Banner Thunderbird Marks 40th Anniversary Serving the West Valley

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center is thrilled to announce the celebration of its 40th anniversary on December 13th, 2023. To commemorate this historic occasion, the hospital has been hosting a series of festivities for its employees and extending a warm invitation to the community to join in their evening event “Lights of Love” today Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. at the parking lot of the facility.

For a second year, Banner Thunderbird in partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) will create a special evening where ambulances, emergency vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, and the community will be holding light sticks to create a magical moment that brightens the night for patients at Banner Thunderbird. The event will feature Santa flying in with the Banner Air crew and a breathtaking display of lights illuminating the hospital creating a wave of lights to uplift the spirits of those receiving care at the facility.

Special guests, including council member Ray Malnar and Fire Chief of Glendale Ryan Freeburg will grace the occasion with their presence, making this anniversary celebration truly memorable.

Debbie Flores, CEO of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, expressed her excitement about the upcoming event. “As we celebrate 40 years of providing exceptional healthcare to our community, we are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to join hands with our local heroes and community members for the ‘Lights of Love’ event. We invite everyone to join us for this evening filled with hope, resilience, and love.”

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center has been a pillar of healthcare excellence in Glendale since its inception in 1983. Over the past four decades, the medical center has consistently delivered compassionate care, advanced treatments, and innovative healthcare solutions to the community. The anniversary celebrations reflect the hospital’s deep commitment to both its employees and the people it serves.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona, specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency and trauma care, behavioral health, cancer care, rehabilitation and pediatrics, including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Banner Thunderbird also operates a Level I Trauma Center for patients ages 15 and older. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 33 hospitals in six states.

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