Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Fellowship Trained and Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Rachel Shirley

By | Press Release, Recognition

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired fellowship trained breast surgeon, Rachel Shirley, DO. She will see patients at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, NV 89144, located on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. 

As for Dr. Shirley’s patient philosophy, she says, “I believe it is important for patients to understand the treatment process but to also know all of their options regarding their breast cancer care. As this is a very difficult experience for both the patients and their families, I always strive to provide compassionate care while guiding them through this journey.”

Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Shirley completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Specialized fellowship programs in breast surgery are relatively new and offer specific training and management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast. She was also General Surgery Resident and Chief Resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. Dr. Shirley is board-certified in general surgery.

Dr. Shirley graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. 

Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission

By | Certification, Press Release

Spring Valley Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in August 2018. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Sepsis can be a life-threatening medical emergency, caused by the body’s excessive response to an infection. If not treated quickly and effectively, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputation or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 178 Nevadans died from sepsis in 2016*. Nationally, sepsis accounted for over 200,000 annual deaths according to a July 2016 article in Critical Care Medicine.** The illness gained greater recognition when actress Patty Duke died in March 2016 from complications related to sepsis after her spleen ruptured.

Sepsis can be caused by bacterial infections – anything from a urinary tract infection to a nicked cuticle – but also by more serious diagnoses like pneumonia, kidney infections or bloodstream infections. “The infection generates the sepsis,” explained Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “The risk of death by sepsis increases when treatment is delayed, so much of our work focuses on the early recognition and treatment of sepsis in the emergency and inpatient settings.” 

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with consensus-based national standards; the effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Among the key initiatives in place at Spring Valley Hospital are ongoing education of the early recognition of sepsis in patient care settings and ongoing review of the key metrics associated with the early recognition of sepsis. These include rapid turn-around time on lactic acid levels that indicate the extent of the sepsis, early blood cultures to identify the infection source, and swift administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Quick identification and treatment of sepsis with antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids can save lives, decrease the severity of the illness, reduce the patients’ hospital length of stay, and increase the patients’ chances of going home instead of to an extended care facility.

To recognize the signs of sepsis, learn the TIME acronym:
T          Temperature – Is higher or lower than normal
I           Infection – May have signs or symptoms of an infection
M         Mental Decline – Might be confused, sleepy or difficult to waken or rouse
E          Extremely Ill – Severe pain, discomfort, “I feel like I might die.”

“We are proud to receive the Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Freehof.  “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”  




LVMPD Abuse Neglect and Sunrise Hospital Discuss the Dangers of Co-Sleeping

By | Press Release

Today, November 8th, 2018, Lieutenant Leon Desimone from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) Abuse Neglect Section and Dr. Kelly Kogut, Medical Director, Children’s Surgery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital discussed the dangers of co-sleeping with infants. So far this year, detectives have investigated 23 sleep related deaths.  Five of those deaths came in the month of October.  These deaths affect the families of the deceased, friends and often are the cause of broken relationships. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (also called AAP) recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing. Room-sharing may lower your baby’s risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. SIDS is the unexplained death of a baby younger than one-year-old. Bed-sharing may put your baby at risk for SIDS and other dangers, like suffocation. 

During co-sleeping or bed-sharing, a baby can be hurt by: 

• Getting trapped by the bed’s frame, headboard or footboard

• Getting stuck between the bed and the wall, furniture or other objects

• Falling off the bed

• Being suffocated by pillows, blankets or quilts or from laying facedown

• Having another person roll on top of him


ABC’s of safe sleep:

                Alone – A baby should always sleep alone.

                Back – A baby should always sleep on their back.

                Crib – A baby should always sleep in a crib.


ER at Green Valley Ranch Opens November 12, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

By | Press Release

ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of Henderson Hospital, will begin seeing patients at 7:30 a.m. today.

The freestanding emergency department, located on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, will provide 24-hour emergency care every day of the year. It is staffed with the same medical personnel and equipped with the same diagnostictechnology available in Henderson Hospital’s emergency department, including an on-site laboratory, CT scanner and imaging equipment.

