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Banner Medical Group to Participate in Holiday Pet Festival
Phoenix, Ariz. (June 25, 2015) – Banner Medical Group (BMG) is sponsoring the sixth annual Holiday Pet Festival presented by Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary which will take place 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This annual event was voted as one of the “top Ten Holiday Attractions” by USA Today and “Best Holiday Event” by readers.

Free seminar to discuss healthy body image in women
July 11 event will be held at White House │Black Market GILBERT, Ariz. (June 26, 2015) – Banner Baywood Medical Center, in partnership with White House │Black Market, is hosting a free event for women to discuss how a healthy body image affects their sexuality.

Banner Ironwood recognized by Premier, Inc. for providing outstanding patient care
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (June 23, 2015) – Premier, Inc. has recognized Banner Ironwood Medical Center as a Citation of Merit recipient for the QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare for providing outstanding patient care.

Arizona State University and Banner Health launch major effort to fight neurodegenerative diseases
TEMPE, Ariz. (June 10, 2015) – Arizona State University and Banner Health today announced a new research alliance to advance the scientific study, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

General surgeon joins Banner Medical Group in Page
PAGE, Ariz. (June 9, 2015) – Banner Medical Group welcomes Board Certified general surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord, MD to Page. Dr. Alvord brings nearly 25 years of experience to the community and has a special interest in Native American cultures and integrative therapies.

Banner Health Network, Banner Network Colorado announce senior leadership changes
PHOENIX (June 8, 2015) – Banner Health has announced changes in leadership at Banner Health Network in Arizona and Banner Network Colorado as the organization focuses its efforts on strategic growth and industry leadership.

Valley boy donates birthday presents to Cardon Children's
MESA, Ariz. (June 4, 2015) – Ashton Hamidy knew exactly what he wanted for his sixth birthday this year: to give his presents to children in the hospital. He recently told friends and family he’d prefer to collect donations of toys instead of receiving gifts for himself, and he brought dozens of them to Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

Washakie Medical Center plans groundbreaking ceremony
WORLAND, Wyo. (June 4, 2015) – Washakie Medical Center leaders invite guests to join them as they break ground on the hospital’s $23.4 million construction project. The event is 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 at the hospital, 400 S. 15th Street in Worland.

Men’s Health & You: Help the Men in Your Life
PHOENIX (June 2, 2015) – Banner Health, in conjunction with Sprit of Women, will be hosting events throughout the Valley in June with focus on men’s health and the importance of encouraging them to see their doctor and get recommended health screenings and assessments.

Free lecture series helps women manage stress
June 13 event at CrossFit Insidious to focus on importance of exerciseMESA, Ariz. (June 2, 2015) – Rochella LaRue clearly remembers the day she knew she needed to make a lifestyle change.

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Receives $10 Million in New Funding for Alzheimer’s Prevention Trial
PHOENIX (May 29, 2015) – Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), an internationally-known Alzheimer’s care and research center, has taken another momentous leap forward toward reaching a fundraising campaign goal of $40 million, with the help of $10 million in new research funding. The Alzheimer’s Association, GHR Foundation and Fidelity Biosciences Research Initiative, collectively announced new research funding to support a groundbreaking Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial that will commence later this year.

Banner Baywood to open retail pharmacy June 1
MESA, Ariz. (May 28, 2015) – Banner Baywood Medical Center will open a new retail pharmacy June 1. Conveniently located within the facility, Banner Family Pharmacy offers patients the convenience of filling prescribed medications before leaving the hospital. Employees and community members will also be able to utilize the service.

Banner Medical Group acquires Wheatland Medical Clinic
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (May 27, 2015) – Banner Medical Group (BMG) has acquired Wheatland Medical Clinic and welcomes the 11 active providers and clinic staff to BMG, which includes more than 1,300 providers across six states. The practice name has changed to Banner Health Clinic effective May 26.

Sterling Regional MedCenter hires new finance leader
STERLING, Colo. (May 27, 2015) — Sterling Regional MedCenter welcomes Tiffany Weber, the facility’s new chief financial officer. Weber starts in her new role June 1.

Banner Children’s offers ‘Fitness Challenge’ for kids across Valley
MESA, Ariz. (May 26, 2015) - Banner Children’s “GO KIDS! Fitness Challenge” is a free four-week program designed to help kids stay active and healthy during summer break. The challenge will take place June 1 through the week of June 28.

Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix treats migraines with non-invasive, 15-minute procedure
Headaches affect nearly 45 million people nationwide and experts say two-thirds of those patients discontinue prescription medications because of inadequate relief and side effects. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix offers an alternative to prescription drugs called SphenoCath®, a minimally invasive approach to successfully treating migraines for chronic sufferers.

Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center receives recognition for breastfeeding support
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (May 18, 2015) – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) has honored Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center with the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Award.

New human resources leader joins Banner Lassen Medical Center
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (May 14, 2015) — Banner Lassen Medical Center introduced Ruth Smith, SPHR, as the new chief human resources officer for the hospital.

Eight Banner facilities receive Stroke Quality Award from American Heart Association
PHOENIX (May 11, 2015) – The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have recognized eight Banner Health facilities in Arizona with the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award.

Cardon Children’s to help set world record May 16 for most life jackets worn
MESA, Ariz. (May 6, 2015) – Cardon Children’s Medical Center will offer the chance for residents and visitors to take part in the “Ready, Set, Wear It!” event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. May 16, which aims to help in setting a Guinness World Record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated around the world. A group photo will take place at 2:15 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 1133 N. Dobson Road.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center receives Pediatric Emergency Certification
GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 4, 2015) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center’s Emergency department has been re-certified in Pediatric Prepared Advanced Emergency Care by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP).

Hospital earns award for infection prevention
WORLAND, Wyo. (May 4, 2015) – Washakie Medical Center was recognized by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health and Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group for achieving excellence in infection prevention. The recognition took place at the fifth annual Infection Prevention Conference in Casper on April 22.

Learn more about surgery at Banner Lassen Medical Center
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (May 1, 2015) — Banner Lassen Medical Center’s surgery department wants to show the public what goes on behind those closed doors.

Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson host third annual Health Fair and Bottled Water Drive May 2
GILBERT, Ariz. (April 29, 2015) - Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center are hosting a Health Fair and Bottled Water Drive from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, in the north parking lot of the campus, located at 1900 N. Higley Road in Gilbert.

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).

Banner Health welcomes new board members
PHOENIX (April 8, 2015) – Recently, Banner Health announced the addition of three new members of its Board of Directors.

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.

Washakie Medical Center plans Camp Med
WORLAND, Wyo. (April 3, 2015) – Area students who are entering the 8th grade and have an interest in health care careers can apply for Washakie Medical Center’s sixth annual Camp Med, formerly known as Camp Healthcare. It will be June 24-26.

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.

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