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Banner Health Network sees major gains in quality, returns significant shared savings in year two of Medicare’s Pioneer ACO
PHOENIX (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 House
TEMPE, 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 hospital
STERLING, 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 Susanville
SUSANVILLE, 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 Clinic
STERLING, 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.

Banner Baywood earns re-certification for Disease-Specific Care in hip fracture management
MESA, 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 Clinic
OGALLALA, 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 ambulance
FALLON, 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 cancer
GILBERT, 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 house
OGALLALA, 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 practitioner
OGALLALA, 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 planned
MESA, 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 wellness
WORLAND, 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 Excellence
FALLON, 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 trained
PHOENIX (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 honor
WORLAND, 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 leader
FALLON, 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 Academy
TEMPE, 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 blog
PHOENIX (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. 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 improves brain health of local community
PHOENIX (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 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 Health to officially complete acquisition of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center on June 9
PHOENIX, 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.

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