New Physician Announcement: Vincenzo De Masi, MD at 21st Century Oncology

By | New Physicians, Recognition

21st Century Oncology is excited to welcome Vincenzo De Masi to the Las Vegas team. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Radiation Therapy including IMRT, IGRT and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He has been personally involved in the Radiation Treatment of more than 15,000 patients. He is the author of several publications and has a special interest and expertise in breast, prostate, lung, lymphomas, CNS and gynecological malignancies. He was the recipient of the 2009 Terra del Sole Award for his achievements in Medicine. He is also a member of the AMA, ASTRO, ASCO and the American Brachytherapy Society. Dr. De Masi will work from all of the 21st Century Oncology locations in Las Vegas and is available for new patients.

 

Urology Specialists of Nevada’s Dr. Jason Zommick Receives Recognition as Rezūm® System Center of Excellence for Expertise in BPH Treatment

By | Press Release

Urology Specialists of Nevada announced today that Dr. Jason Zommick received recognition as a Rezūm® System Center of Excellence for his expertise in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

Dr. Zommick surpassed the milestone of treating 100 patients with the Rezūm® System, providing improved quality of life for men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms caused by BPH. The Rezūm System is a revolutionary, safe and effective minimally invasive treatment option for men suffering from BPH that does not require general anesthesia and provides an alternative to a lifetime of taking BPH medications. Dr. Zommick, a board-certified urologist, offers Rezūm as an in-office BPH treatment option and is dedicated to bringing his patients new BPH therapies that preserve sexual function and offer a rapid return to normal activities.

BPH, or an enlarged prostate gland, is one of the top 10 most common and costly diseases affecting 14 million men age 50 or more years old in the U.S. BPH causes significant quality of life issues including lack of sleep, anxiety, challenges with sexual function and limits to daily activities.

“The Rezūm® System has been a tremendous addition to our practice, and I’m quite proud of this milestone and what it means to our patients,” said Dr. Zommick. “The enhanced health outcomes and the benefit to patient quality of life – the ability to return promptly to their home and more quickly go back to their daily routine has really made a difference.”

Developed by NxThera, Rezūm is performed in a clinic or out-patient setting. Rezūm uses the natural thermal energy stored in water vapor, or steam, to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing BPH symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate.

The water vapor is delivered into the targeted prostate tissue and when the vapor contacts the tissue it turns back into water, releasing the stored thermal energy, causing the obstructive prostate tissue cells to die. Over the next few weeks, the body’s natural healing response removes the dead cells, shrinking the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life.

Studies have shown that the Rezūm treatment allows men to retain sexual function unlike many other existing BPH treatments, which typically have higher incidences of long-term side effects. To date, more than 26,000 men have been effectively treated with the Rezūm System across the U.S. and Europe.

“Before Rezūm, I was treated with two different BPH medications. I was urinating very frequently which negatively affected my lifestyle, said Kack H. “After Rezūm, my symptoms completely resolved, and I no longer needed to take the medications. I’m extremely happy I did it.”

“Our goal is to transform the lives of BPH patients across the country with the Rezūm System,” said Bob Paulson, president and CEO of NxThera. “With Dr. Zommick’s expertise and advanced training with Rezūm, patients suffering from BPH in the Las Vegas area now have a minimally invasive, lasting and cost-effective alternative for the treatment of BPH so they can get back to enjoying a better quality of life.”

Highlights of the Rezūm therapy include:

  • Performed in-office and patients can return home immediately.
  • Does not require general anesthesia.
  • Relieves symptoms safely and effectively.
  • Is an alternative to BPH medications, eliminating the need for long-term BPH medication use.
  • Provides noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks.
  • Preserves erectile and urinary functions.
  • Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days.
  • Considered medically necessary by Medicare and covered by most private insurance payers.

Patients interested in a consultation with Dr. Zommick should call 702-877-0814 to schedule an appointment.

For more information about the Rezūm System, visit www.Rezūm.com or call 888-319-9691.

 

Southern Nevada Health District Increases Access to Care Through Expansion of Services

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Family Health Care Center offers primary care services

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering expanded primary care services at its Family Health Care Center inside its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Family Health Care Center will provide medical care for adults and children when they are sick, as well as preventive care services, including annual adult physicals and well-child check-ups for children up to 18 years of age. Clients will be able to access services to manage chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. For appointments call (702) 759-1800. Additional information about clinic hours, available services, and more is available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/family-health-care-center/index.php.

“This expansion of Health District services is a continuation of our mission to promote the health of the community by providing low-cost, accessible care to underserved Clark County communities,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

In keeping with its mission to increase access to care, the Health District opened a Dental Health Clinic at its main location earlier this year. Dental health services are provided at the clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment only and include dental screenings, fluoride varnishes, and sealants. More information about services, clinic hours, and fees are available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/dental-health-clinic/index.php. The Health District is also providing additional access to immunization services with its Mobile Clinic at four locations in Southern Nevada. Locations and hours of operation are available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/mobile-clinic/index.php.

From April through June of this year, a collaboration with the Nevada State Oral Health Program, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and community leaders in rural counties allowed the Health District to work with its partners to provide mobile services in Nye, Esmeralda, and White Pine to further its goal of expanding access to care beyond the borders of Clark County. This successful initiative provided dental services to 129 clients and vaccines to 57 clients. Services were provided to insured and uninsured clients. When surveyed, clients identified a lack of insurance and lack of ability to pay their copay or deductible as a barrier to accessing services. Residents in these areas with insurance also identified having a lack of access to a health care provider as a barrier to receiving vaccines. This outreach initiative was funded through a Title XX grant.

“This is a dynamic time for our agency. As our community grows and evolves, our agency will continue to grow and evolve to best serve its needs,” said Dr. Iser. 

 

The Valley Health System Becomes Official Health System of Vegas Golden Knights

By | Press Releases

Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced a multi-year partnership agreement whereby The Valley Health System (VHS) will be named the “Official Health System of the Vegas Golden Knights.”

This multi-faceted engagement provides both organizations with the combined strength of their respective brands. Together, the Vegas Golden Knights and The Valley Health System celebrate Vegas Born fans.  So many Southern Nevadans embraced the Golden Knights as they endeavored to win a championship for the city last season.  Now, partnered with The Valley Health System, they embark on their second season with that same mission, now determined to become even more engaged with the community by further promoting Southern Nevadans’ penchant for healthy living.

Back by popular demand for the new season will be the “Vegas Born” babies campaign, this time expanded from Summerlin Hospital to include the other three Valley Health System Hospitals where the newest Golden Knights hockey fans are born – Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center and Henderson Hospital.  Other VHS hospitals providing quality health care to individuals and families include Valley Hospital Medical Center and Desert Springs Hospital. In addition, The Valley Health System will sponsor the Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the November 24th home game vs the San Jose Sharks. 

“We are proud to partner with The Valley Health System. We already had a great relationship through our partnership with Summerlin Hospital at City National Arena this past season and look to expand upon that across their Health System throughout Southern Nevada,” said Bubolz. “Their commitment to delivering excellent health care creates a wonderful opportunity for our partnership to flourish. We look forward to many more Vegas Born babies to be delivered in their hospitals.”

“The Vegas Golden Knights made an incredible impact on our community during their inaugural season,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “We are proud and excited to be part of their extended family.  We look forward to caring for generations of hockey fans for years to come.”

Clark County Medical Society Receives AAMSE President’s Award for Opioid Education Programming

By | Awards, Press Release, Recognition

The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award on Friday, July 27 in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada.

The program, Understanding New Opioid Laws in Nevada, was a collaborative effort among staff, physician members, and our partners at the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) to help physicians in Nevada better understand Assembly Bill 474, which implemented strict new regulations regarding the prescription and use of opioids in response to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.

“We are incredibly grateful to AAMSE for presenting us with this award, and want to share this recognition with all of our community partners and physician members who helped make this program a success,” said Alexandra P. Silver, the Executive Director of CCMS. “It was very important for us as a medical society to make sure our doctors had a seat at the table when it came to this legislation, which had caused them a lot of concern in its initial form.”

The program consisted of several events to help educate and gain input from physician’s and the community, including a town hall at the City of Las Vegas Council Chamber which saw over 300 attendees. Other aspects of the program included free and discounted CME opportunities for CCMS members, and participation on the task force which was addressing the legislation.

