Aspiring UFC Fighter Participating In Brain Health Study

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When 30-year-old nurse Lynn Alvarez isn’t caring for her patients, she’s devoting time to a second career in mixed martial arts.

“I definitely fell in love with the training aspect and pushing yourself physically,” said Alvarez, who participated in kajukenbo, a martial art, and later kickboxing before transitioning to MMA, where she has won six of nine professional matches.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.


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Understanding Nevada’s Commitment to Increase the Number of Physicians in the State
On this edition of INSIDE MEDICINE we meet with Las Vegas’ newest Neurosurgeon, Dr. John Grossmith who recently received his license to practice medicine in the State of Nevada.  Dr. Grossmith will be expanding the World renowned Bonati Spine Institute to Las Vegas.  Also on the show we have Vance Farrow, Healthcare Industry Specialist for the Governors Office of Economic Development to talk about the passage of an expedited licensure bill that will allow the region to attract more physicians and surgeons like Dr. Grossmith to relocate and practice medicine in Las Vegas.

Congressman Introduces A Bill To Save Rural Hospitals

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Rep. Cresent Hardy said Friday he introduced a bipartisan bill to help save rural hospitals such as the one in Tonopah that closed in August, leaving area residents hours away from emergency medical facilities.

Had the additional help provided by his new bill been in place, an aide said, Hardy believes it could have been enough to keep the Nye County Regional Medical Center open.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Kindred Healthcare Holds Grand Opening Celebration And Ribbon Cutting For 160-bed Transitional Care And Rehabilitation Facility

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Kindred Healthcare, Inc., the largest diversified provider of post-acute care services in the United States, welcomed healthcare professionals and dignitaries from the community, during its grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for its newest location – Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Spring Valley held today, Thursday, April 28. The two-story, 160-bed transitional care center expands on Kindred’s post-acute care services in Las Vegas. Dedicated to the “Art of Healing,” guests enjoyed appetizers, beverages, remarks from Nevada Lieutenant Governor, Mark Hutchison, former U.S. representative Shelley Berkley and keynote from guest speaker and television and movie actor, Richard Burgi. The facility will bring more than 100 new jobs to the area.

The facility features mostly private rooms with dedicated baths/showers, including a handful of private bariatric patient rooms, equipped with special motorized lift devices that are unique to the area. A daily activities area – with kitchen, bathroom and laundry areas simulating a mini apartment – is used to assist patients preparing for a return home and reduce their risk of re-injury. The center’s four indoor therapy gyms provide rehabilitation for patients with pulmonary, orthopedic, neurological and other conditions, and include the Anti-Gravity Treadmill, a specialized physical therapy machine for patients recovering from lower body injuries, chronic pain or neurological conditions.

Other amenities at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Spring Valley include a covered outdoor therapy gym with a putting green, an Internet cafe, a community room with home theatre, salon services, a sun deck with a view of the Las Vegas strip and outdoor areas with healing gardens. Rooms have personal telephones and free WiFi, and a chef is on staff to prepare made-to-order meals based on culinary needs. The center is dedicated to the “Art of Healing” and its lobby features the work of local Las Vegas artist Linda Alterwitz in a display titled, “Just Breathe.”

In the Las Vegas market, Kindred operates three transitional care hospitals, one co-located hospital-based sub-acute unit and provides home health, hospice and non-medical home care services.

To learn more about the facility or to schedule a tour, visit or call the center at (702) 470-1102.


Darin Swainston, MD, Performs The First da Vinci Xi Single Site Surgery In Nevada At Summerlin Hospital

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Was one of the first five surgeries in the United States

(Las Vegas, NV) – Darin Swainston, MD, an OB/GYN with Women’s Health Associates of Southern Nevada, performed one of the first surgeries in the country using Intuitive Surgical’sda Vinci® Xi® Single Site surgical platform on April 27. This platform was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 16, 2016.
Dr. Swainston, who is also the Medical Director of the Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program at Summerlin Hospital, was chosen as one of the first five physicians nationwide to launch the new single-site da Vinci Xi surgery because of his extensive da Vinci® Si® single-site experience.  He uses Summerlin Hospital as a national observation site for other surgeons wanting to learn how to perform da Vinci single site procedures.
“We are pleased to announce our recent acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical platform and we are very proud Dr. Swainston was selected as part of the national launch of the single site for the this system,” said Robert Freymuller, CEO of Summerlin Hospital. “He has made a positive difference in the lives of his patients through his surgical skills.”
The da Vinci Xi robotic surgical platform can be used for a variety of surgeries, including gynecological, colorectal, urological, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.  Patient benefits include a much shorter recovery time following surgery, less scarring and blood loss, and a faster return to daily activities and work.

The term “single-site” means that all the work is done through one site within in the body instead of making one lengthy cut or multiple smaller incisions during surgery. For gynecological surgery, it is the naval, which serves as a natural opening, and can easily hide the surgery’s scar.
The da Vinci Xi surgical system gives surgeons 3-D, high-definition visualization, offering a super magnified view of the targeted area, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. Small, thin robotic arms can be moved into virtually any position. These features also enable surgeons to close delicate internal incisions with additional speed and ease.
Summerlin Hospital added the daVinci Xi robotic surgical system this month. It is the hospital’s third robotic surgery system.
Along with the daVinci Xi platform, Summerlin Hospital also invested in a Trumpf table, a specific integrated table to be used with the Xi system. The table enables surgeons and anesthesiologists to easily make a wide range of table adjustments during surgery.
Through the table’s functionality, the arms can maximize the reach and access to target specific anatomy, assist with precise patient positioning and is especially helpful during multi-quadrant  procedures such as colorectal surgery.
Learn more about Dr. Swainston’s surgical procedures
Dr. Swainston has performed single-site hysterectomies for several years using daVinci Si technology. Learn more about the procedure here:
Dr. Swainston has also used robotic surgery to save pregnancies by performing a cerclage using robotic technology. Learn more about the procedure here:
Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.

