Medicaid Makes Las Vegas Medical Care Better

By | Press Releases

Southern Nevada residents do not usually spend much time thinking about hospitals unless they happen to have an urgent healthcare need. At that point though, nothing is as important as the local medical center and its staff.

Fortunately, that medical center down the road is likely there today for one key reason—Nevada’s Medicaid improvements. As the nation’s leading insurer, Medicaid covers about one in five Americans and nearly 700,000 Nevadans. Nevada took the necessary steps to grow and optimize our Medicaid implementation to make it better for patients and to preserve our healthcare system.

Prior to the new Nevada Medicaid, our medical centers were in jeopardy, especially as the Great Recession caused unemployment to rise across the city and surrounding areas. The uninsured and underinsured populations increased along with joblessness. Those who did not have coverage and could not pay for treatment received care at our hospitals nonetheless but almost every medical center was operating in the red.

The changes in Medicaid helped alleviate a crisis in the provider community. By slashing the uninsured rate from nearly 20% to 11%, Nevada helped to prevent hospitals from laying off more employees, reducing service areas, or denying care to patients in need, just to keep the doors open. The continued availability of high-quality, full-service care throughout Las Vegas has a lot to do with Medicaid.

The most impressive benefits, however, go to patients. Medicaid grew to encompass more individuals who could not afford private healthcare but could contribute modest payments to belong to Medicaid. New enrollees comprise mostly working class individuals, and today nearly 80% of Medicaid beneficiaries in Nevada come from a family with at least one person active in the workforce.

As enrollment by adults increased, so did kids’ coverage. In fact, Nevada saw the nation’s largest drop in uninsured children once our state made the Medicaid program stronger.

There have been positives that have come from replacing the stop-gap fix of uncompensated emergency room care with a long-term strategy of comprehensive medical coverage. When offered access to affordable care, low-income patients are more likely to take positive, healthy actions, like getting check-ups and screenings, taking their blood pressure medication, and talking to their doctor about quitting smoking. These measures reduce the incidence of disease, as well as avoid serious complications from existing conditions. In other words, they keep people out of the hospital and lower healthcare costs over the long term.

The benefits for children are even more substantial. Not only do kids on Medicaid go to the emergency room less often, they also do better academically and are more likely to graduate from high school. They have a lower incidence of disability and chronic disease later in life. Clearly, sowing the seeds of wellness works and the healthcare system will be much better off for the progress Nevada has made in childhood coverage.

A more stable healthcare system and families enjoying the many advantages of wellness are two incredible benefits of Medicaid improvements. With further innovation, there is great promise to streamline care delivery and drive better patient outcomes with available resources. Nevada’s medical

centers are pleased that lawmakers stepped up to improve Medicaid, so our community can be partners in these advancements and in our patients’ health.

The $650,000 iPhone

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The $650,000 iPhone – Why the New HIPAA Can Cost You More Than You Think, and a Whole Lot Less

When one talks about cyber security, technical safeguards for healthcare compliance, we always think of our desktop or laptop computers. We have anti virus software, firewalls, encryption on the machines proper. When we leave for the day, we make sure the rooms they are in are locked.

 

What about the phones, tablets, and phablets? How many of us think about antivirus software or encryption or even passwords on these devices? Statistics show that are about 220 million smartphone users in the U.S. alone, with the global numbers close to 2 billion users.

 

Despite the high usage and almost complete dependence on our phones and other portable devices like tablets etc., we are negligent in their care. About 4.5 million people either lose their phones or have them stolen every year. Surveys have found that only 36% of all smartphone users set a screen lock with a 4 digit PIN and only 29% back up the data on their phones. Only 14% installed an antivirus app and only 7% heightened security measures like encryption. Nearly 35% took no security measure to protect their devices.

 

For a lay person, a lost or stolen device only means lost data and connectivity.  However, for a healthcare professional who uses a portable device to access or store patient records, also known as protected health information (PHI), is on the risk for penalties from the various regulatory agencies, including but not limited to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) which enforces the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 

To enhance protection over the goldmine of information offered by a medical record, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (2009) (“HITECH”) was passed. HITECH expanded the HIPAA Security Rule to include business associates. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule, issued in 1Q13, made business associates directly liable for compliance with significant portions of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

 

While this mandate is four years old, enforcement (auditing and indictment) is just beginning for business associates.  For the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) entered into a settlement with a business associate – where the business associates agreed to pay $650,000 and enter into a corrective action plan for the loss of a single iPhone.

 

For a SINGLE unencrypted iPhone stolen in 2014, the OCR levied a fine of $650,000 last year. This iPhone was issued to an employee of the Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS)  contained roughly 400 patient records but was not protected by a password or encrypted. The market value of a new unencrypted iPhone is $650. This also came with a two year heightened monitoring for CHCS by the OCR.

 

The other threat to PHI stored on a portable device is ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their electronic data, both by locking their monitor or their files unless and until a ransom is paid. While the ransomware attacks in 2015 were mostly targeted towards larger entities with millions of clients, ransomware decided to ‘go small’ in 2016. Most ransomware attacks in 2016 happened on individual/smaller businesses like private practices in 2016. Per Symantec, lower awareness and fewer protective measures made individual consumers especially vulnerable to ransomware attacks.

 

A stolen medical record is worth more than 10 times a stolen credit card, according to the 2016 IBM X-Force Cyber Security Intelligence Index. The latest data from Symantec shows that the average ransomware per record has gone up from $294 in 2015 to $1,077 in 2016, which is a nearly 400% increase in one year.

 

Prevention is always better than cure

 

The cost of protecting one patient record is merely $8 compared to the average ransom of $1,077. HIPAA compliance is the easiest way for a practice to protect the PHI stored on all devices. With its technical safeguard requirements like password protection, data back up, and encryption, HIPAA compliance helps practices respond better to crises like theft or ransomware attacks on their devices.

 

Portable devices like cellphones, laptops etc. now store more PHI than ever before. These devices are also easier to steal. CHCS, indicted by the OCR, suffered the consequences of losing a single iPhone. To prevent such PHI breaches, the physicians and practices can work with external compliance resource and their software vendors to ensure that all devices, including cellphones and laptops have encryption software. Several apps like DocbookMD are now available to assist physicians to make sure that the PHI on their devices is secured.

 

Insurance is an excellent option to mitigate liability. With increased ransomware and other cyber-attacks, and the bullseye on the healthcare industry, it makes financial sense to purchase tailored insurance.

 

In order to be eligible for cyber insurance, a healthcare provider must prove proactivity in minimizing its risk. This requirement emphasizes the significance of a robust security and compliance plan.  Constant monitoring and documenting your practice’s compliance and security efforts reduces the cost of underwriting the policy for the insurance companies.  Insurance agencies are now offering cyber insurance tailored to the individual physician provider which includes the payment of regulatory fines.

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

Private practices already face heightened scrutiny from regulatory agencies. An often missed but crucial part of the security demanded by these agencies and governing laws is the protection of PHI stored on every device. Portable devices today are now storing more data than ever, but still remain the most susceptible to theft or ransomware attacks. Cyber liability insurance, specifically tailored to the needs of your practice, helps to mitigate the liability imposed the theft/loss/infection of such devices.

 

Portable device security (or lack thereof) is inviting a lot of regulatory scrutiny.

To ensure full compliance with all relevant healthcare laws, practices must ensure the same level of protection for their portable devices as for their desktop computers.

 

 

 

 

Ride On For Red Nose Day Concludes 400-Mile Bike Ride in Las Vegas

By | Fundraiser, Press Releases, Recent Releases

WHAT: Coinciding with National Bike Month and to bring a new way for

individuals and groups to fundraise for Red Nose Day, Walgreens and

PeopleForBikes are powering the first Ride On For Red Nose Day

Challenge and hosting a fundraising bike ride from Santa Barbara to Las

Vegas. The riders conclude their 400-mile journey at a special rider rally

in front of the Walgreens store by MGM.

