Officials for Southeast Arizona Medical Center announced that Annie Benson has been promoted to chief officer executive on Oct. 17.
Bickel had served as CEO for the last three years replacing Michael Carter.
She has been with SAMC for 35 years and has held a number of different positions. Benson has been the chief nursing officer and the chief operating officer. Under Carter she was the designated hospital administrator.
Benson previously was director of quality management and regulation compliancy at the hospital.
“She knows the organization from top to bottom,” Riley said. “We believe she is highly regarded among the staff.”