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Banner Health finalizes Payson Regional merger

Banner Health announced that the merger of Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA) into Banner has been consummated and a definitive agreement has been signed with Payson Hospital Corporation.  Banner will assume operation of the 44-bed Payson Regional Medical Center on August 1, 2015. No interruptions in services are anticipated during this transition.

“We were anxious to see this transaction finalized so that we can concentrate on the transition of clinical services, physician recruitment and connecting with the hospital employees and volunteers,” said Becky Kuhn, Executive Vice President for Community Delivery at Banner Health. “The hospital has served patients and the community well for many years and we are excited to build upon that legacy.”

The hospital, to be renamed Banner Payson Medical Center, will continue to operate under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Lance Porter. Porter recently accepted an offer to join Banner Health. The nearly 350 Payson Regional employees will be transitioning their employment to Banner Health effective August 1 when the transaction is complete.

“We have had great opportunities to begin meeting with hospital employees in the last week, and look forward to interacting regularly with Lance and his team now that the business side of this transaction is complete,” said Todd Werner, President of the Arizona East Division of Banner Health. “I am very pleased that this wonderful group of people is joining the Banner family.”

“One of the highest priorities for our community is to provide world class, affordable health care while maintaining our hometown quality of life,” said Mayor Kenny Evans.  “This merger is the culmination of thousands of hours of effort on the part of teams of medical experts and community leaders.  This is a big step for MHA but a giant leap forward for Payson.”

In connection with the merger, Banner made a major donation to MHA Foundation, a newly formed organization that will carry on the mission and tradition of MHA, including the development of more opportunities for higher education within the Payson community.  The donation will enable the new Foundation to fulfill its mission of providing education and quality healthcare outcomes in Rim Country for generations to come.

Banner has committed to a capital investment of $25 million in Banner Payson Medical Center over the next seven years. 

Banner will look to maintain or grow the clinical services currently offered at Payson Regional, including the growth of Telehealth services. It is Banner’s intent to keep Payson patients in the community for care whenever possible.

Discussions with Banner Health were initiated by MHA as a result of the impending expiration of an 18-year lease agreement with Payson Hospital Corporation.

Banner Health has a national reputation for clinical quality and innovation in the delivery of health care. Banner is one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. based on clinical quality according to Truven Health Analytics. Truven, formerly Thomson Reuters, found that Banner Health has higher survival rates, fewer complications and system-wide clinical excellence. They have recognized Banner as one of the top five large health systems nationally for three of the past five years.

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UA, Phoenix will expand Phoenix Biomedical Campus

The University of Arizona, the anchor tenant of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, and the City of Phoenix have entered into an agreement to expand the university’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

The agreement approved by the Phoenix City Council on Wednesday calls for the university, Banner Health, and any potential development partners, to develop up to five acres on the biomedical campus aligned with the City Council-adopted Comprehensive Master Plan. Included in the agreement is the planning and development of an academic and innovative outpatient primary care clinic that will be designed to advantage all of the new advances and technology to improve patient care.  This 40,000 to 60,000 square-foot clinic will be jointly planned and developed by the UA and Banner Health.

“The University of Arizona has been a critical and transformative partner in the development of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “This agreement will move that partnership forward by advancing the academic medical enterprise of the school, advancing science, creating jobs and enhancing medical care for Phoenix residents.”

Leading efforts to develop the biosciences in downtown Phoenix, the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix opened its doors in historic buildings in 2007.  Since then, the medical school has graduated more than 250 new physicians and has built close to a million square feet of capital projects on the downtown campus.  The UA has invested nearly $450 million in building projects on the campus.

“These new projects will expand the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, enhancing its contributions to both the biosciences and the vibrancy of the Phoenix and statewide economy,” said Ann Weaver Hart, president of the UA. “We are continuing to execute the UA plan of training superior physicians and other healthcare professionals, advancing biomedical research and healthcare practice, and serving our community.”

According to a recent study by Tripp Umbach, the UA’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus had an impact of $961 million in 2013. In addition, the employment impact for 2013 was 7,185 jobs with tax revenue of $44 million. At full build-out, the UA’s presence is expected to have an economic impact of more than $3.1 billion per year.

The agreement also calls for the City and the UA to develop an updated master plan for the area, focusing on uses, density and proposed development schedules. The City will provide the UA a no-cost exclusive 10-year lease option for development of the property.

“The continued development of this education and biomedical hub is a great catalyst for the citizens of District 8,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, who represents the downtown area. “We have seen the area make great strides with the development of the campus, bringing not just construction but permanent jobs in the biosciences to our city.”

The UA’s presence on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus includes the College of Medicine – Phoenix, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Eller College of Management.  Additional programs on the campus include Alumni Association, the UA Foundation and Admissions.  Additional programs are exploring an expansion to Phoenix.

“Our partnership with the University of Arizona has been crucial to the success of the growing bioscience and medical education hub in downtown,” said Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the city council’s Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee. “This agreement demonstrates our commitment to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and cements our national reputation as a mecca for higher education and biosciences research.”

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ASU, Banner launch research on neurodegenerative disease

Arizona State University and Banner Health have announced a new research alliance to advance the scientific study, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

The partnership between Arizona State University (ASU), one of the nation’s largest public research universities, and Phoenix-based Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, includes the launch of a new Arizona State University-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center on ASU’s Tempe campus.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work together to build one of the world’s largest basic science centers for the study of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases at ASU and to further develop our clinical and research programs at Banner,” said Eric Reiman, M.D. Reiman is the executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and university professor of neuroscience at ASU, who along with Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, will lead the new alliance.

This effort capitalizes on Banner’s internationally recognized programs in Alzheimer’s disease research and patient care and ASU’s rapid ascension as a world-class research university. It also leverages Banner’s close working relationships with other research organizations in Arizona.

Dr. Reiman Phoenix, AZ.  Photo Brad Armstrong Photography

Dr. Reiman Phoenix, AZ. Photo Brad Armstrong Photography

“This extraordinary research alliance will help galvanize the search for answers to degenerative brain diseases,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This is yet another example of how institutions in Arizona are leading the way for groundbreaking research in age-related diseases. This new effort will be a magnet to attract more researchers, more businesses and more resources to this urgent fight.”

Currently, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. This has profound implications for Arizona, with a population of more than 1 million people over age 65 living today that is expected to expand to 2.4 million by 2050.

