Governor Funds $10M for Graduate Medical Education

By | Education, Featured

CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval today announced he had accepted the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force recommendations for distribution of the $10 million approved in the Governor’s executive budget during the 2015 legislative session. Within four years, this funding is expected to create 304 new GME positions across Nevada which will help ensure more of Nevada’s medical students will remain in the Silver State to practice medicine.

“Currently Nevada is producing more undergraduate medical students than residencies available in our state. That means that highly educated students are forced to leave the Silver State at a time when they are beginning real-world application of their advanced education. Nevada needs more doctors now, and these positions will assist the state in attracting, educating and retaining the best new doctors in America,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.

GME training is required in all 50 states to obtain medical licensure to practice medicine and studies have shown the majority of doctors stay and practice in the vicinity of their GME training, not their undergraduate medical training.  Many of Nevada’s undergraduate medical students do not return to the state to practice medicine after completing their residences in other states, and the Silver State is underserved in most areas of healthcare delivery in both urban and rural settings. The most direct contributing factor to Nevada’s poor rankings are the shortages of healthcare providers, specifically physicians.

On March 11, 2014, Governor Sandoval issued EO 2014-07 establishing a GME Task Force to develop recommendations for state funding of GME in the 2015 legislative session.  The Governor accepted the recommendations and included $10 million for GME in his executive budget in the 2015 session, which was approved by the Legislature. In 2015, the Governor issued EO 2015-30, reestablishing the GME Task Force and charging it with providing recommendations on how to best distribute the $10 million allocated by the Legislature towards improving GME in Nevada. The Task Force developed a Request for Proposals and solicited applications from accreditor-approved GME programs or sponsoring institutions, evaluated the proposals and made recommendations to the Governor for funding. The first $5 million tranche was awarded in May and the second $5 million tranche was awarded in October

Summary of Award Recipients:
UNSOM (UNR) Geriatric Medicine:  $500,000
Will expand the existing geriatrics fellowship program from 3 residents per year to 4.5 and will enhance trainee experiences by integrating community clinical training at sites such as the Sanford Center Geriatric Specialty Clinic.

Valley Health Hospital System in Las Vegas: $1,650,000
Valley Health System is establishing new GME programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OBGYN, and Psychiatry that will eventually train 70 residents per year.  The grant will fund the development and construction of new teaching facilities for residents.

Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas OBGYN:  $850,000
The grant will fund infrastructure development for a new OBGYN residency program that will graduate four residents per year and the development of a continuity clinic for women.

Touro University in Las Vegas, Geriatric Medicine: $1,200,000
The grant will fund the development of a one year geriatric medicine fellowship program that will graduate four fellows per year. Aside from Touro University Nevada and its Health Center, training under supervision will also occur at affiliated institutions such as Veterans Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Nevada Senior Services, Fundamental Healthcare, Las Ventanas, and Lou Ruvo Brain Center/Cleveland Clinic.

UNSOM (UNR) Family and Community Medicine: $1,400,000
The objective of this project is to improve the primary care physician workforce in rural Northern Nevada by having a robust, state-of-the-art training program based in Elko. The best way to encourage physicians to practice in a rural area is to train in a rural area. The program will graduate two residents per year and partner with Renown Regional Medical Center.

UNSOM (UNLV) Psych: $900,000
The Psychiatry Residency training program is a community-based program that currently includes partnerships with University Medical Center, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, and the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System.  Nevada ranks 50th nationwide for psychiatrists per capita.  This grant will expand the existing program from six residents per year to ten residents per year.

UNSOM (UNR) Adult/Child Psych: 500,000
These funds will allow the UNR School of Medicine to partner with Renown, Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, the VA, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, and Mojave Mental Health Services to increase the number of locally trained psychiatrists and improve access to mental health care services throughout Northern Nevada via telemedicine.

UNSOM (UNLV) OBGYN: $1,300,000
This program will partner with University Medical Center, Sunrise Hospital, Nellis Air Force Base, and the VA and will graduate six OBGYN residents each year.

