Vegas Strong Investment & Financial Planning Toolkit Now Available

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Toolkit provides prudent financial information and resources for those affected by Oct. 1 shooting tragedy

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of a second resource guide designed for victims and their families affected by the October 1 shooting tragedy.  The Vegas Strong Investment & Financial Planning Toolkit offers a wealth of information from tips to avoiding financial fraud to how to choose an investment professional.  Much of the information provided is from FINRA Investor Education Foundation whose mission is to provide underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life (www.finrafoundation.org).  The toolkit was created by Legal Aid Center to assist the victims and families who will eventually receive compensation stemming from the October 1 tragedy. 

            “Based upon what we’ve learned from victims’ experiences following the Boston Marathon bombing, Pulse nightclub shooting and others, we expect to see a new crop of legal and financial issues arise once victim’s funds are issued.  There are unscrupulous people out there who will prey on those who have come into funds by trying to off load shady investment products, offering loans and engaging in other fraudulent schemes.  We want to help those who are already suffering avoid financial loss by offering free sound financial advice from a reputable source,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.  “The Investment & Financial Planning Toolkit will be useful to just about everyone. Our office will continue to offer free legal assistance to those victims and survivors who have civil legal issues as a result of this tragedy.”

            Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada are collaboratively offering support, counseling and free legal assistance to individuals touched by the Oct. 1 tragedy.   People needing extended representation will be assisted by one of Legal Aid Center’s dedicated staff attorneys or one of the many attorneys who have volunteered to help.  The State Bar of Nevada has committed to working with bar associations around the country to find free legal resources in the states where concert attendees live for a consultation or legal representation.  Legal Aid Center is accepting all requests for legal assistance from the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center as well as referrals from other nonprofit organizations working with those affected by the tragedy. 

For more information or to request an appointment, call (702) 386-1598, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, send an email to LegalAidServices@lacsn.org, or visit www.lacsn.org.  Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada does not accept clients who wish to pursue personal injury, wrongful death, or negligence type claims.

About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada      

Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit www.lacsn.org for more inform

 

Southern Hills Hospital Breaks Ground on 80-Bed Behavioral Health Center

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New center will serve patients ages 13 and older to ensure a continuum of care and meet the valley’s significant need for psychiatric services

Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, part of the Sunrise Health System located at 9300 W. Sunset Road in Las Vegas, broke ground today on the Behavioral Health Center at Southern Hills Hospital, a new 80-bed psychiatric center and the only one in the fast-growing southwest valley. 

Adam Rudd, chief executive officer of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, was joined by Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, District F; Nevada State Senator Becky Harris, District 9; Nevada State Assemblyman Steve Yeager, District 9, and Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel, District 20, in a brief ceremony that marked the beginning of construction of the project that is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete.

Spanning 43,350 square feet, the new Behavioral Health Center will treat patients as young as 13 years of age and features cutting-edge patient tracking and safety systems. This includes real time location systems, laser curtains in the adolescent unit between beds, alarms on top of the doors to detect weight and other anti-ligature/ligature prevention technology.  The center is being built at a cost of approximately $26 million.

“The Behavioral Health Center at Southern Hills Hospital addresses the critical need for new mental health resources in Southern Nevada,” said Adam Rudd, chief executive officer of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “Presently, behavioral health patients are often treated in an emergency room and remain in the ER environment until a hospital bed is available. With this new unit dedicated to behavior health treatment, our patients will experience a more efficient and appropriate continuum of care addressing their specific needs throughout their hospital stay.”

“This new center will go a long way in meeting the critical need in our community of helping those with mental health issues,” said Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager. “Not only is this center a direct benefit to patients, it is a great resource for families and caretakers and the community at large.  We commend the leadership of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for their plan to develop a large and top-notch Behavioral Health Center right here in Southern Nevada.”