The new center at ASU will begin July 1 and the search for a world-renowned scientific director will continue. As part of this partnership, ASU will invite six scientists from Banner Sun Health Research Institute to relocate to the Tempe campus where they will have access to other scientists, state-of-the art laboratory space and support to advance their research. The center is expected to rapidly grow to become a pre-eminent research center in both size and impact through aggressive recruitment of innovative research teams pursuing causes and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.

Banner will continue to grow its clinical and research programs at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI). For instance, BSHRI plans to develop its clinical and clinical research programs for the study of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, further develop its world-renowned Brain and Body Donation Programs for the study of these and other age-related disorders, and explore new opportunities to work with the rest of Banner and its organizational partners to expand and test new models of elder care.

Together, Banner and ASU receive nearly $65 million in current research funding in the neurosciences. That number is expected to rise significantly with the recruitment of new researchers and funding.

“This collaboration is an opportunity to bring together Banner Health’s leadership roles in research and patient care with ASU’s growing translational science expertise to fight devastating neurodegenerative diseases,” said Peter Fine, Banner’s president and CEO. “Leaders from Banner Health and ASU have worked hard to make this partnership a reality – a partnership that will enhance the scientific strengths of our two organizations, provide major growth opportunities for research in the Sun City area, and strengthen Arizona’s position as a major research center.”

Barring any significant treatment breakthroughs, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease could more than triple to 16 million in the U.S. by 2050, at a health care cost of more than $1.2 trillion annually. Parkinson’s afflicts up to 10 million people worldwide, and an estimated 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year, while thousands of cases go undetected. Other neurodegenerative diseases continue to take a devastating toll on patients and family caregivers.

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Ray DuBois

“Bringing the two groups together will accelerate the bench-to-bedside development of new diagnostic, drug and other treatment options for patients and family caregivers,” said DuBois. “Time and time again, the scientific community has shown how multidisciplinary teams can come together as incubators for innovation and discovery.”

In addition to his other positions, Reiman is the CEO of Banner Research. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to brain imaging, the early detection and tracking of Alzheimer’s disease, and the accelerated evaluation of Alzheimer’s prevention therapies. The Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center will be closely affiliated with faculty from ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Biodesign Institute, a translational science institute with some 500 faculty, staff and students, representing expertise in the biosciences, engineering and advanced computing.

The agreement between Banner and ASU is an extension of their work with the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, a leading model of statewide collaboration in biomedical research, and it is intended to help make Arizona a destination for the best and brightest minds in this field. The two institutions will continue to work closely with other organizational partners to advance scientific research. Under the agreement, the center’s scientists will hold joint faculty appointments at both ASU and Banner Research.

“The new collaboration will allow Banner, ASU and other organizations in the state to have an even greater impact in the scientific fight against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases,” said Reiman, “and it will permit us to have an even greater impact on the care of patients and family caregivers.”

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General contractors selected for Banner-University Medical Center

The general contractors have been selected for an 11-story tower that will replace the 40-year-old portion of the hospital at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

Pending zoning approvals, Sundt I DPR, A Joint Venture, will begin preparing the site and utilities late this year, with construction starting in early 2016. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

Banner’s $400 million construction project at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson represents a much-needed enhancement to one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and Southern Arizona’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. The 689,000-square-foot patient tower will be configured and sized for current and future health-care technology, with 336 private patient rooms, 22 new operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. As previously announced, architects for the new tower are Shepley Bullfinch of Phoenix and GLHN Architects and Engineers Inc. of Tucson.

The tower will open with 240 private rooms along with shelled space on the top two floors to accommodate 96 beds in the future, depending on community need.  This will raise the total bed count slightly from its current 479 to 489 licensed beds in 2019, because beds in the original hospital building will close at that time.

In addition to constructing the new patient tower, Sundt I DPR have been retained to renovate two floors and the lobby of Diamond Children’s, now called Banner Children’s­ – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. They also will remodel the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as “University Hospital,” for non-patient-care uses such as administrative functions.

“Banner’s decision to select this joint venture team was based on its combined strengths: Sundt’s innovative approach to technical construction and deep roots in the community, and DPR’s expertise as the nation’s No. 1 health-care builder,” said Kip Edwards, vice president, Development and Construction for Banner Health.  “Once completed, this facility will help Banner Health fulfill its mission in Southern Arizona to improve lives through excellent patient care.”

“We believe in Banner Health’s mission and its relentless drive and passion in achieving the highest quality and function at the lowest cost,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s Southwest business development manager. “We’ve vowed to provide the construction innovation, collaboration and productivity to create an environment that supports their transformation of sick care into health care.”

“Banner Health’s ‘high-tech, high-touch’ approach to provide innovative health care throughout Arizona is ambitious and a commitment Sundt I DPR Joint Venture will help them meet,” said Dave Elrod, regional manager of Arizona for DPR Construction. “Our team unites each company’s individual ideas and experiences, while continually streamlining processes and developing new methodology and technology for building one-of-a-kind health-care projects throughout Arizona.”

Sundt has been building in Tucson since 1929. The Banner ­– University Medical Center Tucson project will be the seventh joint venture of Sundt and DPR, which began partnering in 2002. Among their accomplishments are the 265,000-square-foot Bioscience Partnership Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and the 10-story Biosciences Partnership Building, also in Phoenix.

Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit organization with hospitals in seven states, acquired Banner – University Medical Center Tucson this spring in a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network. At the same time, Banner Health entered into a 30-year Academic Affiliation Agreement with the University of Arizona to serve as the primary clinical partner to the UA Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix

A nurse sits at the iCare ICU Program at Banner Desert in Mesa.

Technology carries real estate through healthcare changes

A patient sits in the ICU at Banner Health’s Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska.

It’s late, many of the staff have gone home. He watches the glowing blinks of the machines monitoring his vital signs lighting the room in little blue and green bursts. Suddenly, a nurse is beckoned to his bedside by an abnormal fluctuation in his stats. The patient’s physician is notified and, if off-duty, with the press of a button, a critical care specialist or nurse sitting in what’s affectionately called “the bunker,” staffed 24/7 by highly specialized physicians known as intensivists at Banner Desert in Mesa, can appear on a two-way video communications system to assist.

This is the future of medicine. Though Banner Health has been working on its eICUs in the seven states where its located since 2006, telemedicine is continuing to affect change throughout real estate.

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A COMPACCS study found that patients who would need critical care require, on average, 45 minutes of an intensivist’s time per day, according to “The Critical Care Workforce.” After crunching the numbers, the report claims ICU patients use 18 million ICU days every year. This is on the condition that only a third of ICU patients are seen by an intensivist. To meet this demand, 3,100 intensivists would have been required to treat the patient demand in 2000. That’s more than 65 percent of those who were available in the U.S.