UNSOM (UNR) Internal Medicine: $1,700,000
These funds will assist in the training of five new residents per year through an intensified and diverse ambulatory care experience.

Henderson Hospital Opens Union Village

By | Hospitals

Southern Nevada will open its first new hospital in eight years when Henderson Hospital starts seeing its first patients the morning of Oct. 31.

The 130-bed facility on Galleria Drive adjacent to U.S. Highway 95 will be the sixth in the Valley Health System and first in the region since the company opened Centennial Hills Hospital in 2008.

All that remains is the final licensure by the state that’s expected to be completed the week of Oct. 17. The hospital will then open at 8 a.m. on Nevada Day.

With this opening, Valley Health System has most of the Las Vegas Valley covered. Its nearest hospital is Desert Springs Hospital, about 8 miles away.

“We like this location because it’s in Henderson, and we feel this community needs additional access to health care,” said Henderson Hospital CEO Sam Kaufman. “If you pinpointed a map, you could see what we were missing — the southeast corridor, that’s a very large market. We love the location by the freeway and love the anticipated growth with (master plan housing developments) Cadence, Lake Las Vegas and Tuscany. That’s along with being the anchor client of Union Village that will continue to grow over the next three, to five, to eight years.”

Henderson Hospital is the centerpiece of Union Village, a $1.2 billion 170-acre planned community that not only covers health care, but housing, retail and entertainment.

Kaufman said a lot of Valley Health System’s managed care clients live in Henderson, and many don’t like to leave the Green Valley and Henderson area for their care.

“We have contracts with every single managed care organization in the community, and people live in … Green Valley and Henderson, and they don’t like to travel outside of Green Valley and Henderson,” Kaufman said. “Having a hospital in Spring Valley doesn’t help you in Green Valley, and having a hospital in Desert Springs in the center of town doesn’t help you. This gives us an opportunity to be one-stop shopping for everybody.”

Kaufman said Valley Health System is the only health care system that is considered by all payers, even though it doesn’t have an exclusive arrangement. HCA and Dignity Health, meanwhile, are not on all-payer contracts, he said.

Valley is part of Universal Health Services of Delaware, and planning for the hospital started in 2012, Kaufman said. There’s nothing specific on the timing, except the company prefers to open hospitals in the fall before the busier winter months.

“When we started building this hospital, we were pulling out of the recession, and our company knew there would be additional access issues and that this hospital would have a very good chance of being successful.” Kaufman said. “I wish we would have done it years ago, but there’s really nothing specific on the timing. I guess we kind of got involved in this project once the Union Village concept was developed, and we partnered with Union Village to take this 30-plus-acre area to develop the anchor facility.”

Southern Nevada needs additional hospitals because access has been a problem, Kaufman said. People are waiting too long in emergency rooms, and he said there are horror stories of people not finding a bed or having trouble getting their surgeries scheduled.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has given more access to more people through Medicaid expansion and private insurance, and that means more people going to hospitals, Kaufman said.

“I think the timing is really good, and the residents of not only Henderson, but outlying areas like Boulder City and Arizona and California communities will benefit from the construction of this hospital,” Kaufman said.

Opening up a hospital has plenty of challenges from the construction, to the licensure, to the staffing of physicians and nurses, Kaufman said. The next phase is business development and operations, he said.

Henderson Hospital is opening with 130 beds in private rooms. It will open a 12-bed neonatal intensive care unit within the next year, Kaufman said. The infrastructure is in place for 30 shelved beds that will only need building out and the addition of equipment, he said.

“We could open these in six to eight months of putting in that business plan, and then that would put us at 172,” Kaufman said. ‘We have the ability to build additional towers with little to no disruption to the ongoing operations of the hospital.”

Kaufman said the hospital doesn’t have an immediate identity, but eventually it will specialize in women’s services. There will be a lot of specialties with surgical services that will grow over time. Henderson Hospital will add a da Vinci robot in the first or second quarter of 2017 for surgeries. It will open with four surgical bays in the hospital, and plans for two more in 2017 in an outpatient surgical center under construction.

