National Health Survey Underway in Clark County

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The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population is coming to Clark County beginning on February 22, 2018. Why Clark County?

All counties in the United States have a chance to be selected for the NHANES and this year, Clark County is one of 15 counties that was selected to be part of this initiative. NHANES provides important data on public health problems from a national perspective.

Each year, 5,000 lucky residents across the nation have the chance to participate in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

“NHANES serves as the nation’s ‘health check-up,’ going into communities to collect health information throughout the country,” said NCHS Director Charles J. Rothwell. “The survey is a unique resource for health information, and without it we would lack important knowledge about major health conditions.”  

For the past 55 years, NHANES has had a prominent role in improving the health of all people living in the U.S. Public health officials, legislators, and physicians use the information gathered in NHANES to develop sound health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand the health knowledge for the nation. NHANES findings provide critical health-related information on a number of issues such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, NHANES data are used to produce national references and are used to create standardized growth charts for pediatricians across the country.

Everyone in the U.S., from babies yet to be born to the elderly, has benefited from the information gathered by NHANES.  The comprehensive data collected by NHANES has a far-reaching and significant impact on everything from the quality of the air we breathe, to the vaccinations you get from your doctor, to the emergence of low-fat and “light” foods on the shelves of your grocery store.

“I’m so pleased that our community was selected to participate in this year’s study,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to participate to do so. The information provided by our residents will help us to better inform our policy makers and provide us with important direction as we make decisions on how to best use our public health resources to meet the needs of our community.”

Now, an NHANES team of health professionals, nutritionists and health technicians is heading toward Clark County and wants everyone who is lucky enough to be selected for the survey to agree to participate.

Residents will have an invitation-only opportunity to participate in NHANES. Individuals have been selected at random (in a process similar to taking names out of a hat) for NHANES, and include all ages, races, and ethnicities in order to represent the U.S. population as a whole. Respondents first participate in a health interview conducted in the respondent’s home followed by a health examination that takes place in one of three mobile examination centers.

While no medical care is provided directly in the mobile examination center, a report on physical findings is given to each participant along with an explanation from survey medical staff. All information collected in the survey is kept confidential and privacy is protected by law.  

Financial Advisors Provide Pro Bono Advice to October 1 Las Vegas Survivors and Victims’ Families

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Fiduciary, fee-only advisors from around the country today volunteered free financial advice to Las Vegas Tragedy survivors and victims’ families. A website serves to connect survivors and victim families who received funds with a financial advisor. It’s here:

The financial advisors are members of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), CFA Institute, or the Garrett Planning Network.

The project, coordinated by the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard and the Investor Protection Clinic at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, aims to help survivors and victims’ families manage their fund disbursement from the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.

The Las Vegas Victims’ Fund is a Nevada nonprofit corporation which was created to oversee the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed in response to the shootings at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 (“1 October”). Fund distribution is subject to an application process. Not all survivors will receive funds.

“Receiving a significant sum of money can present new challenges for survivors or families who lost loved ones, especially during such an emotionally distressing time.  We encourage all recipients to take advantage of this access to un-conflicted, sound financial advice,” said Scott Nielson, Chair of the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.  “Advisors will voluntarily provide fund recipients with up to four hours of free consultation time.  These advisors are dedicated to assisting fund recipients during this difficult time.”

Knut A. Rostad, President of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, said, “We salute our volunteer advisors. Fiduciary advisors, like nurses or teachers, believe in serving their community. They believe that any family who receives funds should receive free fiduciary financial advice, if they want it.”  

Objective and Independent Advice is Important 

Greg Phelps, one of the project’s advisors (Redrock Wealth Management) and survivor of the Las Vegas Tragedy, commented on the importance of objective advice. “These financial planner are fiduciary, fee-only advisors. They do not sell insurance or investment products. They advise individuals on what’s best for them.”

Benjamin Edwards, Associate Professor of Law at the UNLV Boyd School of Law, underscores why financial advice for the fund recipients is so important, saying, “Quality financial advice and planning assistance can make a tremendous different in a person’s financial life. We hope to make sure that recipients have access to support as they work to move forward from the tragedy.”

“We are pleased that advisors are offering their time and experience to assist those impacted by October 1 on a pro bono basis,” said Christine Miller, Esq., Director of Community Initiatives and Outreach at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “We don’t want to see anyone taken advantage of or falling for a financial scam.”

