The merger of Banner Health and the University of Arizona Health Network highlights the stark challenges that academic medical centers face in the new economics of healthcare, according to

The Banner/UAHN acquisition will be the topic of the CoreNet Global Arizona’s Annual Signature Event.

“Transforming the Healthcare Landscape in Arizona” will be moderated by Larry Lazarus, Vice Chairman of Banner Health Systems. Panelists will include Peter Fine, CEO, Banner Health; Steve Lynn, Chairman, UAHN; and Stuart Flynn, Dean, UA College of Medicine.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at Phoenix Country Club. It begins at 3 p.m. Price is $35 for CoreNet Global Arizona members and $70 for non-members.