Boxing, Football Legends Hail Las Vegas Brain Research

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Former football star Herschel Walker and former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes say they are all too aware of the toll that blows to the head can take on an athlete’s brain.

In remarks Tuesday during a Capitol Hill news conference on brain research, Holmes introduced himself by recounting his record — 75 fights, including 69 wins with 44 by knockout.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

ACCME CEO McMahon Issues Call To Transform CME

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New medical facility to address need for mental health resources in Southern Nevada community

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, recently sent a strong message about the need for all stakeholders to get involved in continuing to transform continuing medical education into a more learner-centric, outcomes-focused enterprise.

Read more at: Meetings Net

Construction Set For Senior Community At Henderson’s Union Village

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Construction of a senior living community at Union Village, a 170-acre health care complex being built in Henderson, should begin later this year, developers announced Tuesday.
Union Village recently signed an agreement with Franklin Companies to build a 400,000-square-foot senior living community that will cost $60 million.
The residential community — dubbed Franklin Park — will feature 150 units for independent living, 75 units for assisted living and 50 units for seniors suffering from memory-related problems.
Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Health District Announces 2016 Public Health Heroes

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LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District announced its 2016 Public Health Heroes, recognition given to individuals or organizations whose efforts positively affect the health and well-being of the community. This year’s Public Health Heroes, Dr. Narbeh Ghazarian and Sara McCrea, were honored at today’s Southern Nevada District Board of Health meeting.

Dr. Narbeh Ghazarian/Orthopedic resident/UMC Trauma
Dr. Narbeh Ghazarian is currently a resident in orthopedic surgery at UMC’s trauma center and works for the Valley Health Systems as well. In addition to his work schedule, he provides free medical care to people in need in the community. Dr. Ghazarian also provides services to high school athletes by volunteering his services during games in the event of injuries and provides student athletes in middle and high schools in Clark County with free physicals so they can fully participate in their activities.

Sarah J McCrea, EMTP, RN/Quality Improvement coordinator/Las Vegas Fire and Rescue
An RN, Sarah McCrea is the quality improvement coordinator for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. In this role, she works with EMTs and stakeholders to address unmet community health needs. With her partners, she developed an innovative, cutting edge program to reach severely at-risk and highly marginalized members of the community who are rarely seen by health care professionals except for first responders. The goal of the program is to link those in difficult or extreme circumstances to personal health care services and social services.

Public Health Heroes are nominated by Health District staff members for their efforts in supporting one or more of the 10 Essential Public Health Services:

1. Monitor the health status to identify and solve community health problems.

2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

3. Inform, educate and empower people about health issues.

4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

7. Link people to needed health services, assure the provision of healthcare when unavailable.

8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services.

10. Research for new insights and innovative solution to health problems.

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WGU Nevada Honors Nurses With $20,000 In Scholarships

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Nonprofit, online university celebrates National Nurses Week with 10 scholarships for BSN, MSN, and MBA programs

LAS VEGAS – (April 28, 2016) To honor the important role nurses play in the safety and health of their communities, and to commemorate National Nurses Week 2016, which kicks off next week, WGU Nevada is offering up to $20,000 in scholarships for nurses across the state. WGU Nevada will award up to 10 scholarships to nurses who wish to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in WGU Nevada’s College of Health Professions. Each WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship is valued at up to $2,000—$500 per six-month term for up to four terms. New and enrolling students can apply for these scholarships now through July 31 at To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Nevada, complete the scholarship application, which includes an essay, and be interviewed by a scholarship counselor. While WGU Nevada will award up to 10 scholarships, recipients will be selected based on their academic record, financial need, and readiness for online study at WGU Nevada.

WGU Nevada’s parent university, Western Governors University, was recognized as A National League for Nursing 2015 Center of Excellence™ for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development and one of the top five producers of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing awarded to minority students according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

Designed to fit into the lives of busy working nurses, WGU Nevada’s BSN, MSN, and MBA programs provide the knowledge, skills, and credentials employers seek. All WGU Nevada programs are competency-based, a model that measures learning rather than time spent in class. This allows health professionals to advance their careers without disrupting work or other obligations. Students complete their programs by studying on their own time and, once they’re ready, proving what they’ve learned. Prior work experience and academic knowledge may enable them to accelerate through subject matter they already know and focus on engaging WGU Nevada’s high-quality learning resources and one-on-one faculty mentor support to learn what they still need to learn.

For more information about the WGU Loves Nurses Scholarship program, please visit

About WGU Nevada

WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.

In addition to WGU Nevada, there are five other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; and WGU Tennessee, established in July 2013. For more information, visit the WGU Nevada website,, or call 877-214-7005.

*Western Governors University offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 5380, Washington, DC 20036, 202-877-6791).