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Banner Del E. Webb kicks off Donate Life Month
SUN CITY WEST, AZ (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

Research study at Banner MD Anderson aims to fight pancreatic cancer
GILBERT, Ariz. – A new clinical trial at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to test a new treatment to fight late-stage pancreatic cancer, one of the nation’s deadliest cancers. About 73 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer die in the first year of diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society.

Banner Churchill plans Ladies Night Out
FALLON, Nev. (Jan. 27, 2015) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital invites the community to enjoy good food, good health and good company at Ladies Night Out 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12.

McKee Foundation hires new staff
LOVELAND, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2015) -- The McKee Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Lauren Denton, M.A., and Ashley N. Kasprzak, M.A. to its development team.

Banner MD Anderson names new medical director
GILBERT, Ariz. (Jan. 26, 2015) – Matthew Callister, MD, recently was named the new medical director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Callister has been serving in an interim role as medical director since July 2014.

State-of-the-art Banner Health Center opens Feb. 2
Sterling, Colo. (Jan. 20, 2015) – With extended hours, same-day appointments and on-site labs and X-rays, the new Banner Health Center in Sterling offers convenient care for the entire family. The 14,746-square-foot facility is located at 102 Hays Ave. and opens Feb. 2. Community members can get a sneak peek at the Grand Opening planned from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Participants will be offered refreshments, giveaways and health screening information and have an opportunity to tour the facility, meet the providers and staff and even make an appointment.

New division drives new names
PHOENIX (Jan. 20, 2015) – With an approval by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on the merger agreement to bring the University of Arizona Health Network into Banner Health, and closure of the agreement on Feb. 27, an academic-focused division will be created at Banner that will result in new facility names and leadership appointments within the division. The ABOR vote is expected to occur during the week of Jan. 26.

Wheatland hospital leader named interim in Torrington
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Jan. 15, 2015) – The chief executive officer from Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland will serve as interim CEO for Community Hospital in Torrington beginning in February.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute offers free memory screenings on Jan. 30
PHOENIX (Jan. 15, 2015) – Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is conducting free memory screenings in collaboration with the Via Linda Senior Center and the ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 at Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 N. Via Linda in Scottsdale.

Hospital names interim emergency medical services leader
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Platte County Memorial Hospital announced the hiring of an emergency medical services veteran to serve as interim director for Platte County Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

McKee Medical Center names new chief operating officer
LOVELAND, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2015) – McKee Medical Center welcomes Julie Klein to the role of chief operating officer. Klein will move from Sterling Regional MedCenter where she serves as chief executive officer.

Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation hosting ‘A Night to Remember’ with private documentary screening
PHOENIX (Jan. 13, 2015) – Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation and Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP) are proud to invite community members to “A Night to Remember” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix.

Banner Health to hold job fair in Loveland
Loveland, CO (Jan. 9, 2015) – Banner Health is hosting a job fair Monday, Jan. 12 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to offer monthly webinars featuring dementia education
PHOENIX (Jan. 9, 2015) – Banner Alzheimer's Institute has announced a new, free webinar series entitled “Dementia Dialogues,” to provide caregivers with helpful information and tools to better understand and care for loved ones living with dementia.

Banner Lassen welcomes first baby of 2015
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2015) — Banner Lassen Medical Center welcomed the first baby of 2015 at 8:47 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3.

Banner Churchill welcomes first baby of 2015
FALLON, Nev. (Jan. 5, 2015) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital welcomed the hospital’s first baby of 2015 at 5:38 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. A boy, Bentley King Boles, was born to Neil Boles and Haley Petty of Fallon. He weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18.25 inches.

Banner Lassen joins children’s services program
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2015) — Banner Lassen Medical Center has received approval from the California Department of Health Care Services as a medical service provider in a program designed to help children with special needs.

Banner Churchill receives donations from students
FALLON, Nev. (Dec. 30, 2014) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital received a donation of coloring books and crayons that were collected by Churchill County High School’s Health Occupations Students of America organization.

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