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Banner adds Nardoci as senior VP

Jeffrey C. Nardoci has joined Banner Health and its top leadership team as Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Nardoci will become a member of Banner’s senior management team, chaired by Banner President/CEO Peter S. Fine. Nardoci’s position is new to Banner Health.

Banner Health has rapidly evolved from a health system defined primarily by hospital care into a fully integrated system capable of highly coordinated care and wellness management in both hospital and community settings. Along with the addition of more hospitals, this evolution has included significant expansion of services to consumers. This included growth of Banner Health Network, which serves more than 300,000 beneficiaries in numerous private and government insurance plans, and Banner Health Centers and Clinics, where Banner Medical Group doctors saw more than two million patient visits in 2013.

“Banner has emerged as a leading health system in the nation, and I’m really honored to be joining the Banner team,” said Nardoci. “While it may seem like a daunting challenge to have an influence on potentially hundreds of millions of touch and decision points with consumers and their families, it’s the kind of challenge our team is up for. We view this as an exciting opportunity for the company.”

Most recently, Nardoci served from 2009 to present as Corporate Officer, Vice President Worldwide Marketing & General Manager Surgical Specialties at Solta Medical, Inc., a publicly traded company. Solta, a global leader in the aesthetics market, provides innovative anti-aging solutions for patients that enhance and expand the practice of aesthetics for physicians in more than 100 countries.

From 2002 to 2008, Nardoci held a variety of vice president positions with a strong strategy and marketing focus at Bausch & Lomb, a global eye health company. Prior to that, Nardoci served in executive leadership positions with Meridian Euro RSCG from 1997 to 2002, Bausch & Lomb from 1993 to 1997, Nabisco Food Groups from 1986 to 1993 and Xerox Corporation from 1983 to 1986.

“Jeff has a strong, impressive track record in helping major organizations develop and implement strategies and tactics that focus on consumer choice and behavior,” said Banner Health President/CEO Peter S. Fine. “As the health care industry transforms to deliver better care and enhanced service for a lower cost, consumer choice will make the difference between organizations that are highly successful, and those that aren’t.”

Nardoci began his career at Banner on Monday, April 14. His leadership role will include four consumer-oriented departments at Banner, including Branding, Public Relations, Service Excellence and Strategy and Planning. Each of these departments is overseen by a vice president who will report to Nardoci.

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Banner Health Relocates Howard S. Gray School to Tempe

Cassidy Turley announced that it represented building owner Quach, LLC, in its lease of 15,215 SF to an affiliate of Phoenix-based Banner Health, an Arizona non-profit corporation, at 1410 W. 10th Pl. in Tempe, Ariz.
Marc Tuite, Scott Baumgarten, Josh Wyss and Bruce Calfee with Cassidy Turley represented Tempe-based Quach, LLC, while Vicki Robinson of JLL represented Banner Health’s Howard S. Gray School.
“The relocation of Banner Health’s Howard S. Gray School is a great tenant for the building, previously renovated for educational use” said Mr. Baumgarten. “The school will have a positive impact on the community of Tempe as well.”

The Howard S. Gray School is a nationally accredited private school that offers a smaller class size, experienced faculty and individualized curriculum to help students with emotional or learning challenges reach their academic potential.

Built in 1979, the former Collins College School is a 15,215 square foot office building on 1.02 acres. The project had an office/classroom build-out and is centrally located in the east valley with access to Interstate 10, the Loop 202 Freeway, U.S. Highway 60, State Route 143, the new Loop 202 Freeway and Sky Harbor International Airport. The property is currently 100% leased.

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Banner Estrella offers new weight loss services

As the obesity rate continues to rise in the nation, Banner Estrella Medical Center will soon offer a broad range of new weight loss services for adults who are overweight or morbidly obese. The services will bring bariatric surgery options to Banner Estrella and serve as an extension of the distinguished bariatric program at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert.

The comprehensive program will include several surgical options, along with a pre-surgical information seminar, a psychological assessment, a nutrition assessment and counseling, exercise support, insurance guidance, and support groups. The team of experts includes experienced bariatric surgeons, dietitians, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals.

West Valley patients will initially be seen at Banner Gateway Medical Center, until the Banner Estrella clinic opens in mid-May.

“As the preferred provider of surgical care in the West Valley, it makes sense for Banner Estrella to begin offering these treatment options to patients struggling with obesity,” said Deb Krmpotic, CEO of Banner Estrella Medical Center. “Effective weight loss surgery is life-changing, allowing these patients to enjoy a more active lifestyle and positive self-image.”

Patients who undergo bariatric surgery at Banner Estrella will recover in the new patient tower at the hospital.

“Clinical studies have shown bariatric surgery to be very effective for long-term weight loss, and there are many options now available,” said Dr. David Podkameni, medical director for the bariatric surgical programs at both Banner Estrella and Banner Gateway medical centers. “Our goal is to focus on the best option for each patient, providing them with ongoing education, treatment and support.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment call (480) 543-2606 or visit www.bannerhealth.com/estrellabariatrics.

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Banner Health completes acquisition of Casa Grande hospital

Banner Health and Regional Care Services Corporation, the parent company of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC), have signed an Asset Purchase Agreement (APA), an important milestone that moves the acquisition process of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center by Banner forward. The APA describes the financial details of the acquisition.

The completion of the APA follows the Letter of Intent that was signed and announced by the two organizations on Dec. 30, 2013, together with Banner’s agreement to provide interim funding for CGRMC operations. The acquisition is anticipated to be completed in May, 2014.

“Not only are we joining the leading health system in Arizona, but we’re also joining a system that is recognized as one of the top clinical care systems in the nation,” said Rona Curphy, president and CEO of CGRMC. “I’m excited for our patients, employees, doctors and the city of Casa Grande and surrounding areas that will be gaining an outstanding partner committed to improving the health of our community,” she added.