The Strong Need for Pro Bono Financial Advice in the Wake of the Las Vegas Tragedy

Other tragedies in recent American history have attracted funds and donations for survivors and victims’ families, such as the September 11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Compensation payouts to survivors and victims’ families often come as a relief in the wake of such tragedies – if managed properly. A wide span of research and inquiry into how a sudden acquisition of wealth affects people exists. The phenomenon is often referred to generally as “Sudden Wealth Syndrome,” and is well understood by financial planners and advisors as causing a turbulent time for those who suddenly receive a large sum of money. 

Phelps commented on the necessity of survivors and families accessing independent and objective, fee-only advice, saying, “As a financial planner, I cannot emphasize enough the magnitude of the financial decisions these recipients will face. There are many common pitfalls associated with making such decisions, and these funds may have to last some individuals a lifetime. Recipients should not take this lightly.”


Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Receives $2,500 from Meals on Wheels America

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Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) is proud to announce that it has received a $2,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the roughly 600 area clients with pets – all of which can be financially and physically burdensome.

“For some of our clients, pets are their only source of companionship. While we strive to deliver meals for seniors in need, we must also keep in mind their pets, who bring hope and joy to their lives,” said CCSN President & CEO Deacon Tom Roberts. “Our goal is to give them the resources needed to properly care for their beloved pets, and we thank Meals on Wheels America for their generous donation.”

In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 193 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this past year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT). To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.4 million in funding and pet food donations.

“While the benefits of companionship are clear, taking care of a pet can be financially and physically challenging for seniors,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Meals on Wheels Loves Pets helps local Meals on Wheels providers alleviate this hardship and at the same time reduce the negative effects of isolation.”

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit

It’s American Heart Month

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Love your heart and it will love you back! February is American Heart Month, and the Southern Nevada Health District is offering free blood pressure screenings from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its main location, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. on Friday, February 2 and at its East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd on Friday, February 16.

The Health District recommends people learn the ABCS of heart disease and offering blood pressure screenings assists with “B” in this practice: Aspirin therapy as directed, Blood pressure control, lower Cholesterol levels, and quitting Smoking are steps to lower heart disease risks. The Health District also recommends people work with a health care provider to identify and address individual risk factors. By implementing changes to diet, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking, most people can reduce some of their risk factors. The Health District’s Million Hearts page offers tools to put the ABCS into action.

Resources for follow up care, counseling and information about how to lower and reduce risks for hypertension, and prevention will be available as appropriate.

Heart disease includes several different conditions including heart failure and coronary artery disease as well as several related conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) About Heart Disease page includes a list of conditions and their descriptions.

According to the CDC, nearly half of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease. These can include family history as well as lifestyle and age factors. Some risk factors for developing heart disease include high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, being overweight or obese, diabetes, or other metabolic diseases.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 800,000 deaths in the United States, and that translates to about one in every three. For more heart and stroke statistics, visit the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Statistics page.

In the United States:

  • Nearly one in three American adults have high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and 18.7 percent have low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Nearly half of people with high blood pressure, about 45.6 percent, do not have it under control.
  • About one in three adults does not engage in leisure time physical activity.
  • The prevalence of obesity among adults is approximately 37.7 percent.

Risk factors can vary among race and gender. For example, 43.4 percent of non-Hispanic white women and 43.1 percent of Hispanic males have elevated cholesterol levels of 200 or higher; 46.3 percent of non-Hispanic black women and 45 percent of non-Hispanic black men have high blood pressure.

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Get More Time by Slowing Down the Aging Process!

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Get more time by slowing down the aging process! NAD+, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, regulates how quickly your cells age. NAD+ is an essential coenzyme of Vitamin B3 (niacin) that promotes cellular regeneration and is involved in the conversion of cellular energy. By replenishing cellular levels of NAD+, like via intravenous treatment, it can repair DNA, protect brain cells from damage, reduce inflammation and turn on enzymes that help prevent aging.

