Banner’s Foundations in the Media

Here are recent news items about Banner Health and its Foundations from media outlets around the state and the nation.

Gilbert cancer center volunteer retires on his 93rd birthday
GILBERT—Most people in their 90s are no longer working and are enjoying a long-earned rest. But not 93-year-old Bob Gerlach, who has spent the last eight years helping patients as a volunteer for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. “It just seemed like something I should do,” Gerlach said about why he started volunteering in 2011. He has spent the last several years showing new patients around the hospital, helping them with paperwork and taking them to their appointments. He has also answered their questions, and he said has strived to make the hospital “a home away from home.”
KTAR News :: 21 August 2019

Hospital school supply drive helps patients at Banner Children’s
TUCSON—Hughes Federal Credit Union has partnered with Banner Health Foundation for the Hospital School Supply Drive. The effort will bring supplies to the Hospital School at Diamond Children's Medical Center, a program that brings the classroom to patients so they can keep up with their studies.
News 4 Tucson - KVOA :: 19 August 2019

Banner Health Foundation Accepts Hospital Helper Care Packages
SCOTTSDALE—Magnovo Training Group recently facilitated a Hospital Helper charity teambuilding workshop in Scottsdale and the Banner Health Foundation received 25 care packages to use for babies and patients at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. “Thank you for these care packages that help make life better for our tiniest patients and their families during a stay in the NICU,” said Andy Kramer Petersen, President & CEO of the Banner Health Foundation. “This reminds families they are not alone during what can be a very scary time with their new baby.”
PR Underground :: 11 March 2019

Will We Ever Cure Alzheimer's?
NEW YORK CITY—The scientific establishment has become increasingly open to new theories about the underpinnings of Alzheimer’s. Two teams of researchers, working separately, recently published studies suggesting that viruses, particularly two common types of herpes, could kick-start an immune response that might drive the accumulation of amyloid in the brain. Co-authors of one of the studies included longtime skeptics of a viral role in Alzheimer’s, Dr. Samuel Gandy, associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in New York, and Dr. Eric Reiman, executive director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.
The New York Times :: 19 November 2018

Local Author Writes Children’s Book to Help Cancer Patients
TUCSON—After suffering the deaths of his brother and mother in the space of two days, Kevin Miller was admitted to the hospital himself, due to liver cancer. Miller took these difficulties and transformed them into a children’s book. Inspired by a family pet rabbit, The Adventures of Jelly Bean Slide helps children learn core materials such as the alphabet and numbers, while also supporting those suffering from cancer.
Tucson Local Media :: 5 November 2018

Banner leader Peter Fine sees continued growth, challenges
PHOENIX—With 43,000 Arizona employees, Phoenix-based Banner Health is the state’s largest health system, nonprofit and private employer. It is continuing to grow, with plans to add 1,500 employees in Arizona. During the past few years, Banner President and CEO Peter Fine has led the company through significant growth and transformation.
Phoenix Business Journal :: 12 October 2018

Most Americans Believe a Cure for Alzheimer’s Will Come in Their Lifetime
LEXINGTON, Ky.—A new survey, co-sponsored by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix, AZ, and pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Amgen, in association with Alzheimer’s Disease International, finds that most U.S. adults (54 percent) are worried that they may develop Alzheimer’s disease, and a majority believe it is likely a cure will be developed in their lifetime (55 percent). However, while 89 percent were confident that the answer lies in medical research, 67 percent had no idea how to get involved. 
University of Kentucky News :: 20 September 2018

Cubs manager cuts ribbon on renovated rooms at Cardon Children's
MESA—Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was not only in town for this week's three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Maddon and his wife, Jaye, celebrated the opening of two renovated pediatric outpatient treatment rooms at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa. The couple's Respect 90 Foundation funded the project, which brightened up the rooms to make them more inviting for children who are treated at the facility.
Arizona Republic :: 19 September 2018

John Graham, member of Banner Health Foundation's Board of Directors, is honored by ONE Community
PHOENIX—ONE Community, the coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals moving diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans forward, announced the 2018 Honorees for the eighth annual Spotlight on Success Awards to be held in October. Presented by PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, this year’s Unity Agent honor is awarded to John Graham, President and CEO of Sunbelt Holdings.
AZ Big Media :: 23 August 2018

Peter S. Fine one of '100 Most Influential People in Healthcare'
U.S.—Modern Healthcare released its 2018 list of “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” and for the sixth year, Banner president and CEO, Peter S. Fine, was included, earning the #51 spot. “I’m proud to see Banner represented among the top leaders of the health care industry,” said Fine. “This recognition is a reflection of the exceptional clinicians, support staff and leadership team who I have the privilege to work with.”
Modern Healthcare :: 20 August 2018