As provided in the APA, CGRMC filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the federal bankruptcy court in Tucson on Tuesday, Feb. 4. While a difficult decision, it was agreed by the respective organizations that this was the best approach to ensuring that the interests of CGRMC’s patients, employees and creditors were fully protected during the acquisition process. The CGRMC Foundation was exempted from this reorganization. Banner has agreed to continue funding for CGRMC operations during the bankruptcy and through the closing of the acquisition. Completion of the acquisition is subject to approval of the APA and associated plan of reorganization by the bankruptcy court.

“This medical center is a critically important community asset, and we believe an important outcome will be that more people will choose to stay in Casa Grande for the outstanding care that is available at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center,” said Banner Health’s Arizona East Region President Becky Kuhn.

The process of transitioning CGRMC operations into Banner Health will begin with meetings during the next few weeks between Banner leaders in conjunction with CGRMC employees and doctors. These meetings will help complete a comprehensive plan to guide the transition. “The goal is to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible, and I have committed to our staff, doctors and community that I will keep them informed of developments every step of the way,” said Curphy. “We are confident that activities associated with this acquisition will not disrupt the outstanding patient care that we will continue to provide,” she concluded.

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Banner Health performance noted with Pioneer ACO model

Banner Health Network (BHN) is among a handful of organizations in the country that have conclusively established through first-year success that accountable care organizations (ACO) can reduce Medicare costs. In the report released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), two Pioneer ACOs were identified as achieving 41 percent of the total overall reduction in 2012 spending growth in this nationwide demonstration project.

The research report entitled, The Effect of Pioneer ACOs on Medicare Spending in the First Year, was compiled for CMS by L&M Policy Research, an independent research firm in Washington DC.

BHN’s focus on providing highly collaborative care, especially for chronic, complex patients, was a key to early success. Surrounding at-risk patients with supportive care, in particular during care transitions, was an important strategy that helped to reduce hospital admissions and readmissions, for example. Advanced information technology was another important component of the ACO infrastructure, giving providers more information about the beneficiaries in their care.

“While the basis for this pilot model has merit, we also find that there is potential for changes that will result in far greater savings and better care in coming years,” says Chuck Lehn, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Health Network. “Most importantly we seek elements that would engage beneficiaries in the model as partners in maintaining wellness and managing their care.”

On average, the 32 Pioneers cited in this report produced savings of $20 per member /per month. Banner Health Network achieved an average savings of $50 per member/per month.

BHN is applying this same focus on chronic, complex patients to commercial plans. In addition to participating in the Medicare Pioneer ACO, BHN has developed accountable care relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Aetna, Health Net, United HealthCare and Cigna.

(l to r): Robert DeLeo, Chester Bennington and Dean DeLeo.

Echo Valley: Chester Bennington, Stone Temple Pilots Begin Legacy of Charitable Performances

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Stone Temple Pilots perform at Stars of the Season on Oct. 26, 2013.

Echo Valley is a Scottsdale Living Q-and-A series with residents who have a message worth spreading from one side of the metro to the other. We kick off the series with Gilbert native and Valley resident Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park and the Stone Temple Pilots.

Bennington and new band mates Robert and Dean DeLeo stopped by the Cardon Children’s Medical Center last year for the Stars of the Season concert event and fundraiser, where they visited the neonatal care unit, talked to parents and patients — answering questions about their favorite baseball (the Boston Red Sox) and basketball (Phoenix Suns) teams and their favorite songs (“Rubber Ducky” from “Seasame Street” and the “Fruit Salad” song by The Wiggles). More importantly, though, the musicians were there to promote the Stars of the Season fundraiser, at which they performed to a crowd of 600. The event is a hallmark fundraiser for Banner Health’s only pediatric medical facility and raised $400,000 on Oct. 26. Last year’s event was particularly meaningful for Bennington, who has performed at three of the four Stars of the Season shows since they began in 2010.

“From our perspective, one of the things we enjoy the most is performing our music,” Bennington said at a press conference. “But, performing our music for other people who are doing something that’s really important to the community, it’s even more special because it brings meaning to what we’re doing,” Bennington says.

It goes a little deeper than that for the musician, who with his wife has been involved with Cardon since it opened. A couple years ago, he and his wife had twins born early. So the benefiting department of the medical center also had special meaning.

“Today we met babies born 13 weeks early. It makes me very proud to be a part of the fundraiser this year in particular because I have a personal connection to the department. We saw a baby that was a little over a pound all the way to another baby that was born the same way and is now a full eight pounds,” Bennington explained.

“I really appreciate the validity you give,” a father said at the press conference. “I’ve spent a lot of time in here with a sick child. There are a lot of really dark days. I really appreciate the validity you guys give.”

“Being a musician, you spend a lot of time being in your own world, and to be able to step outside of that really means a lot to us,” Bennington says. “It’s an honor to be here. Any time we can help or be there for people  – it’s humbling. All we have to do is show up and play. When I first started playing with these guys, there were a lot of charitable things going on…I didn’t even ask them. I asked Dave Farrell, bassist from Linkin Park, and they asked if they could come.”

Thought it was one of the first performances they talked about doing together, this isn’t the band’s first tango in charitable concerts. In fact, STP and Bennington performed at the opening of Sophie’s Place in Utah. The three musicians sat in the marked-off area of a potential Sophie’s Place at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center to speak with Scottsdale Living.

Scottsdale Living: Out of all the possible hospitals and charities you could be working with, why Cardon?
Chester Bennington: My wife and I moved back to the Valley just under six years ago, and one of the things we enjoy is getting involved in our community. We have a couple therapy dogs in the house, so typically that means bringing the dog to the hospital and whoever wants to see a dog can see a dog and get to hand out. It’s amazing how much joy a dog that just sits there and farts and smells brings to people. We had just moved into town and she brought up the idea she wanted to get involved with our dogs at a local hospital. Lo and behold, one of our new neighbors came over to the house — this was the year they were going to open Cardon Children’s Hospital — and told us they were going to open the doors to the hospital and do the first fundraising event for Stars to the Season. In a day, [wife Talinda] became the chair of entertainment. I became co-chair and we got involved that way. […] It’s become very important to us, not only coming here with our dogs for therapy purposes but also helping raise funds for the hospital and really seeing it expand and grow. Each year it gets bigger and better.

