Arizona Health Champion Award
All of Us UArizona-Banner's “Arizona Health Champion” award series aims to recognize health professionals, researchers, health educators, and community partners who are promoting health research, public health initiatives, diversity in research, and increased access to health programs and education for underserved communities.
Meet the March 2022 Awardee
President and CEO, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA)
As President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA), Ann-Marie Alameddin keeps her expertise with the needs of both Arizona hospitals and patients alike at the forefront of her work. With an extensive background in community service and organizing, she is well-versed in bringing people and organizations together not only to exchange ideas, but to take affirmative action and achieve desired results in driving health policy.
Ann-Marie was recently recognized for her work during the COVID-19 response with a Health Care Heroes Award from the Phoenix Business Journal and was named one of the 2020 Most Influential Women by AZ Business Magazine. Despite the challenges COVID-19 created for healthcare, Ann-Marie led policy and advocacy efforts to protect
Arizona hospitals by securing hospital payment increases of $1.2 billion; expand telepharmacy for small rural hospitals; protect healthcare providers from lawsuits stemming from a public health emergency and develop grant-funded programs to serve emergency preparedness needs along with patient safety and quality programs.
For more than a decade, Ann-Marie’s volunteer work has focused on creating and sustaining a monthly free legal clinic at St. Vincent De Paul that serves the working poor. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, American Health Lawyers Association, Academy for Leaders, and Arizona Women in Healthcare Leadership.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Creighton University, Ann-Marie went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco with a focus on bioethics, and a Juris Doctorate and health law certificate from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
A third-generation Arizonan, Ann-Marie, her husband DJ, and their four children Sophia, Camille, Chris and John, reside in central Phoenix and are very involved in their community. In her downtime, she enjoys getting together with family and friends, hiking and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul and mentoring up-and-coming healthcare leaders.
About the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association
AzHHA is the association giving Arizona hospitals a voice to collectively build better healthcare and health for Arizonans. As the champion for healthcare leadership in Arizona, AzHHA and its member hospitals explore ideas and take collaborative action at the state capitol, in hospitals and at home to attain the best healthcare outcomes for Arizonans. Through Better Care, Better Health, and Lower Costs, we will make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation. Visit https://www.azhha.org for more information.