HCA Opens Nevada’s First Provider-Based Emergency Room In Las Vegas

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Off-site facility to increase access to care and address capacity issues at Southern Nevada ERs

HCA’s Far West Division, a leading network of hospitals and surgery centers across California and Nevada, broke ground Tuesday on Nevada’s newest provider-based emergency room, ER at the Lakes, in Las Vegas. Scheduled to open in the fall 2016, the 24-hour facility will operate as a fully-integrated department of Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegaswhile serving patients at a convenient, off-site location. Southern Hills Hospital is part of the Sunrise Health System, which is operated by HCA’s Far West Division.

Not only is the new ER at the Lakes designed to address capacity issues at traditional ERs in Southern Nevada, but it is designed to speak to the need of a neighborhood ER as a convenient care next door. Total ER visits and admissions at 13 hospitals across the Las Vegas Valley increased 10.5 percent from 2012 to 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In addition, several local hospitals declared states of internal disaster in early 2015 as a result of the high number of patients seeking ER care for flu-like symptoms. As a result of capacity issues, some hospitals were forced to temporarily close to ambulances.

Additionally, the rising demand for ER services is a growing trend nationwide. Annual ER visits across the U.S. grew by 34 percent between 1995 and 2010, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent, according to the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

The approximately 10,000-square-foot facility will include 12 patient rooms and will be staffed by board-certified ER physicians and nurses, with a wide range of on-call hospital specialists. The facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ER at the Lakes will accept vehicle ambulance services and walk-in patients, and will be fully equipped to provide emergent and urgent care, in addition to ancillary services. The facility will offer a fully functional lab and blood bank, a pharmacy, and a full spectrum of radiology services, including CT scan, X-ray and ultrasound. The provider-based ER will also provide pediatric services, with a separate entrance for young patients.

ER at the Lakes will adhere to the same regulatory and accreditation standards as traditional emergency departments. The facility will provide all of the services available at on-site ERs, with the exception of trauma care and medical services for patients transported by air ambulances. Patients who require hospital admission will be transported to an affiliated hospital that meets the required level of care.

“HCA identified a growing need for ER services in Southern Nevada, and provider-based emergency rooms can play a valuable role in alleviating the burden placed on traditional ERs,” said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of strategy and development for HCA’s Far West Division. “In other HCA markets, these cutting-edge facilities have proven successful in providing community members with convenient, high-quality emergent care.”

Southern Nevada hospitals have experienced significant patient volume growth in recent years. The community is also experiencing overall population growth. Nevadais projected to add 528,107 new residents over the next 20 years including 328,379 additional people in Clark County, according to the Nevada State Demographer’s Office.

“While the new facility in Las Vegas is set to open in the fall 2016, we are exploring potential options to open additional provider-based emergency rooms in the Las Vegas Valley,” Dyer said.

ABOUT HCA FAR WEST DIVISION
HCA’s Far West Division is a network of 10 hospitals and six surgery centers located in the states of California and Nevada. From Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley to the Silicon Valley, West Valley and South Bay Area in California, we are recognized for our quality awards and accreditations. Exclusive and specialty medical services provide a spectrum of primary, acute, tertiary and chronic care for patients. Our specialized care areas focus on advancing the science of medicine while providing high quality, new and life-saving technology, and safe patient care.

ABOUT SOUTHERN HILLS HOSPITAL
Voted Best Hospital in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health (geriatric psychiatric) inpatient and outpatient program serving ages 50 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic, neurology and spine unit, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, recognized Southern Hills Hospital as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 – the only Southern Nevada hospital to earn this recognition for all five years since the program’s inception. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
SouthernHillsHospital.com

Healthcare Industry Giants Pledge To Ease Interoperability, EHR Use

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The nation’s top healthcare information technology developers and many of their largest customers have committed to push interoperability, the Obama administration announced Monday.

The IT companies that made the pledge include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner Corp., Epic Systems Corp. and Meditech, according to the announcement made by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention in Las Vegas.

Read more in Modern Healthcare.

Las Vegas HEALS Upcoming Healthcare Happy Hour Offers Inside Look At Blossom Bariatrics’ New Facility

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Las Vegas HEALS and Blossom Bariatrics host a Healthcare Professionals Happy Hour on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This one-of-a-kind networking event will provide attendees an evening full of fun, drinks, food by Diamond Events & Productions, networking and a tour of the brand new facility.

Blossom Bariatrics’ new stateofthe art facility features an all-in-one approach for bariatric patients that includes in house blood work, EKG, ultrasound capability, stress echo testing, medication dispensing, IV Therapy and vitamin injections. Blossom Bariatrics pre and postoperative care is second to none and offers nutritional assistance and one on one counseling, guiding patients through their weight loss journey every step of the way.

