Sun Health & Benevilla Working to Improve Transportation in NW Valley

PrintSun Health and Benevilla, a regional nonprofit social service agency, conducted a community needs assessment in 2013 to identify ways to help Northwest Valley seniors remain independent and age in place. Focus groups, community meetings and a survey mailed to 20,000 residents revealed that transportation was a major issue for many seniors.

To address the issue, Sun Health and Benevilla created Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) a non-profit mobility and transportation organization dedicated to serving older adults. Through a grant, NVC created an executive director position, which has been filled by Kathryn Chandler, a transportation executive with more than 10 years of experience in designing and operating transit and para-transit services. Previously, Kathryn was the mobility manager for the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transit Authority.

Kathryn Chandler

Kathryn Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect

Later this summer, NVC will launch a Mobility Management Center, a one-stop transportation resource to help residents access available public, private and volunteer transportation. Assistance will be available online and by phone. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Benevilla to support and launch Northwest Valley Connect,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health executive vice president of Population Health and board chair of NVC. “Kathryn will partner with local transportation providers to increase awareness of available transportation resources, while helping fill identified gaps in service through a new volunteer-based transportation service and advocacy efforts.”

For more information on Northwest Valley Connect, call Kathryn Chandler, executive director/mobility manager at (623) 282-9300.

Sun Health Care Transitions and Banner iCare Join Forces to Improve Care

Holding Hands with Elderly PatientSun Health Care Transitions (SHCT) and Banner iCare™ have formed an alliance to serve chronically ill patients in the Northwest Valley.

The two programs will be sharing one hospital liaison at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers so that only one person is approaching patients to introduce each program. Additionally, eligible patients will receive services from both programs for continuity.

“The goal of both programs is to improve the quality of life of members while reducing the total cost of care,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health executive vice president of Population Health. Tom Snyder, director of Banner iCare echoed Drago, “This collaboration serves to achieve Banner’s mission of existing to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.”

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Grand Canyon Nursing Students Learning Skills at Sun Health

Students from the Grand Canyon University nursing program at Banner Boswell attend orientation at Sun Health where they will be doing clinical rotations this summer.

People in purple scrubs will be popping up at various Sun Health locations this summer. The purple ones are senior nursing students at Grand Canyon University and each Tuesday, now through August, they will be doing community health clinical rotations at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, in the Care Transitions program or at each of Sun Health’s three senior living communities.

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Sun Health Center For Health & Wellbeing Opening New Doors

Sun Health's Center for Health & Wellness - Grand Opening , March 19, 2014

Sun Health’s Center for Health & Wellbeing offers new twist on health and wellness with group classes and individual consultations with health professionals.

Edson and Loretta Allen were among the first visitors in the door at the March 19 grand opening of the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing in Surprise, a center that’s already opening new doors for health and wellness in the northwest Valley.

“We were very impressed with the people we met. They seem to have a sincere interest in helping people with their health issues,” Edson Allen said of the center’s staff members. Loretta described the center as “beautiful.” The Sun City West couple, who split their time between Arizona and Minnesota, was so impressed that they both signed up for the center’s gold-level membership, which includes a host of healthy perks.   Continue reading

Sun Health Foundation Golf Tournament an ‘Ace In The Hole’

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Many thanks to the players, sponsors and volunteers who participated in the 2014 Swinging in the Sun for Aces Golf Tournament, held March 10 on the Patriot Course at Wigwam Arizona.

The tournament raised money for the Sun Health Memory Care Navigator program, providing free personalized support for patients and caregivers affected by memory loss.

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‘Cardiac Kids’ Put Heart into Raising Funds for Cardiac Research at BSHRI

Tournament Director Ken Skinner, Foundation Gift Officer Bonnie Olsen, Dewi Gaballa (wife of Dr. Gaballa) and researcher Dr. Mohamed Gaballa.

Tournament Director Ken Skinner, Foundation Gift Officer Bonnie Olsen, Dewi Gaballa (wife of Dr. Gaballa) and researcher Dr. Mohamed Gaballa at softball fundraiser.

The weather was chilly with overcast skies, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 50 senior men who played in the Bill Bromley Memorial Cardiac Kids Softball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Liberty Buick Field in Sun City West. Players ribbed each other mercilessly and hot-dogged it on the field, but there was a higher purpose.

The players share a history of heart problems and this was their 9th annual tournament to raise funds for cardiac research. This year’s event raised nearly $2,000 for cardiac stem-cell research being conducted by Mohamed Gaballa, PhD, at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Dr. Gaballa was on hand to report on his research, thank the crowd for their support and to throw out the first pitch. Despite the players’ health issues, the atmosphere was markedly light-hearted.   Continue reading

Neuro Wellness West Offers New Hope for People with Parkinson’s

Donor Sara Dean with Sun Health Foundation (SHF) Gift Officer Bonnie Olsen and SHF Board Member Lew Lancaster at Neuro Wellness West Open House, Jan. 31, at BSHRI.

Donor Sara Dean with Sun Health Foundation (SHF) Gift Officer Bonnie Olsen and SHF Board Member Lew Lancaster.

Like the Parkinson’s patients who fill its classes, the Neuro Wellness West program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) is “on the move.” The fitness, wellness and support program for Parkinson’s patients and their loved ones began offering classes in late October. In the ensuing three months, 54 people have registered, 80 classes have been held and more than 450 people have attended one or more of the classes.

A Jan. 31st open house for the Neuro Wellness West program attracted more than 100 people, offering further proof of the program’s popularity.

Holly Shill, MD, head of BSHRI’s Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson’s Research, played a key role in breathing life into the program and she’s pleasantly surprised by its rapid rise. “To go from an idea, to funding, to enrolling people in the program, all in one year’s time, is truly amazing.”  Continue reading

Grandview Terrace EMT Graduates From Fire Academy at the Top of his Class

Grandview Terrace employee Josh Martindale, EMT, recently graduated from the Mesa Community College Fire Academy at the top of his class.

Grandview Terrace EMT Josh Martindale is one step closer to achieving a dream that many kids have but not many fulfill – becoming a firefighter.

He recently graduated at the top of his class as a Certified Firefighter I & II in the Fire Academy through Mesa Community College. Josh, who works the 4 p.m. to midnight shift at GVT, was a beneficiary of the Grandview Terrace Community Service Foundation Scholarship program, a resident-funded program that provides money for employees to further education and training.  Continue reading

Gift to Sun Health Foundation Kick-Starts Wellness Program for Parkinson’s Patients

Jim Dean does a ladder drill in a Neuro Wellness West class.

Jim Dean believes exercise is important to maintaining mobility as he ages. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, it became a necessity. Dean threw himself into a rigorous exercise routine that he’s kept up for the past six years. There’s no doubt in his mind, and in the minds of his wife, doctors and other health professionals, that the workouts have had a positive effect.

Seeing the results inspired Jim and his wife Sara to help fund Banner Neuro Wellness West, a new program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) that provides exercise, education and support for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Continue reading

Many Thanks to the Sponsors of the 2013 Gala

Sun Health Foundation Healthy SUNsations GalaSun Health Foundation thanks the 2013 Healthy SUNsations Gala sponsors and all who supported an evening dedicated to advancing research and care for those with Parkinson’s disease. The event raised $125,000 in support of Parkinson’s patient care and research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.

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