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Banner Health Chief Operating Officer Becky Kuhn cuts ribbon

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked Thursday’s opening of Banner Health’s first “Banner Health Center plus,” a $65 million project with developer partner NexCore Group that will provide a wide range of services to make health care more convenient. The center will begin seeing patients on April 26.

The Health Center plus, a first for Banner, will provide primary care and a full array of specialists in addition to advanced imaging equipment, laboratory services, pharmacy, community classrooms, concierge-style services and a café all in one location. On-site specialty care includes orthopedics, general surgery, vascular surgery, endocrinology, gastroenterology, obstetrics/GYN and behavioral health.

The new campus, which features a three-story, 130,000 square-foot building, is located at the northwest corner of 78th avenue and the Loop 101.

“Banner Health Center plus is more than just a new building,’’ said Becky Kuhn, Banner Health’s chief operating officer. “It represents an integrated approach to providing health care services. It is a place where several hundred Banner team members are all working together seamlessly and hassle-free for our customers,’’ said Kuhn who spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which attracted more than 100 community leaders, Banner team members and corporate partners.

The campus represents the collaboration between physicians, clinicians and operational leaders to create a convenient system, she said.

“It’s all about creating a great customer experience. Even the ‘plus’ part of our name came from market research from our customers. It’s about giving them more,’’ Kuhn said.

Workstation at Banner Health Center plus

“This is an incredibly unique project and we really value the collaboration between Banner Health and the local leaders. The real beneficiaries of this are members of the community who can come to this one place for a very high level of care,’’ said Todd Varney, chief development officer and managing partner of NexCore, a Denver-based national health care development group that partnered with Banner in development of Banner Health Center plus. Varney also spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For more information, visit bannerhealth.com.

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