Paul’s New Lease on Life

Paul Breza should have been celebrating a life well lived on his birthday. Instead, he was at an urgent care center with a host of worrisome symptoms.

Paul didn’t know it at the time, but he had suffered a heart attack. He also didn’t know what to expect on the road to recovery. Thankfully, the staff at Sun Health Care Transitions knew exactly how to help Paul get back to health.

From the first friendly phone call to the last piece of nutrition advice, Paul couldn’t help but “feel cared for” by program staff, including Shirley Burnett, LPN, and Stephanie Bone, RN.

“I don’t think I would have made it without them,” he said.

Care Transitions helps patients transition from hospital to home, and is critical for both reducing hospital readmissions and improving quality of life. Paul is one of the many success stories.

Paul and his wife Anne have called Sun City West home since 1981. Married for 64 years, they enjoyed a full life raising two children and moving around the country for Paul’s work in the construction, national defense, and human resources fields, including 14 years with Sun Health as an HR director. In retirement, the couple chose to volunteer and give back to their community.

Life was sailing along when Paul suffered the heart attack. While hospitalized, he learned about Care Transitions – offered at no cost to patients – and agreed to take part.

Paul’s familiarity with Sun Health gave him confidence the program would be worthwhile.

Shirley made an impression right away. “She was so nice on the phone and explained everything in great detail,” Paul said. “She explained their (SHCT) role and what they could do for me. And they did it.”

Paul and Anne also appreciated visits from Stephanie, who helped educate them about diet, nutrition, and signs of potentially serious symptoms. At Paul’s request, Stephanie even brought the couple a scale to monitor’s Paul’s weight.

Thanks to Care Transitions, the couple can focus on keeping Paul in the best of health. “I sure appreciate that knowledge,” Paul said.

Sun Health Care Transitions is uniquely focused on providing patients and family caregivers with the skills, confidence, and tools they need to assert a more active role in their health care.