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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.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern Of Hope

$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.

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Banner Health earns national recognition

Banner Health is one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. based on quality outcomes, patient care and efficiency, according to Truven Health Analytics, a leading health care analysis firm.

Truven, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters, found that Banner Health has higher survival rates, few complications and system-wide clinical excellence, and ranked the hospital system in the top 15 highest performing hospital systems in the U.S. The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems analyzed data from more than 300 organizations and singled out 15 hospital systems that achieved superior clinical outcomes based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care and efficiency.

Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health was named in the top five of large health systems with more than $1.5 billion in operating expenses. The study relied on public data from the 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets. Researchers from the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993.

“I am extremely pleased to announce that Banner Health has been chosen as a 2013 Top 15 Health System by Truven Analytics,” said Banner Health president and CEO Peter Fine. “This recognition of industry leadership for clinical quality is made all the more meaningful because this is the third year out of the past four that we have received this prestigious award. Clearly, we have been able to sustain our position as an industry leader.”

As a 2013 Truven Top 15 Health System, Banner Health was recognized for:
· Saving more lives and causing fewer patient complications,
· Following industry-recommended standards of care more closely,
· Making fewer patient safety errors,
· Releasing patients half a day sooner, and
· Scoring better on overall patient satisfaction.

“As health systems move further into health care reform, consistency of hospital and physician outcomes in every community served is the holy grail,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Health system leaders’ effectiveness will be measured not solely on the performance of the whole system compared to other systems, but also on the leader’s ability to align the performance of the provider segments of the health system to achieve consistency. This new study begins to measure these aspects of performance.”

Joining Banner Health in the top five of large health systems include: Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.; Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas; OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio and Scripps Health, San Diego, Calif.

“We have been recognized with this distinction for three of the past four years,” added Dr. John Hensing, Banner Health’s executive vice president and chief medical officer. “This is an amazing accomplishment and testament to the continued emphasis and outstanding efforts of all staff to improve clinical quality and safety and provide an excellent patient experience.”

The Truven top five large health system ranking comes after Banner Boswell Medical Center, North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center were recognized by Truven as Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. for operational excellence.

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Narang named CEO of Banner Good Samaritan

Steve Narang, MD, chief medical officer at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., has been named chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, effective April 26. He will assume the role from current CEO Larry Volkmar, who will continue to serve as CEO until April 25.

Banner Health Arizona West Region President Kathy Bollinger said Dr. Narang will have the opportunity over the next several weeks to work closely with Volkmar to ensure a smooth hand-off of responsibilities. “The collaboration between these two Banner leaders will ensure a smooth transition,” she said.

Dr. Narang, a pediatric physician, has served as chief medical officer at Cardon Children’s since June 2011. Prior to coming to Banner Health, Dr. Narang served in a variety of medical director and teaching positions in Louisiana, including medical director of graduate medical education and medical director of pediatric emergency services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I’m looking forward to working with an outstanding team at Banner Good Samaritan,” said Dr. Narang. “We will work together to take its distinguished history of excellent clinical care, teaching and research and create a distinct value proposition around the delivery of high-value and innovative academic medicine in one of the country’s highest performing health systems.”

Bollinger said that Dr. Narang distinguished himself during the interview process as a visionary leader that is highly driven to deliver results. She said Dr. Narang’s impressive relationship-building strengths will be focused on engaging employees, physicians and the community around the excellence that is the foundation of Banner Good Samaritan’s 100-year legacy. “These strengths, combined with Steve’s background as a practicing physician, will be particularly effective in Steve’s engagement with the graduate medical education program,” she said.

Bollinger said it makes her especially proud that Dr. Narang’s selection reflects Banner’s commitment to internal opportunities for growth, development and promotion.
“In his experience as a physician, teacher, medical director and, most recently, as chief medical officer at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Narang has amply demonstrated leadership attributes that are critical to Banner’s future as a leading health system in the nation,” she said. “The future is indeed very bright.”

Dr. Narang received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a master’s degree in health care management from Harvard University in Boston.

