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Banner Estrella collaborates with University to inspire students to explore careers in the healthcare industry

TOLLESON (August 3, 2023) – Last week, Banner Estrella Medical Center and Arizona State University partnered for the first time to host the TRIO Summit, a program aiming to assist first generation low-income students or students with disabilities and veterans to pursue a career in the medical field. Banner Estrella offered an exclusive hospital tour and guest speakers from various roles hoping to find their passion for healthcare among the young and aspiring participants.

Students who attended the TRIO Summit gained a deeper understanding of the commitment, challenges, and possibilities associated with various medical and non-medical professions needed at a hospital.

The collaboration between Banner Estrella and ASU highlights a shared commitment to fostering the next generation of healthcare leaders. By investing in young minds and encouraging their interest in the medical field, both organizations recognize the importance of preparing future professionals for the rapidly evolving healthcare industry.

“It was a pleasure to partnered with Arizona State University on the TRIO Summit, as this program aligns perfectly with our commitment to promote healthcare excellence and inspire the next generation of professionals,” said Courtney Ophaug, CEO at Banner Estrella. “By providing students with an eye-opening experience within a hospital setting and connecting them with professionals from different roles, we aim to ignite a passion that will lead them towards a rewarding and fulfilling career in healthcare.”

Banner Estrella Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital in west Phoenix specializing in heart care, obstetrics, general surgery, emergency services and weight loss surgery. One of the first fully digital hospitals in the country, Banner Estrella has served as a model for dozens of new hospitals built around the world since it opened in 2005. Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. For more information, visit

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