Dignity Health in Arizona is a respected leader in world-class medical care, cutting-edge research, superior education and compassionate patient care.
With a strong foundation in acute care hospitals, the organization has grown to include an insurance plan, an affiliation with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, outpatient surgery centers, imaging centers, and an expansive Accountable Care Organization.
At its heart are five hospitals – Arizona General Hospital, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. Together they employ more than 8,000 staff and include 3,000 credentialed physicians. Last year admissions to the hospitals totaled more than 60,000.
Dignity Health’s rich history in Arizona began nearly 120 years ago when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Phoenix to open a parish school. They were successful in that endeavor, but what affected them most deeply was the suffering of tuberculosis victims. Realizing the most pressing need of the community, the Sisters expanded their original mission and opened a six-bedroom hospital – St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Today, St. Joseph’s and Mercy Gilbert are still under the guidance of the Sisters. St. Joseph’s has grown into the flagship hospital of the entire Dignity Health organization, which stretches throughout California and Nevada with nearly 40 acute care hospitals.
Linda Hunt oversees Dignity Health’s Arizona service area, which is anchored by five hospitals. Under Hunt’s leadership, Dignity Health has grown into a comprehensive healthcare system, which includes imaging centers, specialty hospitals, physician groups, clinics, urgent cares, insurance providers, an accountable care organization, a medical school campus and other clinical partnerships.
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.
Hunt serves on several commissions working to shape the future of healthcare. She is active in community organizations and has received local and national recognition for her leadership in the healthcare field.