Innovative approaches helping chronically ill and those recovering after a hospitalization
SURPRISE, ARIZ., Dec. 4, 2014 — Preventing hospital readmissions and managing chronic disease present complex challenges for health care providers and organizations.
Sun Health, a community-based nonprofit organization, is using innovative approaches to address these challenges. The resulting Sun Health programs, the first of which was launched in 2011, are yielding promising results and drawing attention from many quarters in the health care industry.
The new issue is here! Did you know you can sign up to get HealthyU directly via email? Just head over to the Center For Health & Wellbeing website and check out our free Basic Membership. It’s part of the benefits!
In case you’ve missed the hoopla, today marks the one-month countdown for purchasing tickets to win a golf dream trip to Pebble Beach.
Once all three hundred are gone, there are no more!
Benefiting Sun Health Foundation’s Memory Care Navigator program – a free support program for those impacted by dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss – the winning player and a friend will enjoy fifty-four holes of golf over three days at the Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill golf courses.
The winning package includes participation in the December 10-14, 2014 Lexus Champions For Charity Golf Tournament, meals, golf carts, a tee-prize package, greens fees, and transportation between local airports and the golf resorts for two people. You’ll also receive a fantastic teaching clinic by a top PGA player! (Airfare to/from California and accommodations are not included.)
What is the value? At Pebble Beach alone – not including the other two courses and prize package benefits – greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 (see the rate sheet here.) The total prize package is valued at MORE THAN $4,000!
Watch this YouTube video for a tantalizing glimpse of the Spanish Bay course, deer and all. It’s stunning and you could be there this December.
Tickets for the drawing are $150 each or five for $550 (a savings of $200) and since only three hundred tickets are available, your odds are better than most drawings. Buy your ticket today!
Sun 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, 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.
We 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!
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.
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.”