2014 Archived Press Releases
Community Hospital plans mass casualty drillTORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 29, 2014) – Community Hospital will conduct an Emergency Management drill from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 5 to demonstrate the ability to respond in the event of a mass casualty.
Fundraiser to support Loveland Heart Safe CityLoveland, CO (Oct. 23, 2014) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation will donate funds raised during its annual gala this year to the Loveland Heart Safe City initiative. The public health project – a partnership of the McKee Medical Center Foundation, McKee Medical Center, CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Thompson Valley EMS, Loveland Police Department, Loveland Emergency Communications Center, Thompson School District, and area residents Tom Lucero and Julie Kruit – seeks to improve survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest by increasing the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and educating community members on how to administer CPR.
Banner Children’s to host free GO KIDS! Festival for kids, families on Nov. 1PHOENIX (Oct. 22, 2014) – Banner Children’s will host its GO KIDS! Festival at Mesa Community College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Kids and families are invited to this free event where they can engage in activities and conversations with experts to improve their overall health.
Banner Health Clinic provides flu shotsFALLON, Nev. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Friday Flu Clinics are available at Banner Health Clinic in Fallon.
Banner Health welcomes new obstetrician/gynecologistSTERLING, Colo. (Oct. 16, 2014) – A new obstetrician/gynecologist has joined Banner Health Clinic, specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics in Sterling.
MD Anderson study first to compare treatments, survival benefits for early-stage lung cancerHOUSTON, TX (Oct. 15, 2014) -- Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Platte County Memorial Hospital receives quality awardWHEATLAND, Wyo. (Oct. 14, 2014) – Platte County Memorial Hospital was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.
Banner Desert to open Comfort Room for parents who lose a childMESA, Ariz. (Oct. 14, 2014) Parents who’ve lost a child during pregnancy or shortly after birth will have a place to go at Banner Desert Medical Center, where they can be surrounded by love and support. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the hospital will officially open Sable’s Wing Comfort Room.
Banner Health welcomes orthopedic surgeon in SterlingSTERLING, Colo. (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health welcomes a new orthopedic surgeon to Sterling.
‘Banner Children’s Healthmobile’ to treat thousands of uninsured Valley youthPHOENIX (Oct. 10, 2014) – Banner Health soon will resume offering its ongoing mobile health unit which will travel to schools throughout the Valley each week, providing primary care for thousands of uninsured and underinsured children. The new service begins Monday, Oct. 13.
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center to host open house Oct. 28CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Banner Casa Grande Medical Center invites the community for a “Back to the Future” open house celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the facility, 1800 E. Florence Blvd.
Community Hospital receives quality awardTORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Community Hospital was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.
Washakie Medical Center receives quality awardWORLAND, Wyo. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Washakie Medical Center was presented with a Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Cheyenne on Sept. 25, 2014.
World's smallest heart pump saves man's lifePHOENIX (Oct. 6, 2014) –Borys Meleshko considers himself the luckiest man alive. “I really shouldn’t be alive. I died three times,” Meleshko said.
Community Hospital offers open house to showcase expansion on Oct. 26TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Oct. 3, 2014) -- Community Hospital will unveil its recent $3.1 million remodel for the community during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2000 Campbell Drive.
North Colorado Medical Center hosts annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day eventGREELEY, CO (Oct. 1, 2014) – North Colorado Medical Center’s Monfort Family Birth Center will remember the lives of babies who have been lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death at an annual memorial service at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Glenmere Park, 1600 Glenmere Blvd., in Greeley.
Banner Desert earns recognition as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive GynecologyMESA, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Banner Desert Medical Center is pleased to announce it has earned recognition as an American Association of Gynecologic Laproscopists (AAGL) Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)™ by AAGL and the Surgical Review Corporation. In addition, four obstetricians/gynecologists on staff at Banner Desert were named as COEMIG designees. Those physicians are: Lori Carrillo, MD; Robert Grayson, MD; Ryan Stratford, MD; and Richard Wilson, MD. Banner Desert Medical Center joins three other hospitals in Arizona to receive the COEMIG designation.
BMG Dermatology Clinic earns Excellence through Insight awardSun City West, AZ – (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Banner Health Center specializing in Mohs Dermatology was recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award and named "Top Performer Clinic - Overall Patient Experience" by HealthStream, Inc. for its 2013 performance.
The Joint Commission accredits Community HospitalTORRINGTON, Wyo. (Sept. 30, 2014) – Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
Tucson family triples in size at Banner Good SamaritanPHOENIX (Sept 26, 2014) – Alicia and Brandon Alston have tripled the size of their family today with the birth of their four children at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.
