Terri Hoffman of Ahwatukee started her fundraising for St. Joseph's Hospital by heading its Health and Wellness Raffle
Special to AFN

Long-time Ahwatukee resident Terri Hoffman has been appointed president of St. Joseph’s Foundation.

She will be responsible for developing and directing all aspects of philanthropic fundraising for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.

Hoffman “has been an integral member of Dignity Health’s philanthropy team for five years, playing a vital role in the success of numerous fundraising initiatives that have expanded medical services for patients, enhanced the education of physicians- and nurses-in-training, and accelerated research targeting causes and cures for common, complex and devastating diseases,” St. Joseph’s spokesman Drew Whitney said.

For the past three years, she has served as the vice president of development for St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation.

There, she has led a team that raised more than $50 million to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital and Barrow Neurological Institute and the thousands of patients treated there every year.

“It’s extremely rewarding to lead fundraising for St. Joseph’s Hospital, which has been providing the highest level of medical care to patients longer than any other facility in the Valley,” said Hoffman. “I’m fortunate to have great leadership support through the hospital administration, a dedicated staff and a generous donor community to fulfill this amazing legacy.

“Together, we leverage better medical care for our community and share the experience of spreading humankindness,” she added. “It’s very gratifying.”

During Hoffman’s tenure and through the support of the foundation she leads, St. Joseph’s Hospital has celebrated the opening of St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center and UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s, a state-of-the-art facility providing comprehensive cancer care in downtown Phoenix.

“Terri is an outstanding leader, supporter and advocate for St. Joseph’s,” said Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, adding:

“Her tireless philanthropy work on behalf of the hospital has been remarkable and has benefited the organization and countless patients. I anticipate that Terri will take St. Joseph’s Foundation to even greater levels of success.”

The foundation has helped the Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s increase its transplantation services.

Whitney cited “a surge in lung transplants as well as capacity for performing liver and kidney transplants.”

“In 2016, the institute performed more lifesaving lung transplant procedures that any other facility in the nation, while maintaining higher than average one-year survival rates,” he said.

St. Joseph’s also provides trauma, brain and spine care, surgery, rehabilitation, and treatment related to high-risk pregnancies and multiple and premature births.

Hoffman is an Arizona native with more than three decades of experience in strategic development and direct fundraising. Her experiences include fundraising for both small local and large national organizations through personal solicitation and corporate partnerships.  

She began her career with Dignity Health first as manager of Donor Acquisition and Engagement at St. Joseph’s Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation and Dignity Health Foundation East Valley, and then as a successful director of the Health & Wealth Raffle.   

Hoffman graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in political science before operating her own political consulting business serving clients from multiple states. She resettled in Ahwatukee to be closer to her family and to raise her daughter Jillian, a freshman at Desert Vista High School.  

Established 122 years ago, St. Joseph’s is the longest operating medical facility in Phoenix and one of the largest hospitals in Arizona. It is home to Barrow Neurological Institute, a center for treatment of devastating brain and spine conditions.

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