A Fine Choice: Compass Clinical Consulting "Profiles in Healthcare Leadership" Features Peter S. Fine, CEO Banner Health

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2011) - Compass Clinical Consulting's latest Profile in Healthcare Leadership features Peter S. Fine, CEO of Banner Health.

In 1999, Lutheran Health Systems in Fargo, North Dakota, and Samaritan Health System in Phoenix, Arizona, merged to become Banner Health (Banner). By the end of 2000, Banner was struggling with the chaos of clashing cultures and the complexities of the merged businesses.


The system was going down the wrong path fast, both financially and operationally. The Banner Board started the search for a new leader.


The Board needed a results-oriented leader with a clear vision for the future -- a leader who could successfully merge the clashing cultures and integrate Banner's complex financial, clinical and operational systems into a finely tuned, cohesive and efficient hospital company. A leader who would:

  • Cherish complexity, embrace ambiguity and be personally visible and visibly personable.
  • Focus on quality care first and business second. One who would make a difference in patient lives through excellence in care.
  • Focus on the dream of what healthcare could be, not memories of former achievements. One who would honor legacy, but not be handcuffed by it.

That choice could make all the difference in the world.


The Banner Board made a Fine choice in November of 2000. They chose Peter S. Fine, and it did make all the difference.

Under Mr. Fine's leadership, Banner Health, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is now one of the largest not-for-profit, secular, multi-state systems in the country. In 2009, Banner generated $4.86 billion in revenue. With over 36,000 employees, Banner works with thousands of physicians in twenty-three hospitals and healthcare facilities in seven different states.

Successful leaders are judged not by their words or actions, but by their results. Here are some:


  • Banner Health is one of the 2010 Top 10 Health Systems in the country, based on clinical performance as determined by Thomson Reuters.

  • Banner is one of the 2010 Top Integrated Healthcare Networks in the nation, as determined by SDI, based on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency.

  • Banner was named one of the "Best Places to Work in Arizona" for the last three years.

  • The system was also named one of the "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" by Nursing Professionals magazine.

  • Mr. Fine was honored with the 2010 CEO IT Achievement Award, by Modern Healthcare magazine and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.


Compass Clinical Consulting's Profiles in Healthcare Leadership are the result of interviews with transformational leaders in today's healthcare industry -- men and women who have demonstrated courage, ingenuity and the hard work needed to create dramatic, measurable and sustainable improvements in their hospitals. They challenge assumptions, see things differently and enable remarkable breakthroughs. These leaders freely convey insights that we all can use to improve the way we deliver healthcare, and in the process, give us new ideas on how to make better American hospitals.


Compass Clinical Consulting helps hospitals reduce the cost of providing safe, quality patient care. Founded in 1979 and based in Cincinnati, OH, Compass has helped hundreds of hospitals and health systems prepare for accreditation, optimize labor cost management, improve patient throughput and physician relations. Compass also places interim healthcare executives.

Contact Information:

Dr. Cary D. Gutbezahl
Compass Clinical Consulting

Tel. 513-241-0142
Twitter: @Compasscc