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Banner Estrella names new Chief Medical Officer


PHOENIX (June 20, 2013) – Timothy Ranney, MD, has accepted the role of chief medical officer at Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W. Thomas Road, in west Phoenix. Dr. Ranney (pronounced “ran-ee”) will fill the vacancy created when former CMO Dr. Ken Welch accepted a position with a different organization in August. Dr. Ranney’s first day will be Sept. 3.

Dr. Ranney brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Banner Estrella having served in similar roles at other health systems, medical centers and health plans. He currently serves as vice president and chief medical officer at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, a 489-bed hospital that has achieved Top 100 hospital recognition from both Healthgrades and Truven Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

Prior to that, he was vice president of medical affairs for Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearny, Nebraska, a 287-bed facility, where he led efforts to reduce cardiovascular complications by 57 percent, cardiac-related deaths by 62 percent and an average length of stay reduction of 11 percent. In addition to these positions, he has served in physician leadership roles at a Nebraska health plan and an Iowa multi-specialty physician group. Dr. Ranney is a board-certified family medicine physician and holds an MBA from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

At Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Dr. Ranney developed extensive experience with peer review, a process in place at Banner Estrella, which holds physicians accountable for their behavior, patient safety and clinical quality. Dr. Ranney redesigned the hospital’s quality peer review process, an effort that helped cut surgical site infection rates in half. In his current role, he has also overseen the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient pharmacies, an experience that will benefit Banner Estrella as it prepares to open its own patient/family pharmacy later this year.

“As I’m sure you’d agree, Dr. Ranney brings exactly the kind of experience and leadership we need right now as we look toward the opening of a new patient tower, an expanded Emergency Department and other expanded services,” said Dr. Charlie Agee, chief medical officer of Banner Health’s Arizona West Region, a region that includes Banner Estrella. “Having served as BEMC’s first CMO, I feel confident in saying that Dr. Ranney will be an excellent addition to the BEMC team and that he will only help strengthen Banner Estrella’s reputation as the leading provider of care in the southwest Valley.”

About Banner Estrella Medical Center
Banner Estrella Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital in west Phoenix specializing in heart care, obstetrics, surgical services, Emergency services and diagnostic imaging services. One of the first fully-digital hospitals in the country, Banner Estrella has served as a model for dozens of new hospitals built around the world since it opened in 2005. The hospital is undergoing a major expansion that will add approximately 175 additional beds, an expanded Emergency department and more beds for new moms and babies. Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. For more information, visit or Facebook.

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