Banner Health

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Banner Health
Non-profit organization
Industry Health Care
Predecessors Samaritan Health System
Lutheran Health Systems
Founded 1999; 19 years ago (1999)
Headquarters Phoenix Plaza
Phoenix, Arizona
Number of locations
28 hospitals [1] (2018)
Areas served
Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming
Key people
Peter S. Fine, President & CEO [2]
Products Health care services, emergency room services, medical group and primary care facilities
Revenue $7.83 billion [3] (2017)
$5.78 million [3] (2017)
Total assets $11.67 billion [3] (2017)
Number of employees
50,000+ [1] (2017)
Website Official Website
Footnotes / references
Making health care easier, so life can be better. (Mission)

Banner Health is a non-profit health system in the United States, based in Phoenix, Arizona. It operates 28 hospitals and several specialized facilities across 6 states. The health system is the largest employer in Arizona and one of the largest in the United States with over 50,000 employees. [1]

The organization provides emergency and hospital care, hospice, long-term/home care, outpatient surgery, labs, rehabilitation services, pharmacies, and primary care. In early 2018, it reported assets of $11.6 billion and revenues of $7.8 billion for the previous year. [3]

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.[4] In 2001, Banner sold its operations in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, and made its sole headquarters in Phoenix.[5]

Banner also operates a Medicare Advantage insurance plan in the valley referred to as Banner MediSun.[6]

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 2016, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas was ranked #1 for cancer care in the "Best Hospitals" survey published in U.S. News & World Report.[7] MD Anderson is widely regarded as among the best cancer hospitals in the United States.[8]

In 2006 Banner Health launched a telemedicine program. The health system determined the telemonitoring saved 34,000 ICU days and close to 2,000 lives in 2013 based on APACHE II predicted length of stay and mortality rates.[9]

In 2016, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a merger between Banner Health and the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN). This new Banner division, Banner - University Medicine and its employed physician group, Banner - University Medical Group (BUMG) brought Banner Health into the forefront of academic medicine. As part of the deal, the former University of Arizona Medical Center and University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus, in Tucson, AZ, were renamed Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and Banner - University Medical Center South, respectively. Banner Good Samaritan hospital in Phoenix was also renamed, to Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, to reflect its new designation as the primary teaching hospital of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. To upgrade the aging infrastructure of all of these facilities, Banner Health pledged nearly $1.5 billion to several major construction projects in Phoenix and Tucson that are currently ongoing.[10]


The University of Arizona Cancer Centre In Tucson, AZ


Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, or "Good Sam") is located immediately northeast of downtown Phoenix and is one of the flagship facilities of Banner Health. It is one of three university hospitals operated by Banner Health in conjunction with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson, with Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and Banner - University Medical Center South (both in Tucson, AZ) being the other two such facilities.


Lulu Clifton, a Deaconess in the Methodist Church from Nebraska, arrived in Phoenix in 1900, against her doctor's 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 area of rural Phoenix at the time) for a permanent hospital structure which, after construction was delayed during World War I, opened to the public 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, 720 bed hospital tower which opened in 1982. This tower, designed by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg (best known for his iconic Marina City complex), featured his signature ultra-modern architecture, making the tower a Phoenix architectural icon. The expansion also made Good Samaritan the largest hospital in Arizona to date.[11]

New construction

Banner will invest nearly $1 billion in new clinics and hospital towers in Tucson and Phoenix. Those projects include a $179 million emergency department scheduled to open July 2017, a $239 million patient tower set to open in late 2018, and a $50 million clinical space near the existing BUMCP facility.[12] The 700,000-sq.-ft. Emergency Department and patient tower expansion project includes a three-story podium that accommodates the emergency department relocation, new observation space on the first floor, and new operating rooms and administration on the second floor. The 13-story patient tower will house 256 patient beds as well as two shell floors for future build-out.[3]


The medical center hosts 3rd and 4th year medical students from its major affiliated medical school, the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. It is also home to several residency training programs sponsored by the College of Medicine. These include Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Orthopaedic Surgery, Family Medicine, Neurology, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery. A number of fellowship programs are also sponsored. In total, over 300 residents and fellows are based at the facility.[13]


Banner Health partnered with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (based at Texas Medical Center in Houston), consistently one of the two highest-ranked cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report, to build a $100 million cancer center in Gilbert, Arizona at Banner Gateway Medical Center. 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 2014, a 103,000 square feet, $62 million expansion was completed to increase clinic space, infusion bays and radiation oncology facilities.[14] Patients at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center receive care based on the same protocols and practice standards provided at MD Anderson and benefit from integration with MD Anderson specialists in Houston. The new facilities were designed in collaboration with MD Anderson experts, ensuring state of the art equipment and treatment capabilities are in place. MD Anderson provides clinical direction for the cancer center which is the broadest extension of its services outside Houston.[15]

Location List[edit]

Banner Health operates 28 hospitals, mostly in the Western United States. These facilities can be found in six states:


The following comprise the senior leadership of Banner Health as of August, 2018: [2]

  • Peter S. Fine, President and CEO
  • David M. Bixby, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel
  • Naomi Cramer, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Marjorie Bessel, MD, Chief Clinical Officer
  • Becky Kuhn, Chief Operating Officer
  • Dennis Laraway, Chief Financial Officer
  • D. Scott Nordlund, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer


  • 2011 Arizona's Most Admired Companies
  • 2010 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies[16][17]
  • Top 100 Hospitals to work for, 2009[18]
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO have reached Magnet status[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Banner Health at a Glance". Banner Health. Banner Health. Retrieved August 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Senior Leadership". Banner Health. Banner Health. Retrieved August 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Banner Health and Subsidiaries, Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, with Report of Independent Auditors" (PDF). EMMA. Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. March 16, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018. 
  4. ^ McKinney, Maureen (2010-06-14). "Looking at the big picture". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Banner selling facilities in eight states". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Best Hospitals: Cancer". US News and World Report. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ James Patterson (2013-08-16). "10 Best Cancer Hospitals". Livestrong.Com. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  9. ^ "A glimpse into Banner Health's telemedicine success". Becker's Hospital Review. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  11. ^ "Good Samaritan Hospital". Bertrand Goldberg. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Banner to invest $1 billion for facilities in Tucson, Phoenix". Retrieved 2016-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Graduate Medical Education - Residency Programs". The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  14. ^ Mungenast, Eric. "Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center preview set for March 22 in Gilbert - East Valley Tribune: Gilbert". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  15. ^ "About Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center". Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived November 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "AZ Most Admired Companies". Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Why Banner". 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 

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