The newly established position is now filled by Karen Stratton, Ph.D., formerly VP for women’s and children’s services at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Stratton began her new role October 30 as Arizona’s largest health system expands its service line, Banner Children’s. Her role as a clinician began as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Todd Werner, president of Arizona Community Delivery for Banner Health welcomed Stratton to the team, stating,
As our Banner Children’s services continue to grow statewide, we saw a pressing need to bring on an executive director to lead those efforts. Karen will be responsible for the development and execution of our pediatric service line strategic plan, ensuring Banner Children’s services fulfill our mission of making health care easier so that life can be better.
At the University of Chicago, Stratton provided administrative leadership and clinical operations oversight for Comer Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Ambulatory Services, Women’s Obstetrical Care and the Perinatal Network.
Stratton spent the previous 10 years working in various operational, academic and consulting roles within the Chicago-Metro area, including a joint appointment at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was the director of clinical practice and professional development. In this role she also served as a clinical assistant professor coordinating the College of Nursing graduate administrative studies program.
Stratton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Oakland University in Michigan, a master’s in nursing from Rush University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Health Outcomes and Services Research from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.