Innovation at Banner Gateway
by Pam Nenaber, CEO
As you may know, Banner Health has a 2020 vision consisting of several different phases that we have been following since about 1999. The last phase we were in was the growth phase, where we really focused on growing the Banner brand. During this phase several new hospitals as well as additions to other hospitals were built allowing us to find the best people to provide care in the best places.
With the start of 2011, we have now moved to the Innovation phase. This phase focuses on best practices. We want to indentify and share best practices within our organization as well as throughout the healthcare industry.
When you think of the word innovation…the first word that comes to your mind is probably technology since it plays such a big role in healthcare today. As one of the newest facilities in Banner Health, we implemented many new innovations here.
One of these innovative tools is iCare. This technology is present in Intensive Care Units throughout the system, however here at Banner Gateway we took it a step further and served as a pilot site for using this technology in our Medical Surgical Units. This more extensive monitoring of medical and surgical patients has proven quite beneficial to patient care.
Positive Patient ID or PPID is another innovative tool at Banner Gateway. Through this program, caregivers scan the patient’s arm band as well as the medication to be administered to ensure patient safety. PPIDis now implemented in 90 percent of the facility.
The electronic medical record is a third example of innovation. Banner Gateway among one of the first Banner hospitals to go paper-lite and implement a full electronic medical record.
Innovation is not only about technology, it is also about finding better ways to do things. We have implemented green initiatives as well. In the OR, a recycling and reprocessing program continues to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to the landfills by thousands of pounds while also saving Banner thousands of dollars.
Our recycling program grows day by day. In 2010, we produced 180,000 pounds of recyclable material. Just think about the difference we are making and the amount of trash we are eliminating.
There are more innovations coming with the opening of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in just a little over four months. Thank you for your support of innovation at Banner Gateway.