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Banner nurses receive Jannetti/Marriott scholarships
Nine Arizona Banner Health nurses enrolled in advanced degrees in nursing were recently named recipients of the Anthony J. Jannetti/Marriott Nursing Scholarship.

Banner Goldfield one of four AZ hospitals to earn five stars in new Medicare star ratings
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (April 22, 2015) – Banner Goldfield Medical Center is one of just 251 hospitals nationwide and one of four in Arizona to earn five stars in a new rating system released last week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix named Center of Excellence radioembolization for liver cancer treatment
PHOENIX (April 21, 2015) – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix has been named the West Coast Center of Excellence for TheraSphere®, a microsphere liver cancer treatment. The Phoenix hospital is one of only three locations in the United States to earn the prestigious recognition for radioembolization procedures and will be a training site for physicians across the country.

Heartwarming story at Banner MD Anderson for National Volunteer Week
GILBERT, Ariz. (April 15, 2015) - At 88 years old, Bob Gerlach has seen his share of battle after serving three years in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. But today he’s helping cancer patients and their families across the Valley in facing a different type of battle altogether, as he volunteers at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.

A Little Dash Will Do You: Learn how to prevent heart disease
Banner Heart offering a free “Ask the Expert” seminar on heart disease and prevention tips MESA, Ariz. (April 15, 2015) – Banner Heart Hospital will offer a free seminar about heart disease, “A Little Dash Will Do You,” from 5 to 7 p.m. May 20 in the Lupine/Primrose Rooms at the hospital, 6750 E. Baywood Ave.

Page Hospital CEO announces retirement
PAGE, Ariz. (April 15, 2015) – Chief Executive Officer Sandy Haryasz has announced her decision to retire from Page Hospital as of August 2015, capping a 32-year career with Banner Health.

BCCH wins top honor among Banner Health peers
FALLON, Nev. (April 13, 2015) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon received Banner’s Best of the Best award, which recognizes the health care organization’s top hospitals, health centers and clinics that demonstrate consistent and overall high performance.

Hospital and chamber partner on Goshen on the Go!
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (April 13, 2015) – Goshen County of Chamber of Commerce, Community Hospital and Banner Medical Group want Goshen County residents to get up and go in a collaborative wellness endeavor, “Goshen on the Go!”

McKee recognized by Healthgrades for providing outstanding patient experience
LOVELAND, CO (April 8, 2015) – Banner Health today announced that McKee Medical Center has received the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. McKee was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the seventh consecutive year that McKee has received this award (2009-2015).

Platte County Memorial Hospital plans Camp Med
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (April 6, 2015) – Area students who are entering eighth grade and have an interest in health care careers can apply for Platte County Memorial Hospital’s annual Camp Med. It will be June 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Banner Del E. Webb introduces community to new technology for hip and knee replacement
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (April 6, 2015) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is keeping the community moving with the newest technology in knee and hip replacement surgery. Mark Campbell, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with The CORE Institute and participating physician with the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics, will introduce the community to the MAKOplasty technology in a free open house event scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. on April 14 in the La Vita room at The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way in Surprise.

Banner Boswell offers heart valve replacement surgery without open-heart surgery
SUN CITY, Ariz. (April 2, 2015) – Banner Boswell Medical Center, recently named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for the second year in a row, is continuing to enhance its level of heart care with the introduction of life-saving transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery.

Banner Health lifts visitor restrictions at all facilities
PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 1, 2015) – As the flu and cold season winds down, Banner Health has lifted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Restrictions for the 2014-2015 cold and flu season were implemented last Oct. 1; a little earlier than expected because of the outbreak of Enterovirus D68 across the nation.

Banner Health, Cerner form multi-year strategic partnership
PHOENIX (April 2, 2015) – Banner Health, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., and Cerner Corp., headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., today announced a multi-year strategic partnership to advance and innovate health and care delivery by leveraging new developments in health information technology and population health management.

Sterling program will help women navigate menopause
Hospital introduces Spirit of Women community programSTERLING, Colo. (April 2, 2015) — In its first community Spirit of Women presentation, Sterling Regional MedCenter invites women to learn more about one of life’s more challenging times for women: menopause.