Use a Flexible Estate Plan to create a legacyLOVELAND, CO (Sept. 24, 2014) – Learn how to create a well-rounded estate plan that makes your estate easy to administer, benefits your heirs and allows you to craft a legacy that will last for generations. Whether your estate is large or small, you can create a plan that easily allows you to make adjustments as your life situation changes.
Banner Del E. Webb completes first two-level disc replacement surgery in ArizonaSUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Sept. 24, 2014) – Garrett Long suffers from debilitating neck and arm pain, the kind of unimaginable pain that cripples your ability to move, puts you in a wheel chair for a day or more, or in-and-out of Emergency departments multiple times in a week. For Long, it was all of the above.
Banner Health implements visitor restrictionsPHOENIX (Sept. 23, 2014) – Banner Health will implement visitor restrictions at all of its facilities by Oct. 1 because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak. While there have been no documented cases of the illness at any Banner hospitals, the nonprofit health system has chosen to take a proactive response to the virus. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.
McKee Medical Center receives certificationLoveland, CO (Sept. 23, 2014) – McKee Medical Center is proud to announce the re-certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). McKee Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Ogallala Community Hospital has Ornaments of HopeOGALLALA, Neb. (Sept. 22, 2014) – Ogallala Community Hospital staff members are selling commemorative ornaments to celebrate loved ones whose actions have impacted others.
Banner Health implements visitor restrictionsGREELEY, Colo. (Sept. 18, 2014) – Banner Health has implemented visitor restrictions at its Greeley and Loveland hospitals because of the current Enterovirus D68 outbreak. Restrictions will likely remain in place through the flu season, roughly the end of March.
Banner MD Anderson starts tissue bank to better study and treat cancerGILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has started a tissue bank, in which medical experts are collecting and storing a variety of cancerous tissue samples to research the causes of cancer and better fight the disease.
Banner Health Network sees major gains in quality, returns significant shared savings in year two of Medicare’s Pioneer ACOPHOENIX (Sept 16, 2014) – Phoenix-area beneficiaries in the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) served by Banner Health Network (BHN) receive a high level of quality care and preventive medicine that results in less cost to the nation’s Medicare system. Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the preliminary results for the Pioneer ACO’s Performance Year 2 (calendar year 2013) which further illustrates that point.
Banner Children's Academy Community Open HouseTEMPE, Ariz. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health, will hold a community open house on Sept. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the recently opened facility in Tempe.
SRM changing Emergency care providers at hospitalSTERLING, CO (Sept. 3, 2014) – Sterling Regional MedCenter is partnering with a new team of Emergency medical providers to oversee care in the hospital’s Emergency department beginning Sept. 9.
Banner Health Clinic opens in SusanvilleSUSANVILLE, CA (Aug. 28, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic opened in Susanville on Aug. 25 with two general surgeons who will live in and serve residents of this area. This is the first clinic in California operated by Banner Health, a nationally recognized nonprofit health care system with 25 hospitals including Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville.
Familiar face takes new role at Family Care ClinicSTERLING, CO (Aug. 28, 2014) – Bonnie Brownell, a nurse at Sterling Regional MedCenter, has completed her education to become a nurse practitioner and will put those skills to work close to home at the Family Care Clinic in Sterling.
New hybrid operating room unveiled at Banner BoswellSUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 26, 2014) -- Patients who need vascular, cardiovascular or valves procedures at Banner Boswell Medical Center can take extra comfort knowing their physicians will have the latest technology at their fingertips with the opening of a new hybrid operating suite this September.
Banner Baywood earns re-certification for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture managementMESA, Ariz. (Aug. 22, 2014) – The Joint Commission recently re-certified and awarded Banner Baywood Medical Center its Gold Seal of Approval for meeting national standards for healthcare quality and safety for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture management.
Familiar face takes new role at Banner Health ClinicOGALLALA, NE (Aug. 21, 2014) – Heather Hanna, a nurse at Ogallala Community Hospital, has completed her education to become a nurse practitioner and will put those skills to work close to home at Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala.
Banner Churchill now using new fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz ambulanceFALLON, NV (Aug. 20, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service, or EMS, is doubling its gas mileage and is on its way to saving up to $9,000 a year thanks to the newest ambulance in its fleet.
