Southwest Alliance for Excellence Honors Nathan Adelson Hospice

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Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest nonprofit hospice organization, has been selected by the Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) for a 2017 Performance Excellence Award in a Workforce category.

The SWAE’s annual Performance Excellence Program recognizes organizations for excellence in quality, performance, and outcomes.  The program, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, provides not only an opportunity for recognition, but also valuable feedback on where an organization is positioned on the quality continuum.

The Category Award for Excellence recognizes organizations in one or more of the following six areas: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Analysis, & Knowledge Management, Workforce, and Operations. In each case, the organization will achieve recognition based on its performance in that category and the results related to that performance.

Nathan Adelson Hospice currently houses a workforce of 305 employees and 300 volunteers.

“We are truly honored to represent Nevada and receive this honor from Southwest Alliance for Excellence,” said Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “We pride ourselves on our quality of care as well as the compassionate and dedicated team that works and volunteers for us.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice will accept its award at a banquet in early February of 2018.

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.

About Southwest Alliance for Excellence

Established in 1990, the Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah by using the Baldrige Criteria.

Ignite Treatment Center

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Ignite Treatment Center will be joining the Las Vegas Therapuetic and Medical Community at the beginning of the year.

Ignite Treatment Centers is a CARF accredited adolescent residential treatment program that serves teens ages 13-17 struggling with chemical dependency and mental health issues.

We pride ourselves on being an industry leader and focusing on identifying potential and igniting purpose with our clients. Our evidenced based clinical practices, passionate and experienced team, and holistic approach focus on treating the individual as well as the family in an environment that fosters true positive growth.

We look forward to partnering with like minded professionals in order to best serve our clients and guide them toward a life of purpose as contributing members of society.

Ignite Treatment Center is looking for passionate individuals to join our team some of these positions include a board certified Psychiatrist with addiction experience as well as experience working with teens, Licensed Clinicians, Interns, Nurses, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors, a Group Home administrator and Chefs. We at Ignite treat both our patients and employees with unconditional respect and regard and look forward to building a team of healers.

You can visit us on the web: Or call: 866-604-1871

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Announces Major Campus Expansion

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With a $130 million multi-phase campus expansion, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital are breaking ground today on a 24-month construction project that will bring the needed capacity to meet healthcare needs of Nevadans and visitors to Las Vegas for generations to come.

Sunrise Hospital’s 253,000 square foot expansion and renovation adds 72 beds in a new 5-story tower on its 30-acre campus –  the closest hospital to the Las Vegas Strip. In addition, the project doubles the portion of Sunrise Hospital’s trauma bays dedicated to treating the sickest patients, expands Sunrise Children’s Hospital ER to 30 beds (from 20) and creates a dedicated pediatric cardiovascular 14-bed unit. It also builds upon the facility’s imaging, laboratory and pharmacy space to meet additional ancillary services in the largest acute care hospital in Nevada.

“Sunrise Hospital triages more than 175,000 ER patients annually. It is our mission to care for acutely ill patients who require a vast array of medical, surgical and specialty needs,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We are fully committed to building the needed capacity to care for the sickest of the sick in the most efficient hospital environment possible while also designing a facility in the heart of Vegas that the community will prefer for all of its healthcare needs.”

Internal renovation is already underway to refresh Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s Women’s Services space, particularly the Birth Center, and add aesthetic improvements to two Sunrise Hospital Medical-Surgical floors. In addition, Sunrise Children’s Hospital will soon add a retail food bar to the lobby area.

“The expansion comes on the eve of Sunrise Hospital’s 60th year serving the Las Vegas community having opened its doors for the first time in 1958,” Sklamberg said “We are preparing to face the future of healthcare with the right services, in the right clinical environments with the right Care Team.”

In 2005, Sunrise Children’s Hospital completed a $75 million renovation and expansion effort which is the last time the facility added to its capacity. Currently, the two hospitals have 690 beds. When the project is complete, the capacity will grow to 762 beds. The tower portion of the project also leaves two floors of undefined space for future growth options.

Tax Free College Funding 101

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Today I want to share with you the three expected family contribution (EFC) options for college funding.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “There’s probably hundreds of ways to pay for school.” And there is. But when all is said and done, there’s only three options that can effectively lower a family’s EFC.

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Las Vegas Named World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination

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World Travel Awards acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas has been named the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination for 2017, marking the fifth consecutive year the destination has been recognized in this category by the World Travel Awards.

“It is an incredible honor for Las Vegas to be recognized once again as the World’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination by the World Travel Awards and fellow travel professionals”, said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “Throughout the destination, our resort partners are continually investing in expanding meetings offerings and we look forward to even more exciting developments in the years to come.”

The World Travel Awards supports and promotes the global travel and tourism industry by identifying and rewarding excellence and inspiring its practitioners to continually raise the standards of their product and service offerings. Voting for the final awards is determined by qualified executives working within travel and tourism, and the consumer travel buyer.

Accolades from leading industry groups like the World Travel Awards further cement Las Vegas as the ideal destination for meetings and conventions. Nearly 22,000 meetings and conventions take place in the destination annually, attracting some of the largest trade shows in the industry. In 2016, the destination welcomed a record-breaking 42.9 million visitors, of those, an all-time high of 6.3 million people traveled to the destination for business purposes.