The new center represents an expansion of Southern Hills’ existing psychiatric services and adds 40 adult beds, 20 adolescent beds and 20 geriatric beds.  Four outdoor recreation areas, specifically for psychiatric patients, will offer enhanced opportunities to receive therapy in a pleasing and comforting outdoor environment. Additionally, the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program will begin offering a psychiatry residency in 2018, timed with the opening of the new facility.

In 2012, Southern Hills created RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health services for its 14-bed inpatient unit for seniors that was expanded in 2014 to include outpatient services and is certified for its Alzheimer’s disease program by The Joint Commission. When the new Behavioral Health Center opens, the RISE unit will transfer to the new center, with the geriatric psychiatric program retaining its name as RISE Behavioral Health.

About Southern Hills Hospital

Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services via two ER locations, a behavioral health program, 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. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System comprised of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers to offer a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.  Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call our free, 24/7 line at 702.916.5023. For information on Southern Hills Hospital, visit www.southernhillshospital.com.

 

MountainView Hospital is Recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ Organization

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Recognition for Contributions to Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Data

The Joint Commission has recognized MountainView Hospital as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™  for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually abstracting data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs—which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record—hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance and outcomes.

The Joint Commission, the United States’ leading accreditor of health care organizations, established the Pioneers in Quality™ program to assist and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data, as well as share best practices for all hospitals in gathering, analyzing and leveraging eCQM data for quality improvement.

Of more than 3,200 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported 2016 data, only 480 have been named 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ hospitals by meeting criteria in one or more of the following categories:

Data Contributor: A hospital that voluntarily submitted 2016 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data to The Joint Commission for measurement toward quality improvement.

Expert Contributor: One of nine hospitals recognized by The Joint Commission for contributing eCQM knowledge and utilization practices for sharing with other accredited hospitals.

Solution Contributor: One of 11 hospitals that submitted a practice selected for inclusion in The Joint Commission’s “Proven Practices Collection,” a peer-to-peer resource for other accredited hospitals on proven eCQM and health IT practices.

“We are honored to be recognized by The Joint Commission,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “It reflects on our staff’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, especially as it relates to the adoption of electronic clinical quality measures—the evolution and future of health care data reporting. Like The Joint Commission, we believe gathering and analyzing performance data is crucial to continuously improving quality of care and outcomes for all patients.”

The work and support of the Quality Management and T&S departments made it possible for MountainView Hospital to receive this recognition.

“We commend MountainView Hospital as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ organization for its contributions and commitment to electronic clinical quality measure data and practice toward quality improvement,” said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

“Out of 3,200 health care organizations, MountainView Hospital is among only 480 that The Joint Commission has recognized this year for embracing new technology to submit data about the care it provides to patients. That work to voluntarily share information helps the entire industry move forward in utilizing electronic clinical quality measurement for health care improvement.”

Pioneers in Quality™ recognition is not an indicator or measure of data quality or quality of care, but an indicator of an organization’s commitment to adopting eCQMs toward quality improvement. It recognizes eCQM data reporting and other contributions that advance eCQM adoption in health care. For more information about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality™ program, visit www.jointcommission.org.

About 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 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 www.jointcommission.org.

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. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, 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

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Achieves Bariatric Surgery Accreditation

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Patients in southern Nevada and surrounding areas seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions now have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centers today announced its bariatric surgical program has been accredited as a comprehensive program under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.

Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric program has a prominent measure for quality in obesity intervention that begins with appropriately trained staff and surgeons providing leadership by convening throughout the year to review bariatric program outcomes. The program seeks continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

“To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Sunrise Hospital is meeting essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring our ability to support patients with severe obesity,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “The Bariatric program also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.”

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“Although it may seem that surgery is a quick and easy solution for weight loss, in fact it requires patients to follow a rigorous diet and exercise regimen, before and after the surgery,” said Allan MacIntyre, MD, medical director of Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric Program. “The Journey through sustainable weight loss must be transformational as it relates to lifestyle choices which will last the rest of the patient’s life.”

