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Abrazo West Campus welcomes new CEO
By Lauren Serrato, West Valley View Staff Writer Dec 2, 2021
Health care executive Hans Driessnack has been selected as the new chief executive officer of Abrazo West Campus. Driessnack, who brings experience in operational leadership with acute care hospitals and ambulatory services, joined Abrazo West in November.
Abrazo West Campus, located at 13677 W. McDowell Road, is a Level I Trauma Center and Primary Plus Stroke Center, with orthopedics, spine, stroke, cardiology, general surgery and maternity.
It is also a teaching hospital, with doctors from Abrazo’s emergency medicine, general surgery and internal medicine residency programs completing rotations at Abrazo West.
“I am pleased that Hans has accepted the position of chief executive officer for Abrazo West Campus,” said Brian Elisco, Abrazo Health market chief executive officer.
“He is known as a servant leader with a focus on empowering staff for excellence, and we look forward to his leadership of Abrazo West Campus as it continues its growth in providing advanced medical care for the Southwest Valley community.”
Driessnack comes to Abrazo West following service as chief executive officer of Northwest Medical Center, a 222-bed regional trauma center in Springdale, Arkansas. During his tenure with Northwest, he helped the hospital increase its services and improve its patient experience, clinical excellence and employee engagement.
Under his leadership, Northwest Medical Center achieved center of excellence designations in surgery and the emergency department, along with several other quality designations.
Prior to joining Northwest, he served as chief operations officer at Heartland Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, and in the same position at Galesburg Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Illinois. He worked in various administrative positions with Lovelace Medical Center and Lovelace Westside Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Active in the community and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Driessnack earned a Master of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management/German from the University of Alabama.
“If you have people in your hospital that are passionate about being compassionate, you can build anything,” Driessnack said.
“I think my previous experience just taught me that culture can be created anywhere, and it’s really about focusing on the patient first and you can create that. And so I look forward to building on the great foundational blocks that are already here. There’s already world-class care being delivered here. And it’s a chance to just continue to build upon that and bring some of those experiences over and expand.”
Having been part of the Abrazo team for a few weeks, Driessnack said he’s excited to join an already-established and successful health care facility.
“Ultimately, we are humans taking care of humans,” he said.
“It’s exciting thinking about what we can accomplish together. Really seeing a team of people who care about people and have a world of experiences, a wide array of backgrounds from all over the country, whether it be medical staff that have trained all over the country, administrators, leadership teams, nurses, that really bring a vast array of opinions and backgrounds, and it’s a great melting pot. If you get all those different opinions together and you hear them and you listen to them, it’s a great way to create an amazing culture that delivers outstanding outcomes for our patients.”
Driessnack added that he’s excited to reside and work in rapidly growing Goodyear.
“The thing about being in a fast-growing community is that you get to grow with it,” he said. “My approach will be to listen to the community, see what health care services are needed, see where there are things that we need to continue to develop. And I’m passionate about responding to the community’s needs. I’m a part of this community. This is where I’m going to bring my family. I’m passionate about creating an environment that delivers great care.”
As the new CEO of Abrazo West Campus, Driessnack said he hopes to continue to build the facility’s relationships with the community.
“One of the main things that I want to accomplish is that the community understands that we exist for them,” he said. “I want to make sure that our hospital is seen as an open book, that we communicate consistently with the community about what their needs are, and then vice versa, that we provide education because we have a tremendous amount of subject matter experts that are housed in this building.”
Prior to Driessnack taking charge as CEO, Elisco served in the position temporarily. Elisco will remain chief executive officer of this market and the parent company, Tenet Arizona Group.
“It has been a pleasure to serve as interim hospital CEO, and I look forward to the continued success of Abrazo West Campus,” Elisco said. “We are excited to welcome Hans and wish him great success at Abrazo West Campus.”