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.

Suddenly, one of guests clutched his chest, complaining of chest pain, pressure, and shortness of breath.   Continue reading

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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Employee Showcase: Deborah Burns

Deb Burns, Nurse Practitioner, Sun Health Center For Health & WellnessAs a community partner who delights in sharing healthy living practices throughout our neighborhoods and communities, we would be nothing without fantastic employees who help make this vision a reality.

One of those employees is Deborah Burns, FNP-C.

A valued Sun Health employee for more than fifteen years, most recently at the Center For Health & Wellbeing, Deb recently completed her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. We are so proud of her!

“Patients would commonly say to me, ‘Deb, you have such a manner about you; I wish you were my doctor!” This inspired me to want to help them on a much deeper level, and encouraged me to earn my advanced certification.”

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Event Registrations Explode – Make Reservations Ahead of Time

More than 700 people have registered for Sun Health events over the last two weeks – that’s a new record high for us!

Because of the new Center For Health & Wellbeing and popular classes such as Tai Chi For Seniors, spots are filling up much faster than in the past.

Be sure to plan ahead, so you are able to enjoy your choice of events. We hope to see you there!

View the calendar or register here: http://www.sunhealth.org/community-education-events/

Recover From a Stroke or Surgery with La Loma Outpatient Rehab for Seniors

When recovering from a major event, such as a fall, stroke or bone replacement surgery, using an outpatient service provider that specializes in older patients can make a huge difference.

La Loma Outpatient Rehab Program for Seniors

Seniors often have special needs based on their fitness and activity levels, and customizing therapy on a case-by-case basis is important.

Our bodies change and become more fragile as we age, and aggressive treatments suitable for younger patients can do more harm than good.

Sun Health’s La Loma Outpatient Rehabilitation Program in Litchfield Park, AZ, is open to the general public yet created specifically for those over 55 years old. Located at the La Loma Care Center, outpatient services offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

La Loma Outpatient Rehab for Seniors in Litchfield Park, AZ

It’s also consistently ranked “excellent” with five-star ratings from the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services… you’ll love the quality!

La Loma Care Center currently accepts Medicare B and private pay patients. For more information, call 623.537.7400.

“Thank You Thursday” Recognition Goes to Season For Sharing

A deep and heartfelt THANK YOU to Season For Sharing – the $10,000 grant they gifted to our Sun Health Memory Care Navigator program will help us continue to provide free healthcare services to patients, families and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory loss conditions.

Season For Sharing grant recipient

Season For Sharing funds are raised through an Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and 12 News annual holiday fundraiser.

Today is “Thank You Thursday” – a day to celebrate donors and beneficiaries alike who have benefited from this incredible fundraiser. As a beneficiary, we are grateful to the media and community who made this possible. From the bottom of our hearts…. THANK YOU. We are honored by your generosity.

The grant will be used towards the following services:

  • Free access to Marty Finley, M.Ed., a Sun Health geriatric care manager with 15 years experience in memory loss conditions
  • In-home assessments
  • The creation of customized memory loss care plans with each patient and their family
  • Connecting patients and family to relevant community resources
  • Being a resource for families/caregivers as patients goes through different stages of dementia
  • Educating patients and family about local clinical trials
  • Collaborating with each patient’s physicians
  • And more!

The Memory Care Navigator program is funded 100 percent by the Sun Health Foundation through charitable giving and grants, such as the Season For Sharing program. Learn more about it here: http://www.sunhealth.org/memorycare/.