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Mary Rose Wilcox Joins Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors

December 6, 2016

Mary Rose Wilcox today joined the five-member Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors, which oversees Maricopa County’s only public health care system. Mary Rose replaces Terence McMahon, who has served on the board for the last 4 years.

Mary Rose and returning Director Mary A. Harden, RN, were sworn in today during a brief meeting of the District Board. Mary Rose was elected in November to a four-year term, and Mary A. Harden, RN, was re-elected in to a four-year term.

MIHS image 0 Mary Rose Wilcox Joins Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of DirectorsMary Rose is a fourth-generation Arizonan and Latina trailblazer with more than 30 years of public service. As a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Mary Rose served on the original Maricopa County Hospital and Health System Board of Directors, which met for the first time in 1994. She served on that panel until 2003, when the current District Board was created. Mary Rose received a Guadalupe Family Health Center Award of Appreciation in 1996, and was honored with the Maricopa Integrated Health System Dedication Award in 1999. She was the first Latina elected to the Phoenix City Council (1983-1993), and the first Latina elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (1993-2014).

“I’m very honored to be joining the MIHS organization. MIHS has always reflected the best in quality hospital care in the State of Arizona. I’m very proud to have been elected and look forward to working with the Board to continue providing accessible, high-quality care to all residents of Maricopa County," Mary Rose said. Mary A. Harden, RN, first joined the District Board in 2012. She has 38 years of experience as an RN, 32 of those years at Maricopa Medical Center.

“It is humbling to once again serve on this Health Care Board,” she said. “There are exciting new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for MIHS.  I look forward to being an integral part of this organization over the next four years as a Director on this very special Board.  Proposition 480 will define our future and I am proud to be a part of that.”

Mary Rose Wilcox and Mary A. Harden, RN, bring a wealth of unique experience to the District Board. They are both respected community leaders and will enhance our ability to continue to serve our patients, families and the residents of Maricopa County.

Also today, the District Board re-elected Susan Gerard as Chairman, and Mary A. Harden, RN, as Vice Chairman. Gerard, a former state lawmaker, state Health Director, and one of Arizona’s leading health policy experts, has served on the board since 2008.

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