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Heat Safety Tips from The Valley Health System

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Valley Shares Tips for People and Pets to Safely Navigate Record High Temperatures

After a mild spring, it may be a shock to the system when temperatures regularly reach the triple digit mark. The Valley Health System urges all Southern Nevada residents to protect their health by leveraging these heat safety tips, and learning the signs of heat illness.

  • Never leave kids, pets or disabled adults in the car, even with the engine running. When the engine isn’t running, a car can heat up by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day; run your errands in the early morning or later evening.
  • If you are outside, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Protect your feet by using sunscreen and wearing water shoes or flip flops.
  • Cool your car as much as possible. Crack the windows for ventilation. Cover your steering wheel and car seats so they are cooler to touch. Protect your hands when touching door handles or opening/closing the trunks.
  • Some medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the heat. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself.
  • The very young and the elderly are more susceptible to heat; keep a close watch on younger children and create a communication plan with older relatives and friends so they know how to reach you in case of emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Wear hats or use umbrellas to fend off the harsh sun rays. Replenish sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Be sure to apply sunscreen to scalps, tips of ears, tops of feet and whatever your clothes or bathing suit doesn’t cover. Don’t forget the back of your neck, arms and legs.
  • Schedule hydration breaks throughout the day. When playing outdoors, it’s important to take water breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Because our perspiration evaporates so quickly in Southern Nevada, we may not be aware of our water loss, so set the alarm on your phone to remind you to take a drink. Always bring extra water when running errands.
  • Think before you drink. Water is the best source to rehydrate your body and, if you are actively exercising, sports beverages can help replace the salt and minerals lost during exercise. Alcohol and soda can dehydrate the body, so sip those in moderation during the summer months.  Take advantage of water-based foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes to keep hydrated.
  • Beat the heat and stay cooler by seeking shade, wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella, placing a cold towel around your neck and behind your knees, running your wrists under cold water, sitting in front of a fan, jumping in a swimming pool or taking a cool bath or shower.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness:

o   Heat exhaustion:

  • muscle cramping
  • heavy sweating
  • weakness
  • cold, pale and clammy skin
  • a fast but weak pulse
  • nausea or vomiting.

o   What to do: immediately take steps to cool down the body and if they don’t feel better, seek immediate medical attention.

o   Heat stroke

  • a body temperature above 103 degrees
  • hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • a rapid and strong pulse
  • possible unconsciousness.

o   What to do: Immediate medical attention required. Call 911. Take steps to cool the body but do not give the person fluids.

About the Valley Health System
The Valley Health System (VHS), comprised of acute care hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Announces “Save The Summer Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry” Event

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Event Addresses Local Blood Shortage and Search to Save the Life of a Local Child in Need of Bone Marrow Match

The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer clinic, has announced it will hold its “Save The Summer Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry” on Friday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place at the C4K campus at One Breakthrough Way in Summerlin. The Vitalant Bloodmobile will be in front of the C4K building, near Town Center Drive and the 215 Beltway.

C4K recognizes how important it is to have an adequate blood supply and diverse bone marrow registry, especially since both impact the health of C4K patients. Many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically reduced the available supply of blood throughout Southern Nevada.

“We are excited to hold this event to collect life-saving blood for the community,” said Kat Salkanovic, director of patient experience at C4K. “In addition, we are making a plea to the greater Las Vegas community to come and register for the Bone Marrow Registry so we can find a match for one of our patients who is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant.”

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is partnering with Be The Match Registry®. A major goal of the event is to find a bone marrow match for Adrian, who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for a second time and urgently needs a bone marrow transplant. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is desperately calling out to the Hispanic community to help save Adrian’s life.

Anyone who would like to donate blood must make an appointment first by contacting Vitalant at bloodhero.com, using code “Cure4Kids” or call 877-258-4825.

Blood donation reminders include:
• Blood donors must be at least 16 years old (16- and 17-year-olds must bring a signed permission form from a parent or guardian)

• Weigh at least 110 pounds
• Be in good general health
• Drink plenty of water 24 to 48 hours prior to donation
• Bring ID

The first step in joining the free marrow registry is to undergo a mouth swab. Those who are a possible match will be contacted at a later time.

Bone Marrow Registry reminders include:
• Donors between 18 and 44 years of age are especially needed
• You cannot become a donor if you have had certain diseases
• Learn more at join.bethematch.org

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure patients are getting the best care possible. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation increases access to specialized treatments that improve patient outcomes. Its Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding-scale basis. No patient is ever turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit their website.

