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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 tthrew 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 four thousand 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. 26th 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.

Banner Good Samaritan Kidney Transplant Center Named Top in the United States
PHOENIX (Dec. 12, 2011) – The  National Institutes for Health funded a study by a web-based service, called Konnectology which has identified the top 10 kidney transplant centers in the United States, and at the top of their list is Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Taking Precautions Around the Home Can Keep Your Holidays Jolly
PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2011) – The holiday season typically is a time for fun and creating happy family memories.  It can also bring the potential for accidental poisonings. The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center offers some advice to keep the kids and pets safe during the festivities.

Banner Facilities To Use First Heart Valve Placed Without Open Heart Surgery
PHOENIX (Nov. 15, 2011) - Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center first introduced open heart surgery to Arizona, and along with Banner Heart, will be among the first hospitals in the nation to offer a new procedure that can replace an aortic heart valve without the invasive surgery that was previously required.

Banner Good Samaritan's Cavanagh Heart Center Receives Prestigious Heart Failure Accreditation
PHOENIX (Nov. 14, 2011) – BGSMC's Cavanagh Heart Center has been designated an Accredited Heart Failure Center from the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium (HAC), a nationally recognized organization dedicated to improving care and survival rates for heart failure patients.

Popular Halloween Glow Sticks Can Be Toxic, But Not Dangerous
PHOENIX (Oct. 31, 2011) – Glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets are great tools for making kids more visible while trick or treating, but should you be concerned about the liquid in the glow product being dangerous?

First Baby Marks the “Genesis” of a New Century for Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Oct. 18, 2011) –  Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center began its first century of providing health care to Arizona on Oct. 18, 1911, and today, the birth of a new century begins with Genesis Ballesteros.

Banner Good Samaritan Celebrates a Century of Providing Health care To Arizona  
PHOENIX (Oct.13, 2011) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has come a long way since its original 20-bed hospital in 1911.  The medical center, which is four months older than the State of Arizona will mark its 100th anniversary with a community celebration on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm.

Don’t Put Yourself or Loved Ones At Risk:  Get A Flu Shot
PHOENIX (Sept. 23, 2011) – It doesn’t need to be wintertime for the flu symptoms to start.  That’s why it’s not too early to get a head start on protecting yourself from the virus with a flu shot.

2011 Candlelight Capers to Benefit Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center
PHOENIX (Sept. 8, 2011) — For over 32 years, hundreds of thousands of Arizonans have avoided trips to hospital emergency rooms by making a single phone call – to the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center (1-800-222-1222).

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Stroke Program Strikes Gold  
PHOENIX (Aug. 26, 2011) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been awarded the “Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award” by the American Stroke and American Heart Associations for its success in treating stroke patients.

Banner Good Samaritan only Arizona hosptial to be involved in heart disease clinical trial
PHOENIX (April 14, 2011) — Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is one of a select group of clinical sites now participating in a new U.S. clinical trial to evaluate a revolutionary treatment for a common heart disease, severe aortic stenosis.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center wins award for stroke care
PHOENIX (April 14, 2011) — Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award.

Banner Good Samaritan receives Livestrong community award
PHOENIX (Nov. 8, 2010) — Today, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center was announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award recipient.

A vote from you will make a difference
PHOENIX (Oct. 21, 2010) — LIVESTRONG grant to help hospital provide support and resources for patients. At Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, we are always striving to improve our services to meet patients' needs more effectively—not only with the best medical care, but also the support and resources that give people the courage to keep fighting.

Banner Good Samaritan granted Magnet recognition
PHOENIX (Oct. 5, 2010) — Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a facility that demonstrates nursing excellence.

Banner Good Samaritan launches VAD technology
PHOENIX (July 14, 2010) – It was the only option former Vice President Dick Cheney had when it came to repairing his failing heart and that is why Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center wants Arizonans to know that it is now offering the Ventricular Assist Device known as the VAD, to those with heart failure, who have run out of options.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center one of “America’s Best Hospitals”
PHOENIX (July 14, 2010) — U.S.News & World Report has recognized non-profit Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in six specialty areas. This marks the 11th year that the hospital has been ranked by U.S.News & World Report.

Banner Good Samaritan begins $71 million expansion
PHOENIX (June 24, 2010) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center broke ground today on a $71 million dollar expansion of its Surgical Services department.

Banner Good Samaritan machine imitates lungs to prevent cardiac, respiratory failure
PHOENIX (June 16, 2010) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is unveiling the use of a life-saving treatment for adult patients in respiratory or cardiac distress, called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO).

Surgeons team together to perform successful surgery on partially delivered baby
PHOENIX (April 6, 2010) – Surgeons at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital knew a risky surgery – where 34-week-old Brant Fox was partially delivered and operated on while still attached to his mother – was the only chance to save him.

Banner Good Samaritan Stroke Care program awarded certification
PHOENIX (Nov. 9, 2009) — In a busy hospital where an emphasis is placed on patients getting plenty of rest during their stay, the few overhead announcements – “Trauma Team,” “Rapid Response Team,” “Code Blue” – call attention to serious medical alerts. Since April 2009, a new call, “Stroke Team,” has alerted emergency providers that Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is serious about the care and treatment of stroke.

Banner Good Samaritan first in the Valley to perform operation that treats chronic blood clots in lungs
PHOENIX (Nov. 6, 2009) – Pulmonologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center performed the hospital’s first pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Banner Good Samaritan debuts new treatment for inoperable liver cancer
PHOENIX (July 27, 2009) – Interventional radiologists at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center recently became the first physicians in the U.S. to use a new ultrasound-guided interventional technique to treat liver cancer outside of a clinical trial.

Poison control has new name, same services
PHOENIX (June 29, 2009) – The Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center's Hotline received more than 105,000 phone calls for exposures last year, including 45,370 calls for identification of drugs and drug information.

Spring comes early for Tucson couple
PHOENIX (March 20, 2009) – The arrival of the Puig quintuplets from Tucson, Ariz., this week reminds us that Spring is the time to celebrate new life. The five babies – three girls and two boys – were born at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center between 5:38 p.m. and 5:42 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, to Lorena Puig and husband, Enrique, following a 29-week pregnancy.

Major gift launches Parkinson’s disease Meds Connection program
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2009) – Banner Health Foundation announced today that Sheila and Alan Fitzgerald of Gilbert, Ariz., have pledged $250,000 to initiate a pilot program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center called Meds Connection. Meds Connection is dedicated to providing critical medications to patients with Parkinson’s disease unable to afford the treatment necessary for their condition.

Las Vegas couple gives birth to quadruplets at Banner Good Samaritan
PHOENIX (Jan. 26, 2009) – A Las Vegas couple welcomed four new members to their family early Saturday morning, Jan. 24. The babies were born between 2:15 a.m. and 2:18 a.m. to Dafna Noury and husband, Eli Zohar, following a 33-week, 4-day pregnancy.*

American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma verifies Banner Good Samaritan’s Level I trauma center
PHOENIX (Jan. 26, 2009) – This week, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center was certified as a Level I trauma center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes dedication to providing optimal care for seriously injured patients in the Valley and beyond.

Banner Good Samaritan named to Top 100 Hospitals to Work For
PHOENIX (Jan. 19, 2009) – Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, one of Arizona’s largest hospitals, is also one of the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals to Work For,” according to Nursing Professionals magazine.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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