There’s a shortage of these critical care specialists, even 15 years later. This has a direct effect on care.

Mortality rate in ICUs is between 12 and 17 percent, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “The Critical Care Workforce: A Study of the Supply and Demand for Critical Care Physicians.”

“If demand grows only as a result of the growth and aging of the population, demand for intensivists will increase from about 1,880 in 2000 to 2,600 in 2020 (an increase of about 38 percent),” according to “The Critical Care Workforce.”

“Every ICU could hire a specialist, but it would outstrip the supply in the entire country,” Bollinger says.

With the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are seeing inpatient days decrease. The reimbursement methodology has turned toward value and outcomes at affordable costs versus being reimbursed for doing more, says Kathy Bollinger, vice president of academic delivery at Banner Health.

“There is a change in incentives to provide the right care in the right setting at the right time,” Bollinger says.

Inpatients are spending fewer days in hospitals, and bed and room quantity focuses are now on quality rooms with the appropriate infrastructure.

When Banner Health renovates the patient tower at the existing University Medical Center in Tucson, it will only add 10 additional beds.

“The hospitals are not getting bigger, but they need to get smarter,” said Bollinger.

Banner Health has 500 of its senior patients participating in a pilot program. They are provided an iPad and home technology that facilitate e-visits from their physicians.

“Our early evidence on that project is we’re decreasing those patients’ trips to the emergency department,” Bollinger says.

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Bollinger says hospitals need to get smarter, and DPR’s national healthcare leader Hamilton Espinosa agrees.

“Their payer mix is getting thrown off skew by the amount of Baby Boomers and reimbursement rates offered by Obamacare,” he says. “The need to be smarter…part of that is leaner, smarter operation.”

The amount of technology used by a hospital requires a larger amount of data that must be managed. This requires updates. Hospitals have also been upgrading their presentation.

“Banner is (Arizona’s) largest hospital system, so they have been moving the fastest and doing the largest amount of work in terms of positioning themselves to streamline and provide healthcare in more efficient manner,” says GPE Commercial Advisors Executive Vice President Julie Johnson. She is referring to the number of satellite Banner clinics that have popped up in the East Valley. There is a grab for market share, she says.

“Dignity has been looking at several different clinics,” she says. “I don’t think they have been implementing them as quickly as Banner.”

These large hospital care providers can afford to expand. However, clinics that have been traditionally geared toward lower income patients are now in a market where these patients have Obamacare and the power of choice. Johnson says Adelante and Mountain Park facilities have expanded their programs to compete. Most recently, Adelante Healthcare in Peoria moved into a retail center and put a huge emphasis on outfitting the space with attractive interiors.

“Real estate is a really expensive part of healthcare delivery,” says Johnson. “(Telemedicine) changes how real estate is delivered. It may not change quickly. People still need to be touched and seen, but it will definitely evolve and change.”

In addition to the adoption of telemedicine, the healthcare industry is seeing aesthetic changes.

There is a greater emphasis on patient care and reducing the amount of time a patient stays at the hospital as well as return trips.

“I think the hospital campus is always going to be a hub of activity, but there is more and more being done at these outpatient clinics,” says Johnson. “Heart surgeries will soon be done in outpatient settings. There is less of a need for hospital beds and more of a need for ambulatory settings. It’s cheaper to provide (care) in those settings. The synergies of proximity around hospital campuses will always be there. Even though the trend is for clinics to be off-campus in the hub and spoke method from 12 years ago, there will always be a synergy.”

For example, HonorHealth, formerly John C. Lincoln, built Sonoran Health and Emergency Center that is an emergency department with an attached clinic. In the event of needing a hospital, patients are transferred to Deer Valley.

“The actual patient is going to have a lot more choice in today’s market,” Johnson says. “There is going to be more hospitality element in providing healthcare. People want to choose it because of health care but also because it has a nice hospitality setting. As more people are having the ability to control their healthcare, if their first $5K is out of pocket and they have a choice of where to get an MRI or where to have my baby, they’re going to go where they’re most comfortable.”

HKS Phoenix gets new Phoenix Team Director

John Niziolek, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal and Senior Vice President with HKS has been promoted to Phoenix Office Director. In his new role, John will manage the day-to-day operations for HKS’ pursuits in Arizona. He will continue as Principal-in-Charge on his current projects, including the several Banner Health project throughout Arizona. Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix Emergency Department and Patient Tower.

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8 Banner Health facilities earn stroke quality awards

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) have recognized eight Banner Health facilities in Arizona with the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award. 

These Banner facilities earned the coveted Quality award by meeting certain quality achievement measures and seamlessly implementing crucial programs and procedures such as stroke education, risk-reduction therapies and dysphagia screening:

  • Banner Baywood Medical Center (Mesa)
  • Banner Boswell Medical Center (Sun City)
  • Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (Sun City West)
  • Banner Desert Medical Center (Mesa)
  • Banner Estrella Medical Center (Phoenix)
  • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (Glendale)
  • Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
  • Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Receiving the highest recognition, Banner Del E. Webb and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. This acknowledgment indicates that the facility’s time to thrombolytic therapy was within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, (the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke) AND door-to-needle time within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Banner Thunderbird, Banner Estrella and Banner Boswell gained qualification for recognition on the Target Stroke: Elite Honor Roll which denotes a facility’s time to thrombolytic therapy to within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Banner Desert, Banner Baywood and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson qualify for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These hospitals met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to within 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.

Although patients benefit from the comprehensive list of guidelines, hospitals implementing the program also see value. Each participating facility in the program has access to clinical tools and resources, professional education opportunities and a competitive advantage in the health care marketplace. Since the program was started in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than 2 million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database, providing thorough research that is also accessible to all participating institutions.

According to the AHA and ASA, stroke strikes 795,000 Americans a year, leading to more than 137,000 fatalities. This translates into a stroke death every four minutes

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap

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Banner Health earns award for technology work

The Technology Management department at Phoenix-based Banner Health was recently awarded the 2015 ‘Department of the Year’ by TechNation Magazine. The publication began the award in 2011 to recognize the top technology management departments across the nation in terms of customer service, efficiency and exemplary procedures.

“Receiving the department of the year award by the leading biomedical engineering magazine in the country is a true honor and distinction that separates Banner Health from many of the great departments across the county,” said Tim Riehm, Banner Health’s vice president of technology management.

TechNation is devoted to the technology management/biomedical engineering career fields. While focused on the issues and current news within the technology management and biomedical engineering community, the publication is also dedicated to recognizing individuals and departments that strive to advance and improve the industry on a daily basis.

