Sun Health Well-Positioned for More Growth with Addition of Real Estate Development Staff

Sun Health has added new staff members to manage future growth and ongoing construction at its three continuing care retirement communities and other real estate holdings in the West Valley.

Paul Vanderveen 1Paul Vanderveen has been named director of Real Estate Development. He will be responsible for master planning, entitlement and development of all Sun Health properties. He will also lead and direct site acquisition, site master planning, new product development, design, regulatory approval and infrastructure development.

Vanderveen will report directly to Sun Health Executive Vice President Joe La Rue and will collaborate with Sun Health senior leaders on related development projects. He also will work closely with Neal Smith, newly promoted construction superintendent of the Real Estate Development team.

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Sun Health Shows the Love for Employees

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Celebrating each other – Service Awards highlight employee excellence
Sun Health celebrated some of its best and brightest employees at the inaugural Service Awards banquet held Sept. 19 at Grandview Terrace. Almost 100 employees and their guests gathered for a night featuring a gourmet dinner, socializing and recognition – lots of well-deserved recognition.

Earlier this year, employees nominated co-workers for recognition in four categories:

  • Innovator And Creator Of Efficiencies – I.C.E.
  • Excellence In Growth And Education
  • Creative Initiatives
  • Customer Service Excellence

A cross section of Sun Health directors and managers judged the nomination submissions and narrowed it down to three finalists in each category. An outside judge then determined the winners. Below is a list of this year’s finalists and winners in the four categories, along with names of employees celebrating longevity milestones with Sun Health, who were also guests at the banquet.   Continue reading

Last Month to Purchase Tickets to Play Pebble Beach

Odds of Winning are 1:300

2014 Lexus Champions For Charity Golf TournamentIn 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 Tournamentmeals, 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!

‘It’s Never 2 Late’ Right on Time at La Loma Care Center

It's Never 2 Late, a computer designed for ease of use has become a big hit at La Loma Care Center.

It’s Never 2 Late, a computer designed for ease of use has become a big hit at La Loma Care Center.

La Loma Care Center is the proud owner of an adaptive computer system called It’s Never 2 Late. The system features user-friendly technologies such as touch-screen monitors and an adaptive keyboard, which allow individuals with cognitive or physical limitations to play games, listen to music, or watch videos. It’s kept on a rolling cart making it easy to move from room to room.

“We’ve been using it since May and have had a very good response from our residents and their families,” Ione Murray, Life Enrichment coordinator, said. “It was exciting to see how interested people were in it right from the start and that they took the initiative to learn how to use it.”

Some of the most popular activities with residents include playing games such as Hearts or Scrabble and watching shows such as “The Andy Griffith Show,” or exercising to yoga videos. “Families are really interested and engaged in it and want to learn the process to be able to use it with their loved ones,” Murray said.

“It’s Never 2 Late appeals to people of all ages and at all levels of computer literacy,” Murray said. “The wide variety of choices means there’s something for everyone, and it can be used in group settings or for single use. It seems like the sky’s the limit and we are so excited to see where it will go.”

Student Nurses Make a Good Impression

Students from the Grand Canyon University nursing program on the Banner Boswell campus,   cared for Sun Health Senior Living residents this summer as part of their clinical rotations.

Students from the Grand Canyon University nursing program on the Banner Boswell campus, cared for Sun Health Senior Living residents this summer as part of their clinical rotations.

Nursing students from the Grand Canyon University program on the Banner Boswell Medical Center campus spent two months this summer honing their clinical skills at Sun Health’s three senior communities. They were assigned to work with residents who had health concerns.

The students worked up health profiles on participating residents and consulted with Sun Health nurses, other health professionals, and in some cases, the resident’s physician on how to help them.

The student nurses wrapped up their rotation with a “show and tell” class held at Sun Health earlier this month. It was attended by administrators and managers from The Colonnade, Grandview and La Loma. The students shared their experiences, findings and suggestions on how to improve health services on each of the campuses.

