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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.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Banner Health create joint venture

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Banner Health announced today that they will enter into a new joint venture, to be known as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Advantage (BCBSAZ Advantage), in which both companies will participate equally to bring enhanced Medicare services to Arizonans. The venture brings two premier organizations together with a common goal of improving the quality of patient care, enhancing wellness management and affordability for people enrolled in Medicare.
BCBSAZ Advantage will include Medicare Advantage plans for seniors in Maricopa County and portions of Pinal County, currently known as Banner MediSun Medicare Health Plan, including their MediSunONE Classic, MediSunONE Plus and MediSunONE Premier plans.

By aligning their shared interests and capabilities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Banner Health will deliver value to Arizonans enrolled in Medicare programs by offering them the stability of two premier organizations that share a vision for the future delivery of healthcare that inspires people to live healthy and productive lives, and provides highly coordinated care when it’s needed.

“This is an opportunity to capitalize on the strengths of the Blue Cross Blue Shield brand to position our company to more efficiently and effectively serve expanding markets in the government sector,” said Richard L. Boals, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “By joining with Banner to offer Medicare products, we’re now able to offer a broader range of services that furthers our position to compete as an industry leader during a transformative time in the healthcare industry.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona currently offers Medicare supplement and prescription drug plans (Part D) to more than 23,000 Arizonans. Through the joint venture with Banner Health, it’s estimated the companies will be serving 25,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees. Current Banner MediSun members will be able to keep their coverage intact as both companies are committed to focusing their efforts on making this a smooth and positive transition for members and employees alike. All terms are subject to final regulatory approval.

“This new collaboration with a proven community partner like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona clearly shows that when two leading organizations are so closely aligned, the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts,” said Peter S. Fine, president and chief executive officer of Banner Health. “This is an ideal opportunity for Banner to leverage our comprehensive network of quality providers who are supported and linked by an electronic medical records system and other enabling technologies that are unmatched in Arizona.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona also recently announced the launch of BlueAlliance, an innovative health insurance product offering lower premiums by using Banner Health Network’s local network of more than 2,500 healthcare providers in the Maricopa County area. BlueAlliance is the lowest-priced health plan available for small businesses in the entire Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona portfolio of health plans, which traditionally have focused on a broader network of more than 18,000 participating providers.

MediSun members with questions can call Member Services at 800-446-8331. For more information on BCBSAZ Advantage, call 888-288-0019.

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Banner Estrella Breaks Ground On $151M Patient Tower

Banner Estrella Medical Center, recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Valley’s top 10 hospitals, kicked off construction of a $151M patient tower.

Construction of the tower provides an economic injection to the West Valley, creating more than 200 jobs while expanding its emergency room, neonatal intensive care unit and operating rooms.

Last year, the hospital cared for nearly 100,000 patients in its emergency room alone. Additionally, the project is expected to generate hundreds of construction-related jobs during the three-year building timeline.

The new 175-bed patient tower is the second on the Banner Estrella campus and completion is expected in July 2015. McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor and SmithGroupJJR is the architect.

The groundbreaking  included remarks from Kathy Bollinger, president of Banner Health’s Arizona West Region, Deb Krmpotic and CEO of Banner Estrella.

Located on the SEC of the Loop 101 Freeway and Thomas Rd., Banner Estrella Medical Center is a 214-bed full-service hospital offering general surgery, orthopedics, women and infants services, a full cardiac program with open-heart surgery, emergency services, and medical imaging services.

Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, the leading provider of health care services in the Valley with 11 hospitals. In 2012, Banner Estrella Medical Center was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top 10 hospital in Arizona and high performing in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology Services.

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Estrella Sees Significant Growth As Community Expands

Newland Communities is experiencing a surge of growth in its Goodyear master-planned community, Estrella.

In addition to a steady stream of home sales, new commercial projects are underway — including a Walgreens and Banner Health center.

Currently under construction, Walgreens will open this fall in Estrella’s Mountain Ranch Marketplace. In line with the shopping center’s LEED Gold certification, the Estrella Walgreens will showcase a new layout including sustainable features such as electric vehicle charging stations, active daylight harvesting and high efficiency heating/cooling and plumbing.

The store interior will also be revamped with a heavier emphasis on upscale finishing and lighting. Deals are currently in the works with several additional retailers, to be announced later this year, who will also be joining Mountain Ranch Marketplace.

“Our neighborhoods are filled with everything from young families to retirees, and a store like Walgreens will help serve the varying needs of our residents,” said Lynneah Hudson, Newland Communities’ regional marketing director.

Right next door to Walgreens, Estrella has joined forces with Irgens and Banner Health to announce the development of Mountain Ranch Medical Commons, a state-of-the-art, 18,000 SF Class A medical office facility.

