Sun Health at Home Wins Innovation Award

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Sun Health at Home, the first "continuing care at home" in the Southwestern U.S., received the Excellence in Innovation Award at WESTMARC's 24th Annual Best of the West Awards Dinner, Nov. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Sun Health at Home employees (L-R) Nicole Holtsclaw, Jennifer Keiser, Joshua Freegard and Jennifer Drago accepting the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award presented by WESTMARC.

Many studies show that the majority of adults, 55 and older, want to remain in their homes as long as possible, and this program is helping them fulfill that desire.

The Sun Health at Home (SHAH) program won a coveted Excellence in Innovation Award at the annual WESTMARC Best of the West Awards Dinner, Nov. 10, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

"We are thrilled to be recognized for launching this program," said Jennifer Drago, Sun Health executive vice president of Community Programs, which includes the SHAH program.

"Many studies show that the majority of adults, 55 and older, want to remain in their homes as long as possible, and this program is helping them fulfill that desire."

The SHAH program, launched in January 2016, is the first continuing care at home (CCaH) program in the southwestern United States. The SHAH program has grown to 19 members, with several more applicants going through the qualifying process. In exchange for an entrance fee and monthly fee, members are comprehensively covered for health and non-health needs if and when they need them. SHAH is regulated by the Arizona Department of Insurance.

According to Ziegler, a senior-living finance company, there are currently 29 active CCaH programs in the U.S., with a number of programs under development. All CCaH programs are sponsored by not-for-profit organizations, with the majority associated with a Life Plan or Life Care community. Sun Health owns three Life Care communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

More than 400 business and community leaders and elected officials attended this year's Best of the West awards dinner. In addition to the innovation prize, awards were presented for excellence in economic development, quality of life, regional advancement and inspiration in leadership. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was presented with the inspiration in leadership award.

Sun Health at Home
Sun Health at Home is a nonprofit “continuing care at home” program offering highly personalized support and coordinated services designed to allow seniors to remain in their homes, safely and confidently, as they age. It combines the assurance of needed support, personalized coordination of services and a cost-effective alternative or complement to long-term care insurance, all designed to help people live independently as long as possible. Sun Health at Home is part of Sun Health, a nonprofit that has served the health care needs of West Valley residents for more than 50 years, first as a hospital-based system and now as a provider of senior living and health and wellness services, as well as a philanthropic supporter of local health care programs and services.

WESTMARC—the Western Maricopa Coalition—is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley. The WESTMARC annual Best of the West awards competition began in 1993 as a way to recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle, and economic development of the West Valley – the portion of Maricopa County west of Interstate 17.

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