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Sun Health/Banner Health partnership fits local health care needs

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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 4:00 pm

Three years ago, Sun Health and Banner Health formed a partnership, designed to enhance health care in the communities we serve. In just a short time, we’ve discovered how well our nonprofit missions complement one another and how much we’ve been able to accomplish together.

Banner Health has earned both local and national honors for its superior quality, exceptional work environment, and patient-centered care. Sun Health’s four-decade history has a track record of loyal community support that has generated more than $300 million for local health care. It’s exciting to see two resilient organizations come together to sustain a legacy that will continue to serve this community for the next 40 years and beyond.

In the past three years community support has enabled Sun Health to provide more than $27 million in resources for such advancements as:

• The completion of the new tower on the Banner Del E. Webb campus.

• Neurosurgical microscopes at Banner Boswell Medical Center.

• First-in-the-Valley Breast Specific Gamma Imaging at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

• A variety of surgical equipment including: C arms/enhanced image scanners, a heart-lung machine, orthopedic drill and navigation systems.

• Enhanced medical imaging technology in the Women’s Diagnostic Services Department at Banner Boswell Medical Center.

• Vascular digital ultrasound equipment.

• Echo-cardio ultrasound equipment.

• A new remote monitoring station for heart patients at Banner Boswell Medical Center.

• The development of a new Cath Lab at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

• Landmark cardiac research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute.

• A commitment for upgrades to the behavioral unit (support, adaptation, growth and enrichment (SAGE)) at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

Aside from supporting our local hospitals, Sun Health is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for quality independent senior living. It now has full ownership of The Colonnade and La Loma Village and the majority ownership of Grandview Terrace — three distinguished senior living communities. Both La Loma Village and Grandview Terrace provide full-service skilled nursing facilities and more than 500 Sun Health employees serve the needs of the residents and patients at these facilities.

Our future continues to evolve with new programs of services being developed to complement direct patient care in the hospitals. Today, we have new and unique methods of serving the health needs of our residents. With health care reform, these new programs will go a long way to continue the traditions of superior health care for our communities.

We recently began a pilot program in Medication Management, understanding that many individuals need assistance with the multiple prescriptions they take daily. Often trips to the Emergency Department are simply brought on by an avoidable drug interaction. This program will provide individuals with up-to-date information on drug therapy, access to pharmacist consultations and an electronic pillbox that provides alerts and reminders to help patients safely monitor their prescription regimens.

Another new initiative will focus service to individuals who are being discharged from the hospitals to help them manage the first several days of care at home. Called “Care Transitions,” this program is developed in cooperation with the two hospitals and will assist in preventing unnecessary readmissions or non-emergent visits to the Emergency Department.

You can learn more about these programs by visiting:

We remain true to our mission statement: “Sun Health champions senior living, research and superior health care.” As our communities grow and change, Sun Health will continue to identify innovative ways to provide a healthy future. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome.

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