A high-ranking executive with the nation’s largest non-profit Protestant health care organization has been appointed the new chief executive of Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.
Todd Werner will begin serving as CEO on May 12 and will be in charge of both adult and pediatric patient care at Banner Desert and Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert. He has been with the Adventist Health System as CEO of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, since 2003.
Last September Bruce Pearson announced his immediate resignation as CEO of Banner Desert and Banner Children’s Hospital. He had been with Banner Health for 25 years. Rhonda Anderson has been serving as interim CEO. She also is administrator of the Children’s Hospital and Banner Health’s pediatric service line administrator for pediatrics.
Banner Desert, located at Dobson Road and Southern Avenue, is the largest hospital in the East Valley, with 549 private rooms, including 128 dedicated to children. It includes 1,200 physicians, and 3,500 nurses and support personnel. It serves 40,000 inpatients and 65,000 outpatients, and 90,000 emergency room visits annually.
A seven-story pediatric patient tower to house Banner Children’s Hospital is scheduled to open in fall of 2009.
“The CEO of any one of the campuses has responsibility to make certain that the strategies for providing health care to their surrounding community as well as the daily operations are followed through and developed,” Anderson said. “That has been the work that we’ve been doing on this campus. There’s lots of change going on in terms of the building and new tower, and the backfill once the children move into the new hospital.”
Since 1993, Werner has served in leadership positions in either health systems or consulting firms working for health systems.
“I’m looking forward to working and living in an area that’s growing so rapidly,” Werner said in a statement. “Most importantly, I’m looking forward to joining the great team that’s already in place on the Banner Desert campus.”
Werner couldn’t be reached for further comment.
“He has impressive CEO experience at major medical centers and understands the need for a CEO to focus on physician and community relationships,” said Susan Edwards, Banner Health Arizona region president. “We think he will be a tremendous asset in the ongoing emergence of the Banner Desert campus as a medical destination for the Valley and Arizona.”
Adventist Health System includes 37 hospitals in 10 states with more than 6,300 beds, as well as 17 affiliated extended care centers with more than 2,200 beds. It serves nearly 4 million patients each year and has about 43,000 employees.