AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ present the Most Admired Companies program each year with the goal of recognizing organizations that excel in these six key areas: Customer opinion; diversity, equity, and inclusion; innovation; leadership excellence; social responsibility; and workplace culture. One of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 is Banner Health.

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With hundreds of nominations representing the most innovative, impactful and successful companies in Arizona, being one of Most Admired Companies of 2021 shows that these companies truly represent the best in Arizona business. The Most Admired Companies for 2021 will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 7, 2021, at Pointe Hilton Resort Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix. Title sponsors for the Most Admired Companies awards are WaFd Bank and Taylor Morrison. For sponsorship information, email For information about the event honoring the Most Admired Companies, email or click here. will be spotlighting one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies each day leading up to the awards dinner.

Banner Health

Most Admired Company: 2020-2021

Top Arizona executive: Peter S. Fine, president and CEO

What it does: Nonprofit health care system.

What is does: Banner Health is driven by a singular mission: to make health care easier, so life can be better. That mission is supported by six values that are uniquely Banner and guide every internal and external interaction. Banner is the largest employer in Arizona, providing quality jobs and meaningful opportunities for advancement. In the past year, Banner Health played an instrumental role in the pandemic- caring for more than half of Arizona’s COVID-19 patients- and administering more than 450,000 vaccines nationally. Throughout the crisis, and beyond, Banner Health gives every individual it serves confidence in their health care experience and its outcome.

Admirable trait: Banner defines leadership through distinct and clearly defined behaviors. The organization’s new leadership model, launched post-pandemic and built on the “Banner Strong” movement, has three pillars: Demonstrate Heart, Elevate Team and Inspire Success. Banner Health demonstrates the heart of Banner through courage, self-awareness, and valuing each team member’s story. Banner elevates its teams with intentional connection, collaboration, and create action towards a better future. Banner inspires success with preparation, high quality decisions, and perseverance against setback.