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity*. Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

After submitting an application, facilities seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the program structure, process and clinical outcomes data. Facilities are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

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*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

About Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric Program

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center’s weight loss (bariatric) program takes a comprehensive and sensitive approach to patient care. It includes education, support and surgical services backed by the largest suite of operating rooms in the Las Vegas area including 23 surgical suites and eight dedicated surgical teams. In addition to providing surgical options to weight loss, Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric program provides a support group to help patients navigate their own weight loss journey

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital and 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. Sunrise Hospital is now home to Nevada’s first and only Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. In addition to having the busiest Emergency Department in Nevada, Sunrise Hospital is also home to a County-designated STEMI receiving center. 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 sunrisehospital.com, follow us on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and facebook.com/SunriseHospital.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

 

 

Flu Activity Increases in Clark County

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an increase in flu activity in Clark County as well as the 2017-2018 season’s first flu-related pediatric death. The death occurred in a child in the 0-4 age group. As of Nov. 11, there were a total of 78 confirmed influenza cases reported to the Health District. Flu cases are reported on a weekly basis. During the past reporting period, the percentage of emergency department visits for influenza-like illnesses was considered to be at a warning level, and approximately 43 percent of emergency department visits for influenza-like illness were children in the 0-4 age group. The Health District is reminding Southern Nevadans that flu season typically peaks in January and February and there is still time to receive a flu vaccine. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the Health District’s Flu Clinic page.

“A flu-related death is a tragic reminder that influenza can be a serious illness,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions may be more at risk for complications. With the holiday season approaching, we want to remind everyone to get a flu shot, and to practice healthy habits to protect yourself and your family.”

It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for full protection to set in. Flu vaccination reduces flu illnesses and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Every year seasonal flu viruses cause substantial illness and death in the United States, much of which could be prevented with vaccination and other preventive measures. The Health District encourages everyone to get flu vaccinations, especially persons at high-risk of complications from the flu including children younger than 5 (children younger than 2 years old are at highest risk), adults 65 years of age and older, and pregnant women.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

During the 2016-2017 flu season, Clark County reported 13 deaths, 476 hospitalizations, and 713 confirmed cases. Flu surveillance continues through the end of May.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza webpage.

States are not required to report individual seasonal influenza cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age, and seasonal flu is infrequently listed on death certificates of people who die from flu-related complications. Many seasonal flu-related deaths occur one or two weeks after a person’s initial infection. The ill person may develop a secondary infection, such as bacterial pneumonia, or the flu may aggravate an existing medical condition, such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

For more information regarding influenza cases in Clark County, visit  www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/stats-reports/influenza-surveillance.php. For more information on influenza activity visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm

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, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. 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.

Southwest Medical Associates Adds Nine New Health Care Providers

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Southwest Medical Associates, a part of OptumCare has added nine new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

  • Faegh Aderangi, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Health Care Center (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) and specializes in adult medicine. Aderangi completed his medical training at St. James School of Medicine in Kralendijk, Bonaire and completed his residency at Baptist Health Madisonville in Kentucky, where he served as chief resident.
  • Itha Dalrymple, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey Health Care Center (4750 W. Oakey Blvd.) and specializes in adult medicine. Dalrymple completed her medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed her residency at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, California.
  • William Dalrymple, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Lake Mead Health Care Center (270 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., Henderson) and specializes in adult medicine. Dalrymple completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed his residency at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, California.
  • John Kane, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in urgent care. Kane completed his medical training at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed his residency at Capital Health Family Medicine in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • David Renton, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in urgent care. Renton completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed his residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he served as chief resident.
  • Kwang Shin, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Rancho Health Care Center (888 S. Rancho Dr.) and specializes in urgent care. Shin completed his medical training at Loma Linda University in Riverside, California and completed his residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California and University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
  • Gregory Sholeff, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Health Care Center (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) and specializes in adult medicine. Sholeff completed his medical training and his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Stacy Slade, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in adult medicine. Slade completed her medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada.
  • Michelle Trapp, NP joins Southwest Medical’s Rancho Health Care Center (888 S. Rancho Dr.) and specializes in OB/GYN. Trapp completed her medical training at California State University, Fullerton.

