Kuhn earned her master’s degree in nursing from the UA in 1980, and as part of Homecoming weekend, was honored at a UA Alumni Association awards ceremony on Oct. 23, and a UA College of Nursing awards breakfast on Oct. 24.
“In her many leadership roles, Rebecca has provided and continues to provide remarkable leadership in shaping a health system for the future and making Arizona communities stronger,” said Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UA College of Nursing. “Her outstanding accomplishments have brought noteworthy credit to the state of Arizona, the University of Arizona and the College of Nursing. Her service to the profession and to the community is exceptional.”
Since 2002, Kuhn has held a number of high-ranking leadership roles within Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the nation. In her current role, Kuhn is responsible for integration and strategic, financial and clinical operations of Banner Health’s Arizona East Division, Arizona West Division, and Western Division (25 hospitals in seven states); Banner Medical Group (1,300 providers in six states); Banner Pharmacy Services; Banner Home Care and Hospice; and Banner Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Her previous roles include serving as president of the Arizona East Region for Banner Health (2009-2015) and several CEO positions, including at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (2008-2009), Banner Gateway Medical Center (2005-2008) and Banner Mesa Medical Center (2002-2007).
In addition to a long and successful career in hospital administrative leadership, Kuhn’s contributions to nursing and her community are remarkable. She is former president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, and held positions in critical care as a staff nurse, head nurse, educator and clinical nurse specialist in a variety of settings, including the University of Arizona.
An active leader in her community, Kuhn is a current board member of the East Valley Partnership and has prior affiliations with the Gilbert Education Foundation, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, Mesa United Way, the Healthcare Institute Advisory Board (Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association), the Arizona Task Force on Workforce Regulation and Credentialing (Maricopa Community College District) and served as corporate recruitment chair for the 1999 Juvenile Diabetes Association Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Kuhn also has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Phoenix, North Phoenix, Gilbert, and Arizona Chambers of Commerce. On professional, motivational and clinical topics, she has given more than 40 presentations across the United States and in four other countries. In addition, she has authored more than 20 publications, including two books on critical care standards published by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Outcome Standards, 1990; and Education Standards, 1986. In 2006, she was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.