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2014 Archived Press Releases

 

Banner Heart Hospital tests new device to combat heart failure
MESA, Ariz. (May 28, 2014) – Banner Heart Hospital is involved in a research study for a device that may reduce the risk of hospitialilzation or even death among patients who have heart failure.

Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center receive over 1,600 cases of water for Salvation Army project
GILBERT, Ariz.(May 20, 2014) – Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently received a donation of more than 1,600 cases of water to benefit the Salvation Army. This amount trumps the initial goal of collecting at least 250 cases.

Thompson Valley EMS seeks help locating AEDs
LOVELAND, CO (May 20, 2014) – Thompson Valley EMS is asking community businesses and organizations that have automatic external defibrillators on site to call the ambulance service so it can log the locations into its database.

Banner Lassen Medical Center to welcome new CNO
SUSANVILLE, CA (May 9, 2014) –Banner Lassen Medical Center has named Kathy Virgil-Belding, MA, BS, CRNC, as the chief nursing officer for the hospital.

New nursing leader joins Ogallala hospital
OGALLALA, NE (May 9, 2014) – Ogallala Community Hospital has named Aileen Chandler, RN, MSN, MBA, the hospital’s new chief nursing officer.

Three Banner hospitals in Top 100 critical access facilities
PHOENIX (May 7, 2014) – Three Banner Health hospitals have been named iVantage Healthstrong Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

Banner Churchill celebrates cancer survivorship
FALLON, NV (May 6, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital staff members recognize that a diagnosis of cancer is a journey that touches many people. Because of that, they will join communities across the country to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 1.

Banner nurses receive Jannetti/Marriott scholarships
PHOENIX (May 6, 2014) - Nine Arizona Banner Health nurses enrolled in advanced degrees in nursing were recently named recipients of the Anthony J. Jannetti/Marriott Nursing Scholarship.

Community Hospital recruits respiratory care leader
TORRINGTON, WY (April 29, 2014) – The new Senior Manager of Diagnostics at Community Hospital brings 30 years of experience in health care and a desire to deliver excellent patient care to his new role.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington to chair 5th annual Stars of the Season fundraiser for Cardon Children’s Medical Center
PHOENIX, AZ (April 28, 2014) – Banner Health Foundation, a philanthropic resource for nonprofit Banner Health, today announced that Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rock bands Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, has signed on as co-chair of the 5th annual Stars of the Season fundraising soirée for Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. The event, which will establish integrative cancer care at the medical center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Washakie Medical Center names interim CEO
WORLAND, WY (April 23, 2014) – Banner Health has recruited an interim CEO with an extensive leadership background to serve as an interim leader at Washakie Medical Center. He will begin work in Worland on April 28.

Breast cancer support group plans spring gala
WORLAND, WY (April 22, 2014) – The public is invited to join the Gorgeous Gals Breast Cancer group for its 20th annual gala April 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Complex in Worland.

Banner Baywood earns trauma center designation
MESA, AZ (April 21, 2014) – Banner Baywood Medical Center was recently verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The recognition makes Banner Health one step closer to goals of creating an integrated trauma network with centers of varying levels at all of its Valley hospitals.

Sterling Regional MedCenter honors area nurses
STERLING, CO (April 18, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter invites nurses from the community to join hospital nursing staff for tea to celebrate National Nurses Day. The event is Wednesday, May 7, at 9 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital.

McKee recognized for patient experience
LOVELAND, CO (April 11, 2014) – McKee Medical Center today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. McKee was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Banner Health first in AZ to offer device to improve quality of life for patients with heart valve disease
PHOENIX (April 7, 2014) – Physicians at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center are the first in Arizona to offer patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR) a breakthrough new FDA-approved minimally invasive treatment option, MitraClip® Therapy.

Jeffrey Nardoci selected for new Banner Health senior management post
Phoenix, Ariz. (April 4, 2014) – Today Banner Health announced that Jeffrey C. Nardoci will join its top leadership team as Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Nardoci will become a member of Banner’s senior management team, chaired by Banner President/CEO Peter S. Fine. Nardoci’s position is new to Banner Health.

