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2012 Archived Press Releases

 

Banner Ironwood Medical Center names new chief nursing officer
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Dec. 28, 2012) – Banner Ironwood Medical Center recently named Terresa Paulus as its new chief nursing officer.

Good Sam nurse recognized
PHOENIX (Dec. 27, 2012) – Peoria resident Pauline Lentowski, a nurse at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, has been named Association of Radiologic and Imaging Nursing’s 2012 Nurse of the Year.

Banner Health recognizes nurses’ contribution to McKee
LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 27, 2012) – Two registered nurses from McKee Medical Center have completed requirements for the Clinical Expert Registered Nurse designation from Banner Health.

Greeley residents encouraged to focus their New year's resolutions on weighing and winning
GREELEY, Colo. (Dec. 26, 2012) — The holiday season often brings with it sugary, fattening foods and spirits. Many look to the New Year as an opportunity to fit into a smaller pair of jeans, lose those last five pounds or even completely overhaul their lifestyle to get fit for good. Greeley residents can start 2013 off on the right foot by participating in Weigh and Win, a free, personalized program that offers cash rewards and prizes to individuals who achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Banner Boswell receives Level IV trauma designation
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Dec. 26, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City has obtained Level IV Trauma Designation through the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System.

Banner Del E. Webb certified by Joint Commission
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Dec. 26, 2012) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Annual McKee Community Health Award to be presented at
LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 20, 2012) --- Formerly known as the Thank You Loveland Luncheon, McKee Thanks will continue in the same tradition of recognizing and thanking the Loveland community for its support of McKee Medical Center. McKee Thanks will take place Thursday, March 14 at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center with the time to be determined

North Colorado’s CardioVascular Institute aims for Heart Safe City
GREELEY, Colo. (Dec. 19, 2012) – Are you “heart safe” in your community?Don’t know?

Banner Churchill Community Hospital unites to fight flu
FALLON, Nev. (Dec. 18, 2012) – When told of Banner Health’s new policy requiring employees to get a flu shot in advance of the flu season, all of the employees at Banner Churchill Community Hospital rolled up their sleeves. All 287 employees received the flu vaccination.

McKee announces dates for annual Loveland Community Health Fair
LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 18, 2012) – Area residents can start the new year off right by registering for the annual Loveland Community Health Fair blood draw beginning Jan. 7, 2013.

McKee Spirit of Women joins Pathways Hospice for night of art therapy
LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 17, 2012) – To live your best life, you need to discover things that bring you happiness and do them every day.

McKee Foundation Community Classic Bike Tour set for May 19
LOVELAND, Colo. (Dec. 14, 2012) --- The 25th Annual Community Classic Bike Tour (CCBT) is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2013. This non-competitive, multi-distance bicycle tour travels through the beautiful foothills of Larimer County in Loveland and Fort Collins and is a great training ride preparing cyclists for the numerous summer rides available.

Expansion to Banner MD Anderson to bring new cancer service, more room for treatments
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 14, 2012) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Banner Gateway campus will break ground in January 2013 on an expansion of its outpatient cancer facility, offering a new service and additional equipment and treatment areas to meet the needs of its rapidly growing patient population.


East Valley Pediatrics joins Banner Medical Group
PHOENIX (Dec. 10, 2012) – East Valley Pediatrics, with 18 physicians and three nurse practitioners serving patients in 11 east Valley locations, has joined Banner Medical Group (BMG). BMG, a part of Banner Health, will continue operating these East Valley Pediatric clinics in Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek.


Ogallala Community Hospital introduces Wellness Wednesdays
OGALLALA , Neb. (Dec. 10, 2012) – Ogallala Community Hospital hopes to make wellness more convenient for area patients by offering comprehensive blood screenings every Wednesday.

Telephone reassurance volunteers celebrate the season with participants
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Dec. 6, 2012) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program volunteers hosted an annual holiday party for its participants on Dec. 3.

Five Banner Health Employees earn Singer Award for
PHOENIX (Dec. 6, 2012) – Banner Health has recognized five outstanding employees with a Paul L. Singer Award, an award that honors those who not only make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care, but through extraordinary volunteer work and community service.

Preventing Falls is a 'Matter of Balance' and confidence
PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2012) – One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall every year, and it’s an issue that is largely preventable. The fear of falling can actually make some people more vulnerable to falls. That’s why Banner Health will be hosting “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” a series of fall prevention workshops designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels at six of their facilities in the Valley.

New general surgeon joins Banner Health staff
STERLING, Colo. (Dec. 4, 2012) – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in General and Orthopedic Surgery, welcomes a new physician to the staff.

Banner Desert Awarded Elite Distinction as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital
MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 4, 2012) --The Leapfrog Group has named Banner Desert Medical Center to its prestigious annual list of Top Hospitals in the nation. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors.

Page Hospital receives recognition for Rural Health Day
PAGE, Ariz. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Page Hospital has been recognized by a health analytics company for excellence in quality, patient satisfaction and efficiency as part of National Rural Health Day celebrated in November.

Banner Good Samaritan provides holiday safety tips
PHOENIX (Nov. 30, 2012) — The holidays are known to bring a greater volume of emergency patients to Valley hospitals. What is unfortunate is that many visits are due to preventable poisonings, the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center warns.

Poison control centers, such as Banner Good Sam's, save billions of dollars
PHOENIX (Nov. 28, 2012) — The 57 poison centers in the United States save citizens more than $1.8 billion annually in medical costs. And in Arizona, the state’s two centers, including Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center save nearly $45.5 million every year, according to a recently released report.

Banner Thunderbird continues Heart Health lecture series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 28, 2012) - Banner Thunderbird continues its Heart Health Community Lecture Series 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 with a session entitled “Access Your Community: Local Resources for People with Medical Needs.”

Sterling Regional MedCenter flu compliant
STERLING, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) — In response to Banner Health’s new mandatory flu vaccine policy, 100 percent of staff members at Sterling Regional MedCenter answered the call.

East Morgan County Hospital hits complete compliance with flu policy
BRUSH, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2012) — In response to Banner Health’s new mandatory flu vaccine policy, 100 percent of staff members at East Morgan County Hospital answered the call.

Sterling Regional to hold Ask the Expert on concussions
STERLING, Colo. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Learn the latest about concussions at our Ask the Expert event in December.

Sterling Regional to collect letters to Santa
STERLING, Colo. (Nov. 27, 2012) – Sterling Regional MedCenter will house a mailbox for Letters to Santa in the south lobby from Dec. 3 through Dec. 20 for children of all ages who need to get word to Santa Claus.

Give the gift of life by signing up to be a bone marrow donor Dec. 1 at Banner Estrella
PHOENIX (Nov. 26, 2012) –When 46-year-old Leonard “Ray” Binford went home from work in January with shortness of breath and a headache, he had no idea that within a year, he would be asking the community to help save his life. Now Binford is one of many patients who hope people will participate in the Bone Marrow Registry Drive 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the lobby of Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.

Loveland Turkey Trot breaks record again
LOVELAND, Colo. (Nov. 23, 2012) --- The Loveland Turkey Trot 5K run/walk was held Thanksgiving morning at McKee Medical Center.

Banner Boswell recognized as Accredited Heart Failure Center
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Nov. 20, 2012) -- The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium recently announced that Banner Boswell Medical Center has been designated an Accredited Heart Failure Center. The recognition took place in conjunction with Banner Health achieving Heart Failure System Accreditation, becoming the first to achieve this distinction in the western region of the U.S. and the second in the country.

Banner Estrella Medical Center receives stroke award
PHOENIX (Nov. 20, 2012) – Banner Estrella Medical Center just received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Bronze Award.

Banner Lassen Medical Center gets valuable simulation training
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Health care providers at Banner Lassen Medical Center took care of mannequins this week to perfect the care they give to women who have just had a baby. Targeting a life-threatening condition that isn’t frequently seen in critical access hospitals, staff members from several disciplines learned about post partum hemorrhage – heavy bleeding after the delivery of a baby.

McKee Medical Center earns accreditation as comprehensive cancer center
LOVELAND, Colo. (Nov. 19, 2012) – The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the Cancer Program at Mckee Medical Center

Banner Thunderbird pediatric unit receives Wii donation
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2012) – Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is donating Starlight Children’s Foundation Fun Centers™ to children’s hospitals in Glendale, Phoenix and Tucson as part of its Childhood Cancer Program. The donations and dedication ceremonies kicked off Nov. 13 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, and will continue over the next few weeks in Phoenix and Tucson

Worldwide Candle Lighting Vigil scheduled at McKee
LOVELAND, Colo (Nov. 14, 2012) --- The Worldwide Candle Lighting Vigil to remember and honor the memory of beloved children who have died will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, at the McKee Conference & Wellness Center at 6:30 p.m.

North Colorado Spirit of Women presents Gifts from the Heart
GREELEY, Colo. (Nov. 12, 2012) – Gifts From the Heart -- For Body, Mind and Spirit will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the North Colorado Medical Center’s Cancer Institute lobby.

Ronald McDonald House to open at Cardon Childrens Medical Center
MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 12, 2012): The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255 square foot home-away-from home.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center serving Surf n' Turf
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Nov. 8, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is featuring a Surf and Turf lunch of lobster tail plus a fillet, with potato, fresh vegetable du jour and side salad for $16.00 per person.

Gala Raises Funds for Stepping Stones Adult Day Program at McKee
LOVELAND, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2012)-- McKee Presents…a Gatsby Gala, presented by The Friends of the Hospital, was held Saturday, Nov. 3 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 $91,000. Ticket sales, sponsorship contributions, and auction revenue will benefit the Stepping Stones Adult Day Program at McKee.

Banner Health Center breaks ground in Goodyear
PHOENIX – (Nov. 1, 2012) – Elected and community officials from the city of Goodyear joined leaders from Banner Health on Thursday to break ground on a Banner Health Center located at Cotton Lane and Estrella Mountain Parkway.

McKee Medical Center Spirit of Women explores diabetes
LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 31, 2012) – McKee Medical Center Spirit of Women invites people to learn more about living with diabetes from a new Loveland endocrinologist.

Banner Health acquires Odyssey Hospice to expand hospice services in Maricopa County
PHOENIX (Nov. 1, 2012) – Banner Health today announced the acquisition of Odyssey Hospice in Maricopa County, which is owned by Gentiva, a national home care and hospice organization based in Atlanta, Ga.

East Morgan Community Hospital offers lessons on child passenger safety
BRUSH, Colo. (Oct. 30, 2012) – Learn the importance of properly restraining the youngest passengers in vehicles – both according to the law and according to what is best for your children and their body types during East Morgan County Hospital’s upcoming Ask the Expert presentation.

NCMC Spirit of Women teaches the importance of laughter
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 30, 2012) —North Colorado Medical Center Spirit of Women invites the community to “Laughing Matters”— an opportunity to laugh and learn about the cardiopulmonary system and what happens when it isn’t working as it should.

McKee Medical Center sponsors event for National Memory Screening Day
LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 29, 2012) – Residents can take an important first step toward finding out if they have a memory problem and how it could relate to other medical conditions at a free screening sponsored by McKee’s Memory Screening team.

Banner Boswell to honor its veterans
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Oct. 26, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center will honor its staff, volunteers and physicians who are currently serving or who have served in our Armed Forces with a special display in its cafeteria.

Banner Health to open four new health centers
PHOENIX (Oct. 26, 2012) – Community and elected officials from four east Valley communities joined Banner Health leaders on a “whistle stop bus tour” on Thursday visiting the future sites of four Banner Health Centers which will provide new jobs and highly coordinated patient care in convenient, neighborhood locations.

Loveland oncologist joins staff of Banner Health Clinic
LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 25, 2012) – A longtime Loveland medical oncologist, Samuel Shelanski, MD, has returned to McKee Cancer Center.

Neurosurgeon joins Banner Health Clinic staff
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 25, 2012) – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Neurosurgery, welcomes David R. Blatt, MD, to the staff.

Banner Lassen Medical Center collecting coats
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2012) – As cooler temperatures mark the changes in seasons, families are digging out their winter gear so they can bundle up against the cold. But for some, the winter season brings additional hardship when they cannot afford the warmer clothes needed to survive. Banner Lassen Medical Center is asking the community to clean out the extras in their closets and bring donations to its annual Winter Coat Drive, Nov. 8 and 9.

Age related macular degeneration seminar at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Oct. 25, 2012) -- Do you or a loved one suffer from age-related macular degeneration? Please join Gary Morgan, OD for a discussion on what's new in the prevention and treatment of the age-related macular degeneration. We will review recent advances from genetic testing to ocular treatment.

North Colorado Medical Center receives Healthgrades recognition
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center’s Pulmonary, Gastroenterology and Critical Care programs today received the America’s 100 Best Hospital awards from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

McKee Medical Center receives Healthgrades recognitions
LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2012) – McKee Medical Center’s Critical Care program today received top honors from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. This recognition is the America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Critical Care™ award.

Banner Del E. Webb collects children’s books
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Oct. 22, 2012) – The staff at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., is collecting children’s books for the Adelante Healthcare in Wickenburg and Surprise.

Banner Health Recognized as First Accredited Heart Failure System in the West
PHOENIX (Oct. 18, 2012) – The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium announced today that Banner Health has achieved Heart Failure System Accreditation, becoming the first to achieve this distinction in the western region of the U.S. and the second in the country.


Banner Churchill Community Hospital new ambulance saving lives
FALLON, Nev. (Oct. 11, 2012) – Immediately upon passing its inspection, Banner Churchill’s newest ambulance was on its way to saving lives.

The Joint Commission accredits North Colorado Medical Center
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 11, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes NCMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Banner Lassen named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list
SUSANVILLE, Calif (Oct. 9, 2012) – Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif. was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the U.S. for financial stability.

Remembrance Day helps parents cope with loss
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Oct. 8, 2012) – Sixteen years after the loss of her infant son, Banner Del E. Webb nurse Yvonne Downs still remembers her loss as if it were yesterday. “A mother’s love is timeless and never ending, even when they are only with you for a short amount of time,” Downs said. Her son Austin was born at 27 weeks and weighed less than a pound.

'Managing Effects of Illness and Treatment'
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 8, 2012) – On Monday, Oct. 22, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will continue its “I Can Cope” series by presenting a free community lecture titled “Managing Effects of Illness and Treatment.” Presenters will be RuthAnn Foth, RN, OCN, and pain management specialist Nancy Kohlerman, FNP-BC. The session is facilitated by Kelly Gruber, the hospital’s oncology social worker.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibition
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 10, 2012) – Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.

Banner Heart Hospital Named Among Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S.
MESA, Ariz.(Oct. 8, 2012) – Banner Heart Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.

Banner Health Center in Surprise opens October 8
SURPRISE, Ariz. (Oct. 8, 2012) - A new Banner Health Center opened at Litchfield Road, just South of Bell Road, on Monday, October 8. The Center begins with a pediatrician, a family practitioner, three OB/GYNs and a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health.

Banner Lassen Medical Center staff dance for breast cancer awareness
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2012) – The Pink Glove Dance is spreading … to Banner Lassen Medical Center. More than 80 staff members at Banner Lassen Medical Center star in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

North Colorado Medical Center dances for breast cancer awareness
GREELEY (Oct. 2, 2012) — The Pink Glove Dance is spreading … to North Colorado Medical Center. More than 100 employees from a variety of work areas at NCMC star in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

California’s fantastic five delivered in Arizona
MESA, Ariz. (Oct. 2, 2012) – California resident Meryl Ferraro, 39, under the care of perinatologist and multiple birth specialist John Elliott, MD, gave birth to quintuplets at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. on Wednesday. This is the second set of out-of-state quintuplets that have been delivered by Dr. Elliott in recent weeks.

Ogallala Community Hospital dons pink gloves for breast cancer awareness
OGALLALA, Neb. (Oct. 2, 2012) – The Pink Glove Dance is spreading…to Ogallala Community Hospital. More than 50 staff members plus family and friends in the community are starring in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

NCMC’s Spirit of Women event teaches about pain relief options in labor
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women wants to help pregnant women and their partners learn more about pain relief options during labor.

NCMC's Spirit of Women program aims to build teen confidence
GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 2, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women hopes to build the spirit of young women through a new series of classes.

McKee Medical Center staff dances for breast cancer awareness
LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct. 1, 2012)--Fifty employees from a variety of work areas at McKee Medical Center star in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Washakie Medical Center dons pink gloves for breast cancer awareness
WORLAND (Oct. 1, 2012) – Several of the staff members, plus members of the local breast cancer support and survivors group, Gorgeous Gals, star in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Washakie Medical Center nurse earns top honor in Wyoming
WORLAND, Wyo. (Sept. 27, 2012) – Sherrill Sorensen, chief nursing officer of Washakie Medical Center, recently received the highest nursing honor in the state of Wyoming – the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence.

Banner Boswell welcomes new chief medical officer
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 26, 2012) – Jason Krupp, MD, has accepted the role of chief medical officer at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City. Dr. Krupp will be replacing current Banner Boswell’s CMO Dr. Terry Loftus, who recently accepted the new role of medical director of Surgical Services and Clinical Resources for Banner Health.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Marks First Anniversary With $5 Million Gift and New Marquee Programs
GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 26, 2012) – Philanthropic support of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has been extremely generous, as noted by a recent $5 million gift from the James M. Cox Foundation. To honor this gift, Banner MD Anderson will establish the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center offers Medicare counseling
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2012) – Volunteers will be available at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center to answer questions regarding Medicare and other health insurance benefits.

Banner Estrella receives top marks from U.S. News
PHOENIX (Sept. 24, 2012) – Banner Estrella Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was named in July 2012 to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Banner Estrella ranked at No. 6 in the Phoenix metro area and received a high-performing status in seven specialties.

Banner Del E. Webb receives top marks from U.S. News
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2012) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was named in July 2012 to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Banner Del E. Webb ranked at No. 12 in metro Phoenix and received a high-performing status in one specialty.

Banner Gateway receives top marks from U.S. News
GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2012) – Banner Gateway Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was named in July 2012 to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Banner Gateway ranked at No. 12 in metro Phoenix and received a high-performing status in one specialty.

Banner Desert receives top marks from U.S. News
MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2012) – Banner Desert Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was named in July 2012 to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Banner Desert ranked at No. 6 in the Phoenix metro area and received a high-performing status in seven specialties

Page Hospital Offers Mammograms Manicures and Massages During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
PAGE, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2012) --Page Hospital is offering women the opportunity to pamper themselves while learning about their health. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the hospital will be offering “Mammograms, Manicures and Massages” on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Banner Lassen named a top performer by the Joint Commission
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2012) – Banner Lassen Medical Center was recognized today by a national accrediting body as a Top Performer in key patient care areas.“Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012,” includes 620 hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The hospitals identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability performance in 2011 represent about 18 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data.

McKee Medical Center named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission
LOVELAND, Colo. (Sept. 19, 2012) – McKee Medical Center is one of eight Colorado hospitals recognized by a national accrediting body in key patient care areas.

North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women plans for Girls Night Out
GREELEY, Colo. (Sept. 18, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women invite women to be dazzled during a special night out with girlfriends, sisters, daughters and mothers. Be Dazzling – Girls Night Out is Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the UNC Ballroom, 2045 10th Ave. in Greeley. Tickets may be purchased before the event for $15.

Banner Health sponsors Power over Parkinson’s Conference
PEORIA, Ariz. (Sept.18, 2012) – More than 1.5 million people in the United States are affected with Parkinson’s Disease, which is a disorder in the body’s central nervous system. Banner Health is partnering with the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association to bring an educational event to the Valley. The 2012 Power Over Parkinson’s Community Educational Conference is slated for 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

Banner Health Clinic welcomes Family Medicine specialist
WINDSOR, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2012) – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Family Medicine, welcomes Anthony Doft, MD, to its team of health care providers.

Banner Health among top percent of nationwide hospitals to achieve final stage of electronic medical record adoption
PHOENIX (Sept. 16, 2012) – Twenty one Banner Health facilities have achieved Stage 7, the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

NCMC program aids victims of sexual assault
GREELEY, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2012) – Nurses from North Colorado Medical Center’s Emergency Department now offer around-the-clock specialty care for sexual assault victims.The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Team, also referred to as the SANE Team, is a group of eight experienced registered nurses who have received specialized training and provide compassionate care to adult, adolescent and pediatric patients impacted by sexual assault and abuse.

Banner Health Clinic will offer urology care in Loveland
LOVELAND, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2012) – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Urology, will begin seeing patients in Loveland on Oct. 1. he clinic, opening at 1813 Cheyenne Ave., will be staffed by urologists Curtis Crylen, MD, and James Wollach, MD.

Banner launches mandatory flu shot policy for all personnel
PHOENIX (Sept. 11, 2012) – Banner Health is launching a systemwide mandatory flu vaccine policy which will require all employees, employed physicians, volunteers, vendors, contractors and health care students to be vaccinated by Dec. 1.


Banner Thunderbird offers the first in “I Can Cope” series
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 10, 2012) – On Monday, Sept. 24, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will begin its “I Can Cope” series by presenting a free community lecture titled “Learning About Cancer and Understanding Treatment.” Presenters will be Dr. Manpreet Chadha, Medical Oncologist, and Dr. Kurt Wharton, Radiation Oncologist. The session is facilitated by Kelly Gruber, the hospital’s oncology social worker.

McKee Spirit of Women and The Promenade Shops partner on Girls Night Out
LOVELAND, Colo. (Sept. 10, 2012) – Women have the chance to be healthy, be happy and be dazzling at the first Girls’ Night Out sponsored by McKee Spirit of Women and The Promenade Shops at Centerra.

The Joint Commission accredits McKee Medical Center
LOVELAND, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2012) – McKee Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes McKee’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Multiple birth specialist returns to Valley quints follow
MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 6, 2012) – North Carolina resident Carmen Milam Matthews, 33, has come to the Valley to seek the care of nationally renowned perinatologist, John Elliott, MD, who has returned to the area to join Southwest Contemporary Women’s Care (SCWC) in Mesa and Ahwatukee, Ariz.

Flu season is nothing to sneeze at; plan now to get a flu shot
BRUSH, Colo. (Sept. 6, 2012) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during some influenza seasons there have been as many as 49,000 “flu-associated deaths,” deaths that might have been prevented. If you are contemplating not getting a flu shot or if you just don’t think they are necessary, think again. Attend one of the flu shots clinics being held in Brush and Fort Morgan.

Local pulmonologist joins Banner Health Clinic staff
LOVELAND, Colo. (Sept. 4, 2012) -- Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders, has added a new physician to the staff. David S. Kukafka, MD, began seeing patients on Sept. 1 in Loveland.

Banner Del E. Webb extends teen volunteer program
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Aug. 31, 2012) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center’s summer teen volunteer program has been so successful; the hospital’s staff decided to extend the program to provide year-round volunteer opportunities for local youth.

Banner Health Clinic adds new endocrinologist
GREELEY, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2012) – Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Endocrinology, is adding a new physician to the staff. Corinn Sadler, MD, will begin seeing patients Sept. 1 in Greeley and Loveland.

Banner Thunderbird receives top marks from U.S. News
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 29, 2012) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was listed among the top 5 hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Additionally, Banner Thunderbird was recognized for having eight high-performing specialties.


Pints Pistons and Prostates
LOVELAND (Aug. 28, 2012) – In recognition of September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, McKee Spirit of Women has partnered with Co’s BMW Center and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for an educational event on prostate health.


Banner Hospice and Sun Health Grandview Care Center partner to open Inpatient Hospice Unit
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Aug. 27, 2012) — Banner Hospice has entered into a partnership agreement with Sun Health’s Grandview Care Center to open a dedicated Inpatient Hospice Unit (IPU) at the care center, which serves residents of Sun City West.

Nine Banner Health clinics to participate in health care reform initiative
LOVELAND,Colo. (Aug. 23, 2012) – Nine Banner Health Clinics in Northern Colorado join 500 primary care practices selected for participation in a national primary care initiative.

Banner Health, NCMC Board approve operating agreement
GREELEY, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2012) – The NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors and Banner Health have approved an operating agreement that will extend the working relationship between the two parties through 2027.

NCMC Breast Center earns ACR designation as Breast Center of Excellence
GREELEY,Colo. (Aug. 21, 2012) — The North Colorado Medical Center Breast Center, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

NCMC grants 2012 scholarships
GREELEY, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center volunteers recently awarded $51,000 in scholarships to high school and college students who have made a valuable contribution to the community through their volunteer service at the hospital.

Banner Health Clinic welcomes Dr. Danielle Doro
GREELEY,Colo. (Aug. 20, 2012) —Banner Health Clinic, specializing in internal medicine, welcomes a new physician to the practice.Daniele Doro, MD, joined Banner Health Clinic this month. She focuses on care for adults with an emphasis in preventive health care.

Groundbreaking at Banner Estrella
PHOENIX (Aug. 15, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center, recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, will kick-off construction of a $151 million patient tower during a unique groundbreaking celebration Thursday. Guests in attendance will watch the ground-breaking projected live on a big screen in the “cool” comfort of the hospital’s main lobby.

Banner Health Clinic to open at Page Hospital
PAGE, Ariz. (Aug. 15, 2012) – A new Banner Health Clinic is scheduled to open Monday, Sept.10 on the Page Hospital campus including the region’s only pediatric specialty care practice.

Two Ogallala Community Hospital employees receive scholarships
OGALLALA, Neb. (Aug. 14, 2012) – Two employees at Ogallala Community Hospital have earned scholarships to help further their education in health care.

Platte County Memorial Hospital gathers aid for firefighters
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Aug. 14, 2012) – A desire to help local firefighters who have endured a long summer of wildfires, forest fires and high-fire danger resulted in a sizable donation of supplies from Platte County Memorial Hospital employees.

Gynecologist performs 500th robotic surgery at McKee Medical Center
LOVELAND, Colo. (Aug. 10, 2012) – Two years, 10 months and one day after beginning to offer robotically-assisted gynecologic surgery, John Crane, MD, has performed his 500th case.

Banner Medical Group clinics change names
LOVELAND, Colo. (Aug. 8, 2012) – Many of the physician clinics within Banner Health are now going by a new name.

Banner Alzheimers Institute first US center to study brain pacemaker for Alzheimers
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 8, 2012) – Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) is the first study site in the United States to participate in a cutting edge clinical trial utilizing deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a possible way to stave off the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Banner Health Center opens in Loveland
LOVELAND, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2012) -- Banner’s newest Health Center has opened in southwest Loveland.

Internist joins Banner Health Clinic
FORT MORGAN, Colo. (July 31, 2012) – Banner Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Gokulan Ratnarajah, MD, to the Banner Health Clinic specializing in Internal Medicine. Dr. Ratnarajah (Raj) is board certified in Internal Medicine, with subspecialty training in Geriatric medicine.

Dominique Walker joins Banner Medical Group
STERLING, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2012) – Sterling Regional MedCenter and Banner Medical Group are pleased to announce Dominique J. Walker, MD, has joined Family Care Clinic.

Dr Budde joins Banner Health Clinic
FORT MORGAN, Colo. (July 31, 2012) –Banner Medical Group welcomes Dr. Praveen Budde to the Banner Health Clinic specializing in family care medicine in Fort Morgan.


New cardiologist joins CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. (July 16, 2012) – The CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado welcomes a new electrophysiologist to Greeley and Loveland.

Banner Health continues to win awards
PHOENIX (July 17, 2012) – Banner Health continues to be a top-performing nonprofit health system and recognized among leading consumer and watchdog organizations based on clinical and operational excellence across many aspects of the patient care experience.


Join us for the opening of Banner North Colorado Emergency Care
GREELEY, Colo. (July 12, 2012) – Banner North Colorado Emergency Care invites the community to celebrate the opening of the new facility in west Greeley.

BDWMC remodels SAGE unit
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (July 16, 2012) – Patients in the SAGE unit at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center now have a more pleasant environment, thanks to generous donations from the community.

East Morgan County Hospital hosts blood drive, August 2
BRUSH, Colo. (July 12, 2012) – Do you have an hour to save two lives? Donate blood at the East Morgan County Hospital blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 2. Anyone can be a donor. Demand for blood always increases during the summer months.

Sport physical offered by Brush Family Medicine and Banner Health Clinic
BRUSH, Colo. (July 12, 2012) –The provider teams at Brush Family Medicine and Banner Health Clinic in Fort Morgan are offering sports physicals to middle school and high school students in Morgan County. The cost of the sports physical has been reduced to $20 for this special event.

