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Twenty-nine patients see their new doctors on Banner Health Center in Maricopa's first day


Dr. John Seward and Clayton Thayer

John Seward, MD, examines Clayton Thayer, one of Banner Health Center in Maricopa's first patients.

PHOENIX (May 16, 2012) – Shortly after 7 a.m., Richard Dietsch of Maricopa, Ariz., became the first patient at the new Banner Health Center in Maricopa.

Dietsch, who recently retired to Maricopa from Ohio, visited with his new physician, Hiram Rivera-Padilla, MD, to update his prescriptions and to establish a new medical history in the Banner Health electronic medical records.

By the end of the center's first day, 29 patients had seen their new physicians and even more Maricopa residents had walked in to learn more about the facility, schedule future appointments and openly express the appreciation for Banner's presence in their city.

"This was a really good experience," Dietsch said."I like the fact that the doctor and staff spent a lot of time with the patients.

"This is new for me, lining up new doctors since I had the same doctors in Ohio for years. We knew this office was opening so we thought it was a good fit -- the doctors are new to the community and we're new, too. Banner has a good reputation in the community, so that makes the process more comfortable," he added.

Banner Health Center physicians, staff and Banner support teams provided excellent patient care for 29 patients on our opening day. Dr. John Seward (Pediatrics) cared for 10 patients, Dr. Cynthia Lowe (Family Medicine) worked with eight patients, Dr. Rivera-Padilla (Internal Medicine) assisted seven patients and Dr. Paul Mikel (OB/GYN) saw four patients with one initial obstetrical visit.

"The general comments we heard included appreciation of the friendly staff, the beautiful building, and how happy they are that we are available for extended hours including Saturdays," said Joan Cox, Banner Medical Group East Region practice administrator.

Banner Health Center is already becoming a part of the community. On Saturday, May 19, Health Center physicians will conduct sports physicals in coordination with Maricopa Unified High School. Five physicians have volunteered their time along with several employees to perform an estimated 120 sports physicals for student athletes prior to the next school year.

"It's nice to have options," said Dorothy Thayer, mother of 17-year-old Clayton Thayer who was seeing Dr. Seward. "We had Banner when we lived in Tempe, so we're comfortable with the way they do business and how knowledgeable the physicians and staff are.

"I was very impressed with Dr. Seward. He really showed concern for my son and was actually talking with him. It's nice that he talks to the kids like they're adults. They'll listen to him more than their mother."

About Banner Health Center
Banner Health Center, the first major medical facility in Maricopa, is the result of a public/private partnership between the City of Maricopa and Banner Health. Banner Health Center in Maricopa provides the residents of Maricopa and surrounding communities with access to Family/General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and OB/GYN physicians. Ancillary services such as laboratory services, general X-ray imaging and patient education will also be available. To learn more about Banner Health Center, please visit

About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 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, please visit


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