Sun Health Well-Positioned for More Growth with Addition of Real Estate Development Staff

Sun Health has added new staff members to manage future growth and ongoing construction at its three continuing care retirement communities and other real estate holdings in the West Valley.

Paul Vanderveen 1Paul Vanderveen has been named director of Real Estate Development. He will be responsible for master planning, entitlement and development of all Sun Health properties. He will also lead and direct site acquisition, site master planning, new product development, design, regulatory approval and infrastructure development.

Vanderveen will report directly to Sun Health Executive Vice President Joe La Rue and will collaborate with Sun Health senior leaders on related development projects. He also will work closely with Neal Smith, newly promoted construction superintendent of the Real Estate Development team.

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October Issue of Healthy U is Here!

You’ve been waiting with bated breath – and here it is! The October 2014 issue of our Healthy U newsletter.

It introduces some fun new classes, such as Yogalates – a fun combination of yoga with pilates, Music & Memory, and Nutrition Therapy for those with Parkinson’s.

Go ahead… take a look!

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Register now, because seats disappear fast.

September Healthy U is Available!

In case you missed this month’s issue of Healthy U – we have some wonderful classes coming up. Take a few minutes to scan over the calendar and see what pique’s your interest. We hope to see you at one (or more)!

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Last Month to Purchase Tickets to Play Pebble Beach

Odds of Winning are 1:300

2014 Lexus Champions For Charity Golf TournamentIn case you’ve missed the hoopla, today marks the one-month countdown for purchasing tickets to win a golf dream trip to Pebble Beach.

Once all three hundred are gone, there are no more!

Benefiting Sun Health Foundation’s Memory Care Navigator program – a free support program for those impacted by dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss – the winning player and a friend will enjoy fifty-four holes of golf over three days at the Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill golf courses.

The winning package includes participation in the December 10-14, 2014 Lexus Champions For Charity Golf Tournamentmeals, golf carts, a tee-prize package, greens fees, and transportation between local airports and the golf resorts for two people. You’ll also receive a fantastic teaching clinic by a top PGA player! (Airfare to/from California and accommodations are not included.) 

What is the value? At Pebble Beach alone – not including the other two courses and prize package benefits – greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (see the rate sheet here.) The total prize package is valued at MORE THAN $4,000!

Watch this YouTube video for a tantalizing glimpse of the Spanish Bay course, deer and all. It’s stunning and you could be there this December.

Tickets for the drawing are $150 each or five for $550 (a savings of $200) and since only three hundred tickets are available, your odds are better than most drawings. Buy your ticket today!

Employee Showcase: Tracy Garrett

Tracy Garrett - Sun Health Center For Health & Wellbeing New HirePlease join us in congratulating Tracy Garrett for earning her certification as a diabetes educator!

Issued by the National Board for Diabetes Educators, Tracy’s new certification showcases her significant experience in pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention and management.

It’s a fantastic fit for her role at Sun Health as a Registered Dietitian. It also complements her other certifications in adult weight management and personal training.

Tracy Garrett - Albertson's eventTracy teaches Community Education classes on a wide variety of topics such as the Diabetes Connection Support Group, Navigating Food Labels and Grocery AislesMindful EatingPass The Salt? Living A Low Sodium Life, and more.

Tracy also leads structured class series’ at the Center For Health & Wellbeing, including Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Prevention.

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3D Mammography Units at Banner Del E. Webb Made Possible by Donors

Sun Health Foundation donors recently enabled Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center to purchase two low-dose 3D mammography units for the hospitals breast imaging center, which is part of the Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health.

The Hologic 3D Tomosynthesis units provide:

  • A greater than 25 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates – finding 40 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone
  • Better visualization of masses, distortions and asymmetric densities
  • A significant reduction (up to 40 percent) in false-positive readings
  • Lower dose and faster testing, resulting in less exposure and greater comfort
Sun Health Foundation Donors Fund 3D Breast Imaging Equipment

With one of the new 3D Mammography units are (L-R) Nancy Horskey, breast cancer survivor; Barbara McGeeney, radiology technologist (mammographer); and Claudine Shelley, nurse and certified breast patient navigator in imaging and cancer care.

On a related note, the breast imaging center at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center was recently designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

For all who have donated to the Sun Health Foundation through one of our many programs, THANK YOU. Together, we are making our community a better place.

Sharon Grambow Makes List of ‘Who’s Who in Business 2014′

Sharon Grambow, COO, Sun HealthSun Health Chief Operating Officer Sharon Grambow was recently recognized as a top leader in “Who’s Who in Business 2014,” a special online publication of Republic Media, highlighting the top 10 Arizona companies in 50 business categories, including senior living.

The publication named Grandview Terrace as one of the “top 10 Arizona assisted living facilities” and Sharon as one of the top executives working in the state’s senior living market.

She derives most of her job satisfaction from getting to know residents. In the publication, she’s quoted as saying:  “The residents are definitely what I love the most about my work. Coming to work every day and knowing I’m truly making a difference in the lives of people is really fulfilling.”

She added that residents often express their gratitude to her and other staff members. “I love that they often end up thinking of us as family.”

Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program Earning High Praise

Sun Health Care Transitions Program

Representatives from the Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm working for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Sun Health in June to learn what the Care Transitions team is doing to help Medicare beneficiaries make a smooth transition from hospital to home and to keep from being readmitted.

Studies show that 18-20% of Medicare
patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – are readmitted within 30 days at a cost of over $26 billion every year. In contrast, Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program has been able to dramatically reduce hospital readmissions an average of 7% for its enrolled patients.

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Three Most Common Questions About Alzheimer’s & Dementia

CC: Kamalakanta Jena via Wikimedia Commons

CC: Kamalakanta Jena via Wikimedia Commons

Today is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year, but it also marks the Alzheimer’s Association’s national awareness movement celebrating the strength of those facing Alzheimer’s disease.

“On The Longest Day, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity.

Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.”  ~ thelongestday.org

If you’d like to join the activities, head over to the Find A Team page to identify which of the 19 Arizona participants might be near you.

In recognition of the awareness day, we spoke to Marty Finley, M.Ed., who manages Sun Health Memory Care Navigator Program - a free service for those in the West Valley struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Sun Health Fire Drill Makes Front Cover of Daily News-Sun

Sun Health’s Grandview Terrace senior independent living community in Sun City West, AZ, was proud to host a mock fire drill with residents and the local fire department last week.

Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia said the mock event was a collaborative idea because the seven-story building is one of the tallest in Sun City West, and the firefighters wanted to practice.

Not only was it exciting for us, but it made the front page of the Daily News-Sun weekend edition. Thank you to one of our favorite media partners!

Read the full story here or online at the YourWestValley.com website:

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