Night of Heroes

Maricopa Health Foundation celebrates medical heroes

More than 300 guests attended Maricopa Health Foundation’s third Night of Heroes. The April 25 event at Phoenix Art Museum celebrated heroic patient stories and recognized the Maricopa Integrated Health System (soon to be Valleywise Health) doctors, nurses, employees and community first responders who are behind-the-scenes heroes each day.

Derek Boehm, RN, a military veteran, former firefighter, paramedic and flight paramedic was this year’s honoree. His life was changed forever in a fatal helicopter crash during a routine flight in the Superstition Mountains. The sole survivor, Boehm spent hours alone in the cold with life-threatening injuries, hoping to be found. Following a long recovery, Derek completed his training to become a registered nurse, and now works alongside the same doctors and nurses who saved his life.

The event highlighted MIHS’s role as Arizona’s only public teaching hospital and shared how the safety net health system is addressing Arizona’s health provider shortage. Karie Dozer emceed the event. Funds raised will go toward advanced technology and training resources at MIHS.


Lisa and Ned Blum

Sherri Quinn, Jill Krigsten-Riley and Karie Dozer; Scott and Roelyn Meyer 

Oscar De Las Salas and Salvador Bretts-Jamison

Barrett Coughlin and Patrick Barrett

Natalia Wilson, MD; Garth Gemar, MD; Marcia Scott; and Lauren Vargas

Nate Lowrie, Bart Patterson, Jinx Patterson and Nadine Basha

Mi-Ai Parrish, Jeff Wells, Steve Beuerlein, Kate Wells and Bryan Jeffries

Neil and Susie Biskind, and Phil Gerard

Noel and Rob Gosnell

Bill Byron, Claire Agnew and Mike Agnew

Monnie Calfee and Anna Marie Palumbo

Veronica and Sheriff Paul Penzone

Nick and Gina Vanderwey, John and Karen Felty, Nancy and John Hoopes

Josh Lewis, MD; Lisa Jarr; and Jeff Fassett

Warren Whtiney, Phil Gerard and Steve Purves 

Russ Dickey and Rod Riley

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