WHO: Professional cyclists and experienced riders are pedaling together to

raise awareness and tens of thousands of dollars for this important

charity, which helps combat child poverty by funding programs that keep

kids safe, healthy and educated.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 5:30PM

Culmination celebration as cyclists complete their 400-mile journey.

Elected officials, local leaders, Walgreens executives and

PeopleForBikes leaders, representatives from Las Vegas food bank

Three Square, a Children’s Health Fund doctor, and professional cyclists

will be in attendance. Brief remarks at 5:45 PM. Photo and interview

opportunities available.

WHERE: Walgreens Store #4763

3765 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

DETAILS: Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise

money and awareness to end child poverty and has raised more than $60

million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the

Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need

safe, healthy and educated. Red Nose Day Fund grant recipient

organizations in Las Vegas include Feeding America’s Three Square

Food Bank. Walgreens is the exclusive retailer of the Red Nose. Last

year, four Walgreens stores in Las Vegas were the top fundraisers of the

8,000-plus stores participating in the Red Nose Day campaign.

MEDIA: Photo and interview opportunities available prior to and during the event.

Visuals on May 3 include cyclists with Red Noses, riders pedaling along

Las Vegas Blvd, Children’s Health Fund Mobile Unit with giant Red Nose.

For scheduling or questions, please contact:

Julie Walburn

jwalburn@redrockstrategies.com

(702) 240-2001 (office)

(702) 498-7365 (mobile)

For more information visit www.rideon4rednoseday.org.

Health District’s Chong-Dao, McCloskey Named Silver Syringe Recipients by Immunize Nevada

By | Awards, Press Releases, Recent Releases, Recognition

Immunize Nevada is honoring the Southern Nevada Health District’s MeeKee Chong-Dao, RN and Lynda McCloskey, RN for their efforts to ensure Southern Nevadans, especially children, are vaccinated against preventable diseases. Both will be honored at the upcoming Silver Syringe awards, an annual event during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 22-29.

Chong-Dao was named Outstanding Immunization Champion. She is the Community Health Nurse Supervisor for the Health District’s Immunization Program. In this position, she has helped expand immunization services to underserved populations and rural Clark County communities such as Searchlight and Laughlin as well as outreach activities to educate Southern Nevadans about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

McCloskey is recognized as the Outstanding Immunization Nurse for her continued collaborative efforts with community partners and health care professionals as a resource and advocate for immunizations. Currently, she serves as the Quality Assurance Review Coordinator for the Vaccines for Children Program.

“We are honored that two of our immunization nurses are being recognized by our partner, Immunize Nevada. As a community, we continue to make gains in immunization rates, and MeeKee and Lynda are two of the main reasons why our efforts are paying off,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Southern Nevada Health District Director of Clinical Services.

“The Annual Silver Syringe Awards have become a prestigious award ceremony celebrating immunization champions in Nevada,” said Immunize Nevada Executive Director Heidi Parker. “The awards ceremony gives us the opportunity to recognize passionate individuals and organizations that are committed to making Nevada a healthier state.”

The 15 Silver Syringe categories recognize health care providers and community partners, nominated by their peers, as exemplifying outstanding immunization practices in a specific category.

Silver Syringe began in 1998 as a way to celebrate Nevada’s immunization successes and champions. Today, the event has become a statewide tradition for Nevada’s immunization and health care stakeholders.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

Community Baby Bash Immunizations & Health Fair, April 28

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National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29

The Southern Nevada Health District, Immunize Nevada, Junior League of Las Vegas, and Health Plan of Nevada are commemorating National Infant Immunization Week with the annual Community Baby Bash Immunizations & Health Fair on Friday, April 28 from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the 280 S. Decatur public health center. For more information and to sign up for updates about the event, visit the Community Baby Bash webpage or call the Health District’s Immunization Clinic at (702) 759-0850. The health fair will feature community partners offering dental and vision screenings for children, family resources information, and more. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records.