SL: Since you’re all touring musicians, how important is it that you have that sense of community somewhere?
Dean DeLeo: Family is everything. Your family is your community.
Robert DeLeo: Not just our families, everyone’s families. You come to a place like this and it’s very humbling. People go through this that other people don’t go through. You have to realize it and respect it and try to help it.
DD: This is just a speck. This is just a fine example of how a hospital really should be operated. Most are not.
RD: If we could go on a complete tour just doing this, I’d think we’d all say, yeah, sign us up.
CB: Yeah, I would do it.

SL: Well, I have to ask about the therapy dogs now. You have six kids — and how many dogs?
CB: Three dogs, two cats and I don’t even know how many fish. We have a Boston terrier. His name is bruiser and he is a spazz. Until you bring him into a room with a sick child, then he turns into a meat sack and it’s amazing. He in particular only likes to work with kids. […] It’s pretty cool to see a 3-year-old going through chemotherapy looking miserable to seeing a dog come in and all that goes away and they’re standing up and cuddling.

DD: It’s just one of those things kids are tuned into. One of them’s animals, another is music.

CB: STP also got to meet and hang out with Steve and Barbara Young, but they actually have a room here called the Forever Young room. They have a foundation that helps raise money for children with disabilities for 20-plus years and they’ve created a program called Sophie’s Place and it’s a music therapy program and we’re hoping to bring that to Cardon…We did the grand opening for Salt Lake a couple months ago.

SL: A frontman of a band tends to be equated with a leader. What has Chester taught you guys — the legends — since he joined?
RD: I think it’s really opened up my view and Eric’s hearts of going about our business so to speak or our musicality. Chester brought in an element we haven’t experience before. Communication and respect and ally hess qualities he has and people should have when we’re together.
DDB It’s a bit more of a celebration now.
RD: This is something Dean and myself have wanted to do for a long time but haven’t had the chance to do it. Things in life happen for a reason.

SL: In that vein — do you believe in destiny, Chester?
CB: I do. I do to a certain degree.

SL: So was there ever a time when you heard an STP song — way before this happened — and you thought, one day…
Chester: It wasn’t necessarily a song. I had toured with these guys briefly in 2001. We went on the road together. It was a really interesting time and I knew that shortly thereafter these guys had come across hard times. In a very half-joking, half-serious way I told my wife, I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys give me a call one day, and that’s about as much thought that went into it…10 years later I get a call, “Hey, what’re you doing?” When things like that happen, you remember and can look back and say wow that’s a funny thing. I think there’s destiny to a certain degree, where things are out of your control — predestined — but I think what’s more real is destiny is people’s ability to imagine a life they want for themselves and then achieve it. I think that’s one of those things we take for granted in this country in particular. People really don’t realize they can do whatever they want if they want to and really work hard at it. You can manifest your destiny on your own.

Scottsdale Living: In what ways has your approach to performing evolved with STP?
Chester: I think I kind of approach anything I do musically the same way. I don’t think I need to be this certain way for this musical experience. When you hear different style of music, even within a similar genre, the music kind of makes you feel something in a different way. So, being in a band with Linkin Park where there’s a very strong direction we have as a band even though it’s all over the place stylistically, you can get in a groove and figure out how to work things. But, when you put yourself in a situation with different people, it’s interesting how that can change the way you feel the music. The way that STP’s music makes me feel is different than the way Linkin Park’s music makes me feel. That part of the experience is different. Outside of that, I just kind of look at whatever I’m doing the same way. It’s all kind of the same job.

Dean: I think a good attribute for any musician is to allow the song dictate what you’re going to do. We could listen to 10 songs and each one could make us feel differently.

Robert: The whole idea of a good song, from a writer’s standpoint, is trying to make the singer feel. That’s really what you try to do as a writer. You try to make other people involved feel and, ultimately, when that song comes together you hope that listeners feel.

Dean: We were in the Tokyo airport three days ago and Robert had this song he recorded. [To Chester] What happened when you listened to it?

Chester: I damn near cried. It’s one of those things where you hear it and you just go [sniffs]. [Robert, Dean laugh].

Dean: I was tearing up.

Scottsdale Living: Are these guys kind of sensitive already?
Robert: No. That’s how you know you’ve got a good song, when you make yourself cry.

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Casa Grande Medical Center, Banner Strike Deal

Regional Care Services Corporation, the parent company of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC), and Banner Health have signed a letter of intent for the acquisition of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center by Banner.  The acquisition is subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed during the spring of 2014. Banner has also agreed to provide interim funding as needed in order for CGRMC to continue regular operations until the acquisition is complete.

Rona Curphy, President and CEO of CGRMC, stated, “We are excited to partner with Banner Health in order to continue providing outstanding and high quality care to our community. CGRMC’s mission has always been to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve through compassion and excellence in patient care. This fits perfectly with Banner’s mission as well. Furthermore, joining with Banner allows CGRMC the best opportunity to grow this facility in the long term. We look forward to a bright future.”

In choosing to join Banner, recognized as one of the leading health systems in the nation for clinical quality, the CGRMC board is confident that Casa Grande and its surrounding communities will continue to have access to outstanding medical care and service.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have this opportunity to build on the strong foundation provided by Casa Grande Regional Medical Center to expand Banner’s non-profit mission of excellent patient care to the community of Casa Grande,” said Peter S. Fine, Banner Health President and CEO. “Community residents can count on the full suite of clinical performance processes and technologies that are the foundation of Banner’s ability to provide industry-leading care.”

