Trends Interview – A Few Minutes with Howard C. Katz

A Few Minutes with … Howard C. Katz

Chairman, HonorHealth Foundation Board of Trustees

Can you tell us a little about HonorHealth Foundation?

HonorHealth Foundation was created by the merger of Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation and John C. Lincoln Health Foundation. Today, HonorHealth Foundation is the philanthropic arm of HonorHealth,
a non-profit, community-based health network. The goal of the Foundation is to build support for the many exemplary patient and community programs, services and projects which improve the health and well-being of the people in our communities.

How did you first become involved with then Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation?

My wife, Ellen and I moved to Arizona from New York in 1998. Our goal was to be very active in the community and support those organizations in which we are involved.
When I choose to lend my support to an organization, I don’t like to sit on the sidelines. I really want to become engaged in the mission and purpose. I was first introduced to the Foundation by Mike Greenbaum. And, the rest is history!

What do you like best about your role as Chairman of the HonorHealth Foundation Board of Trustees?

In my role, I have the distinction of being involved at many different levels and with many people – donors, volunteers, physicians, employees and my fellow Trustees.
It is my honor to serve on this distinguished board alongside such an outstanding group of men and women.

You are active in several local non-profit organizations. Why is healthcare so important to you?

Healthcare impacts each and every one of us at some time in our lives. We are very fortunate to have a local healthcare delivery system like HonorHealth. The type of expert medical care and research “firsts” offered through HonorHealth are typically found in academic settings. It is nice to know that this nationally recognized care is just around the corner, when we need it.
I am very proud to say that philanthropy has played a crucial part in the exceptional patient services and programs offered through HonorHealth. And, going forward will continue to play an even more vital role.
There is always something new and exciting in the healthcare industry and at HonorHealth. I feel very fortunate that I get to be a part of it.