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Banner Simulation Medical Center Earns Worldwide Accreditation

Banner Health’s systemwide simulation education program has been accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in five areas of expertise, becoming one of three worldwide organizations to achieve accreditation in all areas.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare is the largest simulation organization in the world focused on improving patient care and patient outcomes. Institutions can apply for accreditation in one or more of the five areas of expertise: core, assessment, research, teaching and system integration. To date, there are only 27 institutions worldwide that have been certified by SHH and only two others organizations have been accredited in all five areas – the U.S. Army Medical Department, Madigan Healthcare System and University of Pittsburg and UPMC The WISER Institute.

With the vision of transforming health care delivery through simulation, learning and research, Banner Health’s extensive simulation program is available to physicians and nurses in seven states. The program boasts a 55,000-square-foot simulation medical center located in Mesa, one of the largest centers of its kind in the world. The “virtual hospital” places caregivers in real-time situations using the latest technology in electronic medical records and innovative care.

“Putting caregivers into environments where they become familiar with the multiple demands in a real-time situation allows them to gain confidence in their ability to deal with patients in real life situations. This is an excellent education technique and Banner Health is very fortunate to have access to this center and the educators that are there,” said Carol Cheney, Banner Health’s senior director of clinical education.

Another important element of the program is the simulation-education network, a network that was modeled after the aviation industry recognized for their safety rating.

“Our simulation education has decreased the time needed for new nurses to get oriented to Banner facilities and policies; increased our retention rate of new nurses, which ultimately reduces errors in patient care,” said John Hensing, MD, Banner’s executive vice president/chief medical officer. “Our research program is also leading the field of simulation learning into the future.”

In 2012, the program was accredited by the American College of Surgeons, becoming the first program that is has accredited across an entire health system. Banner Health has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top Five Large Health System in the nation and as a Top Leadership Team/Large System by HealthLeaders magazine.

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Honored

Pamela Overton Risoleo, a shareholder and co-chair of the Phoenix litigation practice of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, will be honored Feb. 23 by YWCA Maricopa County as its “2013 Tribute to Leadership – Community Service Corporate Leader.” Overton’s recognition is for her many years dedicated to philanthropic causes and for her passion for serving the Phoenix community including her pivotal role as co-founder of the nonprofit Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Established in 1992, the organization has supported a full-service women’s resource center serving more than 2,500 women in need each month in Phoenix.

In addition to decades of fundraising and leadership positions, Overton Risoleo also supports a broad range of philanthropic causes, having raised millions for Phoenix-based charities, including The American Heart Association, Liberty Wildlife and Trends Charitable Fund. In 2008, AZ Woman named her “Woman of the Year.” She is also an active fundraiser for the Phoenix Theatre and was recognized with the organization’s “Women Who Care” award in 2011.

“Not only has Pam been a leader and mentor for many within our Phoenix office, she has also served as a role model in serving the community,” said John E. Cummerford, Greenberg Traurig’s co-managing shareholder in Phoenix. “We are pleased and proud she is being recognized for her outstanding work.”

Overton Risoleo and 10 honorees in other leadership categories will be recognized at the YWCA Tribute to Leadership dinner event at the Phoenix Ritz-Carlton on Feb. 23. Others to be recognized include community leaders from PetSmart, Banner Health, Phoenix Theatre, Helios Education Foundation, Maricopa Medical Center, the U.S. Army Reserve, ONE Community Media, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation and the International Foundation for Education & Self-Help.

“To be recognized among this outstanding group is truly an honor,” said Overton Risoleo. “I continue to be inspired by those who make a difference, but even more so by those who are determined to make the most of what they have for themselves and their families. I will always assist and encourage those in need and challenge my colleagues, family and friends to do the same. The rewards are so much greater than the effort required.”

For the past 18 years YWCA Maricopa County, part of the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world, has been honoring individuals who strive to eliminate discrimination against women in the community. Community service leader honorees were selected in areas of nonprofit, corporate, education, creative arts, advocacy, health and science, military, sports and racial justice. For more information on YWCA Maricopa County and the Tribute to Leadership event, visit ywcaaz.org or call (602) 258-0990.

