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Banner – University Medical Centers named to U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ ranking
PHOENIX (July 21, 2015) – Banner –  University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson have each been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking, and nationally recognized for specialty services.

Banner  University Medical Center Phoenix treats migraines with non-invasive, 15-minute procedure
PHOENIX (May 19, 2015) – 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.

Four Banner facilities receive Stroke Quality Award from American Heart Association
PHOENIX (May 4, 2015) –
The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have recognized four Banner Health facilities with the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award. Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner University Medical Centers – Phoenix and Tucson and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center each received this prestigious award.

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix named Center of Excellence for radioembolization 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.

Banner Health lifts visitor restrictions at all facilities
2014-2015 cold and flu season starts to wind down
PHOENIX (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, UA Med School Earn Accreditation for New Fellowship Program
PHOENIX (March 5, 2015)  – 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.

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 and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix were two of 49 trauma centers that participated in the study.

Exercise ball used during delivery decreases labor time, reduces C-Sections
PHOENIX (February 11, 2015) According to a new study by nurse researchers at Banner Health, a peanut-shaped exercise ball can be a highly effective tool to accelerate the labor process for women with an epidural. The research shows women using the peanut ball were half as likely to undergo a cesarean surgery and delivered babies faster than those who did not use the ball.

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.

Banner Good Samaritan celebrates one year of caring for its caregivers with Schwartz Center Rounds®  
Nationally recognized program promotes compassionate care and teamwork
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.  

World's smallest heart pump saves man's life
Patient to celebrate with his care team at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Oct. 6, 2014) –Borys Meleshko considers himself the luckiest man alive. “I really shouldn’t be alive. I died three times,” Meleshko said.

Tucson family triples in size at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Sept 26, 2014) – Alicia and Brandon Alston have tripled the size of their family today with the birth of their four children at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.

Record number of doctors being trained in residency and fellowship programs at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Aug. 4, 2014) – A record 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.

Banner Good Samaritan finds innovative techniques to treat heart patients
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 (dye). Eliminating the use of contrast allows the procedure to now be safely performed in patients with advanced kidney disease.

The University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health launch effort to create statewide organization to transform, advance health care in Arizona   
Agreement to result in enhanced, long-term collaboration between Arizona-based Banner and The University of Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (June 26, 2014) – In a historic move that will transform the health care landscape in Arizona, the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) executed a Principles of Agreement document with Banner Health, to create a statewide health care organization and a comprehensive new model for academic medicine. This ground-breaking agreement will formalize discussions and is intended to lead to final definitive agreements sometime in the fall.

Phoenix family welcomes quintuplets
PHOENIX (June 13, 2014) – Roxanna and Michael Hoffman have five new reasons to celebrate this Father’s Day. The Hoffmans, new residents of Surprise, delivered the quintuplets at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix on Friday under the care of perinatologist and multiple birth specialist John Elliott, MD, and perinatologist Diana Danilenko, MD.

Banner Good Samaritan Epilepsy Monitoring Unit helps special needs patient 
PHOENIX (June 13, 2014) – Leah Tucker battles seizures every day of her life, from a couple to a couple dozen. She suffers from Hypothalamic Hamartoma, a benign tumor-like malformation that causes a syndrome characterized by seizures. Medical experts recommended an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to help identify a new form of treatment.

Banner Good Samaritan receives prestigious stroke care award
PHOENIX (June 5, 2014) – Several Banner Health facilities in Arizona have received a prestigious stroke award in recognition of their ability to better diagnose and treat stroke patients, to reduce death and disability among patients and to speed recovery.

Banner Health first in AZ to offer device to improve quality of life for patients with heart valve disease
PHOENIX (April 7, 2014) – Physicians at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center are the first in Arizona to offer patients suffering from mitral regurgitation (MR) a breakthrough new FDA approved minimally invasive treatment option, MitraClip® Therapy.

Banner Good Samaritan offers heart valve replacement procedure without open heart surgery 
PHOENIX (April 7, 2014) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is the only hospital in Arizona to offer the CoreValve® System, a minimally invasive procedure to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too ill or frail to have open heart surgery.

Banner Good Samaritan physician receives appointment
PHOENIX (Oct. 18, 2013) – Steven R. Brown, MD, program director of Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency, has been named the 2014 chairman of the Commission on Health of the Public and Science by the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute accredited by nationally-recognized rehabilitation accreditation organization
PHOENIX (Aug. 15, 2013) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services, 1012 E. Willetta Rd., was recently awarded a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a comprehensive acute rehabilitation program with special designations for their Brain Injury and Stroke programs.