Banner Health will provide primary care services as the anchor medical tenant. The single-story structure will offer efficient, custom-designed medical space, upscale amenities and a sustainable design that conforms to standards of the Green Building Initiative.

Construction is set to begin this fall and the project is slated to be completed in mid-2013.

Estrella is home to more than 12,000 residents. Amenities include the Golf Club of Estrella, two lakes which span across 72 acres, and more than 20 miles of trails and parks woven throughout the community.

Estrella also houses three schools within the community including two K-8 elementary schools and one high school. The community also hosts many events throughout the year such as: a farmers market, monthly family outings, live music events and the upcoming outdoor performance of Ballet Arizona.

To learn more about Estrella, visit www.estrella.com.

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Banner Health Set To Expand In Valley With New Facilities

Banner Health is continuing a hot streak of construction projects with the building of four East Valley health centers and the expansion of Banner Estrella.

A new, 144-bed patient tower is being added to the Banner Estrella Medical Center campus, at Loop 101 and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

“We are pleased to be able to grow in support of the needs of the communities we serve,” says Deb Krmpotic, CEO for Banner Estrella Medical Center.

The campus will undergo remodeling of existing obstetrical suites, the addition of a surgical suite, an increase in emergency department capacity and the construction of more visitor and staff parking. McCarthy Building Companies is the general contractor and SmithGroupJJR is the architect.

Other facility upgrades include numerous infrastructure improvements for future expansion, such as two, shelled patient bed floors, a new cardiac catheterization lab, three new operating rooms and additional medical imaging capabilities.

“This is especially important for our Women and Infants Services department and our emergency department, both of which are regularly at capacity due to our reputation for providing excellence in patient care,” Krmpotic says.

The tower is also expected to provide enough additional capacity to meet the demand for patient care services through 2018. Construction on this multi-phase project is anticipated to begin in August and be completed by 3Q 2015.

In conjunction with the expansion, the Banner Health Board of Directors also approved the creation of four new centers in the East Valley, which will cost approximately $45.2M  and are expected to open in 2013.

These projects will mimic Banner Health Center in Maricopa, which opened in May, but will also reflect the community need. Centers are phased to grow as the patient base expands and will be able to nearly triple in size at full build out.

The new sites, with locations in Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler and East Mesa, will further the reach of Banner Health primary care services within Maricopa County. There will be access to general lab and imaging services, community health education and a mix of primary care service for everyone from babies to seniors.

Banner continues to expand its outpatient capabilities to other parts of the Valley as well. Two ambulatory projects are under construction in southwestern Maricopa County —Banner Verrado and Estrella Mountain.

The tower project will support patients from both ambulatory facilities, as well as new patients from Avondale, Buckeye, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Tolleson and West Phoenix.

Not only will both projects enhance the area’s community through the services provided, they will create jobs in construction and health care services.

For more information on Banner Health, visit their website at www.bannerhealth.com.

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Q&A: President Dan Pierce of Kitchell

Q&A: Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell

Q: Technology is playing an important role in today’s construction market. What are some of the latest advancements you’re seeing utilized to make building better?

A: We’ve seen remarkable advances with respect to building information modeling (BIM) technologies. The capacity to share information efficiently has enhanced our ability to collaborate with owners and architects. Tablets, iPads, laptops and smartphones are commonplace — the line between design and construction has blurred. And I’ve been very impressed with the caliber of the young people who have chosen construction as a career. Their aptitude in leveraging the various technologies are enhancing our capacity to service our customers.

Q: How has Kitchell developed such a strong presence in healthcare?

A: I think that we’ve managed to develop strong relationships with our customers over the years. For example, we have worked on the hospital campuses that are now part of Banner Health since 1962. Those types of relationships have helped us anticipate many of the challenges that face healthcare providers in our marketplace. We see ourselves as strategic partners.

Q: Are you seeing signs of promise in Arizona’s commercial construction industry?

A: Despite Arizona’s oversupply in most market sectors of the built environment and the fact that we will likely be lagging most areas of the country in terms of economic recovery, we are seeing more activity in 2012 with a number of our design partners. Our development company is also seeing more activity. I see that as a very positive sign and I am optimistic.

Q: How has Kitchell managed to stay successful during the past five years?

A: Because of our diversity, we have been able to remain nimble and adaptive to the marketplace. This is what makes us unique. The size of our company — and the fact we’re employee-owned — is perfectly suited to be fluid and flexible, to be able to adjust workloads to exactly where we need to be at any given moment.


Dan Pierce has had a hand in the construction of numerous commercial projects throughout the Southwest, and has been with Kitchell for more than 30 years, having joined the company right out of college. As President of Kitchell Contractors, Pierce oversees divisions, including everything from renewable energy and healthcare to custom homes and medical technology planning.

