CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Sept. 5, 2018) — Brian Kellar has been named the new chief executive officer of Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, beginning Saturday, Sept. 8. He replaces Rona Curphy, whose last day will be Friday, Sept. 7.
Susan Eubanks, who has served as Page Hospital’s chief nursing officer, has been appointed the new CEO of Page Banner Health.
Kellar comes to Banner Casa Grande after most recently serving as chief executive officer at Banner Health’s Page Hospital. Since Kellar joined Banner Health in 2015, Page Hospital has expanded inpatient and outpatient health services to more fully meet the needs of the Page and Lake Powell region, obtained Planetree International certification and received the distinguished honor of Banner’s “Best of the Best.” The hospital has also received annual recognition for excellence in quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and employee engagement by state and national organizations.
“I’m incredibly excited to immerse myself into learning the successes, culture and opportunities at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center,” said Kellar. “I’ve experienced firsthand how Banner allows community hospitals to thrive and provide an expanse of services to manage health that would otherwise force people to commute long distances or leave the place they call home. I can’t wait to be part of this team.”
Kellar got his start in hospital administration with Sanford Health as a nursing home administrator and assistant hospital administrator in 2004.
He has spent nine years as a hospital administrator and worked five years for Primrose Retirement Communities as regional director of operations, overseeing development and operations of retirement communities in seven states. During his leadership duties, he has also taught health care administration as an adjunct instructor at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D.
Kellar is moving to Casa Grande with his wife Christel, daughter Micayla, 18, sons Leo, 14, Lincoln, 12 and dogs Jedi and Chewy. The family enjoys all types of sports and outdoor activities. They also emphasize volunteering and being active in the community. His involvement ranges from board leadership in multiple chambers of commerce, community service organizations, foundation/charity volunteering, civic and school councils, coaching youth sports and church activities.
“My entire life and career has been in small to midsize cities; it’s the lifestyle we love,” Kellar said. “Casa Grande is a perfect blend of emergent city maintaining a small-town feel. It really is a wonderful fit for our family to grow deep roots in a community where you can be active and involved every day.”
Kellar completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and the coursework for his master’s degree in public administration and health services administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is a full-service, community hospital providing comprehensive quality care to the Casa Grande Valley as well as the surrounding communities of western Pinal County.