In the coming weeks a comprehensive plan will be developed to successfully navigate this purchase through the myriad of regulatory and financial details.

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Banner Health launches pharmacy services division

Banner Health is improving medication management and providing more convenient access to pharmacy services for patients by launching a new Banner Pharmacy Services division. The new division will include a Banner Family Pharmacy network and a Compounding Pharmacy Center and will ensure improved care and services for patients and provide opportunities for cost savings through an integrated operational approach to pharmacy services throughout Banner.

The Banner Family Pharmacy will include a network of retail pharmacies placed within Banner Health hospitals and larger Banner Medical Group (BMG) health centers to provide patients with more convenient access to pharmacy services and medications. Banner Health pharmacists will provide counseling to improve outcomes, limit side effects and negative drug interactions and recommend cost-effective alternative medications. Most patients can also receive first doses of many medications before they leave the care setting, which will help with medication compliance.

Banner Health will also establish a Compounding Pharmacy Center that will insource and centralize compounding, packaging and distribution of many medications to Banner Health hospitals and Banner Family Pharmacies, ensuring greater quality control and cost savings.

Pam Nenaber has been named chief executive officer of Banner Pharmacy Services. Nenaber has extensive health care leadership experience. She most recently served as the chief operating officer for Banner Medical Group and prior to that, as chief executive officer at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Joining Nenaber in development of the new division is Tina Aramaki, PharmD, who has been hired as vice president of Banner Pharmacy Services. Aramaki has 33 years of pharmacy experience in progressive leadership positions and most recently served as system director of pharmacy services for Intermountain Healthcare. She will lead the design, development and implementation of Banner Health’s pharmacy services delivery model and will be responsible for all pharmaceutical operations across the system.

“The launch of our new Banner Pharmacy Services division allows us to implement a unique and comprehensive approach to pharmaceutical care for the benefit of our patients,” said Jim Fernando, Western Region president for Banner Health. “I’m confident that Pam and Tina’s leadership will guide us as we integrate pharmacy services across Banner’s entire continuum of care.”

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, 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.

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Sun Health Earns 2nd Consecutive National Award

Anniversaries are often marked by a special surprise.  For Sun Health Care Transitions, that surprise was doubly exciting.  The team celebrated its second anniversary by receiving a second consecutive “Outstanding Leadership in Population Health Award” from the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA). Representing more than 200 health companies, organizations and individual providers committed to improving the health of populations, the CCA focuses on raising care quality, improving health outcomes and reducing costs for individuals affected by chronic disease.

Sun Health, together with Banner Health, was honored in the “Advancing Accountable Care” category for both organizations’ successful collaboration “…toward Community Health and Wellness.” Sun Health Vice President of Business Development Jennifer Drago, MHSA, MBA, FACHE and Banner Health Vice President for Patient Care Innovation Deborah H. Dahl, BSE, MBA, FACHE accepted the award during CCA’s national meeting, held Oct. 23-25 in Scottsdale.

“Sun Health Care Transitions is impacting the lives of thousands of patients and their families,” explained Ron Guziak, president and chief executive officer of Sun Health. “As one of 102 sites designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a Community-based Care Transitions Program, we are also demonstrating how to assist individuals to take control of their own health status.”

The award acknowledges the program’s impact on nearly 2,000 chronic disease patients, who are living healthier lives since the program launched in November 2011. Partnering with Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, community physicians and other providers, Care Transitions nurses educate patients on how to better manage their disease and stay healthy. Ultimately, this support reduces their chances of being rehospitalized. Fewer than seven percent of patients participating in this free program have been readmitted, compared to a 20-percent national average among Medicare services beneficiaries.

This latest award is one in a series of recent recognitions at the local, regional and national levels. A study on the program also was recently published on the BMC Geriatrics website. The study showed that in addition to high levels of patient satisfaction with the Care Transitions program, participants’ confidence with self-care was significantly improved. Further, the program demonstrated a 73-percent reduction in readmissions and an actual Medicare cost savings during the nine-month period of $214,192, excluding administrative costs. The study can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/13/94.


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Banner Thunderbird celebrates 30th anniversary

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free community health fair/anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the hospital’s campus, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale.

Banner Thunderbird opened in 1983 as a 150-bed-hospital with a single patient tower, eleven Emergency Room beds and six operating rooms. Today, Banner Thunderbird has four patient towers, 561 beds, an acre-size emergency room with 85 beds and 21 operating rooms.

To celebrate three decades of caring for the community, the public is invited to enjoy free food, entertainment and health screenings at a free community health fair/anniversary celebration at the hospital.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ, specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 24 hospitals in seven states. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Thunderbird.

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Smith to lead Banner Health Information Technology

Ryan L. Smith has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Banner Health. Coming from Intermountain Healthcare after 20 years of various Information Technology (IT) leadership positions, including his most recent as Administrative Vice President of Applications and Operations, Smith will be replacing Mike Warden, who is retiring on Sept. 30.

“Banner Health is a leading health system in the country and recognized for its IT excellence,” Smith said. “While it’s not easy to leave my friends and colleagues at Intermountain, I’m honored to be joining such an accomplished team at Banner and look forward to the great things we can achieve working together,” Smith added.

At Intermountain, Smith’s leadership accountability included more than 800 IT professionals supporting operations throughout that organization. Smith’s leadership portfolio also included the development and execution of a three-year plan to electronically exchange clinical data between aligned physicians in outpatient, community settings and Intermountain’s electronic health records system. He also led the effort to establish and implement the business vision and strategy for Intermountain’s online services, which included a secure patient portal, physician portal, workforce portal, online family history application, online team collaboration tools and consumer oriented mobile tools.

“In addition to Ryan being a highly talented executive with a demonstrated ability to collaborate, his experience base matches where Banner is going in the coming years,” said Banner Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ron Bunnell. “We’re fortunate that Ryan is joining our team,” said Bunnell.

