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Community Hospital plans mass casualty drill
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 29, 2014) – Community Hospital will conduct an Emergency Management drill from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 5 to demonstrate the ability to respond in the event of a mass casualty.

Fundraiser to support Loveland Heart Safe City
Loveland, CO (Oct. 23, 2014) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation will donate funds raised during its annual gala this year to the Loveland Heart Safe City initiative. The public health project – a partnership of the McKee Medical Center Foundation, McKee Medical Center, CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Thompson Valley EMS, Loveland Police Department, Loveland Emergency Communications Center, Thompson School District, and area residents Tom Lucero and Julie Kruit – seeks to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and educating community members on how to administer CPR.

Banner Children’s to host free GO KIDS! Festival for kids, families on Nov. 1
PHOENIX (Oct. 22, 2014) – Banner Children’s will host its GO KIDS! Festival at Mesa Community College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Kids and families are invited to this free event where they can engage in activities and conversations with experts to improve their overall health.

Banner Health Clinic provides flu shots
FALLON, Nev. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Friday Flu Clinics are available at Banner Health Clinic in Fallon.

Banner Health welcomes new obstetrician/gynecologist
STERLING, Colo. (Oct. 16, 2014) – A new obstetrician/gynecologist has joined Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics in Sterling.

MD Anderson study first to compare treatments, survival benefits for early-stage lung cancer
HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 15, 2014) -- Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Platte County Memorial Hospital receives quality award
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Oct. 14, 2014) – Platte County Memorial Hospital was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.

Banner Desert to open Comfort Room for parents who lose a child
MESA, Ariz. (Oct. 14, 2014) Parents who’ve lost a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth will have a place to go at Banner Desert Medical Center, where they can be surrounded by love and support. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the hospital will officially open Sable’s Wing Comfort Room.

Banner Health welcomes orthopedic surgeon in Sterling
STERLING, Colo. (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health welcomes a new orthopedic surgeon to Sterling.

‘Banner Children’s Healthmobile’ to treat thousands of uninsured Valley youth
PHOENIX (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health soon will resume offering its ongoing mobile health unit which will travel to schools throughout the Valley each week, providing primary care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children. The new service begins Monday, Oct. 13.

Banner Casa Grande Medical Center to host open house Oct. 28
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Banner Casa Grande Medical Center invites the community for a “Back to the Future” open house celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the facility, 1800 E. Florence Blvd.

Community Hospital receives quality award
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Community Hospital was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.

Washakie Medical Center receives quality award
WORLAND, Wyo. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Washakie Medical Center was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.

World's smallest heart pump saves man's life
PHOENIX (Oct. 6, 2014) –Borys Meleshko considers himself the luckiest man alive. “I really shouldn’t be alive. I died three times,” Meleshko said.

Community Hospital offers open house to showcase expansion on Oct. 26
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 3, 2014) -- Community Hospital will unveil its recent $3.1 million remodel for the community during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2000 Campbell Drive.

North Colorado Medical Center hosts annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day event
GREELEY, CO (Oct. 1, 2014) – North Colorado Medical Center’s Monfort Family Birth Center will remember the lives of babies who have been lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death at an annual memorial service at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Glenmere Park, 1600 Glenmere Blvd., in Greeley.

Banner Desert earns recognition as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology
MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Banner Desert Medical Center is pleased to announce it has earned recognition as an American Association of Gynecologic Laproscopists (AAGL) Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)™ by AAGL and the Surgical Review Corporation. In addition, four obstetricians/gynecologists on staff at Banner Desert were named as COEMIG designees. Those physicians are: Lori Carrillo, MD; Robert Grayson, MD; Ryan Stratford, MD; and Richard Wilson, MD. Banner Desert Medical Center joins three other hospitals in Arizona to receive the COEMIG designation.

BMG Dermatology Clinic earns Excellence through Insight award
Sun City West, AZ – (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Banner Health Center specializing in Mohs Dermatology was recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award and named "Top Performer Clinic - Overall Patient Experience" by HealthStream, Inc. for its 2013 performance.

The Joint Commission accredits Community Hospital
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Sept. 30, 2014) – Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Tucson family triples in size at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Sept 26, 2014) – Alicia and Brandon Alston have tripled the size of their family today with the birth of their four children at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

Use a Flexible Estate Plan to create a legacy
LOVELAND, CO (Sept. 24, 2014) – Learn how to create a well-rounded estate plan that makes your estate easy to administer, benefits your heirs and allows you to craft a legacy that will last for generations. Whether your estate is large or small, you can create a plan that easily allows you to make adjustments as your life situation changes.

Banner Del E. Webb completes first two-level disc replacement surgery in Arizona
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2014) – Garrett Long suffers from debilitating neck and arm pain, the kind of unimaginable pain that cripples your ability to move, puts you in a wheel chair for a day or more, or in-and-out of Emergency departments multiple times in a week. For Long, it was all of the above.