About Southwest Medical Associates

Southwest Medical, part of OptumCareTM, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group with over 350 local health care providers in over 30 health care centers, including seven convenient care centers, six urgent care centers, two outpatient surgery centers and two lifestyle centers catering to older adults, plus access to a network of 630 providers throughout southern Nevada.

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

For more information: SMALV.COM.

Las Vegas’ Small Change Has Changed a Lot!

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On November 1, McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities® simply focused on AWARENESS!

 The Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas and McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Nevada celebrated Day of Change – a day to bring awareness to the donation boxes that sit on the counters and at drive-throughs 365 days of the year. This money stays in our local community to benefit the families who depend upon RMHC® while their children receive critical medical care.

This year, seven times the daily average of what is collected in those donation boxes was raised. To put this into perspective:

Families utilizing the House are asked for a suggested donation amount of $10 per night, but no family is ever turned away for inability to pay. That is why the House relies on the community for funding. At the restaurant located at 8480 Farm Rd., $76.98 was donated in just one day by McDonald’s customers wanting to give back to RMHC®. That is enough to cover a seven night stay for a family simply wanting to stay close to their ill or injured child. That is amazing!

On that very special Day of Change, all customers at Southern Nevada McDonald’s received their meal in a happy meal box with a hand written thank you from a past RMHC® guest. There were eleven McDonald’s® store locations where employees were sporting Day of Change t-shirts and volunteers were letting customers know where donated money goes. Live remotes from the valley’s top radio stations were out at the restaurants promoting the cause and sharing their music.

“Day of Change was truly a team effort between RMHC®, McDonald’s owner/operators, and the community,” said Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of the RMHC® Las Vegas. “Image how much could be raised for the families who use the House if everyone knew where the money went! We’re so thankful for McDonald’s support and are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2018.”

Thank you to our wonderful partners for Day of Change: Lotus Broadcasting, iHeart Radio, CBS Radio, Kemp Broadcasting, and Univision.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive medical treatment for their children. RMHC® of Greater Las Vegas also creates and supports programs that directly benefit children and families in the greater Las Vegas area through grants, scholarships, and community outreach projects.

Kelly LeGrow Receives 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award

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Kelly Le Grow Honored by Nathan Adelson Hospice

Kelly LeGrow received the Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award.

Kelly E. LeGrow, vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc. received the 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award for her extensive work as a committed volunteer, supporter and advisor to the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

The award was presented during the recent 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event featuring Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles. Proceeds from the concert support The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at Nathan Adelson Hospice. This program improves quality of life for patients and loved ones and eases emotional and physical discomfort. Patients and their loved ones receive various therapies such as Pet Therapy, Reiki Energy Work, Massage Therapy, Art Therapy, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice. Brad Garrett, stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” presented the award to her at the event.

“Hospice depends upon a lot of people that we have to go to when we have issues, when we have problems or when we have things we just need to deal with,” said Dennis Kennedy, of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “When we have a problem that involves risk liability insurance we always go to Kelly. She is extremely valuable to the institution.”

Brown & Brown's Kelly LeGrow

Brown & Brown’s Kelly LeGrow.

About Kelly and Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada
With more than 25 years of healthcare and insurance experience, Kelly LeGrow has established a strong executive reputation as a sought-after consultant with expertise in provider networks, compensation development, contract negotiation, and the management and development of numerous plan benefits.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada provides exceptional insurance advice and guidance from a team of professionals who live, work, play, and volunteer in Nevada. The company is attuned to the special needs of our unique industries as well as the important requirements of individuals, families and businesses. It is a dominant force in insurance consulting and brokerage in the state and is a market leader in employee benefits, also in the resort, gaming, and hospitality industry.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada is a proud part of Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc., one of the world’s top 10 largest independent insurance brokerages, a publicly traded company (NYSE:BRO) with outstanding performance and profitability year after year.

