University Medical Center said goodbye to one of its longtime leaders Thursday. Dr. Dale Carrison announced he is retiring after 27 years with the hospital, and in his time, there he’s had an impact on countless lives, as well with his efforts with Las Vegas HEALS. He was honored by HEALS in 2016 with an Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Award.
Give Kids a Boost event, Saturday, Aug. 11
The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to beat the back-to-school rush by bringing their pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for mandatory vaccinations to one of its public health centers. This year, the first day of school for students in Clark County is Monday, August 13. For information, contact the Health District’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit the Vaccines for School page. For wait times, follow us on Twitter @SNHDinfo or visit our website, www.SNHD.info.
The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in school: chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), meningitis, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Parents who recently moved to Nevada should note hepatitis A vaccination is required in the state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in other states that do not require hepatitis A vaccination might not be current in Nevada. For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada’s Nevada School Requirements page.
Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) as well as Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The meningitis vaccine is also required for 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District. A booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate and the meningococcal B vaccines are recommended for teens who are 16 to 18 years old. College freshmen younger than 23 years old who are enrolled at a Nevada college or university and living in a dormitory are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine.
The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), meningococcal B, and quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines are all available at the Southern Nevada Health District.
Parents vaccinating a child at a Health District clinic should bring immunization records. Parents who cannot locate their children’s immunization records should contact their health care provider. If their children were immunized in Nevada, parents can also visit Nevada WebIZ, a statewide immunization registry, at https://izrecord.nv.gov/public/Application/PublicPortal or call Nevada WebIZ at 1 (877) 689-3249. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child; however, written consent must be provided to the Health District from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee and cost of vaccine may apply depending upon insurance status.
The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule.
Between Monday, July 30, and Friday, August 17, the Health District’s Family Health Clinic at the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center will be open Monday through Friday to offer children’s physicals and office visits as part of its back-to-school activities. The cost of the physical is $85. Clients who pay cash will receive a $35 discount. For additional information about the Family Health Clinic, call (702) 759-0850.
On Saturday, August 11, a special back-to-school immunization clinic is scheduled at the Health District’s main public health center, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Only immunizations for children up to age 18 will be available. The Family Planning Clinic will offer oral and injectable birth control services as well as STD screenings on a walk-in basis. In addition, the Give Kids A Boost health fair offering family resources and information will be available for clients.
The Health District is offering back-to-school immunizations at its following locations. Clients must arrive by 4 p.m. to receive services.
- Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Travel vaccines will be available 8 a.m. -3 p.m.; clients should expect longer wait times.
- 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.
By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.
- Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite
Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.
Friday, August 10, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.
By appointment only July 30 to August 17. Call (702) 759-1682.
Nathan Adelson Hospice announced today that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed Diane Fearon of the hospice to serve as Chairman of the Commission for Women for the State of Nevada.
The commission is charged with the duty to study the changing and developing roles of women in society and recommending proposed legislation. Current goals of the commission include increasing the number of women on state boards, commissions and leadership roles in government; creating a recognition event that honors the women and organizations making contributions to the state; and participating in the Interim Task Force on Financial Security to focus on pay equality.
Fearon joined Nathan Adelson Hospice in a senior leadership position as vice president for Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships in 2017. Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 450 hospice and palliative care patients daily
Previously, Fearon served as the ATOP Director at HealthInsight Nevada. The Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) is a four-year, $17 million grant funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, commencing in 2016 and going until 2020, related to the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.
Fearon has been in Las Vegas since 1979 and previously served as CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada from 2013 until 2016. She also spent 25 years in commercial banking between 1988 and 2013, including serving as the founding president/CEO of Bank of George, established in September 2007. Community involvement has always been a priority, and her service includes the Nevada Commission for Women, Las Vegas HEALS board and HealthInsight Nevada Board. She also served as vice chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Host Committee, vice chair of Habitat for Humanity, and as a member of the Nevada Public Radio Investment Committee, the Shade Tree Endowment Board and the Leadership Las Vegas Program. She is a 2001 graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, a master’s level program in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.
The 2018 Residency Class Includes Numerous New Programs
The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium this week welcomed its 2018 residents to MountainView Hospital.
The class of 2018 includes residents in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and the inaugural classes of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. This is MountainView’s third class of residents, with the program launch in 2016.
The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.
“This is the coat you will reach for when you go to deliver your newest patient, and you will grab it when you go to say goodbye to a patient, and everything in between,” Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Chief Medical Officer, said during the white coat ceremony. “You have earned this coat through hard work, and will continue to earn it each day as you wear it in service to your patients.”
