Banner Health leads the field in preparing current and future generations who are working to transform health care, according to The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Banner was listed as a 2014 “Top 10 BOLD” health care organization by NCHL. A total of 19 companies were selected from 120 health systems that participated in NCHL’s 2014 National Health Leadership Survey.

According to NCHL, BOLD (Best Organizations for Leadership Development) health care organizations use evidence-based leadership development practices to achieve excellence and improve the quality of healthcare in their communities. BOLD recognizes organizations that lead the field in development and preparation of current and future generations that will transform our health system.

“Banner is pleased to be recognized as a BOLD organization,” said Ed Oxford, Banner Health’s senior vice president and chief human resources/chief talent officer. “We recognize our current and emerging leaders need skills to achieve results. Our leadership development programs at Banner Health are proven to help our people optimize organizational talent and shape the future of the organization.”

Banner joins these highest ranking BOLD organizations on the Top 10 list:

• Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland)
• Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.)
• Duke Regional Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
• Henry Ford Health System (Detroit)
• Mountain States Health Alliance (Johnson City, Tenn.)
• North Shore-LIJ Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.)
• Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Albuquerque, N.M.)
• Sutter Healthcare (Sacramento, Calif.)
• UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)

“BOLD honors health systems for their leadership development work, which importantly, will be available to organizations throughout the country to give them tools to assess the effectiveness of their approach to preparing current and future leaders as a critical factor in achieving organizational excellence,” NCHL Chief Executive Officer Andrew N. Garman said. “We congratulate those BOLD organizations for their innovation and commitment to leadership development and hope to see their examples benefit other health systems.”

NCHL will recognize these organizations at its inaugural BOLD luncheon Nov. 20-21 in Chicago.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system currently manages 25 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit