MHW Named as an FQHC
Effective October 31, 2013, Mountain Health & Wellness has added a new dimension to our identity. We are now a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Health Resource Services Administration’s (HRSA) grant award process is extremely competitive and challenging, but with undaunted perseverance, we made it!! To the best of our knowledge, we are the first behavioral health organization in Arizona to receive this award and the only new FQHC award for Arizona this year. This says a lot about our pioneering spirit and innovative model of health and wellness.
This is truly a proud and transformative event for us and for our community. As an FQHC, we will be able to expand our reach and respond to even more of Pinal County’s severely underserved health needs in ways we haven’t been able to before. With this award, we are now among an elite group of FQHC’s in Arizona, such as Mountain Park Health Center, Adelante, Sun Life, Marana, and others. This amazing growth opportunity makes us a stronger organization.
While this grant supports our Pinal County services, it opens the door to apply for expansion grants for our Yuma services as well as other possibilities down the road.
Jennifer Siozos named as CEO
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Jennifer Siozos has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Health & Wellness. Jennifer started her career with MHW in May of 2000 and during her tenure has performed multiple roles that bring a wealth of knowledge to the position.
The search process for MHW Chief Executive Officer was facilitated by Kelly LeFevre [MHW HR]. The selection process included reviewing 70 plus resumes. The field of qualified applicants were further reduced through a rigorous screening process. A final pool of five candidates were invited to participate in a two hour interview with the interview committee consisting of the Board Chair Sharon Stinard, Vice Chair Arnold Freeman, and Apache Junction, Assistant City Manager Bryant Powell.
The Board very much appreciates the warm welcome that was given by staff members to the visiting external candidates and for your excellent professionalism that showcased MHW for the fine organization that it is.
By the appointment of Ms. Siozos, to the position of CEO, the Board reaffirms its confidence in both the strength and forward direction of Mountain Health & Wellness. We are confident that her Leadership will embrace the vision of Mountain Health & Wellness as a leader in the field of integrated health.
The Board of Directors invites you to join us in extending congratulations to Jennifer as she assumes her new role.
MHW names as the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year by the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
I am very excited to share with all of you that MHW received the Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce for 2012! It is very nice and very well deserved for our team to be recognized for the hard work and the important contributions all of us make to the communities we serve.
At the Awards Banquet, Michelle, Maria-Elena and I shared that our organization is very committed to continuing on with Rob’s vision to make Apache Junction the healthiest, happiest community. While this award came from the AJ Chamber of Commerce, I think that our vision is true for all of the communities we serve.
On behalf of the MHW Board of Directors and Executive Team-thank you to all of you for all you do. You’re making a difference every day and our communities are noticing!
Jennifer Siozos MC, LPC
Earthheart Park Officially Opens
Earthheart Park located just north of our main campus at Superstition Blvd. and Plaza was officially opened on Friday November 2, 2012 with a well-attended Open House. Citizens from Apache Junction and surrounding communities along with our staff, members of the City of Apache Junction staff, City Council-members and many others MHW is associated with attended. There was music, food and time for people to walk the path and look around the new park. While it’s not quite finished yet, you can see from the picture what it looks like and can imagine the finished park. Please take time to come by and see Earthheart Park, spend some time walking around and enjoy the surroundings.
This picture shows the park just prior to the start of the open house.
MHW NEW BUILDING IN TOP 10
The City of Apache Junction has identified it’s Top 10 accomplishments for 2010. Mountain Health & Wellness is very proud of the fact that we were chosen by city officials as the number one achievement for the City of Apache Junction. While we tied for the top spot with the opening of the Arizona Regional Medical Center in AJ the support in developing our new 35,000sf integrated health care facility scored high points with city officials. The new MHW facility is scheduled to open in early March 2011. Please read more about this honor for MHW on the front page of Apache Junction News.