“We hope that by recognizing the top achievers in our industry, we will continue to draw attention to individuals and departments who set the bar and provide an outstanding example for others in our industry,” noted TechNation Publisher John Krieg.

The Technology Management department at Banner Health will be presented with the award on Oct. 23 at the 2015 MD Expo in Las Vegas.

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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2 Banner Health facilities among ‘100 Great Hospitals’

Two Banner Health academic medical centers in Arizona have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2015 edition of “100 Great Hospitals in America,” a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, formerly known as University of Arizona Medical Center – Tucson Campus, and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly known as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, both were named to the prestigious list, published today.

The hospitals are part of the newly formed Banner – University Medicine division of Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit health system operating 28 hospitals in seven western states. In March, Banner Health entered into a 30-year academic affiliation agreement with the University of Arizona to become the primary clinical partner of the UA Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson. 

“We are confident that by combining Banner Health’s tradition of clinical excellence with the innovations of academic medicine, we will propel these already outstanding hospitals to new heights in medical research, education and patient care,” said Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of Banner – University Medicine. “We see endless possibilities in this partnership with the University of Arizona to transform health care in our region and serve the people of Arizona.”

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, hospitals included on the 100 Great Hospitals list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as research hubs or local anchors of wellness. A version of this list has been published each year since 2011.

To develop the list, Becker’s Hospital Review‘s editorial team conducted research and evaluated reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources. The final result is a group of 100 hospitals that are leaders in their region, their state and the nation in terms of high-quality patient care.

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Banner Alzheimer’s Institute adds new physician, researcher

Garrett Riggs, PhD, MD, an experienced behavioral neurologist with more than 15 years of  practice and research experience, is the newest provider in the Stead Family Memory Center at Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, an internationally-known Alzheimer’s care and research center.

Dr. Riggs joined Banner Alzheimer’s Institute on April 13. As a provider in the Stead Family Memory Center, Dr. Riggs will provide consultations and evaluations, including laboratory tests, brain imaging and other related tests, for patients with cognitive concerns as well as participate in clinical research trials.

“Dr. Riggs is an experienced clinician and a master teacher having won just about every teaching award imaginable,” said Dr. Eric Reiman, CEO of Banner Research and Executive Director of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. “We are extremely honored to have Garrett join the team.”

Dr. Riggs joins the Stead Family Memory Center from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando where he served as a staff neurologist in the Brain & Spine Tumor Program and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine where he was Associate Professor of Neurology and Medical Education. Dr. Riggs completed fellowships in Behavioral Neurology and Clinical Trials at the at  University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, where a principal mentor was Dr. Pierre Tariot, who now is Director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. After fellowship, Dr. Riggs was hired as an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neurology in Rochester.

Dr. Riggs has won more than 15 notable teaching awards including Most Influential First-Year Faculty Member, the Golden Apple Award and Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Neurology Faculty Teaching Award, Harry L. Segal Prize for Excellence in Third Year Teaching, and the A. B. Baker Neurology Teaching Award, a national award presented by the American Academy of Neurology.  In addition, he has served on a number of clinical and research committees at the local and regional levels.  He is also a consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Riggs is affiliated with multiple professional societies including the American Academy of Neurology and the Society for Neuro-Oncology and has authored more than 20 publications in medical, scientific, and educational journals.  He is a former Associate Editor of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology and the most widely cited clinical neurology journal in the world.

Part of nonprofit Phoenix-based Banner Health, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is dedicated to the goal of ending Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation. It is helping to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s research—treatment and prevention at the pre-symptomatic stage—and to establish a new comprehensive model of care. Established in 2006 by Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems, BAI has a three-fold focus: to conduct revolutionary studies in the detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s; to set a national standard of patient and family care; and to forge scientific collaborations that bring together institutions and disciplines internationally. For more information, visit www.banneralz.org.

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Az Business honors winners of Healthcare Leadership Awards

Az Business magazine honored winners of the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards Thursday in front of a packed house at the Arizona Grand Resort.

“The Healthcare Leadership Awards honor the women, men and institutions whose passion and innovation are saving lives, extending lives, and improving the quality of our lives,” said Cheryl Green, publisher for AZ Big Media, which publishes Az Business magazine.

Sponsors included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona Central Credit Union and CodeRed-I.

Here are the winners of the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards:

Healthcare advocate/educator of the year: Catherine Ivy, Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation

Behavioral health company of the year: Southwest Behavioral Health Services

Bioscience company of the year: VisionGate

Insurance provider of the year: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Legal advocate of the year: Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Medical company of the year: SynCardia

Medical research company of the year: Barrow Neurological Institute

Researcher of the year: Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, TGen and HonorHealth

Physician of the year: Robert J. Arceci, M.D., Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Healthcare executive of the year: Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers

Medical center or hospital of the year: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

Lifetime achievement award: Peter Fine, Banner Health

“The word visionary is thrown around often, but it’s not often that it really fits,” said Michael Gossie, editor in chief for Az Business magazine. “But that’s not the case with Peter Fine. He is a visionary. And it took a visionary to take two healthcare systems with very different histories and grow it into a healthcare company that generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue, operates 28 acute-care hospitals across seven states, and employs more than 45,000 employees in Arizona.”


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Banner Health adds 3 new board members

Recently, Banner Health announced the addition of three new members of its Board of Directors.

“Leadership matters, and our board is integral in helping guide our operations, especially as we operate in the current, complex environment of health care,” said Ronald J. Creasman, MD, board chairman. “I am  proud to welcome Steven W. Lynn, Steve Rizley and Anne Mariucci to our team.”