$100,000 grant supports Benefits Enrollment Center
SUN CITY, AZ (April 4, 2014) –Banner Olive Branch Senior Center (BOBSC), located at 11250 N. 107th Ave. in Sun City, Ariz., is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the National Council on Aging. This grant will help establish a Benefits Enrollment Center at the nonprofit facility, a service available to low-income, disabled and elderly residents to determine eligibility for a number of federal assistance programs.

6th Annual McKee Classic Bike Tour
LOVELAND, CO (April 3, 2014) --- The 26th Annual McKee Classic Bike Tour, formerly Community Classic Bike Tour (MCBT) is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Banner Health welcomes general surgeon
WORLAND, WY (April 2, 2014) – Banner Health has recently welcomed a general surgeon to its provider team in Worland.

Community Hospital has Camp Med
TORRINGTON, WY (April 2, 2014) – High school students with an interest in health care careers can apply for Community Hospital’s Camp Med, to take place June 3-5, 2014.

Washakie Medical Center plans Camp Health Care
WORLAND, WY (April 1, 2014) – Area students who are entering the 8th grade and have an interest in health care careers can apply for Washakie Medical Center’s fifth annual Camp Healthcare, to take place June 11-13, 2014.

Community Hospital construction to start March 31
TORRINGTON, WY (March 28, 2014) – Community Hospital will undergo a $3.1 million remodel beginning March 31 until approximately October this year. During this time, Banner Health will closely focus on maintaining patient care and comfortability.

Banner to open new health center in Fernley
FERNLEY, NV (March 27, 2014) – Banner Health will break ground in late April on construction of a new health center at 1260 Nevada Pacific Blvd. in Fernley that when opened will offer a number of medical services including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, as well as basic lab work and x-rays.

Community Hospital introduces stroke program
TORRINGTON, WY (March 24, 2014) – Community Hospital knows that when it comes to treatment for stroke, every second counts.

Washakie Medical Center pair takes leadership role
WORLAND, WY (March 24, 2014) – Two members of Washakie Medical Center’s leadership team will take over CEO responsibilities for the hospital from interim Chief Executive Officer Roger Pomeroy.

Banner Heart Hospital testing pacemaker designed to allow patients to receive MRIs
MESA, AZ (March 20, 2014) – Banner Heart Hospital is involved in a research study of a new investigational pacemaker designed to be compatible with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, which has the potential to drastically improve the care doctors can provide to patients.

Children with respiratory health issues invited to attend Respiratory Camper Weekend
MESA, AZ (March 20, 2014) – Children with respiratory health issues are invited to go to camp at Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde, Arizona. Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation will offer the respiratory camper weekend on Friday, Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27. The medically-supervised excursion will feature activities including horseback riding, fishing, paddle boats, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Banner Health announces leader for Fort Collins hospital
FORT COLLINS, CO (March 18, 2014) — Banner Health announced today that John D’Angelo has been named Chief Operating Officer of Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, currently under construction in Fort Collins, CO. D’Angelo, the Chief Executive Officer at Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon, expects to move to Colorado by mid-summer.

McKee Community Health Award presented at Annual McKee Thanks Loveland Luncheon
LOVELAND, CO (March 14, 2014) --- The annual McKee Medical Center Foundation McKee Thanks luncheon took place Thursday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center. The luncheon is an annual opportunity to honor individual and community support for McKee Medical Center.

Banner Health offers grief recovery groups throughout the valley
PHOENIX. (Mar. 12, 2014) – Banner Hospice offers Grief Recovery Method ®, a program offering a step-by-step approach to healing from loss. It addresses death and divorce as well as other significant emotional losses.

Banner Estrella Medical Center offers new weight loss services
PHOENIX (March 12, 2014) – As the obesity rate continues to rise in the nation, Banner Estrella Medical Center will soon offer a broad range of new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese. The services will bring bariatric surgery options to Banner Estrella and serve as an extension of the distinguished bariatric program at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.

Clear Channel Phoenix's 'Project for Kids' radiothon raises $60,000 for Banner Children's
PHOENIX (March 12, 2014) – Clear Channel Communities, the community engagement brand of Clear Channel, and Clear ChannelMedia and Entertainment Phoenix announced today that the second annual Project for Kids radiothon raised more than $60,000 for Banner Children’s.

