The Valleywise Health Bond Advisory Committee was created by the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board to assist the District in developing a potential bond proposal for presentation to Maricopa County voters. The committee’s purpose is to review, prioritize and make recommendations to the District Board on proposed bond projects in support of Valleywise Health’s mission, vision and community needs, as well as to develop a bond proposal comprised of prioritized projects and make a recommendation to the District Board regarding the issuance of bonds. It also seeks to obtain public comment, community and stakeholder input, as well as expert opinion.

Resolution No. 2012-12-13-001

WHEREAS, the Maricopa County Special Health Care District (“District”) through its Board of Directors (“District Board”) provides for the care and maintenance of the sick in the county and maintains a hospital, health care facilities, staff and other resources for such purposes, pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes, A.R.S. § 48-5501 et. seq. (“the Act”); and,

WHEREAS, pursuant to A.R.S. § 48-5566, the District Board may determine that bonds should be issued to carry out the provisions of the Act; and,

WHEREAS, the Board believes it to be in the best interests of and for the benefit of the District and the residents of the District to issue bonds for the creation, acquisition, construction, equipping, renovation, repair, capital improvements, or expansion of a hospital, of the Arizona Burn Center, a level one trauma unit, of a network for primary and specialty care facilities including specialty care facilities in the eastern and western portions of Maricopa County, for the current primary and specialty care facilities and the existing hospital and campus, for behavioral health facilities, and a doctor training and research center; and

WHEREAS, the Board further believes that it is prudent that prior to seeking approval from the voters of Maricopa County to issue bonds for the above purposes that the District establish a Bond Advisory Committee to assist the District in developing a bond proposal for presentation to the voters of Maricopa County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District:

Section 1. The recital paragraphs above are incorporated by reference and adopted herein.

Section 2. The attached Maricopa Integrated Health System Bond Advisory Committee Charter is approved.

Section 3. The Board hereby authorizes the creation of a Maricopa Integrated Health System Bond Advisory Committee (“Advisory Committee”) with 17 members to serve on the Advisory Committee.

Full document available below.


The Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board voted unanimously May 28 to place language on the November 4 Maricopa County general election ballot asking voters to approve an investment of up to $935 million in Valleywise Health, Arizona’s only public teaching hospital and healthcare system. This vital healthcare measure will allow us to replace and right-size the outdated hospital in which our physicians, nurses and other medical staff care for our patients as well as teach and train our future medical professionals. The investment will allow us to also:

  • Grow medical education to address the critical shortage of medical professionals in Arizona.
  • Expand outpatient health centers for primary and specialty care, and train health professionals to deliver that care cost-effectively with improved outcomes.
  • Increase behavioral health capacity to meet the community’s overwhelming demand for mental health services.

The Valleywise Health Bond Advisory Committee (BAC), a 15-member volunteer group, spent months studying the needs of Valleywise Health and conducted extensive public hearings. The panel was chaired by William Post, retired chairman and CEO of Pinnacle West Capital Corp., the parent company of Arizona Public Service. The committee concluded that Valleywise Health’s facilities are insufficient for the organization to meet its voter-mandated mission and 21st century public teaching hospital and health system vision. The BAC voted unanimously on Feb. 12, 2014 to approve the final report with recommendations to the District Board.

The plan requires a potential investment of $935 million. The estimated annual cost to property owners of a 30-year debt service bond tax is $13.74 per $100,000 property value, or $1.15 a month.

Federal law requires that that all people have access to emergency health care. Roosevelt Campus- Hospital is the leading “safety net” hospital for medical services and provides access to high-quality services to everyone in Maricopa County who needs them, regardless of the availability of insurance coverage or economic status. In Fiscal Year 2013, Valleywise Health contributed nearly $161 million in uncompensated care and community benefits back to the residents of Maricopa County. Valleywise Health is not just a hospital, it is an academic training center, a regional provider of primary and specialized medical services, including burn care, a leading provider of mental health services and a driver of new treatments and technologies. As Maricopa County’s only public teaching hospital, Valleywise Health trains more than 400 physicians a year, 75% of whom stayed in the Valley last year after completing their residencies. Annually, Valleywise Health provides more than 3,000 clinical rotations for medical and nursing students, allied health professionals, and the military. Valleywise Health is also an economic engine, employing more than 4,000 people. All these efforts benefit the entire community.

