Sun Health, one of the leading Arizona nonprofits, is pleased to announce its recent award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of its nonprofit Care Transitions program.
Offered at no cost to patients, the program is a partnership between Sun Health, Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, community physicians and other health providers.
Sun Health, in partnership with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, provides care transition services to high risk Medicare beneficiaries residing in the Northwest area of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Sun Health Care Transitions nurses work directly with care teams at the hospitals to identify patients for whom the program would be a valuable resource. Once identified, the Care Transitions team helps patients understand and adhere to the medication schedule, educates them about their condition, ensures the patient receives timely follow-up care, and assists in connecting patients to other community resources such as transportation or home-delivered meals. So far, results of the program, which launched a little more than a year ago, are outstanding. Of the more than 700 with chronic disease who have participated in the program, only five percent have been readmitted, a 74- percent reduction in the expected readmission rate.
“I am enormously proud of our Care Transitions’ team and our staff’s ability to launch and sustain a program that has had a profound impact on our community,” said Ron Guziak, President and CEO of Sun Health Arizona nonprofit. “We appreciate CMS’ recognition of our team’s efforts and believe that this is an endorsement of the vision of Sun Health to be the advocate for healthy living in our communities.”
To learn more about the Arizona nonprofit Sun Health foundation or to learn about the Sun Health Care Transitions program, visit us today at www.SunHealth.org.