 

Dignity Health Siena Hospital Achieves First-in-Nevada Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery Accreditation

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St. Rose Dominican Surgical Team Earns Affirmation From Global Review Entity

The Siena Campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently achieved accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, recognized for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety by Surgical Review Corporation, an independent, not-for-profit, organization that administers best-in-class accreditation programs for medical facilities and professionals.

The St. Rose Siena hospital is also the first Nevada hospital to achieve Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery accreditation. Status as an accredited facility means the Siena Campus has met or exceeded nationally recognized standards set by the global third-party organization. Not all hospitals and surgeons seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous requirements and inspection process are granted accreditation.

“Excellence is a Dignity Health core value and we pursued this distinction to demonstrate our commitment,” said Lawrence Barnard, President & CEO of the Siena Campus. “We recognize that excellence is not simply an achievement, it is a culture that must be fostered and sustained. This achievement is only possible with the ongoing commitment of our entire team of talented medical professionals. As the first hospital in Nevada to achieve this accreditation, we hope that patients and families who rely on us for their care can come to us with even more confidence, knowing that Siena professionals strive to uphold the highest level of excellence every day.”

Dr. Rodney Buzzas, Siena Chief Medical Officer, added, “As medical professionals, we recognize both the challenges and advantages of working on the forward edge of technology. Utilizing advanced robotic surgical techniques, surgeons are able to perform a broad range of minimally invasive procedures, which benefit patients through smaller incisions, fewer complications, and generally faster recovery.”

Health care organizations and surgeons seeking accreditation by SRC undergo an extensive self-assessment and inspection process. This includes physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in the accredited program. The inspection is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization or surgeon improve care and services.

“We’re proud to recognize Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus for its commitment to advancing and providing quality care for all patients,” said Gary M. Pratt, CEO of SRC. “This accreditation signals that this hospital is among the best in this specialty and is dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible.”

On average, the St. Rose Siena Campus performs more than 100 robotic surgeries each month. Common robotic surgical procedures include cardiothoracic, general, gynecologic, and urology surgeries.

Accreditation remains in place as long as the medical facility remains in good standing and in verifiable compliance with all current requirements and other program criteria. Designees are evaluated periodically throughout their accreditation and inspections are performed every three years.

To learn more about SRC and the accreditation process, visit surgical review.org.

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 since 1947. 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 multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at http://www.strosehospitals.org. Dignity Health was recently recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020, as one of the top ten best employers in Nevada.

About Surgical Review Corporation
Established in 2003, Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, patient safety organization dedicated to recognizing and refining surgical care. SRC accredits the top hospitals, surgeons and health professionals worldwide that meet our proven standards. Look for our seal, expect excellence. For more information, visit http://www.surgicalreview.org

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at “Pop-Up” Clinic at Allegiant Stadium

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Southern Nevadans now have the unique opportunity to get COVID-19 vaccines at a pop-up clinic offered by the Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and their partners in Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, beginning today, Thursday, June 10 through Sunday, June 13, and again Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20. The COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in the Modelo Cantina Club overlooking the field.

Everyone who gets vaccinated at the clinic will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets for a tour of Allegiant Stadium. Allegiant Stadium tours offer an immersive, behind-the-scenes experience of exclusive areas including the broadcast booth, locker rooms, and an opportunity to step out onto the field. One winner will be selected each day of the clinic. Ticket recipients will get to choose from designated tour dates and times in June. More details about the tour giveaway are available at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/win-a-tour-of-allegiant-stadium/.

People receiving the vaccine will also receive a “rally towel” and have the opportunity to take a photo in a designated area.

The Pfizer and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines are both offered at the clinic. Appointments at this site are encouraged and begin at 2 p.m. and end at 7:45 p.m. each day. Walk-ins will be accommodated based on clinic capacity each day. Appointments for all Health District and community partner clinics are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.

“We are excited to offer another unique opportunity for Southern Nevadans to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “Allegiant Stadium has supported our mitigation activities throughout the response, and I want to thank them for offering this clinic and their contributions to our efforts to stop the pandemic. We need to keep encouraging people to get vaccinated and the ongoing support of our community is vital to our continued success.”

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free and available to everyone 12 years of age and older. The Health District encourages everyone to get fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 18 must also have written consent from a parent or guardian at the time of services. The Health District’s policy is available on its website at www.snhd.info/covid-consent.

