|Headquarters||Phoenix, Arizona, satellite administrative offices in Greeley, Colorado|
|Key people||Peter S. Fine, President & CEO. John Hensing MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer |
|Products||Health care Services, Emergency room services, and medical group and primary care facilities|
Banner Health is a non-profit health system in the United States, based in Phoenix, Arizona. It operates 23 hospitals as well as specialized facilities. The health system is the 2nd largest employer in Arizona, only second to Walmart, employing more than 35,000 men and woman.
The organization provides emergency care, hospital care, hospice, long-term/home care, outpatient surgery centers, labs, rehab services, pharmacies, and more recently has begun operating primary care physician clinics, which include Banner Arizona Medical Clinic and Banner Medical Group. In 2010, it reported assets of $6.4 billion and revenues of $4.9 billion.
Banner Health was created in 1999 through a merger between Lutheran Health Systems, based in North Dakota, and Samaritan Health System, based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2001, Banner sold its operations in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, and became solely based in Phoenix.
Banner Health has partnered with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the original three comprehensive cancer centers in the United States established by the National Cancer Act of 1971, and has built a $90 million cancer center in Gilbert, Arizona. For 2014, MD Anderson Cancer Center was ranked #2 for cancer care in the "Best Hospitals" survey published in U.S. News & World Report. MD Anderson is widely regarded as among the best cancer hospitals in the United States.
- 2011 Arizona's Most Admired Companies
- 2010 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies
- Top 100 Hospitals to work for, 2009
- Banner Good Sam in Phoenix, AZ and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO have reached magnet hospital status
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (sometimes referred to by local residents as "Good Sam"), located immediately northeast of downtown Phoenix and is the flagship facility of Banner Health.
Lulu Clifton, a Deaconess in the Methodist Church from Nebraska, arrived in Phoenix in 1900, against her doctors' advice, to recover from tuberculosis. As she recovered, Clifton saw a need for a hospital in the growing desert town. Clifton, with the help of other prominent Methodists, founded the Arizona Deaconess Hospital in 1911 in a rented apartment building in downtown Phoenix, and started a nurse training program. In 1917 the group acquired land on McDowell Road and 10th Street (a remote, rural area of Phoenix at the time) for a permanent hospital structure, which (after construction was delayed for World War I) opened in 1923. (The modern complex sits on the site to this day.)
The hospital's name was changed to Good Samaritan Hospital in 1928.
In 1978, Good Samaritan broke ground for a 12-story hospital tower, which opened in 1982. The building, designed by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg (best known for his iconic Marina City complex) featured his signature ultra-modern architecture, which made the tower a Phoenix architectural icon. The expansion also made Good Samaritan the largest hospital in Arizona to date.
- "Built in downtown Phoenix, the Good Samaritan Hospital consisted of a twelve-story monolithic concrete bed tower, which rested on a lower, rectangular ancillary building housing support services. The ancillary building, a concrete framed structure with windowless walls of sprayed concrete, contained the functional support elements such as surgery, emergency, laboratory, labor-delivery, admissions and administration. A system of bridges connected the ancillary building support services with the appropriate bed floor.
- "Typical of Goldberg's health care facility designs, which placed the nurse at the heart of the design, he organized the 720 bed patient tower into patient 'clusters.' Each floor contained sixty beds, which were distributed in four separate fifteen-bed clusters organized around a nurse's station. A nurse administrator connected two clusters. The hospital was the first phase of a more extensive thirty-acre comprehensive health care and community development program, of which only parts were implemented."
The Medical Center is also home to several residency training programs including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Family Medicine and Pharmacy.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Banner Health is partnering with Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to build a $100 million cancer center in Gilbert, Arizona (southeast suburban Phoenix) on the Gateway campus. This facility opened in 2011 and offers outpatient services, including radiation treatment, diagnostic imaging, infusion therapy, cancer specific clinics and support services. Banner Gateway provides inpatient care such as surgery, interventional radiology and stem cell transplantation. In March of 2014, a 103,000 square feet, $62 million dollar expansion was completed to increase clinic space, infusion bays and radiation oncology facilities. 
Banner Health facilities can be found in seven states:
- At a Glance
- Arizona Republic Top 100 (http://www.azdatapages.com/datacenter/business/arizona-republic-top-100.html?fcompany=Banner+Health&Search=+++Search+++)
- See "Financial Statement 2010"
- "Banner selling facilities in eight states". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
- "Best Hospitals: Cancer". US News and World Report. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
- "AZ Most Admired Companies". Retrieved 7 November 2011.