And the word is the giant Phoenix-based non-profit is also seriously considering a partnership with Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo.
The former CEO for Banner Health’s rural division, Hoyt Skabelund took on the post of CEO Feb. 23 for Banner Health’s Northern Colorado hospitals:
- North Colorado Medical Center
- McKee Medical Center
- Banner Fort Collins Medical Center
Skabelund replaced Margo Karsten, who held a combined role as Banner’s Northern Colorado CEO and as president for the organization’s Western Region. According to Banner Health, Karsten is continuing to serve as president of the region and will focus on strategic initiatives, growth and engaging in legislative developments. Banner’s rural hospitals will now report to Karsten.
Meanwhile, back in Arizona, Banner Health acquired the Chandler physician practice, Desert Vascular Specialists Feb. 24 bringing on two vascular surgeons to Banner Health Medical Group.
Last month in Wyoming, Becker’s Hospital Review reported that Wyoming Medical Center, a 249-bed two-campus hospital in Casper, signed a letter of intent with Banner and the health providers are exploring a potential affiliation.
Banner Health owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, outpatient imaging, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.