“We must do all that we can to encourage more people to get vaccinated in order to keep COVID-19 under control in this community,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who also serves as vice chair of the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated at this event, at one of our local pharmacies, or at one of our many other public vaccination clinics.”

“We are hopeful that this rare opportunity to go inside Allegiant Stadium will motivate residents to get vaccinated,” said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, whose district includes the stadium.  “For anyone who has been waiting for the right time this unique experience will be safe, convenient, and free.”

Parking for people attending the COVID-19 vaccine clinic is available in Lots E and F of Allegiant Stadium, and the clinic area can be accessed through the southeast entrance. People who may need assistance or children under the age of 18 may be accompanied by one additional person into the stadium. Allegiant Stadium’s bag policy can be found at https://www.allegiantstadium.com/plan-your-visit/bag-check-policy.  Bag check will not be available.

Anyone who is making an appointment for a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine needs to ensure it has been 21 days or more since their first dose. People who receive their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at the clinic and require a second dose will be able to get vaccinated at any Health District or community clinic offering the Pfizer vaccine.

Additional information about current Health District and partner vaccine sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Information about COVID-19 vaccine clinics throughout Clark County can be found online at www.NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible. COVID-19 testing information is also available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/covid-testing.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

ABOUT ALLEGIANT STADIUM

Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a global events destination and the newest state-of-the-art entertainment venue in Las Vegas. Home of the iconic Raiders and UNLV Football, Allegiant Stadium is ideally located for both visitors and locals. The technologically advanced stadium is fully enclosed and climate-controlled with a capacity of up to 65,000. Allegiant Stadium hosts world-class entertainment including concerts and sporting events such as the Pac-12 Championship Game and Las Vegas Bowl. The stadium project is expected to generate an economic benefit of $620 million annually while creating 6,000 permanent jobs in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.allegiantstadium.com.

American Airlines and CareNow® Partner for Traveler COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Las Vegas

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Testing Currently Set for 16 CareNow® Clinics in Las Vegas Area for American Airlines

Just in time for summer travel, CareNow® locations throughout Las Vegas offer pre-flight COVID-19 rapid testing to American Airlines’ guests traveling to 13 international destinations throughout Central America and the Caribbean and domestic destinations, including Hawaii.

The partnership provides convenient COVID-19 testing to the carrier’s guests at 16 CareNow clinics in the Las Vegas area for American Airlines passengers traveling to:

·       Aruba ·       Nassau, Bahamas
·       Bogota, Colombia ·       Roatan, Honduras
·       Belize ·       San Salvador, El Salvador
·       Guatemala ·       San Pedro Sula, Honduras
·       Hawaii, United States ·       Santiago, Chile
·       London, England ·       St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
·       Montego Bay, Jamaica ·       Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Travelers can request two types of COVID-19 tests: on-site rapid or PCR lab send outs. Rapid test results are ready in less than 15 minutes.

“Our goal is to provide convenient and quality healthcare options to our communities,” says Lamont Tyler, DO, CareNow Medical Market Director, HCA Healthcare Far West Division. “We are proud to partner with American Airlines to offer efficient and reliable pre-flight COVID-19 testing to help ensure travelers are safe and healthy.”

Travelers may schedule an appointment by utilizing Web Check-In® at CareNow.com and selecting one of three options, including:

  • American Airlines Rapid Test (Hawaii) – specifically for Hawaii passengers due to state specific form requirements
  • American Airlines Rapid (International) – for approved destinations that allow a rapid COVID-19 test
  • American Airlines PCR lab send out (International) – for approved destinations that require a laboratory send out COVID-19 test

After completing a rapid test, people will receive a physical and electronic copy of their test results before leaving the clinic. Those taking a PCR lab send out test will receive an electronic-only copy of results. Travelers should provide proof of their test during check-in or via the VeriFLY app to show travel readiness based on completed COVID-19 requirements.

Visit aa.com for more information on local COVID-19 requirements and destinations served by American Airlines.

For more information about COVID-19 testing and other CareNow services, visit CareNow.com.

About CareNow
Since its founding in Dallas/Ft. Worth in 1993, CareNow® urgent care has been committed to providing high quality family, urgent care and occupational medicine services. Open seven days a week and after-hours, CareNow has over 140 locations nationwide providing convenient, quality and cost effective care.

