Grandview Terrace EMT Josh Martindale is one step closer to achieving a dream that many kids have but not many fulfill – becoming a firefighter.
He recently graduated at the top of his class as a Certified Firefighter I & II in the Fire Academy through Mesa Community College. Josh, who works the 4 p.m. to midnight shift at GVT, was a beneficiary of the Grandview Terrace Community Service Foundation Scholarship program, a resident-funded program that provides money for employees to further education and training. Continue reading →
Jim Dean does a ladder drill in a Neuro Wellness West class.
Jim Dean believes exercise is important to maintaining mobility as he ages. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, it became a necessity. Dean threw himself into a rigorous exercise routine that he’s kept up for the past six years. There’s no doubt in his mind, and in the minds of his wife, doctors and other health professionals, that the workouts have had a positive effect.
Seeing the results inspired Jim and his wife Sara to help fund Banner Neuro Wellness West, a new program at Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) that provides exercise, education and support for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Continue reading →
Your Sun Health team began 2014 in full force – mobilizing several signature projects. It’s exciting to see so many activities coming together that will make a positive impact for many in communities we serve.
The Sun Health operating theme of “population health” is policy in action. It is the foundation for all we do to support you, our independent living residents, and area “friends and neighbors,” who trust us to enhance their well-being and our partner hospitals.
Each year, your Board of Directors participates in a “retreat” day for education and reflection on the accomplishments of the past year and goal setting for the year ahead. The focus this year will be on an interactive discussion on health care policy, clinical excellence and dynamic innovations required to support the next generation of health care delivery. Continue reading →
Sun Health Foundation thanks the 2013 Healthy SUNsations Gala sponsors and all who supported an evening dedicated to advancing research and care for those with Parkinson’s disease. The event raised $125,000 in support of Parkinson’s patient care and research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.
We 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.
With the addition of two nurses, Sun Health’s Care Transitions team continues growing to meet the needs of more patients benefiting from the nonprofit program. They will help Care Transitions patients navigate through the difficult and sometimes daunting experience of living with a chronic illness. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →