Summit Hospice Is Moving and Grooving

By Ena Barrise, Volunteer Coordinator at Summit Hospice

Summit Silly
Summit Hospice team

Summit Hospice is part of Summit Healthcare Services, located at 1717 W Northern, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. We have been part of the 19NORTH neighborhood for approximately two years. Our goal is to provide our patients with happiness and dignity through life’s transitions.

Summit Hospice is proud to be a We Honor Veterans partner. The National Palliative Care and Hospice Association has partnered with the Veterans Administration on a national level to provide education to hospice staff. The goal is to meet the unique and varied needs of veterans during the last months of their lives. The entire Summit Hospice staff receives this specialized, ongoing training.

We have also been providing virtual trips to homebound and bed-bound patients. These trips are made possible with the use of a drone, a drone pilot, and a live feed! With this technology, patients can virtually revisit old neighborhoods, favorite places of worship, or other places of significance, such as where they were married or where their children were christened. Some patients choose to take their virtual trips to previously unvisited dream locations.

Summit Hospice has recently introduced the use of therapeutic grade essential oils to their patients and residents. Many claim that essential oils can calm, invigorate, promote wellness, sanitize and provide many other benefits. Some caregivers have reported noticing a calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients and those dealing with Sundowner’s Syndrome.

Recently, we have partnered with DreamCatchers, an organization which grants last wishes for hospice patients. One wish has already been granted and another is being planned. A 95-year-old patient wished to tell the stories of her life and have them preserved on a beautiful video. Another patient has chosen to visit the ocean one last time. Her trip will include a visit to an aquarium and a luau with Polynesian dancers. Her plan is still in the works. Ssshhhh! It’s a surprise!!

Summit Hospice is driven to improve the quality of life for our patients at this transitional time in their lives. It can be difficult for everyone involved, but we are committed to doing everything we can to make things as positive as possible. We always strive to go above and beyond our normal routine to serve those entrusted to our care.

We are proud to be part of the 19NORTH community! If you have further questions, or would like to get involved, please call: 602-535-8255.




Great Neighbors, Great Food & Great Music at Concert In The Park!

By David Hilker

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017 the Royal Palm Neighborhood hosted another free “Concert In The Park.” Hillary Rusk and Andy Naylor did a fantastic job coordinating the event in conjunction with Councilwoman Debra Stark, Councilman Danial T. Venezuela, the City of Phoenix Parks And Recreation Department, and Phoenix based record label, Fervor Records. The free event featured gourmet food trucks, live music, plenty of prizes, and all the wonderful amenities Royal Palm Park has to offer.

Fervor Records recording artist, CooBee Coo, started off the evening’s entertainment. The band’s music is regularly featured in hit TV shows including NCIS, Chicago Fire, Flaked, and Lucifer, to name a few. Up next was another Fervor Records artist, Fayuca, the high energy Latin/Reggae/Rock national touring act who lit up the crowd. Finishing the evening’s entertainment was the delightful husband/wife duo, Foxheart, who literally had every kid under 7 dancing and screaming for more! Plenty of lucky attendees took home awesome free swag including T-shirts, concert tickets, CDs and more courtesy of Fervor Records, CooBee Coo, Fayuca, and the Royal Palm Neighborhood.

The parking lot was filled with a variety of food trucks and there was something for every appetite! Wood-fired oven pizzas, gourmet quesadillas, hot dogs, hand made popsicles, kettle corn, incredible pies, cookies, and ice cream were available for purchase. 

While metro Phoenix seems to keep growing and expanding around us, opportunities like this create the feeling of a small town. Thank you, Royal Palm Neighborhood, for providing enjoyable opportunities to connect with our friends and neighbors. The next event in Royal Palm Park is Movie Night on May 20th at 6 pm. We hope to see you there!

On a Roll: Big Bus Service Improvements for Valley Metro Riders

Expanded service hours, extended routes to boost access for passengers

PHOENIX, AZ – Starting April 24, Valley Metro will roll out major bus service improvements allowing greater opportunity for riders to connect to employment, education and entertainment.

Thanks to the voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan, local bus routes and Dial-a-Ride in the city of Phoenix will expand weekend service hours to match light rail hours every day of the week. Friday and Saturday hours will extend until 2 a.m. and Sunday to 11 p.m.

“The additional service is great news for me. I depend on public transportation to get me to my classes, work and pretty much everywhere I go,” explained Austy McCann, a Valley Metro bus rider. “Right now, I’m a salesperson, but I’m studying to be a physician’s assistant and one day, I hope to be a doctor.”

Riders will benefit from additional service improvements including:

  • Extend Route 39 – 40th Street North Phoenix to service SR 51/Shea Park-and-Ride
  • Extend Route 122 – Cactus Road to serve ASU West Campus and 19th Ave/Dunlap Park-and-Ride
  • Expand service hours on Route 50 – Camelback Road in Scottsdale

Riders are encouraged to check their routes before traveling. To view all upcoming service changes, visit

Significant service improvements are being proposed for October 2017 including:

  • New routes: Route 140 – Ray Road, Orbit Saturn in Tempe and ZOOM North in Avondale
  • Consolidate Express bus stops in downtown Phoenix
  • Increase frequency: Route 29 – Thomas Road and Route 50 – Camelback Road, two of the most popular bus routes in Phoenix
  • Route extensions
    • Route 19 – Extend 19th Avenue route to Happy Valley Road
    • Route 60 – Extend Bethany Home Road route to Biltmore Fashion Park
    • Route 83 – Extend 83rd Avenue route from Camelback Road to Arrowhead Transit Center in Peoria

The public is invited to provide feedback through a variety of options:

  • Attend a public hearing on May 15 from 5-6:15 p.m. in the Valley Metro 10th Floor Boardroom, 101 N. 1st Ave
  • Participate in a webinar on May 9 at noon with online registration opening April 17
  • Complete an online comment card starting April 17
  • Email comments to between April 17-May 19

For more information about April service improvements and proposed October service changes, visit

About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix T2050 page or follow us on Twitter.

 About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting

For questions or concerns related to Valley Metro Rail or bus service, contact Customer Service at 602-253-5000.