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Banner Good Samaritan nationally recognized for outstanding heart program

 

PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2013) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been named to the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs," recognizing outstanding hospitals and cardiology programs in the United States.

Hospitals on the list were chosen for their excellence in heart care and research based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. The Cavanagh Heart Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center continues to be recognized as a leading provider of cardiac services and vascular research. The center offers complete diagnosis, treatment and educational services, specializing in non-invasive heart care diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical heart care treatment, intensive care, telemetry, cardiac rehabilitation and research.

“It’s the hard work of our physicians, nurses and technicians that has earned us this honor,” said Larry Volkmar, chief executive officer of Banner Good Samaritan. “Our facility is dedicated to providing world-class heart care to the Valley through our in-facility and home care services.”

Surgeons at the heart center were some of the first in the nation to implant the left ventricular assist device to treat heart failure in patients not eligible for heart transplants. The hospital's surgeons are also the only physicians in Phoenix who perform pulmonary artery endarterectomy to treat clot formation in the pulmonary artery. Additionally, heart and vascular researchers at Cavanagh have helped innovate several new technologies, including an implantable device that monitors the heart and alerts patients when a heart attack may be imminent — even with no symptoms. The center is also one of the few hospitals in Arizona to offer a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program for people suffering from severe aortic stenosis.

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Banner Good Samaritan and other hospitals on the Becker's Hospital Review are working to combat this statistic through innovative clinical research, high-quality care and state-of-the-art treatments. These hospitals have also extended their services beyond the confines of their facilities by educating their local communities about heart health, helping sharpen our country's focus on preventive care and population health. 

About Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been providing medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. Banner Good Samaritan is owned and operated by Phoenix-based Banner Health, a nonprofit organization, and is a flagship hospital within the system. The hospital is recognized as a Magnet™ facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor a hospital can earn for its nursing care and practices, and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by The Phoenix Business Journal and BestCompaniesAZ in 2007 and 2008 and one of the “Top 100 Hospitals to Work For” by Nursing Professionals magazine.

About Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Our content is geared toward high level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

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