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Abrazo Health Announces New System Chief Medical Officer

3/7/2014 12:00:00 AM

PHOENIX (March 7, 2014) – Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced the appointment of Dr. William Ellert as System Chief Medical Officer (CMO). As Abrazo Health’s CMO, Dr. Ellert will be responsible for implementing strategies to improve patient outcomes, promoting safety, improving care quality and enhancing efficiency to increase the level of service throughout the hospital system.

Dr. Ellert has extensive knowledge of Abrazo Health, having previously worked with the organization in related capacities. He first joined Abrazo Health serving as CMO for Phoenix Baptist Hospital and Arizona Heart Hospital. Subsequently, he assisted in the creation of Arizona Care Network, a physician-led Accountable Care Organization sponsored through a partnership with Abrazo Health and Dignity Health Arizona. In addition to his new role as System CMO, Dr. Ellert will continue to act as CMO for Arizona Care Network as well as serve on its Board of Managers.

Dr. Ellert has been recognized as the 2009 National Family Physician of the Year, the 2008 Arizona Family Physician of the Year and the 2007 Physician of the Year at Maricopa Medical Center. He earned his M.D. from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, his MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and his BSN from the Catholic University of America.

About Abrazo Health
As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with a combined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of Phoenix Health Plans; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 17 Valley locations. Visit www.abrazohealth.com for more information.

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