Anne Mariucci:

Mariucci currently serves on three NYSE public-company boards,  including Southwest Gas Corporation, Corrections Corporation of America and Taylor Morrison Home Corporation.  She spent the majority of her corporate career with Del Webb Corporation, where she retired as President following its merger with Pulte Homes in 2001. From 2001-2003 she was Executive Vice President for Strategy at Pulte, a Fortune 200 company.  Mariucci recently completed an 8 year term on the Arizona Board of Regents, during which she was Chairman and held a number of other leadership roles including serving as a Board member of UAHN prior to its merger with Banner.  She is currently on the board of several private equity and private investment entities, including Hawkeye Partners in Austin, Texas.  Mariucci is active in the community through membership on the ASU Foundation Board and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.  She served a 10 year term as a Director of Scottsdale Healthcare and years ago served on the Banner Foundation Board.  Mariucci is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has completed the Corporate Financial Management Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Steve Rizley

Rizley is the owner of the 99 Ranch in Southeastern Arizona. He is also engaged in community investment through his family foundation. Until his retirement December 2014, he was senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Southwest Region. He previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Cox Arizona. He also serves in several civic, church and educational leadership activities, including the Grand Canyon Chapter of the American Red Cross (board chairman); Greater Phoenix Leadership (board member); Banner Health Foundation (board member) and Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University (executive committee of the national advisory council). He is also past chair of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Cox Communications in 1995 as general manager of Cox Media Arizona. Rizley worked for Times Mirror Company as regional director for Dimension Media services and also held management positions with American Cable. Rizley worked for The New York Times before entering the cable field. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Rizley has a bachelor’s degree in communications and holds an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Steven W. Lynn

Lynn is the Chief Strategy Officer for Strongpoint Marketing LLC. He served as vice president and chief customer officer at both UNS Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power Company until he retired in 2011. Prior to joining UNS Energy and TEP, Lynn spent 16 years as CEO and owner-partner at Tucson advertising/marketing firm Nordensson Lynn & Associates. Lynn is active in the community and currently serves on The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board (chair) and the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (former chair). His past board service includes: Arizona’s First Independent Redistricting Commission (chair); the Downtown Tucson Partnership and The Southern Arizona Leadership Council (chair of both). He was honored as Tucson’s 2007 Man of the Year by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2008 Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year in Volunteerism. His many other civic activities, both past and present, include board membership on the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Service Corporation, Downtown Development Corporation, Science Foundation Arizona. He is also a member of the DM–50.

A graduate of The University of Arizona, Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Communications. In 2007, he was presented with the Distinguished Citizen Award by The University of Arizona Alumni Association and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. And in 2009, Lynn received a Doctor of Letters degree (Honoris Causa) jointly from The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Education.

 

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Banner Health, Cerner form partnership

Banner Health, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. and Cerner Corp., headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., today announced a multi-year strategic partnership to advance and innovate health and care delivery by leveraging new developments in health information technology and population health management. 

With increasing pressures on health facilities and providers, and shifting reimbursement models, both organizations are committed to innovating care delivery with an approach that focuses on consumer engagement, new and innovative management solutions, and financial management to further drive higher quality and lower costs.

This collaboration builds upon decades of prior engagements between the two organizations, including the deployment of the Cerner Millennium® electronic health record across 26 Banner hospitals that has resulted in 21 of these hospitals being recognized as HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 organizations.  

Banner Health and Cerner will continue to roll out Cerner Millennium across all of Banner’s campuses and clinics, which will include a comprehensive strategy to align the provider’s clinic-based record with the hospital’s acute care record. The two organizations will further collaborate to manage entire populations and improve clinical outcomes, with the roll out and adoption of several Cerner HealtheIntent enabled solutions across the organization. This platform is designed to aggregate the clinical, financial and operational data that occurs as part of care delivery and then normalize the data to allow for deeper insights and interventions for both individuals and entire populations.

“At Banner we’re convinced that the transformation of health care – better outcomes and enhanced services for less costs – will largely occur through population health management plans that improve usage and management of services in hospitals and clinics,” said Peter S. Fine, Banner Health president and CEO. “Effective and innovative electronic solutions will be at the heart of this transformation, and Cerner is an ideal partner as a leading organization in these efforts.”

Banner has been recognized nationally for quality outcomes associated with population health management models that involve collaboration between Banner Health Network (BHN) and private and government insurers. In these collaborations, BHN shares the financial risk of caring for and managing patients and members with the insurers.

As part of the commitment, key Cerner leaders and associates will relocate and be permanently assigned to Banner’s headquarters in Phoenix. The Cerner team will closely engage with Banner colleagues to ensure the successful implementation and adoption of HIT solutions, while also fostering new ideas and innovation around future development. This partnership will include the development and opening of an on-site conference and visitor center that will test and showcase these innovations and their impact on health management resources.  

“Our partnership will provide a working vision of the transformation and future of health care,” said Neal Patterson, Cerner chairman and CEO. “Our shared vision is to demonstrate the pathway towards an industry that improves outcomes at decreased, sustainable costs while engaging patients more in the management of their own health.”

Banner will highlight the development of a tracking mechanism in Millennium to better manage observation patients real time during an Education session at HIMSS15, April 12-16 in Chicago.

Model of Care for Observation Patients – A Growing Population will be from 1 to 2 p.m. CT, Monday, April 13, in Room S105 at McCormick Place.

Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services, including family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit  www.BannerHealth.com.

Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. On February 2, 2015, Cerner Corporation acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities, of the Siemens Health Services business from Siemens AG.  Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit cerner.com, read our blog at cerner.com/blog, connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/cerner and on Facebook at facebook.com/cerner.

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Az Business names Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists

Each year, AZ Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare sector.

Az Business is proud to announce the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists, who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Abrazo Health — Arrowhead Hospital

Abrazo Health — Michele Finney

Affiliated Urologists — Dr. Mark Hong

Banner Health, Cardon Children’s Medical Center — Rachel Calendo

Banner Health — Peter Fine

Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation — Catherine Ivy

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — Martin L. Shultz

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

CTCA — Dr. Glen Weiss

Dedicated Health Solutions

Dignity Health — Barrow Neurological Institute

Dignity Health, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers — Tim Bricker

Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

HonorHealth and TGen — Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff

HonorHealth – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center

IASIS Healthcare — Tony Marinello

Insys Therapeutics

Magellan Health

Maricopa Integrated Health System — Dr. David Wisinger

Medtronic

Midwestern University — Kathleen Goeppinger

Quarles & Brady — Roger Morris

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Dr. Robert J. Arceci

Radiant Research

Remuda Ranch

Snell and Wilmer – Richard Mallery

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Southwest Behavioral Health Services

SynCardia Systems

The CORE Institute — Dr. David Jacofsky

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

University of Arizona Cancer Center

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Rendering, planned clinical tower, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. Image courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.

CoreNet Global event discusses UA, Banner Health merger

The merger of Banner Health and the University of Arizona Health Network highlights the stark challenges that academic medical centers face in the new economics of healthcare, according to modernhealthcare.com.

The Banner/UAHN acquisition will be the topic of the CoreNet Global Arizona’s Annual Signature Event.

“Transforming the Healthcare Landscape in Arizona” will be moderated by Larry Lazarus, Vice Chairman of Banner Health Systems. Panelists will include Peter Fine, CEO, Banner Health; Steve Lynn, Chairman, UAHN; and Stuart Flynn, Dean, UA College of Medicine.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, at Phoenix Country Club. It begins at 3 p.m. Price is $35 for CoreNet Global Arizona members and $70 for non-members.

