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The videos below help tell Banner Health's story. The story of a devoted clinical staff committed to our mission of making a difference in people's lives through excellent patient care.


Banner Academy, formerly Banner Children’s Academy, fosters confidence through specialized classroom instruction

Banner Academy, formerly Banner Children’s Academy in Tempe, Arizona, is a nationally accredited private school run by Banner Health for emotionally fragile children and those with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The school’s class ratio of six students to a teacher means each child gets personalized attention from our dedicated faculty. See how Sammy Quesada, a 17-year-old high school senior, credits the school for helping her develop the confidence to dream big. She is now training to become a chef, a dream she didn’t believe was possible until she joined Banner Children’s Academy.

A Girl And Her Dog:
Former cancer patient working to become Pet Therapy Volunteer

Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, leverages a wide range of integrative therapies such as pet therapy, music therapy, massage therapy and more to ensure a holistic approach to cancer care that treats the whole child – mind, body and spirit. See how integrative therapies helped Grace Richerson and Alexander Gallardo, two former pediatric oncology patients at Cardon Children’s, prove that with the right care and support, children are resilient and cancer can be conquered.

Banner Wheelchair Suns:
Community outreach
partnership stands the test of time

More than a quarter-century ago, in partnership with the Phoenix Suns, Banner Health recognized the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who, because of physical disability, rely on wheelchairs for mobility. See what this inspiring community outreach program is teaching participants about compassion, camaraderie and healthy competition.


Banner Children’s Hospital School: Hospital school helps young patients heal

Regardless of illness or injury, a child’s quest for knowledge never ceases. See how teachers at Banner Children’s Hospital School at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. are teaching young patients like five-year-old Alex reading, writing, arithmetic and so much more.


Banner Heart Hospital volunteer a true ‘Guardian’

John Kressaty, a former patient at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., is a survivor, volunteer and philanthropist whose generous gifts of time, talent and treasure have earned him the title “Guardian.” See how, with his optimism, outlook and outgoing personality, he is making a difference in the lives of patients, families and staff at Banner Heart Hospital.


Music Therapy at Banner Children's

Angeline Fahey was an outgoing and vivacious college freshman when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer in June 2012. See how a compassionate care team harnessed her love of music to help her cope with her condition and, ultimately, heal.


Rock-solid rehabilitation helps patient navigate Parkinson's Disease

See how Perry Heilman, a Parkinson's disease patient at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., paid tribute to the rehabilitation team that he credits with giving him the rock-solid care and strength to navigate his disease


Research at Banner Health:
Investigating the future of medicine

See why Banner Health is at the forefront of some of today's most meaningful medical advancements, and what this research means for patients now and for generations to come.


Philanthropy at Banner Health: Time, Talent and Treasure

See what leaders of Banner Health's foundations have to say about the importance and impact of charitable investments in health care and how those gifts directly benefit patients. 


Neonatal Intensive Care at Banner Children's

Scarlett Perez was just a day old when she was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. Diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence, she underwent a complex surgical procedure.

Grateful patient, devoted volunteer

John Sperle, a former patient of the Western States Burn Center at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., explains how surviving a tragic accident sparked a desire to give back and help others.


Banner Concussion Center: At the forefront of baseline testing

Steven Erickson, MD, medical director of the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix, Ariz., and former patients discuss the importance of concussion prevention and the benefits of baseline testing.


A Cancer Journey: Dorothy's Story

Dorothy Unrein, a patient at the David Walsh Cancer Center at Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling, Colo., explains how having a state-of-the-art cancer center in her community gave her more time with loved ones and the ability to live life on her terms.


Sepsis, A Story of Survival: Kettisha's Story

Kettisha Colon-Villareal describes how advanced electronic medical record technology and an attentive medical team helped her survive sepsis, the nation's number 11 killer.


Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy: Investing in Young Minds

High school freshman Paige Kadavy and fellow students of the Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy at Greeley Central High School discuss the immediate and long-term benefits of receiving health care education in a state-of-the-art teaching environment.

The Toll of Alzheimer's: A Love Story

Banner Alzheimer's Institute patient, Jeff Revere, and his wife, Dawn, share their unexpected experiences with early-onset Alzheimer's disease while reminding us that love endures.


Pediatric Heart Surgery: Tristan's Story

Jerry and Pat Pastrano, parents of three-year-old heart surgery patient Tristan, explain how staff at Cardon Children's Medical Center overcame obstacles and formed unbreakable bonds in the process of delivering excellent patient care.


Learning from our Elders: Study Captures 'Secrets' of Healthy Aging

Walter Nieri, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Ariz., and study participants share insights from  the comprehensive Longevity Study: Learning from our Elders.

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