Physical therapist to discuss pain relief intervention
WORLAND, Wyo. (April 2, 2015) – Washakie Medical Center’s manager of rehabilitation services will get to the point of therapeutic healing during a presentation on dry needling 12:15-12:45 p.m., April 23 at Washakie Medical Center.

Banner Orthopedic surgeon brings services to Torrington
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (April 1, 2015) – Banner Health Clinic in Torrington welcomes Dale Adishian, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with several years of experience providing general orthopedic surgical care.

Banner Health purchases local ambulance service
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (April 1, 2015) – Platte County Memorial Hospital and Banner Health have acquired Eastern Wyoming Ambulance Service and effective Wednesday, April 1 introduce a new hospital department: Emergency Medical Services.

Banner Del E. Webb kicks off Donate Life Month
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (March 30, 2015) – In 2011, Tara Thorbin destroyed her ACL and the following year had surgery to reconstruct it using donor tissue. But it wasn’t until after her surgery that she fully realized what a gift she had been given.

Banner Health offers free cancer caregiver seminar April 18
GILBERT, Ariz. – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Arizona Myeloma Network will offer a free cancer caregiver seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 18 at the facility, 2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive. Topics will include how to be an advocate in the doctor’s office, useful questions to ask medical professionals, importance of self-care for the caregiver, and yoga for relaxation and health.

Mogollon Health Alliance signs a letter of intent to join Banner Health
PAYSON, Ariz. (March 17, 2015) – Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA), which operates Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Ariz., signed a letter of intent to join Banner Health late last week.

Free town meetings offer updates on melanoma, leukemia
TEMPE, Arizona (March 17, 2015) – Two free town meetings will provide new information about melanoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia for patients, their families and caregivers on the following dates at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W Westcourt Way, on March 28 and 29.

Celebrity Joe Jonas donates autographed guitar for raffle to benefit hospital foundation
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Mar. 13, 2015) — Singer, actor and dancer Joe Jonas has once again graciously donated an autographed guitar to the Casa Grande Community Hospital Foundation. The Foundation is selling raffle tickets for $10 for its Fourth Annual Regional Riches Raffle. The beautiful Fender guitar is signed by Jonas near the bottom and includes a carrying case.

BSHRI to discuss gender differences and dementia
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Mar. 11, 2015) Banner Sun Health Research Institute will host a free lecture from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 27 at the facility, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive in Sun City, to discuss what role gender plays in dementia.

Banner Churchill offers diabetes education class
FALLON, Nev. (March 9, 2015) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital will offer free diabetes education classes April 16 and May 21 to help people understand how to better manage their health.

Banner Health Center in Fernley opens March 16
FERNLEY, Nev. (March 9, 2015) – With same-day appointments, on-site labs and X-rays, the new Banner Health Center in Fernley offers primary care for the entire family. The 13,670-square-foot facility is located at 1260 Nevada Pacific Blvd. and opens March 16. Community members can tour the clinic at the Grand Opening planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

Banner Children’s GO KIDS! program offers healthy ‘Family Challenge’
PHOENIX (March 9, 2015) – The Banner Children’s GO KIDS! program is challenging families to stay active and eat right during its four-week Family Challenge. The challenge will take place March 16 through April 13.

Banner Health closes on merger
PHOENIX (March 5, 2015) – On Feb. 28, at 12:01 a.m., the agreement to merge the University of Arizona Health Network into Banner Health officially closed. This academic enterprise is now named Banner – University Medicine.

Banner, UA Med School Earn Accreditation for New Fellowship Program
PHOENIX – A two-year Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, sponsored by Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center), is being launched following the creation of a new clinical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Truven Health Analytics honors two Banner Health hospitals as being among the nation’s best
PHOENIX (Mar. 5, 2015) – Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., and North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., were named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading national health care research and quality assessment organization.

Physician assistant treats patients in familiar setting
OGALLALA, Neb. (March 5, 2015) – Banner Health Clinic in Ogallala welcomes Alexa Krajewski, PA, a new physician assistant who was born and raised in the community.

Progesterone Offers No Significant Benefit after Traumatic Brain Injury
TUCSON, Ariz. (March 4, 2015) -- Treatment of acute traumatic brain injury with the hormone progesterone provides no significant benefit to patients, a National Institutes of Health-funded phase III clinical trial has concluded. The results were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. Banner – University Medical Center Tucson was one of 49 trauma centers that participated in the study.

