Banner Health

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Banner Health
Non-profit organization
Industry Health Care
Founded 1999
Headquarters Phoenix, Arizona, satellite administrative offices in Greeley, Colorado[1]
Key people
Peter S. Fine, President & CEO[1]
John Hensing MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer[1]
Products Health care Services, Emergency room services, and medical group and primary care facilities
Number of employees

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 largest employer in Arizona as of April, 2015, with Walmart a close second. Banner employs more than 39,000 in Arizona alone.[2]

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.[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 became solely based in Phoenix.[5]

Banner also operates a Medicare Advantage insurance plan in the valley referred to as Banner MediSun.[6] Banner is in the process of undergoing organizational change and is in the innovation stage.

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.[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]

The Arizona Board of Regents recently approved Banner Health to take over the University of Arizona Health Network and will include the transition of UAHN and UA medical center's staff in Tucson to a Banner entity. The move was made to enhance the financial foundation of the University Medical Center and to reinvest in the facilities and operations of the medical center. The transaction also includes the affiliated UAHN physician medical groups.[10]


  • 2011 Arizona's Most Admired Companies[1]
  • 2010 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies[11][12]
  • Top 100 Hospitals to work for, 2009[13]
  • Banner Good Sam in Phoenix, AZ and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO have reached magnet hospital status[13]



Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, or "Good Sam") is 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."[14]

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.[15]

Good Sam hospital will be renamed to Banner University Medical Center Phoenix in the coming months as announced in 2015.[10]


Banner Health partnered with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, consistently one of the two two cancer centers ranked by U.S. News & World Report 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 2014, a 103,000 square feet, $62 million expansion was completed to increase clinic space, infusion bays and radiation oncology facilities.[16]

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 with MD Anderson experts, ensuring state of the art equipment and treatment capabilities are in place. MD Anderson provides clinical direction for the new cancer center, which is the broadest extension of its services outside Houston[17]

Location List[edit]

Banner Health facilities can be found in seven states:

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  1. ^ a b c d e "At a Glance". 
  2. ^ "AZ Central AZ Top 100 Employers". 
  3. ^ "Financial Statement 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  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][dead link]
  7. ^ "Best Hospitals: Cancer". US News and World Report. 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. ^ a b "Regents approve Banner-UA Health Network merger". 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  11. ^ [2] Archived November 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "AZ Most Admired Companies". Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Why Banner". 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Good Samaritan Hospital". Bertrand Goldberg. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Residency Programs - Banner Health - Phoenix - Arizona". Banner Health. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "About Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center". Retrieved 14 July 2016. 

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