I. Leticia "Letty" Ramirez, formerly chief marketing and communications officer for Carondelet, has accepted a new position as vice president for advocacy, government and community relations for the network.

"In today's environment, health reform is a top state and national priority which will shape the future of health care," said Ruth W. Brinkley, president and CEO, Carondelet Health Network. "It is important that Carondelet continue to take a leadership role in driving important legislative and public policy initiatives which will affect our community's health and the future of our ministry."

In her new role, Ramirez is being asked to "provide leadership for advocacy, public policy and government as well as forge partnerships with key local, regional and national organizations essential to the Carondelet 2020 Transforming Healthcare agenda," a release said.

Carondelet 2020 is the network's 10-year strategic plan to bring "important programs and services to the Southern Arizona region, create Centers of Excellence within its hospital system and strengthen the Carondelet patient experience."

"Letty possesses a deep sense of mission and commitment to Carondelet," noted Brinkley. "She has extensive knowledge of Carondelet's strategic vision for the future and her background in communications will be of great value in sharing that important message."

"I am thrilled to be able to able to serve in this new role as Carondelet embarks on this important journey to transform health care in our regional community," Ramirez said. "Working for a Catholic, faith-based organization committed to advancing the healing ministry of Christ through our hospitals, outpatient centers, community partnerships and alliances, is indeed, a great privilege."

Ramirez received a master's degree in business administration from Boston College and a master's degree in communication disorders from Western Michigan University.

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