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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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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.