Banner Health earns award for coaching excellence
PHOENIX (July 5, 2012) – Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the U.S., has been recognized for coaching excellence by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Denali Center at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital receives prestigious award
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (July 9, 2012) – Denali Center was recently awarded the prestigious “Master Gardener Award” at the International Eden Alternative Conference, held in Grand Rapids, Michigan earlier this month.

Loveland Community Health Center, McKee Stepping Stones plan move
LOVELAND, Colo. (July 5, 2012) – The operator of Loveland Community Health Center purchased a building Friday, June 30, that will serve as a new home for the clinic as well as McKee Stepping Stones Adult Day Program. The new building will allow both programs to expand.

Don’t let life take you by surprise. Be informed about your coverage
LOVELAND, Colo. (July 2, 2012) – Join McKee Spirit of Women, McKee Medical Center Foundation and the Seasons Club to learn from local experts about health and life insurance and how life events impact insurance needs.

Spirit of Women introduces 'Date Night'
GREELEY, Colo. (July 2, 2012) — Northern Colorado couples are invited to take part in “DATE NIGHT” to focus on the joy of simply being together.

Banner Health donates $15,000 to help with High Park fire recovery
LOVELAND, Colo. (June 26, 2012) – Banner Health donated $15,000 to help people affected by the High Park fire in Larimer County.

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years of serving region
GREELEY, Colo. (June 20, 2012) —North Colorado Med Evac is celebrating 30 years and more than 20,000 successful flights serving communities in northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

Banner Health to create trauma centers at its Valley hospitals
PHOENIX (June 18, 2012) -- Banner Health has announced plans to create trauma centers of varying levels at its Valley hospitals, a decision that will help ensure that trauma patients are better able to receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place.

Grant to improve healthcare workforce
PHOENIX (June 14, 2012) – Five diverse community organizations – Banner Health, Chicanos Por La Causa, Maricopa Workforce Connections, the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovations, and the Arizona Diversity Business Development Center – will collaborate as partners on a $4.96 million, four-year grant to enhance Arizona’s health care workforce and provide career trajectory for nurses and nurse assistants in the state.

Banner Thunderbird has new Fun Center
GLENDALE, Ariz. (June. 14, 2012) – When children are in Banner Thunderbird, Child Life specialists use a number of activities to keep those well enough to participate as busy as possible to lighten the load of being in the hospital. Watching DVDs and playing Wii games are ways to help distract pediatric patients during their stay.

Therapist: Validate emotions of people affected by High Park Fire
GREELEY, Colo. (June 13, 2012) –The High Park Fire’s effect on mental health will impact different people in different ways. Most importantly, according to Banner Health licensed marriage and family therapist Renee Rogers, people should know that their emotions today – mad, sad, anxious or otherwise – are expected and normal.

June cooking class at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 11, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center will host its monthly cooking class on Monday June 25 at 1 pm.


Banner Estrella plans $151 million expansion
PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of a new 144-bed patient tower to its hospital campus, located at the 101 and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Landmark Study Shows Tau Levels in Plasma a Predictor for Alzheimer’s
SUN CITY, Ariz. (June 6, 2012) — A study by researchers at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute suggests that plasma levels of tau – a protein formed in the brain appears to be a biomarker and a strong predictor for Alzheimer’s disease.

Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation Launches $40 Million Campaign
PHOENIX (June 5, 2012) -- Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, the philanthropic resource for Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, (BAI) announced a $40 million campaign to advance some of the most challenging yet promising research to stop Alzheimer’s disease.

BDWMC Stroke Certification
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (June 5, 2012) – When you or someone you love has a stroke, a few seconds can mean all the difference in getting needed care. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center has achieved national stroke certification, signifying the facility has made stroke treatment and prevention a priority.

Women with breast abnormalities have new option at Banner Thunderbird
GLENDALE, Ariz. (June 5, 2012) – What used to begin with the sometimes painful placement of a guide wire in a patient's breast to mark the location of a breast abnormality can now be done with a much more precise and less painful method now available at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. The procedure is called Radioactive Seed Localization, or RSL

Dr. Heaston, orthopedics provider begins June 6
BRUSH, Colo. (June 1, 2012) – The East Morgan County Hospital Specialty Clinic will be adding two orthopedic surgeons to the list of visiting specialists. Beginning June 6, Daniel Heaston, MD will begin seeing patients in Brush. Later this summer, Riley Hale, MD will begin treating patients as well. Both physicians practice at Banner Mountain Vista Orthopaedics Medical Clinic in Greeley.

McKee Medical Center awards $20,000 in health care scholarships
LOVELAND, Colo. (May 30, 2012) – McKee Medical Center announces five recipients of health career student and adult scholarships for 2012.

Howard S. Gray School teacher headed to Japan
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 29, 2011) – Sue Cullumber, a science teacher at the Howard S. Gray School at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, has received a fellowship with the International Institute of Education and Fulbright Japan to participate in the Japan - U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development.

Two Banner Health clinics in Windsor consolidate
WINDSOR, Colo. (May 24, 2012) – Banner Health will merge two medical clinics in Windsor later this summer to achieve efficiencies and improve access to services for residents there. The move will result in the closing of Banner Medical Clinic—Highland Meadows.

East Morgan County Hospital Medical Staff scholarships awarded
BRUSH, Colo. (May 24, 2012) — The Medical staff of East Morgan County Hospital (EMCH) and EMCH Foundation are pleased to award the 2012 Medical Staff Scholarship to Alysse Milano and Connor Weisser graduating seniors of Brush High School.

What a difference a year makes-‘Miracle Baby’ turns one!
PHOENIX (May 23, 2012) -- Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center threw a special birthday party for Valley baby who gained worldwide attention by surviving medical odds.

Stroke Silver Award
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (May 22, 2012) - Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines -Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the nonprofit hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Its continual outreach to the community further emphasizes this commitment.

McKee Medical Center Foundation cancels Community Classic Bike Tour
LOVELAND, Colo. (May 18, 2012) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation is cancelling Sunday’s 25th Annual Community Classic Bike Tour (CCBT) due to health concerns raised by the Hewlett Fire.

East Morgan County Hospital holds blood drive May 31
BRUSH, Colo. (May 17, 2012) – Do you have an hour to save two lives? Donate blood at the East Morgan County Hospital blood drive on May 31. Anyone can be a donor. Demand for blood always increases during the summer months.

Learn to manage emergencies at home during Weekend Warrior Wisdom
LOVELAND, Colo. (May 17, 2012) – McKee Spirit of Women will celebrate Home Safety Month in June by launching Weekend Warrior Wisdom to amplify the importance of safety at home.


Banner Health announces CEO changes
PHOENIX (May 15, 2012) – Banner Health today announced two CEO changes that will affect three of its metro Phoenix hospitals.

Groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Trial Announced
PHOENIX (May 15, 2012) – In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), University of Antioquia in Colombia and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announce the first-ever prevention trial in cognitively healthy individuals who are destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease because of their genetic history. This groundbreaking study—the first to investigate whether an anti-amyloid treatment can stave off the disease—will span two countries and help launch a new era of prevention research in the urgent fight against Alzheimer’s.


BDWMC Nurses Week
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (May 9, 2012) - To celebrate Nurses Week, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center honored several nurses May 7 for their contributions to their field

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center holds May class
SUN CITY, Ariz. (May 8, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center will host its monthly cooking class on Monday May 21 at 1 p.m.



