Nevada Small Business Person of the Year: Dr. Eva D. Littman

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Before Dr. Littman founded Red Rock Fertility in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas community had to travel to California and elsewhere to get the appropriate care. When she opened the center, she wanted to make sure that the Las Vegas community as well as the international community, had access to not only personalized physician care, but also the highest standard of fertility care that could be offered.

Red Rock Fertility CenterDr. Littman says that what drives her is “the challenge – the challenge of being able to take situations that others have failed at, and to succeed.” It is not only challenging to own and run a small business but to encounter obstacles in her work every day in reproduction is truly miraculous. As the founder of this small business, she has worked hard to produce high pregnancy success rates in Las Vegas, throughout the US and abroad. Dr. Littman truly is passionate about accepting and overcoming challenges. She often takes cases with less than five percent chance of pregnancy. She is motivated by being able to make people’s dreams come true after they’ve almost given up hope.

Red Rock Fertility is a modern, boutique-style fertility practice. With a team oriented approach to healthcare, they ensure that their patients receive the highest quality of care and in turn, high success rates. They offer a full range of services and treatments, including In Vitro Fertilization. The practice was founded in 2008 by Dr. Eva Littman and has grown to be one of the most successful fertility centers on the West Coast. The Red Rock team prides themselves on specializing in challenging cases and helping patients that other doctors have deemed as having a slim chance on conceiving.

Red Rock Fertility purchased a new building at 9120 W. Russell Road in Southwest Las Vegas in December 2014. The two-story, 12,500-square-foot building was purchased with an SBA 504 loan from TMC Financing. TMC Financing provided $1.7 million of the project’s $4.7 million total cost.

In the first week of May, Dr. Littman will join winners from all 50 states and US territories in Washington, D.C. for the announcement of SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year. The applicants are judged based on the history of the company, their business plans, analysis of growth, and how they have overcome adversity.

Click here to view the full list of winners.

Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Vice President of Human Resources Jennifer McDonell

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Southern Hills Hospital welcomes new Vice President of Human Resources Jennifer McDonell to its administration team. McDonell comes to Southern Hills with extensive experience in labor relations, recruitment and benefits administration.

“Southern Hills Hospital hires the best of the best, and we are confident that Jennifer McDonell is an excellent fit for our leadership team,” said Adam Rudd, Southern Hills Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Jennifer understands the critical balance of caring for our employees and ensuring they have what they need to take care of our patients.”

“I am incredibly honored to join the Southern Hills Hospital team,” said Jennifer McDonell, Southern Hills Hospital Vice President of Human Resources. “I am grateful for the professional experience that I have had in my career thus far, and am excited to apply it in a healthcare setting where we are truly in the business of caring for people.”

McDonell most recently served as the HR Director for government contractor supporting the United States military. She was responsible for supporting employee relations in a union environment, recruitment, benefits administration, coaching and counseling. Prior to that, McDonell worked for 12 years at Jewish Senior Life in Rochester, NY as the HR Director.  

To learn more about Southern Hills Hospital and its services, visit

About Southern Hills Hospital

Voted the Best Hospital in Las Vegas in 2015 and a Best Hospital Winners’ Circle Award recipient in 2016, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a 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 and spine unit, OB-GYN, Level II NICU, 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.

In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at The Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. Additionally, Southern Hills Hospital is building an 80-bed psychiatric facility that will treat adolescents through adults, expected to open in 2018. 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

Twitter: @SHHospitalLV

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer and affects millions of people in the United States, many of whom are not aware they are infected. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and a reminder and opportunity to discuss hepatitis risk factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Hepatitis Awareness information also includes a Hepatitis Risk Assessment and encourages people to discuss their risks with a health care provider.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may have no symptoms and may not be detected for many years. Chronic hepatitis infections are a leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis. There are immunizations to protect against hepatitis A and B, and as a result, hepatitis A cases have declined dramatically.

According to the CDC, hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States with about one in 12 infected with the virus. Although they make up less than 5 percent of the United States’ population, they account for more than half of Americans living with hepatitis B infection. Additionally, two in three of those infected are unaware as people can live with hepatitis B for many years without having any symptoms. Hepatitis B can be transmitted from a mother to her baby and can also be sexually transmitted.

People born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults. About 50 percent of people with hepatitis C infection are unaware they have it because they can be asymptomatic for decades. Many people with hepatitis C have no reported risk factors. Hepatitis C is more common among people who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992 and injection drug users. The CDC recommends that anyone with a history of injection drug use or unprotected sexual contact with multiple partners also be tested for hepatitis B and C. There are approximately 3.2 million people with chronic hepatitis C in the United States with about 29,700 new infections each year. Both chronic hepatitis infections can be treated, and hepatitis C in particular has a very good success rate.

