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What do golf and surgery have in common?

Imagine sinking chip shots on three of the world’s most famous golf courses while chipping in to help fund a high-tech hybrid operating suite at Banner Boswell Medical Center. How’s it possible you ask?

Sun Health Foundation and Arrowhead Lexus have joined forces to sell drawing tickets for a chance to play in the 2013 Lexus Champions For Charity Golf Tournament, a five-day golf getaway for two, held Dec. 11-15, in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Ticket proceeds will help fund a new hybrid operating suite at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City.

Only 400 drawing tickets are available, with the winner and a friend earning the chance to “play like a pro” on three of Pebble Beach’s hallowed golf courses: Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Spanish Bay.

The winning package includes meals, carts and green fees; an incredible tee prize package; transportation between local airports and the golf resorts and a teaching clinic from a top PGA professional.

Tickets are $150 each or five for $600. Ticket sponsorship packages are also available. The winning ticket will be drawn October 3 at Arrowhead Lexus Peoria. Need not be present to win.  Purchase tickets by calling 623-832-7609 or visit sunhealthfoundation.org.

Hybrid Operating Suite
The $8.2 million project involves transforming a 40-year-old clinical space into a futuristic hybrid operating suite, the first of its kind in the West Valley. Construction will also include refurbishing and constructing two new OR suites. The hybrid will combine the latest surgical, cardiac catheterization and 3-D radiology technologies with real-time patient monitoring, allowing patients to stay in one place.

Interventional cardiologists, electro-physiologists or interventional radiologists and heart and vascular surgeons will work side by side. It will greatly benefit patients requiring minimally invasive valve procedures as well as those needing cardiovascular or vascular treatment. The results will be shorter recovery times, fewer complications, reduced pain and increased quality of life. Expected to be completed in late summer 2014, the project also includes expanding the Same Day Surgery unit. Ultimately, the project will allow Banner Boswell to continue to expand its comprehensive cardiac program to meet the current and future needs of the community.

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Newly Launched tools speak for you when you can’t

Sun Health recently launched two signature tools – Vial of Life and File of Life. Both resources, offered for free as a service to the community, are designed to enhance access to important medical information during an emergency.

A popular tool used by local residents and emergency personnel for many years, Sun Health, in partnership with Banner Health, recently revitalized Vial of Life with a slightly larger pill bottle. For use at home, the vial/bottle contains an easy-to-complete medical form that contains important information such as prominent medical conditions, past surgeries, physician contact information and medications. Area residents are encouraged to complete the medical form, place it in the pill bottle and then put the bottle in their refrigerator. To help emergency personnel locate the pill bottle, residents are encouraged to post a bright orange window cling on their front window or front door, or on the front of their refrigerator. This orange cling alerts emergency professional to look for the vial in the refrigerator.

File of Life puts that same potentially life-saving information in a portable device. The computer flash drive holds emergency medical information including:

•             Easy to follow instructions;
•             Pre-formatted, easy-to-populate emergency medical forms; and
•             Extra storage for additional members’ information.

The flash drive comes equipped with a lanyard, but it can easily be clipped on a key chain or stored inside a purse, making it an ideal portable solution to carry when away from home, traveling or exercising.

Free Classes
Area residents can learn more about the programs, and receive their free Vial of Life and File of Life by attending an introductory class. All classes listed are scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.:

·         Aug. 6, The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise
·         Sept. 10, Banner Boswell Medical Center, Support Services Building, 13180 N. 103rd Dr., Sun City
·         Sept. 11, Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Dr., Sun City West
·         Oct. 31, La Loma Village, 14154 Denny Blvd., Litchfield Park

To register for an upcoming class, please call (623) 455-5741. For more information about this program, visit: www.sunhealth.org/vialoflife. To schedule a Vial of Life/File of Life presentation for your club or group, please call Autumn Leonard at (623) 832-5665.

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Banner Boswell ranked in 100 Top Hospitals

Banner Boswell Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics SM (formerly Thomson Reuters Healthcare). This distinction is based on overall organizational performance.

Banner Boswell is proud to retain its Top 100 status for a second year having been recognized in 2012. According to Truven, Banner Boswell was evaluated for its performance among 3,000 hospitals nationwide on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Banner Boswell is a part of Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems with 23 hospitals in seven states. In addition, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo. which is operated by Banner Health and McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo., which is owned by Banner Health, were also named to the list. Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa was previously recognized as a Truven Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital.

In Arizona, Banner Boswell is one of only two hospitals named to the list and was recognized among large community hospitals.

In addition to the Truven recognition, three Arizona Banner Health facilities have been recognized as “Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence” by HealthGrades, as reported by KTAR Radio in Phoenix. Banner Boswell, Banner Desert and Banner Estrella medical centers were recognized by HealthGrades in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence. North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center, both in Colorado, were also recognized.

“It’s an honor for Banner to receive these recognitions for the great care and service we provide our patients and visitors every day,” said John Hensing, MD, Banner Health executive vice president and chief medical officer. “We have worked hard to become a nationally-recognized health care leader. Earning these designations means patients in our facilities are receiving some of the most paramount care in the entire nation. Naturally, we’re extremely proud to offer the communities we serve this level of service.”

For more information about the awards, visit www.bannerhealth.com/boswell.

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Sun Health Named Surprise Non-Profit Of The Year

Sun Health was named Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “2011 Non-Profit of the Year.” The award was presented during the Chamber’s annual awards banquet on March 9 at The Colonnade, a Sun Health Senior Living Community in Surprise.

“We are fortunate to receive this honor and be recognized among such an impressive group or organizations that are making an impact in the Northwest Valley,” Sun Health Chief Executive Officer Ron Guziak said. “2011 was an amazing year of expansion and growth for Sun Health, and we’re excited to continue our community support of health and healthy living programs throughout 2012 and beyond.”

