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Renovated ER opens at Banner Estrella
West Valley View (Dec. 12, 2014)

New emergency room project completed at Banner Estrella Medical Center
Fox 10 (Dec. 9, 2014)

A change of plans: Hospitals focus on smaller medical facilities because of industry shifts
Phoenix Business Journal (Nov. 14, 2014)

Banner Estrella Medical Center welcomes 30,000th birth
KTAR-FM 92.3 (June 6, 2014)

Banner Estrella addition nearing completion
KTAR (Feb. 27, 2014)

Banner to hire 100 new staff for new tower
Phoenix Business Journal (Feb. 17, 2014)

New Year's Baby Born at Banner Estrella  
azfamily (Jan. 1, 2014)

Organ, tissue donations increase at Banner Estrella (Oct. 21, 2013)

Burly men wear pink hats for breast cancer
CBS5 (Oct. 15, 2013)

Drug resistant infections on the rise
AZfamily (Jan. 15, 2013)

Press Releases

Banner Estrella welcomes first set of triplets
PHOENIX (Feb. 18, 2015) – Esthela and Cecil Zuniga celebrated Valentine’s Day with their last few moments of quiet at Banner Estrella Medical Center before welcoming their triplets into the world on Tuesday morning, the first set to be born at the nonprofit West Valley hospital.

Banner Estrella’s Emergency department expansion provides more space, privacy
Patients to begin using new entrance on Dec. 11
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.

Nine Banner Health hospitals earn ‘Top Performer’ recognition for clinical quality, patient safety   
PHOENIX (Nov. 18, 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 Estrella Medical Center offers new weight loss services   PHOENIX (March 12, 2014) – As the obesity rate continues to rise in the nation, Banner Estrella Medical Center will soon offer a broad range of new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese. The services will bring bariatric surgery options to Banner Estrella and serve as an extension of the distinguished bariatric program at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.

Banner Health facilities receive Pediatric Emergency Certification
PHOENIX (Feb. 12, 2014) – Three more Banner Hospitals join their sister facilities to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certified: Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner Estrella Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center.

Banner Estrella celebrates completion of second patient tower
PHOENIX (Feb. 5, 2014) Banner Estrella Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, will celebrate the opening of a new patient tower with a dedication event highlighted by a free community health fair and guided tours of the new building. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on March 8 at the nonprofit hospital, 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Banner Estrella celebrates construction milestone at new tower, top ADOSH safety designation
PHOENIX (Aug. 23, 2013) — Banner Estrella Medical Center, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, celebrated a major construction milestone today with a topping-out ceremony for the $161 million new patient tower.

PHOENIX (Aug. 19, 2013) — Women have the same risk as men when it comes to certain diseases and conditions like cardiovascular disease, atrial fibrillation and stroke. For women, the risk of acquiring these dramatically increases after a certain age.

Banner Estrella names new Chief Medical Officer
PHOENIX (June 21, 2013) – Timothy Ranney, MD, has accepted the role of chief medical officer at Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W. Thomas Road, in west Phoenix. Dr. Ranney (pronounced “ran-ee”) will fill the vacancy created when former CMO Dr. Ken Welch accepted a position with a different organization in August. Dr. Ranney’s first day will be Sept. 3.

Banner Estrella Nurse Wins National Health Care Award
PHOENIX (Feb. 14, 2013) – A Banner Estrella Medical Center (BEMC) nurse, who helped organize and execute the hospital’s first – and one of Arizona’s largest-ever – bone marrow drives, has been awarded a national award for her extraordinary efforts to provide excellent patient care.

Banner Children’s Healthmobile offers open house, health assessments Jan. 26
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Jan. 11, 2013) – Banner Health will offer an open house to highlight its new “Banner Children’s Healthmobile” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Banner Estrella Medical Center,
9201 W. Thomas Road.

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.

Give the gift of life by signing up to be a bone marrow donor Dec. 1 at Banner Estrella
PHOENIX (Nov. 26, 2012) – When 46-year-old Leonard “Ray” Binford went home from work in January with shortness of breath and a headache, he had no idea that within a year, he would be asking the community to help save his life. Now Binford is one of many patients who hope people will participate in the Bone Marrow Registry Drive 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 in the lobby of Banner Estrella Medical Center, 9201 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.