Throughout May, hepatitis C screenings will be available from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway as well as immunizations for hepatitis A and B for at-risk adults. For more information, contact The Center, (702) 733-9800. Hepatitis C screenings are also available each Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Trac-B Exchange, 6114 W. Charleston Blvd. For more information, contact Trac-B, at (702) 840-6693.

In addition, the CDC estimates that about 25 percent of HIV-positive people are also infected with hepatitis C, and between 50 percent and 90 percent of injection drug users with HIV infection also have hepatitis C. HIV co-infection more than triples the risk for liver disease, liver failure, and liver-related deaths from hepatitis C.

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces New Development Director, Jody Ghanem

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Ghanem, to oversee development and philanthropic funding

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health welcomes Jody Ghanem as a development director. A Las Vegas resident of 40 years, Ghanem, has been actively involved in the Las Vegas community including the arts and education —, formerly an advisory board member at The Smith Center, the revitalization of Downtown, UNLV, Reno Medical School, St Viator’s Foundation and the Meadows School. In her new role, Ghanem will oversee the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s philanthropic fundraising.

“We look forward to enhancing our philanthropy program under the direction of Jody,” said Larry Ruvo, Co-founder of Keep Memory Alive. “Not only has she been a known presence within the local community, she herself has been a caregiver and understands firsthand the significance of the work being done at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.”

Ghanem joins the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health after more than two years at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino where she served as player development executive. Utilizing her networking skills and strong community presence, she will be responsible for building on the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s philanthropy program, generating revenue and expanding the center’s support base.

 “As a former caregiver to my grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, the mission of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is one that I hold near to my heart,” Ghanem said. “I’m incredibly honored to be spearheading the philanthropy program and look forward to playing a role in supporting the ground-breaking initiatives happening here that will no doubt impact the world.”

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

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. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit



Patients With Extreme Low Blood Pressure at Sunrise Hospital Reflected in New Study Published in the New England Journal of Medicine

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Treatment for conditions like sepsis striking 500,000 American each year in which half die shows “exciting” results in Phase 3 study

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center today announced that results have been published by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) concerning a La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company Phase 3 study involving patients at its Las Vegas acute care hospital. The article, entitled “Angiotensin II for the Treatment of Vasodilatory Shock,” is available online and will be in the May 24, 2017 print issue of NEJM. It details the use of the pharmaceutical company’s drug, Angiotensin II, for the Treatment of High-Output Shock during a study in which Sunrise Hospital was the only healthcare facility in Nevada to participate.

The New England Journal of Medicine article can be found here.

Shock is a condition occurring when the blood pressure in a patient is low which disables the body’s ability to get blood or oxygen to organs and tissues. This can cause confusion, an inability to breath, heart arrthymias and it is life threatening. According to researchers, there is a major need for new treatment options for critically ill patients who do not adequately respond to drugs designed to raise blood pressure – called vasopressors. The effect of La Jolla’s proprietary drug, LJPC-501 (angiotensin II) – in combination with other vasopressors – may allow clinicians to leverage all three major means for regulating blood pressure, researchers concluded.

“Sunrise Hospital was fortunate to collaborate with Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care Medicine specialist Dr. Stefan Chock in a study involving highly treatment-resistant patients at Sunrise Hospital,” said Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Chief Medical Officer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “The results of using a new medication in a research trial to care for shock patients, including patients who have severe sepsis, at Sunrise Hospital were shown to improve blood pressure and established a trend toward better survival rates.”

Dr. Chock, who is an attending physician in Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital’s busy Emergency Department, added, “Sunrise Hospital was an ideal site for this study because as a tertiary care center, we treat a large number of the sickest patients from Southern Nevada and neighboring regions. The results of the ATHOS-3 study are exciting because it is a big step toward giving clinicians another viable option in treating our most acutely ill patients when all other options have been exhausted.”

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. The Heart Center at Sunrise offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The Nevada Neurosciences Institute – the region’s most comprehensive Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center – provides world-class care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 

3186 South Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

About LJPC-501

LJPC‑501 is La Jolla’s proprietary formulation of synthetic human angiotensin II. Angiotensin II, the major bioactive component of the renin-angiotensin system, serves as one of the body’s central regulators of blood pressure. LJPC‑501 is being developed for the treatment of patients with CRH. LJPC‑501 is the first synthetic human angiotensin II product candidate to be tested in a Phase 3 study.