Banner Health to celebrate completion of steel structure
FORT COLLINS, CO (March 12, 2014) — Banner Health and contractor JE Dunn Construction will hold a topping out ceremony Friday, March 14 in celebration of the completion of the last piece of structural steel for the new Banner Fort Collins Medical Center.

Banner Health celebrates honor as nation’s 100 Top Hospitals
PHOENIX (March. 11, 2014) – Banner Health is pleased to announce that its superior clinical quality has placed two of its medical centers among an elite group of hospitals. Nearly 3,000 hospitals in the country are eligible for the 100 Top Hospital Award. Truven Health Analytics has named Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz. to its annual list of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for the third consecutive year. Also celebrating the achievement is North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. for the second year in a row.

Banner therapy service moves under one roof
WORLAND, WY (March 10, 2014) – All physical therapy services provided by Washakie Medical Center will consolidate to the therapy department at the hospital effective Monday, March 17.

Physician joins Banner Clinic in Windsor
WINDSOR, CO (March 4, 2014) – Juan Rodriguez, D.O., a family medicine physician, has joined Banner Health and is now seeing patients at the Banner Health Clinic in Windsor at 1300 Main St.

Sterling Regional MedCenter volunteers offer scholarships
STERLING, CO (March 6, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter volunteers are excited to continue the scholarship program in support of students studying in medicine.

Banner to open new health center in Sterling
STERLING, CO (March 6, 2014) – Banner Health will break ground in early April on construction of a new health center at 102 Hays Ave. in Sterling that when opened will offer a number of medical services including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, as well as basic lab work and x-rays.

Banner MD Anderson set for major expansion April 1
GILBERT, AZ (March 3, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will open the second phase of its outpatient facility on April 1, a major addition which will greatly expand specialty cancer treatment services and prevention programs in Arizona.

Banner Health welcomes general surgeons
FALLON, NV (Feb. 27, 2014) – Banner Health has recently welcomed two general surgeons to its provider team in Fallon.

Banner Health welcomes new urologist
LOVELAND, CO (Feb. 27, 2014)-- Kurt Strom, MD, has joined Banner Health Clinic specializing in urology in Loveland, joining a team of Banner physicians providing comprehensive urology care throughout the northern Colorado Front Range.

Get moving with Life in Motion
FALLON, NV (Feb. 27, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital encourages everyone to get moving with Life in Motion: Nothing beats like a healthy heart, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. The event will be held at the Fallon Convention Center, 100 Campus Way.

Banner Health Northern Colorado hospitals achieve national award
GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2014) – Banner Health today announced that McKee Medical Center (Loveland) and North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley) have been named as two of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. While many of our nation’s hospitals are eligible to be on this list, McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center were the only hospitals in the Northern Colorado Front Range area to receive this designation.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center announces March community activities
SUN CITY, AZ (Feb. 14, 2014) - Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is continuing its free community outreach with a variety of educational and entertainment programs in March. All programs are held in the dining room of the senior center at: 11250 N. 107th Avenue in Sun City, adjacent to the United Church of Sun City. Our monthly menus are available at our front desk. Reservations are a must for lunch. Please call (623) 974-6797.

Banner Health facilities receive Pediatric Emergency Certification
PHOENIX (Feb. 12, 2014) – Three more Banner Hospitals join their sister facilities to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certified: Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner Estrella Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center.

Banner Lassen Medical Center introduces 3-D mammography unit
SUSANVILLE, CA (Feb.12, 2014) – This month Banner Lassen Medical Center will begin offering patients new 3D mammography that will improve patient care and comfort.

Banner Boswell receives NICHE designation
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Banner Boswell Medical Center is proud to announce it has been recognized by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program as a facility providing quality care to older adults. Banner Health provides excellent patient care to every patient every time, and NICHE has recognized Banner Boswell for excelling in its ability to meet the unique patient needs of the senior population.

