(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
More than 400 guests toured six showpiece homes and shopped for holiday treasures at the 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.
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.
Banner Sun Health Research Institute is making inroads into diagnosing and treating people with Parkinson’s disease, thanks in part to generous community support through Sun Health Foundation.
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Since opening its doors in 2005, La Loma Care Center has provided its residents and the surrounding community with high quality rehabilitation and long-term care services. In 2013, the center launched a major re-positioning project to upgrade its campus and prepare for future skilled nursing and assisted living needs based on projections.
The project included remodeling existing space into a 6,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, equipped to serve inpatients–and for the first time, outpatients. The center also opened a new 27-bed short-stay skilled nursing unit, featuring home-like touches and patient-centered nursing care. A newly constructed Community Education Room recently opened and work is nearing completion on 10 new assisted living apartments, with residents expected to move in in January or early February 2014. To see photos, go to http://on.fb.me/1dhN0iF
Sun Health Foundation is pleased to announce Rebecca Bair has joined the organization as a senior director of development. She will be working with donors and friends to encourage support for the community programs and services Sun Health provides.
“Rebecca brings a wealth of experience and community involvement that will help advance Sun Health’s mission,” said Penny Cowden, chief development officer for Sun Health. Continue reading
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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
The Evolution Show Choir from Willow Canyon High School performed three songs at the 2013 Gala.
On Nov. 9, 400-plus party-goers helped transform the Wigwam Arizona into a“magical” place during the 2013 Healthy SUNsations Gala “The Magic of Miracles” fundraiser.
The event conjured up $125,000 in support of Parkinson’s patient care and research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, and at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.
Nearly 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.