Steve Hilton Elected Chairman of Banner Health Foundation Board
Steven J. Hilton has been elected Chairman of the Board for the Banner Health Foundation. He will serve a two-year term on the 25-member Board for the Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of nonprofit Banner Health in Arizona.
Hilton is well-known in the Valley business and philanthropic community, having co-founded Scottsdale-based Meritage Homes in 1985 and overseeing its growth to become the seventh-largest public homebuilder in the United States today. He retired at the end of 2020 as Chairman and CEO and will continue to provide guidance and oversight as Executive Chairman of Meritage’s Board of Directors.
During Hilton’s tenure, Meritage expanded across nine states through a series of acquisitions and start-up operations in more than 20 metropolitan markets coast to coast. He established Meritage as the leader in energy-efficient homebuilding since 2010 and has driven Meritage to deliver more than 130,000 homes and achieve a market capitalization in excess of $3.5 billion.
Hilton and his wife, Suzi, have been longtime supporters of Banner Health. They were among the first donors to make a significant philanthropic investment to fuel the vision for the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute some 15 years ago. Suzi lost her mother to the disease in 2012.
“Banner is the largest and most innovative hospital system in Arizona and its mission and values match up to my own,” Hilton said. “I can’t think of a better way to invest my time and financial resources to advance medical care in my home state.”
The Hiltons have supported the Banner Health Foundation’s signature special events benefitting pediatrics, programs at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, the expansion of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to Tucson, Banner Behavioral Health programs for youth, Banner’s COVID-19 response efforts, and our giving circle known as WISH (Women Investing in Science and Health), of which Suzi is a member. They also support Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, the University of Arizona, TGen, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.