Dr. Kope has been active in healthcare governance for over thirty years. Serving on the boards of two rural hospitals and one urban hospital in Arizona, he has provided service and leadership to the communities of Phoenix, Payson, and now Sierra Vista, where he is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona and is the Past Board Chair of the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center.  Dr. Kope has also been the Board Chairman of PMH Health Resources, Phoenix Memorial Hospital, Founding Chair of the Payson Regional Medical Center Foundation, and The Arizona Hospital Federation, a ten member Arizona hospital group. He was also a member of the Board of the Arizona Emergency Medical Systems and is currently a member of Arizona Hospital and Healthcare System's Government Relations Committee.

With leadership responsibilities at the national and regional levels, Dr. Kope was the Chairman of AHA's Committee on Governance and AHA's Leadership Development Committee. He has been a member of the AHAPAC Steering Committee as well. In addition, he completed an assignment as a member of JCAHO's Leadership Accountability Task Force. He also served as Chair of AHA's Trustee Leadership Network task force. He was a member of the Center for Healthcare Governance Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Core Competencies. In 2008 he was named as the Political Advocacy Champion for Arizona by the AHA and AzHHA, and he was named as the Most Valuable Player 2011 and 2012 for the AzHHA/AHA PAC. Dr Kope has also been a member of the National Board of Advisors, Center for Healthcare Governance, AHA.

Serving as a member of AHA's Regional Policy Board 8, Dr. Kope was instrumental in chairing and establishing the Western Regional Trustee Symposium, which is now in its twentieth  year, and he was recognized for his leadership by the eleven state associations in 2015.

Dr. Kope has been a speaker at national, regional, and state health care educational programs and is an instructor for the University of Phoenix in several academic areas, including Healthcare Administration. He also writes a bi-monthly health care column for the local newspaper.

Holding an earned doctorate in School Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University, Dr. Kope has taught at all academic levels from Junior High to Graduate School. He served as a high school principal in Phoenix, Arizona, for many years. Upon leaving public education, Dr. Kope held a position of major responsibility with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division as well as with the Navajo and Hopi Relocation Commission.

He served for thirty-two years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Kope's personal philosophy has always been: Do your job better than the person who gave it to you thought possible.

Featured Presentations

Governance 101
This program is designed for board members who are in their first three years of hospital board service. The program addresses several aspects of serving on a hospital board. Fiduciary duties, CEO-Board relations, credentialing, hospital organization, an awarenes of how hospitals are financed, regulatory aspects of hospitrals with which hospital trustees must deal, and competency based trustee selection and development.

Affiliations: The Journey
Sierra Vista Regional Health Center had outgrown its walls and needed to expand. Being an 88 bed sole proprietary hospital in a rural area, access to capital and the ability to meet debt service requirements for a new hospital were difficult challenges for myself as the  Board Chair and the CEO. After wrestling with ways of getting a new hospital, the Board concluded that an affiliation with a larger system was the only reasonable answer. The process of developing an affiliation can be challenging an tumultuous. The happenings and lessons learned through this experience of getting a new hospital will be shared in this presentation.

Board / CEO Relationships
One of the most challenging elements of hospital governance is the relationship between the CEO/senior staff and the hospital board. This session will focus on what CEOs need and look for from their boards, and what a board–through the board chair–anticipates from the CEO. It is necessary for good governance that a positive and productive team evolves between these two governance forces. The session will present critical elements of this evolution.

Speaker Topics

  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Mergers, Affiliations, Partnerships and Networks

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Webinar Presenter