MountainView Hospital First in Las Vegas to Upgrade MRI to Latest System

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MountainView Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system is the first in Las Vegas to receive the latest, clinically advanced system update.

The upgraded system is the latest offering, from GE Healthcare, is devised to help clinicians improve workflow, lower cost of ownership and improve patient comfort. The system uses 34 percent less power than previous generation MRI systems, and requires a smaller footprint for installation.

The upgrade covers various productivity-enhancing applications and new features to improve patient care and comfort to previous generation systems. The upgraded system also extends the power of MRI to patients with MRI-conditional metal implants. With the system, two to three more patients per day can be scanned due to new features and increase in productivity.

“MountainView Hospital is grateful for the support provided by HCA Healthcare that has enabled us to be the first in Las Vegas to offer our clinicians and patients with the latest MRI system,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This upgrade will enable us to provide more patients with a more efficient process of care in a comfortable environment.”

MountainView Hospital continues to provide the latest in imaging care. The upgraded MRI system is now operating at MountainView along with the latest CT, nuclear medicine, X-ray and bi-plane machine systems. Outpatient imaging services are offered through Red Rock Radiology. Red Rock Radiology radiologists are board certified and fellowship trained to offer superior service and quality to our referring physicians. Red Rock Radiology is the only facility in Nevada currently offering 3D Computer Aided Detection (CAD) mammograms, which studies have shown can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated.

MountainView Hospital and Red Rock Radiology have taken the pledge to reduce the imaging radiation dose for adults and children. For more information on imaging services provided by MountainView Hospital, please visit: To schedule an appointment at Red Rock Radiology, please call (855) 476-1268.

Valley Health System Hospitals Utilize Eco-Friendly Practices

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Ahead of Earth Day, the six hospitals of The Valley Health System are sharing some of the green practices currently in place.

When Henderson Hospital opened its doors on October 31, 2016, it had some of the latest technology and green practices available.

Water Conservation
The 130-bed hospital is equipped with low-flow toilets, faucets and fixtures, which will contribute to an estimated 23 percent reduction in water usage over a standard building. The campus also features desert landscaping.

Air Quality
As part of its design and construction process, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, adhesives and flooring were used, which helped decrease the amount of toxins in the air. VOC materials have a large vapor pressure that release at room temperature.

Thirty-six bicycle racks are available for employees and visitors. The Security team also bikes around the campus during their patrols.

The environmental services team is using some water-based products like stainless steel cleaners, which are safer for both human health and the environment.

 Energy Conservation
LED lighting is used in the majority of the hospital, offering energy economies of its lower power consumption. LED lights don’t generate as much heat as traditional lightbulbs, which means they require less cooling.

On cooler evenings, the hospital uses plate cooling instead of the chillers, thus reducing the electrical cost.  Some common areas are set up on “economizer,” so on cool nights, 100 percent outside air is supplied, also bypassing the chillers and reducing the electrical cost.

Henderson Hospital has its own chilled water loop specifically for the operating rooms within the surgery and maternity departments. Because operating rooms are often cooler than the rest of the hospital, having a separate loop means it won’t drive the demand for the chilled water temperature of the entire hospital, thus contributing to energy savings.

The Energy Recovery System involves vapor barriers and energy recovery units. Vapor barriers are a type of wall construction that keeps humidity from leaking. Without these barriers, humidity can diffuse out of a space more quickly. Humidifying a space takes a lot of energy since water molecules like to stick together as a liquid. Energy recovery units take conditioned exhaust air and exchange both humidity and energy with fresh outside air. That means less humidification and mechanical conditioning is needed. This system enables the hospital to reduce its energy footprint and costs to humidify hospital spaces.

Henderson Hospital also has tankless water heaters, thus reducing the gas consumption via boilers and used in a supply and demand format.

Within their private rooms, patients can operate their thermostats for preferred room temperature.

Integrated design-design build partners for Henderson Hospital included Amfab Steel, Anning Johnson, Berg Electric, Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Excel Engineering, HMC Architects, Nova Geotech, Penta Building Group, SR Construction, Southland Industries, Southwick Landscaping, Turner Construction and Walker Engineering.

Best of the Rest within The Valley Health System
Centennial Hills Hospital will begin its lighting retrofit to LED lights in 2017, which includes the parking lots and most of the interior and exterior lighting.  This practice helps reduce total energy consumption. Other Valley Health System hospitals have completed lighting retrofit projects in the past several years.

