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Banner Health launches pharmacy services division

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.

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Regus’ Newest Scottsdale Business Center Appeals to Professionals

As professionals seek innovative ways to balance work-life responsibilities, Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, today announced the opening of its 15th full-service business center in the valley at 16427 North Scottsdale Road aimed at giving workers a convenient place to drop-in, be productive and network with like-minded professionals.

Commenting on Regus’ growth in the region, Mayor Jim Lane said, “This kind of flexible workspace really fits the needs of the growing number of creative entrepreneurs in Scottsdale. We are a smart and savvy community, so this business center will be a great fit and a big benefit to our business community.”

“There has been a rise in demand in the Scottsdale area for more flexible space and this location provides a perfect setting for professionals who do business in and live in North Scottsdale,” said Sande Golgart, Regus’ Regional Vice President. “In speaking with our clients, they are thrilled to have access to our services so close to where they live.”

Regus’ diverse client base in the center, which includes both commercial and residential real estate firms, lawyers and financial services companies points to the benefits flexible working has for businesses from all sectors and sizes.

Regus operates 1,500 locations worldwide.  Its network of business centers provide entrepreneurs, small- to medium-sized businesses as well as international companies a range of efficient work solutions, including fully equipped offices and virtual offices as well as meeting rooms and membership to its drop-in business lounges.  Terms are flexible allowing clients to choose the amount of space they use and the length of time they stay.

Regus promotes a collaborative environment for its customers.  Common areas, including stocked kitchen spaces, open campus spaces and client networking events helps develop a sense of community for the workers using the space.

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

More than a million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,500 locations in 600 cities and 100 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit: www.regus.com.

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

Tech Q&A: Year-end budgeting

This is the first of what will be a continuing series of technology questions answered by Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking in Tempe.

Question: What technology or telecommunications products should we purchase before year-end?

Answer: December is an excellent time to evaluate your IT needs for the coming year and with Section 179 Deductions changing, small businesses should take advantage of purchasing new equipment before it’s too late.

According to the IRS, Section 179 of the IRS code allows small businesses to deduct the cost of machinery, vehicles, equipment, furniture and other property. This was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. At that time, the maximum amount that a business could deduct was $250,000. In 2011, the maximum deduction that a small business could make was $500,000, but in 2012, the amount drops to $139,000.

Marcus Networking recommends replacing old laptops, wireless access points, battery back-ups, MS Office, VoIP phone systems, and servers before Dec. 31, 2012.  All of these products and services can improve workplace efficient and save money in the long run.

We’re also available to provide a free consultation and discuss your business needs.  Does some of your staff work remotely? Will you be adding or reducing staff in the coming year? Are you building a new office? Would you like to cut travel costs and have the ability to do presentations remotely? All of these factors determine what products and services we’ll recommend for your business.  And remember, you’ll always want to talk to your accountant before making any large capital purchases to ensure you follow the Section 179 code and take advantage to its fullest.

 

Eric Marcus is CEO of Tempe-based Marcus Networking, which specializes in telecommunications centered on phone systems, cabling, and the network infrastructure also known as the “backbone.” Read more about Eric Marcus in the January issue of Az Business magazine.