City of Las Vegas Joins National Fitness Campaign Nationwide Movement Toward Healthy Outdoor Infrastructure

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Las Vegas Becomes 100th Partner City Unveiling Las Vegas’ First Fitness Court®

Today (January 28, 2020), the City of Las Vegas becomes the 100th partner to join the acclaimed National Fitness Campaign (NFC) with the unveiling of the city’s first Fitness Court® at Bill Briare Family Park. The installation marks a major milestone as part of a nationwide movement to shape healthy outdoor infrastructure and support healthy lifestyles in cities across the U.S.

The Las Vegas Fitness Court® is part of National Fitness Campaign’s Model City Program, an innovative program that works with city planners to build infrastructure that connects people with healthy resources such as trails, parks and bike share programs. Integrated with a modern digital ecosystem to support healthy living, the Fitness Court® allows people to reorganize their days around healthy outdoor activities.

“Las Vegas now joins one hundred cities across the country actively working to improve quality of life as part of the National Fitness Campaign,” stated Mitch Menaged, founder of National Fitness Campaign and Fitness Court®. “Today, the National Fitness Campaign is proud to declare 2020-The Decade of Healthy Infrastructure. Together, with our partners, we will focus more to put people at the center of movement and mobility in city planning, resulting in a massive improvement in health, happiness and wellness for all. The trend towards building healthy infrastructure in local communities has been building, and we applaud the City of Las Vegas for their leadership in bring this important resource to Southern Nevada.”

“I’m honored to represent a city that embraces the National Fitness Campaign,” stated Councilman Brian Knudsen of City of Las Vegas. “People young and old can use this new technology at Bill Briare Park to live healthier lives.”

The Fitness Court® is a state-of-the-art, digitally connected outdoor gym for adults of all ages and abilities to develop healthy habits and maintain long-term wellness. For more information about the National Fitness Campaign and to find the nearest Fitness Court®, visit and download the Fitness Court mobile app for access to free outdoor fitness classes.


Southern Nevada Health District Announces One Patient Under Investigation for Novel Coronavirus

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No confirmed cases of the virus reported in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District announced today that it received a report of a potential case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Clark County resident. The patient is currently in isolation at a local hospital. The patient will be monitored and under medical supervision while testing is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Clark County.

“The Health District has been monitoring this situation and working closely with our health care partners to ensure they were prepared for potential patients,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “Our hospitals are very experienced in isolating and taking care of ill patients, and we will continue to coordinate the testing process and communications with our partners at the state and the CDC.”

While the CDC considers this outbreak to be a serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate risk from the coronavirus to the public in the United States is believed to be low at this time. People who have not traveled to an area where the virus is circulating or have had close contact with a patient who has tested positive for the virus are at low risk for infection. 

Coronaviruses are part of a family of viruses that are common in different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. In rare instances, the animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread from person-to-person. In the past, this has happened with the MERS and SARS. In these outbreaks, transmission was thought to be by respiratory droplets that were spread when an infected person coughed or sneezed. This current outbreak is still evolving, and health officials continue to learn more about how the virus is transmitted.

It is important to note there are four common types of coronaviruses that are part of routine testing in health care facilities. These four strains cause respiratory infections, including colds. Currently, only the CDC has the capability to test for the novel coronavirus. Patients who receive a diagnosis of coronavirus in local health care facilities have tested positive for a common strain of the virus and not the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

People who traveled to Wuhan City, China and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after they have returned should contact their health care provider. Potential patients are advised to contact their medical provider or emergency department before they arrive so the medical facility can take the appropriate precautions.

The Health District is encouraging the public to follow the current CDC recommendations, which include:

  • Practicing everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Up to date information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is available on the Health District website at

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Cleveland Clinic Survey: Most Americans Don’t Know Heart Disease is Leading Cause of Death in Women

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Survey finds Americans underestimate the threat of heart disease, don’t understand most risk factors are controllable

A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that although heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, 68% of Americans do not know it’s the foremost killer of women.

