|Phoenix, AZ– The Health System Alliance of Arizona is pleased to announce Brittney Kaufmann as its new Chief Executive Officer. Kaufmann was selected by the Board of Directors following an extensive statewide search to lead the organization during a critical time for Arizona’s health care industry.
The Health System Alliance of Arizona represents the largest health systems and employers across Arizona, including Abrazo/Tenet Health, Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth and Northern Arizona Healthcare. These health systems provide 80 percent of hospital-related care in Arizona. For the past year, our health systems have worked collaboratively on the statewide pandemic response, including the Arizona Surge Line to provide critical care consultation and load balance admissions of COVID-19 patients. Member hospitals of the Health System Alliance of Arizona have also been proud to assist the state to jump start the COVID-19 vaccination system.
“We are excited to welcome Brittney to the Health System Alliance of Arizona as the new CEO,” said Todd LaPorte, CEO of HonorHealth and Chairman of the Health System Alliance of Arizona Board of Directors. “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 brings significant political and public policy experience to the position, with more than 15 years in public affairs and government relations, as well as managing political campaigns. Most recently at the Arizona Board of Regents, Kaufmann served as Associate Vice President of Government Affairs & Community Relations, developing and implementing strategic planning and programming for public policy, government affairs, and community engagement as the leading and unifying voice for higher education in Arizona.
Prior, Kaufmann oversaw public affairs and advocacy at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, developing and implementing advocacy strategies to advance significant policy positions important to the business community. In this role, Kaufmann led the Chamber advocacy efforts for Medicaid restoration, transportation infrastructure, and numerous federal issues. Kaufmann previously managed strategic marketing and communications efforts for a large Arizona real estate development firm where she engaged in the complex interplay between government, policy, and business. She has also worked in the public affairs arena on local, state, and federal campaigns, ballot initiatives, issue advocacy and coalition building.
“I am honored to be named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Health System Alliance of Arizona,” said Kaufmann. “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.”
The Health System Alliance of Arizona advocates for quality, affordable health care, a competitive healthcare marketplace, and serves as the go-to for health care innovation and solutions. The CEO is accountable for the overall organization and operations of the Alliance, responsible for driving the organization to greater impact and success in state, federal and regulatory affairs. As the face of the Alliance, the CEO is actively engaged in and leading discussions and deliberations that impact health care with legislators, regulators, and government leaders. The CEO also serves as the chief advisor and strategy partner to the Board of Directors.
Kaufmann holds an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She and her husband, Scott, live in Phoenix with their two children.
Kaufmann will begin her tenure as CEO on October 4th.