Valet and parking garage fees to increase Sept. 1 at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
PHOENIX (Aug 15, 2013) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111. E. McDowell Road, will begin charging for valet parking and shorten the length of time that vehicles can be parked for free in the main parking garage.

Banner Good Samaritan NICU receives first patients
PHOENIX (April 1, 2013) On Sunday, March 31, Banner Good Samaritan’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admitted 31 babies and their families who transitioned from the Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) NICU, which closed on the Banner Good Samaritan campus.

One-hundredth set of quads born at Banner Good Samaritan is one-in-a-million
PHOENIX (March 15, 2013) – Jennifer Bromley, 29, of Flagstaff, Ariz. gave birth to naturally conceived quadruplets between 8:11 and 8:14 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. The three girls and one boy were born following a 32-week pregnancy, and are the 100th set of quadruplets born at Banner Good Samaritan.

Steve Narang named CEO for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
PHOENIX (March 15, 2013) – Steve Narang, MD, chief medical officer at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., has been named chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, effective April 26. He will assume the role from current CEO Larry Volkmar, who will continue to serve as CEO until April 25.

Banner Good Samaritan nationally recognized for outstanding heart program 
PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2013) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been named to the Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs," recognizing outstanding hospitals and cardiology programs in the United States.

Banner Good Sam nurse recognized
PHOENIX (Dec. 27, 2012) – Peoria resident Pauline Lentowski, a nurse at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, has been named Association of Radiologic and Imaging Nursing’s 2012 Nurse of the Year.

Preventing falls is a “Matter of Balance” and confidence
PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2012) – One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall every year, and it’s an issue that is largely preventable. The fear of falling can actually make some people more vulnerable to falls. That’s why Banner Health will be hosting “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls,” a series of fall prevention workshops designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels at six of its facilities in the Valley.

U.S. News Ranks Banner Good Samaritan as the #1 Hospital in Arizona and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area
PHOENIX (July 17, 2012) — U.S.News & World Report has recognized non-profit Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as the number one hospital in Arizona, as well as the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  The medical center was also ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in four specialty areas.

What a difference a year makes-‘Miracle Baby’ turns one!
PHOENIX (May 23, 2012) -- Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center threw a special birthday party for Valley baby who gained worldwide attention by surviving medical odds.

Banner Good Samaritan Salutes Nurses!
PHOENIX (May 4, 2012)  In honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12), Banner Good Samaritan would like to thank all of our nurses for the incredible work they do everyday to provide excellent patient care.

Banner Good Samaritan Named One of Nation's 100 Great Hospitals
PHOENIX (April 2, 2012) – Becker's Hospital Review has named Phoenix’s Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as one of the nation’s 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. The hospital was cited for its industry leadership and clinical innovations, as well as being one of the first 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the country.

Thousands of twinkle lights representing each renewed life at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Feb. 23, 2012) – More than 4,000 twinkle lights will be lighting up Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center tonight as the hospital hosts its first annual ‘Celebration of Life’ for transplant donors and recipients. Featured during the event will be the ultimate story of paying it forward from a couple who participated in a ‘paired kidney exchange’ (involving multiple donors and recipients), as well as the heartwarming tale of a family who donated their loved ones organs, so others could live.

That Diet Soda You’re Drinking May Be Putting You At Risk For Heart Disease
PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2012) – Diet soda may seem to be a healthier alternative to sugary regular soda, but a new study published in the Jan. 26 issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that people who regularly drink diet soft drinks were at an increased risk of experiencing stroke, heart attack and death due to these conditions.

An Aspirin A Day Could Do More Harm Than Good
PHOENIX (Jan. 26, 2012) – One out of every five adults over 18, and almost half of those over age 65, take a daily aspirin in the hope of preventing heart attacks and strokes, even though many have never experienced either condition. However, a new study shows that there may be a higher risk for internal bleeding with a daily dose of aspirin.

Banner Good Samaritan Provides Optimum Care for the Southwest Region's Worst Injuries
PHOENIX (Jan.18, 2012) – If you have a severe injury having fast access to specialized resources and equipment is critical. Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s trauma team is available 24 hours a day, and has just been re-verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, providing the highest level of trauma care available.

Time and Treatment Prove Vital for Stroke Patients at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Jan.13, 2012) – Two million brain cells die every minute during a stroke. That’s why it is critical to obtain care as soon as possible – and Banner Good Samaritan has proven itself as one of the best hospitals to go when you or someone you know has a stroke. The hospital has been re-accredited as a Primary Stroke Center with certification by the Joint Commission, an organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Wellness Facility for Parkinson’s Patients Opens in Gilbert
PHOENIX (Jan. 11, 2012) – People with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders often find themselves struggling or unable to perform activities that others can do with ease—but now that is changing with the opening of the Banner Neuro Wellness.

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