Banner Health is seventh in Nation’s Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks
PHOENIX, (Feb. 2, 2011) – Banner Health is seventh in the Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks in the nation, according to SDI.
Banner's move from tenth in 2010 to seventh in 2011 in the prestigious ranking indicates the nonprofit is solidifying its role as a national health care leader.
SDI is a health care analytics company that conducts an annual assessment of the 100 most integrated health care networks. The results are published in Modern Healthcare, a highly regarded industry journal.
For Banner, the latest ranking shows steady improvement, going from 54th in 2008 to seventh in 2011.
The SDI survey recognizes the nation’s 100 most integrated networks out of more than 500 health systems graded annually on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency.
For 2011, one of the metrics that carried the greatest weight was financial stability, according to SDI. Previously highly ranked systems saw their overall quality scores dragged down by unstable finances. The survey also noted that those systems that had invested in clinical and technological integration had seen improved finances.
“Now more than ever, a successful health care system has to be integrated. As we go forward with new models of care and reimbursement, integration is critical to foster the necessary collaboration between hospitals, physicians and other providers,’’ said Banner President and CEO Peter S. Fine.
Banner Health has already been recognized as a national leader in the use of electronic medical records. It is the only health system in the metro Phoenix area to integrate an enhanced suite of electronic medical records and computerized provider order entry system to serve its patients. Banner Health expects to have all of its 23 facilities in seven states to have this capability by the end of the year.
ABOUT BANNER HEALTH
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or leases 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. To learn more about Banner Health, go to www.bannerhealth.com.