Research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center tests new drug to fight BRCA-associated breast cancerGILBERT, Ariz. (Aug. 19, 2014) – A cutting-edge research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new investigational drug that, when combined with chemotherapy, may make a major difference in treating breast cancer in patients who carry harmful mutations on either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
OCH Rehabilitation Services team hosts open houseOGALLALA, NE (Aug. 14, 2014) – Ogallala Community Hospital Rehabilitation Services team invites the community to an open house to learn more about services they offer.
Banner Health welcomes new nurse practitionerOGALLALA, NE (Aug. 13, 2014) – Sirenia Knight, NP, has joined Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala.
Ronald McDonald House Charities closes $2.1 million capital campaign for new East Valley house; Nov. opening plannedMESA, AZ (Aug. 6, 2014)-- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix has completed a two-year, $2.1 million fund-raising campaign to cover all construction, furnishing and decorating expenses for the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House and the first in the East Valley.
Guest speaker to share tips on nutrition and wellnessWORLAND, WY (Aug. 6, 2014) – A master nutrition therapist and life coach from Colorado will offer nutrition education for guests at the Color Me Pink 5k run open house Friday, Aug. 15 at Washakie Medical Center.
Banner Churchill receives Care Flight Golden Award for ExcellenceFALLON, NV (Aug. 6, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital’s Emergency Department recently received the quarterly Care Flight Golden Award for Excellence.
Record number of doctors being trainedPHOENIX (Aug. 4, 2014) – A historic number of doctors are being trained now for the future of medicine at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. There are 291 doctors training in Banner Good Samaritan’s eight medical residency and nine fellowship programs for the 2014-2015 academic training year as part of the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program which is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
Washakie Medical Center leader earns national honorWORLAND, WY (July 31, 2014) – The diagnostic senior manager at Washakie Medical Center recently earned recognition from the American Medical Technologists, a national allied health professional and certification organization with more than 60,000 members.
Banner Churchill announces new leaderFALLON, NV (July 28, 2014) — A Utah native with more than 17 years of health care leadership experience has been named chief executive officer of Banner Churchill Community Hospital.
New location for Banner Children's AcademyTEMPE, Ariz. (July 23, 2014) – Students with autism, emotional and learning disabilities will have a new place to learn this fall when a nationally-accredited school, specifically established for their needs, moves to a larger, more expansive location in the East Valley. Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health in Scottsdale, opens for classes on Aug. 6 in Tempe.
Banner Health launches consumer blogPHOENIX (July 21, 2014) – Banner Health’s, Health eConnect, was launched on July 21 with a focus on health and wellness for families and individuals. Banner’s bloggers will provide educational information through interesting, relatable, personable and relevant health content. The blog will also be a source for media looking for relevant health and wellness content.
Family Fun Olympics scheduled for Aug. 23SUSANVILLE, CA (July 21, 2014) — Banner Lassen Medical Center and the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation invite the public to a low-cost family fun and fitness event at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Color Me Pink 5k to raise funds for cancer awarenessWORLAND, WY (July 21, 2014) –Washakie Medical Center plans to turn the town pink at the Color Me Pink 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16
Nine Banner Health hospitals named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankingPhoenix, Ariz. (July 17, 2014) – Eight Banner Health hospitals in Arizona and one in Colorado were recently named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Announces Partnership with NovartisCopenhagen, Denmark (July 15, 2014) —Researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) today announced a partnership with Novartis in a pioneering medical trial to determine whether two investigational anti-amyloid drugs—an active immunotherapy and an oral medication—can prevent or delay the emergence of symptoms of Alzheimer’s in people at particularly high risk for developing the disease at older ages.
Hospital imaging department earns qualityWHEATLAND, Wyo. (July 14, 2014) – Platte County Memorial Hospital has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for mammography and ultrasound services.
Community Hospital has Camp MedTORRINGTON, WY (July 11, 2014) – High school students with an interest in health care careers can apply for Community Hospital’s Camp Med, rescheduled from the spring to Aug. 18-21, 2014.
Banner Health improves brain health of local communityPHOENIX (July 11, 2014) – As leaders in brain care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have designed a program to help improve the brain health of community members.
Banner Health welcomes new physician assistantTORRINGTON, WY (July 8, 2014) – Matthew Mattis, PA-C, has joined Banner Health Clinic in Torrington.
Banner Health welcomes new physician assistantSTERLING, CO (July 8, 2014) – Tiffany Contet, PA-C, has joined Banner Medical Group’s Family Care Clinic at 615 Fairhurst St. in Sterling.
Banner Health welcomes two family practice providersFALLON, NV (July 7, 2014) – Banner Health welcomes a new family physician and a new physician assistant to clinics in Fallon and Fernley.
