The American Hospital Association each year, in partnership with state hospital associations, selects one person from each of the 50 states who has been instrumental in working at the grassroots level to champion the policy priorities of hospitals and the patients they serve.
Julia Strange, the vice president of Community Benefit for Tucson Medical Center, received recognition as a “Grassroots Champion” for her role in broadening the base of support for hospitals.
The award recognizes those who have shown exceptional leadership in supporting the mission of the hospital. This includes educating leaders and members of the public about major issues affecting hospitals, and sharing information about the critical role hospitals play, from healing illness to promoting wellness and serving as an economic engine in their communities.
“There is no better person in Arizona to be recognized as this state’s grassroots champion,” said Greg Vigdor, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
“Julia is a tireless and passionate advocate – not just for Tucson Medical Center and Tucson, but for patients, families and communities across the entire state. She reminds us regularly through her words and deeds that doing the right thing for patients is what our advocacy message and intent must be about.”
Tucson Medical Center President and CEO Judy Rich said she was pleased that Strange was recognized for her advocacy.
“Particularly in a time of dynamic change in the health care industry, Julia has been a powerful force in shaping conversations about the importance of sustaining strong, vibrant hospitals and health care networks.
As the leader of our community benefit efforts, Julia has been a force for good on so many levels, whether that’s sponsoring cycling events in the community, giving away booster seats, or working with elected officials on strengthening the health care landscape.”
Strange said she was humbled by the recognition. “I am truly honored to accept this award, but I have had a great deal of help from patients and valued community partners in spreading the message of the role hospitals like TMC play in their communities,” she said. “Our fundamental mission is not only about healing the sick, but also helping people become more engaged in their own health.”
As vice president of Community Benefit for TMC HealthCare, Strange has responsibility for government relations, community outreach, advertising and marketing, and strategic communication.
She serves on numerous community boards including the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Science of Sport, Pima County Workforce Investment Board, Employers Health Alliance of Arizona and the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism, Strange was a reporter before coming to TMC and is currently pursuing a master of science in jurisprudence through the Seton Hall School of Law.