UNLV President and Las Vegas City Manager Join LVGEA Board of Directors

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LVGEA Welcomes Three New Members to Serve Board of Directors

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) welcomes three new members to serve the organization on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors: Keith E. Whitfield, UNLV President; Jorge Cervantes, Las Vegas City Manager; and Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer, Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada.

“We have the privilege of welcoming three new Board members to the LVGEA50 during a crucial period of recovery for our region,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “We are excited for the experience, insight, and partnership they will bring to our mission and strategy as we work toward strengthening and diversifying Southern Nevada’s economy.”

Keith E. Whitfield is a seasoned university administrator and prolific scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging. He became UNLV’s 11th president on August 24, 2020 and the first African American president in UNLV’s history.  He has worked in higher education for more than three decades and has received numerous national awards and honors throughout his career.

“It’s an honor to serve on the LVGEA Board and I look forward to working with other community partners to forge strong alliances that advance economic development in our region,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “Strong universities are vital to economic recovery, development, and sustainability. At UNLV, our faculty are helping address the critical issues facing our region, and we’re producing graduates that support core and emerging industries. Southern Nevada is our home, and we’re committed to doing all we can to help it thrive.”

Jorge Cervantes began serving as city manager for the city of Las Vegas on November 15, 2020. Previously he had served as the city’s chief of operations and development overseeing the Operations and Maintenance, Parks and Recreation, and the programs and services at the city’s Development Services Center.

“The work of the LVGEA and its board is more vital than ever,” said Las Vegas City Manager Jorge Cervantes.  “To help our community weather economic downturns like we are seeing in this pandemic, a more diverse economy will be key to our future. The LVGEA will be a major player in helping that happen through the attraction of new businesses.”

Cora Case leads the overall strategy to manage the financial risk for Intermountain Healthcare in Nevada. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial performance. Her background includes working in the medical group, hospital, and post-acute care areas of the health system, as well as pharmacy and lab operations.

“I am elated to be joining the LVGEA50 with so many esteemed professionals in the great state of Nevada and look forward to contributing to the conversations with the healthcare industry perspective as we begin our road to recovery post-pandemic,” said Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer of Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada. “I also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with community leaders during this very critical time.”

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. As Southern Nevada’s regional development authority, the LVGEA’s vision is to help residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy. To learn more, visit lvgea.org.

Health Plan of Nevada Offers Tips To Minimize Holiday Weight Gain This Thanksgiving

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Smart Eating and Recipes Key to Having a Happy and Health Thanksgiving in 2020

When feasting during the holidays, it’s easy to pile your plate with high carb, high fat foods but this year, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), would like to offer tips to minimize holiday weight gain this holiday season. Several recommendations to incorporate healthy habits into your holidays include:

  • Be prepared with low-carb snacks as needed
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Enjoy the flavor of each bite
  • Do not skip meals, there is no saving carbs for later
  • Stay active during the holidays

Additionally, staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods. HPN advises filling up on vegetables and proteins first, then indulge in smaller portions of some of the high-carb holiday favorites. The following are recipes to make sure your Thanksgiving is delicious and healthy:

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Sauce: 1 12-oz. bottle chili sauce (1 ½ cups) \ 8-oz. jellied cranberry sauce (1 cup)
  1. Heat oven to 375. In a large bowl, stir meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 1-inch balls and place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, no pink in center.
  2. In the meantime, in 3-quart saucepan, stir sauce ingredients until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce; stir to coat. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stick toothpicks in meatballs to serve.

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

  • 1 ½ lbs. green beans, trimmed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well again.
  2. Place walnuts in a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Remove walnuts from pan; set aside. Add 4 teaspoons oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme to pan; cook 17 minutes or until onion is very tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove onion mixture from pan; keep warm.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add green beans; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Add onion mixture and vinegar to pan; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with nuts, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

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,

Dr. Michael Daubs Named Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Michael Daubs, M.D. was recently named Director-Elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

Michael Daubs, M.D.

The ABOS is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons.

