Historical Timeline

1999 – Nonprofits Samaritan Health System and Lutheran Health Systems announced their merger to create Banner Health. Lutheran Health Systems was known since 1938 as a respected health care provider in the rural West and Midwest. Samaritan Health System, formed in 1911, was known for clinical excellence provided in communities in California and Arizona, primarily in the Phoenix metro area.


  • Peter S. Fine appointed president and chief executive officer of Banner Health; Banner’s 2020 stair-step plan for industry leadership was created.


  • Banner opened its first brand-new hospital, Banner Estrella Medical Center, built with state-of-the-art technology in electronic medical records and Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) system to reduce and eliminate medical errors. Banner Estrella served as the franchise model for all new hospital construction and “paper-light” processes.


  • Banner opened the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, a leading destination in Arizona and the nation for Alzheimer’s disease care and treatment through research, and support to patients and families.


  • Banner Gateway Medical Center opened, using the Banner Estrella franchise model.


  • Sun Health transitioned into Banner Health, creating Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Sun Health Research Institute.


  • Cardon Children’s Medical Center opened on the campus of Banner Desert Medical Center.
  • Banner Simulation Education Center, the largest "virtual hospital" of its kind, opened at Banner Corporate Center - Mesa.
  • Banner Medical Group named its first CEO and began its expansion campaign. By 2013, BMG had more than 1,000 providers representing 65 specialties.


  • The David Walsh Cancer Center opened on the campus of Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling, CO.
  • Banner Ironwood Medical Center in San Tan Valley is opened.


  • Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center opened Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the campus of Banner Gateway Medical Center.
  • Banner Health Network incorporated; contracts signed with seven major insurers. As of July 2014, BHN will serve 300,000 covered lives.


  • Banner Medical Group opened its first Banner Health Center. BMG now operates 10 health centers and more than 150 clinics across six states.
  • Banner received Stage 7 for 21 of its hospitals. Stage 7 is the highest level on a nationally recognized scale used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.


  • Banner Health introduced MyBanner patient portal, enabling patients to access their health information 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
  • Banner named Top 5 of Large Health Systems by Truven Analytics for clinical quality for the third time in four years.
  • Arizona Regional Medical Center in Apache Junction welcomed into Banner and became Banner Goldfield Medical Center.
  • Banner Family Pharmacy Services division created.


  • Casa Grande Regional Medical Center welcomed into the Banner and became Banner Casa Grande Medical Center.


  • March - University of Arizona Health network welcomed into Banner Health system to form Banner – University  Medicine encompassing Banner – University Medical Centers in Tucson, South and Phoenix.
  • April - Opened Banner Fort Collins Medical Center in Colorado
  • August -- Banner Payson Medical Center is welcomed into the Banner Health system.