“In the beginning we don’t have neurosurgery and open heart, and we will do everything else but those,” Kaufman said. “I don’t think we will ever migrate to heart because Desert Springs is only 8 miles away, and they have a huge cardiac program. I think one day we will migrate to neurosurgery. That’s a likely candidate for us considering that Desert Springs doesn’t have neurosurgery.”

Henderson Hospital is building a medical office building adjacent to it that will have 83,000 square feet with the second through fourth floors serving as doctors’ offices. The first floor will be an outpatient surgery center and outpatient wound center with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, Kaufman said. The shell will be completed by the end of the year, and tenant improvements should start in January, he said.

Henderson Hospital will bring in between 500 and 700 employees, depending on the volume, Kaufman said. Like at other hospitals, there are difficult positions to fill, especially in nursing. There are some vacancies in labor and delivery and a few in the emergency room and ICU, Kaufman said.

“To move a doctor or to move a nurse, people aren’t going to move if they’re happy where they are, “Kaufman said. “You need to give them a differentiating reason. It’s a bright, new, shiny penny. What’s going to separate this hospital from every other hospital is the type of care that people receive and the manner in which they receive it. We have some interesting technology in our hospital that differentiates us from other hospitals.”

For quality and patient safety, there are antimicrobial coatings on door -knobs, silver iodine-infused countertops, and a special lighting system in the operating room and C-section suites that kill bacteria, Kaufman said.

High-quality and safe patient care, however, isn’t enough, he added. That used to be what hospitals needed at one time, but now patients and their families want more.

“It’s not OK to have great nurses that are only clinically astute,” Kaufman said. “These nurses need to be compassionate, and really want to work and take care of patients.”

People will notice those differences and more when they come to the hospital, Kaufman said.

There’s an acoustic system that minimizes sound inside the hospital, the roof reduces noises and nursing hubs on floors are enclosed in glass to keep sounds inside when people are talking, he said.

Henderson Hospital purchased a communications system so the nurses can speak directly with doctors rather than go through an operator. It’s an attempt to minimize an overhead paging system, which patients don’t like, he said.

Henderson Hospital has a video wall that — with the patients’ permission — will show video of newborn babies and other footage on a 10-foot screen.

The hospital has artwork, including sculptures and photography depicting Henderson and the Southern Nevada desert and other landscape scenes.

“We have things no other hospital has,” Kaufman said. “You don’t see sculptures in any other hospitals. The artwork is beautiful and gives people a different perspective. It’s soothing for people.”

Kaufman has worked for Valley Health Systems for 25 years and has worked his way up the ladder. He served as director of departments at Desert Springs and Valley hospitals. He worked as an assistant administrator for five years at Valley Hospital, then chief operating officer at Desert Springs for another five years. He served as CEO of Desert Springs for 11 years, and CEO of Desert Springs and Valley hospitals combined for about two years.

“I have lived in the Henderson community for 25 years, and it has always been a goal and dream of mine to be the CEO of a Henderson UHS-owned hospital,” Kaufman said. “Not because it’s close, but it’s where I live and have a lot of pride living in this community.”

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican¹s Siena Campus Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement From The Joint Commission

By | Advancements

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care. The Siena Campus is one of the largest joint replacement programs in the area, with consumers coming from across the valley and beyond for surgery.

The Siena campus underwent a rigorous onsite review on October 10. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes St. Rose’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients, said Wendi Roberts, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. The advanced certification will help St. Rose better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.

St. Rose’s Siena campus is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, added Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation¹s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters¹ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog. St. Rose is hiring! To apply for an open position, visit our careers website.

New Comprehensive Care Center Opens for Children with Autism

By | Developments, Education

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The UNLV Medicine Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions provides families with the gamut of specialists — all in one place.

Neurodevelopment Solutions celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. A partnership between UNLV School of Medicine and the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, the center is the first in Nevada – and one of only a handful in the United States — to offer a full complement of autism and neurodevelopmental care including diagnostics, treatment, behavioral support, and transition planning all in one place.

