Health District Urges Measles Vaccination as Other States Continue to Report Outbreaks of the Disease

By | Press Release

As the state of Washington declares an emergency in response to an outbreak of measles, the Southern Nevada Health District is urging everyone to ensure they and their children are appropriately immunized.

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 17 outbreaks of measles in the United States, and the Health District reported a confirmed case of measles in a patient with a history of international travel. Measles cases in the United States can occur for several reasons, including travel to a country where vaccination rates are low and where there is spread of measles in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.

People are considered protected from the measles if they have at least one of the following:

  • Written documentation of adequate vaccination:
    • One or more doses of a measles-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-aged children and adults who are not at-risk.
    • Two doses of measles-containing vaccine for school-aged children and adults at high-risk, including college students, health care personnel, and international travelers.
  • Laboratory confirmation that they had measles at some point during their life.
  • Laboratory confirmation that they are immune to measles.
  • They were born before 1957.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious health complications, especially in young children. Measles symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes, followed by a rash that typically spreads from the head to the rest of the body. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can get measles just by being in a room where an infected person has been. According to the CDC, approximately one in four people in the United States who get measles will require hospitalization. The best protection against measles is the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The MMR vaccine is given to children in two doses, at 12 months and between 4 and 6 years of age. One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing illness. Two doses are about 97 percent effective at preventing illness.

The Health District’s Immunization Clinics provide the MMR and additional childhood vaccines. For more information call (702) 759-0850.

Southern Nevada Health District clinic locations:

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
  • Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing.
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas
  • Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing.
  • 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.—4:30 p.m. Closed noon—1 p.m.
  • By appointment only. Call (702) 759-1682.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

MountainView Hospital Opens Level III NICU

By | Hospitals, Press Release

State-of-the-art Level III NICU will care for the tiniest of patients

MountainView Hospital this week opened its new 24-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), designed with the comfort of parents, and their babies, in mind.

The new, 7,200-square-foot, 24-bed unit was specifically designed so that new parents and babies can stay together at all times. Each NICU bay has a full, pullout sleep bed to accommodate parents at the bedside.

Additionally, the unit includes all new state-of-the-art equipment, including specialized isolates for the tiniest of patients. Each bed area has the ability to meet the needs of each baby, individually allowing clinical staff to mimic the womb environment. Caregivers have the ability to provide all comfort measures for babies, including diming of lights and noise reduction flooring, all to promote growth and comfort.

“Every aspect of the new Level III NICU was designed with comfort in mind,” said Veronica Sequeira, MountainView Hospital Women’s Services Director. “Normally NICUs are cramped, with little room for privacy and rarely ever any space for overnight accommodations for parents. We wanted to change that as the first days and months are a precious time for baby and parents.”

The new unit also includes isolation rooms, as well as large, private pumping rooms for moms to provide breast milk to their baby.

“We continue to see growth in our Women’s Services department, with new parents choosing MountainView Hospital for their delivery,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With this latest expansion, we are able to provide the highest level of care for our tiniest patients, in a warm and welcoming environment that purposely seeks to include the entire family.”

The new Level III NICU was part of a larger, phased remodel of MountainView Hospital’s Women’s Services unit, which included expanding the number of post-partum beds to 32 and was unveiled in early 2018. In late 2017, MountainView finished the remodel of its Labor & Delivery Unit, to include eight private birthing suites, four-bed triage and four antepartum rooms.

MountainView offers family-centered couple care, accommodations for partners, highly-trained OBGYN specialists and expert OBGYN nursing staff.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Opens Dedicated Cardiac Care Unit Specializing in “Little Hearts”

By | Hospitals, Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is celebrating the opening of the only inpatient pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in the Nevada today. The CICU is 12,000SF unit dedicated to the treatment of congenital heart defects, heart rhythm disturbances and heart disease in infants and children.

Each year, the multidisciplinary care team of Sunrise Children’s Hospital administers life-preserving treatment to more than 500 “little hearts”. The new unit features 14 family-friendly rooms and includes bedside cardiac-care capability to augment the work of a team of renowned pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons, intensivists and pediatric sub-specialists who are available for consultation and treatment.

