The CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Children’s Hospital announced his immediate resignation Thursday.
Bruce Pearson became CEO of Banner Desert in 1996 and has been with Banner Health for the past 25 years. Susan Edwards, president of the Arizona region for Banner Health, issued a statement regarding the resignation.
“Bruce has made numerous and important leadership contributions during his 25 year career with Banner,” she said. “This has included evolution of Banner Desert from a community hospital into a highly specialized tertiary medical center. It also includes the emergence of Banner Children’s Hospital, which is rapidly becoming a major pediatric institution in the state and is a centerpiece of Banner’s strategy to provide a broad array of pediatric services across the Valley.”
Pearson did not return a call to the hospital for comment.
In an e-mail to hospital employees, Pearson said he decided to resign “after considerable thought” and that both Banner Desert and the Children’s Hospital have a “very positive and bright future ahead.”
“When I joined this organization 25+ years ago, I never imagined what great opportunities I would have, over this long period of time, to work with so many wonderful people who are very dedicated to one another, and who are highly committed to providing excellent care and service to our patients,” Pearson wrote. “I have made many friends working here at this facility during the past twelve years, and I am very proud to have served along side each of you as we have actively responded to community needs at the hospital.”
Pearson said he concluded the hospital is in a very good position for a CEO transition.
“Personally, this is now a good time for me to make a change and to take on a different set of challenges and experiences over the next ten to fifteen years of my career. Twelve years in a leadership capacity at this growing institution has been an outstanding personal and professional opportunity.”
Edwards asked Rhonda Anderson, pediatric administrator for Banner Health, to serve in an interim leadership role for the Banner Desert campus.
“We will immediately begin a national search for a new CEO at Banner Desert, a process that may take several months,” she said.