Sun Health Corporate Office Holiday Closures

With the holidays approaching, we wanted to make everyone aware of upcoming office closings in December and January for Sun Health, Sun Health Foundation and Sun Health Senior Living. Our offices in Surprise and at Banner Boswell Medical Center will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
  • Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013
  • New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
  • New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

Note that our independent living communities – Grandview Terrace and Grandview Care Center in Sun City West, La Loma Village and La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park, and The Colonnade in Surprise maintain 24-hour support by staff and/or an emergency medical technician, as always.

Regarding Sun Health Grandview Health Care Center patient inquiries, please call (623) 975-8100. After hours/weekends, call (623)-975-8000.

Regarding Sun Health La Loma Health Care Center patient inquiries, please call (623) 537-7400. After hours/weekends, call (623) 537-7500.

Here’s wishing you a peaceful holiday season. Thank you for your commitment to Sun Health.

Top 5 Tips for Keeping People with Dementia Safe During Holiday Festivities

YourWestValley.com(Note: a shout-out and big THANK YOU to YourWestValley.com for picking up this story!)

The holiday season provides an ideal setting for reunions with family and friends, but it can also pose a unique set of challenges for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. As loved ones get together to celebrate this year, modifications for a safe and enjoyable celebration are needed to ensure older relatives are protected.

Marty Finley, a dementia expert for Sun Health’s Memory Care Navigator program, has spent 20 years of her career focusing on the needs of families coping with dementia. Finley offers these top five practical and simple tips for keeping those impacted by dementia out-of-harm’s way and happy throughout the holidays: Continue reading

Crowds Bunch for Holiday Boutique & Home Tour

More than 400 guests toured six showpiece homes and shopped for holiday treasures at Clark home 4 - Copythe 2013 Holiday Boutique & Home Tour, held Dec. 7, at The Colonnade in Surprise. The events were sponsored by Sun Health Foundation to benefit cardiac care at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.

The tour of the homes was a “tour de force” featuring everything from modern to traditional architecture, priceless works of art and furnishings from around the world. Guest also enjoyed appetizers and refreshments at each home. The two-day gift boutique offered shoppers a wide assortment of holiday-themed gifts.

Special thanks to major sponsor La-Z Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona, other sponsors, boutique vendors, volunteers and especially the homeowners for welcoming guests into their homes.

CEO Ron Guziak Weighs in on Population Health Management

Sun Health is proud to be a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health of an entire population, not just those living within our communities.

How do we make it happen? Here is a snippet of what CEO Ronald Guziak had to say when recently interviewed on ThinkHippo.

With your Care Transitions program, you had some great statistics – notably, the 85 percent reduction in readmissions. As this model continues to grow, what sort of changes do you expect in staffing? People are the most important thing. As the Care Transitions program grows, our focus is to hire the right people to do the work the way we want it done. We’ll continue to use RNs or LPNs to initiate that first stage of the program once the patient is discharged. We’ll remain committed to providing home visits, not just telephone visits – those are the things that differentiate the program. As we begin to serve different generations, we’ll add more technology to the services we provide. We also look at ways to offer support for 90 days and beyond.

 

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La Loma Care Center sporting a new look

Since opening its doors in 2005, La Loma Care Center has provided its residents and the surrounding community with high quality rehabilitation and long-term care services. In 2013, the center launched a major re-positioning project to upgrade its campus and prepare for future skilled nursing and assisted living needs based on projections.

The project included remodeling existing space into a 6,400 square-foot, state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, equipped to serve inpatients–and for the first time, outpatients. The center also opened a new 27-bed short-stay skilled nursing unit, featuring home-like touches and patient-centered nursing care. A newly constructed Community Education Room recently opened and work is nearing completion on 10 new assisted living apartments, with residents expected to move in in January or early February 2014. To see photos, go to http://on.fb.me/1dhN0iF

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Rebecca Bair Joins Foundation as Senior Director of Development

Sun Health Foundation is pleased to announce Rebecca Bair has joined the organization as a senior director of development. She will be working with donors and friends to encourage support for the community programs and services Sun Health provides.

“Rebecca brings a wealth of experience and community involvement to that will help advance Sun Health’s mission,” said Penny Cowden, chief development officer for Sun Health.  Continue reading

Sun Health Celebrates Program’s Second Anniversary With Consecutive National Honor

November 2013

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Ron Guziak,
President & CEO
Sun Health and Sun Health Foundation

While most of the nation ponders how federal health care legislation will affect them, at Sun Health this month we celebrate a nationally recognized community health program that has benefited nearly 2,000 west valley residents. In less than two years, Sun Health Care Transitions has educated individuals about healthier ways to live, developed enhanced medication regimens and prevented most participants from being readmitted to the hospital for the same illness.

Our team celebrated its second anniversary by receiving a second consecutive “Outstanding Leadership in Population Health Award” from the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA). Continue reading