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Banner Boswell named one of the top heart hospitals in the U.S.


SUN CITY, Ariz. (Nov. 4, 2013) – Banner Boswell Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2014 by Truven Health Analytics.

The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals, recognizing those who provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for the health care industry.

“This honor is clearly the result of incredibly hard work by Banner Boswell leadership and staff to reduce variation and increase reliability for our cardiovascular patients,” said Banner Health President and CEO Peter S. Fine. “With this recognition, Banner Boswell can be considered one of the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular services.”

In 2011 the nonprofit hospital worked with community partners including the Sun Health Care Transitions team and Cardiac Solutions to identify improvements the facility could make in the care and experience of its cardiac patients. “That work allowed us to redesign the way we care for our patients with heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias throughout the continuum of care, from the hospital setting through discharge to home,” said Lisa Frank, an associate administrator for Banner Boswell. ”I believe that work resulted in the improvement of our program and ultimately led to this recognition.”

In addition to implementing new ideas to improve patient care beyond the four walls of the hospital, Banner Boswell has replaced a cardiac catheterization lab and is building a new hybrid operating room, thanks to the philanthropic support of Sun Health Foundation. The new OR is due to open next fall, which will combine an operating room, Cath lab and X-ray suite in one location, better improving patient care.

The 15th annual study singled out the top 50 hospitals achieving superior clinical outcomes. Findings indicate that compared to their peers, top hospitals were quicker to release their patients: a half day sooner for heart attack, heart failure, and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals also spent roughly $2,000 less per bypass surgery and about $1,000 less per heart attack patient admitted.

The award is based on a quantitative study of more than 1,000 hospitals across the country by Truven. Hallmarks of these industry leaders include:

• Markedly better survival rates – particularly for patients receiving bypass surgeries and angioplasties
• Substantially lower complications
• Longer-term outcomes
• Lower readmission rates
• Followed recommended treatment protocols
• Greater efficiency – releasing patients sooner than their peers
• Managed clinical gains while keeping costs low.

“Being named among the nation’s top 50 cardiovascular hospitals is truly an honor,” said David Cheney, Banner Boswell’s CEO. “We are committed to providing exceptional patient care and continue to improve services available for patients seeking cardiovascular treatment.”

In addition to being named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, Banner Boswell was recognized as one of the 100 Top Hospitals based on overall organizational performance for the second year in a row. Cheney said these recognitions are directly attributed to the hard work being done by Boswell team members, medical staff and volunteers.

About Banner Boswell Medical Center
Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., specializes in heart care, cancer care, stroke care, orthopedic surgery, physical rehabilitation, neurosciences and stroke care, skilled nursing and Emergency care. Banner Boswell is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. Supporting Banner Boswell’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery.

About Sun Health
A long-standing community partner championing healthy living, Sun Health is a community-based health care organization providing pathways to Population Health through philanthropy, senior living, community programs and superior health care. Population Health is an approach that aims to improve the health of an entire population.

About Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies have relied on us for more than 30 years. We combine our deep clinical, financial, and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better by collaborating with our customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. With more than 2,000 employees globally, we have major offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. Advantage Suite, Micromedex, ActionOI, MarketScan, and 100 Top Hospitals are registered trademarks or trademarks of Truven Health Analytics.  For more information, please visit

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