Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS) Has Opened a New Service Facility and Parts Depot

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Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS) has opened a new service facility and parts depot in Henderson, NV, just outside the heart of Las Vegas.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Woodstock, GA, MIS has been creating customized diagnostic and biomedical imaging solutions for over 20 years. Initially established as an alternative service solution to OEMs, the service capabilities of MIS have expanded into value-added programs like AdvantageVision, a web-based portal that gives a client real-time visibility and reporting on all of their equipment, and tube reclamation, an oil purification process that doubles the life of X-ray tubes.

Seeing the need for both a presence and parts depot in the west, MIS found the location for their new facility on American Pacific Drive last summer, and the team has been managing inventory and staging equipment in preparation for 2018. After hosting an open house for clients at the end of January, the facility is now fully operational.

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MountainView Hospital First Las Vegas Hospital to Earn Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC

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MountainView Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic, the first hospital in Las Vegas to earn this distinction.

Accreditation by the IAC means that MountainView Hospital has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.

Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

“We are honored to be awarded the Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This accreditation indicates our staff’s commitment in striving for accurate diagnosis and quality care in echocardiography to better care for our patients, and in turn help improve their quality of life.”

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

About IAC:

IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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

Nevada Donor Network Celebrates Status as World Leader in Number of Lives Saved Per Capita Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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Nevada Donor Network (NDN), the federally designated 501-C-3 not-for-profit organ procurement organization also responsible for facilitating tissue and cornea donation statewide, is proud to announce its fifth record year in the number of lives saved.  The NDN team coordinated lifesaving donations from 123 organ donor heroes in 2017, which resulted in 359 transplanted organs. This equates to 56 organ donors per million of population recovered last year. On behalf of these heroic donors, NDN facilitated 163 transplants per million of population in 2017, making the organization a world leader in the number of lives saved per capita served (based on data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and U.S. Census). The United Network for Organ Sharing reports 34,768 people in the U.S. received a lifesaving organ transplant last year, an increase of 3.4% from 2016 and the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States. In 2017, NDN recovered healing tissues from 520 tissue donor heroes which will help restore quality of life and mobility to thousands of grateful recipients. On behalf of 1,142 heroic cornea donors, NDN facilitated the gift of restored sight to 1,879 people.

“Heroic organ, eye and tissue donors leave behind a legacy of love by giving others the most precious gift. It is an honor for the Nevada Donor Network team to bring hope, strength, and life to those we serve on behalf of heroic donors and their courageous families,” says Nevada Donor Network President and CEO, Joe Ferreira. “We thank the clinical partners and donation champions who support our mission every day, as well as the more than 1 million Nevadans currently registered as organ donors. You are hope,” says Ferreira. A new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and approximately 24 people die each day while waiting. Currently, more than 580 Nevadans and 115,000 people nationwide are waiting for their second chance at life. Registering as a hero is quick and simple using the iPhone Health App Medical ID or visiting www.RegisterMe.org.

Bailey Elementary Says ‘Thank You’ to 1 October First Responders

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In celebration of the Great Kindness Challenge, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican partnered with Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School to celebrate the work of hospital workers and first responders following the 1 October shooting tragedy.

Two classes of third grade students at Bailey Elementary learned about what a first responder is and what doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical technicians, and paramedics and EMTs do.  The students also learned about how important this work was following the 1 October shooting.

The students wrote letters to the staff at the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals as well as the employees of Community Ambulance to say ‘thank you’ for the incredible work that they do every single day.

“As part of this year’s Great Kindness Challenge, we surveyed adults on kindness and 69% of respondents shared that a child has inspired them to be more kind and about 74% agree that adults could learn a lot about kindness by watching how children interact with the world,” said Jennifer Cooper, External Communications Manager for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “These thank you letters from the third graders at Bailey Elementary show just how pure kindness is to a child and how easy it is to not only say thank you, but to explain why a thank you matters.”

The Great Kindness Challenge is an annual event that lasts for one week, with the intention being that these acts of kindness will continue throughout the year.  This year’s challenge runs from January 22-26.  Dignity Health is the primary sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge, organized by Kids for Peace.

