Grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Enables Sun Health to Expand its Center for Health & Wellbeing

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Dec. 18, 2014 – A Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust grant totaling $148,000 will enable Sun Health to expand its successful Center for Health & Wellbeing programs to the Southwest Valley in 2015.

“This generous grant from the Piper Trust will help us help more people learn about and adopt healthier lifestyles,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health’s executive vice president of Population Health.

La Loma Care CenterThe new Center will be co-located inside the La Loma Rehabilitation Center, located on Sun Health’s La Loma Village campus, 14260 Denny Blvd. in Litchfield Park. Continue reading

Wulkan Foundation Grants $10k to Northwest Valley Connect

Transportation Coordination Service to Use Grant to Expand Services

SURPRISE, ARIZ. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Northwest Valley Connect (NVC), a nonprofit transportation coordination service founded by Sun Health and Benevilla, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Wulkan Foundation, a like-minded organization dedicated to helping older adults find transportation options.

Wulkan Foundation $10k Grant

(L-R) Jennifer Drago, NVC board chair; Beverly Wulkan, Wulkan Foundation; Kathy Chandler, NVC’s executive director and mobility manager; Michelle Dionisio, NVC board member.

The grant was awarded to NVC by Beverly Wulkan, an experienced civil engineer and transit expert, well-acquainted with the challenges older adults often face when planning local trips to doctors, the pharmacy, the grocery store, social engagements and other appointments and errands.

Wulkan explained why she chose NVC as the recipient of the grant: “First, Northwest Valley Connect is helping seniors find options to their transportation needs, which is a match with the foundation’s mission. Second, having been involved in nonprofit organizations, I understand that a little extra money is always helpful with new programs.” The Wulkan Foundation was started by her husband Alan Wulkan in 2013.

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Donation Will Help Keep Women ‘in the Pink’

SUN CITY, ARIZ., Nov. 19, 2014 – The Sun City Women’s Golf Association, North Division (SCWGA-ND) recently presented a check for $10,700 to Women’s Diagnostic Services at Banner Lakes Imaging Center.

The donation will be used to provide 3D screening mammograms for women without insurance or the means to pay for one. The low-dose 3D mammography system produces high-quality images that allow radiologists to view breast tissue with far greater detail and precision than 2D mammography.

The funds were raised through the SCWGA-ND’s 19th annual “Pink Ribbon Tournament,” played Oct. 28, on Sun City’s North Golf Course. The tournament attracted a full field of 168 women and men golfers.

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Sun Health Foundation’s Gala Raises Funds for Banner Sun Health Research Institute

2014 Sun Health Foundation GalaSURPRISE, ARIZ. – Nov. 12, 2014 – More than 300 guests celebrated Italian style at Sun Health Foundation’s signature fundraiser, the Healthy SUNsations Gala, whose theme this year was “That’s Amore! An Italian Carnevale.”

The Nov. 8 celebration, held at Wigwam Arizona in Litchfield Park, featured fire jugglers, stilt walkers and jesters, a gourmet Italian dinner, entertainment by a tenor trio called “The Three Waiters,” a live auction and a video highlighting Alzheimer’s research at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI), beneficiary of this year’s Gala.

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Sun Health Senior Living Opens New Residence at the Colonnade

villa2 wideSun Health Senior Living is growing up, so to speak, with the official opening of a four-story villa featuring 36 apartment-style homes.

Nearly 200 people turned out for an Oct. 30 ribbon cutting for the Villa, the second such building on The Colonnade campus. Construction on the second Villa began last November, following closely on the heels of the September 2013 opening of the first Villa. The ribbon cutting event included tours of two model-apartments and common areas both inside and outside the structure.

Situated on the 40-acre campus, the second Villa’s floor plans range from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Each home comes with high-end floor coverings, cabinetry, appliances and stylish finishing touches. Other amenities include a community art/music room, a movie theater, underground parking for cars and golf cars, extra storage and access to all amenities in Sun City Grand, a nearby active-adult community.

Barbara Foster, executive director of The Colonnade, welcomed guests to the ribbon cutting and shared her vision for new residents.

“We look forward to keeping you young with laughter, new friendships, lots of good times, worry-free living and the security of Life Care. You’ll be surrounded by an affectionate family of staff and residents who are like the stars at night; you may not always see them, but you know they are always there for support and encouragement,” Foster said.

