December 28, 2008
Dan gives his acceptance speech as Valley Leadership's 2007 Man of the Year.
Dan Coleman, president and chief executive officer of John C. Lincoln Health Network, has been named 2007 Man of the Year by Valley Leadership.
The award is the most prestigious personal honor offered by the Phoenix-based civic group, which was founded in 1978 to recognize and encourage the abilities of individuals to serve and strengthen their communities.
Man of the Year salutes an individual's significant visionary leadership and community service in the Valley — particularly what a candidate does outside of his career.
Previous honorees include Sen. Barry Goldwater, Frank Snell, A.J. "Jack" Pfister, Eddie Basha, Herb Drinkwater and Lattie Coor.
"Part of a Great Team"
Dan was officially honored as Valley Leadership's Man of the Year during a formal luncheon on March 20, 2008, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
As one of the Valley's most important and celebrated events, the luncheon provided a fitting tribute to the man who has led John C. Lincoln into its current status as a national model of excellence in health care delivery.
While Dan was the award's recipient, he told the audience that he really shared the honor with thousands of others.
"In accepting this honor I confess I'm flattered, but more than a little embarrassed," he said. "It makes it seem like this was all my doing.
"The fact is I am part of a great team of people starting with our boards of directors, our philanthropic supporters, the physicians on our medical staffs, all our wonderful volunteers and my 3,500 co-workers at John C. Lincoln."
He also spoke about the achievements of the Desert Mission programs. "The work we've done and its impact on the lives of thousands of children has been a source of great pride for all of us involved in John C. Lincoln," he said.
As chief executive of John C. Lincoln for two decades, Dan has ensured that the health network would meet the North Valley's rapidly expanding health care needs.
Under his tenure, John C. joined with Deer Valley Hospital and built health centers in North Phoenix and Anthem, created Mendy's Place — the North Valley's only pediatric emergency center — at Deer Valley Hospital, and expanded the Level I Trauma Center at North Mountain Hospital.
During the same time, Dan spearheaded economic and social development within his community. He encouraged establishment of endowments to support John C. Lincoln's community service programs, including Desert Mission's Community Health Center, Food Bank, Children's Dental Clinic and Neighborhood Renewal program.
His achievements beyond John C. Lincoln include chairing the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board, while serving on its Board of Trustees. He is also past chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, a current board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and a member of the board of trustees of St. Luke's Health Initiatives.
Dan's wisdom, experience and credibility have led legislative committees in Congress and the Arizona legislature to seek his testimony on a wide range of public and political issues associated with health care delivery.
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