We naturally produce NAD+ but it declines with age, hindering the natural repair mechanisms within our cells. So, if you can increase the levels of NAD+ in your body, you may be able to stay healthy longer. By activating enzymes called “sirtuins” via intravenous NAD+ directly into your bloodstream, it helps control your “good genes” in ways that promote healthy aging. With 100% absorption, it works rapidly to repair cells throughout the body and brain neurons. It also helps alleviate drug dependency through renovation of opiate receptors. Try the NAD+ “miracle” detox today at Drip Doctors Henderson 702.998.8009  

Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS) Has Opened a New Service Facility and Parts Depot

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Medical Imaging Solutions (MIS) has opened a new service facility and parts depot in Henderson, NV, just outside the heart of Las Vegas.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Woodstock, GA, MIS has been creating customized diagnostic and biomedical imaging solutions for over 20 years. Initially established as an alternative service solution to OEMs, the service capabilities of MIS have expanded into value-added programs like AdvantageVision, a web-based portal that gives a client real-time visibility and reporting on all of their equipment, and tube reclamation, an oil purification process that doubles the life of X-ray tubes.

Seeing the need for both a presence and parts depot in the west, MIS found the location for their new facility on American Pacific Drive last summer, and the team has been managing inventory and staging equipment in preparation for 2018. After hosting an open house for clients at the end of January, the facility is now fully operational.

MountainView Hospital First Las Vegas Hospital to Earn Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC

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MountainView Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic, the first hospital in Las Vegas to earn this distinction.

Accreditation by the IAC means that MountainView Hospital has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.

Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

“We are honored to be awarded the Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This accreditation indicates our staff’s commitment in striving for accurate diagnosis and quality care in echocardiography to better care for our patients, and in turn help improve their quality of life.”

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

About IAC:

IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Nevada Donor Network Celebrates Status as World Leader in Number of Lives Saved Per Capita Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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Nevada Donor Network (NDN), the federally designated 501-C-3 not-for-profit organ procurement organization also responsible for facilitating tissue and cornea donation statewide, is proud to announce its fifth record year in the number of lives saved.  The NDN team coordinated lifesaving donations from 123 organ donor heroes in 2017, which resulted in 359 transplanted organs. This equates to 56 organ donors per million of population recovered last year. On behalf of these heroic donors, NDN facilitated 163 transplants per million of population in 2017, making the organization a world leader in the number of lives saved per capita served (based on data from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and U.S. Census). The United Network for Organ Sharing reports 34,768 people in the U.S. received a lifesaving organ transplant last year, an increase of 3.4% from 2016 and the fifth consecutive record-setting year for transplants in the United States. In 2017, NDN recovered healing tissues from 520 tissue donor heroes which will help restore quality of life and mobility to thousands of grateful recipients. On behalf of 1,142 heroic cornea donors, NDN facilitated the gift of restored sight to 1,879 people.

“Heroic organ, eye and tissue donors leave behind a legacy of love by giving others the most precious gift. It is an honor for the Nevada Donor Network team to bring hope, strength, and life to those we serve on behalf of heroic donors and their courageous families,” says Nevada Donor Network President and CEO, Joe Ferreira. “We thank the clinical partners and donation champions who support our mission every day, as well as the more than 1 million Nevadans currently registered as organ donors. You are hope,” says Ferreira. A new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and approximately 24 people die each day while waiting. Currently, more than 580 Nevadans and 115,000 people nationwide are waiting for their second chance at life. Registering as a hero is quick and simple using the iPhone Health App Medical ID or visiting

Bailey Elementary Says ‘Thank You’ to 1 October First Responders

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In celebration of the Great Kindness Challenge, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican partnered with Sister Robert Joseph Bailey Elementary School to celebrate the work of hospital workers and first responders following the 1 October shooting tragedy.

Two classes of third grade students at Bailey Elementary learned about what a first responder is and what doctors, nurses, surgeons, medical technicians, and paramedics and EMTs do.  The students also learned about how important this work was following the 1 October shooting.

The students wrote letters to the staff at the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals as well as the employees of Community Ambulance to say ‘thank you’ for the incredible work that they do every single day.

“As part of this year’s Great Kindness Challenge, we surveyed adults on kindness and 69% of respondents shared that a child has inspired them to be more kind and about 74% agree that adults could learn a lot about kindness by watching how children interact with the world,” said Jennifer Cooper, External Communications Manager for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “These thank you letters from the third graders at Bailey Elementary show just how pure kindness is to a child and how easy it is to not only say thank you, but to explain why a thank you matters.”

The Great Kindness Challenge is an annual event that lasts for one week, with the intention being that these acts of kindness will continue throughout the year.  This year’s challenge runs from January 22-26.  Dignity Health is the primary sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge, organized by Kids for Peace.

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About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 70 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.