Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program Earning High Praise

Sun Health Care Transitions Program

Representatives from the Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm working for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Sun Health in June to learn what the Care Transitions team is doing to help Medicare beneficiaries make a smooth transition from hospital to home and to keep from being readmitted.

Studies show that 18-20% of Medicare
patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – are readmitted within 30 days at a cost of over $26 billion every year. In contrast, Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program has been able to dramatically reduce hospital readmissions an average of 7% for its enrolled patients.

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Sun Health Fire Drill Makes Front Cover of Daily News-Sun

Sun Health’s Grandview Terrace senior independent living community in Sun City West, AZ, was proud to host a mock fire drill with residents and the local fire department last week.

Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia said the mock event was a collaborative idea because the seven-story building is one of the tallest in Sun City West, and the firefighters wanted to practice.

Not only was it exciting for us, but it made the front page of the Daily News-Sun weekend edition. Thank you to one of our favorite media partners!

Read the full story here or online at the YourWestValley.com website:

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Please Welcome Chief Marketing Officer Ron Austerlade

Ron AusterladeWe have a new face in the Sun Health corporate office – Ron Austerlade!

As our new Chief Marketing Officer, Ron will be responsible for strategy and execution on our marketing, communications, PR, customer experience and sales support initiatives across all Sun Health and Sun Health Senior Living brands.

Ron comes to Sun Health from a very impressive background that includes more than twenty years of experience from major companies such as CVS Caremark, First Data Corporation, Lucent Technologies and Westin Hotels. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ron serves on the board of advisors for the ASU Center for Services Leadership, and lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.

Ron, we are delighted to have you join the team and look forward to your leadership!

Sun Health Foundation Invests $30,000 in Future Nurses

Sun Health Foundation 2014 $30,000 Scholarship Recipients

Nursing students and faculty from Grand Canyon University and employees from Sun Health celebrate the awarding of 10 nursing scholarships.

As any college student or their parents can attest, higher education costs are much higher these days. That’s why Grand Canyon University nursing students Mariah White and Christine Throckmorton are so thankful for their $3,000 nursing scholarships from Sun Health Foundation. GCU’s annual tuition, excluding room and board, costs around $8,000.

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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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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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Event Registrations Explode – Make Reservations Ahead of Time

More than 700 people have registered for Sun Health events over the last two weeks – that’s a new record high for us!

Because of the new Center For Health & Wellbeing and popular classes such as Tai Chi For Seniors, spots are filling up much faster than in the past.

Be sure to plan ahead, so you are able to enjoy your choice of events. We hope to see you there!

View the calendar or register here: http://www.sunhealth.org/community-education-events/

Recover From a Stroke or Surgery with La Loma Outpatient Rehab for Seniors

When recovering from a major event, such as a fall, stroke or bone replacement surgery, using an outpatient service provider that specializes in older patients can make a huge difference.

La Loma Outpatient Rehab Program for Seniors

Seniors often have special needs based on their fitness and activity levels, and customizing therapy on a case-by-case basis is important.

Our bodies change and become more fragile as we age, and aggressive treatments suitable for younger patients can do more harm than good.

Sun Health’s La Loma Outpatient Rehabilitation Program in Litchfield Park, AZ, is open to the general public yet created specifically for those over 55 years old. Located at the La Loma Care Center, outpatient services offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

La Loma Outpatient Rehab for Seniors in Litchfield Park, AZ

It’s also consistently ranked “excellent” with five-star ratings from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services… you’ll love the quality!

La Loma Care Center currently accepts Medicare B and private pay patients. For more information, call 623.537.7400.