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Plan to participate in East Morgan community wellness and health fair
BRUSH, Colo. (Oct. 9, 2015) — Plan now to participate in East Morgan County’s Community Wellness and Health Fair by scheduling a blood draw between Oct. 19-30. People who have their blood drawn in advance may review the results at the Wellness Fair with a provider Nov. 7. To schedule, call (970) 842-6257.

New imaging technology improves patient safety
WORLAND, Wyo. (Oct. 8, 2015) — To make a certain type of medical imaging exam as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Washakie Medical Center has installed the Siemens Somatom Definition AS64-slice CT system.

Family medicine specialist joins Banner Medical Group
STERLING, Colo. (Oct. 7, 2015) – Banner Medical Group welcomes Kyle Schwindt, DO, a physician who specializes in family medicine.

Banner Del E. Webb builds new behavioral health unit
SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (Oct. 7, 2015) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is expanding its behavioral health services by opening a new unit dedicated to serving younger adult patients. The new unit opened to patients on Oct. 1.

Banner Ironwood hosts charity ride Nov. 14
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Banner Ironwood Medical Center invites community members to participate in a charity motorcycle ride and community health fair on Nov. 14 benefiting The Ironwood Charity of Caring.

Hospital’s Emergency room lobby reopens Oct. 2
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Sept. 30, 2015) – Banner Casa Grande Medical Center will reopen its Emergency department lobby Oct. 2 following several weeks of renovations that include new furniture, flooring, paint and enhanced security features.

Banner – University Medical Center breaks ground on new Emergency department
PHOENIX (Sept. 30, 2015) – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, a Level I Trauma Center, is building a brand new Emergency department to serve an additional 20,000 patients each year.

Banner Estrella hosts second annual Teen Health Event
PHOENIX (Sept. 29, 2015) – Banner Estrella Medical Center will be hosting a free event designed for teens and their parents who want real answers on important health topics from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Banner Medical Group now offers same-day appointments
TORRINGTON, Wyo. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Banner Health Clinic in Torrington has introduced same-day appointments to increase convenience for patients. This new service begins Monday, Oct. 5.

Mondays mean mammograms, mimosas and massages at BLMC
SUSANVILLE, Calif. (September 29, 2015) – Join Banner Lassen Medical Center for Monday Mammograms, Mimosas and Massages as the staff celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October.

Banner Health Wyoming hospitals earn quality honors
CASPER, Wyo. (Sept. 21, 2015) – Banner Health’s three Wyoming hospitals earned the Hospital Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during the Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Casper on Sept. 2, 2015.

Spirit of Women announces first event for Brush
BRUSH, Colo. (Sept. 15, 2015) — Women can celebrate their commitment to feeling their best while recharging their spirit at Ladies Night Out, the first East Morgan County Hospital Spirit of Women event.

Banner Casa Grande named a ‘Most Admired’ company for fourth consecutive year
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Sept. 11, 2015) – For the fourth consecutive year, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center has been selected by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ as one of 40 winners for the 2015 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards (MAC).

Banner Sun Health Research Institute invites you to learn about Medicare covered hospice and palliative care
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 9, 2015) — Hospice care focuses on the life of a person by bringing comfort, dignity and peace to those facing serious illness. More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness and their families, find help from hospice and palliative care providers in the United States every year. Living with a serious illness is not easy. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of treatment and care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, and taking care of a family while coping with emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, can be overwhelming.

East Morgan County Hospital begins to deliver babies
BRUSH, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2015) — Women seeking obstetrics care soon can deliver babies at East Morgan County Hospital (EMCH) in Brush. The hospital officially will open the new service line Sept. 10.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute adds four physician providers and a nurse practitioner
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Sept. 8, 2015) – Banner Sun Health Research Institute, an international leader in the effort to find answers to aging disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, has added four expert physician providers and one nurse practitioner to its team.

Expanded obstetric services now available at Banner Estrella Medical Center
PHOENIX (Sept. 2, 2015) – A new specialized treatment area for expectant mothers is now available at Banner Estrella Medical Center. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Center is located on the first floor of the hospital, 9201 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix, offering ultrasound and specialty tests and screenings.

