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CEO Changes Announced for Banner hospitals


PHOENIX (May 15, 2012) – Banner Health today announced two CEO changes that will affect three of its metro Phoenix hospitals.

Debbie Flores, currently CEO at Banner Heart Hospital, will assume the role of CEO at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. Laura Robertson, currently CEO at Banner Baywood Medical Center, will assume the CEO roles for both Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. Both changes are effective May 21.

Flores assumed the CEO role at Banner Heart Hospital on Jan. 1, 2011, and before that served in the associate administrator role at both Banner Boswell and Banner Estrella medical centers. Before joining Banner in 2006, she served as chief operating officer at Paradise Valley Hospital, West Valley Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital in the Phoenix metro area.

“She has demonstrated the ability to drive results, build a caring culture committed to clinical excellence and she does so with energy, enthusiasm and excitement,” said Kathy Bollinger, Arizona West Region president.

Robertson has served as CEO at Banner Baywood since Jan. 1, 2011. Prior to that assignment she served as CEO of Banner Heart after previous stints as the hospital’s chief nursing officer, associate administrator and director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Operating Room units.

“She has a strong track record of performance and has expressed her passion and commitment to enhancing collaboration between the two hospitals,” said Becky Kuhn, Arizona East Region president. “Laura is also committed to elevating clinical and operational performance and preserving the uniqueness and contribution of both facilities.”

Having one CEO over both hospitals on the Banner Baywood campus provides many advantages, including the ability to:

  • Maximize leadership effectiveness with a CEO who has led both facilities and understands the issues and opportunities of each
  • Maintain the uniqueness of the respective facilities while improving campus collaboration
  • Leverage best practices across the campus
  • Enhance patient flow and placement.

Both Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital will remain separately licensed and, as such, will continue to support separate medical staffs.

About Banner Baywood Medical Center
Banner Baywood Medical Center is a 340-bed facility known for its world-class programs in stroke care, oncology, women’s health, orthopedics and surgical technologies. The facility opened in 1984 and serves the growing East Valley communities of Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Fountain Hills and areas of northeastern Pinal County. Banner Baywood Medical Center employs more than 1,500 health care professionals and support staff, and has approximately 500 volunteers.

About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care.

About Banner Heart Hospital
Banner Heart Hospital is one of the largest free-standing heart hospitals in the nation. It is the only accredited Heart Failure Institute in Arizona by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, and U.S. News & World Report lists Banner Heart Hospital among the Phoenix area’s “Best Hospitals” rankings for specialty services in heart care, heart surgery and geriatrics. The hospital’s emergency heart services, in conjunction with Banner Baywood Medical Center, received Chest Pain Center accreditation in 2011. Services at Banner Heart Hospital include open heart surgery, vascular care, interventional cardiology, heart failure and heart rhythm treatment, women’s heart care treatment and rehabilitation.

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 20 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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