The board of directors consists of 21 members which include 12 Directors, six Senior Directors, two Directors-Elect, and one Public Director. Nominations come from the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Daubs also serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine and medical director of OptumCare Orthopaedics & Spine.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Hosts Candid Conversations about Clinical Research, Nov. 19

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Candid Conversations about Clinical Research Set for Thursday, Nov 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. with recent results indicating that currently 6 million Americans are affected. Here in Nevada, we are the third fastest aging population in the country, with age being the greatest risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In conjunction with National Alzheimer’s Awareness month this November, The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will host Candid Conversations about Clinical Research, an online recruitment event to educate the community about joining a clinical trial, in an effort to help change the course of Alzheimer’s disease before we lose another generation.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the virtual event will feature some of the Lou Ruvo Center’s current research participants, to share testimonials about their experiences with clinical trials in hopes of putting a face to some of the current research being done at the center. The research participants, or “Citizen Scientists,” will also be joined by several research team leaders, to help drive community understanding around research, dispel myths surrounding clinical trials and help encourage the community to join in and become Citizen Scientists themselves. Those interested in joining the event can register at ClevelandClinic.org/NVcandid2020.


Centennial Hills Hospital Opens Expanded Patient Care Areas

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Maternity Expansion Opened on November 9 & Additional Medical/Surgical Beds Planned Openings Set for Early 2021

The staff at Centennial Hills Hospital has opened its first expanded patient care unit of its new five-story tower.

The Birthplace at Centennial Hills Hospital added two labor and delivery suites along with 36 mother-baby (post-partum) suites. Each suite offers a calm, comfortable environment, technologically advanced equipment, sweeping views of the Las Vegas valley, and amenities for new mothers and families.

Centennial Hills Hospital’s New Maternity Ward.

Women choosing to deliver at The Birthplace will work with their healthcare provider to create an individualized birth plan. Options include a natural delivery model with water laboring tubs, anesthesia services or a planned Caesarean section. Two operating rooms are located within The Birthplace, providing immediate access for planned and emergency Caesarean sections.

The Birthplace has a laborist (obstetrician) onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with any deliveries, and specially trained staff to provide specific care within the triage, antepartum labor and delivery, mother-baby and neonatal intensive care departments.

Future Birthplace construction plans include an expansion of our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) from 15 beds to 25 beds, including nine new private rooms in the latter part of 2021.

In 2021, the hospital also plans to open a new 36-bed medical-surgical patient care unit that will open on the third floor of the tower. The orthopedic nursing unit from the existing hospital will relocate to the new tower, utilizing best practices for the nursing and therapy needs of orthopedic and spine patients. In turn, this will free up additional beds in the existing hospital to be used for the treatment of and recovery from other medical conditions.

Phase one of the tower expansion, valued at $95 million, will also expand the inpatient pharmacy, laboratory, surgical services and the post-anesthesia care unit to accommodate the growing needs of Northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and outlying communities. Upon final completion and licensure of the second and third floors, the facility bed count will increase from 262 to 339 beds. Additionally, the new tower building has two shelled floors for future expansion to support the growing needs of the local community, and these floors could support the hospital growing to over 400 beds.

About Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ValleyHealthLV
YouTube: www.youtube.com/TheValleyHealthSystem
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thevalleyhealthsystem/


HEALS and Vegas HealthCARE Education Task Force Looks to Add Members

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Informal Meeting Scheduled for December 3rd at HEALS Offices in Summerlin to Kick Off First Task Force Collaboration Between HEALS and Vegas HealthCARE

Las Vegas HEALS, Vegas HealthCARE Members and Members of the Las Vegas Healthcare Task Force At-Large, announce the formation of the combined Las Vegas HEALS/Vegas HealthCARE Education Task Force. Co-Chairs for the Task Force are Jessica Milazzo from University of Phoenix-Las Vegas Campus and Amy Minnich from Rider Mobility.

Jessica and Amy are eager to get started, and are looking for Task Force members who want to join in the mission to connect current and future healthcare workers with opportunities for education by providing resources, networking opportunities, and hosting events.

The Task Force will meet monthly and rotate meeting locations. In hopes of meeting people with a true interest, there will be a drop-in lunch on December 3rd from 11am-1pm at the HEALS office in the Auditorium at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89147.

