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Banner Health Clinic opens in Susanville
SUSANVILLE, CA (Aug. 28, 2014) – Banner Health Clinic opened in Susanville on Aug. 25 with two general surgeons who will live in and serve residents of this area. This is the first clinic in California operated by Banner Health, a nationally recognized nonprofit health care system with 25 hospitals including Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville.

Family Fun Olympics scheduled for August 23 
Banner Lassen Medical Center presents second annual wellness celebration
SUSANVILLE, CA (July 21, 2014) — Banner Lassen Medical Center and the Banner Lassen Medical Center Foundation invite the public to a low-cost family fun and fitness event at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave., on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Banner Lassen Medical Center to welcome new CNO
SUSANVILLE, CA (May 9, 2014) –Banner Lassen Medical Center has named Kathy Virgil-Belding, MA, BS, CRNC, as the chief nursing officer for the hospital.

Banner Lassen Medical Center introduces 3-D mammography unit 
SUSANVILLE, CA (Feb. 12, 2014) – This month Banner Lassen Medical Center will begin offering patients new 3D mammography that will improve patient care and comfort.

Banner Lassen names new chief executive officer
Former chief nursing officer accepts permanent CEO role
SUSANVILLE, CA (Jan. 20, 2014) – Banner Lassen Medical Center announced today that Catherine Harshbarger has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer at the hospital effective immediately.

Banner Lassen Medical Center has New Year’s Baby  
SUSANVILLE, CA (Jan. 3, 2014) — The staff of Banner Lassen Medical Center didn’t have to wait long on New Year’s Day to meet the hospital’s first baby of 2014. Proud mother Alexandra Spencer welcomed her 7-pound, 11-ounce boy into the world at 3:46 a.m. Jan. 1.

Public Halloween event at Banner Lassen Medical Center
SUSANVILLE, CA. (Oct. 11, 2013) — The public is invited to Trick-or-Treat with Banner Lassen Medical Center on Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Banner Lassen announces leadership changes
SUSANVILLE, CA (Oct. 3, 2013) – Banner Lassen Medical Center announced today that Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Harshbarger will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer to replace Bob Edwards who left the organization Friday. 

Banner Lassen encouraging women to be proactive in fighting breast cancer while being pampered
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (July 30, 2013) – Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death, but early detection is the best way to increase a woman’s chance of survival.

Banner Lassen starting new volunteer program
Applications being accepted for volunteers interested in making a difference
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2013) – Banner Lassen Medical Center is excited to announce a new volunteer program that will offer individuals  a variety of experiences from administrative work to assisting in departments such as medical imaging, the gift shop and visiting with patients. Shellie Anderson, volunteer coordinator, said it’s a win, win. 

Emergency room changes improve timeliness of care  
Banner Lassen Medical Center changes model of patient processes
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (June 14, 2013) – With an eye on reducing the wait for patients to see a provider at Banner Lassen Medical Center Emergency Department, employees are implementing a new process for evaluating and treating patients.

Four Banner Health hospitals named top performers
Banner Lassen Medical Center ranks among top rural facilities
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (March 14, 2013) – Four Banner Health hospitals including Banner Lassen Medical Center recently have been named HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States.

Banner Lassen Medical Center gets valuable simulation training
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Healthcare providers at Banner Lassen Medical Center took care of mannequins this week to perfect the care they give to women who have just had a baby.

Banner Lassen Medical Center collecting coats
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2012) – As cooler temperatures mark the changes in seasons, families are digging out their winter gear so they can bundle up against the cold. But for some, the winter season brings additional hardship when they cannot afford the warmer clothes needed to survive. Banner Lassen Medical Center is asking the community to clean out the extras in their closets and bring donations to its annual Winter Coat Drive, Nov. 8 and 9.

Banner Lassen named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital list
SUSANVILLE, Calif (Oct. 9, 2012) – Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville, Calif. was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the U.S. for financial stability.

Banner Lassen Medical Center staff dance for breast cancer awareness
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2012) The Pink Glove Dance is spreading … to Banner Lassen Medical Center. More than 80 staff members at Banner Lassen Medical Center star in their own Pink Glove Dance video to help spread the word about breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Banner Lassen named a top performer by The Joint Commission
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2012) – Banner Lassen Medical Center was recognized today by a national accrediting body as a Top Performer in key patient care areas. “Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012,” includes 620 hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. The hospitals identified as attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability performance in 2011 represent about 18 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data.

Banner Lassen invites community to relax and learn
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2012) -- Banner Lassen Medical Center is offering the women of the community the opportunity to pamper themselves while learning about their health. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the hospital is excited to bring you “Manicures, Massages, and Mammograms” each Friday in October.

Banner Lassen Medical Center Welcomes New Hospitalist
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2011) -- Michael Azarkh, MD has joined Banner Lassen Medical Center’s Hospitalists group. He comes to Lassen County from Redondo Beach, Calif. Azarkh is a Russian Native and speaks fluent Russian.

New CEO named for Banner Lassen
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2011) - Jim Ferando, Banner Health Western Region president, has named Bob Edwards as the new chief executive officer for Banner Lassen Medical Center. Edwards has served since January 2008 as the CEO of Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala, Neb., another Banner Health facility. He will join the hospital team in Susanville on Monday, Sept. 12.

Banner Lassen hires new CNO
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (June 14, 2011) -- Catherine Harshbarger has been hired as the new chief nursing officer at Banner Lassen Medical Center.

Barbara Minick named interim CEO at Banner Lassen
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (June 9, 2011) – Jim Ferando, Western Region President for Banner Health, has announced that Barbara Minick will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer at Banner Lassen Medical Center. 

Banner Lassen offers nerve-conduction testing
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (June 29, 2010) -- Suffering from pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness? These may be symptoms caused by certain nerve conditions. If your physician determines that you need a nerve conduction study to evaluate the cause of your symptoms Banner Lassen Medical Center is here to help.

Banner Lassen Medical Center receives Joint Commission accreditation
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2009) -- By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, Banner Lassen Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

Banner Lassen Medical Center Hires Hospitalist Group
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2009) -- Banner Lassen Medical Center has joined with Rural Physicians Group out of Las Vegas, Nev. to provide a new inpatient physician service to the residents of Northeastern California.

ED Split Flow Model
Banner Lassen Medical Center’s Emergency Department will soon be utilizing a “Split Flow Model” to assist in improving door to doctor wait times, ultimately resulting in a decrease in overall wait time when visiting the Emergency Department .

MRSA - What is it and What Can I do to Prevent It
MRSA or Methicillin-resistent Staphylococcus Aureus - is a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to several types of antibiotics.

How the body works
Banner Lassen Medical Center has launched a new feature for kids, "How the Body Works."

BH Partners with College Network
Banner Health has joined forces with The College Network, Inc. to offer educational opportunities for nurses.

Banner Lassen's CFO Accepted to Serve on Exclusive Committee
Shelby Diede, Banner Lassen Medical Center's chief financial officer (CFO) has been accepted to serve on the California Hospital Asociation's (CHA) CFO Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth Woodyard Appointed Banner Lassen's New CEO
Jim Ferando, Banner Health Western Region president has named Elizabeth (Liz) Woodyard as the chief executive officer (CEO) at Banner Lassen Medical Center effective Monday, August 4, 2008.

Banner Lassen Medical Center
1800 Spring Ridge Dr.
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 252-2000
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