Banner Estrella receives stroke award
PHOENIX (Nov. 20, 2012) – Banner Estrella Medical Center just received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Bronze Award.

Banner Estrella receives top marks from U.S. News
PHOENIX (Sept. 24, 2012) – Banner Estrella Medical Center continues to demonstrate its reputation for excellence. The nonprofit hospital was named in July 2012 to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital ranking. Banner Estrella ranked at No. 6 in the Phoenix metro area and received a high-performing status in seven specialties. 

One-of-a-kind groundbreaking at Banner Estrella
PHOENIX (August 15, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center, recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, will kick-off construction of a $151 million patient tower during a unique groundbreaking celebration.

Banner Estrella plans $151 million expansion
PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of a new 144-bed patient tower to its hospital campus, located at the 101 and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Banner Estrella recognized as Energy Star by EPA
PHOENIX (April 20, 2012) — Banner Estrella Medical Center is the first and only hospital in Maricopa County to be labeled an ENERGY STAR® certified building by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Banner Estrella recognized as "Most Connected" in U.S. News & World Report
PHOENIX (July 22, 2011)  – Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert and Banner Estrella Medical Center in West Phoenix were the only facilities in Arizona identified in U.S. News & World Report's Most Connected rankings.

Nurses use a spoonful of peppermint, sage, lavendar and olive oil
PHOENIX (Feb. 10, 2011) – Would you like to receive aromatherapy during your stay? This might sound like a question you would be asked when checking into a spa or resort, but one Valley hospital is asking patients this very question—and getting a positive response.

Banner Estrella to hold free breast cancer event
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 6, 2010) – Banner Estrella Medical Center invites women to come learn the latest on the various aspects of breast health during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Local hospital playing matchmaker for 21-year-old hoping to find 'the one'
PHOENIX, AZ (Sep. 8, 2010) – Like most young men, Johnny Garcia is seeking his perfect match. But this 21-year-old’s search has nothing to do with movies or dinner dates. Instead, the Litchfield Park resident is focused on finding the one person who could help save his life. To help him, Banner Estrella Medical Center is playing “bone marrow matchmaker” in hopes of finding a donor who is just right for Garcia.

Banner Estrella honors friend former ER doctor
PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 5, 2010) – Emergency department staff at Banner Estrella Medical Center in West Phoenix will host an information table about organ donation in the hospital’s cafeteria, April 5-9, in honor of former emergency physician and friend, Dr. Joe Gibson.

New approach to hip replacement surgery now offered at Banner Estrella Medical Center
PHOENIX (April 2010) — Arthritis and limited hip mobility are two common reasons why approximately 200,000 hip replacements are performed in the United States each year—and that number continues to rise as the population ages. For patients, the hip replacement surgery generally means they will experience significant pain and lengthy recoveries, but now, there’s a new technique offered at Banner Estrella Medical Center that gets people back on their feet at a more rapid pace.

Po named president of infectious disease group
PHOENIX (March 16, 2010) — Banner Estrella Medical Center physician John Po, MD, PhD, has been selected as president of the Arizona Infectious Diseases Society (ARIDS) through a peer-selection process.

Banner Estrella Medical Center lifts flu-based visitor restrictions
PHOENIX (Dec. 29, 2009) – Because risk of H1N1 and seasonal flu transmission has subsided, Banner Estrella Medical Center will again allow children ages 12 and under into patient care areas within the hospital.

Banner Estrella names new CMO
PHOENIX (Feb. 17, 2009) – Ken Welch, MD, has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer at Banner Estrella Medical Center. Dr. Welch replaces former Chief Medical Officer Charlie Agee, MD, who went to a new role as chief medical officer for Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center earlier this month. 

Security Department at Banner Estrella Medical Center first in Valley to use Segway
PHOENIX (Sept. 3, 2008) –The Security Department at Banner Estrella Medical Center has found a new way of patrolling the exterior of the hospital’s campus with just two wheels—a Segway Personal Transporter. Banner Estrella, known for its high-tech facility, is the first hospital in the Valley to introduce a Segway to its campus. The Security Department will use the Segway as another measure to enhance security around the facility, while also being ecofriendly.