Innovative technique to benefit heart patients at Banner Good SamaritanPHOENIX (July 3, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center continues to push the envelope in otherwise traditional medicine to further improve patient outcomes and reduce post-surgery complications. A team at the Cavanagh Heart Center recently performed the first reported transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure, an already minimally invasive alternative to traditional open-heart surgery for high-risk patients, without the use of any contrast. Eliminating the use of contrast (dye) allows the procedure to now be safely performed in patients with advanced kidney disease.
Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services to Sun CityGILBERT, Ariz. (July 3, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert will expand its radiation oncology program to Sun City, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Boswell Medical Center. The program is anticipated to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Banner Sun Health Research Institute investigating genetics of Parkinson’s diseasePHOENIX (July 1, 2014) — Researchers in Phoenix at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) will study individuals with genetic mutations associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD) as one of 32 clinical sites of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), a large-scale biomarker study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Banner Churchill Community Hospital starts renovationsFALLON, NV (June 30, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital is making its environment more welcoming, more technologically-advanced and even more comfortable, all for the benefit of patients and loved ones. Work started June 30.
Banner Health facility receives Pediatric Emergency CertificationMESA, Ariz. (June 30, 2014) – Banner Baywood Medical Center recently joined its sister facilities to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care certified by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AzAAP.
The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health launch effort to create statewide organization to transform, advance health care in ArizonaTUCSON, Ariz. (June 26, 2014) – In a historic move that will transform the health care landscape in Arizona, the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) executed a Principles of Agreement document with Banner Health, to create a statewide health care organization and a comprehensive new model for academic medicine. This ground-breaking agreement will formalize discussions and is intended to lead to final definitive agreements sometime in the fall.
Banner awards Best of the Best to NoCo facilitiesLOVELAND, CO (June 26, 2014) – Two Northern Colorado facilities earned top honors at Banner Health’s annual awards ceremony last week.
Stallings accepts CEO role at Washakie Medical CenterWORLAND, WY (June 24, 2014) –Washakie Medical Center interim CEO Jay Stallings is staying put as the hospital’s top leader.
Sterling Regional honored in nationwide top 100 list for helping patients manage their own careSTERLING, CO (June 24, 2014) — Patients at Sterling Regional MedCenter are taking an active role in managing their own health care and the hospital is being honored for this effort. Sterling is a top 100 hospital recognized in the first National Patient Engagement Rankings by Axial Exchange, Inc., a pioneer using mobile technology to deepen the patient’s role in improving outcomes, and Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading health care trade magazine.
Banner Del E. Webb named Breast Center of ExcellenceSUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (June 18, 2014) – The Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center -- Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the leading radiological accreditation organization in the country.
Long-term cancer survivor celebrates remission after seven recurrencesGILBERT, Ariz. (June 18, 2014) – Carolene Davis, 52, has been forced to stay on her toes when it came to her health. Not once or twice, but seven times she had to face the words: You have cancer. After 16 years of struggle, Davis’ cancer is going into remission. Talk about a reason to celebrate: Doctors say she had a 1 percent chance of surviving for this long based on her cancer type.
Linkin Park to headline 5th annual Stars of the SeasonPHOENIX (June 17, 2014) – Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park will headline the 5th annual Stars of the Season fundraising soirée for Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Ariz. On the heels of the band’s sixth studio album release, The Hunting Party, and the North American The Carnivores Tour, Linkin Park will deliver a special performance for Stars of the Season guests to raise funds for pediatric oncology and establish integrative cancer care at Cardon Children’s Medical Center.
Banner Good Samaritan EMU certificationPHOENIX (June 13, 2014) – Leah Tucker battles seizures every day of her life, from a couple to a couple dozen. She suffers from Hypothalamic Hamartoma, a benign tumor-like malformation that causes a syndrome characterized by seizures. Medical experts recommended an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to help identify a new form of treatment.
Phoenix family welcomes quintupletsPHOENIX (June 13, 2014) – Roxanna and Michael Hoffman have five new reasons to celebrate this Father’s Day. The Hoffman’s, new residents of Suprise, delivered the quintuplets at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix on Friday under the care of perinatologist and multiple birth specialist John Elliott, MD, and perinatologist Diana Danilenko, MD.
Banner Casa Grande Named to Becker’s 150 Great Places to Work in HealthcareCasa Grande, Az. (June 3, 2014) – Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, formerly Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, was recently named one of the "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" by Becker's Healthcare for 2014. The list of winners includes hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician groups, vendors and other healthcare organizations that provide excellent work environments and outstanding benefits to their employees.
