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Banner listed as top-100 hospital

Courtesy Katie Riley

Banner hospitals have been recognized as being among the top 100 greatest hospitals in the U.S. In March, the UA and Banner entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal.

Two Arizona Banner facilities have been recognized as being in the top 100 greatest U.S. hospitals.

Banner — Health University Medical Center in Tucson and Phoenix were included on Becker’s Hospital Review, which was published April 20.

In March, Banner and the UA entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal with which Banner became the primary clinical partner of the College of Medicine. 

The University of Arizona Medical Center was recognized for its research, teaching and high quality patient  care by the U.S. News & World Report as No. 2 in Arizona. UMC, now titled Banner — Health University Medical Center, is also recognized as being the only Level I trauma center in Southern Arizona.

According to Katie Riley, director of Media and Corporate Communications at the UA Health Network, there are future plans on building an 11-story hospital tower that is slated to open in 2019.

“We hope to break ground at the end of the year, pending some zoning permissions,” Riley said. “The merger of the UA Health Network into Banner Health this spring, plus the 30-year academic affiliation agreement between Banner and the UA, is bringing millions of dollars into the UA for research, faculty recruitment, program enhancement and improved facilities. It is hard to overestimate the benefits of this investment to our students, researchers, faculty and patients.”

Dr. Robert Groves, chief medical officer of Banner — Health University Medical Center, said they “are very pleased that two of [their] academic medical centers earned spots on the 100 Great Hospitals list.”

Groes added that providing consistently superior outcomes and an outstanding patient experience is something that Banner — Health University Medical Center staff strive for every day.

“Banner Health’s track record of clinical excellence, combined with the UA’s research know-how, is a powerful combination,” said Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president of Banner — Health University Medicine. “We now have a statewide network of physicians and academic medical centers to expand research capabilities across Arizona. We are less than two months into the UA Health Network’s merger into Banner Health, but already we are transforming the health care landscape of this state.”


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