Committee Meetings

DateMeeting AgendaMinutesBinderResults

March 11, 2013


April 8, 2013


May 13, 2013


June 10, 2013


July 8, 2016


August 12, 2013


October 7, 2013




October 9, 2013




October 15, 2013


November 12, 2013


December 9, 2013


January 21, 2014



February 12, 2014



The Members

Mr. William J. Post (Chairman)

Bill Post is a Valley leader involved with the ASU Foundation, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Arizona, the Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute. In 2007, he was Valley Leadership Man of the Year.

Under Mr. Post’s leadership, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiary, Arizona Public Service (APS), became leaders in Arizona sustainable business, founding Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability with Intel, and focusing on internal sustainable research and operations. APS has developed a mission to advance business practices that improve the economy, environment, and community to create a more sustainable future. APS started the Eco-Efficiency and Technology Innovation Department (EETI) which is focused on developing and commercializing new sustainable technologies such as improving power plant emissions, algae to biofuel, high-efficiency solar cells, and projects in hydrogasification in coordination with BHP and Liquid Air. The company recently retired the Childs and Irving Hydroelectric Power Plants, opting to restore the scenic northern Arizona’s Fossil Creek to its natural water flow.

APS has been a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) since 1995 and was the first utility to join the organization. APS’s Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS), the nation’s largest energy producer, helps avoid 31.7 million tons of carbon dioxide air emissions each year. Over 56 percent of all water used by APS’s generation operations use treated effluent instead of potable water. Around 97 percent of APS-owned facilities are equipped with energy efficient fixtures, saving 13 million kWh annually. Last year, APS recycled 6.4 million pounds of material.

APS received the EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2006, one of only a few U.S. companies to receive this award. It was listed for the fifth consecutive year in the 2009 Dow Jones World Sustainability Index and the 2009 Dow Jones North America Sustainability Index as a sustainability leader in the electric industry. APS has received AAA rating and ranked in the top two U.S. utilities in 2006 by Innovest Strategic Advisors in consecutive biennial ratings since 2001. In 2010, it was named one of Corporate Knights Global 100 for the sixth straight year and earned “best-in-class” status for environmental and social performance. In 2006, APS qualified for investment in Storebrand’s Social Responsibility Index.


B.S., Quantitative Systems, Arizona State University
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Northern Arizona University

Lattie Coor, Ph.D, (Vice Chair)

Lattie F. Coor is President-Emeritus, Professor and Ernest W. McFarland Chair in Leadership and Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, and is Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

For the previous 26 years, Lattie Coor served as a University President. He was President of Arizona State University from 1990 to 2002, and President of the University of Vermont from 1976 to 1989.

Earlier in his career, Coor served as an assistant to the Governor of Michigan and held faculty appointments in Political Science at Washington University. His administrative responsibilities there included those of Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, Director of International Studies, and University Vice Chancellor.

He has held positions with a variety of higher education associations, board and commissions, having served as a founding member and Chairman of Division I of the NCAA President’s Commission. He held the position of Chairman of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges in 1992-93, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1999 to 2002. He also served on the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land Grant Universities from 1996 to 2002. He served as a Trustee of the American College of Greece, Athens, from 1988 to 1998, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Deer Creek Foundation, St Louis, since 1983. He has honorary degrees from Marlboro College, American College of Greece, the University of Vermont and Northern Arizona University.

In Arizona, Lattie Coor serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, and has served on the Board of Directors of Bank One Arizona, Samaritan Health Services, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council. He was a member of the Arizona State Board of Education from 1995 to 1999. He served as Chairman of the Education Section of the Valley of the Sun United Way Campaign from 1990 to 1993, and of the Public Sector of the United Way Campaign from 1999 to 2002.