According to the survey, many Americans incorrectly thought breast cancer was the leading cause of death in women, with men especially likely to think this (44% vs. 33%). Among Millennials, 80% could not identify heart disease as the leading cause of death in women.  Heart disease accounts for one in every four deaths in the U.S.

The survey also found that many Americans didn’t recognize key symptoms of heart attacks in women. Many do not know that chest pain (24%), shortness of breath or sweating (28%), pain in the neck or back of jaw (43%), new or dramatic fatigue (55%) and nausea/ vomiting (60%) are signs of a heart attack in females.

Americans also don’t recognize that most heart disease is preventable – for both men and women. Even though 90% of heart disease is due to modifiable/controllable risk factors, only 8% of Americans know that. 

The survey found there’s also a lot of confusion on what steps to take to prevent heart disease – and when. The survey found that:

  • 80% don’t know the proper time to start getting their cholesterol tested is in their 20s. 
  • 29% mistakenly believing that a low-fat diet is healthiest for your heart.
  • Only 19% know that the Mediterranean diet is the most heart-healthy diet.
  • More than half (58%) misguidedly believe that taking an aspirin a day is a good way to prevent heart disease.

“Treatment of heart disease has come a long way in the past few decades, but we still need to work on prevention. There are so many simple changes that patients and the public can make that can provide significant improvements to their cardiovascular health,” said Samir Kapadia, M.D., chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “Whether it be regarding diet, exercise or other lifestyle factors, we need to continue to educate people about how to take control of their heart health.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • Vaping and the Heart: One-in-five (18%) Americans believe vaping e-cigarettes is not harmful to their heart health, and this belief is even higher among Millennials (26%).
  • Not Enough Exercise: The survey found that more than half (58%) of Americans get less than the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, and 14% of Americans say they never exercise
  • Worried about Their Hearts: Americans are concerned about their hearts. 63% of people across all age groups believe it’s likely they’ll develop heart disease in the next 10 years.

The survey was conducted as part of Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute’s “Love your Heart” consumer education campaign in celebration of American Heart Month. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in the country for cardiology and cardiac surgery for 25 years in a row by US News & World Report.

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Cleveland Clinic’s survey of the general population gathered insights into Americans’ perceptions of heart health and prevention. This was an online survey conducted among a national probability sample consisting of 1,000 adults 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. The total sample data is nationally representative based on age, gender, ethnicity and educational attainment census data. The online survey was conducted by Dynata and completed between September 23 and September 26, 2018. The margin of error for the total sample at the 95% confidence level is +/- 3.1 percentage points. 

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 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at


Nathan Adelson Hospice Offers Patients a Chance to Virtually Visit Special Places Through Aerial Video

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Patients at Nathan Adelson Hospice are getting a chance to virtually visit places they thought they wouldn’t ever see again. By partnering with Flight To Remember (FTR), Nathan Adelson Hospice can get aerial video footage of a special place for the patient and their loved ones to watch together from the safety of the patient’s room or home.

 “We are excited to provide this opportunity for our patients,” said Karen Rubel, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “We know that medical care isn’t the only thing that hospice patients need. This is another valuable service we offer that brings comfort to our patients, as well as their families and friends.”

 Flight To Remember uses drone technology to capture professional quality video of a special place for the patient and their loved ones. These places could include their hometown, a vacation spot, the mountains, the beach, or a favorite park. FTR then creates a video for the patient to watch, which helps them see something that they associate with joy and happiness at a time when they are dealing with significant emotional hardship. This service is provided at no cost to Nathan Adelson Hospice patients.

 “We are proud to be partnering with an organization like Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Ashley Davis, director at FTR. “They strive every day to  provide quality care for their patients, and offering this service is another example of their dedication.”

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. To learn more, please visit their website at

About Flight to Remember

The Flight To Remember Foundation is a 501(c)(3) designated organization based out of Cleveland, OH, and has coordinated flights for their program all over the world. To learn more, please visit or email


Nevadans Breathing in a Healthier New Year

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Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act updates take effect January 1

Nevadans will be breathing in a healthier New Year when updates to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act take effect on January 1. During the 2019 legislative session, Nevada’s clean indoor air law was modernized to protect children and adults from secondhand aerosol from electronic vaping products in most public places and indoor places of employment.

