Guziak’s Perspective on West Valley Revitalization – This Week in the Arizona Republic

Will the train tracks along Grand Avenue be converted into a commuter rail project?

Read more on this story – and a quote from Sun Health CEO Ron Guziak – in this fantastic Christmas Day article by Arizona Republic’s Lesley Wright.

Sun Health in the Arizona RepublicWe were fortunate enough to be included in TWO stories this week on azcentral.com. Reporter Angela Gonzales wrote this heart-warming blog post the day before Christmas, after joining our Litchfield Park independent living community as part of a wonderful holiday caroling group. The lovely voices of the Dickens Carolers were greatly enjoyed by La Loma Village residents and staff alike.

SHINE Delivers Toys to 100+ Children from Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona

Sadie & Dylan Schrieber - Sun Health Santa at St. Joseph's Hospital

(Thank you, YourWestValley.com, for covering this story. We love spreading holiday cheer!)

More than 100 kids with craniofacial deformities were showered with gifts at the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona’s (CFA) annual holiday party, held Dec. 15 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The gifts were donated to CFA by Sun Health employees and residents through the organization’s SHINE (Sun Health Involvement Never Ends) committee, which held a November toy drive to gather the presents.

Sun Health employees wrapped almost 100 of the gifts for the kids and donated dozens of unwrapped toys to CFA. Lori Takeuchi, program coordinator for CFA, was deeply touched by the generosity.  Continue reading

Sun City Couple Finds Comfort & Support in Sun Health’s New Resource for Alzheimer’s, Dementia Patients & Caregivers

In September 2013 while hospitalized for knee replacement surgery, John O’Donnell received a frightening diagnosis. On top of the Parkinson’s disease he’d been living with for the past 20 years, his doctor diagnosed him with mild dementia.

John and his wife Karen, Sun City residents, were faced with all the standard post-diagnosis questions and looked for help immediately. Karen had the foresight to speak with a social worker at the hospital who directed them to Sun Health’s new Memory Care Navigator program.  Continue reading

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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