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Lori Banzhaf, Tucson Metro Chamber Executive Vice President; Dr. John Moffatt, Pima County Economic Development Strategic Planning Director; Michael Varney, Tucson Metro Chamber President and CEO; Kerri Cummiskey, Santé Senior Vice President of Operations; Mark Hansen, Santé CEO.

Nearly 200 Tucson community leaders, elected officials and healthcare professionals gathered on Dec. 7 to watch as Pima County Economic Development Strategic Planning Director Dr. John Moffatt and Tucson Metro Chamber Executive Vice President Lori Banzhaf helped cut the ceremonial ribbon at the first Tucson location for Santé, a leading senior and post-acute healthcare company with headquarters in Scottsdale.

“When we look at the companies, big and small, that operate in our city, the word ‘innovation’ comes to mind—and that is certainly true for Santé,” Banzhaf said moments before she helped cut the bright red ribbon in front of the grand entrance of Santé’s new property at 2040 N. Wilmot Road. “The way they approach healthcare and rehabilitation is unparalleled, with a focus on inspired healthcare that heals mind, body and spirit.”

Following the ribbon-cutting, attendees toured the 68,000-square-foot facility and admired its state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym and comfortable guest suites. The new property can accommodate 103 guests in need of transitional rehabilitation, including memory care patients with short-term rehabilitation needs. Those patients will stay in a privately-secured wing with its own restaurant and rehabilitation gym. The Tucson property is Santé’s first to offer memory care services.

“As you might imagine, it can be very difficult—and expensive—for these individuals to find the quality care they need. Being a certified Medicare provider enables Sante to help more people access that care,” Banzhaf continued. “Getting the best care for our family members, friends and neighbors is critical, and we’re lucky to have Santé here to provide that.”

At the ribbon-cutting event, attendees savored the creations of Santé’s own culinary team, including lobster ravioli and gourmet sliders. “It was important for the Tucson community to get a ‘taste’ for the kind of cuisine our guests at all of our properties enjoy,” said C. Mark Hansen, president and CEO of Santé. “We really pride ourselves on providing our guests an elevated experience, and know that great food plays a big part in improved health outcomes.”

Halfway through the event, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild delivered congratulatory remarks to celebrate the opening of Santé of Tucson.

The two-story facility will create more than 150 new jobs and will house 103 beds. Also included on-property is a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, salon, secured outdoor patios and an expansive dining room offering a wide selection of culinary options from comfort food to fine cuisine. The spacious guest suites include kitchenettes, personal bathrooms with granite countertops and ample room for overnight family members.

Santé broke ground on the Tucson property in June 2015. It is the company’s fifth Arizona location.

Those interested in career opportunities at Santé of Tucson can learn more at

Founded in 2008, Santé Operations is a network of hospitality-focused after hospitalization care properties offering complete transitional rehabilitation services, skilled nursing, home health care and in-home hospice services. Post-hospitalization specialties include short-term and physical rehabilitation, occupational and speech therapy services. Santé operates four properties in the Phoenix metro area—Mesa, Chandler, Surprise and North Scottsdale—with its first Tucson location opening January 2017.

Santé has a five-star Medicare rating and prides itself on its focus on healing both the mind and the body. For more information please visit


About Sante of Tucson

Santé, a senior and post-acute healthcare company, was founded in 2008 by C. Mark Hansen, Sterling Short and Jim Tellatin with a focus on providing a compassionate continuum of care. Since its inception, Santé has opened four care facilities in Arizona—Santé of Mesa, Santé of Surprise, Santé of Chandler and Santé of North Scottsdale—with a fifth, Santé of Tucson, scheduled to open in 2016. Santé also owns Santé Home Health and Rehabilitation Services to provide our guests with the same exceptional care in the comfort of their own home.

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