“To correctly diagnose and treat the disorder, you need a neuropsychologist, development pediatrician and in some cases, you need a geneticist — the research component to help discover why your child’s brain operates the way it does,” said Gary Ackerman, a Grant a Gift board member, UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees member, and the center’s namesake.

The UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center provides families with the gamut of specialists needed for autism care: from developmental pediatrics to behavioral health, developmental psychology, neurology, genetics, social and vocation training. The center also provides parenting and sibling classes on dealing with spectrum disorders since often the entire family is affected when a child is diagnosed with autism. The new center was approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents in June 2016.

“It’s the first time this scope of services has been all together under one roof,” said Dr. Barbara Atkinson, founding dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. “The center specializes in full diagnostic and treatment services for the youngest children, continuing up until age 22 and including a vocational piece that transitions into adulthood.”

Autism, the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S., affects one in every 68 children, including more than 4,750 young Clark County residents.

“You have all these hopes and dreams for your children — that they’re going to go to the prom, college, get married,” said Grant a Gift founder and President/CEO Lynda Tache, whose son, Grant, was diagnosed autistic at age 5.

“The diagnosis was hard to take,” Tache said. “I went through a grieving process — denial, anger, and guilt. The important thing people need to know – and what I know now — is that there is hope. My son’s a living example.”

Grant, Tache’s son, is now 15 and mainstreamed in school.

“He’s made friends, he’s reaching out, having conversations and having people come over,” Tache said. “There’s no cure for autism. It’s a lifelong journey as a parent to ensure your child receives every opportunity to reach his or her full potential.”


About the Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Solutions

The UNLV Medicine Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Solutions is located at 630 S. Rancho Drive, Suite A, Las Vegas, NV 89106. For more information, please contact Pam Udall, Director of Communication, at (702) 895-0719 or pamela.udall@unlv.edu. To learn how you can support the center contact Lynda Tache, at 702-564-2453 or ltache@grantagiftautismfoundation.org

About the UNLV School of Medicine

The UNLV School of Medicine is creating a world-class center for medical education, patient care, and research that prepares Nevada’s physicians with the most innovative and technologically advanced forms of medical training while serving the health care needs of a diverse population through community partnerships. UNLV School of Medicine will be the first public allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada.  For more information about UNLV School of Medicine visit wwww.unlv.edu/medicine.

About the Grant A Gift Autisum Foundation

Founded in 2009, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation grew out of the struggle of a mom whose son, Grant, was diagnosed with autism and other neuro-developmental conditions. Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helping children, youth and their families fight autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, social skills and vocational training, transition planning, and education.  For additional information, please visit www.GrantAGiftAutismFoundation.org.

Roseman University’s October Neighborhood Health Series Offers Help with Medicare Open Enrollment

By | Healthcare Events

For many Southern Nevadans approaching age 65, making important decisions about complex Medicare choices can be daunting. Roseman University’s October Neighborhood Health Series offers interactive approach to provide an unbiased base of information regarding the 4 parts of Medicare, A, B, C & D, making open enrollment easier to navigate.

“Help With Open Enrollment: The ABC’s Of Medicare,” will take place from 5:30 to 7 pm on Thursday, October 13 at Roseman University’s Summerlin Campus, located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135. The event is free, but registration is required online at speakers.roseman.edu or by calling 702-802-2872. Light dinner will be served.

Presented by College of Pharmacy Assistant Professor and Medicare expert, Dr. Catherine Oswald, the program will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the enrollment process surrounding Medicare. Information regarding supplemental plans to help cover additional health care costs will also be provided.

“This presentation is ideal for someone new to Medicare, or that will become Medicare eligible this year, as well as individuals that care for these beneficiaries,” said Oswald.

In addition to the presentation, Oswald oversees a Medicare Call Lab on Roseman University’s Henderson campus. Supported by a $50,000 grant through NobleCause, the Medicare Call Lab provides unbiased information to help Medicare beneficiaries make informed decisions about their Medicare enrollment and coverage options. The goal of the lab is to help beneficiaries enroll in the most cost-effective plan to meet their individual needs.