Link to view photos and videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rv13hralkzfch17/AAB9Zs_TwNe9bNfz6o81e2m3a?dl=0

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 www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.

 

New Year’s Resolution: Earn an Affordable, Respected Degree from WGU

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Online, Nonprofit Western Governors University now accepting applications for the ‘New Year, New You’ Scholarship

Western Governors University (WGU) is offering an added incentive for those making resolutions to earn a college degree in the new year: $200,000 in scholarships. Students who apply to WGU by March 31, 2018, are eligible to apply for the New Year, New You Scholarship, which provides up to $2,000 per student for up to 100 students.

Learn more about WGU’s New Year, New You Scholarship at www.wgu.edu/landing/new-year and by following @WGU on social media.

Each New Year, New You Scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Students enrolling in any of WGU’s 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2018.

WGU uses an innovative approach to learning called competency-based education, which focuses on measuring learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to be successful—real-world competencies developed in collaboration with employers.

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

This scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves 90,000 students nationwide and has more than 97,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 20 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

About WGU Nevada

WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.

 

 

 

Henderson Hospital Uses New Breast Surgery Technology

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Henderson Hospital is the first in Nevada to utilize the LOCalizer, a breast lesion localization system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in spring 2017.

The LOCalizer uses a small, non-radioactive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag system to identify the exact location of a lesion (or lump) before breast surgery.  It does not use wires or radioactive seeds. Instead, after the breast area is numbed, the tag is implanted via a needle and guided to the lesion while using ultrasound or X-ray imaging for placement. The procedure can be performed up to 30 days before breast surgery, and isn’t felt by the patient after placement.

The LOCalizer differs from other methods because it replaces the traditional needle and wire, explained breast surgeon M. Ferra Lin-Duffy, DO, who has utilized the device several times for patients at Henderson Hospital. “Patients won’t see something sticking out of their breast and be concerned movement might dislodge it,” she explained. “They can also have it implanted prior to surgery instead of coming in several hours before surgery time.”

During surgery, the physician uses the LOCalizer reader and sterile probe to confirm the placement and ID of the tag, and uses this information to chart the surgical path to remove the lesion. Because the reader displays the distance and location of the tag, the surgeon can more efficiently locate and remove the lesion, along with the tag. This reduces the patient’s time spent in the operating room while limiting the cosmetic impact to the breast.

“I’m pleased Henderson Hospital can provide this new technology for our patients’ benefit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Our goal is to continuously find new ways to improve our patients’ experience when they are with us.”

About Henderson Hospital

Henderson 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 Henderson, NV, the hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an ambulatory surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thevalleyhealthsystem/

Facebook:
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www.facebook.com/HendersonHospitalNV/
www.facebook.com/SpringValleyHospital/
www.facebook.com/SummerlinHospital/
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MountainView Hospital First in Nevada to be Awarded Chest Pain Certification from The Joint Commission

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Certification Recognizes High Quality Care of Chest Pain Patients

 MountainView Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. MountainView Hospital is the first and only hospital in Nevada with this certification from The Joint Commission.

MountainView Hospital recently underwent a rigorous on-site review to earn this certification. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with chest pain-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

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:

                     Compliance with consensus-based national standards;

                     Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and

                     An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“MountainView Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with chest pain,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend MountainView Hospital for becoming a leader in chest pain care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for chest pain patients in its community.”

“MountainView Hospital is pleased to receive Chest Pain Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence in patient care for those in our community.”  

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

 

 

Dignity Health Transitioning Rose de Lima Campus to Better Serve Community Needs

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Dignity Health and the Adrian Dominican Sisters announced that the Rose de Lima campus will be modifying the services it offers to better serve the needs to the community. Since its founding in 1947, under the sponsorship of the Adrian Dominican Order, the Rose de Lima Campus has been an integral part of Dignity Health’s history and a steadfast partner to those in need in the southern Nevada community.

Over the next few years, the Rose de Lima campus will be transitioning from its existing acute-care structure to provide a variety of much-needed health care services in partnership with others. The current plan calls for an additional Dignity Health neighborhood hospital that will contain inpatient beds as well as an Emergency Room, a Dignity Health office building, and it may also include a behavioral health services center. Rose de Lima will remain open during this transition and will continue to provide acute-care services while undergoing construction.