Your Passport to Health: Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center to host seminar on preventing and recognizing gynecological cancers
SUN CITY, AZ (Feb. 11, 2014) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is holding a seminar to educate the public about gynecologic cancers, including the five types of women's reproductive system cancers on Feb. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

Banner Olive Branch Senior Center announces February community programs and activities
SUN CITY, AZ (Feb. 7, 2014): Banner Olive Branch Senior Center is continuing its free community outreach with a variety of educational and entertainment programs in February 2014. All programs are held in the dining room of the senior center at: 11250 N. 107th Avenue in Sun City, adjacent to the United Church of Sun City. Our monthly menus are available at our front desk, reservations are a must for lunch, please call (623) 974-6797.

Banner Health Centers host heart health events
PHOENIX (Feb. 7, 2014) – Banner Health is committed to helping prevent the nation’s number one killer – cardiovascular disease - as it launches a nearly two-month long series of events and a webinar devoted to both education and getting our communities out and moving. Activities begin in February which is American Heart Month.

Lung Cancer Screening Program first to detect early stages of lung cancer
LOVELAND, CO (Feb. 6, 2014) – Banner Health integrates Northern Colorado Lung Cancer Screening into comprehensive program. This program provides screening available to help detect lung cancer early, when it still may be treatable. Up until now, no screening regimen has been shown to improve survival from lung cancer. In addition, those participating in the program may also receive assistance with smoking cessation.

Goshen County, Banner explore options for Care Center
TORRINGTON, WY (Feb. 5, 2014) – Banner Health and the Goshen Care Center Board of Directors have announced that Banner will end a lease agreement to operate the Goshen Care Center and Evergreen Court in Torrington. The termination of the lease will take effect July 9, 2014.

Banner Estrella celebrates completion of second patient tower
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2014) Banner Estrella Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, will celebrate the opening of a new patient tower with a dedication event highlighted by a free community health fair and guided tours of the new building. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on March 8 at the nonprofit hospital, 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Banner Health Centers host annual Day of Dance
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2014) – Tango, two-step or hip-hop—all are good for heart health and will be the beat of the day at the annual “Day of Dance” for heart health from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Banner Health Centers in Surprise, Gilbert and Maricopa.

Asset Purchase Agreement signed by Banner Health, Casa Grande Regional Medical
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2014) - Banner Health and Regional Care Services Corporation, the parent company of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC), have signed an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA), an important milestone that moves the acquisition process of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center by Banner forward. The APA describes the financial details of the acquisition.

26th Annual McKee Classic Bike Tour set for May 18
LOVELAND, CO (Feb. 4, 2014) --- The 26th Annual McKee Classic Bike Tour, formerly Community Classic Bike Tour (MCBT) is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Annual McKee Community Health Award to be presented at McKee Thanks Event
LOVELAND, CO (Feb. 3, 2014) --- The 2014 McKee Thanks event will continue in the same tradition of recognizing and thanking the Loveland community for its support of McKee Medical Center. McKee Thanks will take place Thursday, March 13 at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Nursing leader joins team at Sterling Regional MedCenter
STERLING, CO (Feb. 3, 2014) – A nursing leader with more than 13 years of experience in hospital leadership has been named Chief Nursing Officer at Sterling Regional MedCenter.

Health fair season is under way in Goshen County
TORRINGTON, WY (Jan. 31, 2014) – Community Hospital in Torrington and the Wyoming Health Fairs have started activities associated with the annual Community Health Fair. Blood screenings are done in advance of the health fair in several communities.

New, independent research demonstrates that Banner Health Network is a top performer in the CMS Pioneer model
PHOENIX (Jan. 30, 2014)-- Banner Health Network (BHN) is among a handful of organizations in the country that have conclusively established through first-year success that accountable care organizations (ACO) can reduce Medicare costs. In the report released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Banner Health Network was one of two Pioneer ACOs that together achieved 41 percent of the total overall reduction in 2012 spending growth in this nationwide demonstration project.

Life-threatening flu cases
PHOENIX (Jan. 30, 2014) – An unusually high number of otherwise healthy young to middle-aged adults are developing severe breathing difficulty from flu that requires life support known as Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO. ECMO is used only after medicine and a breathing machine (ventilator) have failed to improve a patient’s condition.

