Bruce Pearson, chief executive officer of Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Childrens Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., has resigned. Pearson, 51, left the hospital, effective Friday, after 11 years. He has been with the not-for-profit Banner Health for 25 years.
His abrupt departure was for unspecified personal reasons.
Pearson was in the midst of overseeing the biggest construction project in the Banner Health system. Banner Desert broke ground in May on a $339 million expansion of its 622-bed facility, which will include a new 120-bed childrens hospital, slated to open in 2009.
In a letter to employees, Susan Edwards, president of Banner Healths Arizona region, thanked Pearson for his service and announced that Rhonda Anderson, pediatric administrator for Banner Health, would serve in an interim leadership role at Banner Desert.
The system will begin a national search for a replacement, which could take several months, Edwards wrote in the letter.
Last week Banner Health and Sun Health, a two-hospital system based in Phoenix, announced a proposed merger. Pearson's departure was not related to the proposed merger, said Peter Fine, Banner Health president and CEO. -- by Rebecca Vesely