Pierce has a bachelor’s degree in construction from Arizona State University. He served on the Accreditation Review Board and the Department Advisory Council when the construction management program was established at Northern Arizona University. An ASHE-Certified Healthcare Builder, he is on the Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation, has served on the Board of the Foundation for Blind Children and is involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

For more information on Dan Pierce, President of Kitchell, visit Kitchell’s website at kitchell.com.

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17 Banner Health Facilities Achieve Final Stage Of Electronic Medical Record Adoption

Seventeen Banner Health facilities have achieved Stage 7, the final stage in the adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. HIMSS Analytics monitors and recognizes levels of EMR adoption and meaningful use in hospitals in the United States, Canada and other countries.

The Stage 7 recognition by HIMSS Analytics is a compelling example of Banner Health’s emergence as a national leader in health care. Banner Health’s 17 Stage 7 hospitals are among only 82 hospitals in the nation at this top level of EMR use. Banner is also 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.

“While achieving HIMSS Stage 7 for 17 of Banner’s 23 hospitals is an important organizational achievement, the most important beneficiaries are our patients,” said Banner Health’s Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer John Hensing, M.D. “Our meaningful use of enhanced electronic medical records is integrated into our patient care processes and even targeted to help our clinicians proactively recognize and treat specific and dangerous disorders such as sepsis and delirium,” he added.

Banner Health facilities that have achieved Stage 7 status include:

  • Banner Baywood Medical Center (Mesa)
  • Banner Boswell Medical Center (Sun City)
  • Banner Desert Medical Center (Mesa)
  • Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (Sun City)
  • Banner Estrella Medical Center (Phoenix)
  • Banner Gateway Medical Center (Gilbert)
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix)
  • Banner Heart Hospital (Mesa)
  • Banner Ironwood Medical Center (San Tan Valley)
  • Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (Glendale)
  • East Morgan County Hospital (Brush, Colo.)
  • McKee Medical Center (Loveland, Colo.)
  • North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley, Colo.)
  • Page Hospital (Page)
  • Platte County Memorial Hospital (Wheatland, Wyo.)
  • Community Hospital (Torrington, Wyo.)
  • Washakie Medical Center (Worland, Wyo.)

In order to obtain the final stage in the EMR adoption, hospitals must be paperless and be able to share clinical information with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, health care organizations also can store and analyze data to use to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

HIMSS Analytics surveyors conducted an on-site review of Banner’s EMR technologies at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center located in Phoenix. Since nearly all Banner facilities have the same level of EMR adoption and usage, surveyors were able to judge facility capabilities across the system based on their findings at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Four more Banner Health facilities will achieve Stage 7 this summer once they have implemented using bar-coding technology for patient identification and medications administration. The remaining facilities will achieve Stage 7 in 2013.

For more information on Banner Health Medical Centers, visit Banner Health’s website at bannerhealth.com.

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2012 RED Awards: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Kitchell, DAVIS and Banner Health captured top honors Thursday night as Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine held the 7th Annual, 2012 RED Awards (Real Estate and Development) to recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2011.

The event drew more than 400 CRE professionals to the Arizona Biltmore as winners and honorable mentions were selected from a record 116 nominations received in 12 project categories and individual and team broker categories.

Kitchell was named General Contractor of the Year; DAVIS was Architect of the Year; and Banner Health won Developer of the Year.

2012 RED Awards category winners:

Best Education Project: Grand Canyon University Arena; Best Hospitality Project: Westin Downtown Phoenix; Best Industrial Project: Dunn-Edwards Phoenix; Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Best Multi-Family Project: Devine Legacy on Central; Best Office Project: Fountainhead Office Plaza; Best Public Project: Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities; Best Redevelopment Project: Adelante Healthcare Surprise; Best Retail Project: iPic Theater/Tanzy/Salt; Most Challenging Project: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; Most Sustainable Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters; and Best Tenant Improvement Project: Limelight Networks.

Merit Award winners were OASIS Hospital (Healthcare) and P.L. Julian Elementary School (Education).

Broker of the Year honors went to Jay Hoselton, Cushman & Wakefield, Individual Leasing; Ken Elmer, Commercial Properties Inc., Individual Sales; Bo Mills and Mark Detmer, Cushman & Wakefield, Team Leasing; and Tyler Anderson and Sean Cunningham, CBRE, Team Sales.

2012 RED Awards honorable mentions:

Education: NAU Health & Learning Center; Healthcare: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center; Hospitality: Casino Del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion; Industrial: Crescent Crown Distribution; Most Challenging: Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodification; Multi-Family: Phoenix Towers Terrace; Office: UniSource Energy Corporate Office; Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower; Redevelopment: The Q Building at Paradise Valley Community College; Retail: American Sports Complex-Retail Center; Most Sustainable: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and Tenant Improvement: Gap Fulfillment Center.


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