2013-04-24 – Arizona Regional Medical Center to Join Banner Health
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Arizona Regional Medical Center, 2050 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, will join Banner Health, Arizona’s largest and busiest health system, according to a press release issued by Banner Health April 19.
The hospital is anticipated to join Banner on May 15, pending Banner Health board of directors approval, and will be re-named in the coming months to identify it as a Banner hospital, the release said.
The announcement was made to ARMC staff Friday, April 19, Nancy Crabtree, ARMC’s chief nursing officer and chief operations officer, told the Independent during a phone interview today, April 23.
“Yes, it’s in the process. A letter of intent has been signed,” Ms. Crabtree said by phone today.
At a meeting Monday morning, Ms. Crabtree said, Banner pledged to the Apache Junction staff that it would try to use them all.
She was uncertain about her job and other members of the management team, she replied when asked by the Independent.
“I’m housed over here in Mesa. Usually when there’s a sale like this the buying hospital has its own business management team,” Ms. Crabtree said.
When asked how the sale would impact the community, she replied, “Banner has such a wonderful reputation in the community and in Arizona, I’m sure with their resources of staff and physicians that it will be good for the community.”
The 30-bed hospital, which has a major focus on cardiovascular care, will expand its focus to provide general hospital care, the press release said. Banner is working to share details about these services with Apache Junction residents as soon as possible. The medical center will also serve as a gateway to Banner’s array of specialized services.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health was recently recognized as a 2013 Top 15 Health System in the nation for clinical excellence by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters, according to Banner’s website. There were 328 health systems across the nation evaluated for this recognition.
The system manages 23 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.