Tom Grote, BannerlAetna 

Healthy Collaborations

from Tom Grote

As healthcare evolves and medical technology advances, many organizations are recognizing the power of collaborative partnerships to improve the overall experience for the clients, patients, and members they serve. Throughout my three decades in healthcare, I’ve seen first-hand what is possible when companies partner, collaborate and truly align, and the impact it has on driving innovation in the broader industry. 

This is the landscape that In Business Magazine explores in depth in this month’s cover story. Abrazo, my company Banner|Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Cigna, Equality Health, Phoenix Children’s and UnitedHealthcare share insights on the industry trends and economic forces compelling collaborative relationships and discuss strategic examples currently in play. The story also considers how this type of healthcare innovation and strength in Arizona’s market compares to others nationally.

As businesses continue to struggle with employee shortages, In Business Magazine editor RaeAnne Marsh spoke with leaders of community organizations that provide workforce development programs for disadvantaged and underrepresented populations. In “Expanding Workforce Development,” she looks at how their efforts help provide a workforce pool for businesses — while serving their own mission of improving lives for individuals.

How to entice employees back to the office is the topic Hannah Hackathorn discusses in “Office as Destination.” This Space/Environment & Workplaces feature is part of a recurring guest column from global architecture and design firm Gensler.

But hybrid remains a workplace strategy. Addressing challenges of that reality, Aleksandra Sulimko offers concrete suggestions to create effective meetings in the Roundtable feature “The Secret to Productive Meetings? Fewer, Faster, Focused.”

Among other feature articles, guest columnist Tyler Butler focuses her Social Impact article on the philanthropy of Angry Crab Shack. Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys Kortney Otter and Sarah Myers discuss what businesses need to know about gaming and betting in this month’s Legal feature.

Each year In Business Magazine publishes “Business Healthcare Guide” to help business owners and decision makers find resources on wellness and healthcare services for themselves and their people. This year’s guide includes much more on mental health.

Other regular departments, from Technology to CRE to Startups, offer more information to help strengthen our business community.

I am pleased to help bring this April edition of In Business Magazine to you, and hope you enjoy the read.


Tom Grote

As founding CEO of Banner|Aetna, Tom Grote brings a collaborative mindset and innovative spirit to the joint venture health insurance company, which is now the fastest-growing health plan in Arizona. Grote possesses more than three decades of experience in the health insurance industry. Previously, he managed Aetna’s operations in Arizona and New Mexico. He is actively involved in a variety of local charities and community organizations, including the American Heart Association’s Arizona chapter.

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