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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.

Exercise ball can help reduce delivery time, reduce C-sections
PHOENIX (February 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.

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 (www.endALZnow.org) 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.

Community Hospital CEO announces resignation
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Dec. 23, 2014) – Community Hospital CEO Vince DiFranco has resigned from his position to accept the same role at a larger hospital in New Mexico. His last day in Torrington will be Feb. 5, 2015.

Banner Lassen opens lab draw station
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2014) — Banner Lassen Medical Center Laboratory services will open a draw station at 1445 Paul Bunyan Road Suite A in Susanville on Jan. 19, 2015.

New women’s health provider moving to Worland
WORLAND, Wyo. (Dec. 15, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic in Worland welcomes Rodni Cruz, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist, to the Big Horn Basin communities.

TOPS group donates to hospital nutrition team
WHEATLAND, Wyo. – (Dec. 8, 2014) – A recent donation from the weight loss and support group, TOPS #WY 198, has allowed the Culinary and Nutrition Services Team at Platte County Memorial Hospital to make a special purchase of tops.

'Tis the season for holiday music as Cardon Children’s showcases
MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 8, 2014) – The music therapy department at Cardon Children’s Medical Center hosted a holiday kick-off variety show on Wednesday December 3rd, in the hospital’s Forever Young Zone. Talented young musicians and staff were able to showcase their melodius skills during this program, some using musical insturments that were generously donated by Blue Star Connection.

Banner Health Clinic specializing in Internal Medicine named a provider of America’s most valuable care
Phoenix, AZ (Dec. 8, 2014) A new nationwide analysis shows that Banner Health Clinic specializing in Internal Medicine in Phoenix has been identified as delivering significantly higher-quality care—at a substantially lower cost—than nearly all of its peers across the United States.

Banner MD Anderson offers lung cancer screenings
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 8, 2014) – It’s the killer few people ever see coming, simply because they don’t take the time to look. Lung cancer, which causes the most cancer deaths in both men and women in the nation, is rarely routinely screened compared to other types of the disease. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to help change this by implementing a new lung cancer screening program that can reduce deaths through early detection and treatment.

Banner Estrella’s Emergency department expansion provides more space privacy
PHOENIX (Dec. 4, 2014) – Banner Estrella Medical Center will open the doors to its newly renovated Emergency department on Dec. 11 that will provide patients with more space and more privacy in the Valley’s 3rd busiest emergency room, based on 2013 data.

Cheermobile to collect toy donations for Banner Children's patients
MESA, Ariz. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Banner Children’s invites Valley residents to help spread cheer to young hospital patients by donating toys which will be used during this holiday season and throughout next year. The brightly decorated Cheermobile will travel around the Valley leading up to the Christmas holiday, collecting donations for the toy closets at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale.

Banner Network Colorado Enters Into Value-Based Agreement with Humana
GREELEY, CO (Dec. 1, 2014) — Banner Network Colorado, an integrated provider delivery network operating in Northern Colorado, and Humana, Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a leading health and well-being company, announce a new Accountable Care agreement covering individuals and families purchasing insurance in Weld and Larimer counties through Connect for Health Colorado and through Humana commercial health maintenance organization health plans for small employers.

East Morgan recognized for patient satisfaction
BRUSH, Colo. – (Dec. 2, 2014) – Banner Health’s East Morgan County Hospital has been recognized by a national health care analytics firm which reviewed publicly reported data to rate rural hospitals on performance and patient satisfaction outcomes.

Sterling Regional MedCenter recognized for quality
Sterling, Colo. – (Dec. 2, 2014) – Banner Health’s Sterling Regional MedCenter has been recognized by a national health care analytics firm which reviewed publicly reported data to rate rural hospitals on performance and patient satisfaction outcomes.

Banner MD Anderson earns radiation therapy accreditation
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology, or ACR. Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

BLMC hosts Photos with Santa
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2014) — Banner Lassen Medical Center invites community members to have their photos taken with Santa Claus 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Pioneer Room at Banner Lassen Medical Center.



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