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Banner Health announces leadership changes to realign its acute care services

Includes elevated and expanded leadership roles for several current executives

PHOENIX (Sept. 6, 2022) — Banner Health today announced leadership changes that create greater alignment for the acute care division to further its mission of making health care easier, so life can be better. The changes elevate and expand leadership roles for several current Banner executives.

The changes include creating a senior vice president (SVP) position for acute care delivery, filled by Todd Werner, who previously served as division president for Banner’s Arizona Region. He will have system oversight for acute care, reporting to Amy Perry, president and chief operating officer.

Werner joined Banner in 2008 as CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center, and since then has served in a variety of leadership roles, including CEO of Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at Banner Gateway.

Backfilling Werner as division president for Banner’s Arizona Region is Lamont Yoder, who is promoted from his position as CEO of Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, located on the Banner Gateway campus. Yoder joined Banner in 2012 and has served in several leadership positions within the organization. In the new role, Banner’s Arizona community delivery hospital CEOs will report to Yoder.

Backfilling Yoder’s previous hospital CEO roles are Brian Kellar and Michael Herring. Kellar, who is CEO of Banner Ironwood and Banner Goldfield medical centers, will expand his CEO leadership scope to include Banner Baywood and Banner Heart Hospital. Herring is promoted to CEO of Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at Banner Gateway, where he most recently served as chief operating officer.

Kellar, who joined Banner in 2015, has held executive health care leadership roles in rural and urban settings within comprehensive health systems in hospital and post-acute environments. Herring, who joined Banner in 2011, has worked in multiple acute and non-acute settings. He began his career as an emergency room nurse and progressed into leadership roles as an executive in both rural and urban organizations.

“Banner has outstanding acute care leadership throughout the system and this alignment will help accelerate our goals in quality, safety, service and efficiency,” said Perry.

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also has an academic division, Banner – University Medicine, and a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health-insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits, and Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. Patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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