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Other sponsors of the St. Paddy’s Day themed event are Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Invoegen Surgical Services, and First Federal Realty.

Umbach Video“Our Healthcare Happy Hours have become the ‘go-to’ events for healthcare professionals looking to network with their peers. Members have found tremendous value in hosting these events to showcase their new facilities,” said Ann Lynch, president of Las Vegas HEALS. Past events have been used to introduce members to Steinberg Diagnostics newest facility in the Medical District, and the new tower of the St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus.

Healthcare Happy Hours provide sponsorship opportunities for organizations to conduct open houses,
grand openings, and make industry announcements. The events are open to all physicians and members of Las Vegas HEALS. Non-members are able to attend one event as a guest. Early-bird admission is $30. Physician attendance is always complimentary. To learn more about Las Vegas HEALS, visit www.LasVegasHEALS.org, call 702-952-2477 or email membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.

About Las Vegas HEALS:
Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the health care community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality health care. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 28,000 health care professionals. Multiple task forces, councils, and committees meet regularly to address various issues and opportunities. Recent Las Vegas HEALS initiatives have included the release of the Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan for Medical & Wellness Tourism, expansion of graduate medical education that was recently funded $10 million and most recently a discussion on reimbursement rates. Learn more at www.LasVegasHEALS.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

About Invoegen Surgical Services LLC:
Invoegen Surgical Services, LLC (ISS) is a professional medical/surgical consulting company. Focusing on the development, accreditation and operation of single and multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Centers and In-Office Surgical Suites. Services include site selection, space planning, governance structure, policy and procedure, compliance, organizational and staff development, strategic planning, managed care analysis, human resources, third-party contract negotiation, marketing and business development. For more information, call 702-622-0602.

About First Federal Realty DeSimone:
Joe DeSimone founded First Federal Realty DeSimone in 1996. First Federal Realty DeSimone represents a wide variety of buyers and sellers in Southern Nevada We have also developed over 85 professional office buildings in multiple complexes incorporating community need analysis, commercial financing, site selection – analysis – acquisition, architectural design, construction supervision, lease procurement, and property management.
First Federal Realty DeSimone team prides itself in the superb personal service to our buyers, sellers and investors. Our firm’s primary objective is to develop and preserve each personal relationship. For more information, visit www.desimonecommercial.com.

Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer Steps Down For UNLV Post

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Nevada’s chief medical officer has stepped down to take a new post at the UNLV medical school.
 A spokeswoman with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services said Dr. Tracey Green started last week as vice dean for clinical affairs and professor of family medicine at the UNLV School of Medicine.
Green was formerly the chief medical officer in the state health department’s Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

“Medicine On The Move” Hits Southern Nevada Streets This Spring To Bring Health Care To Nevadans Where They Live And Work

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New mobile medical center by Health Plan of Nevada and Southwest Medical makes it easier for Nevadans to access primary and preventive care

LAS VEGAS (February 29, 2016) – UnitedHealthcare’s Health Plan of Nevada and Southwest Medical, a part of OptumCare, are launching “Medicine on the Move,” a portable doctor’s office that brings health care closer to people’s homes and workplaces.

The Medicine on the Move mobile medical center is designed to lower barriers to health care – such as transportation, child care, work obligations and the low number of primary care physicians in Nevada – that often put even routine checkups out of reach.

“Many patients struggle to get to a health care provider, so we will take the health care provider to them,” said Robert McBeath, M.D., president and CEO of Southwest Medical. “Reliable transportation, child care or the many other daily life challenges should not be a barrier to quality health care. Medicine on the Move will be a convenient option for Nevadans who want easier access to primary and preventive care closer to where they live and work.”

“Access to quality primary and preventive care is essential for people to maintain good health and quality of life, especially in Nevada, where the number of primary care physicians has not kept pace with the state’s growing population,” said Don Giancursio, CEO of UnitedHealthcare in Nevada. “Bringing quality health care to the people in our communities is what Medicine on the Move is all about.”

Health Plan of Nevada and Southwest Medical designed and commissioned the construction of the customized mobile medical center to bring health care directly to residents in Nevada. Medicine on the Move offers patients a wide range of health care services, such as pediatric and primary care, immunizations, X-rays, mammographies, physicals and basic lab tests, and features two exam rooms, a laboratory for urinalysis and blood tests, a radiology lab, a lobby and a restroom.

The mobile medical center is staffed by a provider, two licensed practical nurses, two medical assistants and a radiology technician. It is furnished with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and is designed to have a similar look and feel to traditional Southwest Medical clinics.