Looking ahead, the LVCVA is working to further solidify its position as the No. 1 convention destination by moving forward with development of the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD). The expansion and renovation project will add 1.4 million square feet to the Las Vegas Convention Center’s existing footprint, including 600,000 square feet of additional exhibit space. Construction of the expansion phase is projected to be complete by the end of 2020 in advance of CES 2021. The expansion and renovation will allow shows to grow in both square footage and attendance while also providing the opportunity to bring new shows to the destination.

Learn more about the World Travel Awards.
To learn more about the LVCVA.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR.  Experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android . For more information, go visit the LVCVA or Visit Las Vegas websites.

Touro University’s Project Homeless Connect Helps Community

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Touro University Nevada Provides Services for Underserved with Project Homeless Connect

Touro Mobile Clinic at Cashman

Students, staff, and faculty from Touro University Nevada’s School of Physician Assistant Studies volunteered on one of the university’s mobile healthcare clinics during Project Homeless Connect, an annual, collaborative event held inside Cashman Center that provides essential services for Southern Nevada’s homeless population.

Numerous organizations offered a variety of services during the all-day event, including counseling, housing, meals, job connections, haircuts, healthcare, and more.

“Project Homeless Connect is always an incredible experience for the populations who desperately need the assistance,” said Amie Duford, Assistant Professor in Touro’s PA Program. “These individuals are getting what they need. They are getting health care, and our students are able to gain knowledge and learn the best ways to care for them.”

Touro provided an assortment of free services to those who stopped by the mobile healthcare clinic, including blood pressure checks, glucose checks, wound care, and acute illness evaluations.

Andrea Alessi, a recent Touro graduate, served as a preceptor for the students working on the clinic. Having worked on the clinic when she attended Touro, Alessi understands how important it is for PA students to get the critical, hands-on experience that comes with working on the mobile healthcare clinic.

“The more time you can work on the mobile clinic, the better prepared you’ll be for your rotations,” she said. “Of course, books are going to help with board exams, but it’s a completely different type of experience when you’re out on your rotations.”

Duford understands the importance of students volunteering their time at events like Project Homeless Connect. It’s an integral part of Touro’s vision statement she added: to serve – to lead – to teach.

“Volunteering at Project Homeless Connect is a perfect example of how we are integrating our vision into practice,” she said. “This collaboration exemplifies how Touro is making a positive impact on the community.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is home to a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit Touro online or call 702-777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:

Spring Valley Hospital Now Offers Minimally Invasive Procedure for Diseased Aortic Valves

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Spring Valley Hospital now offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive method to replace the aortic valve.  TAVR is performed on patients with a diagnosis of aortic stenosis, which is caused by a build-up of calcium deposits on the valve. In turn, this makes the heart pump harder and restricts blood flow. This common but serious valve disease can lead to heart failure or cardiac arrest if left untreated.

The minimally-invasive procedure is performed by an interdisciplinary medical team, including an interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, nurses and techs. During the procedure, a collapsible valve is inserted within the diseased valve, and becomes responsible for regulating blood flow. The diseased valve is not removed; the new valve pushes it aside. The procedure is performed in a specially-designed, 1200 square-foot suite called a hybrid operating room.

The TAVR procedure can replace traditional open heart surgery by threading a catheter through the femoral artery near the groin or via a small chest incision.  This provides a viable option to treat aortic stenosis in patients who may not be good candidates for open heart surgery.

“TAVR is a relatively recent, well researched and life changing procedure that changes the way we treat intermediate and high risk aortic stenosis patients,” said Georges Tanbe, MD, medical director of Spring Valley Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. “The technology transforms a large operation into a minimally-invasive, percutaneous procedure with reduced pain, blood loss and recovery times.”

Aortic stenosis is a lethal disease that remains under-treated, according to Nauman Jahangir, MD, cardiovascular thoracic surgeon with Las Vegas Cardiovascular Surgery Specialists. “Transcatheter and minimally invasive valve surgery techniques are opening up opportunities for life-saving procedures to a larger group of patients who can now look forward to an improved quality of life and a better and longer life span.”

“I’m very pleased to add TAVR to our other advanced heart and vascular procedures,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “It’s one more way we can enhance a patient’s quality of life by providing minimally invasive options for heart disease.”

Symptoms of aortic stenosis*

Chest pain pressure or tightness
Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding, or noticeable heartbeats
Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities requiring mild exertion
Heart murmur

*Source: American Heart Association

About Spring Valley Hospital

Spring Valley 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 nearby communities. Located in southwest Las Vegas, the 292-bed hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular and neurological surgeries and procedures, surgical services, women’s health, comprehensive maternity services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, acute inpatient rehabilitation, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine with a limb salvage program, and outpatient physical/occupational/speech therapy for adults and children.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to Offer Stop the Bleed Training

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In partnership with University Medical Center and the City of Henderson, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospital will be offering “Stop the Bleed” trainings for the public to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

The trainings are centered on providing the public with quick lifesaving skills to quickly stop a heavy bleed while awaiting the arrival of emergency responders. The American College of Surgeons, the governing body for trauma centers nationally, is the main driver of prevention education such as the “Stop the Bleed” campaign.

