Sun Health Care Transitions and Banner iCare Join Forces to Improve Care

Holding Hands with Elderly PatientSun Health Care Transitions (SHCT) and Banner iCare™ have formed an alliance to serve chronically ill patients in the Northwest Valley.

The two programs will be sharing one hospital liaison at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers so that only one person is approaching patients to introduce each program. Additionally, eligible patients will receive services from both programs for continuity.

“The goal of both programs is to improve the quality of life of members while reducing the total cost of care,” said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health executive vice president of Population Health. Tom Snyder, director of Banner iCare echoed Drago, “This collaboration serves to achieve Banner’s mission of existing to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care.”

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Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program Earning High Praise

Sun Health Care Transitions Program

Representatives from the Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm working for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Sun Health in June to learn what the Care Transitions team is doing to help Medicare beneficiaries make a smooth transition from hospital to home and to keep from being readmitted.

Studies show that 18-20% of Medicare
patients discharged from a hospital – approximately 2.6 million seniors – are readmitted within 30 days at a cost of over $26 billion every year. In contrast, Sun Health’s Care Transitions Program has been able to dramatically reduce hospital readmissions an average of 7% for its enrolled patients.

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Three Most Common Questions About Alzheimer’s & Dementia

CC: Kamalakanta Jena via Wikimedia Commons

CC: Kamalakanta Jena via Wikimedia Commons

Today is the summer solstice – the longest day of the year, but it also marks the Alzheimer’s Association’s national awareness movement celebrating the strength of those facing Alzheimer’s disease.

“On The Longest Day, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity.

Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.”  ~ thelongestday.org

If you’d like to join the activities, head over to the Find A Team page to identify which of the 19 Arizona participants might be near you.

In recognition of the awareness day, we spoke to Marty Finley, M.Ed., who manages Sun Health Memory Care Navigator Program - a free service for those in the West Valley struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Sun Health Fire Drill Makes Front Cover of Daily News-Sun

Sun Health’s Grandview Terrace senior independent living community in Sun City West, AZ, was proud to host a mock fire drill with residents and the local fire department last week.

Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia said the mock event was a collaborative idea because the seven-story building is one of the tallest in Sun City West, and the firefighters wanted to practice.

Not only was it exciting for us, but it made the front page of the Daily News-Sun weekend edition. Thank you to one of our favorite media partners!

Read the full story here or online at the YourWestValley.com website:

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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!

Sun Health Foundation Invests $30,000 in Future Nurses

Sun Health Foundation 2014 $30,000 Scholarship Recipients

Nursing students and faculty from Grand Canyon University and employees from Sun Health celebrate the awarding of 10 nursing scholarships.

As any college student or their parents can attest, higher education costs are much higher these days. That’s why Grand Canyon University nursing students Mariah White and Christine Throckmorton are so thankful for their $3,000 nursing scholarships from Sun Health Foundation. GCU’s annual tuition, excluding room and board, costs around $8,000.

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Serious as a Heart Attack

Earlier this month, nearly 50 Sun Health Foundation friends gathered in the Sun City West home of Birt and Louisa Kellam for some socializing and refreshments. It may have looked like a normal party to the casual observer, but things were about to get serious.

Birt Kellam introduced Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center (BDWMC) CEO Debbie Flores, who thanked the assembled for their financial support of the medical center and gave examples of how that support has paid dividends in providing superior health care for the community.

She turned it over to cardiologist Fredric Klopf, M.D. who outlined how donor contributions have led to advances in cardiac care at BDWMC, including the 90-minute door-to-balloon treatment standard approved by the American College of Cardiology for treating heart attacks. Early treatment has been found to not only save lives, but also to minimize heart- and brain-tissue damage.

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Photo of Colonnade Resident Sky Diver Wins International Contest

Sharon Vizzini, resident of The Colonnade, went skydiving in October 2012. In May 2014, this photo was awarded second place in an international photo contest.

Sharon Vizzini, resident of The Colonnade, went skydiving in October 2012. In May 2014, this photo was awarded second place in an international photo contest.

PHOENIX (May 23, 2014) –– On May 21, 2014, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) announced the selection of 18 winners of its first “Friendly Faces, Friendly Places” international photo contest, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. Out of the 500 photos submitted worldwide, one local photo was announced as a winner. The photo of Surprise resident Sharon Vizzini sky diving at age 70, placed second in the “Older and Active” category. The photo was provided by Sun Health Senior Living and submitted by the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network.

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Grand Canyon Nursing Students Learning Skills at Sun Health

Students from the Grand Canyon University nursing program at Banner Boswell attend orientation at Sun Health where they will be doing clinical rotations this summer.

People in purple scrubs will be popping up at various Sun Health locations this summer. The purple ones are senior nursing students at Grand Canyon University and each Tuesday, now through August, they will be doing community health clinical rotations at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, in the Care Transitions program or at each of Sun Health’s three senior living communities.

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