Lattie Coor received the Anti-Defamation League’s Jerry J. Wisotsky Torch of Liberty Award in 1994, the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Individual Award from the Greater Phoenix Urban League in 2000, The American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award in 2000, The American Jewish Committee Institute of Human Relations Award in 2001 and the Center City Starr award from Phoenix Community Alliance in 2001. He was named Valley Leadership’s Man of the Year in 2006.

An Arizona native, Coor was born in Phoenix and graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, earning a master’s degree in 1960 and a Ph.D. in 1964.

Mr. Tony Astorga

Mr. Astorga recently retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona where he served as the Senior Vice President, CFO and CBDO, since 1988.

He also held the position as President of BCBS of Mexico from 1994-1999. He currently serves as chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has previously served in community leadership roles as co-chair of the Governor’s Citizens Finance Review Commission and Governor’s Film and Television Commission.

He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, AZHCC, ASU Foundation, Catholic Charities, CSA General Insurance Agency, Financial Executives International, Phoenix Art Museum, and US Bank Arizona. He has received various civic and business awards, including the Arizona Business Magazine’s “2008 Centers of Influence Award-Financial Executives” and “2013 Twenty-five Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in AZ.”

Mr. Paul Charlton

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Indian Law and Intergovernmental Relations
  • General Business Law
  • Litigation and Administrative Law

Paul K. Charlton’s practice focuses on the representation of public officials, white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance and Native American law issues.

Mr. Charlton’s practice focuses on the representation of corporations and public officials who seek to interface with federal and state law enforcement officials. In that regard, Mr. Charlton has assisted a number of corporate and elected officials who wished to notify law enforcement of illegal acts committed by others, as well as assist when they might be the subject of an investigation. Mr. Charlton has further assisted corporations in the drafting of compliance programs and issues relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Charlton also represents a number of Native American governments and their leaders. Those governments have included Ak-Chin, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Hualapai, and the Navajo Nation.

In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Charlton as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Mr. Charlton’s top priorities for the U.S. Attorney’s Office included terrorism, illegal immigration and public corruption.

As a result, Mr. Charlton created a National Security Section within the U.S. Attorney’s office and the statewide Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee. He lobbied for and received funding for additional manpower to help address the problems associated with Arizona’s 370 mile border with Mexico. Mr. Charlton also brought attention to public corruption, greatly increasing the investigations into and prosecutions of those individuals who have betrayed the public’s trust.

One of Mr. Charlton’s other top priorities was crime on Arizona’s 21 Indian Reservations. During his tenure, Mr. Charlton developed a number of initiatives to reduce violence in Indian country by attacking the twin problems of drug and alcohol abuse. Mr. Charlton also entered into an agreement with the Arizona Department of Gaming and the state’s tribes to create the nation’s first federal prosecution unit dedicated solely to gaming and gaming related crimes.

Mr. Charlton has taught many classes in Latin America, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, providing instruction to Latin American prosecutors and judges in the Spanish language on the American criminal justice system.

University of Arizona
J.D., 1988
Editor, Law Review

University of Arizona
BA., 1983

Bar & Court Admissions
Arizona, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1991
Hualapai Tribal Court, 2008

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Listed, “The Best Lawyers in America,” Woodward/White Inc., 2013
Listed, “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business”, 2010-2012
Listed, “Southwest Super Lawyers”, 2012
Listed, “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2012
Recipient, Honorary Membership, The Order of the Coif, 2008
Recipient, Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award, 2007
Recipient, United States Secret Service Director’s Recognition Award, 2007
Recipient, Indian Country Intelligence Network Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007
Recipient, U.S. Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award, 2005
Recipient, U.S. Forest Service Director’s Award, 2004
Recipient, Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Association National Prosecutor’s Award, 1997

Associations & Memberships

Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee, Chairman, 2001-2007
Border and Immigration Subcommittee, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, Chairman, 2005-2007
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law , Adjunct Professor, 2012-2013
University of Arizona School of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2005-2006
Colegio de Abogados de Caracas, Miembro Honorio

