2 Banner facilities among '100 Great Hospitals'

Banner - University Medical Centers Phoenix and Tucson Recognized

Two Banner Health academic medical centers in Arizona have been named to Becker's Hospital Review's 2015 edition of "100 Great Hospitals in America," a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, formerly known as University of Arizona Medical Center – Tucson Campus, and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly known as Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, both were named to the prestigious list, published today.

The hospitals are part of the newly formed Banner – University Medicine division of Banner Health, an Arizona-based nonprofit health system operating 28 hospitals in seven western states. In March, Banner Health entered into a 30-year academic affiliation agreement with the University of Arizona to become the primary clinical partner of the UA Colleges of Medicine in Phoenix and Tucson. 

"We are confident that by combining Banner Health's tradition of clinical excellence with the innovations of academic medicine, we will propel these already outstanding hospitals to new heights in medical research, education and patient care," said Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of Banner – University Medicine. "We see endless possibilities in this partnership with the University of Arizona to transform health care in our region and serve the people of Arizona."

According to Becker's Hospital Review, hospitals included on the 100 Great Hospitals list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as research hubs or local anchors of wellness. A version of this list has been published each year since 2011.

To develop the list, Becker's Hospital Review's editorial team conducted research and evaluated reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources. The final result is a group of 100 hospitals that are leaders in their region, their state and the nation in terms of high-quality patient care.

About Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. It is part of Banner – University Medicine. The hospital specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences and stroke care, organ transplants and emergency care, including a Level 1 trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 28 hospitals in seven states. The institution, which has trained thousands of doctors over decades as a teaching hospital, is now the academic medical center for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. For more information, visit www.bannerhealth.com/UniversityPhoenix.

About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network in Arizona. The 479-bed hospital is the primary academic medical center for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. It is specializes in heart care, cancer care, neurosciences, transplantation, pediatrics and Level 1 trauma care. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/UniversityTucson