Approaching open enrollment, the Medicare Call Lab is answering an average of 85 calls per month. Since July 1, the lab’s student volunteers and faculty advisors have saved beneficiaries more than $106,000 on an annual basis. For more information regarding Roseman University’s Medicare Call Lab or to have your plan evaluated free of charge call 702-968-6615.

Each month, Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series features an expert speaker from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics including navigating Medicare, dealing with common diseases, and coping with an aging parent. Guests will also experience elements of Roseman’s six point Mastery Learning Model and will be invited to get to know other attendees, all while learning alongside members of southern Nevada’s most accomplished and talented medical community.

Optum Medical Partners Has Added 11 Providers

By | On The Move

Optum Medical Partners has added 11 providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Nirav Gandhi, MD joins Optum Medical Partners at their 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson location. Dr. Gandhi completed his medical training at Bharati Vidyapeeth University Medical College in Pune, India and completed his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He has worked both as a hospitalist and in private practice. Dr. Gandhi is married and has one son who he says keeps him quite busy. 

Victor Muro, MD joins Optum Medical Partners at both their 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson and 8526 Del Webb Boulevard, Las Vegas locations and serves as Medical Director. Dr. Muro completed his medical training at the UCLA School of Medicine in California and completed his residency at Los Angeles County / USC Medical Center. Dr. Muro also was granted a fellowship in general internal medicine.

Branden Mossman, PA-C joins Optum Medical Partners at their 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson location. Mossman completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Mossman is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants and is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

Guillermo H. Fraga, MD joins Optum Medical Partners at their 2610 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Henderson location. Dr. Fraga completed his medical training at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and completed his residency at University Medical Center (UMC) in Las Vegas, where he also served as chief resident in their internal medicine program. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Fraga’s background allows him to speak fluently in Spanish as well as English.

Linda Sue Van Roeyen, APRN joins Optum Medical Partners at their 8526 Del Webb Boulevard, Las Vegas location. Van Roeyen completed her medical training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Van Roeyen moved here from Skokie, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) to be closer to her parents and family. She is a Blue Star mother with two sons in the U.S. Army. Van Roeyen has made a tremendous number of professional presentations, both nationally and internationally on numerous medical topics. She has always enjoyed volunteering, doing so for many years with the Junior League of Chicago and to underserved populations, and looks to contributing to the Las Vegas community.

Kevin Bay, MD joins Optum Medical Partners at their 8526 Del Webb Boulevard, Las Vegas location. Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice, Dr. Bay completed his medical training and his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. Dr. Bay provided care in the Little Rock area for 30 years and now resides in Sun City.  

Southwest Medical Associates Announces Two New Providers

By | On The Move

Southwest Medical has added two new providers to help meet the growing need for pediatric health services in the Las Vegas community:

Trina Wiggins, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Medicine On the Move program (www.medicineonthemovenv.com) and specializes in pediatrics. Wiggins completed her medical training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and completed her residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Blair Duddy, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in pediatrics. Duddy completed his medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Duddy has been honored as a Public Health Hero by the Southern Nevada Health District, in addition to many other distinctions.

Urology Specialists of Nevada welcomes Lisa Logan

By | On The Move

Lisa Logan has joined Urology Specialists of Nevada as a physician assistant, aiding the practice in all aspects of urology.

“Nevadans seeking medical care in urology can take great confidence in the experience and skills Lisa brings to our practice,” said Dr. Mark Leo, director of clinical operations for Urology Specialists of Nevada.

Logan has more than 10 years of experience as a physician assistant in various medical practice areas, most recently working in the adult medicine practice for Southwest Medical Associates.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Logan received her medical training from the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martín Campus First in Nevada to Use Innovative Cardiac Mapping System

By | Innovation

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s San Martín campus has become the first hospital in Nevada and 55th nationally to use the Rhythmia™ Mapping System, a new state-of-the-art, high-resolution 3D mapping and navigation solution for those with complex heart issues. The procedure was performed Oct. 3 by Dr. Arjun Gururaj to treat a patient from southern Nevada with ventricular tachycardia, a condition where the heart beats too fast. Additional physicians have also been trained, including Dr. Gaston Vergara, who has also used Rhythmia for his complicated procedures.