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for nearly 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16

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The Great American Smokeout, which debuted in 1976, is an opportunity for smokers to kick the habit for at least one day with the hope that it could lead to a permanent change. The American Cancer Society has designated Thursday, Nov. 16 as this year’s Great American Smokeout. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages smokers to take up the challenge and quit for one day and take steps to commit to a long-term plan to quit for good. For information about smoking cessation resources, tobacco products, smoke-free living or smoke-free meeting spaces, visit the Health District’s  GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website.

In Clark County, eight of 10 residents are non-smokers. However, each year it is estimated that 1,000 Nevadans under the age of 18 become daily smokers. About 80 percent of adult smokers became regular smokers before the age of 18. Health care costs are about $1.08 billion for smoking-related illnesses, and 4,100 Nevadans die from smoking-related illnesses each year. The average smoker will spend approximately $2,000 annually on cigarettes.

State residents can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code to access a free, phone-based service for anyone age 13 or older. Callers will speak with a ‘coach’ who can offer quitting assistance in English and Spanish. The Quitline is available Monday – Sunday, 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. (PST). Through the Quitline program, people can receive a free supply of nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges. Coaches will determine eligibility to receive the free therapy. In addition, the Nevada Tobacco Quitline offers a free, online service to assist enrolled participants in accessing research-based information, coaches, and a community of individuals who are in the process of quitting. Visit www.nevadatobaccoquitline.com to access the online program. In addition, Quitline coaches can provide information about dealing with stress and fighting cravings, as well as coping with weight gain and other issues that occur when people attempt to quit smoking.

Former smokers reap health benefits almost immediately. Just 20 minutes after squashing out a final cigarette, the heart rate drops to a normal level. In three months, the risk of a heart attack drops; in one year, the added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s; in five to 15 years, the risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s; and 15 years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer or bladder cancer is reduced to half of smoker’s risk and the risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.

While many Americans are choosing to use alternative tobacco products to assist them to quit smoking, it is important to note that many of these products, such as e-cigarettes, have not been approved by the FDA as smoking cessation tools. E-cigarettes also contain toxins and cancer-causing chemicals themselves.

The most effective way to quit smoking is to make a plan and get assistance to develop a strategy. Quitting tips include identifying triggers and habits, such as an ‘after dinner’ cigarette, driving, or consuming alcohol or coffee. The American Cancer Society offers several tips to assist: 

  • Spend time in places where smoking is prohibited, especially the first few days after quitting
  • Drink large quantities of water and fruit juice
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, and other beverages associated with smoking
  • Eat several small meals to maintain blood sugar levels, avoid sugary or spicy foods that trigger a desire for cigarettes
  • Take deep rhythmic breaths to relax
  • Join a support group

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For Second Time, MountainView Hospital Achieves Distinguished 3-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

By | Press Release

Rating places MountainView Among Elite for Heart Bypass Surgery

For the second consecutive period, 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 on a scale of no stars to three stars, using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“Our goal at MountainView is to provide the highest-quality care to our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud that MountainView Hospital has achieved, for the second consecutive reporting period, a three-star rating, demonstrating that our capabilities in heart bypass surgery have resulted in long-term positive results.”

Historically, approximately 10%–15% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from June 2016 to June 2017, and includes 179 participants.

“At MountainView Hospital, we strive to be the leader in heart care, with a comprehensive heart program based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “This achievement does not come easily; it reflects the hard, exacting work of our surgical and nursing teams and encompasses the dedication of the hospital to the entire patient care experience.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons.

 “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 Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.3 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.

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,400 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.

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 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. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, 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