Banner Good Samaritan Salutes Nurses!
PHOENIX (May 4, 2012) In honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12), Banner Good Samaritan would like to thank all of our nurses for the incredible work they do everyday to provide excellent patient care.

Seventeen Banner Health facilities achieve final stage of electronic medical record adoption
PHOENIX (May 3, 2012) – Seventeen Banner Health facilities have achieved Stage 7, the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Cardon Children's and Banner Thunderbird certified for pediatric emergency care
MESA, Ariz. (April 25, 2012) -- Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Children's Center received Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care certification as part of a new program to improve outcomes for ill and injured children visiting emergency rooms in Arizona.

Banner Boswell Medical Center adds third hyperbaric oxygen chamber
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 25, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City has added a third hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the non-profit hospital's outpatient Hyperbaric Oxygen Center. Banner Boswell is the only provider of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the Northwest Valley. To celebrate the new addition, the hospital is hosting a community open house from 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16.

Reliable Beta-Amyloid Imaging in the Living Brain Presented
NEW ORLEANS (April 25, 2012) — Results of a phase III study that showed tremendous reliability in the detection of beta-amyloid in the living brain will be presented by Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City Ariz..

NCMC Foundation awards $72,000 in scholarships
GREELEY, Colo. (April 23, 2012) -- The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2012 scholarships.

McKee Medical Center Foundation receives $75,000 grant from Komen
LOVELAND, Colo. (April 20, 2012) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation has accepted a grant for $75,000 from the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to provide money for breast cancer treatment for uninsured and under-insured women across Northern and Northeastern Colorado.

Banner Estrella is an Energy Star
PHOENIX (April 20, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Maricopa County to be labeled an ENERGY STAR® certified building by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Banner Boswell named one of 100 Top Hospitals in U.S. by Thomson Reuters
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 16, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Banner Boswell, Banner Del E. Webb, Sun Health offer osteoporosis talks in May
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 16, 2012) – Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers are partnering with Sun Health in May to mark Osteoporosis Awareness Month with a series of special programs to help people better understand their bone health.

May Lobby Lecture: New Solution to Common Problems in Women's Health
BRUSH, Colo. (April 16, 2012) – Visiting specialist, Paul Hiratzka, MD, obstetrics and gynecology specialist at East Morgan County Hospital's Specialty Clinic, invites area residents to join him May 8 for the next Lobby Lecture Series topic: New Solutions to Common Problems in Women’s Health.

EMCH honors volunteers
BRUSH, Colo. (April 13, 2012) – The volunteers, who help in the health care setting, are dedicated individuals who believe in giving back to the community in which they live. During National Healthcare Volunteer week, April 15 – 21, East Morgan County Hospital is proud to honor two outstanding auxiliary volunteers.

Brush PD and EMCH partner on Drug Take Back Program
BRUSH, Colo. (April 12, 2012) – Save the date, Saturday, April 28 on your calendar. It is the 3rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The City of Brush! Police Department, in partnership with East Morgan County Hospital is sponsoring this event in the main lobby of the hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

McKee Medical Center invites you to 'Solve Shoulder, Hip and Knee Pain'
LOVELAND, Colo. (April 12, 2012) – McKee Spirit of Women and Gold’s Gym Loveland are hosting All Right Now: Solving Shoulder, Hip, and Knee Pain to educate women in the community on the benefits of joint surgery. The event is Thursday, May 10 at Gold’s Gym, 910 E. Eisenhower Blvd. in Loveland.

Banner Boswell Medical Center now offers MRI breast biopsies
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 11, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City is now performing breast biopsies guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizing state-of-the-art computer aided detection (CAD) software. The MRI-guided breast biopsies are available at Banner Lakes Imaging Center, the non-profit hospital’s outpatient imaging facility at 10474 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Suite 100 in Sun City.

Banner Thunderbird cerfied as provider of advanced pediatric emergency services
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 11, 2012) –The Northwest Valley's only Children’s Center has been certified as a provider of advanced care for kids with emergencies.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center April Cooking Class
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 9, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center will host its monthly cooking class on Monday April 30 at 1 pm.

Physicians at Banner Thunderbird now using ultrasound in endoscopy procedures
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 10, 2012) –Doctors at Banner Thunderbird responsible for diagnosing life-threatening digestive and lung diseases have a powerful new tool in their arsenal. It’s called endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and it’s helping gastroenterologists and pulmonologists at the non-profit Glendale hospital save lives by making it much harder for tumors or other abnormalities to hide inside the body.

Banner Boswell continues free class on managing heart disease in April
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 6, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City is continuing its free monthly education series “Taking Care of Your Heart” in April to help people learn more about their heart and understand how to better manage chronic heart disease at home.

Banner Health pilots programs to reduce hospital readmissions
GILBERT, Ariz. (April 5, 2012) –Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner Home Care are piloting a home monitoring program which has proven to reduce hospital readmissions and better coordinate care after a patient is discharged from the hospital.

Loveland Community Health Fair set to deliver results April 14
LOVELAND, Colo. (April 3, 2012) – More 1,000 individuals had their blood drawn in preparation for the 2012 Loveland Community Health Fair. The 32nd Loveland Community Health Fair is April 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center.

An extra set of eyes, ears will be on surgical patients recovering at Banner Thunderbird
GLENDALE, Ariz. (April 2, 2012) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is the first hospital in the Valley to begin using a high-tech remote monitoring system to provide an extra layer of observation for patients recovering from surgery.

Banner Good Samaritan Named One of Nation's 100 Great Hospitals
PHOENIX (April 2, 2012) – Becker's Hospital Review has named Phoenix’s Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as one of the nation’s 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. The hospital was cited for its industry leadership and clinical innovations, as well as being one of the first 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the country.

Lind named CEO of Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (April 2, 2012) – Sharon Lind has been named the new chief executive officer at Ogallala Community Hospital, effective Monday, April 2, announced Jim Ferando, Western Region president for Banner Health.

McKee Medical Center honored as 'Banner’s Best of the Best'
LOVELAND, Colo. (March 30, 2012) – Banner Health presented McKee Medical Center with “Banner’s Best of the Best” award Friday, recognizing the hospital as one of the two highest performing hospitals among the system’s 23 facilities.

HealthGrades awards for Banner Del E. Webb and NCMC
PHOENIX (March 29, 2012) -- The Phoenix Business Journal reports that Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center has been named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals and The Denver Business Journal reports that North Colorado Medical Center has been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades.

Lobby Lecture, April 2012: Safe handling of medication
BRUSH, Colo. (March 28, 2012) – East Morgan County Hospital Pharmacy Program Manager Clark Seele, invites area residents to join him April 10 for the next Lobby Lecture Series topic: Handling medications in the home.

Parkinson’s disease is focus of free symposium in Sun City on April 20
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 22, 2012) – Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Sun Health Research Institute invite the community to a free Parkinson's Symposium on Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City.

RN Recognized from Sterling Regional MedCenter at Nightingale Awards
STERLING, Colo.(March 22, 2012)--Centennial Area Health Education Center (CAHEC), recently hosted the 27th Annual Centennial Nightingale Luminary Awards at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland, Colorado. The purpose of the Nightingale Awards is to honor area nurses who have shown exceptional talent and dedication in their practices. Nurses were nominated by peers, administrators, families, patients, and friends.

