Arizona has certainly been in the news over these last several months and it is more apparent than ever that we are a community of people who are working to build a better life for ourselves and our neighbors. The issue of healthcare and where we find ourselves with recent recommendations to cut state healthcare budgets, comply with the federal legislation and bring costs down for business have left us not knowing just where we stand as business owners and employees of Arizona’s companies.
At Mayo Clinic, we are pleased to play an important role in Arizona’s vibrant business community, providing Mayo’s unique team model of specialized healthcare for patients in the Valley and beyond. Mayo has a long tradition as a place of hope and healing for patients and their families. Our commitment to Arizona continues to deepen and broaden as we work to develop solutions that bring health and wellness to our community and our employees.
In Business Magazine editor RaeAnne Marsh has worked to remove some of the complexities of the healthcare issue and focused on how recent changes and laws may affect businesses and the people they cover. With interviews from Senator Jon Kyl to local insurance brokers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to AHCCCS (our state Medicaid services agency), Ms. Marsh has broken down the scaffolding to uncover where we are, what we will need to do and what this may cost business owners.
Arizona’s Centennial celebration is upon us and Sue Kern-Fleischer has checked in on the Arizona Centennial Commission as this month marks the beginning of a full year of events and planning before our 100th birthday, Feb. 14, 2012. With budgets what they are, the Commission, headed by Karen Churchard, is working to partner with businesses and other statewide entities to empower the celebration and include our history and milestones.
Valley banks and credit unions have certainly taken it on the chin over the last several years, so Sue Kern-Fleischer takes a look at what banks, large and small, are doing within our market to help businesses with credit opportunities, fee cuts and more. The incentives are still sparse, and the effort to build business by our banking partners is becoming increasingly innovative.
In Business Magazine focuses each month on exposing many business organizations and relevant programs that will help to build business within our community. In this issue, they have profiled more than 15 Valley chambers of commerce to showcase the incredible efforts and achievements they, with their membership, continue to contribute to our area business owners and the economy as a whole. Sponsored by In Business Magazine and SCF Arizona, this guide will be available to each of the chambers so that they may further promote their efforts.
I know you will enjoy this issue. Please take a moment to reflect on your health and well-being as we are closer than ever to coming together as a community to better who we are as Arizonans.
Victor F. Trastek, M.D.
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Victor F. Trastek, M.D., vice president of Mayo Clinic, is CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Trastek’s previous positions with the Mayo Clinic include head of the General Thoracic Surgery section, chair of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery division and chair of the Department of Surgery.