Banner Community Benefits in Arizona
In Arizona, Banner Health, the state's largest health care provider, offers several programs to improve our communities' health; many are supported by Arizona foundations.
At Banner Gateway Medical Center, almost 100 kids come to the hospital every month to learn about different health careers as part of the Highland High School's Career Club.
At Banner Sun Health Research Institute, 18 high school seniors and college undergraduates participate in a paid internship to work with nationally renowned physicians and researchers.
|Community Health Nurse:|
Banner Health brings health care services to those who can't easily access them.
Every month, a community health nurse visits 25 communities in the east Phoenix metro area. She has seen as many as 1,600 patients in one month.
She checks blood pressure and blood glucose and provides education and counseling to patients who don't have a physician or may have trouble getting to their doctor's offices.
Telephone Reassurance: Our volunteers help keep hundreds of people safe at home.
Participants call in to the hospital every morning between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m..
If they don't call, a volunteer will try to contact them. If there is still no answer, other attempts will be made to make sure the person is safe. Once, our volunteers were able to help a person who was having a stroke.
As part of the hospital's trauma prevention program, Smith works to keep the community accident-free by participating in health fairs, seat belt education programs and health education for high school and elementary-school kids. She also presents information at other safety workshops.