Abrazo Health Care retained David Gomez & Associates in May 2012 to perform an executive search for the position of Vice President of Human Resources in Phoenix, AZ.
Abrazo Health Care’s five acute care hospitals consist of Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital. Each hospital offers a broad range of medical services including internal medicine, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, women’s health, diagnostic imaging and emergency care. Outpatient services include outpatient surgery, laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation services. Additionally Abrazo includes Arizona Heart Hospital, a campus of Phoenix Baptist Hospital, known for its distinct reputation as a premier cardiovascular specialty hospital and center of excellence dedicated exclusively to cardiac and cardiovascular care. The organization is owned by parent company Vanguard Health Systems based in Nashville, Tenn.
DG&A filled the position within 90 days with Jimmy Duncan who was previously the Vice President of Human Resources at Banner Health Corporation in Greeley, CO. At Banner, Mr. Duncan was recruited to raise employee engagement and performance across 12 facilities comprising the company’s 7-state western region and drive integrated talent management portfolio to align individual efforts with broad business goals. Mr. Duncan is a senior HR executive with an extensive, 20+ year track record of achievement and leadership excellence in diverse industries that span national and global markets. His experience includes dealing with internal corporate boards and external stakeholders such as legislative, government, and community organizations. He draws on a unique mastery of all talent management areas to consistently raise bottom-line profits, revitalize work cultures, and align HR services with broad corporate goals.
At Banner, Mr. Duncan cut expenses by $15M and prevented downsizing for 500+ employees by leading an emergency workforce cost reduction effort. He successfully integrated 500 employees per acquisition of 4 new healthcare facilities. He prevented any and all unionization attempts by driving robust positive employee relations strategy that effectively gauged and responded to risk areas. Mr. Duncan raised Banner’s retention 27 points, shortened the average placement time by 50%, and lowered costs by $38M by launching standardization talent acquisition system that renewed emphasis on the quality of hires. Lastly, he drastically improved succession planning by integrating a talent management system that led Banner to identify 2+ “ready now candidates” for top 100 leadership roles.
As Abrazo Health Care’s new Vice President of Human Resources, Mr. Duncan will advise the Market President and other members of the leadership team on strategic human capital issues and opportunities to anticipate and address the enterprise risk factors related to talent management. He will develop and implement the HR strategic plan for the Market in collaboration with senior leaders to ensure alignment of people initiatives with regional objectives and business unit plans. Mr. Duncan will continue to develop a strong, effective and respected human resources organization market-wide to ensure that it is expert; proactive and viewed by its internal clients at all levels to be confident, correct, strategic, responsive and vital to the organization’s success.
Jimmy Duncan, SPHR, received his Masters of Arts in Organizational Management at Southern Wesleyan University in Columbia, SC and his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of South Carolina.
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