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Page Hospital CEO Announces Retirement

Page Hospital CEO Announces Retirement
April 16
15:23 2015
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Sandy Haryasz

PAGE, Ariz. (April 15, 2015) – Banner Chief Executive Officer Sandy Haryasz has announced her decision to retire from Page Hospital as of August 2015, capping a 32-year career with Banner Health.

Late last year Sandy’s husband, Chet, announced his plan to retire from the Salt River Project this August. Haryasz said she immediately began fielding questions about her own career plans. Initially she felt that she would remain in her position after her husband retired.

“However, the more Chet and I talked about our future and the wonderful opportunities that lay before us, we decided that retiring at the same time was the direction we wanted to take,” she said.

Her retirement signals the culmination of a journey filled with personal growth and professional success both with Banner Health and its predecessor Samaritan Health System. Haryasz came to Page Hospital after earning her registered nurse degree from Northern Arizona University in 1983. She steadily climbed the nursing ladder beginning as a nurse educator, then manager of the Emergency department, to ultimately the director of nursing.  Tapping into her experiences, she was named interim CEO prior to accepting the position permanently more than a decade ago.

The opportunity to make a difference in the health care lives of her friends and neighbors is a large part why she remained in Page as CEO of the hospital.

“Over the years I have been privileged to work with the Hospital District Board, that together we shared a similar vision. The result is that we now have a new main entrance and state-of-the-art Level IV Emergency department, and have instituted new technology such as an Intensive Care Unit with telehealth and with medical imaging capabilities including MRI and nuclear medicine. Together we addressed the community needs, and now Page residents have quality health care in their hometown,” Haryasz said.

“From a personal perspective, Page has been very good to my family. Both of my children were born in the hospital and attended Page schools. Their educational foundation helped them develop successful careers. We were able to form many wonderful and long-term friendships. This area is surrounded by natural beauty which we have enjoyed immensely. I am excited to enter a new phase of my life but will miss Page Hospital and the caring people who I have been privileged to work with.”

Jim Ferando, president of Banner Health’s Western Region, said he wishes Sandy and her husband the best in retirement.

“Her commitment to the community of Page, the hospital and Banner Health is remarkable. We will miss her,” Ferando said.

Banner Health plans to begin the search for a replacement and hopes to have someone in place by August.

The couple plans to move to Phoenix where they have children and extended family.

Page Hospital in Page, Ariz., serves Northern Arizona. Built in 1958, the hospital provides a range of medical services that include emergency care, surgery, medical imaging, obstetrics, heart care, and rehabilitation. It is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit hospital and health care system with 28 hospitals in seven states. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Page.

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