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Banner Health Medical Centers – Phoenix, Arizona

Banner Health has hospitals in seven states, but two of their most popular with travelers are Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ. Both facilities have been welcoming travel nurses to the Valley of the Sun for years. And, the healthcare offered by these two Banner Health facilities is second to none.

The metropolitan Phoenix area, where Glendale is situated as well, is a Mecca for travelers wishing to join the “Snow Birds” and spend their winter in the warmth of Arizona. It offers everything larger cities are famous for and more, while the state holds sights and scenes unlike anywhere else in the world.

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World exists among spectacular desert landscapes, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain peaks. From small communities to some of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Arizona offers the traveling nurse unique experiences packed with hospitality, adventure, and stunning sights.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical located in Phoenix has offered care to the community since 1911, and is a flagship hospital within Banner Health. Nearly 1,700 physicians representing more than 50 specialties work with the Banner Good Samaritan staff to care for more than 36,000 inpatients a year.

Banner Good Samaritan houses more than 650 licensed patient care beds. It is also an outstanding teaching hospital that trains more than 220 physicians annually, and a premier medical center in Arizona and the Southwest. It provides a comprehensive foundation of major programs and an equally impressive offering of highly specialized programs not available at most hospitals. Excellent patient care is the hallmark of major programs such as the Harry J. Cavanagh Cardiology Center, Level I Trauma, cancer care, general and minimally-invasive surgery, transplantation, and high-risk obstetrics.

For the eighth year, US News & World Report magazine has recognized Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in the magazine’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. Banner Good Samaritan was recognized for four primary clinical programs: Heart & Heart Surgery (#27), Kidney Disease (#40), Gynecology (#41), and Urology (#45). In 2005, Banner Good Samaritan was also recognized as a “Magnet Facility” by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, the highest honor a hospital can earn for it’s nursing care and practices.

In 1960, the founders of present-day Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (BTMC) opened a facility at Northern and 61st Avenue called Northwest Hospital. In 1983, the hospital moved north to their current location at 55th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, where a 75-bed facility was opened. By that time, the Northwest Valley population had swelled to 340,000 residents. That theme of growth has continued virtually unabated. BTMC’s capacity has grown to 397 beds during a 2003 expansion allowing them to keep pace with the nearly one million people now living in their service area. The hospital is now planning for a new 200-bed tower, which will begin construction in February 2007 with a completion date of July 2008. That is why Banner Thunderbird is the fastest growing hospital in the state in terms of market share, and the largest employer in Glendale with more than 2,200 employees. Despite the growth and change, BTMC’s dedicated employees, volunteers and physicians still uphold the core values that make health care a noble calling: to treat each patients and each other with compassion, integrity and excellence. Both Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center offer a praised work environment, excellent wages and a warm place to call home unlike any other. It’s no wonder our travelers have flocked to the Phoenix area to service these outstanding facilities for years. If you would like more information on a fabulous opportunity in the Phoenix area give one of our recruiters a call today at (800) 240-2526.

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