The event will feature several organizations to assist local families in accessing health and social services as well as activities for children. 

During National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-29, the Health District will waive administrative fees for children up to two years old who qualify for the Vaccines for Children program. 

By the year 2000, childhood diseases like rubella, mumps, measles, pertussis, and chickenpox were rare and many pediatricians were unfamiliar with these once-common diseases. National Infant Immunization Week is an opportunity to remind everyone that vaccines protect babies and children from 14 illnesses, and the United States currently has the safest and most effective vaccine supply in its history. 

Nevada ranks 31st in the nation for immunization coverage in children between the ages of 19 months and 35 months, up from 38th in 2014 according to the 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS). The improvement represents a 5.5 percent increase in vaccine coverage rates for the early childhood age group. 

Immunizations are considered to be among the most important public health advances of the 20th century and they have reduced infant deaths and disability from preventable diseases. Aggressive immunization campaigns have eradicated smallpox worldwide, and the United States has been polio-free since 1979. Since 2000, cases of naturally occurring measles in the United States were eliminated. However, cases continue to be reported mostly among unvaccinated people who contracted measles in the United States after exposure to someone who became sick with measles in another country. In 2014, a record number of 667cases from 27 states were reported.

The Health District regularly offers immunizations at its public health centers. Service hours vary, check the Southern Nevada Health District Immunization Clinic Locations page on the website or call the immunization clinic for more information. Fees vary depending upon health insurance status. Immunization services are available at the following Health District locations:

·         Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd.,  Las Vegas

·         East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E12, Las Vegas

·         Touro University Health Center, 874 American Pacific Dr, Henderson

(Monday –Thursday, 8a.m. – 4:30p.m., Friday 8a.m. – 1p.m.)

·         Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

(Nursing services are available Tuesday and Thursday, and is closed daily from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch)

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

Online Medical Marketing Strategies for Any Practice

By | Featured, Medical Marketing

According to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Center, 72% of internet users have looked online for health information. It is likely that this number is only growing as the internet becomes the primary way many people run every aspect of their lives. Using the prevalence of internet “medical” shopping to your practice’s benefit could be a game-changer. Here are 5 ways that you can make this happen:

1) Be at the top of the list. Make use of search engine optimization (SEO) to improve your website’s natural search rankings in search engine results pages such as Google or Bing. Be sure that you get a good web content writer to make sure your site has the most effective search terms included, so the website shows up when someone searches for a related topic. This is why web content is so important – it determines how easily people find your website when searching the internet. Search Engines regularly update their algorithms to decrease visibility to sites that try to game their rankings, making optimization a challenging and constantly changing enterprise.

2) Market for free. Be sure to make use of Facebook, one of the most frequented websites in the world. According to Facebook, as of December 2016 they have 1.32 billion active accounts in use daily and their mission is to connect the world. It costs nothing to have a Facebook account and it could help connect your practice with potential patients or their families. Use your practice’s Facebook page to motivate people through fitness challenges or provide great healthy recipes or other valuable health information. If you are willing to make a small investment on Facebook, you can display your ad to people that are representative of your target patient demographic through directed advertising. For example, if your practice is obstetrics you may want to target women aged 25-40.

3) Make your website user friendly. When a user visits your website for the first time, it should be clean, simple to navigate and have useful links that are easy to find. Hiring a company to design your website to make it functional and beautiful can make the difference between a potential patient filling out a referral form and that same patient clicking away and going to a website that is easier to use. Your website should be an extension of your practice and reflective of the level of care you give your patients. While you are at it, instead of stock photos, use pictures of your own office and staff. It is so nice to go somewhere for the first time and see a friendly, familiar face.