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Main Event Entertainment Buys 6.4 Acres at Tempe's Emerald Center

 

Main Event Entertainment purchased a 6.4-acre retail site in Tempe for $2.05M and will build a new 57,000 SF indoor entertainment venue.

The property is located in Emerald Center near Interstate 10 and Warner Road in Tempe adjacent to IKEA and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, this will be Main Event’s first building outside of Texas where it has 12 locations.

Construction is expected to start in 2Q 2013. The freestanding building will be located at the NEC of Emerald and Commerce drives and will have more than 400 parking spaces. It lies directly south of a future 74,000 SF retail showroom called Furniture Row that is being planned for 2014. Furniture Row purchased the site in 2011 and the two new buildings will share common parking and easements.

Main Event Entertainment will attract indoor corporate and family events and offers bowling, billiards, laser tag, glow golf, rock climbing, gravity ropes, arcade games along with food and beverage services.

Dan Gardiner and Greg Laing of Phoenix Commercial Advisors represented Main Event Entertainment in the site selection process. Rick Robertson and Chris McClurg of Lee and Associates Arizona represented the seller, First National Bank of Hutchinson, Kan., in the acquisition.

The new building was approved for a use permit by the City of Tempe in June 2012 and is being designed by Hunter Engineering.

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Banner Health earns Performance Excellence Award

Banner Health’s pioneering clinical work to reduce the elective delivery of babies has been recognized with a Showcase in Excellence Award as part of the Arizona Performance Excellence Award Program sponsored by the Arizona Quality Alliance (AQA).

Banner Health’s entry, “Reducing Elective Deliveries Less than 39 Weeks,” was recognized for specific process excellence that demonstrates innovation, cutting-edge approach, excellence in comparison to competitors or peers, or overall exceptional performance.

This improvement work has been guided by the leaders of Banner Health’s OB Clinical Performance Group who implemented the clinical practice discouraging elective deliveries under 39 weeks.

Since the practice was put in place some 18 months ago, Banner Health has reduced the overall number of deliveries less than 39 weeks by 10 percent or 3,000 babies a year. Before the work began, deliveries less than 39 weeks were approximately 34 percent of total deliveries and have now decreased to 24 percent.

The Banner Health initiative, supported by March of Dimes and other respected health care organizations, applies to the 30,000 deliveries in the 19 Banner hospitals that provide obstetrical care. A full-term pregnancy is more than the perceived nine months. It is closer to 10 months, or more specifically 39-40 weeks. Ongoing research and national studies have identified specific health advantages for babies who are born after 39 weeks gestation. In addition, eliminating elective deliveries before 39 weeks is supported by American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and The Joint Commission.

The annual Performance Excellence Award Program recognizes organizations for excellence in quality, performance and outcomes. The program, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige Award criteria, provides not only an opportunity for recognition, but also valuable feedback on where an organization is positioned on the quality continuum.

Awards will be presented on Feb. 5, 2013 at the Chaparral Suites Resort.

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110,000 SF Expansion To Break Ground at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert will break ground in January 2013 on a 110,000 SF expansion of its outpatient cancer facility.

Project architect will be HKS, Inc. and the general contractor is DPR Construction.

The expansion will take place south of the existing 130,000 SF building and will include:

>>  Three linear accelerators (two at opening and one vault for future use) for a future total of six, used for external beam and internal radiation treatments;

>> 30 additional clinic exam rooms for a total of 60 rooms;

>> 13 additional infusion bays for a total of 53;

>> Expansion of Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center;

>> The Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention, funded in large part by a grant from the James M. Cox Family Foundation;

>> Dedicated space for the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy program

>> Additional shell space for future expansion needs.

“We’re proud to be living our vision of providing premier cancer services in the Valley,” said Todd Werner, CEO of Banner MD Anderson. “Our patients deserve nothing less than the best care and treatment options available.”