When medications are ineffective in treating some heart rhythm disorders, catheter ablation may offer the possibility of more definitive treatment of the arrhythmia. Cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems. During catheter ablation, the physician inserts a catheter into the heart to deliver bursts of high-energy waves to disrupt the abnormal electrical activity. The recent ablation procedure was conducted using the new Rhythmia Mapping System, a cardiac mapping solution that allows physicians with special training in electrophysiology, or the electrical activity of the heart, to collect and display signals representing the heart’s electrical activity. 

This equipment is extremely helpful for those with complicated abnormal heart rhythms and for patients that have already had a similar procedure and need it to be redone. With the system, within minutes the physician can create and view a highly detailed map of the patient’s heart to help determine the precise location to be treated with cardiac ablation. The system is the first of its kind to offer rapid high-resolution mapping, and is expected to potentially reduce procedure times. Other systems can map up to 6,000 points on the heart, while Rhythmia can map 30,000 high-definition points, which leads to much better outcomes for patients. 

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s three hospitals are leading institutions in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with abnormal heart rhythms. Its electrophysiology (EP) department has two state-of-the-art laboratories that offer a wide range of procedures to patients with detected heart rhythm abnormalities. Related services include advanced mapping and ablation therapy, heart rhythm monitoring, and a range of pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) devices. Currently, the San Martín campus is the only St. Rose facility to use Rhythmia.

“At St. Rose, we are committed to implementing the latest technologies to treat our patients, and we are pleased to be one of the first institutions in the U.S. to offer the innovative Rhythmia Mapping System,” said Lawrence Barnard, president/CEO of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martín campus. “The system’s fast and detailed high-resolution maps made a tremendous difference in enabling our physicians to quickly diagnose and treat the source of the patient’s arrhythmias, as well as efficiently confirm the success of the procedure. It’s an important addition to our full suite of services to diagnose and treat a variety of heart rhythm conditions.”

The Rhythmia Mapping System from Boston Scientific received CE Mark approval in May 2013 and U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance in July 2013. For more information about the Rhythmia Mapping System, visit www.bostonscientific.com.


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog. St. Rose is hiring! To apply for an open position, visit our careers website.                                                 

Centennial Hills Hospital Continues Expansion

By | Developments

Centennial Hills Hospital, located in northwest Las Vegas, has added another 36 private rooms on the fourth floor dedicated to patient care. The new nursing unit features 20 rooms for either medical or surgical patients, and 16 intermediate medical care (IMC) rooms for patients who require more medical advanced care. The addition increases the hospital’s state licensed bed count to 226 beds.

The hospital is also undergoing construction on the third floor, adding another 24 rooms to be used for patients who are in an observation status, meaning physicians are awaiting test results or monitoring patients before they are either released home or admitted for additional care. Called an observation unit, it provides oversight and care for patients in a comfortable environment. It also helps decompress the Emergency department, allowing the ER staff to utilize the areas previously used by observation patients. The construction project will also add another 12 private rooms for additional needs, and should be completed by the middle of 2017.

“We’re excited to add more private rooms, which increases access to care,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “When we opened in January 2008, we built the hospital to accommodate future growth. We left these two floors unfinished, with plans to add more patient rooms as needed. Since our community is growing, our Emergency department is busy, and we continue to add more programs and surgical services, these rooms are a wonderful asset.”

When both projects are completed, it will increase the hospital’s total licensed bed count from 190 to 250 beds. To accommodate the added patient and visitor volume, more parking will be developed as well.

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of five acute care hospitals* that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Centennial Hills Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency, surgical, cardiovascular, women’s health and neonatal care.

*A sixth facility, Henderson Hospital, will open this fall.