Teresa Brulé, director of Resident Services at The Colonnade and a nurse, admitted to being initially “reticent” about how the students would fit in but she quickly learned they had much to offer. “What you have given us is invaluable,” she said to the students. “You’ve done wonders for our residents.”

One of those students was Jeff Miller who proudly described how he and another student helped a resident learn how to manage her high blood pressure more effectively. The students evaluated the resident’s medications and consulted with her doctor, who recommended a new timetable for taking her medications. “It was a nice experience being able to go to resident’s homes and work with them to improve their health,” Miller said.

The next group of student nurses will begin on Sept. 10.

Packing it in

About 60 foster children living in Surprise received new, fully-stocked backpacks compliments of Sun Health residents and employees.

About 60 foster children living in Surprise received new, fully-stocked backpacks compliments of Sun Health residents and employees.

Nearly 400 foster kids from the Northwest Valley, ages 7 to 18, headed to school this month with new backpacks filled with school supplies, compliments of the Sun Health SHINE (Sun Health Involvement Never Ends) summer backpack drive.

The drive was done in cooperation with OCJ Kids, a Valley-based foster and adoption agency. What started last year as a SHINE drive to donate 60 stock backpacks to area foster kids took on a life of its own as Sun Health residents, volunteers and employees gave well beyond expectations. The result was 242 backpacks.

This year, the SHINE Committee set a stretch goal of 300 backpacks, and once again the community rallied for the cause. A total of 384 backpacks were distributed to local children living in foster care.

“It means the beginning of a positive school year for these kids,” said Shevaun Sullivan, project manager with OCJ Kids. “The fact that they get new backpacks and not old ones; the fact they get to go in with new supplies and not a trash bag or no supplies, means they have a better chance of success at school this year. They are already labeled, and this takes one more label away that they are in foster care.”

The Wal-Mart Super Center in Surprise worked with SHINE to order the packs and supplies in bulk. Sun Health employees volunteered over a lunch time to stuff the 384 packs. The drive culminated with a party in late July at The Colonnade for about 60 local foster children. Several employees hosted the party and provided the guests with refreshments, an art project, games and line-dancing. Each child picked out their own backpack available in seven solid colors.

Eleven-year-old Esteban (last name withheld) choose a red one, his favorite color, and he expressed appreciation for the party and the gift. “This is very nice,” the affable 6th grader said. “It shows that people care about us.”

Employee Showcase: Tracy Garrett

Tracy Garrett - Sun Health Center For Health & Wellbeing New HirePlease join us in congratulating Tracy Garrett for earning her certification as a diabetes educator!

Issued by the National Board for Diabetes Educators, Tracy’s new certification showcases her significant experience in pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention and management.

It’s a fantastic fit for her role at Sun Health as a Registered Dietitian. It also complements her other certifications in adult weight management and personal training.

Tracy Garrett - Albertson's eventTracy teaches Community Education classes on a wide variety of topics such as the Diabetes Connection Support Group, Navigating Food Labels and Grocery AislesMindful EatingPass The Salt? Living A Low Sodium Life, and more.

Tracy also leads structured class series’ at the Center For Health & Wellbeing, including Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Prevention.

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3D Mammography Units at Banner Del E. Webb Made Possible by Donors

Sun Health Foundation donors recently enabled Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center to purchase two low-dose 3D mammography units for the hospitals breast imaging center, which is part of the Louisa Kellam Center for Women’s Health.

The Hologic 3D Tomosynthesis units provide:

  • A greater than 25 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates – finding 40 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone
  • Better visualization of masses, distortions and asymmetric densities
  • A significant reduction (up to 40 percent) in false-positive readings
  • Lower dose and faster testing, resulting in less exposure and greater comfort
Sun Health Foundation Donors Fund 3D Breast Imaging Equipment

With one of the new 3D Mammography units are (L-R) Nancy Horskey, breast cancer survivor; Barbara McGeeney, radiology technologist (mammographer); and Claudine Shelley, nurse and certified breast patient navigator in imaging and cancer care.

On a related note, the breast imaging center at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center was recently designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

For all who have donated to the Sun Health Foundation through one of our many programs, THANK YOU. Together, we are making our community a better place.