Smith is anticipated to arrive at his post at Banner on Tuesday, Oct. 1. A graduate of the University of Utah with a Master of Business Administration in IT Management, as well, Smith will be moving with his wife and five children to the Phoenix area where Banner Health headquarters are located.

Vial of Life

Newly Launched tools speak for you when you can’t

Sun Health recently launched two signature tools – Vial of Life and File of Life. Both resources, offered for free as a service to the community, are designed to enhance access to important medical information during an emergency.

A popular tool used by local residents and emergency personnel for many years, Sun Health, in partnership with Banner Health, recently revitalized Vial of Life with a slightly larger pill bottle. For use at home, the vial/bottle contains an easy-to-complete medical form that contains important information such as prominent medical conditions, past surgeries, physician contact information and medications. Area residents are encouraged to complete the medical form, place it in the pill bottle and then put the bottle in their refrigerator. To help emergency personnel locate the pill bottle, residents are encouraged to post a bright orange window cling on their front window or front door, or on the front of their refrigerator. This orange cling alerts emergency professional to look for the vial in the refrigerator.

File of Life puts that same potentially life-saving information in a portable device. The computer flash drive holds emergency medical information including:

•             Easy to follow instructions;
•             Pre-formatted, easy-to-populate emergency medical forms; and
•             Extra storage for additional members’ information.

The flash drive comes equipped with a lanyard, but it can easily be clipped on a key chain or stored inside a purse, making it an ideal portable solution to carry when away from home, traveling or exercising.

Free Classes
Area residents can learn more about the programs, and receive their free Vial of Life and File of Life by attending an introductory class. All classes listed are scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.:

·         Aug. 6, The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise
·         Sept. 10, Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services Building, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City
·         Sept. 11, Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West
·         Oct. 31, La Loma Village, 14154 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

To register for an upcoming class, please call (623) 455-5741. For more information about this program, visit: www.sunhealth.org/vialoflife. To schedule a Vial of Life/File of Life presentation for your club or group, please call Autumn Leonard at (623) 832-5665.

Lori Linder

Lori Linder – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lori LinderCOO, MomDoc

In May, Linder brought more than 33 years of experience to MomDoc, a women’s health organization with six practices and 15 offices in Arizona. Before MomDoc, Linder served in both CFO and CEO roles for Banner Health.

Surprising fact: I am not the typical stereotype of an accountant. I am known for being approachable with excellent communication and listening skills that have enabled me to effectively collaborate, negotiate and maintain positive relationships.”

Biggest challenge: “Opening a new hospital in Northern Pinal County and taking on many assignments that went above and beyond financial experience. I overcame the challenge by just jumping in with both feet and learned as I did the assignment.

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Banner Good Samaritan

E.V. residents can preview Banner Health Center

East Valley residents and visitors can be among the first to see the new Banner Health Center at a free “Community Preview” from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the center located at 1435 S. Alma Road, south of the Loop 202 between West Pecos and West Germann Roads.

Participants can hear the opening remarks and join in the dedication at 8:30 a.m., followed by a celebration including healthy snacks, giveaways, children’s activities and information about Banner Health facilities and services. Community members are invited to meet the center’s primary care physicians and staff, tour the new center, and even make an appointment to see a physician.

Banner Health Center in Chandler will open for patient care on Wednesday, Aug. 7 starting at 7 a.m. Staff physicians will include two pediatricians, three family medicine physicians and one internal medicine physician with plans to increase in the future. Along with 18 exam rooms, basic imaging and laboratory services are also available on site for added patient convenience.

Banner Health Centers accept most insurance plans. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with same day and next day appointments available. Concierge staff answers the phones one hour before and one hour after center hours. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (480) 668-1600.

The center will offer a wide range of services including:
·         Well-child checkups and immunizations
·         Adult physcials
·         Care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma
·         Treatment for ear aches, sore throats and infections
·         Sports injury and fracture care
·         Minor skin irritation treatment
·         Cuts and suture removal

The Banner Health Center in Chandler is the third of four in the East Valley to open after a shared groundbreaking on Oct. 25, 2012. Banner Health Center in Queen Creek opened May 1; a center in Gilbert opened May 22 and another will open in East Mesa in early September. An additional Banner Health Center opened in Goodyear within the planned community of Estrella on July 10, joining the existing Banner Health Centers in Peoria/Sun City West, Surprise, Buckeye in the Verrado Community, Maricopa, and South Loveland, CO.

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Innovative Banner program helps cut healthcare costs

In its first year of performance, Banner Health Network (BHN) was successful in delivering more coordinated care and a considerable savings over traditional fee-for-service Medicare plans as part of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO). BHN leaders are now focusing efforts on the true test of this model– whether it can be sustained and improved upon in coming years.

“We are very pleased by our first year results in Medicare’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization,” said Tricia Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer for Banner Health Network. “Our ability to deliver shared savings, in excess of $13 million, has been the result of more coordinated care by our providers, advanced population health technology and surrounding our most vulnerable and chronically ill beneficiaries with supportive case management.”

In the first year BHN also demonstrated an ability to reduce hospital admissions, hospital length of stay and the need for hospital readmissions by supporting beneficiaries when they are most at risk and in need of care and advocacy. BHN was a top performer in terms of shared savings compared to other Pioneer organizations nationally.

“Through our experience, we believe the value-based Pioneer ACO model has merit, and that it has the potential to diminish the predominance of fee-for-service plans in government and private sectors,” said Chuck Lehn, CEO for Banner Health Network. “It is the best solution at this time for creating sustainability for the Medicare program, and could be the basis for historic change in the U.S. healthcare industry.”

Banner Health Network will proceed with the Pioneer ACO program in Performance Year 2 (calendar year 2013) and has begun recruiting additional physicians for Performance Year 3 (calendar year 2014).

