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Banner Health finalizes Payson Regional merger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Deer Valley Hospital Now Primary Stroke Center

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in North Phoenix has become the Valley’s newest hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, an international certifying agency approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to John Harrington Jr., hospital CEO and senior vice president, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital was accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations in 2007 and by DNV Healthcare in 2011.

“Deer Valley Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Chief Medical Officer Mary Ann Turley, DO, Deer Valley Hospital, who led the stroke certification task force that started preparing the hospital for stroke certification last year.

“We received only one finding when the surveyors visited from DNV and awarded John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital certification as a Primary Stroke Center,” Turley added. “I could not be more proud of our entire stroke certification team and hospital co-workers who all jumped at the opportunity to earn this recognition for our caregiving capability.”

Strokes are the third most prevalent cause of death, the leading cause of adult disability, and affect 700,000 Americans every year. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted by a blood clot (ischemic) or by bleeding from a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic), either of which impairs the brain’s ability to function, but which require opposite treatments.

Because diagnosing the cause is key to ensuring appropriate and effective care, it’s important for patients and families to insist that EMS providers take them to a Primary Stroke Center, said Donna Sells, administrator for the Health Network’s Neurosciences/Orthopedic Service Line. “A Primary Stroke Center is where staff is trained not only to recognize symptoms of stroke, but more importantly, to correctly identify the cause,” she explained.
When people have strokes, time is of the essence. Rapid medical treatment – started less than 3 hours after onset of symptoms and completed within 45 minutes of the patients arrival at the hospital – can save many stroke patients from a lifetime of disability.
“Time loss equals brain loss,” said Sells. When stroke symptoms begin, people should call 9-1-1 without delay.

DNV Primary Stroke Center certification is based on submitted documentation and a site visit by DNV surveyors, during which the hospital staff demonstrates its commitment to excellence, Harrington said. DNV’s PSC Certification program incorporates elements from federal CMS hospital standards as well as requirements from the guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and recommendations of the American Stroke Association.

Members of the Deer Valley Stroke Team Include: Alice Montoya, RN, Nelson Faux, MD, Anil Goud, MD, Patrick Sciara, MD, Clark York, DO, Bonnie Fuerst, MT, Kevin Veale, DO, Patty Erickson, RN, Danny Blanco, RN, Lalit Mansukhani, PharmD, Peter Burrows, RT, Linda DeLuca, RN, Lawrence Finkel, MD, Renee Featherly, David Price, Linda Ott, RN, Donna Sells, RN, Karrie Smith, RN, Lisa Hughes, RN, Susan Hoffmeister, RN, Holly Grems, RN, Maria Soriano, MD, Tracy Moroney, RN, Jennifer Gallegos, MA, Mary Ann Turley, DO, Victor Zach, MD, Jessica Rivas, MSN, Matt Sainsbury, MHA, and Joanne Motley, RN.