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October 17, 2017: Banner Health issued new U.S. patent [9,788,784]


Banner Health has been issued a new U.S. patent titled "Accelerated evaluation of treatments to prevent clinical onset of neurodegenerative diseases" by the US Patent and Trademark Office.


Systems and methods for evaluating prospective treatments for progressive brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease and the progressive effects of aging involve the use of an imaging device communicatively coupled to a computing device. The imaging device may takes a plurality of brain imaging measurements from each of a plurality of human subjects who are divided into a treated group and an untreated group based on various subject data including whether the subjects carry certain alleles of genes known to increase the risk of developing the brain disorder at issue. The computing device receives the brain imaging measurements from the imaging device and applies an advanced processing method that permits enhanced computational efficiency when calculating rates of change for the two groups and determining whether any calculated difference between the rates is statistically significant.

Appl. No.15/335,383








Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system, owns or manages acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, and outpatient surgery centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming. The company offers hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing, surgery, rehabilitation, and residential care services, including Alzheimers, bariatric surgery, behavioral health, burn, cancer, emergency care, heart care, insurance and Medicare, maternity, medical imaging, neuroscience and stroke, orthopedics, pediatric, physician, poison and drug information, research, high-order multiple birth, organ transplant, Level 1 trauma, sleep, surgical care, urgent and same day care, and womens health services. It also offers pastoral intervention, crisis response, religious sacraments, and consultations; and music therapy, massage therapy, aromatherapy, and pet therapy services. The company was formerly known as Banner Health System and changed its name to Banner Health in April 2003. Banner Health was founded in 1938 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.


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August 02: Banner Health: Banner Health partners with Safeway to open grocery store-based health clinics

PHOENIX - Banner Health continues its transformation to become more consumer focused with the opening of three new retail-based health clinics in August. The Banner Quick Care clinics will be located in Safeway grocery stores in Chandler, Tempe and Tucson.

The Chandler and Tempe locations will open on Aug. 1, and the Tucson location on Aug. 9.

"Banner Quick Care will further the organization's presence in the 'on-demand' health care space, offering accessible and consumer-focused services designed to make health care easier," said Banner Urgent Care CEO Rob Rohatsch, MD.

The retail clinics will allow walk-in consumers of all ages to receive an array of health care services seven days per week. This includes treatment for allergic reactions, common colds, cough, earaches, physical exams, pinkeye, stomach aches, strep throat, urinary tract infections, and similar medical needs. The clinics will also offer vaccinations.

Unlike Banner Urgent Care, Banner Quick Care will not offer labs or imaging services, and are not equipped to handle other urgent health care needs such as broken bones or serious cuts. Banner Quick Care will be located inside the Safeway store locations at 926 E. Broadway Road in Tempe; 4970 E. Alma School Road in Chandler; and 1940 E. Broadway Blvd. in Tucson.

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August 01: Banner Health: Banner joins with Safeway to open clinics

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Banner Health and Safeway are teaming up to open health clinics at grocery stores around the state.

Dubbed Banner Quick Care Clinics, one will open at the Safeway at 1940 E. Broadway Aug. 9.

"Banner Quick Care will further the organization's presence in the 'on-demand' health care space, offering accessible and consumer-focused services designed to make health care easier," said BannerUrgent Care CEO Rob Rohatsch in a statement.

The clinics will allow walk-in patients to be treated for allergic reactions, colds, coughs, earaches, pinkeye, stomach aches, strep throat, urinary tract infections and receive physical exams and vaccinations.

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October 12: The deadly consequence of keeping prescription pills around -- and where to dispose of them instead

PHOENIX - Flushing your pills, or just keeping them on hand, could be sharing them with your neighbors.

Traceable levels of birth control, antidepressants, opioids and illegal substances -- like cocaine -- are being found in drinking water across the United States.

For now, "they are harmless" to humans, according to Dr. Frank Lovecchio with the Banner Poison Drug & Information Center, but highlight a much bigger problem.

"The number one reason you die from the age 25 to 45 is a drug overdose," he said. Unfortunately, deadly overdoses involving prescription drugs are a "daily occurrence" in the Valley.

Lovecchio said one-third of people who overdose on prescription medication acquired them from a friend, family member or neighbor. Instead, drugs should be disposed of responsibly.

How do you properly dispose of prescription pills? Find a designated drop site near you.

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October 10: Banner Health: Nutrition: A powerful tool against cancer

October is widely known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I'd like to offer some motivation to encourage everyone to consider a quick review of what you eat everyday. While what you eat may or may not prevent cancer, we can certainly choose foods that may be protective against it.

First off, make sure to enjoy a wide variety of foods from all five food groups. Consider visiting for a whole host of helpful tools to get you started. By incorporating as many foods groups as you can into your meals, you will ensure you are able to get an adequately balanced diet with all the nutrients your body needs for overall good health.

As you work on expanding the variety of healthy food in your diet, focus especially on getting enough fruits and vegetables. Selecting ones with vibrant colors: berries, plums, peppers, carrots, leafy, and tomatoes, just to name a few. Not only are they good for you, they can make your plate more attractive. The recommended goal is to eat at least five servings a day, about 2 to 2 1/2 cups.

Next, try to add whole grains whenever possible. Choosing less processed versions of your favorite foods, such as cereal or bread, is an easy place to start. Popcorn is a fun snack that provides whole grains and doesn't add a lot of extra calories. Have some fun with other grains like quinoa, teff and barley.

August 21: Banner Health: 9 Essential Facts About Your Liver

If you're a healthy person, you might not think twice about your liver - and for good reason. "If you're healthy, you're probably not even aware of what your liver's doing," says G. Anton Decker, MD, gastroenterologist and chief medical officer of the Banner Medical Group in Phoenix.

Yet because the liver is such an important organ, it makes sense to educate yourself about it. This is especially true if you've been having health problems or have a history of liver issues. Here are answers to nine questions you might be wondering about.

1. What does my liver do?

Give your liver credit for being one of the hardest-working organs in your body, as it performs hundreds of functions. "I call it the Grand Central station of your body," Dr. Decker says. In a nutshell, your liver processes anything you eat or drink, and either repackages it for your body to use or eliminates it.

2. What's the best habit I can follow to keep my liver healthy?

Focus on healthy eating. "Because the liver stores most of our nutrients - it's the major organ for nutrient processing - anything bad you consume will be associated with potential for damage," says Timothy T. Nostrant, MD, professor emeritus of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.




June 27, 2017 Banner Health issued new U.S. patent [9,687,512]


The present invention relates to isolated populations of cardiac stem cells. The invention provides methods for characterizing, isolating, and culturing cardiac stem cells from human tissue samples. The invention also provides compositions and methods useful for treating cardiac disease.

October 18, 2016 Banner Health issued new U.S. patent [9,471,978]


A method is disclosed to acquire imaging and non-imaging datasets from like objects. A linkage is found using a partial least squares (PLS) technique between imaging and non-imaging datasets. The linkage is then reduced to an expression of a single numerical assessment. The single numerical assessment is then used as an objective, quantified assessment of the differences and similarities between the objects. The data each dataset can be aspects of performance, physical characteristics, or measurements of appearance.

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