Banner Health implements visitor restrictions
PHOENIX (Sept. 23, 2014) – Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at all of its facilities by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak. While there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner hospitals, the nonprofit health system has chosen to take a proactive response to the virus. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.

McKee Medical Center receives certification
Loveland, CO (Sept. 23, 2014) – McKee Medical Center is proud to announce the re-certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). McKee Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Ogallala Community Hospital has Ornaments of Hope
OGALLALA, Neb. (Sept. 22, 2014) – Ogallala Community Hospital staff members are selling commemorative ornaments to celebrate loved ones whose actions have impacted others.

Banner Health implements visitor restrictions
GREELEY, Colo. (Sept. 18, 2014) – Banner Health has implemented visitor restrictions at its Greeley and Loveland hospitals because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.

Banner MD Anderson starts tissue bank to better study and treat cancer
GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has started a tissue bank, in which medical experts are collecting and storing a variety of cancerous tissue samples to research the causes of cancer and better fight the disease.

Banner Health Network sees major gains in quality, returns significant shared savings in year two of Medicare’s Pioneer ACO
PHOENIX (Sept 16, 2014) – Phoenix-area beneficiaries in the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) served by Banner Health Network (BHN) receive a high level of quality care and preventive medicine that results in less cost to the nation’s Medicare system. Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the preliminary results for the Pioneer ACO’s Performance Year 2 (calendar year 2013) which further illustrates that point.

Banner Children's Academy Community Open House
TEMPE, Ariz. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health, will hold a community open house on Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the recently opened facility in Tempe.

SRM changing Emergency care providers at hospital
STERLING, CO (Sept. 3, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter is partnering with a new team of Emergency medical providers to oversee care in the hospital’s Emergency department beginning Sept. 9.

Banner Health Clinic opens in Susanville
SUSANVILLE, CA (Aug. 28, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic opened in Susanville on Aug. 25 with two general surgeons who will live in and serve residents of this area. This is the first clinic in California operated by Banner Health, a nationally recognized nonprofit health care system with 25 hospitals including Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville.

Familiar face takes new role at Family Care Clinic
STERLING, CO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Bonnie Brownell, a nurse at Sterling Regional MedCenter, has completed her education to become a nurse practitioner and will put those skills to work close to home at the Family Care Clinic in Sterling.

New hybrid operating room unveiled at Banner Boswell
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 26, 2014) -- Patients who need vascular, cardiovascular or valves procedures at Banner Boswell Medical Center can take extra comfort knowing their physicians will have the latest technology at their fingertips with the opening of a new hybrid operating suite this September.

Banner Baywood earns re-certification for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture management
MESA, Ariz. (Aug. 22, 2014) – The Joint Commission recently re-certified and awarded Banner Baywood Medical Center its Gold Seal of Approval for meeting national standards for healthcare quality and safety for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture management.

Familiar face takes new role at Banner Health Clinic
OGALLALA, NE (Aug. 21, 2014) – Heather Hanna, a nurse at Ogallala Community Hospital, has completed her education to become a nurse practitioner and will put those skills to work close to home at Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala.

Banner Churchill now using new fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz ambulance
FALLON, NV (Aug. 20, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service, or EMS, is doubling its gas mileage and is on its way to saving up to $9,000 a year thanks to the newest ambulance in its fleet.

Research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center tests new drug to fight BRCA-associated breast cancer
GILBERT, Ariz. (Aug. 19, 2014) – A cutting-edge research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new investigational drug that, when combined with chemotherapy, may make a major difference in treating breast cancer in patients who carry harmful mutations on either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

OCH Rehabilitation Services team hosts open house
OGALLALA, NE (Aug. 14, 2014) – Ogallala Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services team invites the community to an open house to learn more about services they offer.

Banner Health welcomes new nurse practitioner
OGALLALA, NE (Aug. 13, 2014) – Sirenia Knight, NP, has joined Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala.

Ronald McDonald House Charities closes $2.1 million capital campaign for new East Valley house; Nov. opening planned
MESA, AZ (Aug. 6, 2014)-- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley.

Guest speaker to share tips on nutrition and wellness
WORLAND, WY (Aug. 6, 2014) – A master nutrition therapist and life coach from Colorado will offer nutrition education for guests at the Color Me Pink 5k run open house Friday, Aug. 15 at Washakie Medical Center.

Banner Churchill receives Care Flight Golden Award for Excellence
FALLON, NV (Aug. 6, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital’s Emergency Department recently received the quarterly Care Flight Golden Award for Excellence.

Record number of doctors being trained
PHOENIX (Aug. 4, 2014) – A historic number of doctors are being trained now for the future of medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. There are 291 doctors training in Banner Good Samaritan’s eight medical residency and nine fellowship programs for the 2014-2015 academic training year as part of the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.

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