‘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

Renee Brida Named Sun Health Foundation’s New Vice President of Planned Giving

Renee BridaSun Health Foundation has named Renee Brida as its vice president of planned giving. Brida brings more than 13 years of experience in estate planning and development to the position.

“The importance of planned giving to Sun Health’s future cannot be overstated,” said Penny Cowden, Sun Health Foundation’s vice president and chief development officer. “Renee brings a proven track record in this area, and we’re delighted she’s joining the team.”

Most recently, Brida was owner of the Law Office of S. Renee Brida in Fayetteville, Ark. Estate planning, probate and charitable organizations were three major areas of emphasis within her practice.  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

Sun Health Care Transitions Strengthens Growing Team with Addition of New LPN

Sun Health HIres RN Melissa WallerSun Health’s nationally recognized Care Transitions program continues to grow to meet the needs of West Valley patients. The nonprofit program proudly announces the hiring of Licensed Practical Nurse Melissa A. Waller of Peoria.

Waller brings 21 years of well-rounded nursing experience to Care Transitions, a program designed to help patients navigate through the difficult and sometimes daunting experience of living with a chronic illness.

Most recently, Waller served for more than six years as a clinical office coordinator and field LPN for Hospice of the Valley. Continue reading

Upcoming Surprise, AZ “State of the City” Address at The Colonnade

If you live or work in Surprise, Arizona, you might be interested in the upcoming “State of the City” address given by Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Held at The Colonnade as part of a Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the event will kick off at  7 a.m with a continental breakfast, followed by Mayor Wolcott highlighting the City’s recent achievements and opportunities.

Space is limited; RSVPs are required and can be made online or by calling Mary Orta at the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce (623.583.0692).

New Year, New You: Enhanced Health & Wellbeing Education

SUn Health Center For Health & WellbeingSun Health continues to grow and evolve to enhance our healthy living programs for the many communities we serve.

Specifically we are developing community resources that can enrich the health and wellbeing of area residents – both within our three Sun Health Senior Living communities (The Colonnade in Surprise, Grandview Terrace in Sun City West and La Loma Village in Litchfield Park) – and throughout the West Valley at large.

As part of Sun Health’s mission to champion healthy living, we are proud to offer our newest community health program: the Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing. Continue reading

Grandview Terrace EMT Graduates From Fire Academy at the Top of his Class

Grandview Terrace employee Josh Martindale, EMT, recently graduated from the Mesa Community College Fire Academy at the top of his class.

Grandview Terrace EMT Josh Martindale is one step closer to achieving a dream that many kids have but not many fulfill – becoming a firefighter.

He recently graduated at the top of his class as a Certified Firefighter I & II in the Fire Academy through Mesa Community College. Josh, who works the 4 p.m. to midnight shift at GVT, was a beneficiary of the Grandview Terrace Community Service Foundation Scholarship program, a resident-funded program that provides money for employees to further education and training.  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