Banner MD Anderson will break ground on the $62.6M expansion project on Jan. 22. The newly added area will open in 2Q 2014.

“We’re excited that we can expand our facilities and in turn, serve more people,” said Maggie Row, vice president of clinical operations for MD Anderson Cancer Network. “We look forward to enhancing our services in partnership with Banner Health and continuing to elevate the quality of care available in Arizona.”

Since opening in 2011, the cancer center has experienced rapid growth in outpatient volume. The center’s model of multi-disciplinary care, coupled with its relationship with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, has attracted more than 5,000 patients and resulted in 50,000 patient visits since opening. In addition, more than 50 subspecialty physicians are now providing cancer care to patients in need.

The new Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as relaxation techniques to aid in pain and/or stress management. The center will include individualized prevention, screening and diagnosis programs, rehabilitation and community outreach programs, and will also be an invaluable community resource for cancer prevention education.

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Most Banner employees comply with ‘No Flu For You’ policy

A remarkable nearly 100 percent of Banner Health’s approximately 36,000 employees have complied with the company’s No Flu For You policy. This commitment by Banner employees, to decrease the risk of flu infections among fellow employees and patients, is especially timely as the Centers for Disease Control is predicting an early start to a potentially heavy and deadly flu season.

All employees and volunteers were required to receive the flu vaccine, which was offered at no cost. Those unable to receive the vaccination because of medical or religious reasons were able to receive an exemption but must wear masks during the flu season.

“Patients and families who turn to Banner Health can be assured that our employees have taken the necessary steps to ensure their safety and prevent the spread of the flu,” said Dr. Marjorie Bessel, M.D., chief medical officer for Banner’s Arizona East Region.

This policy is in place at all of Banner’s facilities including all of its acute-care hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. At least 11 states, including Colorado, have regulations enacted regarding influenza immunization of healthcare workers, either requiring immunization or signed declinations for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

Banner continues to work with less than five employees who are not in compliance to ensure their return to the workplace. None of these employees are currently working at Banner facilities, so patients and their families can be assured Banner is doing its very best to protect everyone during the flu season.

The flu is a contagious and deadly disease, contributing to more than 36,000 preventable deaths annually in the U.S. Vaccination is a very effective way to prevent it. According for the Centers of Disease Control, flu vaccination of health care workers have been shown to help prevent death in patients, as well as reduce the influenza infection.

The flu shot that’s given to all health care workers and the general public this year protects against two strains of influenza A and influenza B virus. This year, shots became available in September since flu season typically begins in October with spikes in January and February. The vaccine protects for about one year.

About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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East Valley Pediatrics joins Banner Medical Group

Banner Health announced that East Valley Pediatrics, with 18 physicians and three nurse practitioners serving patients in 11 east Valley locations, has joined Banner Medical Group (BMG). BMG, a part of Banner Health, will continue operating these East Valley Pediatric clinics in Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek. Two sites in Mesa and Gilbert will continue to provide after-hours services, as well.

“We are excited and honored that this high quality physician organization is joining Banner Medical Group,” said BMG CEO Jim Brannon. “East Valley Pediatrics has been serving families with outstanding care since 1998, and it’s our privilege to help continue this legacy of excellence.”

In addition to the 18 pediatricians and three nurse practitioners, 75 other health professionals will transition into BMG. The complete transition of East Valley Pediatrics into BMG is anticipated to be complete by Feb. 1, 2013.

“This is a wonderful complement to our overall development of Banner Children’s services,” said Brannon. “These services are across the Valley and include both outpatient settings like these clinics and inpatient facilities like Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and the Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center in Glendale,” Brannon added.

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Banner honors Employees for Community Service

Banner Health has recognized five outstanding employees with a Paul L. Singer Award, an award that honors those who not only make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care, but through extraordinary volunteer work and community service.

Now in its 25th year, the Singer Awards honors Banner Health employees and their impressive community service activities. The 2012 award honorees were recognized Thursday at an event that honored the 54 employee award nominees and the five outstanding individuals who were selected to receive a Singer Award. The five winners received a certificate and trophy as well as a monetary donation toward a charity of their choosing.

