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Family Fun Olympics scheduled for Aug. 23
SUSANVILLE, 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 awareness
WORLAND, 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 ranking
Phoenix, 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.

Wall at Banner Health Clinic welcomes veteran patients
GILBERT, Ariz. (July 15, 2014) - As part of Banner Health’s new initiative to welcome veterans, medical staff at the Banner Health Clinic in Gilbert, Ariz., specializing in orthopedics are highlighting their own and their family members’ military service.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Announces Partnership with Novartis
Copenhagen, 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 quality
WHEATLAND, 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 Med
TORRINGTON, 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 welcomes new physician assistant
TORRINGTON, WY (July 8, 2014) – Matthew Mattis, PA-C, has joined Banner Health Clinic in Torrington.

Banner Health welcomes new physician assistant
STERLING, 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 providers
FALLON, 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 Samaritan
PHOENIX (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 City
GILBERT, 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 disease
PHOENIX (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 renovations
FALLON, 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 Certification
MESA, 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 Arizona
TUCSON, 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 facilities
LOVELAND, 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 Center
WORLAND, 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 care
STERLING, 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 Excellence
SUN 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 recurrences
GILBERT, 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 Season
PHOENIX (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 certification
PHOENIX (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 quintuplets
PHOENIX (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 Healthcare
Casa 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 scholarships
LOVELAND, 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 Mammography
Casa 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 care
PHOENIX, 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 grades
PHOENIX, 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 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.

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.

Banner Good Samaritan offers heart valve replacement procedure without open heart surgery
PHOENIX, AZ (April 7, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is the only hospital in Arizona to offer the CoreValve® System, a minimally invasive procedure to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too ill or frail to have open-heart surgery.

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.

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