About Catecholamine Resistant Hypotension

Catecholamine resistant hypotension (CRH) is a life-threatening syndrome in patients with vasodilatory (also known as distributive) shock (dangerously low blood pressure with adequate cardiac function) who cannot achieve target mean arterial pressure (MAP) despite adequate fluid resuscitation and treatment with currently available vasopressors (catecholamines and/or vasopressin). There are approximately 500,000 distributive shock cases in the United States per year, an estimated 200,000 of which develop CRH. More than 50% of CRH patients die within 30 days.

About La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies intended to significantly improve outcomes in patients suffering from life-threatening diseases. The Company has several product candidates in development. LJPC‑501 is La Jolla’s proprietary formulation of synthetic human angiotensin II for the potential treatment of catecholamine resistant hypotension. LJPC‑401 is La Jolla’s proprietary formulation of synthetic human hepcidin for the potential treatment of conditions characterized by iron overload, such as hereditary hemochromatosis, beta thalassemia, sickle cell disease and myelodysplastic syndrome. LJPC‑30S is La Jolla’s next-generation gentamicin derivative program that is focused on the potential treatment of serious bacterial infections as well as rare genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. For more information on La Jolla, please visit



Sunrise Hospital Sets New Mission

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“Together, we are a community dedicated to healing” articulates new foundation from which the Valley’s most comprehensive hospital will grow”

A new mission statement reflecting the true purpose of the Valley’s largest healthcare facility, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, was announced today – “Together, we are a community dedicated to healing.”  The new mission was announced to employees during 2017 National Hospital Week observances at the 690-bed, acute care facility. Sunrise Hospital, which shares a campus with Sunrise Children’s Hospital, is the busiest healthcare facility in Nevada, according to the Center for Health Information Analysis for Nevada.

“We touched the lives of patients in 49 of 50 states – a unique point of fact that demonstrates the phenomenal draw of Las Vegas to the rest of the nation,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “When you consider that 167,000 patients passed through our ER doors last year, a special level of dedication is required of every Care Team member responsible for the lives of so many – this new mission statement is their expression of commitment.”

The new mission comes as the 58-year-old institution embarks on a multi-year expansion project. Plans are underway to build a five-story, 180,000 square-foot tower on campus to meet increasing demand for acute care services among patients in Nevada, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Eastern California. The project is slated for a 2018 start. However, this week, the facility has begun internal upgrades to several busy hospital units, including its largest nursing unit located on the 4th floor. The project has many needed efficiency and amenity upgrades to improve the patient and caregiver experience. This is a unit that cares for the broadest variety of patients and is a very high-tech, high-touch environment.

“When I see patients they usually are at their most vulnerable and I get to connect with them at a level people don’t normally see,” said Jennifer Hokanson, RN, a 4th Floor Telemetry Unit nursing professional. “Together, we are a community dedicated to healing – that is especially important to me because I’m from here and through the years, I’ve seen it change drastically. Because we’ve grown as a community, Sunrise Hospital must grow. I want the best for my family. I want the best for the people who live here,” she concluded.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. The Heart Center at Sunrise offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The Nevada Neurosciences Institute – the region’s most comprehensive Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center – provides world-class care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 

3186 South Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109


Health District Reports First Human West Nile Case

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2017. The individual, a male over the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness. The Health District will not provide additional information regarding this individual. There were two reported West Nile cases and three cases of St. Louis Encephalitis, a similar mosquito-borne illness, in 2016.

“Mosquito bites and the diseases spread by infected mosquitoes are preventable,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District. “Southern Nevada residents can take preventive measures against mosquito bites and simple steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sources around their homes to protect themselves, their families, and communities.”

West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. To date, 444 mosquito traps have been set and 10,074 mosquitoes submitted to the Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Laboratory for analysis. All mosquitoes submitted have been negative for disease. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the two species known to spread the Zika virus. These mosquitoes have not been detected in Southern Nevada, but have been found in neighboring states.

The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:

·         Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone.

·         Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.

·         Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds,

“green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.

Travel associated cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Clark County residents, as well as one case that was sexually transmitted. The Zika virus can also be spread from a mother to her baby during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects.

For more information on Zika virus, travel precautions, and special precautions for pregnant women, visit the CDC’s Zika Virus website. Go to the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance webpages for information about surveillance activities, prevention tips, and more. For additional information on eliminating breeding sources, access the CDC’s Controlling Mosquitoes at Home webpage.