4) Utilize Linkedin to grow your medical referral community. LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 414 million registered users and 100 million monthly active users. There are 187 million monthly unique visitors and two new professionals join the site every second. There is no good reason to not be connected on LinkedIn and every good reason to join and begin to discover opportunities to grow your personal and your practice’s professional network. One great way to use LinkedIn is to start a LinkedIn group. These groups are discussion areas on a variety of topics where anybody can share their views, experiences and any other form of relevant information. For instance, if you are a radiologist, you can start a group on reasons to get a 3D mammogram instead of a traditional one. It will get responses from those who have questions about the process and may encourage new patients to reach out to your practice to take advantage of the technology.

5) Use blogging to promote your practice. While your website may have evergreen information that rarely needs to be updated, creating a blog with fresh information helps keep a practice alive in the search engines. This is an opportunity to provide your reading community with new developments in your practice area and include new key words that will improve your site’s search engine optimization. Create an editorial calendar to keep your practice on schedule, and make notes of new ideas as they come to you so you have plenty of fresh material when it’s blogging time.

If you need help with SEO, implementing or improving a website, creating a blog, or any other marketing or advertising needs, Lippman Media is here to help – contact us at http://lippmanmedia.com or call 702.595.4896. Happy Marketing!

Centennial Hills Hospital First in Nevada to Earn National Recognition Safety in Surgery

By | Press Releases, Recent Releases, Recognition

Goal is to protect patients and health care providers from surgical smoke

Centennial Hills Hospital is one of only five hospitals in the country, and the first in Nevada, to earn the Go Clear Award™ to eliminate hazardous smoke during surgical procedures. The award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

“This is an important advancement in the health and safety of our patients, employees and medical staff,” explained Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospitals. “We’re proud to be a leader in reducing surgical smoke by investing in smoke evacuator equipment and providing education to everyone in the operating room so they understood the impact of this smoke on their health and their patient’s health.”

According to AORN, surgical smoke is a byproduct when laser and electrical devices are used during procedures, primarily to cut tissue, then quickly cauterize the capillaries and blood vessels to minimize bleeding.

“It creates a zap of electricity that creates a plume of smoke containing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, viruses, bacteria and blood,” explained Jeff Belcher, RN, BSN, director of surgical services at Centennial Hills Hospital and the leader of the hospital’s Go Clear™ initiative.  “Inhaling and absorbing surgical smoke during multiple surgeries over multiple days takes a serious health toll on our surgical staff and surgeons. Once our staff learned about its impact, they quickly embraced it. I’m very proud of our work to be one of the first in the United States to earn the Go Clear™ award, and to continue finding new ways to improve patient and staff safety in the surgery department.”

“Total evacuation needs to become the standard for all procedures that generate surgical smoke,” said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, CEO/Executive Director of AORN. “With this award, Centennial Hills Hospital is demonstrating its deep commitment to the health and safety of its staff and community.”

The other five hospitals in The Valley Health System are either enrolled or planning to enroll in the program.

By the Numbers:
AORN estimates that surgical smoke occurs in 90 percent of all surgeries.

According to AORN, studies compare the inhalation of smoke from vaporized human tissue to the smoke created by cigarettes; the average daily impact of surgical smoke to the surgical team is equivalent to inhaling 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes.

Today, it is estimated only 50% of health care workers across the U.S. understand the hazards of smoke exposure.

The Go Clear Award is presented by AORN to recognize health care facilities that have committed to providing increased surgical patient and health care worker safety by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during surgery.

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of five six 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.


Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem
Facebook:
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

Valley Hospital Las Vegas

About AORN
AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards and practical resources – including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal – to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN’s 40,000 registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in nursing education or are engaged in perioperative research.

 

April 28: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Honors Heart Of Hope Nominees

By | Fundraiser, Press Releases, Recent Releases

WHAT:

In recognition of 76 years of giving help and hope to our community, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada will celebrate its seventh annual Heart of Hope Luncheon fundraiser.

Heart of Hope 2017 will place a special awareness on Meals on Wheels, a program Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has administered in Las Vegas since 1975. Meals on Wheels feeds 2,100 seniors weekly, but due to a budget shortfall, 900 remain on the waiting list.