The 2012 Singer Award recipients include:

Rosinja de Gorostiza (Banner Baywood Medical Center)

Community service: Bay Area Camarines Norte Association

Muriel Kremb (Banner Estrella Medical Center)

Community service: Arizona Game and Fish, Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center

James Nimos (Banner Sun Health Research Institute)

Community service: New Song Center for Grieving Children

Kimberly Reiners (Cardon Children’s Medical Center)

Community service: Camp Soaring Eagle and Asthma Athletics

Kenneth Wutoh (Page Hospital)

Community service: Stepping with Faith Rehab and Missahoe Orphanage in Ghana

The Singer Awards are named after the late Paul L. Singer, MD, a former chief of staff at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix who exemplified a commitment to community service. Banner encourages employees to take its nonprofit mission of making a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care beyond the hospital and into their communities.

Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.

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Page Hospital receives recognition for National Rural Health Day

Banner Health’s Page Hospital has been recognized by a health analytics company for excellence in quality, patient satisfaction and efficiency as part of National Rural Health Day celebrated in November.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health established Nov. 15 as National Rural Health Day.

Leaders from across the country met to celebrate accomplishments that have been achieved in rural health and acknowledge challenges and the necessary initiative needed to overcome and adapt to the changing healthcare landscape.

Ivantage Health Analytics offers a data-driven program recognizing excellence in multiple areas of patient care and quality performance.

Hospitals must be in the top quartile to receive this recognition. Page Hospital was among those recognized in Arizona for excellence in quality, patient satisfaction and efficiency.

Page Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that serves Northern Arizona. Built in 1958, the hospital provides a range of medical services that include Emergency Services, Surgery, Medical Imaging, Obstetrics, Cardiopulmonary, Acute Care and Rehabilitation. It is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit hospital and health care system that covers seven states and is based in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Ronald McDonald House opening at Cardon

The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255 square foot home-away-from home

The 248-bed Cardon Children’s Medical Center is operated by Banner Health. When the $2.116 million renovation, funded primarily through donations, is complete in late 2013, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to accommodate up to 89 families a night at its three facilities.

The original House is located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave.  A second House opened in 2008 on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including 3 apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen and dining room; play area for children and outdoor area for adults.

Fundraising for the new location is ongoing.  As of Nov. 1, nearly $967,000 has been raised to support the project, including a generous $500,000 gift from the Gila River Indian Community.

Banner Health Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities are working to raise the remaining $1.15 million necessary to complete the building conversion. McDonald’s owner/operators in the Valley have committed to provide up to 75 percent of required operating expenses for the first three years.

As a nonprofit health care system, Banner Health relies on philanthropy. Charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations fund important services and initiatives, such as the Ronald McDonald House, and helps Banner deliver excellent patient care to more people in more places.

“There has been a tremendous need for a House in the East Valley for quite some time,” says Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “The convenience of being located on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center means that families won’t have to travel the 17 miles each way to the Roanoke House and can spend more time with their children.”

HKS Architects of Phoenix has designed the new house.  UEB Builders is the general contractor.   Historically, community and school groups and organizations, businesses and individuals have adopted and decorated individual rooms. Roach said that the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will hire up to ten new employees to manage and maintain the new House.

“The Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be a home away from home for our families, providing a level of safety and comfort at an incredibly difficult time in their lives and relieving stress by being with other families facing similar challenges,” said Cardon Children’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Anderson.  “The partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be vital in the healing process for the children and their families.”

A special ceremony at the site of the future House, and including a “blessing of the ground” by members of the Gila River Indian Community, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the Cardon Children’s Medical Center campus at Southern Ave. and Dobson Rd. in Mesa.  Additional events, including a Hard Hat tour and official ribbon cutting ceremony will be announced at a later date.

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.bannerhealth.com/CardonChildrens.