Banner Olive Branch to hold macular degeneration seminar
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 20, 2012) -- Do you or a loved one suffer from age-related macular degeneration?

CEO to leave Sterling Regional for new role at Banner
STERLING, Colo. (March 14, 2012) – Michelle Joy, chief executive officer (CEO) for Sterling Regional MedCenter , will leave that position effective Monday, April 16, to assume a senior leadership role in another Banner Health facility in Colorado, announced Jim Ferando, Banner Health’s Western Region president.

Banner Boswell Medical Center offers new treatment for liver cancer
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 13, 2012) – When Sun City resident Kathie Kukla was diagnosed in 2011 with neuroendocrine cancer – the same cancer that killed her sister 20 years ago – she thought it was a death sentence. But a new treatment at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City is giving her hope and has already shown progress in killing the tumors invading her liver.

Enter the Fit Kid Family contest
MESA, Ariz. (March 13, 2012) – As part of its effort to promote healthy lifestyles, Cardon Children’s Medical Center is looking for the 2012 Fit Kid Family – a Valley family that is dedicated to being active and healthy this year. The winning family will get a trip for four to San Diego!

March cooking class at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 12, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center will host its monthly cooking class on Monday March 26 at 1 pm.

McKee Breast Center introduces new technology for patients
LOVELAND, Colo. (March 12, 2012) –The McKee Breast Center will soon debut new digital mammography equipment that will reduce exam times for patients and deliver higher quality images.

Banner Medical Group welcomes Susan Carter, MD
GREELEY, Colo. (March 9, 2012) —Banner Medical Group, LLC, is pleased to announce that Susan Carter, MD, and her practice, Colorado GYN Consultants in Greeley, have joined BMG.

Lubick Foundation grants funds to McKee Cancer Center
LOVELAND, Colo. (March 8, 2012) - The Lubick Foundation has recently awarded a $10,000 grant to McKee Medical Center's Cancer Center. The RamStrength™ Basic Needs Fund at the McKee Foundation will provide direct financial assistance to eligible local cancer patients.

Sonora Quest number one in Ranking Arizona survey
PHOENIX (March 8, 2012) – Sonora Quest Laboratories has been named the state’s number-one bioscience firm by “Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business 2012.’’

Banner Health/North Colorado Medical Center begins west Greeley emergency department expansion preparation
GREELEY, Colo. (March 8, 2012) – North Colorado Medical Center, a Banner Health facility, has nearly completed the interior demolition phase on the facility to be used for extension of emergency department services to west Greeley. The service will be located in the building adjacent to the Summit View Urgent Care Center at 2001 70th Ave. in west Greeley. Renovation and re-construction on the 11,000-square foot area will begin upon receipt of building permits later in March. The project is valued at $5.9 million.

McKee Community Health Award presented
LOVELAND, Colo. (March 8, 2012) --- The annual McKee Medical Center Foundation McKee Thanks luncheon took place Tuesday, March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center. The luncheon is an annual opportunity to honor individual and community support for McKee Medical Center.

Banner Health recognized in health care leadership awards
PHOENIX (March 8, 2012) – Banner Health was honored at Arizona Business Magazine’s 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards at the 5th Annual Healthcare Leadership Awards ceremony held at the Arizona Biltmore.

Blood supply remains low in NE Colorado
BRUSH, Colo. (March 7, 2012) – The blood supply for East Morgan County Hospital and Banner Health in northeastern Colorado is extremely volatile. Currently, there has been a high demand for all blood types, causing type A- to be in short supply. All blood types are needed at this time. To address this need East Morgan County Hospital is holding a blood drive on Mar. 29. Anyone can be a donor.

Baseball legend to share hip replacement story at Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics Open House
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (March 7, 2012) – Major League Baseball Hall of Fame legend Johnny Bench will help educate people on the benefits of joint replacement, by sharing his hip replacement experience with attendees at the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics Open House. The open house will be held 8 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday, March 10, at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

McKee Cancer Center begins construction on cancer center expansion
LOVELAND, Colo. (March 6, 2012) – McKee Medical Center has begun construction on a 5,900-square foot expansion valued at more than $9 million.

Fairbanks memorial hospital to provide hospice services
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (March 6, 2012) -- After several years of discussion and planning, Hospice of the Tanana Valley recently approached The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with a proposal of uniting to create a comprehensive medical hospice program.

Capitol Flag presented to Howard Gray School
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 6, 2012) - On March 5, the Mental Health Guild presented the Howard Gray School with an American flag, obtained from U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.

Lobby Lecture: Fall Prevention
BRUSH, Colo. (March 1, 2012) – The East Morgan County Hospital physical therapist, Tim Brown, invites area residents to join him March 13 for the next Lobby Lecture Series topic: Fall Prevention.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center now performing robot-assisted pediatric surgery
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 29, 2012) – Robot-assisted surgery has been an option for adults undergoing surgical procedures for several years. Now, the benefits of robotic surgery have been extended to the smallest patients at the Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center.


Congressman will visit Banner Health clinic for reading program
WINDSOR, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2012) — U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner will read to children at Medical Arts Centre of Windsor in support of Reach Out and Read Literacy Program offered through the clinic.

Banner Desert Medical Center offers telestroke program
MESA, Ariz. (Feb. 27, 2012) – Banner Desert Medical Center now offers emergency neurologic treatment for stroke patients via a secured video link. Patients now have immediate, around-the-clock access to neurologists through this new “telestroke” program.

Gallery to feature art by Cardon Children's patients
MESA, Ariz. (Feb. 27, 2012) -- "The Art of Healing" show will be on display in Phoenix starting March 2.

Thousands of twinkle lights representing each renewed life at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Feb. 23, 2012) – More than four thousand twinkle lights will be lighting up Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center tonight as the hospital hosts its first annual ‘Celebration of Life’ for transplant donors and recipients. Featured during the event will be the ultimate story of paying it forward from a couple who participated in a ‘paired kidney exchange’ (involving multiple donors and recipients), as well as the heartwarming tale of a family who donated their loved ones organs, so others could live.

National Breast Cancer Foundation awards funds to McKee Cancer Center
LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 23, 2012) - The National Breast Cancer Foundation has recently awarded McKee Medical Center's Cancer Center with a $25,200 grant. The grant is part of the National Breast Cancer Foundation's National Mammography Program, and will provide mammograms and ultrasounds for the medically underserved in Northern Colorado.

HealthGrades study recognizes emergency medicine at McKee, NCMC
LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2012) – A report released this week by HealthGrades named McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine.

North Colorado Medical Center Spirit of Women hosts 'Day of Dance'
GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2012) — “Day of Dance for Your Family’s Health” by North Colorado Medical Center’s Spirit of Women will use a family-friendly event to create a healthier community.

Thorpe named CEO for East Morgan County Hosptial
BRUSH, Colo. (Feb. 20, 2012) – Linda Thorpe has been named CEO of East Morgan County Hospital effective Monday, Feb. 20, Banner Health Western Region President Jim Ferando announced. Thorpe had served as the hospital’s interim CEO since last July.

Banner Thunderbird now performing pediatric robotic surgery
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 20, 2012) – Robot-assisted surgery has been an option for adults undergoing surgical procedures for several years.Now, the benefits of robotic surgery have been extended to the smallest patients at the Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center, benefits that include less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and shorter recovery times.

