician Leadership.

Neurophysiology/Neuroanatomy · (1978 - 1983) University of Minnesota Medical School Resident, Neurological Surgery/Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery Residency Program · (1978 - 1983) University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine Resident, Integrated Surgical Residency Program, General Surgery Residency Program · (1976 - 1978)

Rahul Bhatia MD, MPH, FCCM

Critical Care Physician, Medical Director, Patient Safety and Quality, Clinical Documentation and Integrity, ICD-10 Phoenix, Arizona Area Summary Dual board certified physician executive with experience in integrated care delivery, patient safety and quality improvement, clinical documentation integrity, culture transformation, provider/ employee engagement, performance improvement, and systems innovation. Extensive experience in optimizing productivity, reducing costs, optimizing operational efficiency, and outcomes through physician alignment and system revitalization. Expertise in improving clinical performance and patient experience scores, reducing patient length of stay, clinical documentation/ICD-10. to address issues specific to critical care units.

Education :University of Arizona MPH Student, Public Health Administration · (2017 - 2019) Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Critical Care · (2006 - 2009) The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Pediatrics Residency Program · (2002 - 2005) Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Board Certified, American Board of Quality and Utilization Review Physicians · (2015) University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business Health/Health Care Administration/Management

The FACHE Credential

AHE Committee Leaders request your participation.

The Arizona Chapter has grown rapidly in membership over the past several years and the number of educational, networking and community outreach events has increased.  Relationships with educational programs and other healthcare organizations are being developed. A mentoring program and a Physician Leadership group have been added in 2019.

To maintain the momentum in membership growth, provide programs and events for members, provide assistance to  members working toward Board  Certification, and to support healthcare organizations' needs in leadership development, AHE committees are asking for volunteers.

Information about committees

Please reach out to the leader of the committee of your interest. 

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