Desert Springs Hospital installed three high-efficiency hot water boilers for the main patient tower, and also built a new central plant with high-efficiency chillers and cooling tower, which helps reduce energy costs.

Onsite cardboard compactors are available, allowing the hospitals to recycle all cardboard and corrugated waste, which reduces the percentage of regular trash to be disposed.

The Valley Health System (VHS) 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

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Spring Valley Hospital Opens Hybrid Operating Suite

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Spring Valley Hospital recently unveiled its $1.8 million hybrid cardiac operating suite. The 930-square foot suite is used for advanced procedures like thoracic aneurysm repairs, minimally invasive heart surgeries, and cardiac catheterizations.

“A hybrid suite allows us to do all the operating and imaging in the same room with little or no disruption to the patient,” explained Nauman Jahangir, MD, cardiovascular thoracic surgeon for The Valley Health System hospitals. “With this particular environment, we are also able to perform more advanced cardiac procedures in a minimally invasive manner.”

Patient Benefits

Patients may initially need one procedure (i.e. balloon angioplasty for heart attack) but a hybrid operating suite can be quickly converted to accommodate a more advanced procedure (i.e. open heart surgery) if needed. This means the medical procedure can be completed at one time rather than ending one procedure and rescheduling the patient for a surgery at another time.

The advanced imaging unit helps physicians better visualize their patients’ organs, tissues and vessels to see what is happening internally, which can lead to optimal surgical outcomes.

Special Features

The hybrid suite is equipped with the GE Discovery IGS 740 equipment, the first laser-guided fluoroscopy (imaging) machine in southern Nevada.

Because of the laser-guiding, the imaging equipment can be moved to a precise location around the OR table, and capture 3-D images of vessels and blockages from head to toe. To keep the laser-guided machine in perfect position, the floor is completely level; any differences can only be the thickness of a dime. The flooring is also made of special material to help support the heavy equipment and provide a seamless floor system that prevents bacterial growth.

The OR table is extra-long and tilts in multiple directions to give physicians the best angle for operating.

Indigo-Clean™ light fixtures and bacteria-reducing flooring help proactively kill bacteria, thus reducing the risk for patients for infections. 

Continued Expansion at Spring Valley Hospital
In addition to the hybrid operating suite, Spring Valley Hospital added another surgical suite to meet the ongoing demand for surgery space by physicians. The hospital opened a four-story tower in June 2016 that features a private entrance and registration for all maternity patients, along with more private rooms for new mothers on the first floor and surgical patients on the second floor.

Spring Valley Hospital also opened an outpatient physical therapy center in 2016, and has recently added pediatric physical/occupational/speech therapy to its roster of services.

About Spring Valley Hospital and The Valley Health System

Spring Valley Hospital, located at Rainbow and Hacienda in southwest Las Vegas, is a full-service, tertiary care facility. The hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular and neurological services, comprehensive maternity services and a level III neonatal intensive care unit, an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, outpatient wound/hyperbaric care and outpatient physical/occupational/speech therapy for adults and children.

The Valley Health System (VHS) is a network of six acute care hospitals caring 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

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How a Las Vegas Hospital United ED Docs with Hospitalists to Reduce ED Overcrowding

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Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center’s integration created a ‘one team’ culture

Like many hospitals, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Las Vegas was receiving more patients in its emergency department than it was equipped to manage regularly.

One of the largest Medicaid providers in Nevada and situated minutes from the rowdiness of the Las Vegas Strip, Sunrise was struggling with hold hours in its ED. In its worst month, the hospital experienced 28,000 hold hours, with the normal average nearing 20,000 per month, says Alan Keesee, COO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

Ever since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and Nevada’s decision to expand Medicaid, Sunrise’s utilization of emergency services has increased double-digits each year. Last year, the Las Vegas hospital received 157,000 ED visits, the largest in the state, by far, says Keesee. With well over half of those visits attributed to Medicaid patients, he added.

Something had to be done to ease the burden on providers. Keesee says leadership saw an opportunity to streamline processes and get patients up to the floors and reduce patients’ length of stay overall.

Sunrise decided to integrate its emergency department and hospital medicine teams into one — unifying them under a single medical director.

The result was a one-team, one culture philosophy, says Keesee. The hospital’s efforts to increase the number of providers through recruitment and the development of team-based models for observational patients and protocols as part of the integration has also helped reduce hold hours.