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Banner acquires Odyssey Hospice to expand hospice services

Banner Health announced the acquisition of Odyssey Hospice in Maricopa County, which is owned by Gentiva, a national home care and hospice organization based in Atlanta, Ga. Non-profit Banner Health will assume operations of Odyssey Hospice facilities and programs on Dec. 1, 2012. On that date, Banner Hospice will transition Odyssey patients, employees, facilities and programs into Banner.

“This expansion of hospice care is an important part of building a key patient program within Banner’s continuum of community-based services. Banner Hospice is an essential resource for the growing number of patients within insurance plans served by the Banner Health Network,” said Banner Health’s David Baker, chief executive officer of Banner Home Care. “We’re extremely pleased to bring such a high quality service like Odyssey Hospice into Banner Health, and we’re honored to bring such an outstanding group of professionals into Banner,” he continued.

The acquisition includes two in-patient hospice facilities – one in Mesa and the other in Peoria – and all in-home hospice services in Maricopa County. Odyssey’s in-patient hospice unit in Mesa will merge on December 1, and all patients will be transferred into Banner Hospice’s Mesa in-patient facility. “We are committed to ensuring that these transfers occur as smoothly as possible for the patients and their families,” Baker said.

Odyssey Hospice employs more than 130 people in the Phoenix area. It is anticipated that Banner’s daily census of hospice patients in Maricopa County, both in-patient and in-home, will grow to more than 300 patients daily.

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Banner Health Center Breaks Ground in Goodyear

Elected and community officials from the City of Goodyear joined leaders from Banner Health on Thursday to break ground on a Banner Health Center located at Cotton Lane and Estrella Mountain Parkway.

Joining Banner leaders at the ground-breaking were Goodyear Mayor Georgia Long and Goodyear Director of Economic Development, Harry Paxton.

The 13,000 SF center will open next summer. The Goodyear center comes on the heels of four similar ground-breaking celebrations Banner Health christened last week in the East Valley. The developer is Irgens, the general contractor is Ashworth Construction and the architect is 33 North Architects.

“We are pleased to be able to expand Banner’s presence in the Valley through this new health center,” said Jim Brannon, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Medical Group. “Through our community health centers we look to provide high-quality, convenient healthcare for the whole family — from young families to mature adults and everyone in between.”

Goodyear’s Banner Health Center will offer primary care including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition, rotating physician specialists are expected to be scheduled onsite to meet patient needs. Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite for added patient convenience.

The Banner Health Center in Goodyear will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

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Banner Health building four new health centers

Community and elected officials from four east Valley communities joined Banner Health leaders on a “whistle stop bus tour” on Thursday visiting the future sites of four Banner Health Centers which will provide new jobs and highly-coordinated patient care in convenient, neighborhood locations.

The four new centers, a $45.2 million investment by Banner Health, will bring new medical services to markets with a demonstrated need for additional primary care in the east Valley. The centers, including sites in Gilbert (Warner and Gilbert roads), Queen Creek (Ellsworth Loop and Ocotillo roads), Chandler (Alma School and Willis roads), and east Mesa (Crimson and Baseline roads), are anticipated to open in mid-2013.

Each 21,000-square-foot facility will offer a mix of primary care services for everyone in the family. Depending on the community, this may include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and, in some cases, Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, rotating physician specialists are expected to be scheduled onsite to meet patient needs.

Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite at each center for added patient convenience. Electronic medical records at all centers are accessible from all of Arizona’s 14 Banner hospitals and other Banner facilities. Each Banner Health Center will have the capacity for future growth in both size and staff. The architect for the east Valley health centers is HMC Architects and the general contractor is Kitchell.

“We look forward to providing residents in the east Valley quality and convenient care that is close to where they live,” said Jim Brannon, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Medical Group. “Our care will be patient-focused and stress preventative care for the entire family.”

All east Valley Banner Health Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Banner Health Center in Verrado to Open Sept. 24

After a long relationship with the community, Banner Health will open its fourth Banner Health Center at 20751 W. Market St. in the community of Verrado.

The new center will begin serving patients in the West Valley on Monday, Sept. 24.

