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

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

La Loma Care Center Sporting a New Look

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

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Rebecca Bair Joins Foundation as Senior Director of Development

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

Sun Health Celebrates Program’s Second Anniversary With Consecutive National Honor

November 2013

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Ron Guziak,
President & CEO
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

Sun Health Foundation 2013 Gala Works Its Magic

The Evolution Show Choir from Willow Canyon High School performed three songs at the 2013 Gala.

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.

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Healthy SUNsations Gala Auction Teaser

We hope everyone is getting their thumbs and paddle-raising techniques in top shape for Saturday’s Healthy SUNsations Gala - “The Magic of Miracles.” Our event is sold out, and we hope to see you there. We have more than 80 live and silent auction items for you to bid on. – all in support of Parkinson’s treatment and research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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