Health District Issues Call-to-Action to Achieve 90-90-90 Goal in Nevada

By | Press Release

90% of people infected with HIV are diagnosed – 90% are on antiretrovirals – 90% on treatment are virally suppressed

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District issued a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement HIV/AIDS interventions and strategies to achieve the goal of 90-90-90 in Nevada.

“If we continue to hold our current course in terms of strategies and treatment plans, we will fall behind our response to this epidemic,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “We have the tools we need to eliminate HIV as a public health threat in our community. It’s time for us to leverage our resources to ensure fewer people are being infected, more people are being diagnosed, and once diagnosed they have access to effective treatment.” 

One in seven people living with HIV in the United States is unaware of his or her status. Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 make up 20 percent of all new HIV diagnoses, Black/African American populations have the highest rates of diagnoses – nearly half at 44 percent – but represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, and in Clark County rates of new diagnoses have remained flat while rates have declined throughout the rest of country. Clark County also bears most of the disease burden for the state. The county’s population represents 73 percent of Nevada’s population, but it accounted for 90 percent of the state’s new HIV diagnoses in 2017. Eighty-five percent of people living with HIV in Nevada, reside in Clark County.

Clark County also experiences the same racial disparities evident at the national level. Blacks/African Americans represent 11 percent of the county’s population but accounted for 32 percent of the new HIV diagnoses in 2017. In contrast, whites represent 46 percent of the county’s population but only accounted for 32 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the same year. Adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses. However, the rates for this group have remained stable for the last five years.

The 90-90-90 concept is part of a broader framework of goals introduced by the United Nations to eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat. It is based on the principle that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be treated with antiretrovirals, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.

The Health District is doing its part to address this challenge with the implementation of several initiatives. This week staff begins their Academic Detailing courses to start training on how to build stronger partnerships with the medical community, leading to increased patient interventions and expanded use of biomedical interventions such as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

PrEP is offered to people who do not have HIV but who are at risk of getting it to prevent infection. The medication is taken once a day, in combination with other medicines. When taken consistently, the medication has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent. People who are at high risk include those exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use. People who use PrEP must take it every day and see a health care provider for follow-up every three months.

“We began offering PrEP to clients this year as part of our efforts to reduce HIV acquisition in the community. In 2019, we are committed to expanding and enhancing our clinical services and access to care beyond our public health centers,” said Iser. “We are looking to our medical partners to expand PrEP services in their practices, and we will be working to provide them with the resources to do so.”

Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services and Survivors Stress Caution During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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Following devastating car crashes, family members and responders drive home holiday message to prevent impaired and distracted driving tragedies.

More than 89 individuals were killed in Nevada last year due to a car accident where alcohol was a contributing factor. This statistic is what brought family members who lost loved ones due to drunk or distracted drivers, law enforcement officers, first responders and Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center together today to kick off the month-long National Impaired and Distracted Driving Prevention campaign.

To emphasize the prevention point, Las Vegas High School students were included in the event today to get a first-hand look at the consequences of impaired and distracted driving but from a safe distance.

“Our theme, ‘Santa is coming to town, please don’t hit him,’ is light hearted but the consequences of driving under the influence or driving distracted could not be more serious,” says Todd P Sklamberg, CEO for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “This is a season in which celebration can lead to irreparable tragedy – our Trauma Services care team is committed to mounting the only defense we have which is to get the word out that impaired driving and distracted driving are preventable.”                                                                                                                                                                                                

In addition to family members who lost a loved one due to a drunk or distracted driver, today’s event featured first responders including Clark County Fire & Rescue and Las Vegas Metro PD, Nevada Highway Patrol and MedicWest Ambulance. Responders brought a lasting message for all drivers with stories and visual cues that included live vehicle extrication, impaired vision goggles and Stop the Bleed demonstrations to learn how to prevent someone from bleeding to death.

Among the speakers was, Allyson LaVoie, 20, who tragically lost her sister, Hillary, a little over eight years ago in a car crash. Distracted driving, high speed and lack of seat belt use were all factors in the accident. “It’s been 2, 993 days since Hilary’s friend decided to pick up her cell phone while driving, “ said LaVoie. “I would give up anything for one last embrace, one last conversation, or one last piece of advice.”

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital:

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults. 

HIV/AIDS Call-to-Action

By | Press Release

WHAT:  The Southern Nevada Health District is issuing a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement interventions and strategies to achieve 90-90-90 in Nevada.                                

90-90-90 is as set of goals that requires a community response to prevent new cases of HIV, increase medical access and screening, and promote linkages to services for those impacted by HIV. The concept is that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be on antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.                      

New Health District initiatives designed to achieve these goals include Academic Detailing training for staff, and the expansion of bio-medical interventions such as PrEP.                    

WHY:  Nationally, rates of new HIV diagnoses decreased from 2012 to 2016 while rates in Clark County have remained the same. Clark County’s population represents 73 percent of Nevada’s population but accounted for 90 percent of Nevada’s new HIV diagnoses in 2017.