Sun Health’s three major components include the Sun Health Foundation, providing funding and support for Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and the Banner Sun Health Research Institute; Sun Health Senior Living; and Sun Health Community Health including its Medication Management and Care Transitions programs.

Below are highlights on how each of Sun Health’s components worked to help guarantee superior health care throughout the West Valley during 2011:

  • Sun Health Foundation contributed nearly $14.5 million to health and human service programs, including $7 million for the new Cath Lab at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. The Cath Lab opened to the public on Valentine’s Day, 2012.
  • During 2011, Sun Health announced its decision to purchase The Colonnade. Currently consisting of 70 casitas, four townhomes and the recreational village, the planned $100 million nonprofit retirement community is projected to include 150-250 additional units, most built as townhomes and multistory villa apartments.
  • More than 300 people are benefiting from safer medication regimens thanks to the 2011 launch of Sun Health’s Medication Management program. This program helps individuals take control of their medication regimen through a suite of services ensuring greater accuracy, safety and efficacy of their medication plans.
  • Offered at no charge to patients, Sun Health’s Care Transitions program was launched in 2011 to support chronically ill patients following a major hospital stay. The program helps patients better understand their condition and the necessary lifestyle changes needed to prevent future admissions. Offered in partnership with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, all patients involved in the program to date have avoided readmission.

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My Electronic Pillbox can help with complex medicine regimes

Sun Health And MedMinder Offer Electronic Pillbox Trial For $1

Sun Health and MedMinder have partnered together to allow participants from the Sun Health Medication Management program a 30-day trial of the My Electronic Pillbox for as little as $1. If, at the end of the 30 days, participants opt to keep My Electronic Pillbox, they will be enrolled in a lease-to-own program and charged $25 per month for 23 months.

My Electronic Pillbox is a state-of-the-art program that helps participants keep track of their medication, allowing for a greater peace of mind for both the individual and his or her family. The MedMinder pill dispenser has the same features of a regular pill organizer; however, it also provides medication reminders to the user and informs him or her if medications are missed. Loved ones and caregivers can also be notified through email or text message when a medication must be taken or was missed.

Ron Guziak, Sun Health’s chief executive officer, spoke about the dangers of poor medication adherence among seniors.

“Study after study clearly illustrates just how serious and prevalent the problem of poor medication adherence among seniors is,” Guziak says. “The numbers indicate this is a potentially life-threatening issue, and My Electronic Pillbox conveniently and affordably provides an answer.”

My Electronic Pillbox is easy to use and has no digital readouts. Instead, it utilizes flashing lights, audible beeps and phone calls, text messages and emails to remind participants to take their medication. This wireless pill dispenser and its complementary medication management service makes it easier to adhere to complex medication regimens.

My Electronic Pillbox can be programmed via the Internet by either the participant or Sun Health. There is no need for a wireless router, computer, phone line or any form of internet access to use the MedMinder pill dispenser.

“This new program will help keep seniors independent, at home and at ease with their medication management,” says MedMinder’s Chief Executive Officer Evan Shavelsky.

About Sun Health
Sun Health is a long-standing community partner providing philanthropic resources for area healthcare, comprehensive senior living options and signature programs that leverage technology to enhance healthcare and service — both within and outside hospital walls.

Its emerging chronic disease and medication management programs, for instance, will enable Sun Health to provide residents with even greater access to healthcare tools and services that promote healthy living.

Its Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides philanthropic funding for Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, Banner Sun Health Research Institute and other non-profit services. Its senior living services provide care at three distinct retirement communities: The Colonnade in Sun City Grand, Grandview Terrace in Sun City West and La Loma Village in Litchfield Park.

To learn more about the 30-day trial or My Electronic Pillbox, call (623) 832-4100 or visit medminder.com.

For more information on the program, visit sunhealthmeds.org.

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Purse-Suit Of Fashion: The Doctors’ Runway Hosted By Sun Health

Thanks to the Sun Health Foundation, on Saturday, February 18th, doctors will no longer be recognizable; they will be in “Purse-Suit of Fashion.”

Leaving behind their scrubs, stethoscopes and lab coats, doctors and physicians will trade in their uniform and instead show off some of Dillard’s hottest spring fashions. They’ll also be trading in their hospital halls and operating rooms for the Wigwam Arizona’s runway.

This fashion-filled event, with the witty name of “Purse-Suit of Fashion,” is hosted by the Sun Health Foundation and sponsored by the neuroscience services departments at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Centers.

The Sun Health Foundation is a non-profit organization, which aims to provide philanthropic funding for Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and the Sun Health Research Institute. Sun Health Foundation is under the umbrella of Sun Health, which provides philanthropic resources for the fields of health care, senior living options and technological enhancements of healthcare and service within and outside of hospitals.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with an hour of socializing and on-site shopping. The shopping site will feature Glitz~N~Glam, Paula’s Bags & More, Foofarah!, IzzBella Designs and Sharon Lee Designs.

After an hour of lunch, the doctors will hit the runway where they and their families will strut their stuff in style. Some familiar faces will include Dr. Steven Charney and Dr. Michael Cofield of the Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Centers; Dr. Mark Campbell, Dr. Arash Araghi and Dr. Joshua Abrams of the Core Institute; and Dr. Chris Mackey of Cardiac Solutions and Dr. Marwan Sabbagh of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute.

Members of the Sun Health Foundation Board of Trustees and the foundation’s Volunteers in Philanthropy will also be giving their modeling career a shot.

Tickets are on sale for $60, $30 of which are tax deductible. To reserve seats, you can either call 623-832-4931  or visit sunhealth.org.