This year’s recipients of the Heart of Hope Award will be the Thomas Spiegel Family Foundation and MGM Resorts Foundation. The program will include a luncheon and awards presentation. This event is open to the public. All ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s suite of programs, including Meals on Wheels. Tickets may be purchased online at catholiccharities.com.

WHO:

Deacon Tom Roberts

President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

WHEN:

April 28, 2017

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Summerlin Ballroom

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89135

MEDIA:

Media will have the opportunity to obtain b-roll of the luncheon and award presentation. Interviews available upon request.

CONTACT:

Evan Korn

BRAINTRUST

(516) 510-6014

Evan.Korn@braintrustagency.com

13th Annual Runnin’ for the House 5K & Family Fun Walk

By | Fundraiser, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Get ready to run with our families, Ronald McDonald, and Carrot Top!

What: Runnin’ for the House certified 5K Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

Presented by McDonald’s of Greater Las Vegas, this Run features a certified 5k course, a past family sharing their story, McDonald’s pancake breakfast, booth expo, children’s activities, striped socks to wear, and a great raffle. Meet and greets with Carrot Top, as well as House and Care Mobile tours, will be available.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017         7 am Registration | 8 am Race

Where: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas 2323 Potosi Street, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Cost: Adults – $30; Children (5-17 years) – $20; Teams of 10 or more – $20 per registrant All – $40 on race day | All participants receive red & white striped socks to wear at Run

Exercising and raising money for a wonderful cause has never been more fun! Join us at our Run to hear a family speak about how the Ronald McDonald House has impacted their life, warm up for the run/walk with Ronald McDonald, and actually run with Carrot Top himself! There are activities for the entire family to enjoy including the kids’ activity zone, plus a free McDonald’s pancake breakfast. Steph Mackenzie of 97.1 The Point will entertain the crowd throughout the morning leading up to the awards for each age division ranging from 5-70+ for our competitive timed runners.

“I can’t think of a more rewarding way to start your day,” said Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. “It’s going to be a beautiful Spring morning, so why not bring the whole family out for some fresh air and fun to help our families at the Ronald McDonald House.”

Runnin’ for the House 2017 is presented by McDonald’s of Greater Las Vegas. Silver Medal Sponsors include Lexus of Las Vegas, NV Energy, and Southwest Medical Part of Optum Care. Our Media Sponsor is 97.1 The Point, while Expert Global Solutions, Iron Mountain, and The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank are the Team Spirit Sponsors. The School Spirit Sponsor is McDonald’s Rocky Mountain Region. Thank you sponsors!

About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home at the Ronald McDonald House® for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children, and manage programs that service the immediate needs of children and families in our community. For more information on RMHC of Greater Las Vegas, visit www.rmhlv.org.

Centennial Hills Hospital Completes $18 Million Expansion

By | Developments, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Project builds out final two floors; adds 60 private rooms and additional parking.

New Wound Care Center also under construction

Centennial Hills Hospital, located in northwest Las Vegas, recently completed its $18.2 million expansion. The project built out the remaining two floors of the eight-story tower, adding 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces. The expansion increases the hospital’s licensed bed count to 250 compared to 165 beds when the hospital first opened in 2008.

“The development of the additional capacity was in direct response to the growth of our communities and wanting to ensure that our hospital kept up with the growing demands of these areas. Adding more patient rooms helps increase our community’s access to care,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “It allows us to move patients more quickly from the emergency department to a nursing unit where they can receive the appropriate level of care.” 

New Advanced Wound Care Center Under Construction
Centennial Hills Hospital will open its Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, located on the first floor of its medical office building, later this summer.  Construction on the center began in early April. The wound care center will offer a complete range of services for patients suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) will also be available, and is applied as a primary or secondary treatment for many conditions including bone infections that do not respond to standard treatment, crush injuries and reattachment of severed limbs, deep tissue injury from radiation therapy and skin grafts or flaps that are not healing.

About Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six 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.


Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem
Facebook:
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

Valley Hospital Las Vegas