Who We Are
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Banner is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner was formed on Sept. 1, 1999 when Lutheran Health Systems and Samaritan Health System merged.
Banner is also the leading provider of health care in the communities we serve. We are growing in terms of number of team members, programs and services, hospital beds and facilities.
Since then, Banner has grown to not only become one of the largest health systems in the nation, but also the largest private employer in Arizona and one of the largest in the northern Colorado front range area. This growth was spurred by numerous mergers and acquisitions. More recently the University of Arizona Health Network became part of Banner in 2015 to create Banner – University Medicine. This academic centerpiece includes academic medicine, research, teaching and patient care across three academic medical centers to serve the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson as part of a 30-year affiliation. A new hospital , Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, also opened in 2015 in Fort Collins, Colo. The organization now has a presence in six states, with more than 50,000 team members who work in 28 acute care hospitals, health centers and clinics, Banner Health Network, outpatient surgery centers, home care, hospice, pharmacies, urgent care and other services.
As a nonprofit health care organization, Banner exists to support our charitable mission of providing health care services to the communities we serve, rather than to generate profits. That means every dollar we earn is reinvested into new hospital beds, new or expanding patient care services, new technologies, maintaining existing equipment and facilities, and compensating our team members.
As a large multi-state health care system, Banner is constantly trying to maintain an appropriate balance between standardization and customization. Finding this balance is critical to our operations. Standardizing patient care to reflect best practices across the company and industry must be balanced with accommodating the needs of individual patients and their families. Leveraging the value of a large organization by standardizing policies, payroll practices, and the ways in which we work with team members is weighed against the recognition that the resources and expectations in each facility and community may vary from our small rural facilities in areas such as Wyoming and Nebraska to our large urban facilities in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas.
Just as our facilities and the communities we serve have varying needs, so do the team members who make up our workforce and allow us to deliver on our mission. We believe our employer commitment reflects the unique opportunities available to Banner team members.
We provide the framework for making Banner a great organization and a great place to work through four key areas: MyHealth, MyWealth,MyBalance, MyGrowth. This work ultimately translates to providing a positive experience for our patients and the public.
Contributing to Our Communities
Banner strives to make a difference in the communities we serve by being a powerful advocate to create and maintain strong, healthy neighborhoods. We are not only engaged in our communities, but we also encourage the involvement of our team members in various health-related events and activities in our communities.
The majority of our team members are trained health care professionals, and as such are encouraged to, and have the desire to give back to their communities by participating in various health-related events, including providing services in immunization clinics, offering sports physicals, participating in health and safety fairs, and providing presentations to local schools and civic organizations.
Our Reputation for Quality
Banner measures the quality of patient care in key areas such as treating heart attack patients, heart failure care, mortality rates, pneumonia care, surgical care and preventing infections. We compare ourselves to similar hospital systems, then identify and develop best practices. As a result, Banner hospitals have been nationally recognized for cardiac care, treatment of kidney disease, urology and gynecology. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (Nursing Excellence) have achieved Magnet status, a prestigious designation to recognize health care organizations for nursing excellence. Only 8 percent of hospitals nationwide have earned Magnet recognition to date.