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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.

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.

New study aims to reduce ovarian cancer in Latinas
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 25, 2014) – Ovarian cancer is a “silent” killer that causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system annually. Among Latinas in particular, medical experts expect ovarian cancer to grow more prevalent in the U.S. – even though it is becoming less of a threat to the rest of the population. Matthew Schlumbrecht, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, is leading an investigative study that shows education is key to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer in Hispanic women.

McKee Foundation buys 28 AEDs for schools
LOVELAND, CO (Nov. 18, 2014) – The McKee Medical Center Foundation, in collaboration with its Heart Safe Community partners, will donate 28 automated external defibrillators to the Loveland School District this week. The donation will ensure that every school in the district will have one of the life-saving devices available to assist someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

Volunteer pet therapy dog beats the odds - twice
MESA, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Who doesn’t love a good dog story? Dogs are our companions. They give us unconditional love when we need it the most. Twelve-year-old Charlie volunteers in the pet therapy program at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. The Yorkshire Terrier mix provides that unconditional love and support to hundreds of patients every year as they heal from their ailments.

Banner MD Anderson's stem cell transplant program achieves milestone
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently received FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation for autologous stem cell transplants. This type of transplant involves collecting stem cells from the patient to harvest, freeze and store them, in order to give them back to the patient after intensive therapy. Stem cell transplants can be used to treat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain hereditary blood disorders, by replacing defective or damaged blood cells with new, normal ones.

Nine Banner Health hospitals earn ‘Top Performer’ recognition for clinical quality, patient safety
PHOENIX (Nov. 14, 2014) – The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, has announced that nine Banner Health hospitals in three states have been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. These Banner facilities were recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and/or Surgical Care. The Banner facilities are among 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

Banner Good Samaritan physician trains interventional cardiologists from around the country
PHOENIX (Nov. 10, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has invited 28 physicians from around North America to learn a life-saving technique from Ashish Pershad, MD, interventional cardiovascular fellowship program director at the nonprofit hospital. The training, hosted in partnership with Boston Scientific, features a live chronic total occlusion (CTO) revascularization, performed by Dr. Pershad.

Hospital ready to unveil $20-million addition
BRUSH, Colo. (Nov. 13, 2014) – The community is invited to join the staff of East Morgan County Hospital for an open house to celebrate the new hospital wing. The event is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 9 at the hospital, 2400 W. Edison in Brush, Colo.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center expanding to serve children in the Valley
PHOENIX, AZ – (Nov. 13, 2014) Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud to announce the addition of pediatric cancer care for Arizona’s children. Banner Children’s MD Anderson Cancer Center will open in 2015 at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. This program will provide a new level of cancer care to Arizona’s children through Banner’s unique affiliation with this world-renown cancer leader that offers state-of-the art pediatric cancer care through the most advanced treatment protocols.

Banner Casa Grande earns certification for quality and patient safety
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Nov. 11, 2014) - Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been awarded by DNV GL Healthcare full certification to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Banner Good Samaritan celebrates one year of caring for its caregivers with Schwartz Center Rounds®
PHOENIX (Nov. 7, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, the first hospital in Arizona to offer the nationally recognized Schwartz Center Rounds® program, is celebrating its first year of providing a regular forum for staff to discuss the most challenging emotional and social issues they face in today’s demanding and ever-changing health care environment.

New substance abuse program launches at Banner Del E. Webb
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Nov. 6, 2014) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd. in Sun City West, has launched a new substance abuse and chemical dependency program that will serve adults ages 25-50.

Two Banner Health hospitals in Colorado earn ‘A’ scores for patient safety
(Nov. 3, 2014) – North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland received top “A” grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog which on Wednesday released its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The score rates how hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.

McKee Medical Center Foundation Gala Raises Over $100,000
LOVELAND, CO (Nov. 2, 2014) – McKee Presents…Broadway, presented by The Friends of the Hospital, was held Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. Attended by more than 300 business owners, physicians, community leaders and McKee Foundation supporters the event raised more than $125,000.

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