Cherie Martin named CEO for Banner Behavioral Health Hospital
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 29, 2011) – Monique “Cherie” Martin, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, FACHE, has accepted the position of chief executive officer at the Banner Behavioral Health Hospital effective Jan.1, 2012. She replaces Pat Little-Upah, who is retiring in December after 30 years of service.
Martin is currently the chief nursing officer at Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Medical Center. She joined Banner in her current role two years ago and has been instrumental in the campus’s turnaround in financial, operational and patient experience areas. Active on many Banner system teams, she has been the leader of the Arizona CNO group for the past year.
“Her change management skills, collaborative approach, strategic thinking, drive to action, focus on patient experience and employee engagement, and passion for clinical excellence have placed her among the top leaders within Banner Health," said Becky Kuhn, president, Banner Health Arizona East Region. "She has the perfect set of skills to provide leadership at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital and across the behavioral health service line within Banner.”
Martin developed and implemented new programs for Banner Desert, including Transition and Observation Units and has been a leader of change for the campus and for Banner.
"I hope that the synergy that I have gained here will parlay well to Banner Behavioral Health Hospital and we will continue to move the program into a very prominent role within Banner Health as we develop the behavioral health and care delivery systems in an accountable care organization model,” Martin said.
Before joining Banner Health, Martin served as director of patient care services at Charter Palms Behavioral Health Systems in McAllen, Texas, and chief nursing officer positions in Texas and Ohio. She also served as executive director of the Easter Seals Society of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen.
Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She additionally completed a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
About Banner Behavioral Health Hospital
Banner Behavioral Health Hospital is part of nonprofit Banner Health, the leading provider of health care services with 23 acute-care hospitals throughout the West. Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., Banner Behavioral Health offers a wide range of safe, confidential and compassionate treatments for adults, adolescent teens and children facing mental health and substance-abuse challenges. Our nonprofit services are conveniently located throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area for those who need help with psychiatric and addiction issues.
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.
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