Best Hospitals in Arizona
U.S.—Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson have been recognized as Best Hospitals for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. This year, BUMCP is recognized among the best in the nation in five specialties: Neurology & Neurosurgery (#50), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#43), Nephrology (#32), Pulmonology (#31) and Geriatrics (#19). Its high-performing specialties include: Cancer, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics and Urology. BUMCT is nationally ranked in three specialties: Nephrology (#50), Pulmonology (#49) and Gynecology (#36). Its high-performing specialties include: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery and Geriatrics.
U.S. News & World Report :: August 2018

Tempe Fire Department undergoes dementia awareness training
TEMPE—Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Dementia Friendly Tempe provided training for the Tempe Fire Department to raise awareness about dementia. First responders wore headgear to muffle their hearing, heavy gloves to limit their motion, and glasses to obstruct their vision before completing a simulation exercise of five tasks. “We’re trying to help firefighters and paramedics understand what it feels like to be living with dementia – to experience the confusion and frustration of everyday life,” said Jan Dougherty, special projects consultant with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.
KTAR News :: 12 July 2018

Women's and Children's Garden opened
PAYSON—Banner Payson Medical Center opened its Women’s and Children’s Garden. The enclosed space, created with donations to the Banner Health Foundation and gifts from the Banner Payson Medical Center staff, is for patients during labor. The newly created space aims to help relieve stress and anxiety for moms-to-be.
Payson Roundup :: 12 June 2018

100+ Women Who Care donate $9,100 to Banner Health Foundation
PHOENIX—myCancerConnection, offering one-on-one support by connecting patients to a cancer support community of survivors and caregivers, received a generous gift from 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center provides for a patient’s clinical needs, while also tending to their heart and soul needs.
AZ Business Magazine :: 1 June 2018

Banner-UA partnership wins $60M NIH award — largest in Arizona history
PHOENIX—A partnership between Phoenix-based Banner Health and University of Arizona has won a $60 million award from the National Institutes of Health for its role in the national All of Us Research Program. The goal of the All of Us Research Program is to collect health information and blood samples from 1 million Americans to accelerate research and improve health, and to create medical treatments based on patients' individual genetic composition.
Phoenix Business Journal :: 3 May 2018

Banner – UMC hospital tower nearly complete
TUCSON—The 670,000-square-foot tower at Banner – University Medical Center is on schedule to welcome its first patients in April 2019, and Banner is offering a series of free public tours of the new nine-story tower. See photos from the first tour.
Arizona Daily Star :: 30 March 2018

Making a Difference Through The Medical Transportation Grant Program
ARIZONA—In 2007, Southwest Airlines proudly launched the Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) to help provide nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations across the nation with roundtrip tickets for patients and/or caregivers in need. The 2018 MTGP recipients include 79 hospitals across the United States. [Transplant teams at the Banner - University Medical Centers in Phoenix and Tucson are MTGP grant recipients]
Southwest Airlines Blog :: 27 March 2018

The power of music: Teen leukemia patient at Mesa hospital uses ukulele to stay positive
PHOENIX—A 14-year-old girl battling leukemia at Banner Health Cardon Children's Medical Center learned how to play the ukulele in Sophie's Place, a music therapy program funded by philanthropy. See her azcentral story and hear her perform with her favorite night nurse.
The Arizona Republic :: 20 March 2018

This hospital system is the largest nonprofit in Arizona
PHOENIX—Banner Health is the largest nonprofit in Arizona, according to a report released by Kittleman, an executive search firm for the nonprofit industry. Banner Health is also the largest hospital system in Arizona and the state's largest private employer and was ranked No. 5 on Kittleman's list of the largest nonprofits nationwide. 
Phoenix Business Journal :: 16 March 2018

Phoenix-area teens get crash course in distracted, drunk driving prevention
PHOENIX—Banner Health has launched a program that aims to teach Phoenix-area high schoolers about the dangers of distracted and drunk driving. However, the program does not involve getting behind the wheel of a car, but rather strapping on a pair of goggles that simulate the experience instead. 
KTAR NEWS :: 2 March 2018

McCarthy completes play space at Cardon Children’s Medical Center
MESA—McCarthy Building Companies recently completed “The BIG Outside,” a 10,000-square-foot outdoor play space and healing garden for Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. 
AZ Big Media :: 27 February 2018