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Banner Health announces executive leadership changes

Banner Health announced a shift in hospital executive leadership in its Arizona East Region last week. These changes were effective on Monday, March 16.

The transition began with the promotion of Todd Werner, former Chief Executive Officer at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, who was appointed to serve as President of Banner’s Arizona East Region.

Werner, along with Banner’s Arizona West Region President Rob Gould and Western Region President Jim Ferando, are part of the leadership team that reports to Becky Kuhn, Executive Vice President of Community Delivery for Banner Health.

Cascading changes include the following, all with a report to Todd Werner:

• Lamont Yoder, RN, replaced Werner as CEO of Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson.

• Laura Robertson, RN, moved from her post as CEO at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital into the role of CEO on the Banner Desert Medical Center campus. This vacancy results from the recent promotion of former Banner Desert CEO Rob Gould to President, Arizona West Region.

• Julie Nunley, RN, CEO at Banner Ironwood Medical Center and Banner Goldfield Medical Center, became CEO of Banner Baywood and Banner Heart.

• Serving as interim CEO for Banner Ironwood and Banner Goldfield will be Tracy French, the Chief Financial Officer for these facilities.

Rendering, planned clinical tower, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson. Image courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.

Shepley Bulfinch, GLHN awarded Banner project in Tucson

Banner Health has awarded the contract for the design of the new Banner – University Medical Center hospital facility in Tucson to Shepley Bulfinch architects of Phoenix, in association with GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. of Tucson. The 11-story tower is scheduled for completion in 2019.

This news follows Banner’s acquisition of the University of Arizona Medical Center, which was finalized on February 27.

“We are honored to be working with Banner Health as they rebuild the core of the hospital,” said Shepley Bulfinch’s David Derr, AIA, principal-in-charge for the project. “Both Shepley and GLHN know the University Medical Center well from our previous work, and we understand its importance to the residents of Tucson and surrounding communities.”

Shepley Bulfinch brings national expertise in academic medical center design to the project, with clients that include Yale-New Haven Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The firm prepared the Master Plan for the new facility and completed the hospital’s surgical services renovation and expansion in 2013. Elsewhere in Tucson, Shepley Bulfinch worked with city officials and community stakeholders on the development of the Main Gate Overlay District near the University of Arizona campus.

Tucson-based GLHN has collaborated on significant local projects, including the Streetcar Maintenance and Storage Facility and Pima County Courts Complex, both integral to the city’s downtown redevelopment efforts.  The firm has provided services to the healthcare industry for over 40 years, working at over 120 VA Medical Centers nationwide and renovating more than 100 areas on the University of Arizona Medical Center campus.

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Banner, UA launch informatics fellowship program

A two-year Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, sponsored by Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center), is being launched following the creation of a new clinical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The American Council on Graduate Medical Education has accredited the program, which is scheduled to begin later this year, said program director Howard Silverman, MD, MS. Two physician fellows will be admitted in July in the first program cohort.

The program will be overseen by Dr. Silverman, chairman of the department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Biomedical Informatics faculty from all major teaching affiliates will be actively involved in this innovative training program.

Biomedical informatics is the emerging field of optimizing data, using technology, to improve patient care and research.

“This fellowship is meant for the physician trying to pursue a more effective use of biomedical data to improve health,” said Dr. Silverman. “This represents another way we are training the next generation of physicians to thoughtfully utilize information technology to improve the quality and safety of clinical care.”

The American Medical Informatics Association has defined the fellowship as one in which physicians will pursue the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health. Notice of accreditation was received on Feb. 25.

The fellowship is a community-based initiative with a diversity of settings, projects and approaches and is open to physicians of all specialties following completion of a primary residency. Fellows will take on rotations, projects and electives, as well as eight online core content courses from Oregon Health and Science University, totaling 24 credits, and resulting in a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon school. The major teaching sites are Banner Health, Dignity Health, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Phoenix VA Medical Center and the State of Arizona Office of Public Health Statistics.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Healthcare Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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Developer: Banner Health
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: HKS, Inc.
Size: 110,904 SF
Location: Gilbert
Completed: January 2014

After completing the stunning first phase of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, DPR Construction and HKS designed and built phase II, which consisted of a three-level expansion that houses linear accelerator vaults, radiation oncology, CT simulator, exam and infusion spaces. DPR completed this project with zero defects, meaning the project had no “punchlist” items at the time of substantial completion. This means during construction that 2,596 quality items were tracked and resolved “on the fly,” as one nominator put it.

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Tucson Medical Center may join Mayo network

Tucson Medical Center trying to become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network includes about 34 hospitals across the United States that have joined the network to improve clinical care, said Judy Rich, CEO of TMC .

“The goal is to share evidence-based medicine and to give our physicians here at TMC access to the care network,” Rich told the Star.

The collaboration is not an ownership change or an affiliation. TMC remains independent and locally owned.

Other Arizona hospitals in the Mayo network include ASU Health Services, Kingman Regional Medical Center and Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Once an anticipated merger between the University of Arizona Health Network and Phoenix-based Banner Health is completed next month, TMC will be the sole remaining acute-care community hospital in the city that is locally owned, the Star reported.

 

 

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AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

For tickets to this year’s RED Awards, click here.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
MZ
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
AECOM
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Architekton
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Gensler
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Iconic Design Studio

Intel Corporation
JAVCON
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Kitchell
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
PHArchitecture
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
SmithGroupJJR
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.
West-MEC

 

Brokerage Team Finalists

CBRE
Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy
Todd Fogler, Ryan Eustice and Jami Savage-Gray
Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Robert and Corey Hawley

CPI
Leroy Breinholt
Trent Rustan
Tyson Breinholt

Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Toci and Chad Littell
Jackie Orcutt, John Grady and Mackenzie Ford
Larry Downey

DTZ
Mike Haenel, Andy Markham and Will Strong
Robert Buckely, Tracy Cartledge, Steve Lindley

JLL
Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Bill Honsaker, Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Dave Seeger, Karsten Peterson and Mark Gustin
John Bonnell and Brett Abramson
Mark Detmer and Bo Mills
Pat Harlan, Steve Sayre and Kyle Westfall
Pat Williams, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Andrew Medley

Lee & Associates
Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney

Velocity Retail
Andy Kroot
Darren Pitts and Dave Cheatham

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. here for more information.

