MountainView Hospital Matches First Pharmacy Resident Program Class

By | Education, Press Release

MountainView Hospital recently announced its first class of Pharmacy residents for the Pharmacy Residency Program beginning in July 2018.

The announcement was made during the annual Phase I of the Match results day – when postgraduate year one or two pharmacy students learn where they will be spending the next year or two as pharmacy residents.

The talented group of three residents will be the first class of postgraduate year one (PGY1) pharmacy residents at MountainView Hospital.

MountainView Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency Program received 64 applicants for three positions. Of the 64 applicants, 20 were invited for an onsite interview.  All three positions were filled by matching with three of their top five candidates through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) National Matching Services.

MountainView’s inaugural class will include:

Peter Froio is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate for 2018 with Roseman University in Henderson, Nevada. Froio not only goes to school in Las Vegas, he also grew up in Las Vegas. He currently works at Sunrise Hospital as a pharmacy technician while doing clinical rotations throughout the valley. His professional interests span the scope of acute hospital practice.

Anita Lee is studying for her Doctor of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University, where she also completed her pre-pharmacy coursework. While at Southern Illinois University, she also competed at tennis on the Division I level. Anita has interests in critical care, cardiology, infectious diseases and academia. Lee is originally from Las Vegas.

Jamal Sims is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, also from Southern Illinois University. He has served as the School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 President since he began pharmacy school in 2014. Jamal is interested in academia, ambulatory care and oncology.

“We are very excited to welcome and meet our first class of Pharmacy residents,” said Francisca Akoh, Residency Program Director at MountainView Hospital. “Our program provides highly specialized rotations that aren’t always present or easy to find all in one program, and brings a diverse pool of clinical pharmacist preceptors from around the country whose diverse and wide range of experiences make the residency program rich.”

This year, 6,505 applicants enrolled in the Match for PGY1 pharmacy positions and 5,236 applicants participated in the Match, according to an official summary report of Phase I Match for positions beginning in 2018 provided by ASHP[i].

The ASHP is responsible for establishing the rules of the Match and monitoring the Match. The administration and conduct of the Match is carried out on behalf of ASHP by National Matching Services Inc.

MountainView Hospital’s Pharmacy Residency program is separate from the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium and is solely based at MountainView Hospital.


Town Hall: The New Face of Healthcare in Southern Nevada

By | News, Press Release

At the recent Town Hall on February 27 entitled “Meet the New Face of Healthcare in Southern Nevada,” and hosted by the city of Las Vegas and Clark County Medical Society, members of the Las Vegas Medical District came together to discuss the future of medicine in our community to an audience of more than 150 stakeholders. Presenters shared updates on their respective programs and profiles of the students enrolled in these programs to paint a robust picture of those who will soon shape the practice and delivery of healthcare in Southern Nevada.

Read more on the LVMD website.

UNLV Medical School Student Profile: Colby Shreve

By | News, Press Release, Uncategorized

Las Vegas native, Bonanza High School and UNLV graduate, Colby Shreve, 29, is now a first-year student at the UNLV School of Medicine. Chosen from a field of more than 800 students for the inaugural class, Shreve’s non-traditional path to medicine included a six-year stint as a professional baseball player after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 from the College of Southern Nevada.

Read more about Colby’s story on LVMD’s website.

Southern Nevada Health District Enhances Flu Surveillance Activities

By | Press Release

Due to increased flu activity this season, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance is working with the Health District’s Vital Records program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to review and update previously reported cases of flu. Based on this review, the number of reported deaths for Clark County this season has been updated to 48. This process does not add to the total flu case count for the season.

The Health District conducts surveillance in keeping with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. When flu cases are reported to the Health District, the outcome of a case may be delayed. Staff members conduct investigations that involve reviewing patient records, death certificates, and laboratory reports, as well as verifying case definitions to reconcile surveillance activities.

Nationally, the flu season peaked in early February with influenza A(H3) viruses being the predominant strains reported for the overall season. Beginning in March, influenza B strains were reported more commonly than A viruses. It is not unusual for there to be a second, lower wave of influenza activity later in the season. At the local level, the Southern Nevada Health District’s season mirrored national activity with cases beginning to decline shortly after the first of the year and more influenza B viruses being reported later in the season.

The Health District continues to report new cases of flu in Clark County and to review past reports of diagnosed cases. While flu occurs more commonly in the winter months, cases can occur throughout the year, and the Health District continues to urge people to get vaccinated. More information about flu and the Health District’s updated surveillance reports are available at

Crovetti Orthopaedics Welcomes Tomas J. Kucera, M.D., M.S., Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist

By | New Physicians, Press Release

Tomas J. Kucera, M.D., M.S. has brought his specialized service of Interventional Pain Medicine to the professional team at Crovetti Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. This medical discipline is the most recent addition to this Las Vegas valley practice, and Dr. Kucera’s arrival now provides a new dimension of non-narcotic, non-surgical solutions for patients experiencing pain.