Only three units in the second Villa are still available. The Sun Health Services board recently approved capital funding to build two more 36-unit Villa apartment buildings to meet a growing demand. Deposits are now being taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with more than 30 units already spoken for.

The design-builder for the $8.1 million project was The Weitz Company. Orcutt-Winslow Partnership did the architecture. Civil engineering was done by HilgartWilson, interior design by Thoma-Holec Design and landscape design by Greey Pickett.

Sun Health Opens Innovative Memory Support Residence

Grandview senior leaders Penny Jacobs (L) and Bhakti Gosalia show off a front porch in the Grandview Memory Support residence.

Grandview senior leaders Penny Jacobs (L) and Bhakti Gosalia show off a front porch in the Grandview Memory Support residence.

Sun Health recently completed construction on an innovative residence for memory-loss patients called Grandview Memory Support.

“Every detail is designed to help residents feel at home, well-cared for and secure,” Grandview campus Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia said.

The residence features 16 private, studio-size suites built specifically for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Entrances to each suite feature an indoor front porch complete with a picket fence, chairs and flower boxes. Residents and their loved ones can personalize their front porch using familiar and meaningful decorations so it’s easier for the resident to recognize his or her “home.”

The suites and common areas feature extensive use of natural light, secure yet open floor plans, and a décor designed to appeal to the senses. A “sensory room” offers residents a calming place with aromatherapy, music and a ceiling that mimics day and night skies. A centerpiece of the sensory room is a large touch-screen computer called “It’s Never 2 Late.” Adapted especially for individuals with physical and mental impairments, it can be used to play interactive games, watch movies or television, play music and more.

The secure design allows residents to live in a caring home environment, while providing comfort and safety for residents and families.

Services for residents include 24/7 care, an on-site physician and nurse practitioner, fine dining, a secure, outdoor garden, life enrichment activities, a beauty/barber shop, housekeeping and laundry services. Families will be welcome and invited to take part in activities, including support groups.

Grandview Memory Support is expected to have residents move in in November, pending licensing by the Arizona Department of Health.

The architect for the project was the Orcutt-Winslow Partnership, the interior design was developed by Thoma-Holec Design and the general contractor was The Weitz Company.

COO Sharon Grambow on SiriusXM Radio Today

Sharon Grambow, COO, Sun HealthWe have some exciting news to share today! Sun Health Senior Living Chief Operating Officer Sharon Grambow will be a guest on “When Things Go Wrong” – a weekly show on Business Radio powered by The Wharton School on Sirius/XM Radio Channel 111.

Sharon will be on at 1:00 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) today talking about customer service successes and other positives at Sun Health Senior Living’s three Life Care Communities: Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, La Loma Village in Litchfield Park and The Colonnade in Surprise!

If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen live on Channel 111. You can also hear the show live or archived for 30 days on www.siriusxm.com.

A free, 30-day trial online subscription is available with no credit card required. Just click on www.siriusxm.com/freetrial to sign up. The trial will allow non-subscribers to listen live online at SiriusXM.com and via the SiriusXM free mobile app. Business Radio is in the Talk and Entertainment section of the site. Please feel free to pass it along to any colleagues, followers, friends, etc.

Once you have the trial or an online subscription:

  • Go to SiriusXM.com and sign in
  • Click ‘Listen Online’ in top right corner
  • Click ‘Shows On-Demand’
  • Then search for the show by name – When Things Go Wrong
  • Click on recent shows to listen

More information about the show is available at http://whenthingsgowrong.com. If you listen, let us know what you think!

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

Employee Showcase: Penny Jacobs

Penny Jacobs, Grandview Care Center Health Care AdministratorA breath of fresh air just blew into the Grandview Care Center… and her name is Penny Jacobs. As the new administrator of the center, her competency is obvious from the very first conversation and she is clearly excited about this new phase of her career.

Penny’s first day was August 25th.

“I’m proud to be part of such a wonderful, strong team.

After seeing the incredible things Sun Health has done with the Grandview Care Center, their other properties and the  surrounding community – not to mention the numerous awards and accolades they’ve earned – I was over the moon to be offered the position.

I was welcomed with open arms and phenomenal acceptance, and have a deep appreciation for the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. No wonder patients love it.”

Licensed as a health care administrator in Arizona, Nebraska and Iowa, Penny comes to Sun Health from a small community nursing home in Nebraska. Having moved away from Arizona for sixteen months, she’s happy to be living in the Valley once again.

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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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