Whereas most hospitals have their observational patients spread across the facility, Sunrise created a 30-bed observation unit, and dedicated providers and case managers to oversee that unit and monitor results, which has helped increase the number of patients discharged prior to 11 a.m. to 50 percent, up from 10. These measures have also contributed to a one day decline in length of stay for patients.

And not only have those hold hours dropped 79 percent in the ED to 6,000 hours per month, but there has been a palpable change in culture and care. One of the most noticeable changes has come from a nursing standpoint, says Keesee. Nurses now know who is on a team that day, and trust has greatly improved since having a dedicated leadership team focused on shared goals. Nurses will call and text physicians, and are able to know who their doctor is that day, says Keesee. “It’s really increased overall nursing and physician collaboration,” he added.

Keeping the momentum going and avoiding old pitfalls is always a concern after a large integration. Keesee notes that in order to keep pushing forward, leadership needs to come together to continually look for areas to collectively improve.

“You can’t do that in a silo, just the ED, just the hospitalists, you have to really have all those voices at the table, to make the improvements [and] continue to move forward,” says Keesee.

“If you’re disconnected, as an administration, with your medical leadership it’s really hard to move the organization forward with patients.”

First Genomics Startup Company Centered Around UNLV Biotechnologies Formed

By | Advancements

Exciting personalized medicine advancements based on UNLV research are on the horizon, thanks to Heligenics LLC, the first genomics spinoff company to emerge from UNLV.

Heligenics was formed to commercialize several biotechnologies created in the laboratory of Martin Schiller, executive director of UNLV’s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, including:

  • The GigaAssay™ a high-volume gene-screening system used to screen for interactions between genes and drugs
  • High-confidence personalized nutrigenetic reports
  • HIV Toolbox, an integrated database and web application for HIV drug-­target discovery

“Heligenics is the first of hopefully many commercial applications of our genomics technology,” Schiller said. “We thank UNLV and the state of Nevada for their support and for allowing this launch as part of our goal to return economic benefit to the community from our research.”

Heligenics anticipates that the first two projects to come to market will be the GigaAssay™ system and the nutrigenetic reports, which may be app-based.

The GigaAssay™ system allows genomics researchers and drug companies to measure millions of cells individually at once, thereby enabling an entire portfolio of products or diagnostics to emerge from a single experiment. For instance, variation in a cancer gene mutant can be measured to track disease progression, resulting in new treatment protocols or the development of new drugs that can attack the mutation. TheGigaAssay™ system can also be used to improve or discover new therapeutic antibodies, proteins that normally bind to and help the body fight pathogens or aberrant cells. GigaAssay™ results would allow such an antibody to be repurposed to bind to any protein variation and leveraged more effectively in the treatment of cancer and immunological disorders.

The nutrigenetic reports will provide patients with the information they need to understand the way their genes and diet affect one another. These reports can help patients create personalized diets, based on their unique genetics, that could reduce their risk for disease and improve their health. The nutrigenetic reports will be generated from saliva samples gathered via a direct-to-consumer mail service.

Additional technologies are also in commercial planning, including SciReader™, a web application that automatically and instantaneously displays definitions for scientific documents.

Bonati Spine Institute Opens Second Location in Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Bonati Spine Institute is thrilled to announce the opening of its new ambulatory surgical center in Nevada.  This facility, located on 10195 West Twain Avenue, will have its grand-opening on January 12th, 2017.

Alfred O. Bonati, M.D., the founder of the Bonati Spine Institute, created and developed advanced surgical techniques and instrumentation to treat back, neck and joint problems including bulging and herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, pinched nerves, etc. Dr. Bonati advanced the field of spinal surgery through the patented Bonati Spine Procedures. These precise, targeted procedures are exclusive to the Bonati Spine Institute. These techniques, in the hands of their experienced surgeons, produce excellent results and a patient satisfaction rate of 98.75%. Over the last 32 years, these procedures have been perfected, virtually eliminating the need for invasive open spine surgery, like spinal fusions, as well as the less effective, commonly phrased, “minimally invasive” surgeries.

“The Bonati Spine Institute placed one of the best surgical assets and a great surgeon, Dr. John Grossmith, at our Las Vegas facility. He will be the Medical Director and will supervise the excellent patient care that the Institute is proud to have,” said Dr. Bonati.  Dr. Grossmith is the former Chairman of Neurosciences at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA, and Principle Investigator for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. His civilian experience includes service as an Emergency Department Physician at Henry Ford Hospital and as Staff Neurosurgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, IN. He is certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery and has been with The Bonati Spine Institute for nine years.