Sterling Regional MedCenter presents heart talk
STERLING, CO (Jan. 30, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter invites the community to a special Ask the Expert event in recognition of National Heart Month: Things You Need to Know for Better Health featuring cardiologist John Drury, MD.

It’s all heart at Banner Churchill’s Ladies Night Out
FALLON, NV (Jan. 29, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital presents Ladies Night Out on Feb. 20 where women can enjoy shopping with a variety of vendors, win prizes and hear from an Emergency physician about heart health

Banner Olive Branch hosts 'A Veteran and his Dog' - an inspirational story
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 27, 2014) - Veteran Steve Cooper will speak at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center in Sun City on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2012, Cooper has become an inspiration to many people across the country by battling his cancer with extreme activity - from bicycling 118 miles to Tucson, Arizona to completing the Ironman Arizona Triathlon competition on Nov. 17, 2013.

Flu widespread in Arizona: Advice for patients, families
PHOENIX (Jan. 24, 2013) – Flu activity is now widespread in Arizona, the highest category possible. As flu activity continues to increase across the state, visits to doctors’ offices and hospitals have dramatically increased over the past few weeks.

Project for Kids to Blanket Valley Airwaves with Clear Channel's Support
PHOENIX, AZ (Jan. 21, 2014) – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Phoenix today unveiled Project for Kids, its second annual radiothon and fundraising event for Banner Children’s. The five-hour live broadcast will enlist community support for pediatric healthcare programs at Banner Children’s, and will air on all eight Clear Channel Phoenix radio stations from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

Sunrise Health invites public to grand opening
LOVELAND, CO. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Sunrise Community Health and Banner Health are inviting the public to attend a grand opening celebration on Jan. 29 for the new home of the Loveland Community Health Center and Stepping Stones Adult Day Program.

Banner Lassen names new chief executive officer
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2014) – Banner Lassen Medical Center announced today that Catherine Harshbarger has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer at the hospital effective immediately.

Annual McKee Community Health Award to be presented at
LOVELAND, CO (Jan. 20, 2014) --- The 2014 McKee Thanks event will continue in the same tradition of recognizing and thanking the Loveland community for its support of McKee Medical Center. McKee Thanks will take place Thursday, March 13 at the McKee Conference and Wellness Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Banner Heart tests device to alert patients
MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2014) – Banner Heart Hospital is involved in a research study of a new implantable cardiac defibrillator device with new specialized monitoring and alert features, designed to reduce the time it takes patients to get to the Emergency Department when they have a heart attack.


Banner Health implements visitor restrictions to prevent spread of flu
PHOENIX (Jan. 16, 2014) – In response to widespread and increasing rates of influenza and other seasonal illnesses across the nation, Banner Health will implement several visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals.

Sterling Regional MedCenter receives nursing honor
STERLING, CO (Jan. 14, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Banner MD Anderson breast center fully accredited for providing high quality care
GILBERT, AZ (Jan. 13, 2014) – The Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Program was recently granted a full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).This program is administered by the American College of Surgeons and the accreditation is for three years.

Banner Churchill CEO helps amend state law allowing specialists to see patients via video
FALLON, NV (Jan. 13, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital has implemented new technology - Banner iCare™ in Banner Intensive Care Units at the hospital, marking the first technology of its kind in the State of Nevada.

Banner Lassen Medical Center has New Year’s Baby
SUSANVILLE, CA (Jan. 3, 2014) — The staff of Banner Lassen Medical Center didn’t have to wait long on New Year’s Day to meet the hospital’s first baby of 2014. Proud mother Alexandra Spencer welcomed her 7-pound, 11-ounce boy into the world at 3:46 a.m. Jan. 1.

East Morgan County Hospital implements flu measures
BRUSH, CO (Jan. 3, 2014) – With the number of cases of influenza and respiratory illness on the rise in Colorado, East Morgan County Hospital is enacting measures to protect patients and staff.

New family physician coming to Ogallala
OGALLALA, NE (Jan. 2, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala welcomes a new family physician to the community.

Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services
GILBERT, Ariz. (Jan. 2, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has expanded its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which also provides pediatric care at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This began on Jan. 1.



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