‘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

Unique All Par 3 Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Local Health Causes

Wigwam Blue Coruse Island Green Eye LevelA few sweet swings of a golf club could lead to windfall of prizes during Sun Health Foundation’s Swinging in the Sun for Aces Golf Tournament, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10 at Wigwam Arizona’s Patriot Course in Litchfield Park.

This all par-3 party provides players with an opportunity to win amazing prizes on each hole, including a Lexus automobile as a hole-in-one prize. Each hole prize is valued at $5,000 or more.  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

New Year Starts Off With Much to Celebrate

Ron Guziak Headshot

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

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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SHINE Delivers Toys to 100+ Children from Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona

Sadie & Dylan Schrieber - Sun Health Santa at St. Joseph's Hospital

(Thank you, YourWestValley.com, for covering this story. We love spreading holiday cheer!)

More than 100 kids with craniofacial deformities were showered with gifts at the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona’s (CFA) annual holiday party, held Dec. 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The gifts were donated to CFA by Sun Health employees and residents through the organization’s SHINE (Sun Health Involvement Never Ends) committee, which held a November toy drive to gather the presents.

Sun Health employees wrapped almost 100 of the gifts for the kids and donated dozens of unwrapped toys to CFA. Lori Takeuchi, program coordinator for CFA, was deeply touched by the generosity.  Continue reading

Crowds Bunch for Holiday Boutique & Home Tour

More than 400 guests toured six showpiece homes and shopped for holiday treasures at Clark home 4 - Copythe 2013 Holiday Boutique & Home Tour, held Dec. 7, at The Colonnade in Surprise. The events were sponsored by Sun Health Foundation to benefit cardiac care at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.

The tour of the homes was a “tour de force” featuring everything from modern to traditional architecture, priceless works of art and furnishings from around the world. Guest also enjoyed appetizers and refreshments at each home. The two-day gift boutique offered shoppers a wide assortment of holiday-themed gifts.

Special thanks to major sponsor La-Z Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona, other sponsors, boutique vendors, volunteers and especially the homeowners for welcoming guests into their homes.

CEO Ron Guziak Weighs in on Population Health Management

Sun Health is proud to be a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health of an entire population, not just those living within our communities.

How do we make it happen? Here is a snippet of what CEO Ronald Guziak had to say when recently interviewed on ThinkHippo.

With your Care Transitions program, you had some great statistics – notably, the 85 percent reduction in readmissions. As this model continues to grow, what sort of changes do you expect in staffing? People are the most important thing. As the Care Transitions program grows, our focus is to hire the right people to do the work the way we want it done. We’ll continue to use RNs or LPNs to initiate that first stage of the program once the patient is discharged. We’ll remain committed to providing home visits, not just telephone visits – those are the things that differentiate the program. As we begin to serve different generations, we’ll add more technology to the services we provide. We also look at ways to offer support for 90 days and beyond.

 

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