MountainView Hospital Announces Campus Expansion

By | Developments

LAS VEGAS, NV AUGUST 31, 2015 — MountainView Hospital today announced a $90 million, multi-phase campus expansion, to include the addition of 64 beds, expansion and renovation of Women’s Services and addition of a Level III NICU, expansion of Emergency Department services and a new Medical Office Building.

“We continue to see a growing demand for healthcare services in the community, and in particular the growing North West part of the valley,” said Chris Mowan, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “We have experienced an increase in patients choosing our Emergency Department for their emergency care needs, as well as an increase in patients choosing us for surgeries and deliveries. We expect that number to continue to grow as we differentiate ourselves through our clinical programs.”

Construction of a vertical expansion to the hospital’s south tower will begin later this year. The first phase of construction includes adding a fourth and fifth floor with 32 private rooms per floor.

Following the vertical expansion of the south tower, MountainView will completely renovate and expand its Women’s Services unit, increasing the number of Labor & Delivery beds to 12 and increasing the number of Post-Partum beds to 32. With the expansion, MountainView will open a 24-bed Level III NICU to serve the community and our youngest patients.

“We have seen tremendous growth in our Women’s Services Department as moms are choosing MountainView for their delivery,” Mowan said. “Expanding to a Level III NICU will allow us to care for high-risk moms and babies.”

Construction will include an addition to the Emergency Department to include a dedicated CT scanner, exclusively for the Emergency Departmenthelping to decrease wait times for Emergency Department patients in need of imaging. As part of the Emergency Department expansion, the helipad will be doubled in size to accommodate two helicopters.

The first floor expansion also will include the addition of new neuro diagnostic imaging and intervention technology to treat the most complex neuro/stroke conditions.

Additionally, MountainView will begin construction on an 80,000-square-foot, 4-story Medical Office Building at the end of September 2015. The office building will include medical office suites and a 225-seat auditorium to support continuing education and community outreach programs and lectures. The building will sit on 8.2 acres adjacent to the hospital and will include additional parking spaces.

MountainView’s expansion announcement follows the campus growth completed in 2013 that added a south tower and doubled the size of the Emergency Department.

“Since our 2013 expansion, MountainView has experienced an increasing demand from the community for our services, and from physicians to practice at the hospital and be located on the medical campus,” Mowan said. “This new expansion strives to meet that demand while expanding our campus footprint to be further accessible to patients and the community.

When the expansion is complete, MountainView will grow to a 400-bed hospital, from the current 340 beds. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

Access this press release by clicking here.





Growing Demand At MountainView Hospital Prompts $90 Million Expansion

By | Developments, In The Media

MountainView Hospital is embarking on a $90 million expansion that will unfold over the next 18 months and significantly increase the hospital’s patient capacity, officials announced today.   The project will add 64 hospital beds and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, as well as expand the women’s services unit and emergency department.   An 80,000-square-foot medical office building also will be built on 8.2 acres next to the hospital.

Read more at the Las Vegas Sun.


LEAP Alliance Pushes For Creation Of Certified Foot Exam Assistants

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Larry Rubin, a retired podiatrist, is asking people to bare their “soles”: He and his wife, Arlene, are the founders of the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Alliance, which seeks to ensure more diabetics get their feet checked for loss of sensation and poor circulation.  To do that, the LEAP Alliance is taking input from health professionals and diabetic patients on how to create awareness of how the simple test can save limbs.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

New Medical Schools Will Shift Doctors’ Affiliations, Move Students Around Nevada

By | Healthcare

Opening two new medical schools in Southern Nevada will bring more than brick and mortar changes.  Doctors who also teach will shift affiliations, and some students will end up on opposite ends of the state.  The University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno has been training students in the Las Vegas Valley for more than 20 years.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Inside Medicine 08-28-2015

By | Inside Medicine

It has been a very productive week for Las Vegas HEALS.  Our Medical Tourism Task Force concluded its’ final focus group to identify all of the accomplishments made since the release of the Regional Strategic Plan for Medical & Wellness Travel.  The next step will be to produce a report to release to the membership.  We sure have accomplished a lot the past year.  It is exciting.

We also hosted Richard Whitley, Director of Health & Human Services for the State of Nevada.  Joining him were Dr. Tracey Green, Chief Medical Officer and Dena Schmidt, Deputy Director.  Our Board of Directors and Legislative Council were able to hear the directors’ vision, plans and engage in conversation around areas of collaboration.  We look forward to working closely with Director Whitley and his team.

Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to “Join the Conversation on Reimbursements” on October 1, 2015.  And more importantly, enjoy your weekend. 




View the whole issue: CLICK HERE

Catalyst Fund Money Goes To Health Care Software Company

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Kareo, a company that creates software for small medical practices, accepted state funding in a ceremony at its Summerlin office Thursday afternoon. Councilman Bob Beers presented the firm, which employs about 100 people in the Las Vegas Valley, with a $242,500 check from the state Catalyst Fund.  The $10 million fund, created in 2011, provides grants to companies looking to relocate or bring part of their business to the state.