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), that operates the Pioneer program, reported that the results from the Pioneers overall were promising. “These results show that Pioneer ACOs have been successful in reducing costs for Medicare, improving the quality of care for their patients, and that incentives to align payment with quality can work.”

In December 2011, Banner Health Network announced that it had been selected as one of only 32 organizations in the country to demonstrate the Pioneer ACO Model.  The central premise of the Pioneer ACO effort is to create value through a highly coordinated, collaborative network of providers who are focused on achieving the highest level of wellness possible for their Medicare patients.

The financial incentive for Pioneer physician providers is to have improved financial benefit through shared savings, not increased volume of services that are reimbursed in a traditional fee-for-service model. Provider revenues are generated through a percentage of Medicare savings. Further, if provider expenses are greater than available Medicare funding, the individual ACO is at risk for that loss.

In addition to participating in the Medicare Pioneer ACO, BHN has developed accountable care relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Aetna, Health Net, United Healthcare and Cigna in the last 18 months.

BHN is comprised of Banner Health employed physicians and Banner affiliated physicians; 13 Banner hospitals (12 in the Phoenix metro area); Banner Health Centers and Clinics; and other Banner services in Arizona. The Network ensures convenient access to Medicare members with more than 2,600 physicians located throughout Maricopa County and into Pinal County.

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Banner Acquires Union Hills Surgery Center

Banner Health is acquiring full ownership of the Union Hills Surgery Center in Glendale. With this change, the Union Hills Surgery Center has been renamed the Banner Del E. Webb Surgery Center and will operate as the outpatient surgery department for Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in nearby Sun City West.
The surgery center, located at 18301 N. 79th Ave., #E-150 in Glendale, will allow the 373-bed Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center to consolidate some of its outpatient surgeries to the Glendale location providing urgently-needed inpatient surgical capacity within the hospital’s 10 operating rooms.

“The added capacity should make it easier for our surgeons to schedule OR time that meets their needs and the needs of their patients,” said Debbie Flores, chief executive officer of Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. “We are very excited about this for the Banner Del E. Webb community.”

To ensure that surgery outpatients get the same safe and effective care available on the main campus, Banner Health will be investing more than $900,000 into the surgery center over the next few months. This investment will include the installation of a new state-of-the-art electronic medical record system for nursing staff and physicians, as well as new equipment and instrumentation. The improvements are projected to be completed in early September. The center will remain operational during the equipment transition.

The facility was majority owned by Banner Health with minority ownership by a small group of surgeons. As part of the transition, Banner Health is purchasing the physicians’ minority ownership stake and will be transitioning the center under Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center’s operating license.

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Lavidge Launches National Campaign with Dole

The Lavidge Company (TLC), a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency, and Dole® Food Company have partnered in developing the summer “Peel the Love” campaign.

TLC edged out national agencies with its Peel the Love campaign idea and was selected to lead the concept, design and messaging standards of the year-long Dole campaign. The Peel the Love theme focuses on the fun, versatility and universally loved aspects of the iconic yellow fruit, which Dole grows more of globally than anyone else. The campaign is playful and modern, utilizing vibrant, summer colors, that invites people to Peel like a kid again. Dole. Peel the love.

TLC’s team created the overall campaign concept, developed the messaging and visual direction, and worked on in-store promotional materials including posters and special recipe cards. Additionally, the agency oversaw the production of the campaign standards guide, working in collaboration with Dole’s public relations and interactive agencies that extended the campaign through additional channels.

A feature of the Peel the Love campaign is the Peel the Love Summer Food Truck tour that will be visiting banana-loving cities across the country. The brightly colored Peel the Love food truck, featuring TLC designs, is staffed by healthy-eating advocates and will stop at supermarkets, parks and other venues to dispense samples and recipes that use DOLE Bananas in fun ways. The truck will be making several stops in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas from June 27 through July 6. Dates, times and truck stop locations can be found at www.dole.com/peelthelove.

“We’re extremely proud to have worked with Dole on this campaign,” says Bob Case, chief creative officer of TLC. “The work was strategically driven, smart, and incredibly fun to do – we thank Dole for the opportunity and look forward to continuing our work with them.”

TLC is a Phoenix based full-service advertising, public relations, and interactive marketing agency offering best-in-class traditional and leading-edge marketing services all in-house. Since 1982, The Lavidge Company has specialized in developing brand positioning for products and services. Lavidge serves prominent national, regional and local brands including Dole, United Rentals, Phoenix International Raceway, Republic Services, Discount Tire, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Massage Envy, Phiten USA, Banner Health, McDonald’s and many more. The agency has helped companies increase sales, raise brand awareness and grow their businesses.

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The changing role of nurses

They are the healthcare providers that will see 22 percent job growth – more than any other occupation – through 2018. They are the communicators. They bridge the gap in the medical industry. They are the part of the healthcare team that makes sure that the right patient is in the right place getting the right thing done.

They are nurses and they are now taking on more specialized roles, applying advanced technologies and filling voids created by an anticipated shortage of primary care physicians.

“We are encouraging our nurses to return to school to advance their degree,” said Deborah Martin, senior director of professional practice at Banner Health. “Patients are much more complex in our hospitals, as well as in the home and our communities … Nurses need to have higher levels of education to manage these complexities in all settings where nurses practice. Advanced degrees are now required for our upper level nursing managers.”

About 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, fueling the long-term demand for specialized nurses. To help fill that need, Arizona State University implemented the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) concentration.

“It will prepare nurse practitioners to deliver primary care to adults throughout their lifespan with increased emphasis on care of the aging population,” says Katherine Kenny, clinical associate professor and director of the DNP program at ASU.

Johnson & Johnson’s website lists more than 3,000 capacities in which nurses can be employed — from school nurses to jailhouse nurses. Nurses practice in hospitals, schools, homes, retail health clinics, long-term care facilities, battlefields, and community and public health centers. Everywhere there are people, there are patients, and everywhere there are patients, there are nurses.