Banner Medical Group welcomes new providers to Queen Creek
QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Aug. 31, 2015) – Three new physicians have joined Banner Medical Group (BMG) and will be located at the Banner Health Center in Queen Creek, providing Internal Medicine and OB-GYN services to meet the growing needs of the residents in the Southeast Valley.

Banner Payson partners with TeamHealth to provide Emergency medicine services
PAYSON, Ariz. (Aug. 26, 2015) – As part of our commitment to continue providing exceptional emergency care and service in our local communities, Banner Payson Medical Center is proud to be partnering with TeamHealth, a leading provider of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals, to provide emergency medicine staffing and management services.

Banner Health announces southern Wyoming market area
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (Aug. 28, 2015) – Banner Health announced today a change in its leadership structure for southern Wyoming, naming Platte County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Shelby Nelson chief executive officer of Banner’s southern Wyoming operations. In this new role, Nelson will lead an executive team that will be responsible for operations and strategic planning for Community Hospital in Torrington and Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland.

Banner Health Network returns its “best-ever” result for Medicare and its beneficiaries as part of the Pioneer ACO
PHOENIX (August 19, 2015) – Banner Health Network has delivered its best-ever result in a third successful year as part of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation reports that in Performance Year 3 (2014), BHN returned more than $29 million in savings over the predicted financial benchmark, while at the same time improving its quality score by nearly 10 percent over the previous year.

Learn about power of attorney during a free seminar on Sept. 9
SUN CITY, Ariz. (Aug. 25, 2015) — Banner Sun Health Research Institute will offer a free class that focuses on medical and durable power of attorney, including how they work and why and where they’re needed.

Banner Health names four new CFOs in Arizona
PHOENIX (Aug. 24, 2015) – Banner Health has named new chief financial officers to serve at four of its Arizona campuses.

Three separate Banner Health Clinics moving to one convenient location in Greeley
Greeley, Colo. (Aug. 18, 2015) – In an effort to continue providing exceptional care and enhanced services to local communities, Banner Medical Group (BMG) in Greeley is moving three clinics into one building, on the same newly renovated floor of the Summit View Medical Center.

Research study tests pancreatic cancer drug at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
GILBERT, Arizona (August 17, 2015) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is testing the safety and effectiveness of a drug that, when combined with chemotherapy, may make a difference in treating pancreatic cancer in patients who carry harmful mutations of either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Banner Boswell introduces robotic surgical system offering minimally invasive benefits for complex surgeries
Sun City, Ariz. (Aug. 6, 2015) – Banner Boswell Medical Center has relaunched its robotic surgical program thanks to its recent purchase of the Intuitive da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The new robot can be used for a variety of surgical procedures, but is currently being used for colorectal surgeries (i.e. colon resections), and gynecological procedures at Banner Boswell.

Free event helps women learn to eat healthy on the run
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Aug. 6, 2015) – Banner Baywood Medical Center, in partnership with Whole Foods, is hosting a free event to help busy women make healthy food choices from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12

Banner Health names interim leader for Ogallala Community Hospital
OGALLALA, Neb. (Aug. 4, 2015) – Banner Health has named Aileen Chandler, MSN, MBA, RN, the interim chief executive officer of Ogallala Community Hospital in Ogallala. Chandler replaces Sharon Lind who is moving to Arizona to become CEO at two Banner Health hospitals there.

New interim CEO named for Sterling Regional MedCenter
STERLING, Colo. (Aug. 4, 2015) — Banner Health has named Kelly Hurt, MBA, MHA, interim chief executive officer of Sterling Regional MedCenter. Hurt replaces Sharon Lind who is moving to Arizona to become CEO at two Banner Health hospitals.

Banner Health Center set to reopen August 11
Community invited to grand reopening event on Aug. 10 STERLING, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2015) – The Banner Health Center in Sterling will reopen on Aug. 11 following comprehensive repairs to the building that experienced flooding in mid-April.

Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services to Banner Boswell Medical Center
GILBERT, Arizona (July 30, 2015) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center soon will expand its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz. The facility is slated to open in September.

Banner Medical Group welcomes three new providers to serve the Payson community
PAYSON, Ariz. (July 30, 2015) – Banner Medical Group (BMG) welcomes three new primary care providers to serve pediatric and adult patients in Payson and surrounding communities starting Aug. 1.

Banner Thunderbird reunites families recovering from rare and potentially fatal birth defect on Aug. 4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (July 30, 2015) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will reunite three local families and the teams that treated their children, each born with an extremely rare and potentially fatal birth defect called Gastroschisis – a condition where a child is born with their intestines and organs outside of the abdominal wall – at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the hospital, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale.

Banner Health using new medical technology for heart valve replacement
PHOENIX (July 31, 2015) – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix completed Arizona’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure using Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN 3 valve, the newest valve available for high-risk patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis, a condition where the heart valve becomes narrowed and prevents proper valve function.

Renovated Banner Casa Grande dining room now open
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (July 29, 2015) – The newly renovated dining area at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center is now open to patients, employees and community members following two months of improvements.

Banner Medical Group recognizes local surgeon for care
FALLON, Nev. (July 27, 2015) – Fallon general surgeon Lisa Rasmussen, MD, received recognition from her employer, Banner Medical Group (BMG) , for outstanding customer experience provided to patients in the most recent quarter.

Color Me Pink 5k Walk/Fun Run set for Aug. 22
WORLAND, Wyo. (July 27, 2015) – Washakie Medical Center invites runners and walkers to the Color Me Pink 5K Walk/Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 22. The race starts at 9 a.m. and the main color explosion will be at 10 a.m.

Banner Gateway to open retail pharmacy July 27
GILBERT, Ariz. (July 23, 2015) – Banner Gateway Medical Center will open a new retail pharmacy July 27. Conveniently located within the facility, Banner Family Pharmacy offers patients the option of filling prescribed medications before leaving the hospital. Employees and community members will also be able to utilize the service.

Banner – University Medical Centers named to U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ ranking
PHOENIX (July 21, 2015) – Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson have each been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals ranking, and nationally recognized for specialty services.

Banner Churchill employees receive new awards
FALLON, Nev. (July 17, 2015) — Banner Churchill Community Hospital recognized two employees for excellent performance with the first DAISY and Silver TOGA awards earlier this month.

Banner Medical Group earns recognition for patient-centered care
GREELEY, Colo. (July 16, 2015) – All Banner Medical Group (BMG) primary care clinics in Colorado’s Front Range have achieved Level 3 accreditation for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as of April 1. This recognition is for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

Banner Sun Health Research hosting seminar to help navigate through Veterans Pension Benefit
SUN CITY, Ariz. (July 15, 2015) — Banner Sun Health Research Institute is hosting a free informational seminar at the institute from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at 10515 W. Santa Fe Dr., Morin Auditorium in Sun City. Experts will discuss the Veterans Pension Benefit, the Aid and Attendance Allowance and how it impacts your lifetime healthcare benefits and other areas.

Page has new health care delivery with mobile clinic
PAGE, Ariz. (July 14, 2015) – Page Hospital emphasizes “Compassionate Care Close to Home.” On Aug. 15 the facility will unveil a 39-foot mobile health clinic to expand access for area residents and tourists to care for minor and urgent medical needs.

Page Hospital set to welcome new CEO
PAGE, Ariz. (July 13, 2015) – Brian Kellar will start his new role at Page Hospital on Aug. 10. He replaces current CEO Sandy Haryasz who announced her retirement in April.

Downward Dog brings balance to Banner Boswell
SUN CITY, Ariz. (July 7, 2015) – Banner Boswell Medical Center is hosting weekly yoga classes at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in Memorial Hall East at the nonprofit facility, 13180 N. 103rd Drive in Sun City. As caregivers in the health care environment, employees face challenging emotional and social issues and are now offering yoga as a stress outlet on campus with a fellow colleague leading the classes.

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