Banner Desert Medical Center’s executive leadership team is now comprised entirely of women, following the recent addition of Chief Operating Officer Cristal Mackay.

The facility’s leadership team also includes Laura Robertson, CEO; Tanya Kne, chief medical officer; Cindy Helmich, chief nursing officer; Cheryl Tong, chief financial officer. Many members of this team also lead Cardon Children’s Medical Center, which is located on the Banner Desert campus, along with David Morimosato, MD, who is chief medical officer for that facility.

“Banner Health takes great effort to maintain a diverse workforce, bringing together a wide variety of professionals to provide excellent patient care,” said Jackie Hunter, executive recruiter who oversees Banner Health’s workforce diversity efforts.

Women play a major role in Banner Health’s workforce, comprising 76 percent of its nearly 49,900 employees as of late May.

Several members of Banner’s Senior Leadership Team are women, including Becky Kuhn, chief operating officer; Alexandra Morehouse, chief marketing officer; and Naomi Cramer, chief human resources officer.

More than half of Banner’s 348 senior managers are female. Among 21 CEOs across the system’s acute care facilities, 57 percent are women.

“It’s an honor for all of us on the executive leadership team at Banner Desert to work with so many talented and dedicated women and men across the organization who are all working together with the same mission in common – making health care easier, so that life can be better,” said Robertson.

Banner Desert Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital in Mesa, Arizona, providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services. The medical center, which includes a Level 1 trauma center, is one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Arizona and serves as a regional referral center in the East Valley of metropolitan Phoenix. Banner Desert is recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report for high performance in gynecology. The medical campus is also home to Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Both facilities are owned and operated by Banner Health, the largest provider of health care services in Arizona. For more information, visit