Diabetes on the Run at Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (Oct. 9, 2014) – November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness of diabetes, including learning ways to manage it and decrease the risk of developing the chronic condition.

A microcosm of the diabetes story is playing out in the Phoenix-metro area’s Northwest Valley where the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing is helping hundreds of people, many of them seniors, learn how to self-manage their diabetes and slow or stop pre-diabetes in its tracks.

The center opened in March with a full slate of health and wellness classes, including Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME), the Diabetes Prevention Program for pre-diabetics (DPP) and weight management. The classes are low cost and may be covered by insurance. Some insurance plans also will cover individual consultations with staff.

There are many diabetes-related success stories coming out of the center. Here are three samples:   Continue reading

Photo of Colonnade Resident Sky Diver Wins International Contest

Sharon Vizzini, resident of The Colonnade, went skydiving in October 2012. In May 2014, this photo was awarded second place in an international photo contest.

Sharon Vizzini, resident of The Colonnade, went skydiving in October 2012. In May 2014, this photo was awarded second place in an international photo contest.

PHOENIX (May 23, 2014) –– On May 21, 2014, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) announced the selection of 18 winners of its first “Friendly Faces, Friendly Places” international photo contest, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. Out of the 500 photos submitted worldwide, one local photo was announced as a winner. The photo of Surprise resident Sharon Vizzini sky diving at age 70, placed second in the “Older and Active” category. The photo was provided by Sun Health Senior Living and submitted by the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network.

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New Year Starts Off With Much to Celebrate

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Your Sun Health team began 2014 in full force – mobilizing several signature projects. It’s exciting to see so many activities coming together that will make a positive impact for many in communities we serve.

The Sun Health operating theme of “population health” is policy in action. It is the foundation for all we do to support you, our independent living residents, and area “friends and neighbors,” who trust us to enhance their well-being and our partner hospitals.

Each year, your Board of Directors participates in a “retreat” day for education and reflection on the accomplishments of the past year and goal setting for the year ahead. The focus this year will be on an interactive discussion on health care policy, clinical excellence and dynamic innovations required to support the next generation of health care delivery. Continue reading

Sun Health Corporate Office Holiday Closures

With the holidays approaching, we wanted to make everyone aware of upcoming office closings in December and January for Sun Health, Sun Health Foundation and Sun Health Senior Living. Our offices in Surprise and at Banner Boswell Medical Center will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
  • Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013
  • New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
  • New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Note that our independent living communities – Grandview Terrace and Grandview Care Center in Sun City West, La Loma Village and La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park, and The Colonnade in Surprise maintain 24-hour support by staff and/or an emergency medical technician, as always.

Regarding Sun Health Grandview Health Care Center patient inquiries, please call (623) 975-8100. After hours/weekends, call (623)-975-8000.

Regarding Sun Health La Loma Health Care Center patient inquiries, please call (623) 537-7400. After hours/weekends, call (623) 537-7500.

Here’s wishing you a peaceful holiday season. Thank you for your commitment to Sun Health.

Sun Health Celebrates Program’s Second Anniversary With Consecutive National Honor

November 2013

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Ron Guziak,
President & CEO
Sun Health and Sun Health Foundation

While most of the nation ponders how federal health care legislation will affect them, at Sun Health this month we celebrate a nationally recognized community health program that has benefited nearly 2,000 west valley residents. In less than two years, Sun Health Care Transitions has educated individuals about healthier ways to live, developed enhanced medication regimens and prevented most participants from being readmitted to the hospital for the same illness.

Our team celebrated its second anniversary by receiving a second consecutive “Outstanding Leadership in Population Health Award” from the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA). Continue reading

Sun Health Care Transitions Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with 2nd Consecutive National Award from Care Continuum Alliance

Sun Health Care TransitionsNearly 2,000 chronic disease patients served through nonprofit program

SURPRISE, ARIZ. – Nov. 6, 2013 – Anniversaries are often marked by a special surprise.  For Sun Health Care Transitions, that surprise was doubly exciting.  The team celebrated its second anniversary by receiving a second consecutive “Outstanding Leadership in Population Health Award” from the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA). Representing more than 200 health companies, organizations and individual providers committed to improving the health of populations, the CCA focuses on raising care quality, improving health outcomes and reducing costs for individuals affected by chronic disease.

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Healthy SUNsations Gala Auction Teaser

We hope everyone is getting their thumbs and paddle-raising techniques in top shape for Saturday’s Healthy SUNsations Gala - “The Magic of Miracles.” Our event is sold out, and we hope to see you there. We have more than 80 live and silent auction items for you to bid on. – all in support of Parkinson’s treatment and research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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Health Care Partnership Delivers Excellent Patient Care, Expanded Medical Services

Excellent patient care, landmark research and innovative community programs continue to flourish, thanks to an important partnership formed five years ago between Banner Health and Sun Health. In 2008, two non-profit organizations united with one goal in mind: to enhance the health of residents living in the Northwest Valley.

In the past five years, more than $166 million has been invested by Banner Health and Sun Health to enrich patient care and healthy living services. Together, we acknowledge the generous support of the community that built the local medical enterprise and we are grateful this support continues.

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