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Cherie Martin named CEO for Banner Behavioral Health Hospital


Monique “Cherie” Martin, RN, BSN, MSN, MHA, FACHE, has accepted the position of chief executive officer at the Banner Behavioral Health Hospital effective January 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 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 the 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,” said Martin,

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.

Banner Gateway Medical Center
Higley Road and US 60
1900 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
(480) 543-2000
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