The 45-foot-long clinic will travel to community centers, homeless shelters and churches to reach Medicaid members and others who need health care services. Medicine on the Move will also make regular visits to some businesses whose employees are enrolled in Health Plan of Nevada or Sierra Health and Life medical benefit plans.

The mobile medical center arrived Monday, Feb. 22, and will be stationed adjacent to the Southwest Medical clinic on 2704 N. Tenaya Way in Las Vegas before hitting the road this spring. To view a calendar of the mobile clinic’s future locations, visit MedicineOnTheMoveNV.com. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-382-0870.

Medicine on the Move was designed and built in Jasper, Texas, by Mobile Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a 36-year leader in producing commercial specialty vehicles. The company’s engineers custom-built the mobile medical center using all American-made parts and top-grade materials to guarantee durability and function.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

In Nevada, UnitedHealthcare is the state’s largest health insurer offering health coverage through Health Plan of Nevada, Sierra Health and Life, Senior Dimension, and MedicareComplete.

About Southwest Medical
Founded in Las Vegas in 1972, Southwest Medical is one of Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical groups, with over 350 local health care providers in 22 health care centers, including six urgent care centers, five convenient cares, two outpatient surgery centers and two lifestyle centers catering to older adults.

Our full spectrum of health care services includes the Southwest Medical Associates Hospice, improving the quality of life for people experiencing a terminal illness. We bring care and comfort home to our patients through Home Health Services, Home Care Plus, Total Home Care and Palliative Care, all part of the continuum of care for all stages of a person’s life. For more than four decades, we have provided this experienced, compassionate, innovative and high-quality care to patients throughout Southern Nevada. From our 24-hour urgent care center to industry-leading technology, such as convenient e-visits and online options such as our NowClinic® telemedicine platform, Southwest Medical’s goal is to bring patients the health care they want, the way they want it. Southwest Medical is part of OptumCare, a business of health leader Optum. For more information, visit: smalv.com.

Young Donor Hero To Be Featured On Nascar Driver’s Car XFINITY Driver Promoting Organ And Tissue Donation To Honor His Late Mother

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LAS VEGAS, February 22 – XFINITY Series driver Joey Gase was just 18 years old when he lost his mother to a brain aneurysm. The oldest of her children, Joey was faced with the responsibility of deciding to donate her organs and tissues. Now every time he races, he chooses to honor other heroes who have given the same lifesaving gifts. During Saturday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he will honor a local, young tissue donor hero by displaying his photo on the car.

Nevada Donor Network is proud to sponsor Joey Gase and honor 20-year-old Christopher Ruby, who was involved in a snowboarding accident on January 14, 2014. Despite resuscitation attempts by his father, the ski patrol and medical personnel, Christopher didn’t survive. Just weeks before his passing, his Aunt Lori had torn her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while skiing. Because of Christopher’s donated tissues and corneas, 90 lives have been healed – including his own Aunt Lori whose ACL was repaired using her nephew’s tissue.

On Friday, the Ruby family will get their first glimpse of Christopher’s picture on the car. This moment holds special significance for Christopher’s loved ones as one of his greatest passions and chosen career field was the automotive industry. The family will also meet driver Joey Gase and learn more about his mission to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

WHAT: Family of local tissue donor sees their loved one’s image on a NASCAR vehicle for the first time

WHEN: Friday, March 4, 4:30pm

WHERE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway XFINITY Garage

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE: Joey Gase, Family members of Christopher Ruby and Nevada Donor Network representatives

CONTACT: Kelli Little, Nevada Donor Network, 702-750-3377 (office), 503-871-5772 (cell)

Nurse Says Scent, Breathing Integral To Stress Management

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Julie McIntosh, a licensed practical nurse and the community education nurse from Compassionate Care Hospice, visited Sun City Summerlin’s Desert Vista Community Center in mid-January to talk about managing stress.

Some of those in the audience were eager to hear what she had to say. Milla and Alex Shane may be retired, but they say they still have plenty of stress in their lives.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The NICU Takes Special Care Of Infants Who Need It

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Caring for sick or underdeveloped newborns is a difficult process technically, mentally and emotionally, but staffers in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are dedicated to taking on the task. “People have this idea that the NICU is just like an extended nursery, but it’s not,” said Linda Rankin, BS, MSN, MBA, MJ, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

New Mobile Clinic Will Bring Health Care To Patients

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When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, its objective was to make health care insurance affordable for everyone. However, for some low-income people, having transportation to a medical facility to receive treatment has been a major obstacle. So Southwest Medical Associates, in partnership with Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health and Life, revisited the idea of taking medical professionals to the people.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.