That Diet Soda You’re Drinking May Be Putting You At Risk For Heart Disease
PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2012) – Diet soda may seem to be a healthier alternative to sugary regular soda, but a new study published in the Jan. 26th issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that people who regularly drink diet soft drinks were at an increased risk of experiencing stroke, heart attack and death due to these conditions.

Online focus group at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 16, 2012) – If you are 50 years or older and interested in online interaction you will want to be part of an Arizona State University focus group conducted by Ali Linsenmayer of ASU.

Banner Health makes CEO leadership changes
PHOENIX (Feb. 14, 2012) – Banner Health today announced top leadership changes involving three CEOs at Banner Health’s metro Phoenix area hospitals

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center holds February cooking classes
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 14, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center will host its monthly cooking class on Monday Feb. 27 at 1 pm.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center holding shingles seminar
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is hosting a free physician-led educational seminar about post-shingles nerve pain.


Health Fair screenings start Feb. 27
LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 7, 2012) – Registration for blood screenings and memory screenings through the 2012 Loveland Community Health Fair begins Feb. 27.

McKee Medical Center invites Loveland to talk about digestive difficulties
LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2012) – McKee Medical Center Spirit of Women is hosting an event called All Right Now: Solving Digestive Disorders to discuss the hidden burden of gastrointestinal disorders.

Subaru of Loveland donates Subaru Outback 2-year lease to raise funds for Stepping Stones Program at McKee
LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 3, 2012) --- Subaru of Loveland, a division of Davidson-Gebhardt Auto Group, has donated a two-year lease on a 2012 Subaru Outback to raise funds for the Stepping Stones Adult Day Program. Subaru of Loveland has been a long-time partner with the McKee Medical Center Foundation as a sponsor of the Community Classic Bike Tour and the McKee Presents Gala.

D'Angelo named CEO of Banner Churchill
FALLON, Nev. (Feb. 2, 2012) – Jim Ferando, Western Region president for Banner Health, has named John D’Angelo as chief executive officer for Banner Churchill Community Hospital effective March 5.

Community invited to Banner Health Clinic, Ft. Morgan Open House
BRUSH, Colo. (Feb. 2, 2012) – You are invited to visit Fort Morgan’s newest family practice clinic during a community open house on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. The free event, being held at Banner Health Clinic, 909 E. Railroad Ave., will feature tours of the facility, opportunities to visit with the clinic’s two health providers and other staff, refreshments, and more. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m.


Dementia: Memories Stolen, Feb. Lobby Lecture topic
BRUSH, Colo., (Jan. 30, 2012) – The East Morgan County Hospital hospitalist, Charles Kopell, MD and Pat Samples, chief nursing officer, invite area residents to join them Feb. 16 for the next Lobby Lecture Series topic: Dementia: Memories Stolen.

Quads born at Banner Desert
MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 27, 2012) – Can you predict babies’ personalities and behavior before they are born? If so, we think the Tyk quads, born to Senika and Christopher Tyk of Chandler on Thursday at Banner Desert Medical Center, are destined to be really good kids.

HealthGrades study recognizes clinical excellence at McKee, NCMC
GREELEY, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2012) – McKee Medical Center in Loveland and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley announced today that HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information, has named each a 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™. This prestigious distinction places McKee and NCMC among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. This is the fourth consecutive year NCMC has been named for this distinction and the second consecutive year for McKee.

Aspirin a Day Could Do More Harm Than Good
PHOENIX (Jan.26, 2012) – One out of every five adults over 18, and almost half of those over age 65, take a daily aspirin in the hope of preventing heart attacks and strokes, even though many have never experienced either condition. However, a new study shows that there may be a higher risk for internal bleeding with a daily dose of aspirin.

Banner Arizona Medical Clinic practices renamed as Banner Health Centers
PHOENIX (Jan. 26, 2012) – Banner Arizona Medical Clinic practices will be renamed Banner Health Centers, with four locations in Peoria, Sun City and Sun City West, on February 1 as part of Banner’s strategic growth in ambulatory care.

NCMC to extend ED services to Summit View campus
GREELEY, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2012) — Banner Health has begun efforts to develop Summit View Medical Commons into a larger health center that will provide broader services, anchored by an extension of the North Colorado Medical Center’s Emergency Center. This Emergency Department service will be staffed by certified emergency physicians from the same group that provides emergency physician care and management at NCMC. The NCMC ED service at Summit View is anticipated to be available this summer for west Greeley, Windsor and other residents.

Brush Family Medicine recognized National Medical Group Practice Week
BRUSH, Colo. (Jan. 23, 2012) – National Medical Group Practice Week, January 23 – 27, is intended to advance public and industry awareness of the key benefits that group practices provide to patients, communities and physicians and to recognize the professionals who lead and manage these organizations. Brush Family Medicine wishes to salute our hardworking staff that provides patients with exceptional care on a daily basis.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department now open 24 hours a day
GLENDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2012) – For the first time since Banner Thunderbird introduced a separate pediatric area within its larger emergency department, care is now available 24 hours a day in this dedicated area, marking another significant milestone in the continuing expansion of the hospital’s pediatric services.

Banner Health in stage six of electronic medical records implementation
PHOENIX (Jan. 19, 2012) -- Sixteen Banner Health facilities have been acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, for achieving Stage 6 of electronic medical records (EMR) adoption.

Banner Good Samaritan Provides Optimum Care for the Southwest Region's Worst Injuries
PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2012) – If you have a severe injurt, fast access to specialized resources and equipment is critical. Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s trauma team is available 24 hours a day, and has just been re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, providing the highest level of trauma care available.

McKee Medical Center welcomes new outpatient registered dietitian
LOVELAND, Colo. (Jan. 18, 2012) – McKee Medical Center announces the hiring of a new registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who will provide care for outpatients.

Banner Health top five health system in U S
PHOENIX (Jan. 16, 2011) – Banner Health has been named as one of the Top Five Large Health Systems in the country based on clinical performance, according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care

Time and Treatment Prove Vital for Stroke Patients at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Jan.13, 2012) – Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. That’s why it is critical to obtain care as soon as possible – and Banner Good Samaritan has proven itself as one of the best hospitals to go when you or someone you know has a stroke. The hospital has been re-accredited as a Primary Stroke Center with certification by the Joint Commission, an organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

New human resource leader joins North Colorado Medical Center
GREELEY, Colo. (Jan. 13, 2012) — North Colorado Medical Center welcomes Jeanie K. Gallagher as the chief human resource officer for the hospital. She began her new position Jan. 9.


Blood supply critically low in NE Colorado
BRUSH, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2012) – There is a critical need for blood in northeastern Colorado. Anyone can be a donor. O- and O+ type blood are in demand with no supply available, all blood types are also needed.

Neonatal nurse joins committee to improve neonatal care
GREELEY, Colo. (Jan. 3, 2012) — Linda McCarney, a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner, has been named to a committee charged with overseeing educational programs to improve the care and resuscitation of newborns.


Women Heart Center
MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 5, 2012) -- Banner Heart Hospital will expand its Women’s Heart Center in February to a full-service center on the first floor of the facility, located at 6750 E. Baywood Ave.



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