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Banner Health pledges support for employees hit by flood

 
PHOENIX (Sept. 23, 2013) – Banner Health is making arrangements to help health system employees in Northern Colorado who have been impacted by floods hitting the region.

The health care system owns and operates four hospitals and more than 50 outpatient clinics and a corporate office in towns that saw heavy damage by the floods. Banner Health employs nearly 5,000 people in Northern Colorado.

The health care system has an internal program called Support Our Staff. During the system’s internal employee giving campaign for philanthropic purposes, employees can designate money for the SOS fund. Then, employees who have financial emergencies can apply for assistance from that fund. The program has $300,000 and Banner announced that it will contribute money to raise the total to $1 million. Employees are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in assistance. The increased amount will allow the fund to help employees affected by the floods as well as others who face emergency situations throughout the year.

In addition, Banner Health has made it possible for employees affected by the flood to cash out accrued paid time off.

“I know this is a very difficult time for our colleagues in Northern Colorado,” said Banner Health President/CEO Peter Fine. “I’m confident they will be successful in their recovery efforts. Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this disaster.”

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, 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. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.
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