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NEW NAME, SAME MISSION! Formerly known as Maricopa Health Foundation.

15th Annual CopaBall Sets Attendance and Fundraising Records with $675,000 Raised to Support MIHS

Phoenix – November 8, 2018 – On Saturday, October 27, a record-setting crowd of 680 guests raised in excess of $675,000 at the Maricopa Health Foundation’s 15th Annual CopaBall. The black-tie masquerade ball, entitled ‘Imagine Our Future’ raised both awareness and funds for vital community programs at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Arizona’s only safety-net health system and public teaching hospital. MIHS’s current and future Family Learning Centers and the critical role they play in our community’s health were spotlighted at the event.

Emceed by Fox 10’s Kristy Siefkin, speakers included MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves, Maricopa Health Foundation CEO Nate Lowrie, MIHS Family Learning Center Coordinator Dominica Valencia, and First Things First CEO Marilee Dal Pra, who accepted the 2018 Arizona Legacy Award on behalf of First Things First.

The 2018 event highlighted Care Reimagined, as MIHS designs new models of care, modern facilities and thoughtfully planned access for those they serve. The history making announcement that MIHS will become Valleywise Health in mid-2019, was shared by Mr. Purves during his welcoming remarks.

The Maricopa Health Foundation board is led by Chairman Nita Francis, Vice Chairman Kevin Neal and Secretary/Treasurer John Hoopes.

“We are grateful for the generous community members and donors who made our record-setting evening possible, and extend our sincerest thanks to the leadership of MIHS as well as our foundation board members and staff for their ongoing dedication, commitment and support,” said Maricopa Health Foundation Board Chair Nita Francis.

Each year, the Maricopa Health Foundation pays tribute to MIHS’s more than 140-year legacy in Arizona by honoring an organization that has created important and impactful change with the Arizona Legacy Award. In addition, an outstanding nurse and doctor are recognized with the Joey Ridenour Nursing Excellence Award and the J. Kipp Charlton Physician of Excellence Award.

The 2018 Arizona Legacy Award was presented to First Things First, in recognition of their work to strengthen families, improve the quality of, and access to, child care and preschool; and expand preventive health for Arizona children from birth to age 5. The award was presented to First Things First CEO, Marilee Dal Pra, by MIHS President Emeritus Betsey Bayless and MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves.

The 2018 Joey Ridenour Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Patricia Kardos, MSN, RN, CCRN, who serves as nursing director for the MIHS Arizona Burn Center as well as the health system’s nursing lead for the Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units. The award was presented by Maricopa Special Health Care District Board Vice Chair, Mary A. Harden, RN, who spent 32 years as a nurse at MIHS.

William Johnson, MD, was awarded the J. Kipp Charlton Physician of Excellence Award. Dr. Johnson serves as Chairman of the department of Anesthesiology and as Medical Director of Perioperative Services for MIHS, two of the many leadership roles he has held during his 30-year tenure. The award was presented by District Medical Group CEO, Kote Chundu MD, who has worked closely with Dr. Johnson for more than 26 years.

“The Maricopa Health Foundation is thrilled to support MIHS as the health system transforms care to improve community health and moves toward its exciting next chapter as Valleywise Health in mid-2019,” said Maricopa Health Foundation CEO Nate Lowrie. “We look forward to our continued role in helping MIHS fulfil its mission of providing exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time.”

About Maricopa Health Foundation

Maricopa Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting Maricopa Integrated Health System, the Valley’s only public teaching hospital and safety-net health system. Money raised by the Foundation supports the following MIHS facilities and programs: Maricopa Medical Center, The Arizona Burn Center, Arizona Children’s Center, MIHS Behavioral Health Programs, The MIHS Breast Clinic, MIHS Chaplaincy Programs, Labor and Delivery, A Level 1 and Level 2 Trauma Center (serving both adults and children), Specialty Care, Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence Clinic, The Phoenix Cancer Center, The Refugee Women’s Clinic and 12 Family Health Centers across Maricopa County, To Learn more, go to and

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