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May 06, 2020

Celebrating Nurses Week 2020 with Rhonda Anderson, board member

Make-A-Wish® Arizona is excited to welcome Rhonda Anderson, president and consultant for RMA Consulting and former CEO of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, to its Board of Directors, which now totals 32 individuals who are dedicating volunteer time and efforts toward granting wishes for children with critical illnesses.

“With her years of experience in pediatric medicine, Rhonda understands the true value a wish experience has for children with critical illnesses,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “Her background and insight are invaluable as we grant wishes post COVID-19.” 

Anderson, who started her career as a nurse, has worked in health care for more than 40 years. She most recently was Chief Executive Officer of Cardon Children’s Medical Center from 2009 to 2016. She currently is a consultant for RMA Consulting and GHA Surveying and Consulting for medical travel programs. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and American College of Healthcare Trustees (ACHT). 

Even before joining the board, Anderson has worked with the chapter to establish a partnership between Make-A-Wish Arizona and District Medical Group Children’s Rehabilitative Services. This unique referral process using electronic medical record (EMR) has increased life-changing wish opportunities for eligible children receiving care at the clinic. This innovative approach to identifying new wish kids has paved the way for other medical programs to consider how their own electronic medical record can capture all eligible children they serve. 

“Research has shown that a wish can provide hope to a child with a critical illness and that hope becomes an important part of their medical journey,” said Anderson. “That same research showed that a wish kid had fewer hospital visits, emergency department visits and healthcare costs post wish. Which just proves that wishes are good medicine.”

We are excited to have Rhonda's medical expertise on the board as we celebrate Nurses Week 2020 and all the nurses, who like Rhonda, understand the true power of a wish. 

Rhonda and Gary Anderson with wish kid Isaiah

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Make-A-Wish Arizona is the founding chapter of Make-A-Wish, the international wish granting organization. Our chapter grants incredible wishes every day for Arizona children with critical illnesses. We want to share the stories of our wishes -- and the inspiration, creativity, imagination and life-affirming enthusiasm that they bring -- with you.

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