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MountainView Hospital Earns Distinguished 3-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

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Rating places MountainView Among Elite for Heart Bypass Surgery

MountainView Hospital has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places MountainView Hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve this community with the most advanced technology and outstanding staff.”

For isolated CABG procedures, only 10% of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from January 2016 to December 2016, and 964 participants. 

“At MountainView Hospital, we have built a true comprehensive heart program with a philosophy based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “Our aim has been to build a comprehensive cardiovascular surgery program, and not just be a hospital that does cardiac surgery.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD).

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS ACSD houses more than 6.1 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates provides a unique model for Las Vegas for providing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery care. MountainView Hospital has built a team unparalleled for heart care in Nevada, consisting of three board-certified surgeons, three mid-levels, 24-7 coverage in-house and dedicated intensivists.

The procedures and depth of services available also distinguishes MountainView Hospital for its unique, comprehensive cardiac surgery program. MountainView offers the full spectrum of interventions for structural heart diseases to recovery through in-patient rehabilitation and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. MountainView’s Graduate Medical Education program trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

About STS:

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,200 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

Smith’s to Raise Funds for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Children’s Unit

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Smith’s Food & Drug stores has launched its sixth annual fundraising campaign to benefit the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation Charity Care Program and its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals pediatric unit at the Siena campus. Smith’s customers are invited to join store associates in fundraising efforts throughout Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Pahrump, Fort Mohave, Kingman, Lake Havasu and Bullhead.

Customers will be asked to make a donation at the check stands through May 27, and any change dropped into the check stand coin boxes will be added to the effort.  The funds raised are a combination of efforts between associates, customers and Smith’s corporate gifts. The contributions are being used to assist families struggling to pay their child’s medical costs after trauma or serious illness.

“To date, Smith’s has donated $1.7 million to support the children’s unit at the hospital. By helping St. Rose heal the children of the Las Vegas community, we are helping our customers’ who need our support,” said Smith’s vice president public affairs Marsha Gilford.

Smith’s has a long history of supporting children’s hospitals.  In the 1940s, company founder Dee Smith collected pennies and delivered them to the nearby children’s hospital.  Since 2002, Smith’s associates, suppliers and customers have contributed more than $14.5 million for children’s charity care throughout Smith’s seven western states of operation.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals location in southern Nevada and 100 percent of every dollar raised stays in the community to provide pediatric equipment, charity care and health education for children treated at St. Rose. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ partnership with St. Rose, visit

About Smith’s Food & Drug Stores

Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), the nation’s largest traditional retail grocer. From its division office in Salt Lake City, Smith’s 17,500 associates serve customers in 138 stores throughout seven western states. For more information, please visit Smith’s operates 35 stores in Southern Nevada and 4 in northern 2016, $2.3 million in food and funds was donated in Smith’s name to nonprofit organizations in Nevada

Summerlin Hospital Awarded Acute Rehabilitation Certification from The Joint Commission

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Summerlin Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Acute Rehabilitation Certification. The hospital’s acute rehabilitation unit provides physical, occupational and/or speech therapy and nursing care to people recovering from stroke, surgery or other traumatic illness or injury.  The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“This certification exemplifies our commitment to helping patients during their recovery,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO of Summerlin Hospital.  “Our acute rehab team creates customized programs for each patient to meet their unique challenges, like learning to walk and talk again after a stroke or mastering techniques to deal with a below-the-knee amputation.”

To achieve this certification, Summerlin Hospital employees underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2016.  Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards and acute rehabilitation-specific requirements. To achieve the certification, the acute rehabilitation unit adopted clinical practice guidelines from the American Nurses Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses to blend the best of both organizations to benefit patients.

The Joint Commission also collected and analyzed four specific performance measures, including: bladder functional instrument management (FIM) change compared to the national bladder FIM; likeliness to recommend Summerlin Hospital’s acute rehabilitation unit; the patient’s time spent in the unit (known as length of stay); and a successful discharge to the community, where the patient remains home for at least 30 days after leaving.  

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas: 1) Compliance with consensus-based national standards; 2) effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and 3) organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

About The Joint CommissionFounded 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 more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

 About Summerlin Hospital – Summerlin Hospital is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Among its key specialties are advanced cardiovascular care; maternity and women’s health; a children’s medical center with separate pediatric ER, intensive care unit, surgery, and inpatient/outpatient therapy services; minimally invasive surgical procedures; orthopedic care; oncology care and chemotherapy; acute inpatient rehabilitation; and outpatient care for physical/occupational/speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

Summerlin Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. It is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
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