Susan Gerard Re-elected Chairman of MIHS Board
Susan Gerard, a former state lawmaker, state Health Director and one of Arizona’s leading health policy experts, has been re-elected chairman of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors. Director Mary A. Harden, RN, was additionally re-elected as Vice-Chair.
The District Board is the publicly elected five-member governing body for Maricopa Integrated Health System, our community’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care. At the Board’s November 29 meeting, Gerard was unanimously elected to lead the body for the third consecutive year. Gerard was first elected to the Board in 2008.
“I am honored to serve again as Chairman of this exceptional Board,” said Gerard. “I believe that leadership continuity is critically important at this time in our organization’s history, and Vice Chairman Harden and I are eager to work with our entire Board, medical staff, hospital leadership, employees, and our partners at District Medical Group to prepare for the reinvention of our community’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care.”
Gerard is well known in Arizona’s health care community. She was the state’s foremost authority on health care issues in the legislature. As chair of the House and Senate Health Committees, she authored, co-authored or led the fight for every piece of major health care legislation that became law in her 14-year legislative career. She served as Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services from April 2005 to July 2008, and as a health care policy adviser to Governor Janet Napolitano.
Harden is well-known to many MIHS and DMG employees. She is an RN with almost 40 years of experience, 32 of those at MIHS’s Maricopa Medical Center. She was first elected to the Board in 2012.
"I am honored to serve on this Board, and look forward to the continued work that is coming to fruition through our Care Reimagined initiatives," Harden said.