The Bonati Spine Procedures are performed through a small incision, which allows for less scarring and faster recovery. They are gentle enough to be performed on an outpatient basis without the need for a hospital stay.  They utilize Conscious IV sedation and local anesthesia, which maintain patient comfort and the ability to communicate with the surgeon as the source of the pain is alleviated. Because they do not require general anesthesia, with its associated risks, they may be performed on a wider range of patients. Patients that undergo the Bonati Spine Procedures can return to work and resume normal activities within days.

The Bonati Spine Institute holds multiple U.S. patents on its instrumentation and techniques. It has performed more than 55,000 procedures, with 65% of those patients having previously undergone failed surgeries at other facilities. The collaborative efforts of Dr. Bonati and the Laser Developer resulted in a research and development program.  This led to The Institute being the first to gain FDA approval for the use of a laser in spine surgery.

In recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of spinal fusions performed to treat many conditions, which may easily be treated by less invasive methods.  The Bonati Spine Procedures are a safe and effective alternative to spinal fusions and avoid the risks and complications that are associated with fusions, while preserving the natural movement of the spine.

Dr. Bonati is excited and eager to expand The Bonati Spine Institute to a more convenient location for potential patients on the west coast. He is also looking forward to playing a strategic role in helping develop the Las Vegas medical tourism initiative.

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Sunrise Health System Launches Emergency Medical Response Tool to Help Improve Heart Attack Patient Outcomes

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For the first time in Nevada, the cloud-based LIFENET® System is coming online to further reduce time to treatment.

Southern Nevada emergency medical services (EMS) personnel respond to nearly 11,000 chest pains calls each year. For the first time, now EMS and hospital care teams will use a secure Internet connection to work together more efficiently to respond to those heart emergencies. That’s because Sunrise Health System is launching a new system that provides faster treatment for patients in Las Vegas and the surrounding region who experience the most dangerous type of heart attack.

The LIFENET® System from Physio-Control is a cloud-based data network that can help shorten the critical period between the patient’s arrival to the hospital and the start of life-saving medical care – an interval known as door-to-balloon time. The faster patients receive treatment the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. With the LIFENET System, Sunrise Health Systems’ member hospitals – they include MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital – can help improve patients’ chances for survival.

“Sunrise Health System is fully committed to making sure a patient with a heart-related emergency can get immediate access to enhanced heart care – even before he or she reaches our doors,” said Daniel Llamas, Sunrise Health Systems’ Emergency Medical Services director. “Having this capability helps our community of first responders meet our shared goal which is to save more lives.”

The most serious form of heart attack poses the biggest threat to the heart muscle and can result in a patient’s death or serious disability. The heart attack is stopped with the insertion of a balloon catheter, called angioplasty, or the placement of a stent, a small mesh tube, within the patient’s blocked artery. Both procedures are designed to open the artery and restore blood flow. Studies show that minimizing this time is key to improving patients’ chances for survival.

About Sunrise Health  

Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic, imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include a suite of the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital, women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers. For more information on Sunrise Health, visit

About the LIFENET System

LIFENET is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform that provides EMS and hospital care teams with innovative tools for quick, reliable access to critical patient and device data, resulting in improved patient care, ongoing process improvement and greater operational efficiency.

Accessing LIFENET through a secure Internet connection, paramedics send a patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) data to hospital care teams, which are then able to quickly identify critical heart attack patients, determine where to route them for care and have staff prepared before the patient arrives – reducing time to treatment. Hospital teams can also engage with remote clinicians for decision support through a dedicated LIFENET iPhone application.

LIFENET is administered by Physio-Control and works quietly in the background, allowing paramedics, physicians and nurses to focus on treatment decisions and patient care. In addition, by speeding communication among members of the care team, LIFENET helps the team save critical time in delivering treatments. Today, LIFENET is making a difference for whole communities as increasing numbers of medical professionals turn to LIFENET to give critical heart patients their best possible outcomes.

About Heart Attacks

The most critical form of heart attack is called STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) and affects close to 400,000 people every year in the U.S. alone, according to the American Heart Association. In STEMI heart attacks, coronary arteries experience a total blockage, causing various sections of the heart muscle to die. In contrast, non-STEMI, or NSTEMI, heart attacks are the result of a partial arterial blockage. To determine if a patient is experiencing a STEMI, medical teams look at the results of the patient’s ECG reading: if the ST segment of the reading is elevated, the patient has suffered a STEMI heart attack.

