Banner Health is reorganizing to place more focus on clinical quality and splitting its large Arizona division into two regions.
System shuffles execs, one leaving
The move comes as the Phoenix-based not-for-profit system works to marry clinical quality initiatives with health information technology systems and innovations across its 25 hospitals in seven states. Banners public announcement of the restructuring came shortly after another system, Chesterfield, Mo.-based Sisters of Mercy Health System, said it named five new senior managers as part of an executive leadership restructuring of the 17-hospital system (See story, p. 34).
For Banner, the change was made to help the organization get bigger. The structure we have in place today is not scalable to grow the organization, said Peter Fine, president and CEO of Banner Health. The strategic game plan suggests that as we move out of the growth phase and into an innovation phase, we need to restructure.
To help lead the effort, Banner Health has promoted John Hensing, 61, to the role of executive vice president and chief medical officer. Hensing, a general internist, was previously senior vice president of care management quality and has been with Banner Health for 14 years.
Among the areas Hensing will spearhead are medical informatics, risk management, bedside automation, clinical education and patient safety. One initiative will be working to improve care delivery in high-risk areas such as surgery, including pursuing timeouts in the operating room, Hensing said. Weve made enormous strides in overall clinical improvement, Hensing said. In order to really get down to where we could move the clinical quality bar even further, we need to bring together resources.
Aiding Hensing in this effort will be Kathy Scott, 54, a registered nurse and regional vice president of clinical services, who is being promoted to the newly created job of system vice president of clinical delivery.
Banner Healths Arizona operations have grown rapidly in recent years, especially with the acquisition last year of Sun Health in Phoenix, so the system is splitting the two regions.
Becky Kuhn, 57, current CEO of 332-bed Banner Del E. Webb Hospital, Sun City, Ariz., will be become president of the Arizona East Region, composed of seven hospitals. Kathy Bollinger, 52, was promoted to president of the Arizona West Region, composed of five hospitals, from CEO of 172-bed Banner Estrella Medical Center, Phoenix.
The new CEO of Banner Del E. Webb is John Harrington, 54, who will transfer from his CEO role at 111-bed Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa. He will be replaced at Banner Heart by Laura Robertson, 44, who is currently chief nursing officer there. The new CEO at Banner Estrella is Rob Gould, 44, who was promoted from associate administrator at the hospital.
Just one position was eliminated. Susan Edwards, Banner Healths Arizona division president since 2002, is leaving the system as a result of the reorganization.
Over the next 18 to 24 months, Banner Health intends to roll out its electronic health-record system to all of its hospitals. Today, two facilitiesBanner Estrella and 176-bed Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert, Ariz.are fully electronic.
Banner Health is hoping to receive funding through President Barack Obamas $787 billion stimulus package to help pay for its health information technology systems.
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