Southern Nevada Quilter Creates “Above and Beyond” Quilt in Memory of #1October

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Upon entering the main lobby at Valley Hospital, one’s eyes are automatically drawn to the bright and commanding presence of a 14’ x 8’ wall hanging created by quilter Lois DeGiulio.

“I wanted to visibly demonstrate my appreciation, admiration and respect for the first responders of 1 October while honoring the victims and their families,” she explained.

Over the course of 11 months, she developed the concept, met with Valley Hospital administration to share her vision and identify the right location, travelled to find the right fabric, cut and pieced together over 1,200 fabric pieces, spent three months sewing and quilting, and handed it over for professional matting, framing and site installation. It was delivered to the hospital in time for a special remembrance ceremony on October 1, 2018.

“I wanted to create a feeling of the expanse and power of the Las Vegas skyline,” said Lois. “I chose bright colors for the buildings to create a sense of positivity, showing the brightness after the darkness. The sky is a deep, dark blue filled with twinkling stars to indicate a positive future and acknowledge the many human ‘stars’ responsible for the recovery of the people and Las Vegas. Scattered throughout the night sky are 58 quilted hearts in honor of victims.”

Quilters might recognize Lois’s use of the French Braid technique, which she chose to represent the intertwining of Las Vegas residents, visitors, business and organizations who came together to help one another in the minutes, hours, days and weeks following the shooting.

Entitled “Above and Beyond,” the quilt’s meaning is featured on a plaque adjacent to the framed piece:

Dedicated to:
Our heroes who gave of themselves tirelessly on that night and for so many days and weeks…their efforts went so far above and beyond

The lives lost…their souls rose above the Las Vegas sky

Their families and loved ones…their hearts rose above the Las Vegas sky

“This is truly a masterpiece,” said Claude Wise, CEO of Valley Hospital. “Lois’s quilt serves as a memorial to everyone who was affected by the tragedy, and I’m thankful she chose Valley Hospital for this gift.”

Added Tina Sprague, Administration, “To see the quilt in person is breathtaking. As the focal point of our main lobby, you can take time to understand the thought process and incredible detail of Lois’s vision. It’s a stunning gift to our community, and a true honor to have it in our hospital.”

ER at Aliante Opens to the Public

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ER at Aliante is a free-standing, facility-based ER in North Las Vegas

MountainView Hospital’s ER at Aliante opened today, Oct. 29 at noon. ER at Aliante is North Las Vegas’ first, community hospital-based emergency room. The ER is located at 7207 N. Aliante Parkway, just north of I-215.

The 24-hour facility operates as a fully-integrated department of MountainView Hospital, while serving patients in a convenient, off-site location.

The new ER is designed to meet the needs of the community of North Las Vegas and its rapidly growing population. It allows residents to seek emergency care in their neighborhood.

“MountainView Hospital has long recognized the need for emergency services in North Las Vegas at a convenient, neighborhood location, and we are proud to offer the ER at Aliante as an extension of our hospital’s emergency department,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With this new facility, we can offer an additional option for community members to receive high-quality health care closer to home and provide the community with an ER to meet their needs.”

The 11,000-square-foot building includes 12 patient rooms and is staffed by board-certified ER physicians and nurses, with a wide range of on-call hospital specialists.

The ER is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week. ER at Aliante accepts vehicle ambulance services and walk-in patients, and is fully equipped to provide emergent and urgent care, in addition to ancillary services. The facility offers a fully functional lab and blood bank, a pharmacy and a full spectrum of radiology services, including CT scan, X-ray and ultrasound. The ER serves adult and pediatric patients.

ER at Aliante adheres to the same regulatory and accreditation standards as traditional emergency departments. The facility provides all of the services available at on-site ERs, with the exception of trauma care and medical services or patients transported by air ambulances. Patients who require hospital admission will be transported to an affiliated hospital that meets the required level of care.


Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Named First and Only Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in Nevada

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Center Honored for Advancements in Both Clinical Care and Research

On Friday, Oct. 19, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was honored by the Parkinson’s Foundation by being designated as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, the first and only in the state of Nevada.

Lou Ruvo Center Parkinson’s Award.

Following a tour of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s state-of-the-art facilities, Sean Kramer, vice president and chief development officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation and Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, a real estate firm based in Miami, and supporter to the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network expansion, presented Zoltan Mari, MD, director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, Angie Ruvo Chair; Camille and Larry Ruvo, co-founders of Keep Memory Alive and Allison Herman, Parkinson’s Foundation board director, with a commemorative plaque to officially welcome them to the Center of Excellence global network.

Dr. Mari graciously accepted the plaque, saying “we are humbled by this recognition and will use it to continue making advancements in both clinical care and research so that our vision for a cure can one day become a reality.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network is comprised of 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States and serve more than 145,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams – neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals – who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in PD.

During the event, guests also heard from Mr. Tony Cox, a patient living with PD, who spoke about how the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has helped him and his wife, who also serves as his caregiver, navigate through the challenges of the disease by providing excellent patient care and free educational resources. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Governor Brian Sandoval sent well wishes to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 19 as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Day in both Las Vegas and the state, respectively.

Mr. Ruvo closed out the ceremony with a champagne toast, thanking everyone for attending and sharing his excitement for the future, stating “with this recognition, what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas, it benefits the rest of the world.”

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and

Photo credit: Denise Truscello for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Public Health Update: Southern Nevada Health District Reports First AFM Case

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The Southern Nevada Health District received notification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirming the first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in a child in Clark County. The Health District will not be releasing identifying information related to individual cases of illness.

AFM is a rare but serious condition. It affects the nervous system, specifically the area of spinal cord called gray matter, which can cause the muscles and reflexes in certain parts of the body to become weak. AFM, or neurologic conditions like it, have a variety of causes such as viruses, environmental toxins, and genetic disorders. It can be a complication following a viral infection. This condition is not new; however, the CDC has been investigating AFM since case reports increased in 2014. For more information regarding the CDC’s surveillance, visit the AFM Investigation page on its website.

The Health District will continue to work with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the CDC to investigate any additional suspect cases of AFM. Cases will be reported once confirmation is received through the CDC.

Symptoms of AFM include sudden muscle weakness in the arms or legs, sometimes following a respiratory illness. Seek medical attention right away if anyone develops these symptoms. Other symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty moving the eyes or drooping eyelids
  • Facial droop or weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing or slurred speech

Although the cause of most AFM cases is undetermined, the CDC advises that it is important to practice disease prevention steps to avoid infections and to stay healthy:

  • Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when sick
  • Update and remain current on all immunizations
  • Use appropriate insect repellent to protect against mosquito bites

If parents see potential symptoms of AFM in their child (for example, if he or she is not using an arm), they should contact their health care provider immediately. AFM can be diagnosed by examining a person’s nervous system, taking an MRI scan, and testing the cerebral spinal fluid. It is important that tests are done as soon as possible after someone develops symptoms. While there is no specific treatment for AFM, doctors may recommend certain interventions on a case-by-case basis.

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Offers New Yoga Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis in Collaboration with Yoga for Life

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Free program is available for both individuals who are living with MS and caregivers

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in collaboration with Yoga For Life, is offering a new Yoga Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) program for center patients and caregivers. The 12-session program, which runs on Fridays from 1 – 2 p.m. at Yoga Sanctuary, is split into two individual group classes: caregiver and those living with MS, and provides useful tools to improve participants’ relationship with MS and self-care. 

With the symptoms of MS ranging from fatigue to problems with flexibility and movement, as a result of spasticity and weakness, the program aims to aid those living with MS in managing discomfort and reducing stress, improving sleep, and increasing strength and mobility. Research indicates that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to improve MS outcomes, with exercise being a key contributing factor.

“Exercise, specifically yoga, is something we often recommend for those living with MS to help with various stages of disability and for those with relapsing-remitting symptoms,” said Le Hua, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for MS at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. With this program, our goal is to provide a safe space for patients, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga.”