 

WHO:  Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District

               Dr. Jerry Cade, Medical Director, HIV Service, UMC

Health District initiatives and next steps will be presented. Additional speakers and community partners will be available.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 10 a.m. 

WHERE:  Southern Nevada Health District, Red Rock Conference Room, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89107

Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, Named Chief Medical Officer of HCA’s Far West Division

By | Press Release, Recognition

HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas-based Far West Division announces that Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, is the new Division Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Corcoran has been with HCA Healthcare for nearly six years, serving as CMO of Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL. In his new role as Far West Division CMO, Dr. Corcoran will oversee clinical excellence for nine hospitals, nine surgical centers and a host of outpatient locations in California and Nevada.

“Dr. Corcoran is a proven physician leader who values the care and improvement of human life above all else,” said Brian Cook, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “He has a tremendous track record for driving clinical priorities in order to enhance care delivery and improve quality and outcomes among the patients we are honored to serve.”

Building upon nearly two decades of frontline patent care as a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Corcoran is an engaged clinical leader. After transitioning from private practice and earning a business degree, he served as Senior Medical Director, Clinical Finance Strategies with The Advisory Board Company. Dr. Corcoran joined HCA Healthcare’s Brandon Regional Hospital as CMO in 2013. During his tenure, the hospital earned Top Performer recognition for Quality and Patient Safety from The Joint Commission and Leapfrog Group, among others. The hospital also launched six accredited residency programs, expanded advanced clinical services for cardiac, neuroscience, and surgical oncology patients, and added advanced Women’s & Children’s services including Pediatric General Surgery. 

Dr. Corcoran is a graduate of the Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency at Temple University Hospital. He is a Life Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Corcoran replaces Eric Ramos, MD who left HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division in October 2018.

 

 

Las Vegas HEALS Re-energizes Task Force to Address Healthcare’s Workforce Challenges

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Task Force to Form Recruitment, Retention and Education Subcommittees

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, human resource leaders of area healthcare organizations convened for a Lunch & Learn series delivered by the recently relaunched Workforce Task Force of Las Vegas HEALS. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Packham, Nevada’s top expert on Healthcare Workforce matters. Dr. Packham delivered a one-hour presentation highlighting several of his reports and findings on physician, nursing, and allied health shortages in Nevada (click here for PowerPoint presentation).

John Packham

The Task Force has had success in the past when it assisted in doubling the nursing programs in Nevada as well as created the Healthcare 2020 Program, which developed nurse residency programs in southern Nevada. The Task Force also attended nursing career fairs in cities across the country. At the meeting, the group discussed its upcoming goals for 2019 by its’ newly appointed Task Force leaders.

Meeting Summary:

  • The Board of Directors recently appointed new Task Force Leaders
    • Jim Andres – Vice President of Human Resources for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and 20+ year executive recruitment veteran
    • Andrew Priest – Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada
    • Carolyn Yucha – Retired Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing
  • Three new subcommittees will be formed
    • Recruitment – How to attract them (healthcare professionals) here
    • Retention – How to keep them here
    • Education – How to grow them here
  • The Task Force’s future plans
    • Develop a job board for healthcare employers to post jobs
    • Recruit from medical meetings being held in Las Vegas
    • Partner with Hiring Our Heroes to attract exiting military veterans to the area
    • Develop retention programs in partnership with the Customer Service Excellence Awards hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Create a directory of all the nursing and allied health schools in southern Nevada

The Task Force will meet monthly in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus Auditorium – adjacent to the Las Vegas HEALS office. Moving forward, lunch will be sponsored each month. A big thank you goes to our October lunch sponsor, Fingerprinting Express (FE). FE offers livescan fingerprints, background checks, notary and passport/visa photos. Founded in 2003, their Culture To Care™ program has offered discounted fingerprint fees for teachers, volunteers, nonprofits and military – totaling over $500,000.  FE is getting people back to work and licensed faster than traditional screening methods through the implementation of proprietary efficiencies and exclusive systems. FE is an approved fingerprint vendor for Nevada boards and divisions, including healthcare.

Member human resource leaders and educators interested in joining the Workforce Task Force should contact Pam@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Members interested in sponsoring a future lunch can reach out to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services Hosts Santa is Coming to Town, Please Don’t Hit Him

By | Press Release

Drunk Driving Prevention Event to Highlight the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

WHO:                  Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Trauma Services

                               Local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS professionals

                                Robin Wynkoop, lost her mother in drunk driving incident

                                Community Partners     

                               Las Vegas High School Students

WHAT:  Roughly, 89 people died in Nevada in 2017 due to a drunk driving related incident. To kick-off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital will host teens from Las Vegas High School to raise awareness and show students first-hand the dangers of driving under the influence. Students will hear from members of Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services about the dangers of drinking and driving. Robin Wynkoop will share her story of loss after a drunk driver hit her mother. Students will see a live demonstration of a vehicle extrication, wear fatal vision goggles and learn how to stop someone from bleeding to death. 

