Phoenix Children's Hospital will no longer run the neonatal intensive-care unit at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, the largest hospital in the not-for-profit Banner Health system.
Phoenix Children's (DOC) and Banner both announced Monday that the lease to run the NICU at Good Samaritan had been terminated, though the groups disagree about who broke the lease, which had been in place since 1999. The two sides agree that it was Phoenix Children's agreement made in 2011 with the former Catholic Healthcare West—now Dignity Health—that led to the breakup. There's no formal date when Phoenix Children's will vacate Good Samaritan, said Banner spokesman Bill Byron. Banner Health will take over the unit's operations, and current staff will be offered jobs, he added. Both parties said patient care won't change after the termination.