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(L – R) Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Greater Phoenix Chamber CEO Todd Sanders, Dignity Health CEO Linda Hunt, Vitalyst Health President & CEO Suzanne Pfister, Blue Cross Blue Shield SVP Jeff Stelnik

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is leading a health care delegation to Houston to see what they can learn from Houston’s world-class medical center and why health care is a key industry for economic development in the region.

Top health care executives — including Dignity Health CEO Linda Hunt — will get the chance to discuss collaborative relationships with innovative Houston leaders and share best practices for economic development in the Phoenix area.

Todd Sanders, CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, will join Stanton and Hunt on the trip.

“Intuitively, I think there are some areas where our region is stronger than Houston,” Sanders said.

But there are things that Valley leaders can learn from Houston, he said.

“This is a big step for us in terms of becoming a world-class medical hub,” he said. “But we need to know exactly where we stand. We need to benchmark ourselves.”

This trip comes at a time when the chamber’s Phoenix Forward economic development initiative progresses into its second year.

The Texas trip is a collaboration between the chamber, Phoenix, the Arizona Commerce Authority and Maricopa County.

“This is all of us working in connection with top leaders in the state to go to Houston and to do this important work,” he said.

The group will head to Houston March 20-22.

“When we come back, the work really begins for us to really understand where we’ve got some additional opportunities,” Sanders said.

Hunt — who co-chairs Phoenix Forward’s Health Care Leadership Council with Dr. Stuart Flynn, dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix — said the Phoenix area already has many top-notch medical centers. But this will give leaders a chance to see how they can collaborate more effectively to take the region to the next level.

She said she wants to see how health care leaders in Houston pulled together their collaborative arrangements, where competing health care companies share space on a big campus.

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix could be the starting point for this type of collaboration, they said.

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Angela Gonzales_PBJAngela Gonzales
Senior Reporter
Phoenix Business Journal

Posted by Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce supports business growth and drives economic development in the region by helping members stay connected and prosperous, growing the economy through Phoenix Forward, our collaborative economic development partnership, and advocating for pro-business policies.