“Being invited to join the Crovetti Ortho team is both an honor and an exciting opportunity,” reveals Dr. Kucera. “To me, the most important part of practicing medicine is creating that trusted relationship between patient and doctor. I’ve always believed clear, honest and direct communication is necessary – in both directions, not only from doctor-to-patient – so that we can work together toward achieving the most successful outcome. And the truth is, that’s an atmosphere that isn’t common in many medical practices. I met Dr. Crovetti while caring for his dad during a surgery, and in the months that followed through other patient consultations and referrals, I witnessed first-hand that Dr. Crovetti and I share that same patient philosophy – as well as many others.”

Originally from Czechoslovakia and raised in South Florida, Dr. Tomas J. Kucera completed his undergraduate studies with honors at the University of South Florida, followed by a Master of Science in Pharmacy. He then returned to his native country (now the Czech Republic) to pursue his medical degree, with rotations at the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kucera completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine – followed by a Fellowship at New York University College of Medicine.

In addition to his medical training in Europe, Dr. Kucera’s passion for his specialty has taken him around the world as both teacher and volunteer for medical missions in Ethiopia, East Africa, and the Honduras in Central America. He has participated in research projects at Scripps, MIT, and the University of South Florida, presented at a number of medical symposiums nationwide, and has been published in numerous medical journals. He currently holds medical licenses in Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, New York, and Florida.

Double Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Dr. Kucera’s education and professional background make him well suited to assist patients seeking an alternative to ‘suffering silently’ – something many do out of fear that the only solutions for them are either narcotic medications or surgery.

“To be fair, patients have a good reason for those fears, as historically, that’s often been the case. But not today,” he explains. “Now, there are many interventional treatments that have proven very successful in alleviating and managing pain levels – ones that allow people to avoid those often-feared solutions. These treatments can include Physical Therapy, intervention with nerve blocks, steroid injections, spine manipulation, and other methods.”

Dr. Kucera is the first to admit that he’s no ‘miracle worker,’ acknowledging that pain intervention is an imperfect science. “I’ll be straight with patients right up front, often explaining to them that “I may have to turn you into a pin cushion to figure this out, and completely pain-free may not be an option – but I’ll get you as close as I can.””

“The key is that they know I’m searching for the cause of their pain. I recommend the best treatment program tailored to address that pain, and we work together to assess their progress and keep moving forward. There are times, of course, when the best option may turn out to be surgical. But if that point is reached, it’s with the knowledge that all other paths have been explored.”

With his addition to the team at Crovetti Ortho, not only does Dr. Kucera bring a new medical specialty to patients, but Dr. Mike Crovetti believes that he’s chosen a like-minded professional in putting patient care above all else.

“There is no doubt that Dr. Kucera’s skills and experience add a whole new layer of patient care to Crovetti Orthopaedics, and we’re all very happy to welcome him on board,” states Dr. Crovetti. “But as anyone who has ever been a patient of any doctor can attest, knowing that your voice and issues are truly being heard by your doctor isn’t necessarily a ‘given.’ It is at Crovetti Ortho – always has been, and always will be. On that score, and many others, it’s clear that Dr. Tomas Kucera will fit right in.”

Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Scott Slavis, MD

By | New Physicians, Press Release

Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Scott Slavis, M.D. as its newest urologist.

Scott Slavis, M.D. is a board-certified urologist who has been practicing in Las Vegas for nearly thirty years, most recently with Cleveland Clinic. “Dr. Slavis’ dedication to health care in Southern Nevada makes him a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada.

After attaining his medical degree at University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, Dr. Slavis completed residencies at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, the University of California at Irvine (Chief Urology Resident) and was honored as Renal Transplantation and Renovascular Surgery Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Slavis is certified by the American Board of Urology and has given numerous presentations on urological issues.

Musicians On Call and ACM Lifting Live ® Kick Off New Weekly Bedside Performance Program

By | Press Release

Warner Music Nashville recording artist Michael Ray joins in the celebration to launch programs that deliver the healing power of music

Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, officially launched its latest weekly Bedside Performance Programs at Sunrise Health System hospitals today in Las Vegas. The programs are made possible through a $150,000 endowment from ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music. The launch event, which took place at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, included a special performance by Warner Music Nashville recording artist Michael Ray for the hospital’s patients and caregivers.

With the launch of these programs, Musicians On Call will now bring Volunteer Musicians into Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital on an ongoing basis to go room to room and play for patients at their bedsides. The expansion of the Bedside Performance Programs into Las Vegas was inspired by Musicians On Call’s visit to the city last fall immediately following the Route 91 Harvest Festival. In response to the tragic events of the festival, Musicians On Call brought members of the country music community, Charles Esten, Michael Ray, The Railers, Brandon Ray and Filmore to visit hospitals, including Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, to bring joy through music in a time of need.

“It is our vision to give all patients, their family members and medical staff access to the healing power of music. Music has a profound effect on people, and in a setting like a hospital it can restore a sense of normalcy, bring joy and complement the healing process. We witnessed this remarkable power firsthand when we visited last fall following Route 91,” said Musicians On Call President Pete Griffin, “The positive energy the artists brought to everyone still recovering physically, mentally and emotionally from an unimaginable experience was felt for months following that visit. We knew we had to come back and continue to bring that healing to this strong community. We are thrilled to return, this time on a weekly basis, thanks to the generous support of our friends at ACM Lifting Lives. We look forward to welcoming a new group of volunteers to the Musicians On Call family and sharing the joy of live music with many more patients and caregivers at Sunrise Hospitals.”

