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Linda Hunt oversees Dignity Health’s Arizona service area, which is anchored by five outstanding hospitals, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center and Arizona General Hospital. Under Hunt’s leadership, Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, has grown into a respected and comprehensive health care system, which also includes imaging centers, specialty hospitals, physician groups, clinics, freestanding emergency rooms, urgent cares, insurance providers, an accountable care organization, a medical school campus and other clinical partnerships. During her previous role as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the 593-bed facility became the busiest hospital in Arizona and attracted patients from around the world to its Barrow Neurological Institute and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Hunt has served on several state and national commissions that are working to shape the future of health care and medical education. She is currently Chair of the Phoenix Forward Healthcare Leadership Council and is a member of the Governor’s business leadership council, called Arizona Zanjeros. Additionally, she has served on the Governor’s Arizona Commerce Authority Board, Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Healthcare Leadership Council, Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems Administrative Board of the American Association of Medical Colleges, American Association of Medical Colleges Executive Council, Arizona Commission on Medical Education and Research, Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee and Greater Phoenix Leadership Bioscience Task Force. Hunt has also represented Dignity Health in several community organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey College in Mississippi and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She graduated from the Johnson & Johnson Fellows Program in Management at the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was on the faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Regis University in Denver.
Hunt has received local and national recognition for her leadership in the healthcare field, including being named one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine, a “Top 25 Most Admired CEOs” by the Phoenix Business Journal, and she was given the “Transformational Leader” award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Other awards she has received include “Outstanding Business Leader of the Year” from the YWCA, “Golden Heart of Business Award” by Arizona Woman Magazine, the “Humanitarian of the Year Award” from the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the inaugural Humanitarian Award from the Sage Foundation for Health. Hunt also received the Lee T. Hanley Community Leadership Award and the AZ Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been named Bioscience Leader of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Athena Award.