Pediatrician joins Banner Health Clinic in Fallon
FALLON, Nev. (March 4, 2015) – Banner Health Clinic in Fallon welcomes pediatrician Taofeeq Ogunbajo, MD, who will practice in Fallon.

Banner Health expands Front Range presence
GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 10, 2015) – Banner Medical Group (BMG) expands its presence in Colorado’s Front Range with the addition of two new providers to serve Banner Health Clinics in Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. The distinguished providers bring expertise in gastroenterology, internal medicine, allergies, family medicine, asthma and immunology.

Banner Olive Branch volunteer turns 100
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2015) – Banner Olive Branch Senior Center volunteer Horace Glenn turned 100 on Feb. 16 and the centenarian celebrated with friends and family at the center the following day.

Researches set to launch Phase 3 trial for Parkinson’s disease
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2015) – A new Phase 3 clinical trial has been launched to evaluate the drug isradipine as a potential treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The study is being co-led by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and Northwestern University and is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Holly Shill, MD, director of the Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson’s Research and principal investigator for the study at Banner Sun Health Research Institute is a proud participant in this innovative research.

Cheeriodicals bring ‘boxes of cheer’ to patients at Cardon Children’s Medical Center
MESA, Ariz. -- Cheeriodicals, with the help of more than 1,300 employees from Thermo Fisher Scientific, recently brought cheer in the form of 280 big green boxes to patients at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Cheeriodicals are "big green boxes of cheer" made up, in this case, of age-appropriate magazines and activity books, room decorations, puzzles, stickers and games for the children to enjoy.

Banner Estrella welcomes first set of triplets
PHOENIX (Feb. 18, 2015) – Esthela and Cecil Zuniga celebrated Valentine’s Day with their last few moments of quiet at Banner Estrella Medical Center before welcoming their triplets into the world on Tuesday morning, the first set to be born at the nonprofit West Valley hospital.

The A-B-C’s of Hospice and Palliative Care
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 18, 2015) – People mistakenly think hospice care is about dying… you call hospice when nothing more can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice focuses on life by bringing comfort, dignity and peace to those facing serious illness. Hospice is about living life to its fullest.

Exercise ball can help reduce delivery time, reduce C-sections
PHOENIX (Feb. 11, 2015) --According to a new study by nurse researchers at Banner Health, a peanut-shaped exercise ball can be a highly effective tool to accelerate the labor process for women with an epidural. The research shows women using the peanut ball were half as likely to undergo a cesarean surgery and delivered babies faster than those who did not use the ball.

Page Hospital earns pediatric emergency certification
PAGE, Ariz. (Feb. 11, 2015) – Banner Health’s Page Hospital recently joined its sister facilities to become certified as a Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care hospital by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AzAAP.

Health fair season ramps up in Goshen County
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Feb. 10, 2015) – 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.

Banner Health urges measles vaccinations
PHOENIX (Feb. 6, 2015) – In four of the seven states Banner Health serves, our communities are facing measles outbreaks. As a leading health care organization, Banner believes it is our responsibility to emphasize the importance of measles vaccination as the right thing to do for our patients, employees and neighbors.

Hospital purchase boosts emergency heart care
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Feb. 5, 2015) – Three new automated external defibrillators purchased by Platte County Memorial Hospital will improve access to lifesaving equipment for patients who suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the hospital or the specialty clinic.

New OB/GYN at Banner Health Clinic in Worland
WORLAND, Wyo. (Feb. 5, 2015)--Banner Health Clinic in Worland welcomes Rodni Cruz, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist, who is now seeing patients.

Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry Reaches Significant Milestone of 100,000 Enrollees
Phoenix (Feb. 3, 2015) -- The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry today enrolled its 100,000th volunteer interested in participating in studies aimed at preventing the disease, a significant milestone in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Championed by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), in collaboration with partner organizations and leading scientists, the Registry ( aims to accelerate prevention research by establishing an online community of healthy individuals who are committed to fighting the disease, informing them about the latest developments in Alzheimer’s prevention research, and connecting those

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