After the first of the year, the use of vaping products or electronic cigarettes will no longer be allowed anyplace smoking is not allowed, including restaurants, bars where minors are not prohibited, child care facilities, theaters, arcades, malls, and more. The use of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or vaping products will only be allowed in areas of casinos and stand-alone bars, taverns, and saloons where minors are prohibited, retail tobacco stores, strip clubs or brothels, and convention floors at tobacco-related trade shows.

“Modernizing the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act was a public health win for our community,” said Dr. Michael Johnson, Director of the Community Health Division of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Our state law hadn’t kept up with the harmful products that were available to the public. Now people can breathe easier knowing they have the same protections from the harmful effects of secondhand aerosol as they do from secondhand smoke,” said Dr. Johnson.

The Health District worked with the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, and its member agencies, to develop information about the updates to the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act for the public and industry. Guides for the public and regulated businesses are available on the Health District website at

“We know there is widespread support among the public for stronger indoor air policies in Nevada,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Health District. “In fact, many businesses that are exempt from the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act contact us for information and support on implementing voluntary policies to prohibit the use of tobacco and electronic vaping products on their premises,” said Dr. Leguen. Establishments that want to implement voluntary No Smoking/No Vaping Policies can contact the Health District’s Tobacco Control Program at

Resources are also available for those seeking help quitting tobacco products as well as electronic vaping products. Residents 13 years of age and older can call the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code.

More information about the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act and additional resources are also available on the Get Healthy Clark County website at


WGU Kicks off 2020 with $1.5 Million in Scholarships

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New Year Scholarship will enable 750 working adults will go back to school

In its largest scholarship offering to date, Western Governors University (WGU) will award $1.5 million in scholarships to busy adults who would like to earn a college degree on a schedule that fits their lives, $150,000 will be awarded in Nevada. 

The New Year Scholarship, valued at up to $2,000 per student and open to new students enrolling in any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at WGU, is designed to help more Americans build better lives for themselves and their families through higher education. Degree tracks include programs in business, information technology, education, and health professions. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.  

“I had been working in industry for 25 years already and had so much knowledge and experience I was bringing to the table, so I was able to move through the program at a comfortable pace and take as many courses as I could handle at one time without changing the price of tuition,” said Gina Mastromarino, WGU Nevada graduate 2014 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). “WGU was a great value and based on my fantastic experience, I would recommend it to anyone thinking of going back to school.”

 The scholarships will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, reducing already-low tuition by about 15% for the average undergraduate degree. Recipients may renew their award up to four terms. Multiple scholarships will be awarded through a competitive program based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, current competency, and other considerations.

“One of the many advantages of WGU Nevada is the ability for a student to go at his or her own pace, allowing each student to be one step closer to attaining their goals,” said Chancellor Spencer Stewart of WGU Nevada. “The New Year Scholarship is an added incentive for students looking to go back to school to make that decision to go back to school in order to enter the careers they want.”

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know, so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives and advancing as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money. 

 To learn more about WGU’s New Year Scholarship or to apply, visit  


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The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital Offers Safety Tips to Prevent Burns During the Holiday Season

he signs of the season are popping up everywhere: lights on Christmas trees, candles in windows and stockings hung with care. But, the Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital is advising these seasonal hallmarks can also bring the risk of fires and people getting burned. 

“The holidays should be a happy time,” said Dr. Jay E. Coates, medical director of the Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital in partnership with Burn Centers of America, the largest burn network in the world. “A little preparation and care can make a big difference when it comes to safety.”

One of the biggest holiday dangers? The live Christmas tree. It is important to make sure the tree is adequately watered: A common rule of thumb for watering Christmas trees is one quart of water per day per inch of tree trunk diameter. This is especially significant in the dry climate around Las Vegas, where trees can dry out even quicker.

“Christmas trees dry out quickly and can catch fire if not watered,” said Dr. Coates. “Before you know it, a fire like that can get out of control.”

