New Clinic Aims To Care For Underserved Downtown Las Vegas

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There are few feelings worse than being sick or injured and not having the means or ability to seek medical attention. Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada has been trying to make sure no one has to suffer through that scenario for six years at its Paradise Park Clinic, 4770 Harrison Drive, No. 200, and in October, the free clinic opened its second location, the Ruffin Family Clinic, at 1240 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to Open Four New Neighborhood Hospitals in Las Vegas Valley

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Partnership with Emerus Will Build New Facilities, with first to open early 2017

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Henderson, Nev. – January 26, 2016 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute-care hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, today announced it will build four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years. These neighborhood hospitals are

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designed specifically to increase access to high-quality emergency care in an underserved metropolitan area. Board-certified physicians, experienced nurses and other clinical specialists will staff the new neighborhood hospitals. The first level of each of the multi-million dollar hospitals will feature a comprehensive emergency department, an inpatient wing, imaging and quick-access lab services. In addition to Dignity Health Medical Group practices, other floors will house St. Rose community outreach programs, additional physician offices and other ancillary clinical services to support community health needs. All neighborhood hospitals will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering patients the highest levels of care in a smaller campus setting.

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The first of the four locations to open is the North Las Vegas Campus, which is scheduled for opening in the first quarter of 2017. The North Las Vegas opening will be followed by three sites in Las Vegas: Blue Diamond Campus, West Flamingo Campus and Sahara Campus,

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with all sites in operation by summer 2017. Two additional valley locations are also under consideration. As part of this expansion, St. Rose Dominican has entered into a joint-venture agreement with Emerus, a nationally recognized innovator in the delivery of efficient medical care, to build and manage these sites and to lay the groundwork for additional facilities through the region. This highly efficient model has been successful in both Colorado and Texas, creating shorter wait times in their fully functioning emergency departments, while decompressing the current burden of current ERs. Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “By partnering with Emerus and building these neighborhood hospitals, we will be expanding our services to the community in convenient locations with compassion, efficiency and excellence, while maintaining our high standards for quality, safety and service. With several of our new locations in areas of redevelopment and growth, such as the North Las Vegas and Sahara/Decatur campuses, we will be the neighborhood choice. St. Rose is proud to work with Emerus to bring this highly-efficient health care model to Nevada.”

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“We are honored to partner with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, an organization that values excellence, compassion and collaboration,” said Dr. Toby Hamilton, MD, FACEP and CEO of Emerus “Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals will continue to

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grow as the Las Vegas region grows. They are positioned to be the region’s leader in the delivery of efficient, value-driven, community-based health care now and into the future.”

A groundbreaking celebration for the North Las Vegas Campus will be held March 2. Construction on the initial four hospitals is expected to begin shortly. Once open, each hospital is expected to create more than 100 permanent jobs in the greater Las Vegas area.

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In addition to creating additional access for high-demand, lifesaving emergency care, these neighborhood campuses will also extend access to primary care. Nevada ranks 46th in the nation for its share of primary care doctors, family care specialists and pediatricians. Each neighborhood campus will include a new Dignity Health Medical Group primary-care clinic, which will help ease the burden on primary-care physicians currently in practice.

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican To Open 4 New Valley Hospitals

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The valley is expected to have more health facilities popping up around the area in the next couple of years.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute-care hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, announced Tuesday that it will build four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years.

The hospitals are designed specifically to increase access to high-quality emergency care in an underserved metropolitan neighborhoods.

Watch coverage from 8 News Now.

Making The Rounds With Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson

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Friends and Colleagues,

In an effort to improve Nevada’s physician shortage, the 2015 Nevada legislation appropriated $10 million for Graduate Medical Education (GME) expansion. Growing GME (residency training) is essential to ensure medical students graduating from the state’s medical schools stay and practice in Nevada. Nationally 68 percent of students will remain in the state where they completed their medical school and residency education. Read: “To Address Doctor Shortages, Some States Focus on Residencies“.

Currently, Nevada loses medical students to out-of-state residency programs because it doesn’t have enough residency positions (also called slots) and doesn’t offer residency training in the most popular specialties, such as neurosurgery, dermatology, anesthesiology, radiology, ophthalmology, pathology, all the subspecialties in pediatrics, and many of the subspecialties of internal medicine.