“Throughout the last several years, we have seen a shift in community needs. Because of this, we decided we needed to modify the services being offered on the Rose de Lima campus to better serve the community,” said Eugene Bassett, senior vice president for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals.

“The wonderful staff at Rose de Lima have been providing great care to those in need for over 70 years,” said Teressa Conley, president and chief executive officer for the Rose de Lima Campus. “While our focus is shifting, the Adrian Dominican Sisters and Dignity Health will continue their collective healing ministry while providing a revitalized health services campus to the community.”

“When the Adrian Dominican Sisters purchased the hospital for $1 in 1947, it was to ensure that all those who needed health care could receive it regardless of their ability to pay for it. The people at Rose de Lima have been dedicated to providing compassionate patient care for more than seven decades and have remained true to our healing ministry,” said Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. “We have been working alongside Dignity Health leadership during this process to ensure that our legacy of caring for the underserved carries forward not only at the other Dignity Health facilities in the area, but also on the Rose de Lima site with our new health care partners.”

As was previously announced in March of 2017, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility currently located at Rose de Lima will be transitioned over to a brand-new acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital that will be built adjacent to the Siena Campus in a joint-venture with Select Medical Corporation. Groundbreaking on this new hospital is expected to take place soon.

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 their www.strosehospitals.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or read their Blog.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, an international congregation of more than 600 vowed women religious and 200 Associates, minister in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and four countries: Canada, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Norway. In all of their ministries –education, health care, pastoral and retreat ministry, the arts, social work, ecology, and peace and justice advocacy –they strive to live out their Vision: to seek truth, make peace, reverence life. The Adrian Dominican Sisters are women of vision and timeless values. They draw strength and purpose from God and their rich past. A group of seven Adrian Dominican Sisters – who had arrived in Adrian, Michigan, in the late 1800’s from Germany – agreed to come to southern Nevada in 1947. These seven Adrian Dominican Sisters arrived nearly 70 years ago to serve the Henderson community. Their fellow Sisters continue to do the same today at the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals in southern Nevada.

Las Vegas Medical District – Wellness Way

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WHAT’S IN A (STREET) NAME? A LOT!

Within the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, an intersection of two streets renamed during the last year has taken on special meaning following the One October shooting.  The intersection of Wellness Way and Hope Place now stands as a symbol of the extraordinary life-saving work performed at UMC, Valley Hospital Medical Center and other nearby medical facilities.

Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring).  It was officially renamed in April 2017 as part of a long-term master plan for the area focused on the development and evolution of a cohesive medical district that includes physical infrastructure improvements as well as a more coordinated approach to medical care with the arrival of the UNLV School of Medicine and a growing number of ancillary medical facilities.

Originally named for the Bearden family, who are direct descendants of Robert E. Lake, the first barber in Las Vegas and the founder of the first school in Las Vegas, Wellness Way planned improvements include a future pocket park that will commemorate the family’s historic contribution to the area via a plaque in their honor.  The park is expected to be complete later this year.

According to Lois Tarkanian, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Las Vegas, the name change to Wellness Way was a unanimous decision of the Las Vegas Medical District and the department of Economic and Urban Development and in keeping with the vision of the area that is undergoing significant economic redevelopment as a result of the new medical school, improvements to existing medical facilities and the arrival of new businesses to support the growing area.

Hope Place, formerly known as Rose Street and renamed in March 2016, runs north and south in front of the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC.  According to UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, the decision to rename the street was made months before the One October shooting to reflect the life-changing and life-saving care provided at the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC on a daily basis.

“As Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, UMC remains committed to offering the highest level of care available to community members and visitors.” said VanHouweling.  “The Southern Nevada medical community, including UMC, is in the business of providing hope to patients and their families.  The new street signs for both Hope Place and Wellness Way serve as a daily reminder to all who enter our doors that hope and health are always at the forefront of our mission.”

Learn more about the Las Vegas Medical District.