|WOMEN AT WORK|
|Pearl Chang Esau|
|Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph. D.|
|Tania Torres Marquez|
As President and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System, Betsey Bayless leads the state’s only public hospital system, working with its independently elected five-member Board of Directors that represents the Maricopa County Special Health Care District. She is widely recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic leaders.
I am very proud of our longstanding commitment and deep relationship with the Latino community. We offer many outreach services and programs and provide a large number of certified interpreters to ensure our Spanish-speaking patients receive professional and appropriate care.
Seven years ago, Maricopa County’s safety net hospital, the Maricopa Medical Center, was in financial collapse and on the verge of closing. County voters offered a lifeline in the creation of a special health care district, with a newly elected board and a new CEO, Betsey Bayless. By working tirelessly, Betsey led a financial turnaround, reversed decades of neglect by making substantial facility and equipment capital improvements, implemented a system-wide electronic medical records system, increased the number of physicians trained and inked a formal affiliation with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.
Today, MIHS is a well-respected and dynamic comprehensive public health system focused on community need. It includes Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, two psychiatric hospitals, 11 neighborhood clinics and the county’s only HIV/AIDS clinic. The Hispanic community is the backbone of MIHS’ patient and community support – more than 60 percent of those treated at the hospital or community clinics are Hispanic. The hospital was the first in Arizona to implement a formal Spanish language interpreters’ program and now has a small army of interpreters who provide service 24/7 365 days a year. After overseeing MIHS’ transformation, sadly Ms. Bayless will be leaving her position in 2013.
Ms. Bayless’ was awarded the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s 2011 HOPE (Honoring Our Professionals for Excellence) Healthcare Leader Award and in 2010 she was named one of Arizona’s Most Admired CEOs. Ms. Bayless served as Arizona’s 17th Secretary of State and as a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for eight years, two of those as Board Chairman.