Grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Enables Sun Health to Expand its Center for Health & Wellbeing

SURPRISE, ARIZ., Dec. 18, 2014 – A Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust grant totaling $148,000 will enable Sun Health to expand its successful Center for Health & Wellbeing programs to the Southwest Valley in 2015.

“This generous grant from the Piper Trust will help us help more people learn about and adopt healthier lifestyles,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health’s executive vice president of Population Health.

La Loma Care CenterThe new Center will be co-located inside the La Loma Rehabilitation Center, located on Sun Health’s La Loma Village campus, 14260 Denny Blvd. in Litchfield Park. Continue reading

Sun Health Programs Making Measurable Differences in Health of Patients and Clients

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.

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Wulkan Foundation Grants $10k to Northwest Valley Connect

Transportation Coordination Service to Use Grant to Expand Services

SURPRISE, ARIZ. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Northwest Valley Connect (NVC), a nonprofit transportation coordination service founded by Sun Health and Benevilla, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Wulkan Foundation, a like-minded organization dedicated to helping older adults find transportation options.

Wulkan Foundation $10k Grant

(L-R) Jennifer Drago, NVC board chair; Beverly Wulkan, Wulkan Foundation; Kathy Chandler, NVC’s executive director and mobility manager; Michelle Dionisio, NVC board member.

The grant was awarded to NVC by Beverly Wulkan, an experienced civil engineer and transit expert, well-acquainted with the challenges older adults often face when planning local trips to doctors, the pharmacy, the grocery store, social engagements and other appointments and errands.

Wulkan explained why she chose NVC as the recipient of the grant: “First, Northwest Valley Connect is helping seniors find options to their transportation needs, which is a match with the foundation’s mission. Second, having been involved in nonprofit organizations, I understand that a little extra money is always helpful with new programs.” The Wulkan Foundation was started by her husband Alan Wulkan in 2013.

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Donation Will Help Keep Women ‘in the Pink’

SUN CITY, ARIZ., Nov. 19, 2014 – The Sun City Women’s Golf Association, North Division (SCWGA-ND) recently presented a check for $10,700 to Women’s Diagnostic Services at Banner Lakes Imaging Center.

The donation will be used to provide 3D screening mammograms for women without insurance or the means to pay for one. The low-dose 3D mammography system produces high-quality images that allow radiologists to view breast tissue with far greater detail and precision than 2D mammography.

The funds were raised through the SCWGA-ND’s 19th annual “Pink Ribbon Tournament,” played Oct. 28, on Sun City’s North Golf Course. The tournament attracted a full field of 168 women and men golfers.

Sun Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Banner in the Northwest Valley, will manage the funds.   Continue reading

Ron Guziak Shares Insights on Community Health, Wellness & Hospital Ecosystems

As part of last year’s Healthcare Executive Summit in Chicago, our very own Ron Guziak presented his opinions on community based health care, and changes within the hospital ecosystem – a powerful presentation that landed him a feature piece in today’s Becker’s Hospital Review.

“Whereas 3 percent of the population are the sickest and represent the vast majority of the healthcare dollars in the United States, and 12 percent of the population experience surgeries, emergencies, and cancer treatment, 85 percent of the population uses healthcare services periodically but thinks of themselves as very healthy—and wants to stay that way.

‘Most of what I hear about population health is about the 15 percent; our system of care gives lip service to the 85 percent,” Guziak said. “At Sun Health, we believe it is now our responsibility to provide services to the 85 percent using evidence-based technology and programs, while measuring outcomes.’

Today, Sun Health is not only the largest locally owned senior living nonprofit in Arizona, but it also is seeing dramatic success with its community health programs, including Care Transitions. “Our goal is to use revenue from our portfolio, our foundation and our senior living operations to fund community programs,” Guziak said.

In May 2013, Sun Health entered the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid pilot Community Based Care Transitions Program. The 30-day program provides in-home nursing assessment, chronic disease education, medication review and education, home safety evaluation, fall risk assessment and weekly follow-up calls.

At two hospitals, Sun Health Care Transitions has reduced the readmission rate for high-risk Medicare patients to 7 percent.”

Read the full article here.

*Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Sun Health Foundation’s Gala Raises Funds for Banner Sun Health Research Institute

2014 Sun Health Foundation GalaSURPRISE, ARIZ. – Nov. 12, 2014 – More than 300 guests celebrated Italian style at Sun Health Foundation’s signature fundraiser, the Healthy SUNsations Gala, whose theme this year was “That’s Amore! An Italian Carnevale.”

The Nov. 8 celebration, held at Wigwam Arizona in Litchfield Park, featured fire jugglers, stilt walkers and jesters, a gourmet Italian dinner, entertainment by a tenor trio called “The Three Waiters,” a live auction and a video highlighting Alzheimer’s research at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI), beneficiary of this year’s Gala.

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Sun Health Senior Living Opens New Residence at the Colonnade

villa2 wideSun Health Senior Living is growing up, so to speak, with the official opening of a four-story villa featuring 36 apartment-style homes.

Nearly 200 people turned out for an Oct. 30 ribbon cutting for the Villa, the second such building on The Colonnade campus. Construction on the second Villa began last November, following closely on the heels of the September 2013 opening of the first Villa. The ribbon cutting event included tours of two model-apartments and common areas both inside and outside the structure.

Situated on the 40-acre campus, the second Villa’s floor plans range from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Each home comes with high-end floor coverings, cabinetry, appliances and stylish finishing touches. Other amenities include a community art/music room, a movie theater, underground parking for cars and golf cars, extra storage and access to all amenities in Sun City Grand, a nearby active-adult community.

Barbara Foster, executive director of The Colonnade, welcomed guests to the ribbon cutting and shared her vision for new residents.

“We look forward to keeping you young with laughter, new friendships, lots of good times, worry-free living and the security of Life Care. You’ll be surrounded by an affectionate family of staff and residents who are like the stars at night; you may not always see them, but you know they are always there for support and encouragement,” Foster said.

Only three units in the second Villa are still available. The Sun Health Services board recently approved capital funding to build two more 36-unit Villa apartment buildings to meet a growing demand. Deposits are now being taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with more than 30 units already spoken for.

The design-builder for the $8.1 million project was The Weitz Company. Orcutt-Winslow Partnership did the architecture. Civil engineering was done by HilgartWilson, interior design by Thoma-Holec Design and landscape design by Greey Pickett.