The new CICU nests inside the state’s largest and most comprehensive children’s hospital that also features a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with the ability to treat the sickest children in need of the highest level of care.

“When a child or infant needs to come to Sunrise Children’s Hospital for care, there are now three critical care areas equipped with highly specialized staff and supported by a world-class medical staff who are fully committed to improving a little one’s outcome,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “As a community dedicated to healing, a pediatric cardiac ICU replete with the right technology and the right specialists makes the most sense.”

Sunrise Children’s Hospital CICU benefits from a dedicated inpatient pediatric pharmacy. When an infant or child needs to come to the hospital for care, a Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Team is available at a moment’s notice. Specialized inpatient pediatric rehabilitation and child life specialists who help take the focus from pain and fear to healing and recovery round out the unique aspects of the service line.

 

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious National Award for Quality

By | Featured, News

Selection of Top Hospitals 2018 Based on Surveys from Nearly 1,900 Hospitals

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious Award.

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 touch points 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. 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, and outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine services. The ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of the hospital’s emergency department, opened in November 2018. Henderson Hospital was also awarded an “A” hospital safety score by the Leapfrog Group in fall 2018.

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Pads for Pēds Announce Partnership, First Endowment

By | Grants/Endowments, Philanthropy/Giving, Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces a new partnership with Walker Charities and their Pads for Pēds program to bring Apple iPad® “Lending Libraries” and digital entertainment tools to Las Vegas pediatric patients. A philanthropic organization that is assisting children in hospitals across the nation, the library comprises computer tablets with protective cases and charging stations that pediatric patients may use during their hospital stay.

Recently, the Pads for Pēds collaboration with Sunrise Children’s Hospital brought two new Apple iPad® ‘Lending Libraries’ to pediatric patients. The new computing gear includes ten tablets, cases and charging stations. The partnership supplies a pipeline of donations to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in offering comfort, diversion and education for young patients. The organizations intend to work together in the coming years to bring additional tools to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in their joint goals.

“Through the donation from Pads for Pēds, we can help make our pediatric patients still feel like kids during their hospital stay by providing technology they relate to and look forward to using,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful for the donation and using this collaboration to improve healing.”

Pads for Pēds was born from a Walker experience that provided a single Apple iPad® to an ailing boy in Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota. Founders Brian and Diane Walker felt strongly that many more children and families could be touched through use of these amazing devices, so they sought to find ways to collaborate with great children’s hospitals across the country. To date, Pads for Pēds has delivered more than 125 tablets and related support equipment to their partner hospitals, now including Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Tablets and digital gaming devices give patients distraction from their pain. Studies have shown Apple iPad® and other electronic devices help patients retain focus so that anxiety is often reduced. These studies found comparable anxiety reduction with the use of Midazolam, a common sedative. In addition to distraction and entertainment, Apple iPad® can be used for health education of patients and family and provide children the opportunity to connect via video chat and messaging. Partner hospitals are also finding even more ways to improve patient experiences with these emerging technologies.

Benefitting hospitals include Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Children’s Minneapolis, Portland Shriner’s, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Pads for Pēds is preparing to add additional children’s hospital partnerships during 2019. Since inception, all foundation funding has been privately provided. The group now seeks new corporate sponsorships and additional private donations. Charity updates and paths to donations can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padsforpeds or on their website at www.padsforpeds.org.

 

 

Centennial Hills Hospital to Begin Work on New Patient Tower

By | Developments, Press Release

Centennial Hills Hospital is proud to announce a master plan project that will begin with the build-out of a new, five-story patient tower expansion project in 2019.

Phase one, valued at an estimated $95 million, will add 56 patient beds, increasing the total bed count from 262 to 318 beds. This addition will provide increased capacity in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate and Medical Surgical Units across the hospital. The project will also expand key departments, including the inpatient pharmacy, surgical services, and the post-anesthesia care unit. 

“As Northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and our outlying communities continue to grow, our goal is to meet the demand for expanded services,” explained Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “When all five floors of the new patient tower are completely built out, the hospital’s total capacity will reach 390 beds. This continued expansion aligns with our commitment to meet our community’s requests and keep care close to home.”