“Our ability to get direct input from our members to affect this legislation is a perfect example of why it is more important than ever to be involved in organized medicine,” Silver said. “We help our physicians get their voices heard, so that they can focus on what they do best — providing fantastic health care to our community.”

The award was presented during the annual AAMSE Conference, which brings medical society and association executives together once a year for a series of keynote speeches, best practices seminars, and roundtable discussions regarding how to improve the services these organizations provide.

“Every day there are medical societies making a positive impact on their members and in their communities with programs and campaigns that advance the field of organized medicine and improve the lives of physicians and the patients they serve,” said Steve Levine, president of AAMSE. “AAMSE is committed to recognizing these efforts with the Profiles of Excellence awards.”

About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to 2,000 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Finalist for LVGEA Innovation Award

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Region’s Leading Cancer Treatment Center Finalist for Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s Innovation Award

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) is one of three finalists for Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s (LVGEA) Innovation Award. According to the LVGEA, the Innovation Award recognizes businesses or community organizations “whose groundbreaking achievements in product and service development, technology and infrastructure, research and development, or public policy have significantly impacted the economy of the greater Las Vegas area.”

Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is being recognized for its diverse lines of service, locally and globally renowned physicians, advanced research capabilities and its ability to open and enroll patients on clinical trials quickly – and in some cases the first cancer center to open a trial in the country or the world. In terms of its impact on the local economy, Comprehensive employs 571 Southern Nevadans. Today the team boasts more than 50 medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pulmonologists and advanced practice providers. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. In 2017, more than 2,200 patients traveled to Las Vegas from out-of-state for treatment at Comprehensive for its various treatment options and advanced research capabilities.

As one of three finalists, Comprehensive Cancer Centers will be honored at LVGEA’s 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Mariposa Ballroom inside the Aria Resort & Casino, alongside fellow companies and individuals helping further community and economic growth in Southern Nevada.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Nathan Adelson Hospice Kicks Off Pilot Wellness Program with Zura Health

By | Press Release

Nathan Adelson Hospice kicked off a new program focusing on employee wellness this week, provided by Zura Health. The unique new digital coaching system integrates all aspects of health and wellness and is designed to help encourage healthier lifestyles.

Sixteen NAH employees will complete the 16-week digital course that features knowledge, tools and exercises for complete well-being. Comprised of four key phases — Empower, Enlighten, Elevate and Evolve — the program covers nutrition and fitness fundamentals, mental and emotional well-being, stress management and self-care, and also explores relationships and life purpose.

Zura Health has its roots in Las Vegas, with entrepreneurs and founders Jessica and Kylie McBeath coming from a background in both Western and Eastern medicine. The two have combined both approaches to create a holistic journey to wholeness.

With productivity losses linked to absenteeism and medical leave costing employers $225.8 billion annually in the U.S., and 30 percent of Americans stating that they are always or often under stress at work, poor productivity and stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, obesity, insomnia and a weaker immune system, are a concern for employers.

“We are excited to offer our employees a chance to participate in this unique program,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Carole Fisher. “The health and wellness of our employees is of the utmost importance to us.”

Details about the 16-week course and the entire Zura Health platform are available at www.zurahealth.com.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Names New Chief Operating Officer

By | Press Release, Recognition

Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces that Mark J. Amox, FACHE, CMPE, is its new Chief Operating Officer effective today. With an established track record as a children’s hospital healthcare executive, Amox is a strategic thinker focused on growth, sustainable operations, safety and quality – with a penchant for patient-centered care delivery.

Coming to Sunrise Children’s Hospital most recently from El Paso Children’s Hospital in El Paso, TX, where he was President and CEO, Amox is a skilled administrator in all aspects of children’s hospital operations. His previous role was Administrator of University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL. 

Amox will assume oversight of Sunrise Children’s Hospital featuring a 72-bed level II Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), a 24-bed Pediatric ICU, and the only pediatric rehabilitation unit for inpatients in the state – scheduled to open this fall. The Children’s Hospital also features a dedicated emergency department that is expanding as part of the campus-wide, multi-phase campus expansion more than $130 million.

“Sunrise Children’s Hospital serves one in four children in our state annually in a child friendly environment supported by an extremely dedicated and experienced staff,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “As COO of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, I am highly confident that Mark Amox has the background and innovation needed to grow and maximize this valuable and worthwhile community asset.”

The previous COO at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Kathy Donovan, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, returned to healthcare in St. Louis, MO last March. 

Roseman University College of Nursing Awarded $2.8 million Grant

By | Featured, Grants/Endowments, Press Release, Recognition

Funds Set to Boost Primary Care Nursing Workforce in the Region

Roseman University of Health Sciences

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) has awarded $2.8 million to Roseman University’s College of Nursing to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current Registered Nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care settings. 

Roseman’s College of Nursing will implement a Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) training program in order to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues; even the distribution of the nursing workforce; improve access to care; and improve population health outcomes. 

The training programs will be implemented at both the Roseman University Nevada and Utah campuses and the surrounding communities within rural and underserved areas thereby supporting the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020.

Undergraduate nursing students will be provided with in-depth information and knowledge concerning community-based primary care initiatives; chronic disease prevention strategies; healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved populations; rural healthcare; mental health and substance abuse conditions; childhood obesity; and the need for inter-professional healthcare collaboration. 

According to Dr. Jené Hurlbut, Roseman College of Nursing professor serving as project director and principal investigator, students identified as RNPC undergraduate students will receive clinical training within the fundamentals of nursing and community mental health nursing blocks. The training will occur at facilities that are located in areas that are designated medically underserved with a focus on primary care. Additionally, RNPC students will have an opportunity to complete their practicum in an underserved primary care setting.

The Roseman College of Nursing has clinical affiliations with William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely, Nevada, Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and a partnership with the Utah Center for Rural Health who will facilitate clinical experiences in rural areas of Utah, yielding graduates ready to practice in community-based primary care teams that impact rural and underserved populations. It is anticipated that additional clinical affiliation agreements will be added in both Nevada and Utah to further support the increase in RNPC students in coming years.

Hurlbut says, Roseman College of Nursing will collaborate with county health departments and other health organizations that support inter-professional team competencies to be able to offer a robust array of training for practicing RNs. These professional development trainings will address primary care competencies, leadership training, healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations, chronic disease prevention, and various mental health topics. 

“The provision of healthcare is changing from an exclusive acute care focus, to one that encompasses a community and primary care context.  Nursing education needs to reflect these trends and prepare graduates to meet the future demands of healthcare, including those of underserved and rural populations,” said Hurlbut. “It is exciting that the HRSA grant will allow us to create a sustainable model that can be shared with other nursing education programs.” 

Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance Hosts International Overdose Awareness Day Event, Aug. 30

By | Press Release

The Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is hosting its second International Overdose Awareness Day observance to raise awareness that overdose events are preventable and to commemorate family and friends who have lost their lives to addiction. In 2016, opioid-related deaths in Clark County declined by 4 percent, from 298 deaths in 2015 to 286. The local recognition of Overdose Awareness Day is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at Chuck Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. SNHRA will offer three overdose prevention and naloxone training sessions between 6:30 p.m. and

8 p.m. The training is free, but participants must register at www.eventbrite.com/e/overdose-prevention-and-naloxone-training-tickets-47319402607. For more information about the event or the SNHRA, visit the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance Facebook page.

In Clark County, the average rate of drug poisonings (overdoses) was 20.8 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2016. The highest rate continued to be found in the 89101 ZIP code at 44.3 deaths per 100,000 residents for the same year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 66 percent of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid. The number of overdose deaths that involved opioids (including prescription and illegal opioids) was five times higher in 2016 than it was in 1999. The CDC also reports that 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. For more information about opioids, visit the CDC’s Opioid Basics page.

The continuing epidemic of opioid-related deaths highlights the need to provide resources, education, and tools to combat addiction and support recovery efforts.

SNHRA is composed of public health professionals, HIV providers, addiction specialists, syringe exchange programs, homeless providers, prevention and recovery advocates, and health care representatives. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs by reducing drug-related stigma, overdoses, and the harmful effects of drugs among Southern Nevadans regardless of their circumstances. SNHRA also provides education and resources about reducing substance misuse and unintentional overdose deaths, as well as reducing the risks of acquiring or transmitting bloodborne infections. Each month, the Southern Nevada Health District, in conjunction with members of SNHRA, provides testing for HIV and hepatitis C, sterile syringes, and homeless services. A comprehensive needle/syringe exchange program in Clark County operates at member agency, Trac-B Exchange.