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Oct. 11: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Steve Narang  

Our Obstetrics and Gynecology Department has a long tradition of excellence for its highly recognized Residency Program and national recognition as a top 50 Department by U.S. News and World Report. Under Dr. Foley’s Leadership, they are now embarking on a journey for further elevation and differentiation with the creation of a model for a world-class Women’s Institute, focused on improving the health of all women in the population we serve.

Let’s read Dr. Foley’s words as he describes his first 12 months as a chair of the OB-GYN department and the vision for the future. Thank you to all who serve in Women and Infants Department in the hospital and the outstanding care teams that work tirelessly to make things Possible. Thank you for your conributions …

Steve Narang, MD, is the chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Sam

By Michael R. Foley, MD, Chairman and Program Director Obstetrics and Gynecology / Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix Campus

Michael FoleyHas it really been almost a year since I became chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology? 

It certainly has been a great — and fast — 12 months, and for two reasons. First of all, the close personal attention of Drs. Mattox, Erickson, Urig and all our associate/assistant directors has made my transition virtually seamless. It is wonderful to have such supportive faculty!

Secondly, I am having a blast! I especially enjoy twice-daily rounding with our residents, our passionate and intrinsically motivated staff, and our dedicated nursing professionals.  

Looking back, one of the biggest challenges so far has been a request from our new CEO, Dr. Steve Narang. He asked me to develop a comprehensive strategy for evolving our residency program and department toward a formal academic medical center model. This called for partnering with a medical school to transition from an outstanding program and department with GME programs to a co-branded, full-fledged academic medical center, unique among all Banner facilities.

In response, our program leaders, faculty and resident representatives held a strategic planning session as part of our Annual Program Review in the spring. We constructed and declared our program’s vision statement and melded the intent with that of the Department of Women’s and Infant’s Services. The result was a collective, mutually endorsed mission statement.


Our Residency Program exists to inspire and empower residents to be: providers of the highest quality of patient care, humanistic physicians and altruistic leaders and teachers in the realm of Women’s Health, by fostering a nurturing environment that emphasizes the following five initiatives:  Inquisitive scholarship and lifelong learning, comprehensive education, professional behavior (professionalism, respect, collegiality, humility), whole life harmony and fair, inclusive and transparent leadership.


Through an outstanding local, national and international identity of trust and value, enabled by a robust integration of Graduate Medical Education (GME) with the clinical care delivery model, the Banner Good Samaritan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to “Making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.”

This strong work to align our department and residency program under a common mission — coupled with Dr. Mattox’s brilliant work years ago to establish the academic leadership structure with single-chairman oversight of both the residency program and department — serves as the foundation for our expanded future academic department model.

With a shared mission and vision and a strong structural foundation, our efforts then turned to developing a complementary strategic plan.

Our strategy begins with recruiting and retaining outstanding, world-class academic faculty. This will enable innovative teaching methodologies and breakthrough clinical/basic science research in conjunction with a medical school. These efforts will translate to bedside care in our hospital through an improved culture for learning, evolving and innovating toward a state-of-the-art clinical practice model. 
Following our mission and strategy will result in superior outcomes for moms and babies, superior patient and family exposure and an increased market share — fulfilling Banner’s mission of “Making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.” It also will enhance our reputation for trust and value in women’s and infants' health care delivery, further enabling us to recruit and retain outstanding academic faculty.

Needless to say, this is very exciting for all of us! As we continue to change and evolve, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protect the culture of the department — a culture so engaging and special that it stands at the forefront of our initial attraction to Good Sam and the reason so many return!

It is a culture defined by the stability of fair, inclusive and transparent leadership; where hope is provided in the form of an inspiring future and compassion highlights each day. Importantly, there is also trust exemplified by sincerity, competence and reliability in all of our actions at every interpersonal encounter. Ultimately it is a culture of care — for each other and our patients.

Like many of you, I love Good Sam. I love it for what it has been and what it will continue to be.


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1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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