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Banner Good Samaritan NICU receives first patients


PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 1, 2013) On Sunday, March 31, Banner Good Samaritan’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admitted 31 babies and their families who transitioned from the Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) NICU, which closed on the Banner Good Samaritan campus. Late last week (Week of March 25) the Banner Good Samaritan NICU received its State licensure to operate as a 43-bed Multi Organized Specialty Unit (MOSU) from the Arizona Department of Health and successfully completed a survey from the Arizona Perinatal Trust.

“In just three months we have been able to smoothly transition this large NICU from PCH into Banner thanks to the outstanding efforts of a tremendous number of people within Banner Health and some terrific collaboration with our colleagues at PCH,” said Banner’s Arizona East President Becky Kuhn, who led the transition steering committee. “We were committed to making this transition as easy-as-possible for the most important people in this process, the babies and their families, and that’s exactly what happened.”

The Banner Good Samaritan NICU is the third level III NICU within Banner, with the other two located at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. The Medical Director for the Banner Good Samaritan NICU is Greg Martin, MD. Nursing leadership will be provided by Kathleen Walker, MS, BSN, RN, senior director of Neonatal Services.

“Within our three level III NICUs we anticipate taking care of 135 to 140 neonates on any given day,” said Walker. “We’re moving rapidly to provide standardized care by adopting the same evidenced-based protocols in all three NICUs. We’re very excited about the potential for collaboration between our three NICUs,” she continued.

Nearly 160 PCH staff joined Banner Health as a result of the transition. Currently the Banner Good Samaritan NICU offers 43 beds to care for neonates, which is half the capacity of the NICU. It is anticipated by mid-May, following renovation of the other half of the NICU, the capacity will double to 76 beds.

About Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. The hospital, recently ranked Arizona’s best hospital and one of the best in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences and stroke care, organ transplants and Emergency care including a Level 1 trauma center. Banner Good Samaritan is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 23 hospitals in seven states. For more information, visit or Facebook.

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