Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. U.S. News & World Report ranked Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, No. 2 in Arizona and No. 2 in the Phoenix metro area for 2015-16. The academic medical center is a Level I trauma center and a collaborative affiliate with the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix.
The history of the hospital dates back to 1911, when Lulu Clifton, a Methodist deaconess, arrived in Phoenix to recover from tuberculosis. Ms. Clifton was convinced Phoenix needed a new hospital, and she did something about it: She founded her first hospital, the Arizona Deaconess Hospital, in an apartment building. Later, she leased an office building from a physician. In 1928, the hospital was renamed Good Samaritan Hospital. Banner Good Samaritan changed its name to Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix last year after Banner Health and University of Arizona Health Network merged.
As of 2014, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix had 733 beds and 3,564 full-time equivalent positions. The hospital is designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Transplant surgeons at Good Samaritan performed the first successful kidney transplant in Arizona in 1969. Today the hospital is one of the busiest transplant centers in the nation, having hosted more than 3,200 kidney transplants.
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