The class of 2018 Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:
· Anesthesiology (inaugural class): 6
· Emergency Medicine (inaugural class): 9
· Internal Medicine: 20
· Obstetrics/Gynecology: 6
· Surgery: 9
· Transitional Year: 13
“These new residents join MountainView Hospital during an exciting time of growth and transformation, as we continue to grow our service lines and expand the hospital footprint to meet the needs of our community,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal with today’s white coat ceremony is to welcome these residents into the MountainView family and bring them into our culture of caring and commitment.”
This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s program received a significant amount of applications for a limited number of positions. To list a few, the Internal Medicine residency program received 2,500 applications for 20 positions and General Surgery received 906 for nine positions.
MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), welcoming its first residents in 2016. Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, and continued to receive accreditation for General Surgery, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology.
Together with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomed 84 new residents in early July in several residency programs, including Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN and Transitional Year. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 153 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.
The physician shortage has hit the state of Nevada, which ranks 47 out of 50 states in number of physicians per capita with only 200 physicians per 100,000 residents (the state median is 257.6). To address this issue, the Sunrise Health GME Consortium, through its MountainView, Southern Hills, and Sunrise hospitals, is strengthening Nevada’s physician pipeline by training new physicians to care for our communities. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians to Nevada is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.
Four New Hospitals Added in Southern Nevada in 2017
This summer, Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Neighborhood Hospitals are celebrating their first year of delivering high-quality, compassionate care to the Las Vegas Valley.
“We are so pleased to provide the Las Vegas community with much-needed and improved access to the very best emergency and inpatient care available,” said Laura Hennum, Market CEO for Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Neighborhood Hospitals. “We’re proud the community has embraced us as a trusted care provider, and we’re thrilled to celebrate our one-year anniversary with the residents and patients we serve.”
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican opened four new hospitals in 2017 in the Las Vegas Valley:
- North Las Vegas Campus: 1550 W. Craig Road
- Blue Diamond Campus: 4855 Blue Diamond Road
- Sahara Campus: 4980 W. Sahara Ave.
- West Flamingo Campus: 9880 W. Flamingo Road
As part of this expansion in locations and services, St. Rose Dominican entered into an agreement with Emerus, a nationally recognized innovator in the delivery of efficient medical care, to build and manage these sites.
In less than a year, more than 50,000 patients received treatment in emergency rooms and inpatient units of these Neighborhood Hospitals, where they can see an ER physician within 15 minutes or less and complete their ER visit within 90 minutes or less. As they continue to grow, Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Neighborhood Hospitals remain committed to providing world-class health care services that put the needs of patients and their families at the forefront.
These Neighborhood Hospitals are providing vital, high-quality health care to underserved parts of the Las Vegas Valley. Among the features that set these Neighborhood Hospitals apart: They are fully accredited, independently licensed hospitals, open 24/7, and they treat all patients – regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.
Four New Hospitals Opened in 2017
The hospitals are staffed with board-certified ER physicians and hospitalists; maintain transfer agreements with partner hospitals; offer on-site X-ray, CT scans, ultrasound and lab services; and will soon become a hospital and “healthplex” – providing ancillary services, such as physical therapy, primary care, wellness programs and more, depending on community needs.
These hospitals play a key role in the economic revitalization of the areas where they’re located. The Sahara Campus is a key redevelopment initiative, contributing to renewal efforts at Sahara and Decatur. The Sahara Campus replaced an abandoned car lot, and in addition to the hospital, new retail space is going in adjacent to the hospital at Sahara and Decatur.
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 more than 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 website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or their Blog.
Emerus is the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based micro-hospitals. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patient-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus’ distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. More information is available at www.emerus.com.
Award recognizes process and systems improvement
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) awarded MountainView Hospital the 2018 Heroes of Infection Prevention Award. MountainView Hospital is one of six to be awarded and is recognized under the Process and Systems Improvement category.
Since early 2015, the Infection Prevention and Quality Management departments at MountainView Hospital created processes to reduce hospital acquired conditions with an emphasis on Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) states C. diff caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year.
In the United States, approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C. diff. Of those patients, about 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly caused by C. diff infections. C. diff is deemed a very important cause of infectious disease death in the United States.
Using evidence-based guidelines, the MountainView team developed a C. diff testing algorithm designed to prevent unnecessary and duplicative C. diff testing. The algorithm was disseminated to all healthcare workers in the facility and medical staff leadership support for the project and appropriate testing was clear.