All abilities are welcome, and safe and comfortable modifications will be provided to facilitate seated or standing participants. For additional information, or to RSVP, please contact Ruth Almen by calling (702) 483-6054 or email

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and

About Yoga for Life:

Yoga for Life provides specialized yoga classes for everyone, including those who are disadvantaged, have special needs, are sick or injured, or going through other life challenges. We give the opportunity for individuals to use and improve their imagination, visualization, physical abilities and mental focus through the practice of yoga.


Valley Health System General Surgery Program Receives Approval from ACGME

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New Residents to Begin in July 2019

The Valley Health System (VHS) General Surgery Residency Program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 28 total resident slots, which includes four categorical residents and eight preliminary resident slots.

Under the direction of program director Saju Joseph, MD, the first cohort of 16 residents will begin in July 2019, including PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. They will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals in partnership with private practice surgeons throughout Las Vegas.

The 5-year program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, specialty certification upon residency completion, and preparation for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam. 

One of the residency’s unique features will be its video-based surgical skills training platform, said Dr. Joseph. “Residents will be able to record their teaching cases and have their videos reviewed by local faculty and also international experts for feedback and insights into techniques they might not otherwise have access to. This program is unique to The Valley Health System, and enables our resident physicians to develop a library of cases for future reference, along with mentorships outside the standard training models,” said Dr. Joseph. “This program is funded by the $794,000 GME grant through the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (OSIT) and the State of Nevada. I believe the use of technology and innovation in surgical education will lead to a better surgical workforce and outcomes for patients in the future.”  

Other program highlights include:


Using a comprehensive simulation curriculum to train in a consequence-free environment, housed at Spring Valley Hospital.

Performing autopsies with the Clark County Coroner’s Office and assisting on organ procurements with the Nevada Donor Network.

Performing rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the only Level I trauma center in the state, for trauma rotations, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Utilizing an inter-professional curriculum, which includes nursing, physician assistants, and other allied health science professionals to prepare residents to work in complex health teams.


Receiving certification in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) upon completion of their residency program, along with training in ultrasound and robotic surgery.

Having access to the Surgical Council of Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum to prepare for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam.

Research & Quality Improvement

Participating in scholarly research and develop leadership skills by participating in hospital committees and quality improvement programs.

The general surgery residency program is the first of eight planned by The Valley Health System to enhance graduate medical education programming in southern Nevada. Other programs include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and the transition/internship year.

“The Valley Health System has been involved in graduate medical education since 2006, when we began our program at Valley Hospital,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President. “Along with a focus on primary care physicians, we’re adding residencies for in-demand specialists to meet our community’s needs.  The Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018 report indicated that in 2017, 76 percent of physicians who completed both undergraduate and graduate medical education in the state are currently practicing in Nevada*. This underscores our commitment to provide an excellent program and then recruit them to remain in our community.”

Applicants for the general surgery program must apply through the national ERAS application process. For more details on the program, visit



Health District to Conduct Neighborhood CASPER Survey, Nov. 2-3

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On Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, teams from the Southern Nevada Health District will begin interviewing household members in Las Vegas about how extreme heat impacts them and their families. These neighborhood surveys are part of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) technique to gather information to assist in emergency planning and response efforts. The goal of this CASPER survey is to understand how extreme heat affects Clark County residents and how local response agencies and Southern Nevadans can better prepare for such events. In 2017, the Health District reported 123 heat-related deaths among Clark County residents.

Survey team members will go door-to-door between noon and 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 in 25 ZIP Codes across the Las Vegas Valley. Additional information on the process is available at Participation is voluntary, and the interviews are confidential. The team will not ask for names or other identifying information. The questions will be simple and will ask about how heat affects individual families and how households are preparing for an emergency.

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. Gaining a better understanding of the public’s knowledge, personal planning activities, and perceptions of the risks from extreme heat conditions will assist the Health District and partner response agencies in enhancing their response plans, educational materials, and outreach activities to better serve the needs of the public.