Published Works

Comment, Frank v. Superior Court, Purging the Law of Outdated Theories for Loss of Consortium Recovery, 29 Ariz. L. Rev. 541 (1987)

Casenote, The State of Mind Requirement for Prisoners Under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Daniels v. Williams and Davidson v. Cannon, 20 Creighton L. Rev. 291 (1986)

Kote Chundu, MD MMM

In January 2010, Dr. Chundu was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of District Medical Group, formerly known as Medical Professional Associates of Arizona, (MedPro). From April 2005 through December 2009, Dr. Chundu was Chairman of the Board of MedPro. Dr. Chundu is the Medical Director of the Arizona Children’s Center and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Maricopa Medical Center since October 2000. Dr. Chundu joined Maricopa Medical Center in 1992 as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Prior to this, he was the Associate Director of the Pediatric ICU at Children’s National Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesia at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He received his medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India in 1981, and completed a pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. He also completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D. C. in 1989. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. In May 2011 Dr. Chundu received his Master of Medical Management degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

As Professor of Clinical Pediatrics with University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Chundu supervises the teaching of students and residents and is a steering committee director of the integrated pediatrics residency program at Maricopa Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Chundu has developed numerous research projects and is the author of many published articles. He is well-known for his presentations and lectures on both a local and national level.

Mr. Frank Fairbanks

Fairbanks served in appointed public office in various capacities for the City of Phoenix from 1972 until 2009, ending as City Manager for 19 years.

He has continued to serve as an unpaid Governor’s appointee to the Ground Water Users Advisory Committee, for Maricopa County since 1990. In that time, he has been appointed by Governors of both parties.

Fairbanks graduated with a degree in finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He received his master’s degree in business from UCLA, and 12 days after graduation, he and his wife were off to Costa Rica as Peace Corps volunteers, following John F. Kennedy’s call to serve their country.

Mrs. Juanita “Nita” Francis

Juanita F. Francis has extensive background and interest in healthcare and education. She is a registered nurse and holds an MBA in healthcare management. Francis was a women’s health nurse manager and childbirth educator in Illinois, Ohio and Massachusetts. She has worked for the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix campus, the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital since moving to Phoenix in 1998. She is president of the F2 Family Foundation. She has a long history of philanthropic work and community involvement in Chicago, Boston and Phoenix, including Teen Parent Connection, the National Medical Interpreter Project, and United Way. She currently serves on the boards of the University of Illinois Foundation, the Arizona State University Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, and The Wellness Community-Arizona. She and her husband Philip, retired executive chairman of PetSmart, have four children, six grandchildren, and a dog named Bit O’ Honey.

Mr. Merwin Grant

Law School Attended
Duke University
Class of 1971

University Attended
Brigham Young University
Class of 1968

Associations & Memberships
Maricopa County Bar Association (Member, Litigation Section); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Litigation Section); Joint County Tobacco Revenue Use & Security Charitable Trust (Vice President and Trustee); Arizona Academic… More

Bar Fellowship
Arizona Bar Foundation.

Representative Cases
Cadwell v. Cadwell, 126 Ariz. 460, 616 P.2d 920 (Ct.App. 1980); Span-Eng. Assoc. v. Weidner, 771 F.2d 464 (10th Cir. 1985); United States v. Dahlstrom, 713 F.2d 1423 (9th Cir. 1983); Gasho v. United States, 39 F.3d 1420 (9th Cir.1994); Jobe v. International Ins. Co., 933 F.Supp. 844 (D.Ariz. 1995); Lifeflite Medical Air Transport v. Native American… More

Mr. Doug Hirano

Currently the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community in Action, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. He is an epidemiologist by training and has worked for the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services. He is a past president of the Arizona Public Health Association and serves on a number of community councils, advisory boards, and coalitions.

Ms. Diane McCarthy

Diane has been with us since November 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University. Her career includes eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives and four years on the Arizona Corporation Commission, where she was the first woman elected to serve. She also was acting President of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and founding President of WESTMARC (Western Maricopa Coalition).

