Thursday, October 29, 2009

State lawmakers to hold town hall in Tempe

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sen. Meg Burton Cahill, D-Tempe, Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe, and Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe invite the public to attend a town hall meeting Nov. 12 in Tempe.

Lawmakers will discuss issues, answer questions and hear residents’ concerns. Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts.

District 17 Town Hall
When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

Media Contacts:
Senate Members: Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez
(602) 926-4477

House Members: Sarah Muench
(602) 926-5848

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Senator Amanda Aguirre
Legislative District 24

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Amanda Aguirre was recently voted to receive a 2009 Legislative Appreciation Award by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. The award will be presented by the Association during its Annual Leadership Conference on October 22, 2009 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I am honored to receive this award from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. I would like to give special thanks to Laurie Lange Liles and Elizabeth Baskett for their work with the Senate,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. Their legislative footwork with the Association makes my job easier on issues such as hospital financing throughout the various communities in the state."

According to the Association’s website, “AzHHA's membership includes health systems, hospitals and affiliated healthcare organizations that have united with the goal of improving healthcare delivery in Arizona.”

“During the 2009 legislative session, Senator Aguirre fought to preserve access to high quality healthcare in Arizona,” said John Rivers, President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. “The hospital community is grateful to her and is pleased to count Senator Aguirre among the Legislature’s healthcare champions.”

Yuma Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in legislative district 24, which encompasses Yuma and parts of La Paz counties. According to the YRMC’s website, it employs about 2,250 people, which include more than 250 physicians.

Gregory Beckman, President and CEO of the YRMC, and Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer of the YRMC both submitted the following statement regarding Sen. Aguirre’s award.

“Senator Amanda Aguirre does a great job representing the Health Care interests of the citizen’s in Yuma County. From her support of ambulatory care through her clinics to her support of all levels of education to provide for health care providers she is a model leader in our community.”

Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer at the YRMC, will be accepting the award in Scottsdale on Sen. Aguirre’s behalf. Sen. Aguirre was previously chosen by the Senate President to attend a seminar entitled “Using Limited Health Dollars Wisely:What States Can Do to Create the Health System They Want” on behalf of the Arizona Senate in New Orleans paid by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Governor's Office Releases Impact of Agency Cuts

This morning, the Governor's Office released documents she asked the state agencies to prepare showing what a 15% budget cut would look like.

The documents can be found on the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting Website:

Honoring Arizonan David Carey for Receiving a Community Health Leaders Award

Sen. Meg Burton Cahill
Legislative District 17

October 16, 2009

Honoring Arizonan David Carey for Receiving a Community Health Leaders Award

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – David Carey of Tempe was recently chosen to receive a Community Health Leaders Award by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. The award is given to ten people each year who have overcome odds to improve the health of others.

“This is a fitting honor for David Carey, who is an exceptional person who has dedicated his life to assisting people in their health care,” said Sen. Meg Burton Cahill. “His work is absolutely inspiring to me.”

Carey’s biography from the Robert Woods Johnson Community Health Leaders website in his honor reads:

“David Carey, chairperson, Inspire Human Services Co-op, Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Carey is being honored for his work as chair of Inspire Co-op, which allows people with disabilities to direct and control their own health care services, and for his activism to assure safe public transportation options for persons with physical disabilities. Carey’s leadership led Inspire to secure long-term contracts to provide attendant care services and established the company as one of the first self-directed cooperatives in the United States. Inspire is owned and directed by people with disabilities. Carey became a quadriplegic following a gunshot accident in 1988.”

Carey was asleep at home when he was shot by roommates who accidentally discharged a gun. Since then he has been a continued advocate for people will disabilities, education and gun responsibility. Prior to the accident, he was enrolled at Scottsdale Community College and a promising baseball athlete.

Carey was chosen as one of ten to receive the award from 532 applications received by the Foundation. The winners each receive leadership training through the fellowship program as well as $125,000. $105,000 of Carey’s award is designated for the Inspire Co-op he chairs. The balance is given to Carey for personal development.

“In this economy, when the state underfunds programs for the disabled, it is exceptional that $105,000 will go to the Inspire Human Services Co-op,” said Burton Cahill. “David is such an amazing advocate and it was an honor for me to see him receive this award in Washington, D.C. David is often at the Capitol and came to support a bill I proposed that would have allowed the disabled community apply for the same small business opportunities created for women and minorities. The work he does makes me a better senator.,” said Burton Cahill. “

Carey was one of two Arizonans given this honor. The other is Frances Stout, R.N., chairperson of the board, Tohono O’odham Nursing Care Authority (TONCA), Sells, Ariz.

The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation is focused on health care issues and improving the health of all Americans. The Foundation on the Internet:


Media Contact:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus