Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission

By | Certification, Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/septicemia_mortality/septicemia.htm
** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4911271/

 

 

Hubbard-Alexandre Earns Specialized Designation as Certified Neonatal Therapist

By | Certification, Press Release, Recognition

Tiny patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Centennial Hills Hospital will benefit from the expertise of physical therapist Wendy Hubbard-Alexandre, who earned the designation of Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists on April 30, 2018, and specializes in the care of premature infants.

Wendy joins the select ranks of approximately 180 physical, occupational and speech therapists worldwide who have earned the designation. She is one of approximately 50 physical therapists worldwide, and one of two in Nevada; both of whom work for The Valley Health System in Las Vegas.

According to Wendy, pre-term and other high-risk infants who begin their lives in the NICU have higher rates of disability, which are often evident before the babies leave the hospital. “Early therapy interventions can make a positive, long-term impact,” explained Wendy. With her neonatal physical therapy skills, Wendy performs activities (interventions) targeting functional limitations, ensuring the baby has developmentally appropriate sensory and motor experiences, educating the family and medical staff, and serving as an integral part of the NICU care team.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association all recognize therapy that occurs in the NICU as an advanced area of practice. Neonatal Therapy National Certification ensures that therapists who work in the NICU have met minimum standards set by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board and endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.  

To earn the designation, Wendy has a minimum of 3,500 hours of direct practice in the NICU, taken a minimum of 40 hours of education related to the NICU, received 40 hours of mentored experiences and achieved a passing score on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam.  This has given Wendy the distinction of Certified Neonatal Therapist, which is valid for five years. Her work as a Certified Neonatal Therapist is described to families and other members of the medical team, and featured after her signature on medical documentation.

The Certified Neonatal Therapist designation is less than two years old; it was first announced in September 2016 and the application process became effect in November 2016. 

Centennial Hills Hospital has offered neonatal intensive care services since 2009 and cared for its first set of triplets in June 2018.

Summerlin Hospital Awarded Acute Rehabilitation Certification from The Joint Commission

By | Certification, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Summerlin Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Acute Rehabilitation Certification. The hospital’s acute rehabilitation unit provides physical, occupational and/or speech therapy and nursing care to people recovering from stroke, surgery or other traumatic illness or injury.  The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“This certification exemplifies our commitment to helping patients during their recovery,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO of Summerlin Hospital.  “Our acute rehab team creates customized programs for each patient to meet their unique challenges, like learning to walk and talk again after a stroke or mastering techniques to deal with a below-the-knee amputation.”

To achieve this certification, Summerlin Hospital employees underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2016.  Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards and acute rehabilitation-specific requirements. To achieve the certification, the acute rehabilitation unit adopted clinical practice guidelines from the American Nurses Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses to blend the best of both organizations to benefit patients.

The Joint Commission also collected and analyzed four specific performance measures, including: bladder functional instrument management (FIM) change compared to the national bladder FIM; likeliness to recommend Summerlin Hospital’s acute rehabilitation unit; the patient’s time spent in the unit (known as length of stay); and a successful discharge to the community, where the patient remains home for at least 30 days after leaving.  

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas: 1) Compliance with consensus-based national standards; 2) effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and 3) organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.


About The Joint CommissionFounded 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 more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org
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 About Summerlin Hospital – Summerlin Hospital is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Among its key specialties are advanced cardiovascular care; maternity and women’s health; a children’s medical center with separate pediatric ER, intensive care unit, surgery, and inpatient/outpatient therapy services; minimally invasive surgical procedures; orthopedic care; oncology care and chemotherapy; acute inpatient rehabilitation; and outpatient care for physical/occupational/speech therapy, cardiac rehabilitation and advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

Summerlin Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. It is accredited by The Joint Commission.


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Lisa Ross Receives Prestigious Certification

By | Certification

Lisa Ross, Accreditation Specialist for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada, recently completed her certification from The National Board for Certification of Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education.

Ross’s TAGME certification will be a valuable asset to Touro as the university’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Graduate Medical Education partner programs transition to a different accreditation body in June 2020. Currently, all of Touro’s GME partner programs are accredited through the AOA. In 2020, however, they will be accredited through the ACGME.

“Not everyone who works in the Graduate Medical Education world is TAGME certified. Becoming certified speaks to a certain command of the knowledge,” Ross said.

Ross is only one of approximately 1,100 certified TAGME members across the country. Her certification will help raise Touro’s profile as one of the leading medical schools in the Western United States.

“This is a tremendous honor for Lisa, who worked incredibly hard to earn her TAGME certification,” said Dr. John Dougherty, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro. “Lisa’s certification will help lead Touro into the future as our D.O. Graduate Medical Education programs transition into ACGME accreditation.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to nearly 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima and Siena Campuses Recertified

By | Certification, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican announced that both its Rose de Lima and Siena campuses have been recertified with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. The Rose de Lima campus has been a primary stroke center since 2011 and Siena since 2010.

Both St. Rose campuses underwent rigorous onsite reviews in December. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima and Siena campuses have thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Rose for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima and Siena campuses for achieving this designation for multiple years,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, St. Rose has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“St. Rose is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “The certification provides the Rose de Lima and Siena campuses with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.” 

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011). 

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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 Sisters’ 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 strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog. St. Rose is hiring! To apply for an open position, visit our careers website.

About 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 more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org
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About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

17th Annual Silver Syringe Awards Set For April

By | Awards, Certification, Events

Las Vegas, NV —Immunize Nevada is holding two annual Silver Syringe Award ceremonies to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to protect Nevadans from vaccine-preventable diseases. The 17th Annual Silver Syringe Awards is being held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and will have event locations in Las Vegas and Reno.IN_logo_with_tagline_4C_LargeLas Vegas winners will celebrate Friday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Springs Preserve, while Reno winners will be honored Friday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Tickets for both events can be purchased online at www.immunizenevada.org/SilverSyringe.

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Child Life Specialists At Children’s Medical Center At Summerlin Hospital Play A Unique Role

By | Acute Care Facilities/Hospitals, Awards, Certification, Recognition

March marks Child Life Month, which is dedicated to celebrating and increasing awareness of the important work of child life specialists.

When a child or adolescent arrives at Summerlin Hospital, they may encounter a special kind of health care professional. Child life specialists help their patients cope with the stress, uncertainty, and anxiety they may feel during an ER visit or hospital stay.

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Centennial Hills Hospital Receives Top Marks From Consumer Reports For Infection Prevention

By | Acute Care Facilities/Hospitals, Awards, Certification, Recognition

Hospital is one of 37 nationwide, only one in Nevada, to receive recognition for reducing three common infections

Centennial Hills Hospital was one of only 37 hospitals nationwide and the only one in Nevada to receive recognition from Consumer Reports magazine for preventing surgical-site infections, bloodstream infections stemming from central lines, and infections stemming from the use of urinary catheters during a hospital stay.

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Desert Springs Hospital Receives Nevada Hospital Engagement Network Leader Award

By | Acute Care Facilities/Hospitals, Awards, Certification, Recognition

Desert Springs Hospital has been honored with the 2014 Nevada Hospital Engagement Network Leader award for demonstrating excellence in patient safety.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital. “Patient safety is always our number one priority, and our leadership team works very closely with our employees and medical staff to use proven, evidence-based practices to assure that consistent medical care for our patients is carried out, every hour, every shift, every day.”

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