Sep 29, 2016 8:00 AM

Ben Tanner
Ben Tanner

SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) today announced that Ben Tanner, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) current director of clinical operations and chief operating officer (COO) has been named the cancer hospital’s executive director, replacing Ray Lynch, who is retiring after 13 years of service. Tanner will assume his duties immediately.

Tanner has been COO of the cancer hospital for more than a decade. Prior to the hospital’s dedication in 2004 he was director of the oncology service line at UUHC. As COO, he oversaw the construction of the original cancer hospital in 2004, and a major expansion of the building in 2011.  In addition to operational planning for the cancer hospital’s growth, he is also credited with initiating the UUHC patient housing facility and the oncology outreach program.

“Along with Dr. John Sweetenham, HCI’s senior director of clinical affairs, Lynch and Tanner have overseen phenomenal growth,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, HCI’s CEO and director. “In just a few short years, HCI’s clinical operations have grown from a few outpatient clinics to a 100-bed hospital with clinical operations exceeding 125,000 outpatient visits a year. Just this year, in fact, HCI was named one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country by US News & World Report. Their leadership, and that of UUHC, was key to obtaining this honor.”

“We are so pleased that Ben has accepted this well-deserved promotion and additional responsibility as he joins the senior leadership team at UUHC,” said Gordon Crabtree, interim chief executive officer of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “We have every expectation that under Ben’s exceptional leadership, the skilled physicians and professionals at the cancer hospital will continue to provide exceptional cancer care to our community.”

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Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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