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Local 70-year-old skydiver places in photo contest

On May 21, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) announced the selection of 18 winners of its first “Friendly Faces, Friendly Places” international photo contest, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. Out of the 500 photos submitted worldwide, one local photo was announced as a winner. The photo of Surprise resident Sharon Vizzini skydiving at age 70, placed second in the “Older and Active” category. The photo was provided by Sun Health Senior Living and submitted by the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network.

Vizzini is a resident of The Colonnade, part of Sun Health Senior Living. Vizzini was inspired to go skydiving after her daughter went and the two soon went skydiving together, “I didn’t ever think I’d be jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet. However, my daughter did it…By skydiving, she was facing her fears.” Vizzini says it is never too late to spread your wings, “Don’t limit yourself to things that you have done in the past. If a new great adventure comes along, don’t be afraid to do it. I think you will be really surprised at what you can actually accomplish. You are only limited by your own fears.”

Grantmakers in Aging launched the competition to increase an understanding about what makes communities great places to grow up and grow old. John Feather, GIA CEO shared, “Our winning photographs tell meaningful stories of how older adults are vitally connected to the life of their cities, towns, and villages in many different parts of the world.”

Ron Guziak, President and CEO of Sun Health, stated, “On all of our campuses, we are committed to supporting people’s dreams and connections to their communities. Individuals like Mrs. Vizzini embody the sense of adventure that actually fulfills their dreams. At Sun Health, we help people live the life they want.”
Sun Health is partnering with Benevilla, another nonprofit agency located in Surprise, Arizona to establish Northwest Valley Connect, a new membership-based transportation program. The program offers transportation to older adults, information and referral, and mobility management services to triage requests for transportation and coordinate available resources.

Northwest Valley Connect is one of a number of pilot sites supported by the Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network. The network is hosted by the Maricopa Association of Governments and supported by a number of partners including Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Grantmakers in Aging, and the Pfizer Foundation. The goal of the network is to better connect older adults to people of all ages.

The winning photographs in the six categories of the competition may be found on the Community AGEnda webpage. Community AGEnda is a national initiative funded by the Pfizer Foundation and administered by Grantmakers in Aging. The Greater Phoenix Age-Friendly Network is one of five sites nationwide participating in the initiative.

Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Sun Health names executive director of The Colonnade

Sun Health Senior Living, a nationally recognized operator of three retirement communities and two care centers in Arizona, appointed Barbara Foster executive director of The Colonnade, an active adult life care community located in Surprise.

Foster, who comes to Sun Health from Macon, Ga., brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the role. She has worked with an array of continuing care retirement communities across the country serving in varied leadership capacities, including vice president of operations, executive director and regional operations manager. Included among her many leadership duties was responsibility for opening new CCRCs, running large-scale care centers, and maintaining operational responsibility for upwards of 1,000 residents in a single community.

“When I met the team at Sun Health and saw its goals to impart healthy living options for their residents as well as seniors in the surrounding area via community health programs and forward-thinking strategic initiatives, I was hooked,” Foster said. “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself that impacted seniors in a positive way. I feel Sun Health fulfills that need and will for many years to come.”

Foster’s extensive experience opening new communities has prepared her well to lead The Colonnade, which is poised for continued growth this summer with the opening of a new 36-unit condo-style complex known as The Colonnade Villas.

As executive director of The Colonnade, Foster is responsible for leading, administering and directing virtually all aspects of community operations, ranging from budget oversight, staff management and regulatory compliance, to serving as a liaison between the community and local hospitals, care centers and senior assistance agencies.

“The people at Sun Health think big, act in positive ways and look past the here and now to move today’s seniors beyond the status quo of aging and into a future of health and wellness so they can live longer, healthier lives,” she commented. “My goals as executive director at The Colonnade include ensuring open communication between  the residents, staff and myself; keeping the community financially stable and growing; and most importantly, maintaining resident satisfaction by creating exciting opportunities to preserve and propel their physical, intellectual, spiritual and social health and well-being.”

Colonnade - Sun Health Senior Living

The Colonnade Adding New Apartment Villas, Townhouse Options

Just four years after its opening and roughly a year after Sun Health assumed full ownership of the property, The Colonnade is growing.

To better meet the needs of residents who like the efficiency of an apartment in a retirement community setting, The Colonnade has updated its master site plan to include a new design for 36-apartment villas and two townhomes.

The building architecture is designed with attractive visual aesthetics, diversity, enhanced functionality and ease of living. Each building reflects Mediterranean style architecture, with an appealing color palette, tile roofs, and added features such as awnings, shutters and custom iron accents.

The floor plans have been upgraded to better meet the diverse needs of its owners. Balconies have been added to two levels in the middle units above the foyer area. Appealing embellishments such as a trellised arbor, iron work on the balconies and wrap around stepped, hipped roofs at the corner units reflect standards essential to The Colonnade residents.

In addition, the plan also includes:

  • An expansion of the community’s cart path for vehicles and a pedestrian-only pathway,
  • The construction of additional recreational facilities, and
  • The development of open and green space design to create a resort-like feel and additional leisure nodes for outside resident activities.

Anticipated to open in 3Q 2013, the construction is expected to begin in August and last 9-12 months.

“We’re delighted to offer this enhancement to our residents,” said Sharon Grambow, chief operating officer for Sun Health Senior Living and one of the senior leaders who helped open the community in 2008.

“In addition to the apartment villas, these enhancements are ones our residents have requested for some time. We think they will help to distinguish our community and attract more great residents who want to call The Colonnade home.”

For more information on The Colonnade, visit Sun Health’s website at www.sunhealth.org.