Banner Good Samaritan is located in Phoenix, the urban center of the nation's fifth largest metropolitan area. The "Valley of the Sun" epitomizes the integration of progressive development, modern architecture and beautiful scenery with the rich traditions and character of the Southwest. Affordable housing and an inviting climate make Phoenix a prime destination for those planning to start their careers and settle in an attractive, stimulating area.
Sports and Leisure Activities The sunny, dry climate of Phoenix is a recreational paradise. Golf, tennis, biking, hiking, fishing, climbing and running are year round activities. Nearby lakes offer the complete range of water sports. Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona's majestic red rocks, Sunrise and Snow Bowl ski slopes and the incomparable Grand Canyon are only a few hours drive to the north. The Valley of the Sun also has a variety of spectator sports – Diamondbacks baseball, Phoenix Suns basketball, Arizona Cardinals football, Phoenix Coyotes hockey, The PGA Phoenix Open professional golf, tennis, soccer and nearby Arizona State University athletics.
Culture and Heritage Phoenix is perhaps the finest area to become acquainted with the history and traditions of Native Americans. The Heard Museum's 35,000 artifacts and works of art, several local primitive ruins and the 21 different tribes in Arizona invite exploration and understanding of these rich cultures.
The nearby Phoenix Art Museum, Herberger Theater and Symphony Hall together with the concert auditoriums and charming galleries in Scottsdale and Tempe satisfy the cultural and entertainment tastes of most everyone.
The Phoenix Zoo, recognized as one of the country's best, the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Science Center and numerous other specialized museums offer a variety of exhibits and programs for adults and children.
Community Education Arizona State University, the largest university in the U.S., has its main campus located in Tempe, a nearby suburb of Phoenix, and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees including architecture, education, fine arts, hospital administration, nursing, law, journalism, communications and many others. A.S.U. has recently expanded its campus to nearby downtown Phoenix.
The renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management offers graduate programs in international studies, modern languages and world business. A nationally acclaimed community college system and numerous technical and business colleges offer associate degrees, technical training, and professional and community interest classes.