“A person who is bleeding can lose their life within minutes if the bleeding is not stopped,” said Kim Dokken, Senior Director of Neuroscience Service Line, Trauma and Stroke at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “Stopping a bleed is a relatively simple thing to do, if you know how to do it correctly. People who attend this training will learn how to pack a wound and use a tourniquet.  Those who are trained will not only be able to respond to those in need, but also will help train others on these simple lifesaving techniques. As a trauma center, public education is key to our mission, and we are grateful to partner with University Medical Center and the City of Henderson to offer this training to help ensure our community is ready to respond when needed. 

“For us to have the biggest impact to save more lives, we need to lock arms with the community so that more people are trained and have knowledge to render lifesaving skills in emergency situations. That is why the Henderson Fire Department and Dignity Health have partnered together to launch the “Stop the Bleed” training program here in Henderson, Nevada. Please join these efforts so together we can create a safer community.” Fire Chief Shawn White

On November 27, UMC trained St. Rose Dominican employees and City of Henderson Safety Officers at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena Campus with the “Stop the Bleed” techniques.  Following this training event, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican will now begin training people throughout the community.  Outreach will be centered on locations where public volume is high such as casinos, schools, malls, churches, and businesses across the City of Henderson.  Additionally, the public can sign up to attend trainings – there are two trainings scheduled for this year with trainings for 2018 To Be Announced.

Thursday, December 7, 3 – 4 p.m.

Dignity Health WomensCare/Outreach Center, Classroom 2

2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Ste 180

RSVP:  702-616-4902

Wednesday, December 13, 5-6 p.m.

Dignity Health Siena Campus, McDonald Conference Room A&B

3001 St. Rose Parkway

RSVP:  702-616-4902

“Stop the Bleed” launched in October 2015 by the White House and is facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security – learn more here. Trainings will be facilitated by both the City of Henderson and Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 70 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.



Centennial Hills Hospital Brings New Brain Technology to Northwest Las Vegas

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Centennial Hills Hospital now performs minimally invasive procedures to treat stroke and other neurological diseases by utilizing neurointerventional radiology procedures in its new biplane lab.

Neurointerventional radiology involves gently threading a catheter the width of a spaghetti strand from the femoral artery to the brain to perform specialized procedures. Benefits of these procedures to patients include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery times, and less visible surgical scarring.

Some of the key neurological procedures available include:

Thrombolytic therapy – using the catheter to dissolve a clot in the brain that is blocking blood flow.

Endovascular coil treatment – using coils at the site of a brain aneurysm to induce clotting; this reduces the ability of the aneurysm to burst and cause a stroke.

Endovascular therapy for large vessel occlusions (LVOs) – LVOs are a type of stroke resulting from the blockage of a major brain artery, decreasing blood flow to key areas of the brain.

Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – AVM is an unusual jumble of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins. In turn, this disrupts the normal flow of blood from the heart to the tissues via arteries, while veins return the blood from the tissues to the heart. Left untreated, the AVM could rupture, causing further medical complications of a stroke and hemorrhage in the brain, or brain damage.

“The addition of neurointerventional radiology equipment and a specially trained team enhances our neurology services, which include our Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our neurosurgery program,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “Advanced neurological services allow our community to receive the care they need, close to home.”

Blood Clots

According to the American Heart Association, both genetic and lifestyle risk factors can lead to blood clots, which can cause heart attacks, strokes and other organ damage. Genetic factors include a personal history of clots before age 40 or unexplained miscarriages, or a family history. Related medical conditions include diabetes, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, atherosclerosis (plaque buildup), or blood vessel inflammation. Lifestyle risk factors include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, long periods of sitting, lengthy bed rest, cancer, and using hormone replacement therapy or birth control bills.

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 nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 262-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.



It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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It’s not too late to vaccinate – the Health District urges everyone to get immunized during National Influenza Vaccination Week – National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 3-9

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already been immunized. National Influenza Vaccination Week is a time to highlight the importance of flu vaccine throughout the holiday season and beyond. The Southern Nevada Health District offers flu shots at its clinics located throughout Clark County. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the agency’s Flu Clinic page.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last season only about 40 percent of those recommended to get a flu vaccine reported getting vaccinated by the end of November. The Health District recently reported the first influenza-related death of a child in the 0-4 age group. There have been 136 confirmed cases of influenza reported to the Health District as of November 25. During the 2016-2017 flu season, Clark County reported 13 deaths, 476 hospitalizations, and 713 confirmed cases.

“We are encouraging people who have not been vaccinated to get their flu shot now,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “It is a simple, safe, and effective step you can take to help ensure a healthier and happier holiday season.”

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it is the best way to prevent the virus as well as serious complications that can occur if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization. Even with vaccine effectiveness in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6-months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. Flu vaccine is available at health care practices and pharmacies in the Las Vegas Valley.

The Health District offers flu shots at the following clinic locations. Clients should arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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. Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed school and work days as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

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