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Banner Health expands partnership with The CORE Institute


PHOENIX (April 17, 2013) – Banner Health is expanding its partnership with The CORE Institute, bringing the “Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics” to Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.

The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics is a joint venture between Banner Health and The CORE Institute to deliver innovative, revolutionary orthopedic care, and was initially launched in May 2011 at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Ariz.

At the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics, physicians and hospital clinicians jointly develop, implement and improve care to patients by providing evidence-based care to patients from prior to their arrival to their rehabilitation program after surgery.

This approach has resulted in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, fewer complications and greater patient satisfaction at Banner Del E. Webb, prompting the decision to expand the program. Through this new partnership, Banner Desert and Banner Thunderbird will be able to treat an array of orthopedic injuries and disorders that affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage, including:

  • Joint replacements – hip, knee, shoulder and ankle
  • Sport injuries
  • Congenital conditions
  • Arthritis and degenerative disorders
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Comprehensive spine care

As part of the evidence-based approach to care, Banner Desert and Banner Thunderbird will install the Secure Tracks system for patient rehabilitation. Secure Tracks is a ceiling mounted support system shown to expedite patient recovery after surgery, helping patients to walk farther and faster without the fear of falling. Banner Del E. Webb and The CORE Institute were the first in the country to offer this service to their patients and it has proven to expedite patient recovery after surgery.

“Having the Banner Core Center for Orthopedics at Banner Desert is a great benefit for our patients seeking state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation,” said Rob Gould, CEO of Banner Desert. “Our physician partners in this endeavor will serve our patients well and I look forward to working together on enhancing our already high-quality program.”

Added Tom Dickson, CEO of Banner Thunderbird: “This partnership takes our orthopedic surgical program to the next level by bringing best-in-class orthopedic care to our community, and that’s great news for residents who depend on Banner Thunderbird for their medical care. I’m convinced that having the Banner CORE Center on our campus will make Banner Thunderbird the premiere destination for orthopedic care in our part of the Valley.”

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About Banner Desert and Banner Thunderbird hospitals
Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird are nonprofit hospitals providing a range of inpatient and outpatient services. Both were recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the Valley for high performance in several clinical areas. Banner Desert and Banner Thunderbird are part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals in seven states. Banner Health was recently recognized by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) as a Top 15 Health System in the country.

About The CORE Institute
Recognized as the number one orthopedic group by Ranking Arizona and one of the Best Places to Work by Phoenix Business Journal two years running, The CORE Institute began practicing in 2005. Its fellowship-trained physicians provide specialized care in the areas of surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitative hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle procedures, joint replacement, sports medicine, arthroscopy, fracture management, orthopedic traumatology, hand and wrist procedures, complex articular cartilage restoration, musculoskeletal oncology, foot and ankle reconstruction, physical medicine and rehabilitation, comprehensive spine care and pain management. Dedicated to providing technologically advanced surgical techniques and rehabilitation, The CORE Institute provides state-of-the-art research labs, surgical spine centers, less-invasive surgery and physical therapy. The CORE Institute has 12 locations in Arizona and two locations Michigan.

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