CareNow is part of HCA Healthcare. Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.carenow.com or call (972) 745-7500. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Healthcare Far West Division
HCA Healthcare Far West is headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, and serves communities In Nevada and California with multiple access points for care. Part of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, our 9 hospitals, 3 freestanding ER locations, 21 CareNow Urgent Care locations, 10 ambulatory surgery centers, 7 outpatient practices, and 28 graduate medical education and fellowship programs are dedicated to keeping our neighbors healthy. Our colleagues’ skill and sense of purpose drive our commitment to delivering excellence through effective, evidence-based, innovative and patient-centered care. We proudly serve communities throughout Southern Nevada with several access points including 4 hospitals: Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and MountainView Hospital.

ER at Skye Canyon Hosts Community Ribbon Cutting & Pre-Open House

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What: ER at Skye Canyon is having a community open house prior to opening! A fun afternoon of activities for the entire family and all ages. There will be music, food, prizes, tours of the Emergency Room and health screenings!

When: Friday, June 18

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Ribbon Cutting (with staff and elected officials)

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Community Open House

Where: ER at Skye Canyon

9860 W. Skye Canyon Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89166

(Just west of the Smith’s Marketplace/grocery store)

Who: ER at Skye Canyon, a Department of MountainView Hospital

·         ER at Skye Canyon services

·         Blood pressure checks & health information

·         Teddy Bear Clinic – bring your own teddy bear for a check-up!

·         Teddy Bear photo booth

·         FREE Hot dogs and Kona Ice (while supplies last)!

·         FREE Gift (while supplies last)

·         Take a tour of the ER before it opens!

For more information visit:  www.ERatSkyeCanyon.com 

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 earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively five times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, 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

UNLV Nursing June 2021 News and Notes

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Highlights of accomplishments by students and professors at the UNLV School of Nursing:

SON doctoral student Deborah Rojas was selected for the 2021-2022 cohort for the National League for Nursing Jonas Scholars Program. This is a very prestigious recognition that supports nursing education, faculty development, and more career opportunities.

SON Professor Rhigel “Jay” Tan (Nursing) was honored at the first Filipino Heroes Award. Hosted by the Filipino Ethnic Ministry of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, the event celebrated various Filipino heroes throughout the United States. Tan was recognized for his work during the pandemic, including designing face masks and shields and donating them throughout the Las Vegas community.

SON Professor Dieu-My Tran (Nursing) was accepted into the inaugural cohort of the UNLV Leadership Experience (LE), a new program to foster and grow campus leaders through mentorship, skill building, and promoting core values.

UNLV School of Nursing Nurse Camp Returns For Summer 2021

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What: The coronavirus pandemic has enhanced the appreciation for the role and value of nurses in American healthcare. This July, high school students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to join this vital field when UNLV School of Nursing hosts its 2nd annual Nurse Camp, a one-week interactive day-camp. Attendees will learn alongside clinical nurses and nurse educators as they engage in a variety of hands-on (and highly visual) skills labs and activities, including CPR and Stop the Bleed training; donning and doffing PPE, mobility devices and lifts; removing sutures and staples; checking vital signs, medication, administration, and more.

During the week-long program, students will receive a complete look at nursing through academic and clinical settings while observing how much of a role nurses play in our community. They will gain valuable insight into nursing school and what it takes to become a registered nurse. Each session will end with a recognition ceremony honoring the students for completing the camp.

“I can’t think of any better preparation than being able to learn from people who are already going to nursing school and working as nurses,” says Minnie Wood, UNLV Nursing Lecturer and Nurse Camp Coordinator. “The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our lives, and I think a lot of young people are seeing how important the work of nurses is and was throughout this time. We’re the most trusted profession in the country for many reasons, and I’m excited to share that with nurse campers again this year.”

Who: Nurse Camp is open to current Las Vegas junior and senior high school students and recent high school graduates.  They can register via the website. There are a limited number of spots available. Students who apply after the capped amount will be put on a wait list.

When: There will be two sessions for Nurse Camp.  Each session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Session 1 – Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16
  • Session 2 – Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23

Where: Each session will be split between the UNLV Main Campus and Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Specific schedules will be provided to registered participants.

$1 Billion Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Debuts with First Major Convention Post-Pandemic

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Ribbon cutting marks grand opening of 1.4 million square foot West Hall before Informa Markets’ World of Concrete; Las Vegas Convention Center Loop Begins Operation

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) debuted the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) $1 billion, 1.4 million square foot West Hall expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by doors opening to Informa Markets’ World of Concrete, the first major convention to return to Las Vegas and to the U.S. post-pandemic.