“Nurses are becoming more influential in the policy changes that are occurring with the Affordable Care Act,” Kenny says. “More nurses are practicing in ambulatory care settings and public and community health.”

Arizona educational institutions are now offering a wide range of educational opportunities which support the nursing profession’s challenge to improve patient care outcomes for individuals, systems, and organizations. And because of skyrocketing healthcare costs, preventative care and education have become integral elements in reducing chronic illness and minimizing re-hospitalization.

“Nurses are now specializing in everything from palliative care and managing chronic illness, to maintenance and preventative care,” says Ann McNamara, dean of Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing. McNamara says students at GCU are spending more time concentrating on home healthcare and hospice in their new hands-on simulation labs, complete with live actors, computer-operated mannequins, and dynamic patient scenarios.

Angel MedFlight provides air medical transportation services from bedside to bedside.  The company’s CEO, Jeremy Freer, says “[Our] nurses are able to put all the components of the puzzle together and make the medical flight process more efficient, effective and compassionate.”

Nurses are also assessing the long-range healthcare needs of patients.

“Where once the hospital nurse’s prime responsibility was to provide the best care possible that the patient needed at that moment, now the nurse is also focused on what happens next,” explains Maggi Griffin, vice president of patient care services at John C. Lincoln Health Network.

Griffin says that patient discharge planning and post-hospitalization follow up are other key roles of the evolving nursing profession.

Advancements in technology have significantly enhanced patient care in recent years.  Nurses now have the ability to monitor patient conditions remotely, and electronic health records enable nurses to track, evaluate, and document patient information.

“Technology is opening doors to deliver nursing care in new and innovative ways, often serving as a second set of eyes to enhance patient safety or monitoring patients from their homes,” says Deborah Martin, senior director of professional practice at Banner Health. Martin adds that Medication Bar Coding is another example of how technology is helping nurses be more effective and prevent errors.

Due to the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in general, nurses are becoming more involved in a patient’s primary care.

“As advanced practice providers of healthcare, nurses with master’s and doctoral degrees are able to deliver high quality care to patients in their own individual practice,” Martin says, “as well as work side by side with physicians to provide care in a more cost effective manner.”

“As the major component of hospital rosters, nurses’ salaries account for a significant part of any hospital budget,” Griffin adds. “With financial stresses coming from the economy, from government healthcare program budget cuts and from other areas, nursing is much more tightly controlled.”

A decade ago, nursing shifts were scheduled regardless of room occupancy. Currently, industry experts say those staffing schedules fluctuate based on patient population in each unit.

The other major shift is in the demand for specialized nurses. Julie Ward, chief nursing officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, says specialties have nurses working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

“We are also exploring roles for nurses to shepherd groups of patients through the maze of care,”  Ward says. St. Joseph’s nurses make follow-up phone calls to patients to ensure the patient is safe and able to follow their discharge instructions, Ward says.

Still, the primary evolution of the nursing industry has been in higher education. Gone are the days when nurses were simply bedside attendants. Now, they are replacing the expensive medical doctors and are running their own practices as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) and in other upper level specialties. Most hospitals are encouraging their nurses to return to school to improve their knowledge base and advance their degrees.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) launched a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession. The IOM appointed a Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing for the purpose of producing an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. Through its deliberations, the committee developed four key messages:

* Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.

* Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.

* Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.

* Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.

“We are encouraging our nurses to return to school to advance their degree,” Martin says. “Patients are much more complex in our hospitals, as well as in the home and our communities. As noted by the IOM, nurses need to have higher levels of education to manage these complexities in all settings where nurses practice. Advanced degrees are now required for our upper level nursing managers.”

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Banner Health set to open its first primary care medical office in Goodyear

Banner Health is set to open its first primary care facility in Goodyear and is inviting the public to tour the facility that will fill a need in the community.

Residents can tour the new Banner Health Center Estrella, 9780 South Estrella Parkway from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29. The Center, which is scheduled to open July 10, is designed to support high quality, convenient healthcare for the entire family.

Attendees will hear remarks by Banner Medical Group CEO Jim Brannon and Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord at 8:30 a.m., followed by a celebration including food, tours, giveaways, children’s activities and information about Banner Health facilities and services. Community members are invited to meet physicians and staff and even make an appointment.

“The new Banner Medical Center in Estrella will be a great asset for the Goodyear community,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said. “This healthcare facility will benefit our residents by providing necessary primary care services for our growing population.”

Banner CEO Jim Brannon said, “We want to become part of the fabric of the community by becoming the medical home residents look to for help in keeping their families healthy. “We want it to be the place you would choose for prevention, wellness, basic and complex medical care and the advice you need to thrive with chronic health conditions.”

The medical center’s staff physicians will include family practitioners and pediatricians. Banner Health Centers accept most insurance plans. The center will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Same-day appointments will also be available. Laboratory and X-ray services are also on-site.

Banner Health Center in Estrella services will join other comprehensive services offered throughout Banner Health system, including Banner Estrella Medical Center and specialty facilities such as Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Concussion Center. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/HealthCenterEstrella.

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Armendariz named PR director for Banner East Region

Rebecca Armendariz, 27, public relations specialist at Banner Health, has been named public relations director for Banner Arizona East Region, effective June 24. She will oversee the public relations efforts at the following Banner Health facilities: Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Behavioral Health Hospital, Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Gateway Medical Center, Banner Goldfield Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital, Banner Home Care and Hospice and Banner Ironwood Medical Center.

Rebecca Armendariz has served as a PR specialist at Banner Health since September 2008. She is also the vice president of the board of directors for Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, where she has held a board position since November 2009. Prior to joining Banner Health, Armendariz was an account coordinator at a local PR agency.

Armendariz received a bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2008.