“We are excited to extend our hospital into the Green Valley community,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We can care for the same types of emergencies and illnesses our hospital-based ER handles. Now through March are historically very busy times for area emergency departments, and we’re pleased we’re opening in time to help alleviate some of the longer wait times people may experience.”

ER at Green Valley Ranch is the first freestanding emergency department in The Valley Health System. A second facility, ER at Blue Diamond, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, will open in summer 2019. 

The address for ER at Green Valley Ranch is 2581 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, NV. 

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. In Fall 2018, the hospital received an “A” grade by Leapfrog for its patient safety outcomes.



Henderson Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Henderson Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes are the foundation of our culture,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “This ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog validates our hard work, and is a direct reflection of both our hospital staff and medical staff’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Henderson that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see the hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine.



Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition Announces Mission Statement During Second Meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

By | Press Release

On Monday, Nov. 5, the Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition, an organization of like-minded leaders in professional sports in southern Nevada dedicated to advancing brain health safety, reconvened for a second meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to announce its mission statement and next steps.

Following remarks from Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Governor Brian Sandoval, and retired Oakland Raider Linden King, Associate director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Primary Investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study Dr. Charles Bernick unveiled the coalition’s mission statement, which is: “To advance brain safety for those exposed to head impacts in sports and across society.” The resources and expertise of the member organizations will be leveraged to pursue the group’s specific goals of promoting research, education, and advocacy on issues regarding brain health in sports.

This  first-of-its-kind coalition melds the recent expansion of professional sports in Las Vegas and the ongoing work of the Cleveland Clinic with brain health in sports. Now, various professional sports are collaborating to increase our knowledge, translate that knowledge into policies and practices and help empower younger generations to make informed decisions about the sports they play and the impact that may have on brain health.

Dr. Sabbagh concluded his remarks, saying: “It is our hope that with this coalition, we will play a hand in transforming Las Vegas from a gambling city to a brain health city.”

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

November is American Diabetes Month

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In the United States, approximately 84 million people have prediabetes, and nine out of 10 of them do not know it. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to take the prediabetes risk test, speak with a health care provider about their risks of developing the disease, and take steps to reverse prediabetes. The Health District and its community partners offer education, self-management classes, and support for people with diabetes and their families as well as programs that can help people lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For more information about available resources, visit the Health District’s Get Healthy Clark County website or its Spanish-language site Viva Saludable.

Prediabetes is a condition where a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is reversible by incorporating a healthier lifestyle, such as increased physical activity, weight loss, and a healthier diet. Without lifestyle changes, prediabetes can progress into type 2 diabetes.

The Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers a free, online diabetes prevention program called the Road to Diabetes Prevention developed specifically for people with prediabetes or who are at risk for diabetes. The six-session course is available in English and Spanish. It teaches participants about risk factors and how to make simple lifestyle changes. Participants can sign up for the Road to Diabetes Prevention program on the Get Healthy Clark County or the Viva Saludable’s Programa de Prevención de Diabetes en línea webpages. 

Diabetes self-management tips and resources are available for people with diabetes in English at Get Healthy Clark County and in Spanish at Viva Saludable. The Nevada Diabetes Resource Directory includes self-management guidance and local resources for people living with diabetes and their families. The Directory is available in English and Spanish on Get Healthy Clark County’s Diabetes webpage. In addition, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion staff members can conduct diabetes self-management workshops and interested individuals can fill out the Diabetes Workshop Registration Form to be included on a waiting list.

An individual can have prediabetes for many years without any symptoms. There are several risk factors for prediabetes, including being overweight, being 45 years old or older, having a close relative such as a parent or sibling with diabetes, having a sedentary lifestyle, having gestational diabetes, or having polycystic ovary syndrome. In addition, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans have a higher risk factor. For additional information about prediabetes, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Prediabetes: Your Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes webpage.

Chronic disease prevention resources for health care providers, including provider toolkits, are available at Get Healthy Clark County.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Get Healthy Clark County and Viva Saludable websites also offer free, online programs that can help with nutritional choices and physical activity for everyone, including people with diabetes. Online programs include the Nutrition Challenge and Walk Around Nevada. Additional programs include tools and resources about smoking cessation, and resources for a healthier lifestyle.

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

By | Press Release

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.


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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