WHEN:                Thursday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.           Media at 10 a.m.

WHERE:               Boulevard Mall Front Parking Lot along Maryland Parkway                            

VISUAL:                Live demonstrations of vehicle extrications, fatal vision goggles and how to Stop the Bleed

 

 

Henderson Hospital Earns National Award for Quality

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group, this fall. 

“When we opened on October 31, 2016, our team understood that our culture was based on keeping patients safe during every single patient interaction, which equates to hundreds of touchpoints during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director. “It begins with our environment and extends to our hands-on patient care, our analysis of big data to continually find ways to improve, the behind-the-scenes work by pharmacists and nursing staff to prevent medication errors, and ongoing education with our hospital team and medical staff on policies, protocols, technology and bundles (a series of particular steps) for better outcomes.  

“To receive the Top General Hospital award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees and medical staff,” said Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest awards we can receive in our hospital’s young history.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Henderson Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally as one of 118 hospitals:

·         13 Top Children’s Hospitals

·         35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)

·         17 Top Rural Hospitals

·         53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Henderson Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Henderson and other patients throughout Southern Nevada requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

 

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Opens New Multi-Discipline Simulation Center

By | Education, Press Release

SIM Center Supports Resident Education and Physician Development with equipment such as Virtual Reality

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView Hospital, today celebrated the opening of its Simulation Center, an interactive learning facility where residents can practice and hone their skills.

The facility, open 24-7 to compliment full-access learning, includes tools such as “SIM Mom” and “SIM Man” and robotic surgery. The center is also home to a virtual reality console, one of two in North America.

The Sunrise Health SIM Center was supported in part through a grant from the State of Nevada to further physician development and resident educational opportunities in our state. 

“While there are other SIM Centers in the valley, the Sunrise Health GME SIM Center is unique in that it is based at the hospital, allowing residents to visit the center at any time,” said Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “SIM Centers are impactful when they are used. With the proximity to the hospital and the GME resident offices and the unique equipment available to train with, our residents are able to garner the most benefit from the center.”

Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology said: “Graduate Medical Education is an important part of Nevada’s strategy to grow its physician workforce and increase access to high-quality healthcare.  We’re excited to partner with Sunrise Health to provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art simulation for Nevada’s next generation of doctors.”

Residents, as part of their chosen specialty, must work through the SIM Center curriculum, using the different equipment. Training includes everything from a simulation of a mom giving birth, to robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. The virtual reality module offers an immersive learning experience, using a virtual reality station with goggles and an ultrasound probe.

The Simulation Center curriculum and equipment encompasses the following:

• Robotic surgical simulation console

• 3D Systems/Simbionix Ultrasound Mentor

• Laparoscopic virtual reality

• Endoscopic virtual reality

• SimMan and SimMom

• Blue Phantom ultrasound-able training models

• Two fully equipped patient rooms

• Debriefing room

• Laparoscopic simulation room

• Surgical procedure lab

• All rooms are able to convert to simulated operating room

“We are thankful to the state of Nevada for its grant that assisted in building and equipping the GME SIM Center,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The future growth of graduate medical education in our state will take a community effort, as we strive to recruit and retain the brightest residents in Nevada.”

 

MountainView Hospital Earns National Award for Quality – Named Among the Top Teaching Hospitals in the U.S.

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, MountainView Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group. 

“We are quite honored to be receiving this award, so shortly after launching our graduate medical education program,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition honors the hard work by so many people to create a world-class residency program in Las Vegas. We have worked hard to recruit the right faculty members and residents, while creating a culture of learning at every level within MountainView Hospital.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, MountainView Hospital received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

·         13 Top Children’s Hospitals

·         35 Top General Hospitals

·         17 Top Rural Hospitals

·         53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, MountainView has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Las Vegas requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium is based at MountainView Hospital, with additional programs at Southern Hills Hospital and specialty rotations at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Founded in 2015, and ushering in its inaugural class in 2016, the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium encompasses Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and Anesthesiology. 

“It is with much humility that we receive this award, and we understand that with it comes much responsibility,” said Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “MountainView will continue to pursue excellence in our resident education programs as we evolve to meet the community needs.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramps Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramping Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

Click to learn more about PREVIEW 2019

Preview Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Thomas & Mack Center – Cox Pavilion
Preview Las Vegas is the Vegas Chamber’s signature annual trade show and economic forecasting conference; featuring more than 100 local business and government exhibitors, 2,000+ attendees, an information-packed speaker series and complimentary lite bites from some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants.  Learn More

 

NEW! Early Bird Ticket Pricing
(Through Dec. 31)
$45/Chamber Member or $50/Non-Member

 

 

Early Bird Exhibitor Booth Pricing
(Through Nov. 30)
$1,125/Single Booth or $1,650/Double Booth