“It was not just music, it was healing for the entire community,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “Musicians on Call helped make it possible to put the pain behind us and forge ahead as a Care Team.”

One of the artists to join Musicians On Call during their first visit to Sunrise was Warner Music Nashville’s Michael Ray. Ray joined the other artists for a “Concert for Healing” at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and was one of the first performers from the festival to return to Vegas to perform for survivors. At today’s launch celebration he sang his hits “Think A Little Less” and “Kiss You In The Morning” for the patients and staff in attendance.

“We played Route 91 on the main stage that Friday night, and when the band and I learned what unfolded just two days later, so many faces popped into my mind. The fans, the festival volunteers, the families, and our fellow artists … all the fans I had just seen … folks I knew were there to come together, united because of their love for country music,” Ray shared before performing “Dancin’ Forever” a song he played for the first and last time in October when visiting survivors, first responders and families at Sunrise Hospital. “I am here today because I saw firsthand  the healing power of music and continue to see it every night we’re on stage. ACM Lifting Lives supporting the Musicians on Call Las Vegas program is exactly why I always want to perform at Party for a Cause.”

Volunteer opportunities are available for Volunteer Musicians and non-musicians to serve as Volunteer Guides and escort the musicians room to room. Anyone interested in volunteering can apply at

Southern Nevada Health District Opens Dental Health Clinic

By | Press Release

The Southern Nevada Health District will open its first Dental Health Clinic for children and adults on April 23, 2018. Services will be provided by appointment only and available Mondays at the Health District’s Main Public Health Center and Wednesdays at its East Las Vegas Public Health Center. Services include dental screenings and fluoride varnish/sealants. Patients may call (702) 759-0850 to schedule an appointment and for additional information.

“Oral health can significantly impact a person’s overall well-being. Providing basic dental health services complements our existing services and patient base and allows us to provide an additional measure of public support to the community in furtherance of our public health mission,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

Clinic Locations:


Southern Nevada Health District Main Facility, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Appointment  only. Call (702) 759-0850.


East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite D-1, Las Vegas, NV 89110. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Appointment only. Call (702) 759-0850.

Please bring insurance information.

Spring Valley Hospital Named Wound Care Center® of the Year by Healogics

By | Awards, Press Release, Recognition

Award recognizes seven hospitals in the nation 

 The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital received the distinguished Center of the Year award for the West zone from Healogics, Inc. This zone includes centers from 13 states, including Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington.

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital earned a patient satisfaction rate of 97.5 percent, and 93 percent of its patients’ wounds are healed within 30 days. The team cared for more than 500 patients in 2017, always with the goal of healing wounds, preventing amputations and improving patients’ quality of life.

“I’m very proud of our team’s dedication and expertise to healing complex wounds,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO of Spring Valley Hospital. “Along with wound care and hyperbaric medicine, we established a Limb Salvage program. Our focus is on prevention and early intervention to heal conditions affecting the legs, feet and toes, and help prevent the loss of a limb.”

The Wound Care Center is under the direction of medical director Lubna Javed, MD, and program director Ernie Elliott. It offers specialized wound care to patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a timely manner. Advanced treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital also received the President’s Circle Award for exceeding clinical outcomes and operational goals for the second year in a row, and the Center of Excellence Award for exceeding clinical outcomes for the second year in a row.

Nearly 700 wound care centers managed by Healogics had the opportunity to qualify for the Center of the Year award; only seven were honored.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Names New Chief Nurse

By | Press Release, Recognition

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces that Karla Ramberger, DNP, RN, NEA-BC is its new Chief Nursing Officer effective today. With a demonstrated track record of improving patient and employee engagement, reducing turnover and achieving quality goals, Ramberger is a distinguished champion of patient centered care and the nursing practice.

Coming to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital from The Dallas-based Methodist Health System, Ramberger has more than 20 years of progressive hospital leadership experience. She has held numerous positions within Methodist including ER Director at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and VP of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Her last post was Chief Nursing Executive of Methodist Health System – a role she has held since August 2016.

Ramberger is an accomplished life learner who holds a Doctor in Nursing Practice from Rush University; her MSN and BSN were obtained in the University of Texas system (UT Tyler for her MSN and UT Arlington for her BSN). Among her recent recognitions is inclusion in the “60 Hospital and Health Systems CNOs to Know” from Becker’s Hospital Review and the Dean’s List at Rush.

“The nursing practice at Sunrise Hospital is the linchpin in our ability to care for one in four children in our state and one in 12 adults,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We’re fortunate to have Karla Ramberger join us as Chief Nurse and look forward to enabling her passion and her talents to benefit both the employee and the patient experience.”

The previous CNO at Sunrise Hospital, Kim Hatchell, recently accepted a position with KentuckyOne Health and relocated back home to Kentucky.