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New study aims to reduce ovarian cancer in Latinas
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 25, 2014) – Ovarian cancer is a “silent” killer that causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system annually. Among Latinas in particular, medical experts expect ovarian cancer to grow more prevalent in the U.S. – even though it is becoming less of a threat to the rest of the population. Matthew Schlumbrecht, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, is leading an investigative study that shows education is key to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer in Hispanic women.

McKee Foundation buys 28 AEDs for schools
LOVELAND, CO (Nov. 18, 2014) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation, in collaboration with its Heart Safe Community partners, will donate 28 automated external defibrillators to the Loveland School District this week. The donation will ensure that every school in the district will have one of the life-saving devices available to assist someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

Volunteer pet therapy dog beats the odds - twice
MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Who doesn’t love a good dog story? Dogs are our companions. They give us unconditional love when we need it the most. Twelve-year-old Charlie volunteers in the pet therapy program at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. The Yorkshire Terrier mix provides that unconditional love and support to hundreds of patients every year as they heal from their ailments.

Banner MD Anderson's stem cell transplant program achieves milestone
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently received FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation for autologous stem cell transplants. This type of transplant involves collecting stem cells from the patient to harvest, freeze and store them, in order to give them back to the patient after intensive therapy. Stem cell transplants can be used to treat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain hereditary blood disorders, by replacing defective or damaged blood cells with new, normal ones.

Nine Banner Health hospitals earn ‘Top Performer’ recognition for clinical quality, patient safety
PHOENIX (Nov. 14, 2014) – The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, has announced that nine Banner Health hospitals in three states have been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. These Banner facilities were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and/or Surgical Care. The Banner facilities are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

Banner Good Samaritan physician trains interventional cardiologists from around the country
PHOENIX (Nov. 10, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has invited 28 physicians from around North America to learn a life-saving technique from Ashish Pershad, MD, interventional cardiovascular fellowship program director at the nonprofit hospital. The training, hosted in partnership with Boston Scientific, features a live chronic total occlusion (CTO) revascularization, performed by Dr. Pershad.

Hospital ready to unveil $20-million addition
BRUSH, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2014) – The community is invited to join the staff of East Morgan County Hospital for an open house to celebrate the new hospital wing. The event is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 9 at the hospital, 2400 W. Edison in Brush, Colo.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center expanding to serve children in the Valley
PHOENIX, AZ – (Nov. 13, 2014) Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud to announce the addition of pediatric cancer care for Arizona’s children. Banner Children’s MD Anderson Cancer Center will open in January 2015 at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. This program will provide a new level of cancer care to Arizona’s children through Banner’s unique affiliation with this world-renown cancer leader that offers state-of-the art pediatric cancer care through the most advanced treatment protocols.

Banner Casa Grande earns certification for quality and patient safety
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Nov. 11, 2014) - Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been awarded by DNV GL Healthcare full certification to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Banner Good Samaritan celebrates one year of caring for its caregivers with Schwartz Center Rounds®
PHOENIX (Nov. 7, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, the first hospital in Arizona to offer the nationally recognized Schwartz Center Rounds® program, is celebrating its first year of providing a regular forum for staff to discuss the most challenging emotional and social issues they face in today’s demanding and ever-changing health care environment.

New substance abuse program launches at Banner Del E. Webb
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Nov. 6, 2014) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd. in Sun City West, has launched a new substance abuse and chemical dependency program that will serve adults ages 25-50.

Two Banner Health hospitals in Colorado earn ‘A’ scores for patient safety
(Nov. 3, 2014) – North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland received top “A” grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog which on Wednesday released its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The score rates how hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

McKee Medical Center Foundation Gala Raises Over $100,000
LOVELAND, CO (Nov. 2, 2014) – McKee Presents…Broadway, presented by The Friends of the Hospital, was held Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. Attended by more than 300 business owners, physicians, community leaders and McKee Foundation supporters the event raised more than $125,000.

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.

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