The appropriateness of C. diff testing at MountainView has greatly improved and the facility’s C. diff rate dropped from 1.78 standardized infection ratio in 2015 to 0.56 in mid-2016.
“At MountainView, we make it a top priority to take the proper measures to provide the best quality of care and safety of our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer of MountainView Hospital. “Thanks to the dedication of our Infection Prevention and Quality Management departments, this award demonstrates we have succeeded in making a huge difference in infection prevent at our facility.”
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 15,000 members. The APIC mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection.
Each year, APIC recognizes members for the development and application of innovative infection prevention programs by presenting the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award. These individuals and teams are at the frontline of infection prevention and are dedicated to producing innovative programs to help save lives.
Discounts Available for Las Vegas HEALS Members
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Taking place from August 10-12 in Las Vegas, the A4M/MMI Compounding Workshop is led by a team of expert clinicians & specialists in pharmaceutical compounding and medication dosing: a critical skill for clinicians in terms of individualizing patient care & improving therapeutic outcomes.
This recently redesigned workshop is back by popular demand, and participants of the three-day symposium will learn advanced prescription writing skills for compounded medications–with a survey of many different areas of compounding including sports medicine, pain control, weight loss, aesthetic skin care, hair restoration, gynecological issues, and several others.
This is a workshop that no practicing clinician or pharmacist should miss, as it is specifically tailored to help customize and personalize your patient care, and elevate your practice’s wellness.
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The Southern Nevada Health District reported 123 heat-related deaths among Clark County residents in 2017, an increase from 78 reported deaths in 2016. Heat-related deaths typically occur between May and September. July is consistently the deadliest month, and 48 (approximately 40 percent) of the fatalities occurred during that timeframe this past year.
The Health District is urging all residents and visitors to take the recommended precautions to prevent illness when working or playing outdoors, to learn the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to know the appropriate responses if an emergency or urgent situation does occur. Extreme heat can affect anyone, but certain people are more at risk, including those who are 65 years or older, young children, and people who work or exercise outdoors, live in low-income households, are experiencing homelessness, or have chronic medical conditions.
For additional information about extreme heat, visit the Health District’s Recognizing and Treating Heat-Related Illnesses webpage, which also includes a list of cooling stations and summer day shelters.
It is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness to ensure appropriate treatment:
Heat stroke occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool itself down. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
- High body temperature (103° F or higher)
- Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
- Fast, strong pulse
- Losing consciousness
If heat stroke occurs seek medical attention immediately:
- Call 911 right away – heat stroke is a medical emergency
- Move the person to a cooler place
- Help lower the person’s temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
- DO NOT give the person anything to drink
Heat exhaustion occurs as a result of a body overheating. In hot weather, a body cools itself mainly by sweating. If someone overexerts themselves in hot, humid weather, the loss of sweat over time inhibits the body’s ability to cool itself efficiently.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale, clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Faintness, dizziness
- Tiredness, weakness
- Muscle cramps
If symptoms occur:
- Move to a cool place
- Loosen clothing
- Use cool, wet cloths, or take a bath to cool down
- Sip water
Seek medical attention immediately if:
- Vomiting occurs
- Symptoms get worse
- Symptoms last longer than one hour
Heat cramps are the mildest of three heat-related syndromes. Prompt treatment of heat cramps will usually prevent progression to heat exhaustion.
- Heavy sweating during intense exercise
- Muscle pain or spasm
If symptoms occur:
- Move to a cool place
- Loosen clothing
- Use cool, wet cloths, or take a bath to cool down
- Sip water
Seek medical attention immediately if:
- Vomiting occurs
- Symptoms get worse
- Symptoms last longer than one hour
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Taking simple precautions will allow people to enjoy summer activities while staying safe and healthy.
- Plan outdoor activities for when it’s coolest, during early morning and evening hours.
- Rest often in shady areas to allow your body time to recover.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat outdoors.
- Wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply according to directions. Look for sunscreens that state “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on the labels.
- Drink plenty of water regardless of how active you are – don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.
- Keep your pets hydrated.
- Check on older neighbors and loved ones.
HLTH, the Blockbuster New Conference for Health Innovation that Launched this Spring, Announces Move to the Fall
HLTH, the industry’s groundbreaking new event covering disruptive innovations that are driving substantial reductions in health costs and dramatic increases in health quality, is moving from the spring to the fall, filling a major gap in the healthcare industry events calendar. The next HLTH event will be held on October 27-30, 2019 at MGM Grand’s brand new conference space in Las Vegas.
