Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Until the middle of the 20th century, the notion of a “leisure retirement” was almost unknown in the United States. Then, with the beginning of Social Security and Medicare, and with Americans’ increasing life spans, the concept of leisurely retirement was born...in Arizona.
At the forefront of this retirement revolution was Arizona businessman Del E. Webb, who partnered with landowner James Boswell. Together, they created Sun City, an active retirement community. At its grand opening in 1960, Sun City attracted more than 100,000 visitors and a new era of retirement was born in the United States.
As Sun City expanded, the need for a hospital grew as well. Volunteers and other community leaders organized in 1966, and their efforts led to the opening of what is now known as Banner Boswell Medical Center in 1970.
It was obvious there was a greater need for healthcare services in the area than Boswell could provide. In 1988, the hospital now known as Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center was built. The hospital soon grew to 332 beds and by 2009 increased to 404 licensed beds with the addition of a new wing.
Due to an increase in the number of families moving into the area, Banner Del E. Webb broadened the scope of medical and clinical services. It excels in providing acute medical and surgical services as well as intensive care, emergency and urgent care, inpatient /outpatient surgery, cardiac catheterization, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, urology, pulmonary, obstetrics and gynecology, extended care, outpatient diagnostic services, acute and outpatient rehabilitation and adult behavioral services.
A new, 175,000-square-foot, six-story tower opened January 2009 making Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center the eighth largest hospital in the Valley. The addition added an expanded Emergency department and 74 more licensed beds. The hospital has the ability to add an addition 92 beds in the future.
Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital have been named two of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2017 by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company.
Both Banner Boswell and Banner Heart have been recognized through the years for their superior care and treatment of heart patients, and have recently invested in a number of important enhancements including state-of-the-art surgical suites and transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery.
The annual study uses a national scorecard of hospital performance metrics, identifying the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care. The 50 hospitals that won this designation were singled out from more than 1,000 others based on the following criteria:
- Significantly higher inpatient survival rates
- Fewer patients with complications
- Higher 30-day survival and lower readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and coronary artery bypass grafting patients
- Shorter length of stay for coronary artery bypass grafting patients
- $1,200 to $6,000 less in total costs per patient case
The Truven study, which bases its analysis on Medicare patients, states that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s Truven winners:
- More than 9,000 additional lives could be saved
- More than 6,000 heart patients could be complication-free
- More than $1.4 billion would be saved
This marks Banner Boswell’s eighth year and Banner Heart’s seventh year receiving designation as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.
BBWMC is a 501-bed campus that works with more than 700 physicians to provide a full spectrum of medical services. Our supportive environment encourages family and friends to participate in the healing process. Primary specialty areas include cardiac services, neurosciences, orthopedic services, rehabilitation, and oncology services.
The team at Banner Boswell has been nationally recognized for its care and expertise. It is a community resource for cardiovascular preventive care, diagnostic services, medical and surgical treatment and rehabilitative care.
Our clinical neurosciences program specializes in comprehensive diagnostics, therapeutic interventions and neurosurgical treatment services for patients facing such neurological conditions as stroke, seizures, acute confusional states, neurological infections, and neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. Banner Boswell is proud to be a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. Additionally, our neurosciences program is just one of three in the Valley to offer deep brain stimulation, a surgical option for some patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor.
Banner Boswell’s orthopedic services combine the talents of leading orthopedic physicians with state-of-the-art surgical operating rooms. We treat a range of orthopedic injuries and disorders from sports-related to arthritic, congenital and degenerative conditions affecting the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Banner Boswell’s Joint Club is a 21-bed unit dedicated to the care of and support for patients with total joint replacement. Our intensive rehabilitation program prepares patients for a safe transition from discharge to home. Group activities, including pre-operative and discharge education classes and exercise sessions, supplement individualized patient care.
Since 1987, Banner Boswell has been designated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. We are committed to providing compassionate, innovative cancer care services tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients. Experienced physicians and staff, technologically advanced detection and treatment tools, and an array of support services ensure patients receive the care they need.
Banner Boswell Rehabilitation Center offers Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing to help patients regain their functional ability and return to as independent a lifestyle as possible.
Banner Boswell also offers a variety of outpatient services close to home, including Medical Imaging, Endoscopy, Infusion Therapy, a Pain Center and Wound Center.
Sun City, Arizona | Many agree that Sun City is a place of cleanliness and friendliness, a wide variety of interests and activities, an ideal adult community where all residents can be as active as they wish. Seven recreation centers, eight golf courses, three country clubs, two bowling centers, Sun Bowl, and Viewpoint Lake constitute one of the largest concentration of year-round recreational facilities in the United States. Sun City is located within 10 miles of the NFL Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium, the NHL Coyotes Jobing.com Arena, Major League Baseball spring training (Mariners, Padres, Rangers and Royals), Arrowhead Mall, Symphony of the West Valley, Challenger Space Center, West Valley Art Museum, Wildlife World Zoo, Arizona State University-West, Rio Salado College, Lake Pleasant and many other features. With the success of the Del Webb retirement community, Sun City, Del Webb created an equally attractive retirement community two miles west, Sun City West, which offers affordable housing and unmatched amenities. Residents have access to a number of recreation centers and activities that make Sun City West an ideal active adult retirement community.