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Partnership will be the first of its kind in the category of healthcare for the Southwest PGA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - March 24, 2022 - The Southwest PGA is pleased to announce that Banner Medicare Advantage has entered into a partnership agreement with the Section, which positions Banner, Arizona’s largest health care system as a Silver Level partner for the 2022 season.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Banner Medicare Advantage,” said Michael Miller, Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Section PGA. “Banner Medicare has been a part of the community in Arizona for over 20 years. Our relationship not only enhances the Arizona Senior Open but provides resources that will benefit the entire Southwest PGA membership.” 

Banner Medicare’s partnership with the Southwest PGA includes a presenting sponsorship of the 2022 Arizona Senior Open Championship, which is recognized as one of the premier open senior events in the country. The Championship is scheduled for April 25-27 at Verde River Golf & Social Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. Banner’s partnership will include a strong brand presence through on-site signage and activation on-course throughout the three-day tournament.

“Banner Medicare Advantage is honored to be a presenting sponsor of the 2022 Arizona Senior Open at Verde River Golf & Social Club,” said Jim Stringham, VP and CEO of Banner University Health Plans. “As part of Arizona's largest health care system, we bring care and coverage together through our Medicare Advantage plan.”

In addition to the Arizona Senior Open, Banner Medicare will also be a presenting partner of the 2022 PING Senior Series, a five-tournament series for Senior Southwest PGA members throughout Metro-Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. The five events include: Granite Falls G.C. in Surprise (May 11), Talking Stick G.C. in Scottsdale (June 1), Sterling Grove Golf & C.C. in Surprise (June 22), Ventana Canyon G.C. in Tucson (July 7), and Red Rock C.C. in Las Vegas, Nev. (Aug. 8).

About Banner Insurance Division:
The Banner Insurance Division, a subsidiary of Banner Health, was created to maximize the utilization of Banner entities and services by partnering with payers in the market for cost-effective health care services for their members. The Insurance Division offers an extensive, high-quality provider network to support a membership of nearly 1 million covered lives in Arizona and Colorado. Banner Medicare offers three Medicare Advantage plans (Banner Medicare Advantage Prime HMO, Banner Medicare Advantage Plus PPO and Banner Medicare Dual D-SNP) in several Arizona counties along with three prescription drug plan options (Banner Medicare Simple Rx PDP, Banner Medicare Classic Rx PDP and Banner Medicare Premier Rx PDP) available statewide. In addition, the Insurance Division offers the efficiency of a Population Health Services Organization (PHSO) to deliver a variety of health management functions, like chronic care management, pre-service authorization, medical management and utilization management for cost savings opportunities.