“Heat-related deaths are tragic and unnecessary. Conducting these surveys is an opportunity to hear directly from people who are impacted by these conditions and whose needs our plans are designed to meet,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “This assessment also gives us an opportunity to find out how well our residents are prepared for other types of emergencies.”

The CASPER toolkit was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects/Health Studies Branch to assist federal, state, and local public health agencies in conducting a community needs assessment. The tools are designed to provide accurate and timely data for public health and emergency managers to help them prioritize their responses and make informed decisions regarding the distribution of resources in an emergency. For more information visit the CDC’s Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) page.

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Limited Tickets Available for 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala

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Limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to celebrate triumphs in LGBTQ health equality

Las Vegas local celebrity Brian Keith will be master of ceremonies.

GLMA: Health professionals advancing LGBTQ equality announces limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to be held Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 from 7-10:00 PM at the Keep Memory Alive Center at 888 W. Bonneville Ave. in Las Vegas.

This highly anticipated event celebrates outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations to LGBTQ health and LGBTQ equality. The gala is the capstone of the 36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health.

Limited tickets are available through GLMA’s website. Individual tickets are $175, but are selling quickly. Brian Keith, local celebrity female impersonator, will serve as the entertainment and MC. Award recipients include John Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner from Las Vegas who is being honored for his commitment to providing exemplary and culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community of Southern Nevada.

“We hope local LGBTQ residents and allies of Las Vegas and surrounding communities will join us in celebrating on this momentous occasion, “ said Hector Vargas, GLMA Executive Director.

About the 36th Annual GLMA Conference on LGBTQ Health

GLMA’s annual conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issue and concerns.

About GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

GLMA is the world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ health professionals and allies. Since 1981, GLMA has been committed to ensuring health equality for both patients and health professionals. For more information visit or contact Shyam Patel at

John Packham – HCCN Interactive Manual

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Las Vegas HEALS Workforce Taskforce Members,

We are pleased to announce our next meeting at the new Las Vegas HEALS location in Summerlin at the Roseman University of Health Sciences, One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135.  Please join us Tuesday October 30th at 11:30 AM, as we engage in identifying challenges and proposed action items for addressing the issues that keep Human Resource Teams and leaders in the Healthcare community up at night.

We have included a light lunch to help us fit this important time into your busy calendars.  We also plan to identify a day and time for a recurring monthly lunch meeting going forward.

We have a special guest speaker in John Packham, PhD (Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives with University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Reno), so we know you will not want to miss this opportunity.  Please access the following links to preview Dr. Packham’s reports …

Download 2018-2019 HCCN Interactive Manual

Download Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018

Local High School Students Experience a Day in the Life of a Doctor

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Local high school students who are interested in a career in medicine will get the opportunity to shadow a doctor for a day, courtesy of the Clark County Medical Society’s Youth MiniMED Internship program.

The program, which will take place October 1-11, helps students from local magnet, private, and public high schools who are interested in a career in medicine experience a half or full day “internship”, where they will be able to follow a physician through appointments, surgeries, and more.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage these students to pursue a career in medicine,” said Dr. Thomas Hunt, Secretary of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) and Chair of the department of Family Medicine at Roseman University. “Not only does the Clark County Medical Society help practicing physicians here in Southern Nevada, we also work very hard to help cultivate the next generation of doctors in our community, and then keep them here.”

This year over 20 physician members of the Clark County Medical Society will provide shadowing experiences for about 70 high school students from around the valley.

“It’s a rewarding experience not only for the students, but for the physicians as well,” Hunt said. “We are inspired by these incredible young people who want to dedicate their lives to helping others.”

The program concludes with the Recognition Dinner on October 11 at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, sponsored by the UNLV School of Medicine and Touro University. At the dinner, students and physicians are encouraged to share their experiences and insight into the day-to-day inner workings of medical practices and hospitals.

For more information on this event and other CCMS programs, go to


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.