PHOENIX (July 3, 2018) — Bill Southwick has been named the new chief executive officer of Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale. Southwick was named interim CEO of the facility in March.
In addition to overseeing operations of the Scottsdale hospital, Southwick will have leadership responsibilities for the behavioral health programs at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, as well as service line responsibility for behavioral health across Banner Health.
“Bill has very impressive and extensive experience working with patients who suffer with behavioral health disorders,” said Todd Werner, president of Arizona Community Delivery for Banner Health. “We’re pleased he’ll continue to focus on this very important need in the communities we serve.”
Southwick comes to Banner Behavioral Health after most recently serving as chief operating officer of Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital in East Mesa. Southwick’s experience working with mental health patients includes serving as director of behavioral health and post-acute care at St. Luke’s Magic Valley in Twin Falls, ID, as well as working as a registered nurse in behavioral health through much of his early nursing career.
“One of our goals at Banner Behavioral Health is to help our patients maintain their dignity and self-respect, as they work to meet the needs of their everyday lives,” Southwick said. “My professional experience has helped me gain a passion for helping these patients, and reassuring them and their families that there is hope. It’s been a privilege in the last few months to lead a group of exceptional healthcare professionals who are focused on the well-being of those seeking help with behavioral health issues.”
Southwick holds a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree, both in nursing from Idaho State University in Pocatello. He’s a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a board-certified nurse executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Banner Behavioral Health is part of nonprofit Banner Health. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Banner Behavioral Health offers safe, confidential and compassionate treatments for adults, adolescent teens and children facing mental health and substance-abuse challenges. Its nonprofit services are located throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area for those who need help with psychiatric and addiction issues. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/BannerBehavioral.