Prior to joining West-MEC, Diane was Senior Vice President of the Arizona State University Foundation for four years. Diane was a founding member of Leadership West, Fighter Country Partnership & Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor. She remains active in many civic organizations and is currently chair of Maryvale Revitalization Corporation.

Mr. Terence McMahon (Ex-Officio)

Term of Office: 2012 – 2016
M.BA., Univ. of Rochester, BA., St. John Fisher College
Hobbies/Interests – Family, Golf, Gardening, History, Travel, and Music

What is your vision for the Special Health Care District?
A safety net health care system for residents of Maricopa County that offers the highest quality medical care in the most cost-effective manner.

What do you feel are some issues facing the District and how would you resolve them?

  1. Ensuring the availability of health care facilities that meet the needs of patients and staff.
  2. Ensuring the continued availability of high-quality health care throughout the system.
  3. Adapting the system to meet the changing health care environment
  4. Ensuring the financial health of the system.

In each case, it will be necessary for the Board to evaluate the current state, identify potential solutions, and then, by exploring the costs and benefits of each, settle on the best courses of action.

What would you like the public to know about your background and experiences that would serve you well on the Board?

My past experience – in both public and private sectors – includes policy analysis and definition, long-range strategic planning, budget analysis, and construction, and quality management. This experience will be invaluable as I serve on the Special Health Care District Board.

Mr. Rick Naimark

Rick Naimark has worked for the City of Phoenix for 26 years.

Naimark previously served as the Executive Assistant to the City Manager and the City Council and has worked in a variety of other management positions in the Budget Department and Neighborhood Services as well as the Intergovernmental Programs Office and Mayor’s Office.

He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Public Policy degree from Stanford University.

Naimark is active in the community, serving on various community boards including Valley of the Sun United Way, Hospice of the Valley, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Jewish Family and Children’s Services and the Arizona Science Center. He also serves on the State of Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission.

Ms. Joey Ridenour

Mr. Brian Spicker

As senior vice president of community impact, Brian oversees Valley of the Sun United Way’s Community Objectives Plans, focused on the following pillars: ensuring children and youth succeed, ending hunger and homelessness and increasing the financial stability of individuals and families. Brian guides Valley of the Sun United Way’s work – including community initiative development and investment of funds into the community – and manages the organization’s public policy agenda.

He has served in the health and human services sector for more than 35 years. Prior to joining VSUW, Brian was the executive director for Southwest Center – an HIV/AIDS research and resource center formerly known as Body Positive, Inc. – for six years. Brian also served as the director of development for an abuse prevention organization, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for violence prevention and support. Early in his career, Brian developed and directed the first set of state-funded group homes for the developmentally-disabled.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western International University and remains very active in the community. Brian is an associate faculty member at Arizona State University and serves on the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation Leadership Council. In addition, Brian serves on the Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing and is also a member of the Maricopa County Board of Health.

Mr. Ted Williams

Mr. Williams has lived in Arizona for over 40 years. He is currently the President/CEO of both the Arizona Behavioral Health Corp and Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health. He holds engineering and law degrees. Mr. Williams has worked for six governors in positions ranging from a Special Assistant to the Governor to the Director of Arizona Department of Health Services and Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

He worked as an Executive Vice President for Baptist Hospitals and Health System over various direct care hospital and emergency service programs. He is one of very few individuals to ever have been hired by both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate at the same time when he was recruited to assist in the drafting of the original AHCCCS legislation.

Mr. Williams also worked as Associate County Manager for Maricopa County, where he was responsible for the Maricopa County Medical Center and all County health delivery programs. He also directed the Maricopa County Public Health, Environmental Services, Social Services and Medical Examiner departments.

He is a member of various organizations, including Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, District Medical Group, North Phoenix Vision of Hope, MIKID, The Sudanese Education Foundation, Maricopa Consumers Advocates and Providers, Arizona Senior Olympics and Western Health and Wellness.