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Banner Health unveils new leadership, facility names

With an approval by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) on the merger agreement to bring the University of Arizona Health Network into Banner Health, and closure of the agreement on Feb. 27, an academic-focused division will be created at Banner that will result in new facility names and leadership appointments within the division. The ABOR vote is expected to occur during the week of Jan. 26.

If ABOR approves, the closure of the agreement on Feb. 27 will launch the Banner – University Medicine Division.  It will include three academic medical centers, a physician group serving as faculty in the academic medical centers and at the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix, and other services.

New Names

The name changes for the academic medical centers and physician group after Feb. 27:

• University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, to become Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
• University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, to become Banner – University Medical Center South
• Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, to become Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
• University of Arizona Physicians, to become Banner – University Medical Group

“We recognize that Banner Good Samaritan employees and physicians will refer to the hospital as ‘Good Sam,’” said Banner Health President and CEO Peter S. Fine. “But, going forward, the future of this institution is clearly defined and identified in its new name as the designated academic medical center for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.”

This new division will include more than 1,400 licensed hospital beds, more than 10,000 employees, and more than 800 faculty physicians in Phoenix and Tucson.  Other divisions within Banner include Arizona West with four hospitals, Arizona East with eight hospitals and the Western Division with 14 hospitals. Thirteen of the Western Division hospitals are in six states outside of Arizona. All of these divisions also include many other Banner Health services.

Leadership Appointments – Tucson
•The merger closure will bring Kathy Bollinger into the position of President of the Banner – University Medicine Division. Bollinger is moving into this new post after six years as President of Banner’s Arizona West Division.
• Michael Waldrum, MD, current President and CEO of University of Arizona Health Network, whose role will dissolve with the merger, has chosen not to pursue an executive leadership position within Banner and will leave his post with the closure of the merger.

“While we are excited by the strengths Kathy Bollinger will bring to her role leading a large, complex and new division, we are also grateful for the inspired, dedicated and courageous leadership Michael Waldrum displayed in helping to negotiate the agreement and transition UAHN into Banner,” said Fine. “We know Dr. Waldrum will be sought after for his skills and we look forward to his continued success as a health care leader.”

“It’s been my privilege and pleasure to serve as CEO of the UA Health Network these past two years and to see this complex merger come to fruition,” Dr. Waldrum said. “I am proud to have played a part in it and am certain it will benefit Tucson, the University of Arizona, and especially our patients.  I’m leaving Tucson knowing that Kathy Bollinger and other leaders of the Banner – University Medicine Division are well poised to take academic medicine to new heights in this state.”

Other executives of the new Banner – University Medicine Division include:
• Tom Dickson will join the Banner – University Medicine Division executive team as Chief Executive Officer at the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses (479 and 245 licensed beds, respectively).  Dickson is moving into this role from his post as CEO of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, a 561-bed (licensed) hospital in Glendale, Ariz. He will replace current CEO Karen Mlawsky who is moving into another senior executive role within Banner (see Phoenix area section of the release).
• Steve Narang, MD will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (known as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center until close on February 27). Narang was named CEO at Banner Good Samaritan in 2013 and prior to that he served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.
• Jeff Buehrle, Banner’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Arizona East Division, will become the CFO for the Banner – University Medicine Division.
• Cathy Townsend RN, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Banner Boswell Medical Center, a 501-bed hospital in Sun City, Ariz., will move to Tucson as the CNO for Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses.
• Another new division appointment is Jason Krupp, MD, who will become Chief Executive Officer of Banner – University Medical Group. Dr. Krupp comes from Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, where he served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Prior to this position, Dr. Krupp was CMO at Banner Boswell Medical Center for two years. He is also well-known in Tucson medical circles from previous positions as CMO at Tucson Medical Center and Clinical Services Chief of General Medicine at the University of Arizona.
• Robert Groves, MD, will become Chief Medical Officer for the Banner – University Medicine Division. Dr. Groves will serve in this new role while continuing his Banner system responsibilities as Vice President of Health Management, in which he provides physician leadership for population health management, medical informatics, telemedicine strategies and reliable design of clinical care delivery.
• Beth Stiner will serve as Vice President of Human Resources for the Banner – University Medicine Division. She has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and as Chief Human Resources Officer for the UAHN integration activities.

Leadership Appointments – Phoenix Area
• Rob Gould, currently the CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center, a 639-bed (licensed) hospital, will become the new President of Banner’s Arizona West Division. Gould also served as CEO of Banner Estrella and held other leadership roles at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska, which is operated by Banner Health.
• Current CEO of University of Arizona Medical Center – University and South Campuses, Karen Mlawsky will become the CEO of Banner Desert Medical Center.
• Deb Krmpotic, CEO of Banner Estrella Medical Center, a 301-bed (licensed) hospital in west Phoenix, will move to the Banner Thunderbird CEO post in Glendale.
• Courtney Ophaug, currently an associate administrator at Banner Boswell, will become the new CEO at Banner Estrella.

Other appointments into vacated positions will be announced as these positions are filled.

List of new leadership appointments:
• Kathy Bollinger, President, Banner – University Medicine Division
• Tom Dickson, CEO, Banner –  University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses
• Jeff Buehrle, CFO, Banner – University Medicine Division
• Beth Stiner, Vice President, Human Resources, Banner –  University Medicine Division
• Robert Groves, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Banner – University Medicine Division
• Cathy Townsend, RN, CNO, Banner –  University Medical Center Tucson and South campuses
• Jason Krupp, MD, CEO, Banner – University Medical Group
• Rob Gould, President, Arizona West Division
• Karen Mlawsky, CEO, Banner Desert Medical Center
• Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
• Courtney Ophaug, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center

* Division executive appointments will take effect with the closure of the merger. Between now and the closure, newly identified leaders will be introducing themselves to their new colleagues through the division as well as community leaders. However, these newly identified leaders will not become involved in operational decision-making until the merger closure.

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Az Business honors top corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy. And on Thursday at the Camelback Inn, Az Business magazine partnered with the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the State Bar of Arizona to present the 2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards).

2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards

 

As the featured speaker, high-profile Valley attorney Grant Woods had the crowd of more than 300 rolling with his roast of the current political scene.

“Sheriff Joe (Arpaio) became sheriff when I was attorney general,” Woods said, “and I thought he was amusing. But that joke is just really tired now.”

Presenting sponsors of the ACC Awards were Squire Patton Boggs and CBRE.