McKee awards health care scholarshipsLOVELAND, Colo. (June 9, 2014) – McKee Medical Center announced today that it is providing $20,000 in scholarships to be divided among 13 people pursuing studies in a healthcare-related field
Banner Casa Grande Foundation Receives Komen CAN Arizona MammographyCasa Grande, Ariz. (June 3, 2014) – Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) has awarded a $42,924 grant to the Banner Casa Grande Medical Center Foundation for free screening mammograms and diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women in Pinal County.
Banner hospitals honored with quality achievement award for stroke carePHOENIX, Ariz. (June 5, 2014) – Several Banner Health facilities in Arizona have received a prestigious stroke award in recognition of their ability to better diagnose and treat stroke patients, to reduce death and disability among patients and to speed recovery.
Banner Health garners 10 top safety gradesPHOENIX, Ariz. (June 2, 2014) – Ten Banner Health hospitals have received top grades (A's and B’s) for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. Patient safety is always at the forefront of the care Banner Health delivers and this recognition reflects that quality.
Banner Heart Hospital tests new device to combat heart failureMESA, 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 Health to officially complete acquisition of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center on June 9PHOENIX, AZ (May 28, 2014) Banner Health is inviting the media to an event celebrating the acquisition of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at 1800 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande. During this time, Rona Curphy, president and CEO of CGRMC, and Becky Kuhn, Banner Health president Arizona East Region, will be available for media interviews as Banner Health is officially introduced to the Casa Grande community. On the morning of June 9, the new name of the hospital will be unveiled as Banner Casa Grande Medical Center.
Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center receive over 1,600 cases of water for Salvation Army projectGILBERT, 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 AEDsLOVELAND, 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 CNOSUSANVILLE, 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 hospitalOGALLALA, 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 facilitiesPHOENIX (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 survivorshipFALLON, 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 scholarshipsPHOENIX (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 leaderTORRINGTON, 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 CenterPHOENIX, 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 CEOWORLAND, 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 galaWORLAND, 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 designationMESA, 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 nursesSTERLING, 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 experienceLOVELAND, 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 diseasePHOENIX (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 postPhoenix, 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 CenterSUN 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 TourLOVELAND, 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 surgeonWORLAND, WY (April 2, 2014) – Banner Health has recently welcomed a general surgeon to its provider team in Worland.
Community Hospital has Camp MedTORRINGTON, 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 CareWORLAND, 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 31TORRINGTON, 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 FernleyFERNLEY, 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 programTORRINGTON, WY (March 24, 2014) – Community Hospital knows that when it comes to treatment for stroke, every second counts.
Washakie Medical Center pair takes leadership roleWORLAND, 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 MRIsMESA, 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 WeekendMESA, 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 hospitalFORT 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 LuncheonLOVELAND, 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 valleyPHOENIX. (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 servicesPHOENIX (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'sPHOENIX (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 structureFORT 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 HospitalsPHOENIX (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 roofWORLAND, 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 WindsorWINDSOR, 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 scholarshipsSTERLING, 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 SterlingSTERLING, 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 1GILBERT, 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 surgeonsFALLON, NV (Feb. 27, 2014) – Banner Health has recently welcomed two general surgeons to its provider team in Fallon.
Banner Health welcomes new urologistLOVELAND, 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 MotionFALLON, 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 awardGREELEY, 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 activitiesSUN 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 CertificationPHOENIX (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 unitSUSANVILLE, 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 designationSUN 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 cancersSUN 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 activitiesSUN 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 eventsPHOENIX (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 cancerLOVELAND, 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 CenterTORRINGTON, 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 towerPHOENIX (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 DancePHOENIX (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 MedicalPHOENIX (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 18LOVELAND, 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 EventLOVELAND, 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 MedCenterSTERLING, 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 CountyTORRINGTON, 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 modelPHOENIX (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 casesPHOENIX (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 talkSTERLING, 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 OutFALLON, 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 storySUN 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, familiesPHOENIX (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 SupportPHOENIX, 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 openingLOVELAND, 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 officerSUSANVILLE, 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 atLOVELAND, 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 patientsMESA, 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 fluPHOENIX (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 honorSTERLING, 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 careGILBERT, 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 videoFALLON, 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 BabySUSANVILLE, 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 measuresBRUSH, 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 OgallalaOGALLALA, NE (Jan. 2, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala welcomes a new family physician to the community.
Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology servicesGILBERT, 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.