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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.


Banner Health announces executive leadership changes

Banner Health announced a shift in hospital executive leadership in its Arizona East Region last week. These changes were effective on Monday, March 16.

The transition began with the promotion of Todd Werner, former Chief Executive Officer at Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, who was appointed to serve as President of Banner’s Arizona East Region.

Werner, along with Banner’s Arizona West Region President Rob Gould and Western Region President Jim Ferando, are part of the leadership team that reports to Becky Kuhn, Executive Vice President of Community Delivery for Banner Health.

Cascading changes include the following, all with a report to Todd Werner:

• Lamont Yoder, RN, replaced Werner as CEO of Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson.

• Laura Robertson, RN, moved from her post as CEO at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital into the role of CEO on the Banner Desert Medical Center campus. This vacancy results from the recent promotion of former Banner Desert CEO Rob Gould to President, Arizona West Region.

• Julie Nunley, RN, CEO at Banner Ironwood Medical Center and Banner Goldfield Medical Center, became CEO of Banner Baywood and Banner Heart.

• Serving as interim CEO for Banner Ironwood and Banner Goldfield will be Tracy French, the Chief Financial Officer for these facilities.


Banner MD Anderson names medical director

Matthew Callister, MD, recently was named the new medical director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Callister has been serving in an interim role as medical director since July 2014.As medical director, Dr. Callister is responsible for clinical oversight at Banner MD Anderson, and serves as a pivotal link between the cancer center and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  He joined Banner MD Anderson in 2011 as the division chief for radiation oncology. In this role, he and his colleagues substantially grew the radiation oncology division, and continue to expand these services to other Banner Health campuses.

“Dr. Callister’s collaborative approach to leadership, coupled with his broad knowledge of cancer center operations and clinical expertise, make him ideally suited for this position,” said Todd Werner, chief executive officer of Banner MD Anderson.“He has demonstrated a strong understanding of programmatic development and business expansion, which will serve him well as he leads Banner MD Anderson into its next phase of growth.”

Dr. Callister graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He then completed an internship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Scottsdale and residency at the MD Anderson in Houston.
Board certified in radiation oncology, he also specializes in gastrointestinal cancer, head and neck cancer, sarcoma and skin cancer.
Banner MD Anderson, located on the Banner Gateway campus, delivers cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and MD Anderson. Banner MD Anderson offers focused disease-specific expertise in the medical, radiation, and surgical management of the cancer patient; an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care; access to clinical trials and new investigative therapies; state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of all types of cancer; oncology expertise in supportive care services. For more information, visit www.BannerMDAnderson.com.

Banner MD Anderson expanding

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Banner Gateway campus will break ground in January 2013 on an expansion of its outpatient cancer facility, offering a new service and additional equipment and treatment areas to meet the needs of its rapidly growing patient population.

The 111,000-square-foot expansion will take place to the south of the existing 130,000-square-foot building and will add:

·  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 $62.6 million expansion project on Jan. 22. The newly added area will open in spring 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.

Project architects are HKS, Inc. and the general contractor is DPR Construction.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern of Hope

The Lantern Of Hope Wins IALD Award Of Excellence

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Lantern of Hope positioned at the entry to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert was recognized among 15 architectural lighting design projects throughout seven countries at the 29th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards.

The ceremony was May 10 in Las Vegas.

Positioned at the entryway of the $109M cancer center, the award-winning Lantern of Hope’s vivid, uniform glow serves as a beacon of hope and a symbol of the center’s commitment to the eradication of cancer. Judges noted the subtle color usage as a distinct differentiating factor within the project as many times color is over utilized in lighting design projects. Judges also noted the exceptional execution and design composition of the silhouette lighting in the vertical tower and the even wash of the horizontal awning.

“Symbols of hope abound at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center,” said cancer center CEO Todd Werner. “We are honored that our lantern provides inspiration among such prominent architectural lighting design projects across the world.”

The Lantern of Hope was created with accessibility, maintenance and longevity in mind. Robust, yet small scale, IP66 luminaries with long-life LEDs were selected to withstand the hard desert climate and are situated in a double row at the base of the four-story panel spans in single rows at the bottom of the single-story spans.

The panels cladding the structure were cut to represent the canopy of the Palo Verde tree, also known as the “nurse” tree, fittingly, and filter sunlight to the entry and balconies through a fabric scrim by day while being backlit at night to create an inspiring visual icon. Playful contrasts of light and shadow provide a soft, luminous space of transition to the building during the day and relaxing vantage points for the ever-changing natural light show are offered from adjacent second and third floor balconies.

Generally, the Lantern of Hope glows in lavender – the universal color for cancer awareness. Through the use of a DMX control package, Banner MD Anderson officials can also use the Lantern of Hope to communicate cancer awareness months, holidays and special events through smoothly fading color and kinesis.

In addition to the Lantern of Hope, the center was designed merging the “high-tech” world of medicine with the “high touch” needs of cancer patients to provide holistic care. The center’s unique environment also incorporates proven evidence-based design theories to enhance healing such as natural light, artwork, water features and views of nature. Patient and family amenities at Banner MD Anderson include an expansive lobby, outdoor balconies, large patient rooms and treatment areas as well as unique boutique retail services.

Architect for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center was Cannon Design. General contractor was DPR Construction.

Located at US 60 and Higley Road, the 130,000 SF state-of-the-art facility is housed on the Banner Gateway Medical Center campus in Gilbert. Banner MD Anderson joins Arizona’s leading health care provider with the nation’s leading cancer center to provide patients and their families the highest quality care possible. Top areas of patient care include medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pathology, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and other supportive clinical services.