Read more at the Las Vegas Sun.

Domestic Medical Travel – What HR Should Know

By | Editorial, Tourism

As Las Vegas continues to position itself as the most globally recognized destination for health & wellness travel (medical tourism), it is important that the human resource community understand the benefits and value of domestic medical travel.  The Society of Human Resource Management, the largest professional association of HR professionals, recently published this article called Domestic Medical Travel – What HR Should Know.

This type of education must continue within the employer marketplace as employers are the ultimate ‘buyers’ of healthcare.  As most know, Las Vegas HEALS has been hosting a series of focus groups recently to identify all of the regional accomplishments made since we published the Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan for Medical and Wellness Travel in July 2014.  We will publish those accomplishments by year’s end.  We have done accomplished a lot.  It is amazing what can get done when you have a plan.  And I believe we are the only destination that has successfully pulled together stakeholders (147 in total) to write a strategic plan.



HealthInsight Nevada Establishes Patient And Family Advisory Council

By | Recognition

HealthInsight Nevada is excited to announce the establishment of our Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), a group of engaged Nevadans who will provide input and feedback on HealthInsight projects and programs.

A team comprised of key staff members from HealthInsight underwent training and conducted interviews to seat the council. The team worked for six months through a Gateway program with Patient- and Family-Centered Care (PFCC) to understand recruitment, storytelling and building trust for a successful council. We promoted the group in newsletters, e-blasts and newspaper briefs, and then fielded applications from potential candidates. We held the initial orientation meeting in June 2015 and have now successfully recruited 10 council advisors.

Through the stories and personal experiences of the Nevada PFAC advisors, several potential improvement themes have been identified, including:

  •   Serious conditions are oftentimes dismissed by providers until an acute situation arises
  •   Potentially scary news is sometimes delivered in an uncaring manner
  •   Patients are oftentimes quite forgiving of providers
  •   Patients are not always fully aware of their own health issues
  •   Providers don’t always understand their patients’ ability to comply with follow-up care and typically do not inquire about their ability to do so (i.e. transportation issues, location, convenience)The HealthInsight Nevada PFAC uses a cyclical approach to keep members interested and engaged. After introductions and storytelling, we review a topic, then present homework, which serves as the basis of the next month’s topic review. Topics we’ve already covered include diabetes self-management education, patient engagement and immunizations.After the meetings, the information is shared with HealthInsight staff members, and, where appropriate, implemented into HealthInsight Nevada initiatives, projects and programs. We bring notice of these changes back to the council so they can see the direct impact they are having on our work.HealthInsight Nevada looks forward to the continued work of our PFAC to meet the adopted vision: HealthInsight Nevada envisions a health system where patients and the public are respected and engaged in the design and delivery of care. We partner with Nevadans to bring clinicians and patients together to address the ever-increasing costs and complexities of our health care system. The Patient and Family Advisory Council will help us achieve our goals of improved health outcomes by providing a better understanding of the public perspective.

To access this release, click here.

Healthinsight Selected By CMS To Improve Behavioral Health In Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon And Utah

By | Recognition

Depression and alcohol abuse place patients at greater risk for hospitalization and can complicate treatment of other chronic diseases. Psychiatric and substance abuse disorders are the second leading cause of hospital readmissions nationally. To help address this problem, the HealthInsight Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) was selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 12, 2015 to begin work on improving two aspects of behavioral health care in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

Over the course of the next four years, the teams at HealthInsight will work with local behavioral health providers to improve the identification of depression and alcohol use disorder in primary care practices and improve care transitions for behavioral health conditions.

HealthInsight was one of just six QINs-QIOs nationally to be awarded this special task order for the project, which will run June 2015 to July 2019.

Work will be concentrated in two main areas:

  1. Primary Care Physician Practices – Approximately 200 practices in each state will be identified to implement depression and alcohol use screening. A national tool for screening of depression, the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2/PHQ-9) will be utilized. The AUDIT/AUDIT3 tool will be used for screening of alcohol use. HealthInsight has set a screening improvement target of 25 percent over baseline for the first year. High performing practices will be identified to share their best practices and those with low rates of screening will be targeted first for recruitment and work. Workflow office redesign and technical assistance will be provided by HealthInsight staff to achieve these screening goals.
  2. Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFS) – Each state will recruit five IPFs or 20 for our region, to work on reducing thirty-day readmission rates to these facilities. We will also work on improving the number of IPF discharges that have an outpatient visit/intensive outpatient encounter, or partial hospitalization with a mental health practitioner within seven and 30 days following discharge.

This is a new area of quality improvement work for HealthInsight and we are very excited to leverage our broad experience to improve behavioral health in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.

By: Joan Gallegos, Project Coordinator, HealthInsight Utah

Access this release by clicking here.