News of the five-story tower expansion comes less than two years after Centennial Hills Hospital built out the final two floors of its eight-story tower, adding 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces. Since 2017, Centennial Hills Hospital has also added biplane angiography capabilities to treat stroke and other neurosurgical diseases, an advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, and another 12 mother-baby rooms to meet increased demand for maternity services.

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 262-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Spring Valley Hospital Earns National Recognition for Safety in Surgery

By | Press Release, Recognition

Spring Valley Hospital has earned the Go Clear Award™ for its achievement in eliminating hazardous smoke from its surgical procedures.

The Go Clear Award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to recognize health care facilities that have committed to providing increased surgical patient and healthcare worker safety by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during surgery. Spring Valley Hospital earned its award by undergoing comprehensive surgical smoke education and testing and for providing the medical devices and resources necessary to evacuate surgical smoke during all smoke-generating procedures. It is one of just 27 hospitals nationwide to achieve the award so far.

“This is another advancement to improve the health and safety of our patients and staff,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “It reduces smoke exposure to our patients, but it also has a significant impact on our surgical staff and surgeons. Inhaling and absorbing surgical smoke over multiple surgeries over multiple days, weeks and months can affect one’s health.”

Surgical smoke is the unwanted by-product of energy-generating devices that are used in 90 percent of all surgeries. Its contents include toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, viruses, bacteria, blood and cancer cells. Inhalation and absorption of surgical smoke pose serious health risks to patients and surgical staff. Studies compare the inhalation of smoke from vaporized human tissue to the smoke created by cigarettes; the average daily impact of surgical smoke to the surgical team is equivalent to inhaling 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes. Today, it is estimated only 50 percent of healthcare workers across the U.S. understand the hazards of smoke exposure.

“Total evacuation needs to become the standard for all procedures that generate surgical smoke,” said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, CEO/Executive Director of AORN. “With this award, Spring Valley Hospital is demonstrating its deep commitment to the health and safety of its staff and community.”

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 has been 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.”

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 on December 4, 2018.

“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 touch points during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director, Henderson Hospital. “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.”

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

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

  • 35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 13 Top Children’s 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.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Obtains Only (IND) From FDA to Test GE180 Ligand Tracer

By | Featured, News

New Imaging Study is the First to Use GE180 in this Patient Population to Better Understand the Role of Inflammation in Disease Pathology

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has obtained the only Investigational New Drug (IND) to be issued by the Federal Drug Administration to test the GE180 ligand tracer, an experimental diagnostic imaging tool used to detect neuroinflammation, in the brains of those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Ligand tracers are used in radiology to help better depict protein interactions in living cells. Aaron Ritter, M.D., director of clinical trials at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, holds the IND for GE180 and serves as the principal investigator of a new positron emission tomography (PET) imaging study observing neuroinflammation in the brain.

The study’s goals are to better understand the link between inflammation and neurodegeneration, as well as determine if the tracer works in a new application: a patient population consisting of participants with normal cognitive function as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Currently, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the first and only trial site testing GE180 in this patient population.

While inflammation is proven to play a role in both kidney and heart disease, the extent of its impact in brain disease is yet to be determined. Researchers are increasingly reporting that neuroinflammation — or over-activation of immune cells in the brain — may play an important role in pathology for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but more research is warranted.

“We do know there is some connection between inflammation and neurodegenerative disease, but we have yet to confirm what that is, and until now, it’s been hard to quantify in a living brain. The GE180 tracer is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the science of brain disease in ways that have not previously been studied,” said Dr. Ritter. “If we can confirm that inflammation plays a role in dementia, this could lead to new treatments that specifically target cognitive decline.”

The imaging study is an observational sub-study of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s Center of Biomedical Research of Excellence (COBRE) grant, which aims to understand the similarities between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The two-year trial will use the GE180 tracer in conjunction with PET scans to detect neuroinflammation in the brains of 70 participants. The COBRE grant is funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA)P20GM109025from the National Institutes of Health.

For additional information about the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Nevada.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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 http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.