About Banner Desert Medical Center  


Nurse and doctor in the 1950s  

In 2008, Banner Desert Medical Center celebrated its 35th anniversary of providing excellent patient care to East Valley residents. Here's a chronology of our history:

1921 – John & Geneva LeSueur of Mesa donate their home for the community's first hospital of six beds

1923 – The home is named Southside District Hospital to be eligible for hospital district funds

1936 – A 37-bed hospital is built with WPA funds

1958 – Southside District Hospital has grown to 146 beds

1968 – Southside Good Samaritan merge

1970 – Ground is broken on Desert Samaritan Hospital

1973 – First patients admitted April 15, 1973 to the new hospital

1982 – New Tower, Laboratory, Radiology, Food Services, & Loading Dock are built

1985 – Care Center opens

1988 – Behavioral Health Center opens

1993 – Emergency department expands to 49 beds, West Entrance opens and Radiation Oncology expands

1998 – Samaritan Health Sytstem  signs Letter of Intent with Lutheran Health System and Banner Health is formed

2000 – Fourth tower is built to house Children's Center, expanded surgical suites, cardiac and ICU beds

2000 – Women's Center is expanded and remodeled to accommodate 8,000 annual deliveries

2002 – 65-bed neonatal intensive care unit opens

2002 – Hospital is designated as a Level III Perinatal Care Center by the Arizona Perinatal Trust

2003 – Hospital name is changed to Banner Desert Medical Center

2004 – Children's Center receives approval from state of Arizona to become Banner Children's Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center

2006 – Major expansion project begins. Project expands pediatric and adult programs and services at Banner Desert Medical Center.Anniversary photos

2007 – Banner Children's Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center breaks ground on a new seven-story pediatric tower.

2009 – Banner Children's Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center is renamed for the Cardon family, becoming Cardon Children's Medical Center.

Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-3000
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