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G. Anton Decker, M.B.B.Ch., named Chief Medical Officer for Banner Medical Group

 

Dr. Decker

PHOENIX (April 19, 2012) – G. Anton Decker, M.B.B.Ch., has accepted the position of chief medical officer for Banner Medical Group. Dr. Decker will join the Banner Medical Group leadership team on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. His office will be located at the Banner Corporate Center in Phoenix.

A respected gastroenterologist, Dr. Decker is an expert in patient care, patient safety, and biomedical informatics. He served in various leadership roles including associate chair for Quality and Safety with the Department of Internal Medicine, a physician leader for Mayo Clinic’s Electronic Medical Record Convergence, and chair of the Mayo Clinic Enterprise Diagnosis and Problem List Task Force.

“We could not be more pleased to have someone of Dr. Decker’s clinical caliber joining the BMG team,” said Jim Brannon, CEO for Banner Medical Group. “His medical leadership will be critical as we begin our journey to transform the way we deliver care across six states and through a growing number of Banner Health Centers and Clinics.

“Dr. Decker will also work hand-in-hand with Banner Health Network CMO Dr. Tricia Nguyen to assure we are meeting and exceeding the expectations of our new Banner Health Network members, and our partner organizations,” Brannon added.

A native of South Africa, Dr. Decker received his medical degree from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale and Rochester, and earned a Gastroenterology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Decker is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. He has a Masters degree in Health Administration and is a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives where he serves on the Arizona Regent’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Decker joins Banner after a 10-year career at the Mayo Clinic, first in Rochester, Minn., before moving to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2004. At Mayo Clinic, he served as director of the Gastroenterology Hospital Practice, program director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship, and medical director of the Pancreas Clinic. He has published 43 peer-reviewed manuscripts and delivered more than 50 local, national and international medical lectures.

About Banner Medical Group
Banner Medical Group is a group of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners located in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. Our highly-qualified health care professionals are dedicated to providing excellent care, superior outcomes and an outstanding patient experience. To learn more about the Banner Medical Group, please visit www.bannerhealth.com/bmg.

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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