At opening, staff physicians will include a family practitioner and pediatrician, though a third physician is already planned and the center is able to easily grow with community needs. Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite for added patient convenience. Electronic medical records at the center are accessible from all Banner hospitals and facilities.

“Banner Health Center may be our first official structure in Verrado, but Banner has a relationship with this community that dates back nearly a decade,” said Jim Brannon, chief executive officer for Banner Medical Group. “We have long provided care to many of its residents via Banner Estrella Medical Center, but are so pleased to bring Banner caregivers close to home for these valued neighbors.”

Verrado, Buckeye and other West Valley residents are invited to attend the Banner Health Center Community Preview Event scheduled Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at the center. Participants can hear the opening remarks and join in the dedication at 9:30 am, followed by tours, food, screenings, giveaways and information about Banner Health facilities and services. Also, meet physicians and staff from the center, and even make your introductory patient appointment.

Banner opened Banner Health Center in Maricopa on May 16 of this year, and it has already exceeded projections for patient volume. Banner Health Center in Southwest Loveland (Colo.) opened on Aug. 6.

Additionally, there is an existing Banner Health Center in Peoria/Sun City West. There are plans to open yet another Banner Health Center in Surprise in October. Four sites in the East Valley of metro-Phoenix have been slated for 2013.

The project budget was $7.5M. McCarthy Building Companies was the general contractor and SmithGroupJJR was the architect. Phase I was 12,500 SF, 18 exam rooms; Phase III (final build-out) was 36,000 SF, 54 exam rooms.

 

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Stars Of The Season: Elite Fund-Raising Event For CCMC

It’s time to pack your bags, and take the trip of a lifetime to the third annual Stars of the Season event benefiting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center (CCMC), Banner Health and the Banner Health Foundation.

On Oct. 27, Scottsdale’s Montelucia Resort & Spa will host an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment, including a silent auction, which will auction off tickets to NYC Fashion Week. Guests can also expect a performance from Chester Bennington of the band Linkin Park, which donated $25,000 to sponsor a table.

This year’s theme, 1001 Nights, will take attendees on a unique, Lebanese journey through music, entertainment and authentic food. The theme promises to invoke childhood memories with a strong cultural perspective.

All proceeds from the event will help support Cardon Children’s Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program, which provides care for children born with congenital heart defects or who develop heart conditions early on in life.

But what makes this event even more unique is its dedicated group of volunteers and the teamwork and preparation by Micheline Etkin and Dr. Sophia Yang — two close friends with close ties to Brazil who are this year’s event co-chairs. A diverse advisory council of more than 30 people also assists the ladies in the planning process.

Etkin, a professional model, has always been passionate about children and became involved with the event through one of her old girlfriends, Tina Curran, the chair of the advisory council.

“We can all come together and make an incredible impact,” Etkin says. “It’s so nice to be a part of something so open-minded.” Etkin adds that she has great faith in the program and thinks it’s amazing that children can now get care in their own backyard.

Yang, a mother of triplets, also enjoys helping children and co-chairing the event with her close friend.

The event is already at capacity with an estimated 600 attendees, with tickets sold out by the end of June — before invitations were even mailed out. Luckily, those who are unable to attend the event can still support the cause by donating, sponsoring a table or even purchasing raffle tickets in hopes of being able to attend.

Etkin says she’s proud of both her and Yang’s ability to put on such a popular, extravagant party and tie it to their Brazilian roots.

“We come from the national party capital in the world,” Etkin says. “This is how we are.”

Co-chairing a large event such as this one, regardless of heritage, is not easy. The planning began more than 10 months ago, shortly after last year’s Brazilian-themed Stars of the Season took place.

“It’s like a full-time job, I don’t think I could do this three years in a row,” says Etkin, who would often wake up in the middle of the night to jot down new ideas.

Despite the long hours and stressful planning, Etkin and Yang enjoying putting on something that is both fun and for a good cause. They hope this event will be an inspiration to others, and they enjoy bringing smiles to the faces of the many children they are helping.

For more information about Stars of the Season and how to get involved, visit starsoftheseason.org.