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Banner Health ranked in top five health systems in the nation


PHOENIX (Jan. 16, 2012) – 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.

The announcement was made today by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Thomson Reuters reviewed data from more than 300 organizations and singled out five hospital systems that achieved superior clinical outcomes based on eight measures of quality, patient perception of care and efficiency. Thomson Reuters identified “large’’ as those organizations with more than $1.5 billion total operating expenses.

As a Top Five Large Health System, Banner was recognized for having superior survival rates, better long-term outcomes, better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards, shorter hospital stays, higher patient-satisfaction scores and fewer patient complications.

Another key distinguishing factor was Banner Health’s use of health information technologies to implement electronic medical records at every Banner facility. Modern Healthcare cited Banner Health’s use of electronic medical records to help eliminate sepsis at its facilities as one of the ways information technology is playing a leading role in improving the quality of care.

“We are gratified for being nationally recognized as a leader in clinical excellence and innovation,’’ said Banner Health President and Chief Executive Officer Peter S. Fine. “Our single-sentence mission statement says it all: we make a difference in peoples’ lives through excellent patient care.’’

According to Thomson Reuters, among the key findings in the study were the following:

  • Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Top 15 Top Health Systems held post-discharge 30 day mortality rates steady; while those not in the Top 15 had a significant increase in post-discharge mortality.
  • Better Survival Rates: Top 15 hospitals had 17 percent fewer deaths than expected considering patient severity, while others had 4 percent more deaths than expected.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of Top 15 health systems had 19 percent fewer complications.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the Top 15 hospitals have a median average length of stay of 4.7 days, nearly half a day shorter than their peers' median of 5.1 days.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: Top health systems had 23 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.


Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the country's largest nonprofit health care systems. Located in seven states, Banner Health owns or manages 23 health care facilities as well as physician practices and nationally recognized research centers.

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