Major health systems advocacy group names new CEO

The board of directors of the Health System Alliance of Arizona on Thursday announced that Brittney Kaufmann would be the organization’s new chief executive officer.

The HSAA represents the largest health systems and employers across the state, including Abrazo/Tenet Health, Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth and Northern Arizona Healthcare. The systems together provide 80% of hospital-related care in Arizona.

Brittney Kaufmann

“We are excited to welcome Brittney to the Health System Alliance of Arizona as the new CEO,” HonorHealth CEO and HSAA Chairman Todd LaPorte said. “Brittney’s public policy, government relations and management experience will be a significant benefit to the Alliance and Arizona’s health care community. Our health systems have been at the forefront of the global pandemic, and it is critical that as an Alliance we communicate with state and local leaders the importance of a robust heath care delivery system. We look forward to working with Brittney as we strengthen the state’s health care infrastructure and meet the healthcare needs of a growing Arizona.”

Kaufmann is a political affairs and public policy veteran. Currently the associate vice president for government affairs & community relations at the Arizona Board of Regents, she’s also held senior leadership roles at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and various campaigns.

“I am honored to be named the new chief executive officer of the Health System Alliance of Arizona,” Kaufmann said. “In addition to providing world-class care, Arizona’s health systems are key economic drivers in our state employing thousands of Arizonans with high-paying, quality jobs. Now more than ever, we must prioritize enhancing Arizona’s health care infrastructure and continue to innovate and build on the successes of our health care system.”

HSAA members throughout the pandemic have worked collaboratively on the statewide response to COVID-19, including the Arizona Surge Line to provide critical care consultation and load balance admissions of patients, and in distributing the lifesaving vaccines.

“The HSAA is fortunate to have someone of Brittney’s policy and political acumen as its new leader,” Arizona Chamber President and CEO Danny Seiden said. “The past year has demonstrated how critically important our health systems are not only to our health and wellbeing, but to our economy and quality of life. The Chamber looks forward to continuing to work with the HSAA with Brittney at the helm as together we promote public policy that ensures we have an environment that encourages the growth of this indispensable sector.”

HSAA members’ total economic impact is an estimated $29.8 billion. In 2018, Arizona hospitals provided $808.7 million in state and local tax revenues and generated 184,969 jobs, or approximately 6.5% of the state’s workforce.

Diego Píña

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