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Phoenix Suns mascot visits pediatric patients at Banner Thunderbird

Go the Gorilla visits patients during hospital’s Halloween celebration

PHOENIX (Nov.1, 2022) – Pediatric patients at Banner Thunderbird were in for a special Halloween treat as the Phoenix Suns’ official mascot Go the Gorilla, surprised them with a special holiday visit.

This visit was especially exciting for one of Go’s biggest fan - a young patient named Charlotte who had been asking for the mascot’s return ever since his visit earlier this year. She was excited to see Go and received a gift bag from the basketball team which contained small items she can wear to show her support for the Phoenix Suns.

“Anytime we have Go the Gorilla visit our pediatric patients, there is always much excitement and joy among our patients, staff and families because of Go’s contagious energy. We are very thankful to the Phoenix Suns for helping us bring Halloween spirit to our younger patients. said Wendy Pauker, associate director of Child Life Services at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also has an academic division, Banner – University Medicine, and a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health-insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits, and Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. Patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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