Banner Estrella opens high-tech operating room to accommodate growing demand
PHOENIX (June 2, 2008) – One of the most high-tech, efficient operating rooms in the Valley will soon be open to patients at nonprofit Banner Estrella Medical Center. The hospital has added a seventh operating room to accommodate the community’s growing demand for surgical services.

Banner Estrella Medical Center now offering effective treatment for thyroid cancer
PHOENIX (May 27, 2008) – The Nuclear Medicine Department at Banner Estrella Medical Center now offers an effective treatment to patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The procedure, called I-131 Ablation Therapy, uses a swallowed radioactive iodine capsule to destroy thyroid cancer cells in the body at both the primary source of the cancer, as well as at additional areas where the cancer has spread. Following treatment, I-131 whole body scans can detect both the recurrence and absence of the disease.

Banner Estrella Medical Center creates a bigger space for its smallest patients
PHOENIX (May 5, 2008) – Banner Estrella Medical Center received a special delivery for its smallest patients: an expanded Level II nursery. The newly-renovated nursery, Level II nursery and its highly trained staff care for newborns requiring extra medical attention. The expanded nursery grew from seven to 13 beds as part of the much-anticipated project.

Banner Estrella Medical Center honors Donate Life Month at hospital
PHOENIX (April 10, 2008) – Saving a life can be as easy as filling out a form. In honor of Donate Life Month, Banner Estrella Medical Center will provide information to staff about organ and tissue donation from those who know about it firsthand – recipients of donated organs.

Banner Estrella Medical Center launches new program designed to improve patients’ surgical experience and speed up recovery time
PHOENIX (April 8, 2008) – An innovative new program at Banner Estrella Medical Center helps surgical patients feel less anxious before surgery, feel less pain during surgery and heal faster after surgery.

Banner Estrella Medical Center creates safer environment for patients and staff
PHOENIX (March 28, 2008) – Banner Estrella Medical Center has launched a campaign to ensure a safer environment for patients and medical staff.

Banner Estrella Medical Center offers free stroke risk assessment and lecture series
PHOENIX (March 27, 2008) – According to the American Heart Association, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. And every three to four minutes, someone dies of stroke. Are you at risk for stroke? Here’s how to find out.

Banner Estrella Medical Center names new Chief Nursing Officer
PHOENIX (March 24, 2008) – Karin Toci, RN, has accepted the position of chief nursing officer (CNO) at Banner Estrella Medical Center. Toci, who has served as director of Quality Management at Banner Estrella since March 2007, has served as interim CNO since Jan. 1, when former CNO Diane Drexler resigned to pursue other opportunities. Banner Estrella has immediately begun the search for a new Quality Management director.

Young artists showcase their talent at Banner Estrella Medical Center
PHOENIX (March 11, 2008) – The hallway connecting the medical office building to Banner Estrella Medical Center (BEMC) will soon be lined with the art of young artists. BEMC will host the second annual Sheely Farms Art Show, showcasing the talented work of student artists in the second to eighth grades at Sheely Farms Elementary School.

Banner Estrella Medical Center ready for Super Bowl Week
PHOENIX (January 11, 2008) – Super Bowl XLII will be unlike any given Sunday. No matter the score of the football game, the Banner Estrella Medical Center team is prepared to receive any patients that reach its doors.

Banner Estrella Medical Center opens sixth patient floor to meet community need
PHOENIX (January 9, 2008) – Banner Estrella Medical Center is opening a sixth patient floor to meet the growing health care needs of the community. The $13.8 million expansion project adds 36 beds – 12 dedicated to obstetrics patients and 24 to orthopedics and medical and surgical patients. This brings the total hospital bed count from 172 to 208. An 8-bed well baby nursery is also being added.

Baby Boom hits Banner Estrella Medical Center
PHOENIX (Jan. 7, 2008) – Banner Estrella Medical Center delivered a record number of babies in 2007 and to meet the demand will add a second nursery, four more labor and delivery rooms, and eight more postpartum beds. Additionally, the hospital will be launching a teen parent education program.

Banner Estrella Medical Center
9201 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85037
(623) 327-4000
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