The following attorneys earned 2015 ACC Awards:

• David Bixby, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Banner Health,  was named General Counsel of the Year. Bixby joined Banner (then Samaritan Health System) in 1998 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. From 1981 to 1998, he was with Lewis and Roca LLP, in Phoenix, as an associate and partner, he specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance and health care law. Bixby received his bachelor of arts degree in history and literature from Harvard University, a bachelor of arts (honors) in history from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his law degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Arizona Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

JDA Software‘s legal department earned Legal Department of the Year. Led by Chief Legal Officer Martin Felli, JDA’s legal team has grown from approximately 10 to 24 associates in the last six months to better support the company’s strategic initiatives.  The legal department has focused its efforts on building the team from Arizona-based legal talent. The team’s proactive, high-engagement business model aligns to the company’s guiding principles and leaves a lasting impression that JDA is a company people want to do business with. With a focus on improved communications, employee engagement, streamlined corporate governance processes and proactive client-centered  internal training and awareness initiatives on a wide range of compliance matters, the team embraces the company’s mission to “plan to deliver” in all aspects of its work.

• Franc Del Fosse, general counsel and secretary at Insys, was named IP Attorney of the Year.  After joining Insys, Del Fosse worked with President and CEO Michael L. Babich in establishing the legal and compliance departments of Insys.   Immediately prior to joining Insys, Del Fosse was a partner at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Del Fosse began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling and holds a degree from Columbia University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.  In 2013, Insys had its initial public offering and had the top performing IPO nationally that year. In 2014, Inys was named Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.

• Carmen L. Neuberger, senior vice president, legal affairs and general counsel for Phoenix Children’s Hospital earned Nonprofit Attorney of the Year. Neuberger is responsible for managing the legal environment at Phoenix Children’s. This includes providing legal guidance, developing hospital-wide policies and procedures, counseling the hospital on business transactions, and managing complex contractual relationships. She also is involved in the legal aspects of medical staff privileging and credentialing, risk management, patient-related matters, regulatory compliance and privacy, clinical research and employment law. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments. Neuberger came to Phoenix Children’s in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare law.

• Mary Beth Orson, vice president, legal and deputy general counsel for Apollo Education Group was named Public Company Attorney of the Year. At the time Orson joined Apollo, there were a number of significant pending legal matters, including a Section 10(b)(5) class action lawsuit. In response to these matters and other challenges, the Apollo general counsel’s office, under Orson’s direction, updated and adapted the company’s disclosure controls and procedures to reflect the far more complex business organization that Apollo had become in the years prior to her arrival. These policies and procedures led to enhanced public disclosure practices that we believe have been emulated by other leading proprietary education companies. Orson is credited with effectively creating order out of disorder.

• Michael Reagan, executive vice president and general counsel for Kahala Corporation, was named Private Company Attorney of the Year. During his 15-year tenure with Kahala, Reagan has overseen all legal and real estate affairs for the company and its 14 restaurant brands — which include Cold Stone Creamery, America’s Taco Shop, Blimpie, Taco Time, Great Steak & Potato and Samurai Sam’s. He is part of an executive team that, during the past eight years has grown Kahala from 80 outlets to more than 3,000; raised nearly $200 million in private transactions; identified, negotiated and completed nearly $200 million in acquisitions. Reagan personally handled all due diligence and other legal aspects of each transaction and helped integrate the acquired companies into Kahala and its uniform franchising and operating platform.

• Jason Steiner, corporate counsel, Insight Enterprises, was named Up-and-Comer of the Year. In less than two years, Steiner has proved himself to be a valuable contributor to the Legal Department at Insight, working on contracts, supporting internal investigations throughout North America, litigating smaller claims himself, supporting litigation involving restrictive covenants with former employees, becoming proficient in the field of eDiscovery and developing the necessary labor and employment knowledge to be a front-line resource for the HR department.  Steiner has a “can do” attitude, a willingness to learn new areas and the drive and tenacity to see tasks through to completion. Steiner graduated from ASU with a B.S. in finance (2009) and a J.D. (2012) from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Phoenix Children's Hospital

The effect of mergers on healthcare real estate

Healthcare in America is changing and bringing real estate with it. Healthcare networks are growing their market shares, and healthcare mergers and acquisitions have been on the rise in the first half of 2014, according to an August report by Berkery Noyes. Deal volume increased during that time by 18 percent, to the tune of $5.45B, according to the report. This is something Arizona has a front row seat to. In July 2013, Tenant Healthcare bought Vanguard Health Systems, which operates Abrazo Health Care, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona. Last October, Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network finalized its system-wide affiliation. In August, Banner Health announced it acquisition of University of Arizona’s medical facilities and programs. Scottsdale-based Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (HTA) acquired six medical office buildings (MOBs), outside of Arizona, from ProMed Properties for $200M, the largest MOB acquisition of the first half of 2014.

“Most medical real estate in the Valley has been built around a hospital trying to draw patients into their beds,” says Ensemble Real Estate CEO Randy McGrane. “They’ve invested capital into them, and that’s how they get a return.” However, that idea, catalyzed by the Affordable Care Act, technological advances and general market conditions, is becoming outdated, says McGrane. It’s more profitable for networks to have out-patient care spread within communities, away from the hospital and closer to patients. This is evidenced by the dozens of ambulatory care facilities Banner Health has constructed throughout regions.

“Health systems and physician groups have been forced to compete for market share in the pursuit of volume and reduced overhead expenses,” says HTA’s Executive Vice President, CFO, Treasurer and Secretary Robert Milligan. “From a medical office perspective, this has resulted in tenants that are better credits, looking for larger blocks of space and focused on key locations that will help their practices generate volume. Locations that can offer these features have and will continue to benefit from this consolidation trend.”

As a result, there are more off-campus development happening. The one exception, McGrane notes, may be one at Banner Estrella, for which the medical network recently placed and RFP. Existing on-campus buildings, therefore, are suffering vacancies higher than 25 percent in some cases. Highest and best use for these buildings over time, McGrane says, includes facilities that support a hospital’s known specialties or encourage post-acute care and rehabs, which are more cost-effective to invest in, given the reimbursement systems established by the ACA.

“It’s a painful change,” McGrane says. “Ultimately, it will end up being a better system…We have so much clinical advancement, but we haven’t developed the underlying system to go with it.”

“The great thing about these larger tenants is that they are focused primarily on driving volume into their practices,” Milligan says. “This means that they are focused on office space that allows the physician to utilize the infrastructure of a hospital or surgery center and also provides for an efficient patient experience. Cost, while important, is becoming a secondary factor. We are actively investing in our buildings to attract these larger tenants who will be the long term providers of healthcare in this country.”