Governor’s GME Task Force

Gov. Brian Sandoval set up a task force to determine how to best allocate the $10 million to improve GME. Should we expand existing residency programs, build new ones, or both? The task force met for the first time on January 22 to address these questions. Members of the task force in attendance (in person or via video conference) included:

  • Vance Farrow, Chair of the task force, Industry Specialist at the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development
  • Barbara Atkinson, MD, Founding Dean, UNLV School of Medicine
  • Gregory Boyer, Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health
  • Mitch Forman, DO, Former Dean, Touro University of Nevada Medical School
  • Laura Hale for Tracey Green, Management Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sam Kauffman, Chief Executive Officer, Desert Springs Hospital & Henderson Hospital – Universal Health Services
  • Ramu Komanduri, MD, Chief of Staff, VA Southern Nevada Health Care System
  • Mark Penn, MD, Dean, Roseman College of Medicine
  • Thomas Schwenk, MD, Dean University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Bill Welch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nevada Hospital Association

The first priority was to build residency programs in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and in psychiatry, geriatrics and medicine-pediatrics.

How it works: The federal government, as part of Medicare, pays for resident slots in teaching hospitals across the United States. The government covers a set amount of slots. Each hospital with a teaching program has an assigned “cap” — the total number of slots Medicare will pay.

For instance, the University Medical Center in Las Vegas has a cap of 156 residency slots but has 180 resident positions. UMC covers the cost for residents above the cap. Sunrise Hospital has a cap of approximately 20 — most of these are used for pediatric residents.

New programs on the horizon

MountainView Hospital is starting its first residency programs this summer. They will have five years to build these out. Their residency cap will be set according to the number of residency slots they have created in that time frame.

The Dignity Health System plans to start their residency programs in partnership with the UNLV School of Medicine.

The Veterans Affairs (VA) system has its own allocation of residency slots separate from Medicare. The Southern Nevada VA has residency slots available to expand their programs in Las Vegas and will partner with us.

The Valley Hospitals in Las Vegas have recently hired Andrew Eisen, MD, to increase their residency programs. They are transitioning their programs from osteopathic-only programs to include both DO and MD graduates. By 2020, both DO and MD programs will be accredited by the Association Council for Graduate Medical Education.

I’m so very grateful to the Governor and the Nevada legislature for making GME a priority and for taking steps to improve Nevada’s physician shortage. It’s going to make a real difference.

Best wishes,

Barbara

Read more in the UNLV School of Medicine newsletter Rounds.

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NHA Establishes Joint Operations Committee

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The Nevada Hospital Association’s (NHA) Data and Finance Committee established a new Joint Operations Committee (JOC) with the Managed Care Organizations and the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy. The JOC is a collaborative effort between the NHA and the state Medicaid payers and will be held bi-monthly to discuss operational and policy issues.

Read more in the Nevada Hospital Association Newsletter.

 

Compassion Crusade

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Southwest Medical Associates Hospice forged its mission during the AIDS crisis. The crisis is over, but the mission lives on — with hospice house calls that bring comfort to the dying

Lying on a living room lounge chair, his body bent and broken, Gary Gould exists inside a physical and emotional cage. He’s awaiting the moment when the fluid pooling inside his lungs will finally drown him.

Read more in Desert Companion.

St. Rose Awards Nearly $300,000 In Grants

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Grants awarded to community organizations; funded project to create community of care.

Henderson, Nev.; January 25, 2016 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based hospital system, has made $291,187 in grant awards to five nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years.

“St. Rose has been committed to providing quality healthcare and supporting the communities of Henderson and Las Vegas for close to 70 years,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “There were multiple needs in southern Nevada this year. Awarding these grants in this fashion will enable us all to continue working toward improving the health and well being of this community.”

Community organization recipients included:

  • $75,000 for Wrap-Around Services for the Homeless – WestCare Nevada, Inc., HELP of Southern Nevada, Lutheran Social Services, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, and Clark County Social Services;
  • $55,250 for School-Based Asthma Care for Low-Income Students and Families – Joel and Carol Bower School Based Health Center, Nevada State College, Clark County School District, and American Lung Association;
  • $44,537 for Assistance for Human Trafficking Victims – ARMAN, Generation Medical Center, Hookers for Jesus, and Purple WINGS;
  • $41,400 for Transportation and Medical Services for the Homeless – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, and Touro University Nevada;
  • $75,000 for Diabetes Screening and Prevention for Low-Income Individuals – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Nevada Diabetes Association, and Roseman University of Health Sciences.

To be selected for a grant, an organization or program must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Address the greatest health needs of the community;
  • Emphasize prevention to address the underlying cause of health problems;
  • Contribute to a seamless continuum of care;
  • Build upon and mobilize existing services in the community; and
  • Engage diverse community stakeholders in implementation and oversight

Access this press release at Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican.

Dignity Health Plans Four Neighborhood Hospitals

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A new hospital model is coming to the Las Vegas Valley.

Dignity Health, which runs three St. Rose Dominican campuses in Henderson and southwest Las Vegas, plans four smaller neighborhood hospitals across the Las Vegas Valley in the next two years.

The medical centers will have six to eight inpatient beds each, compared with the 120 to 330 beds inside Dignity’s existing local campuses.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.