Regularly check your tree for fresh, green needles, and keep your tree at least three feet from fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, heating vents and other sources of heat.

It is also important to check the lights on your tree, as well as other electrical decorations. Make sure all bulbs are secured, electrical wires are not frayed and outlets and extension cords are not overloaded.

Other tips for electrical holiday safety include:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, especially in regards to the recommended number of light strings that can be connected.
  • Turn off lights and decorations when you are not at home or are asleep.
  • All electrical accessories — light sets, extension cords, decorations, etc. — should be certified as tested for safety by engineers at Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • When decorating outside, only use lights and extension cords rated for outdoor use. Ensure outdoor lights, decorations and extension cords are rated for outdoor use. These will bear a red UL holographic symbol, while indoor-use items bear a green UL hologram.
  • Only use plastic hooks or clips to hang lights. Metal staples or nails can puncture wires and conduct electricity.
  • When hanging lights or working with electric decorations, only use a wooden or fiberglass ladder. Metal ladders can conduct electricity.
  • Make sure a fire extinguisher that can put out a grease fire is nearby, just in case an accident occurs. Water should never be used to try to extinguish a grease or oil fire.
  • Always call 911 in the event of a fire.
  • Remember that it may take several hours for the oil in a deep fryer to cool.
  • Avoid excessive drinking when using a deep-fryer.

Candles can also be dangerous, especially if they are left unattended. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.  In December, 13 percent of home fires are caused by candles, as compared to four percent the rest of the year. Make sure candles are out of reach of children and not near any flammable materials.

“These are simple suggestions, but folks tend to get a little forgetful because of all the holiday activities,” said Dr. Coates.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer 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. The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital offers comprehensive burn and wound care for adult and pediatric patients. To learn more about The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital, visit

Dr. John and Shelley Rhodes Recipients of the 2019 Heitkotter Award

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Dr. John Rhodes, senior medical director for the Mountain West Region of primary and adult medicine for Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, and his wife Shelley have been recognized for their longtime contributions by Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School as recipients of the school’s 2019 Heitkotter Award.

“We have been blessed by the many contributions John and Shelley have made to Faith Lutheran, whether to help build buildings or young lives, and are excited to honor them with Faith’s highest award,” said Dr. Steve Buuck, CEO and administrator of Faith Lutheran.

Dr. and Mrs. Rhodes are the parents of four Faith Lutheran graduates and were co-chairs of the “You Gotta Have Faith” capital campaign that raised nearly $6 million toward construction of the school’s chapel and performing arts center. They were also catalysts for the creation of the Mark 10:14 program to help developmentally disabled students like their son, Clayton, who recently became the first student with Down Syndrome to graduate from UNLV.

The Rhodes also began the annual Mark 10:14 Barbecue at the school several years ago and have since helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the program.


MountainView Hospital Names New Chief Nursing Officer

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Michelle Bookout, DNP, MSN, BSN, PCCN, is the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at MountainView Hospital.

Michelle comes to us from HCA’s Mercy Hospital, a campus of Plantation General Hospital in Florida with 488 beds. Michelle is bringing 25 years of professional development and management experience to MountainView, with a focus on high quality care outcomes, excellent patient satisfaction and a highly engaged team.

Throughout her career, Michelle has held various leadership and professional development positions including Administrative Director of Nursing Services, Director of Critical Care Services, Director of Telemetry, Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Medical Center, and Professional Development Coordinator.

As CNO at Mercy, Michelle led the team to have zero HAC’s in 2018, including CAUTI, CLABSI and VAP. Mercy received a Leapfrog A rating for four consecutive quarters, 2018 to 2019. Michelle is also focused on employee satisfaction, reducing nursing turnover from 31 percent, when she joined the hospital, to 16% in 2019. Her research on pain management to improve patient satisfaction, which was published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, has yielded positive results.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from West Suburban College of Nursing in Oak Park River Forest Illinois, and a Master of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier University in Chicago Illinois. She also completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Systems Leadership at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  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, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.


MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128