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PCH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to transition into Banner Good Samaritan


PHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2013) – Today Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) announced a transition of its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center to Banner Health.

This transition is the result of a binding arbitration ruling related to PCH’s strategic alignment with Dignity Health Arizona/St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

The NICU lease contained a provision that allowed Banner to terminate if PCH became aligned with another Arizona health system. The provision was included because the NICU is on Banner Health’s largest campus at Banner Good Samaritan, which created significant concern as to the appropriateness of PCH’s continued involvement in the NICU due to its alignment with another health system.

The business decision made by PCH to align with Dignity triggered the voluntary termination of their lease. The effect of this affiliation on this provision of the NICU lease was the issue before the arbitrator, and she agreed with Banner’s position.

Banner Health and PCH are collaborating to create a plan that will ensure a smooth transition process for NICU patients and their families, and NICU staff and physicians.

All PCH NICU staff at Banner Good Samaritan will be offered the opportunity to continue providing care in the Banner Good Samaritan NICU or other Level lll NICUs within Banner. Additionally, Banner Good Samaritan will work closely with NICU volunteer staff so that they can continue providing their invaluable TLC to babies and families in the NICU.

More details will be available following completion of the transition planning process.

More pediatric care is provided through Banner Children’s services in Valley hospitals and other health entities than any other health organization in Arizona.

Banner Health operates numerous NICUs in its Valley hospitals, including Level III NICUs (the highest level of NICU care) at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. In addition, Banner Health serves pediatric patients throughout the Valley in its Emergency departments, outpatient surgery centers and Banner Health Centers and Clinics. In addition, Banner Good Samaritan operates a robust perinatal program with more than 5,400 deliveries per year.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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