Studies show that when door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes or less, patients experiencing a STEMI heart attack have significantly better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. LIFENET can play a key role in reducing door-to-balloon time, ensuring that patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.

About Physio-Control

Physio-Control, Inc. is part of the medical division of Stryker Corporation and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that predict or intervene in life-threatening emergencies. The company’s products include LIFEPAK® monitor/defibrillators, LIFEPAK® and HeartSine® automated external defibrillators, the LIFENET® System, HealthEMS® electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) software, LUCAS® 2 Chest Compression System, TrueCPR coaching device, and more.

Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas Welcomes New Administrative Director, Erick Vidmar

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Vidmar will oversee operations for Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health andCleveland Clinic Urology, Las Vegas

Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas welcomes Erick Vidmar as the new administrative director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) and Cleveland Clinic Urology, Las Vegas. Vidmar brings more than 10 years of administrative experience since joining Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and most recently worked in regional operations as the director of ambulatory operations for Cleveland Clinic’s Strongville Family Health and Surgery Center and Brunswick Family Health and Emergency Department.

“I am excited to continue with the Cleveland Clinic because I believe in their mission to be the world’s leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes, research and education,” said Erick Vidmar, administrative director of Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas. “In addition to striving to improve the lives of those diagnosed with brain disease, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is committed to finding cures and treatments for these horrific diseases and I look forward to contributing to the Center’s advancement.”

Vidmar received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from The Ohio State University before completing Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Fellowship program. In addition to working in regional operations, Vidmar previously worked as an administrator for medicine and family medicine at Cleveland Clinic at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

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. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit

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MassMedia Names Georgeann Pizzi Partner

By | Advancements, On The Move

MassMedia Corporate Communications, a full-service provider of public relations, advertising and marketing communications, today announced that it has named Georgeann Pizzi as partner.

Pizzi, who has been with MassMedia for more than seven years, serves as a Senior Vice President where she plans and executes strategic communications campaigns that include media buying and public relations, social media and special events for many of the firm’s top clients. She also manages and trains members of the account team, assisting in the career development of the agency’s staff.

Georgeann’s strategic thinking and work ethic make her an indispensable resource at Mass Media, said Paula Yakubik, MassMedia¹s managing partner. Her abilities and campaign-management skills have been instrumental in leading MassMedia¹s emergence as an integrated marketing company with a diverse client roster of local, regional, national and international industry leaders including Southwest Gas, HealthCare Partners Nevada and McDonald’s. Her insights and leadership qualities are rare assets.

Pizzi came to MassMedia in 2009 as an assistant account executive. Her determination and tireless effort ensured her promotions: first to account executive, then account supervisor and finally to vice president in 2013. Before joining the firm, she gained extensive experience in event management, social media and other marketing roles in the hospitality and gaming industries, including serving in brand marketing at the M Resort. Named the 2011 Advertising Executive of the Year by the Las Vegas Business Press, Pizzi is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing.

Serving on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Committee, Pizzi also leads MassMedia¹s community outreach initiatives. Over the years, beneficiaries of these initiatives have included: Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, Reading Week at Edna Hinman Elementary School, Spread the Word Nevada, and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Thanksgiving food drives.

About MassMedia

Founded in 1997, MassMedia Corporate Communications is a full-service public relations, advertising, and marketing agency whose knowledge, strategic insights and innovative programs have developed brands, communicated messages, and influenced consumers for a variety of clients, products and services across the nation. The firm¹s clients include HealthCare Partners, ABQ Health Partners, Southwest Gas, PENTA Building Group, Colliers International ­ Las Vegas and Pisanelli Bice PLLC. To learn more about MassMedia Corporate Communications, please visit, and follow the company on Facebook and on Twitter at @MassMediaCC.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican¹s Siena Campus Awarded Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement From The Joint Commission

By | Advancements

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena campus today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. The advanced certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care. The Siena Campus is one of the largest joint replacement programs in the area, with consumers coming from across the valley and beyond for surgery.

The Siena campus underwent a rigorous onsite review on October 10. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

Achieving Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification recognizes St. Rose’s commitment to provide care in a safe and efficient manner for patients, said Wendi Roberts, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. The advanced certification will help St. Rose better provide coordinated and comprehensive care to patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement.

St. Rose’s Siena campus is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, added Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. We look forward to improving patient safety and quality of care for the increasing number of patients undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery.

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation¹s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters¹ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 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. St. Rose is hiring! To apply for an open position, visit our careers website.