Sun Health & Benevilla Working to Improve Transportation in NW Valley

PrintSun Health and Benevilla, a regional nonprofit social service agency, conducted a community needs assessment in 2013 to identify ways to help Northwest Valley seniors remain independent and age in place. Focus groups, community meetings and a survey mailed to 20,000 residents revealed that transportation was a major issue for many seniors.

To address the issue, Sun Health and Benevilla created Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) a non-profit mobility and transportation organization dedicated to serving older adults. Through a grant, NVC created an executive director position, which has been filled by Kathryn Chandler, a transportation executive with more than 10 years of experience in designing and operating transit and para-transit services. Previously, Kathryn was the mobility manager for the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transit Authority.

Kathryn Chandler

Kathryn Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect

Later this summer, NVC will launch a Mobility Management Center, a one-stop transportation resource to help residents access available public, private and volunteer transportation. Assistance will be available online and by phone. “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Benevilla to support and launch Northwest Valley Connect,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health executive vice president of Population Health and board chair of NVC. “Kathryn will partner with local transportation providers to increase awareness of available transportation resources, while helping fill identified gaps in service through a new volunteer-based transportation service and advocacy efforts.”

For more information on Northwest Valley Connect, call Kathryn Chandler, executive director/mobility manager at (623) 282-9300.

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!

Your Aging Story: Who Will Be The Author?

Yesterday’s Grand Opening at the new Center For Health & Wellbeing was a rousing success, thanks to the warm welcome we received from the local community! Over 300 people attended the health fair, tours of the new center and inspiring presentations given by Dr. Roger Landry, author of Live Long, Die Short and staunch supporter of Sun Health.

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It’s impossible not to be a fan of Landry’s book and mission, which is to dispel the myth that once we retire, the rest of our lives are spent in decline – but that instead, we can remain at high performance much longer. He references that research has proven that more than SEVENTY PERCENT of performance versus decline is based on our own lifestyle and choices.

 “Want a more rewarding retirement and healthier aging? Then it’s critical to stay connected, active and fulfilled.”

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Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing Announces New Hires

Sun Health Center for Health & Wellbeing Names Director; Hires Dietician, Exercise Physiologist & Certified Diabetes Educator

Sun Health’s non-profit Center for Health & Wellbeing, which celebrates its grand opening on Wednesday, March 19, recently hired Nancy Webber, RN, MSN, to serve as director of its chronic disease and wellness programs. In addition, Tracy Garrett, RD, joins the staff as the Center’s dietitian; Rhonda Zonoozi, BS, CHWC, HFS as its exercise physiologist and health coach; and Deborah Burns, RN, MSN, CDE as its certified diabetes educator.

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Guziak’s Perspective on West Valley Revitalization – This Week in the Arizona Republic

Will the train tracks along Grand Avenue be converted into a commuter rail project?

Read more on this story – and a quote from Sun Health CEO Ron Guziak – in this fantastic Christmas Day article by Arizona Republic’s Lesley Wright.

Sun Health in the Arizona RepublicWe were fortunate enough to be included in TWO stories this week on azcentral.com. Reporter Angela Gonzales wrote this heart-warming blog post the day before Christmas, after joining our Litchfield Park independent living community as part of a wonderful holiday caroling group. The lovely voices of the Dickens Carolers were greatly enjoyed by La Loma Village residents and staff alike.