HLTH launched in May 2018 and broke the mold of traditional events with more than 3,500 attendees, including more than 700 CEOs, from 1,750 companies, making it the largest healthcare event launch in history. With 375 C-level speakers, 240 sponsors and 300 investors, HLTH immediately created a new model and established a new standard to empower health transformation.
“The tremendous success of our inaugural HLTH event this past May demonstrated the need for an all-in, must-attend health ecosystem conference where all major stakeholders share new solutions and strategies, where networking is curated and meaningful, and where key business-to-business exchanges take place,” said Jonathan Weiner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HLTH.
Simply put, no such forum exists today; instead, the spring already has far too many events, causing dilution and event fatigue in the first half of the year. “There is no definitive industry touch point in the fall,” said Weiner. “Shifting HLTH six months to the fall allows us to be even more impactful in our mission to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of healthcare in the US by enabling the industry to regroup as the current year comes to an end, as well as commence critical planning before the start of the new year.”
HLTH is planning several new and exciting additions to the 2019 event. The goal of HLTH 2019 is to bring all stakeholders together to commit to taking the necessary steps to flip the foundations of health. This will allow consumers to become better in making everyday decisions about how to be their healthiest selves.
The HLTH 2018 launch event received consistent high praise from throughout the health industry:
“Best health care conference I have ever attended. Bar none.”
~ David Feinberg, President & CEO, Geisinger
“Overnight, HLTH has become “the conference” for networking, business-building, idea generation and catching up with great friends for those of us focused on healthcare innovation. A must do event.”
~ Dr. Amy Abernethy, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer & SVP, Oncology,
“HLTH was a 2018 health conference that took us all by surprise, in a good way! Strong business leader representation across provider, payer, pharmaceutical and academic organizations attracted industry suppliers, media and venture capital. A great event place to learn about the key trends driving the health industry, network with peers, and find new business opportunity. A refreshing take on the overcrowded health conference scene.”
~ Dr. Simon Kos, Chief Medical Officer, Microsoft
“I really loved HLTH and it was incredibly well done! HLTH brought together a great mix of industry leaders and startups. I learned a lot from the sessions and enjoyed the one-on-one interactions. We’ll definitely be back in 2019!”
~ Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder, 23andMe
“HLTH has inspired the entire health industry to step up and make profound decisions on the way we engage and inspire people to manage their health. There’s too much going on in the Spring, so holding HLTH in the Fall gives stakeholders the opportunity to dedicate their full attention.”
~ Marcus Osborne, VP, Health Transformation, Walmart
“There are a lot of conferences so people have to be choosy. HLTH is one of a small number I will appear at every year, if asked. I found it very professional with the right people there. As long as it’s not the dead of winter in Minneapolis, November in DC, or the dead of summer in Houston, there’s not a bad time for this.”
~ Andy Slavitt, General Partner, Town Hall Ventures
“The inaugural HLTH Conference was nothing short of exceptional! HLTH was loaded with meaningful content, high caliber speakers, attendees from all across healthcare, and a high energy, contemporary ambience. HLTH is on my MUST ATTEND annual conference list. Grateful for the move to the fall – prudent decision!”
~ James Mault, MD, FACS, SVP & Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life
“HLTH was unique in facilitating serious conversations among leaders about our healthcare system and innovation, while creating an atmosphere of fun. Everyone was energized and contributing to the dialog”
~ Ana Gupte, Managing Director, Senior Research Analyst, Leerink Partners
HLTH is the leading event covering innovation in healthcare that is driving substantial reductions in costs, and dramatic increases in quality. It’s an unprecedented, large-scale forum for individuals, companies and policymakers who are reshaping the healthcare industry to learn, collaborate and evolve. The event is unique in bringing together all key industry stakeholders, ranging from large established providers, payers, employers and pharma services to disruptive startups and prolific investors as well as representatives from government, media and analysts. By helping reshape the dialogue and ecosystem, HLTH serves as a catalyst for the development of the healthcare industry during a period of fundamental change. To learn more, visit www.hlth.com.
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital changing to all new phone numbers
New Frequently used phone numbers:
Sunrise Hospital Main Number: 702-961-5000
Sunrise Children’s Hospital Main Number: 702-961- KIDS (5437)
Sunrise Hospital Admitting: 702-961-9060
Sunrise Hospital Medical Records: 702-961-8400
Sunrise Hospital Class Registration/Physician Referral/Nurse Advice: 702-961-5020
Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Media Hotline: 702-961-9193
For an updated phone directory with the new phone number listings, please visit SunriseHospital.com. All phone numbers will switch over at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26.
The phone number change allows the hospital to continue to add numbers in an organized way as the facility continues to grow and add community services.