The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, the underground tunnel developed by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company designed to shuttle convention attendees throughout the 200-acre campus in all-electric Tesla vehicles, also became fully operational.

The arrival of World of Concrete signals the return of meetings and conventions to Las Vegas, named the number one trade show destination in North America for 26 consecutive years by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN.) The addition of the West Hall brings the total square feet of meeting space in the destination to 14 million and makes the LVCC the 2nd largest facility in the country. During a normal year, the meeting and convention industry represents $11.4 billion in economic impact to the area.

World of Concrete’s arrival comes on the heels of Las Vegas’ full reopening to 100 percent capacity on June 1.

“This convention reinvigorates our commitment to be bold in how we envision the future of infrastructure and recovery of our state and this is only the beginning,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are back in Las Vegas and there is no better or safer place to come to have a convention than Las Vegas.”

“We are excited to welcome our convention customers back to Las Vegas and to our new West Hall, reigniting the meetings and convention industry,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO. “Today is not only a great day for our city, it’s a great day for the meetings and conventions industry across Las Vegas and across the United States.”

The West Hall features a contemporary design, an abundance of natural light and 600,000 square feet of exhibition space, including 328,000 square feet of column-free space, the largest column-free exhibition space in North America. An open-air atrium features a 10,000-square-foot digital screen developed by Samsung, the largest digital experience in a convention center in the U.S. A 14,000-square-foot terrace can hold receptions of up to 2,000 attendees, offering spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip. Construction on the facility began in September 2018 and continued throughout the pandemic.

Trade shows facilitate $325 billion in business sales and 1.3 million jobs globally each year. While Informa Markets offers digital solutions that extend its reach and allow communities to connect year-round, now more than ever customers recognize the value of in-person relationship-building. Informa Markets remains committed to Las Vegas, with plans to host ten additional events in the destination before the end of the year. World of Concrete will return to the LVCC next January.

“We are thrilled to be returning to the live event format, especially in the home of the exhibitions industry in the U.S., Las Vegas,” said Nan Walsh, President, North America at Informa Markets. “There is an unparalleled magic about in-person connection—from sharing laughs with old friends, creating new ones, learning from industry experts, and seeing and feeling the latest products and innovations. We are so happy to be the first large-scale trade show to return to the show floor in the U.S., and the first to use the Las Vegas Convention Center’s incredible new West Hall, and through that partnership I believe we are signaling a return to business and connection that is needed now more than ever.”

The $52.5 million Las Vegas Convention Center Loop connects the West Hall to the LVCC’s North and South Halls via two one-way vehicular tunnels, including three passenger stations. The system serves as a fun and quick transportation solution to move convention attendees throughout the sprawling campus approximately 40 feet below ground in less than two minutes, while a walk could take 20 minutes or more. The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop is first commercial project of its kind by The Boring Company.

Plans have been announced to expand the system throughout the resort corridor. Known as the Vegas Loop, the expanded system will ease traffic congestion and offer a new transportation option for visitors from as far north as Downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip and as far south as Allegiant Stadium.

The LVCC was awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry and considered the gold standard for safe facilities. Health and safety also remain a top priority throughout the destination with a variety of stringent Vegas Smart health and wellness guidelines in place to keep visitors safe, from arrival to departure.

For additional information on the LVCC and meetings and conventions in Las Vegas, visit  www.vegasmeansbusiness.com.

Health Plan of Nevada Highlights Importance of Wellness Checks During Men’s Health Month

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June is National Men’s Health Month and Health Plan of Nevada is reminding men of the importance of annual wellness checks. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many had to cancel their annual check-up appointments as we all continued to stay home and worked to reduce the spread of the virus. In recognition of Men’s Health Month, doctors are encouraging men of all ages, including boys, to make an appointment for a wellness check, even if it is via telemedicine.

While the items covered and the health services provided during an annual wellness check vary for patients across different age groups, the importance of following a health plan inclusive of annual check-ups is the same for everyone. Annual check-ups with a doctor can help to:

  • Screen for different cancers
  • Test cholesterol levels every 5 years
  • Test for heart disease and blood tests to screen for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia, depending on individual circumstances
  • Depending on risk factors, and if recommended, screening for skin cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection, and alcohol abuse
  • Vision and hearing examinations
  • Facilitate discussions surrounding mental health and connect patients with help and treatment
  • And so much more!

ABOUT HEALTH PLAN OF NEVADA
Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada at www.HealthPlanofNevada.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.