Banner Goldfield Medical Center is newest Banner hospital

Banner Health has selected Banner Goldfield Medical Center as the name for its newest facility, reflecting the community’s top naming choice, as well as the natural and majestic environment provided by the Goldfield Mountains, located near the medical center.

The Banner Goldfield name replaces the name of Arizona Regional Medical Center, which will join Banner Health on May 15. The 30-bed hospital will serve as a gateway to Banner’s array of specialized services in the East Valley.

“The Banner Goldfield name was chosen for many factors including community preference, meaning and distinctiveness,” said Julie Nunley, CEO of Banner Ironwood (and Banner Goldfield, beginning May 15). “The Goldfield Mountains are a beautiful backdrop to the newest addition to the Banner family.”

To ensure the smoothest transition possible, Banner Goldfield will temporarily close beginning May 15, but will begin providing patient care again Friday, June 14.

This transition period will provide the time necessary to implement the many systems and practices that are the foundation of Banner Health’s standing as a top health system in the nation for clinical care. The time will also be used to install new technology and equipment and train staff.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 23 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services 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.

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MomDoc Names New COO

MomDoc, a well known staple in women’s health care in the Valley, has named Lori Linder its new Chief Operating Officer. Linder is a familiar face in the healthcare field. She will assume responsibilities in early May.

Linder has more than thirty years experience working with Banner Health, Arizona’s largest health care system. She has served as Chief Financial Officer for Banner Ironwood Medical Center since the center opened. She also functioned as Banner’s Interim CEO. She provided leadership when Banner opened Cardon Children’s Medical Center and served as the CFO at Banner Desert Medical Center as well.

“I am very excited to be joining an organization of the caliber of MomDoc. With 33 years in healthcare administration, I hope that my experience can assist MomDoc in these changing and challenging times in American healthcare,” she says.

MomDoc CEO Nick Goodman is pleased to have Linder at the helm. “Healthcare is changing rapidly. As leaders in women’s health medical care it is our honor to work with Lori Linder. She brings to the MomDoc leadership team considerable depth of knowledge on the full cost spectrum of the entire continuum of care.”

Linder brings a wealth of experience to the position of COO at MomDoc as well as a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration, Finance and Healthcare from Ohio State University. MomDoc hired Linder after tremendous year over year growth within the practice.

“This exciting time in healthcare will allow proven models that take into account best practices, best outcomes and cost reduction measures to take the lead in discussions rather than fee schedule based systems; with Lori MomDoc will continue to innovate so that patients can get the care they need, from those they want to see at the time and place they want to be seen,” adds Goodman.

MomDoc is recognized in Arizona for its six practices with fifteen offices. Under the MomDoc umbrella are Drs. Goodman and Partridge, OB/GYN in the valley for over thirty years; MomDoc Women for Women, a practice with all female providers; Healthy Pregnancy Perinatology, specializing in high risk pregnancy; Mi Doctora, a fully Spanish speaking women’s healthcare practice; MomDoc Midwives, where midwives provide excellent hospital based deliveries; and SHE, Sexual Health Experts, unique to Arizona, featuring an emphasis on women’s sexual health.

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$2M Grant from Piper Supports Fight Against Cancer

With a generous $2 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign benefitting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is near its $20 million goal. The grant from Piper Trust, in support of the campaign, provides funding for capital, programs and services that will impact patients, their families and the community.

Launched in January 2011, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign has attracted support from more than 1,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors that share an interest in fighting cancer. The campaign has been on a path to success since its inception thanks to the involvement of dozens of dedicated community and business leaders who comprise the campaign cabinet.

In particular, Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, has been invaluable as the chair of the campaign, while Arizona Cardinals’ star receiver Larry Fitzgerald has taken an active role as honorary chair. Additional outstanding leadership has been provided by co-chairs Steve Rizley, senior vice president of Cox Communication and Kari Yatkowski, founder of Corporate Citizen.

Located in Gilbert, Ariz., the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of the Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health system, relies on philanthropic support to fund education and outreach activities, patient support programs, the latest technology and more. Another significant gift received in Fall 2012 from the James M. Cox Foundation will fund the creation of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Integrative Oncology, which will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga or meditation, to aid pain and stress management.

The Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign seeks to raise the remaining $311,000 by June 30, 2013. A second fundraising effort will follow to secure support for additional capital and programmatic efforts associated with the ongoing expansion of Banner MD Anderson. Work is currently underway on a 130,000-square-foot expansion project at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which will double the total clinic exam rooms to 60, add three linear accelerators used in radiation treatment and include 13 additional infusion bays. It will also expand the Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center, as well as the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention.

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Arizona Regional Medical Center joins Banner Health

Arizona Regional Medical Center in Apache Junction will join Banner Health, Arizona’s largest and busiest health system. The hospital is anticipated to join Banner on May 15, pending Banner Health Board of Directors approval, and will be re-named in the coming months to identify it as a Banner hospital.

“We’re extremely pleased to have this opportunity to expand Banner’s non-profit mission of excellent patient care through this new facility,” said Banner’s Arizona East Region president Becky Kuhn. Banner Health was recently recognized as a 2013 Top 15 Health System in the nation for clinical excellence by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. There were 328 health systems across the nation evaluated for this recognition.

“Apache Junction residents can count on the collaboration and innovative processes and use of technologies that are the foundation of Banner’s ability to provide industry-leading care,” said Kuhn.

The 30-bed hospital, which currently has a major focus on cardiovascular care, will expand its focus to provide general hospital care. Banner is working to share details about these services with Apache Junction residents as soon as possible. The medical center will also serve as a gateway to Banner’s array of specialized services.

“Wherever Banner has facilities, we offer care to serve the needs of a community, and we are very pleased to be able to meet the needs of people who live in Apache Junction,” Kuhn stated. “We’re also honored that the many outstanding employees of this hospital will be joining the Banner team,” she added.