Those interested in learning more are invited to stop by anytime during this window, but should register as to be counted for lunch.


COVID-19 protocols will be followed so wear your favorite mask

If you are unable to attend the luncheon, but are interested in being a part of the Task Force please send an email to education@lasvegasheals.org with the following information:


Please also take a moment, while filling out the email, to tell the team know more about you:

  1. Please let us know why do you want to join the education Task Force?
  2. What would you like the education Task Force to accomplish during 2021?
  3. Do you personally or does your company/organization offer educational programming whether formal or informal? If so, please provide a brief description of the programs/courses offered.
  4. Do you have space to host a meeting or event under COVID-19 CDC guidelines? If so, how many people can you accommodate?

The Task Force looks forward to seeing everyone on Dec. 3rd! Feel free to reach out to Jessica or Amy via the Task Force’s email address: education@lasvegasheals.org Those interested can reach out to Amy at 702-461-8400.

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Looks Ahead Towards the 28th Annual World Congress

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Event in 2020 Taking Place Entirely Online December 12-13

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is gearing up for the highly anticipated 28th Annual World Congress | The Science of Longevity: Exploring the Limits of the Human Lifespan taking place entirely online from December 12-13, 2020. Led by the field’s foremost clinical educators and centered around the most valuable scientific research and clinical strategies to improve healthspan and increase lifespan, this transformative event will deliver actionable tools clinicians can utilize in practices across the globe. Featuring a clinically renowned faculty line-up and cutting-edge clinical topics, this year’s World Congress will deliver two full days of advanced educational offerings: including 5 in-depth clinical tracks, 28 sessions, and one pre-conference workshop taking place on December 11th.

Learn more by visiting the event website.

28th Annual World Congress Online Dec 12-13.

The conference will begin with a one-day pre-conference workshop titled: Pain and Cannabinoid Update. Led by renowned clinicians Drs. Wade Cooper, DO, Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, Sahar Swidan, PharmD, BCPS, and Jeff Bost, PA-C, practitioners will learn the latest strategies to effectively treat and manage chronic pain. Through in-depth sessions, participants will review the fundamental diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to pain management in a functional medicine treatment paradigm. Further, participants will examine the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of pain syndromes alongside the regulatory status of appropriate use.

On day one of the conference, participants will review the science of aging, potential hormones to improve immunocompetence, and gene therapy during general sessions, and then break off into three separate track options. Track one will center around regenerative therapies, with topics including peptide, stem cells, longevity medicine patient cases and more. Track two will provide an in-depth review of the aging brain, with topics such as the recode protocol, deprenyl and GLP1 for cognitive enhancement and more. The topics of the third track will consist of non-CME sessions–with the topic to be announced soon.

On the second and final day of the conference general sessions will provide a multitude of perspectives and strategies on longevity: from psychosurgery, bio-hacking tools, and the role of gender in longevity. The two subsequent tracks will likewise provide a dynamic collection of perspectives and tools. Track one will highlight the fundamentals of the “Longevity Toolbox”, with sessions of biohacking, glycomics, heart & brain coherence, and photobiomodulation. Track 2 will center around immunocompetency and aging, with in-depth patient case reviews and more.

Led by the industry foremost clinicians, scientists, industry leaders, and educators and centered around the most cutting edge knowledge in integrative healthcare, this year’s World Congress is gearing up to go all in on the advanced science and practice of longevity medicine.

Wherever you are in the world, the 28th Annual World Congress will deliver the highest levels of dynamic and advanced continuing medical education, industry insights, valuable networking opportunities, and more to fuel your professional goals and push the boundaries of your practice’s capabilities.

UNLV Nursing Alumna Tackles Flu Season by Stressing Importance of Immunizations

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Story courtesy of UNLV School of Nursing.

By Joseph Gaccione (Communications and Outreach Specialist, UNLV School of Nursing)

UNLV School of Nursing alumna Sarah Lugo wanted to enlarge her nursing scope to help vulnerable populations, so she sought out a greater awareness of improving public health.  Originally a Med Surg nurse, she worked her way to become senior community health nurse for the Southern Nevada Health District (she also has a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Management and is pursuing a Master’s of Nursing for Nurse Family Practitioner at UNLV) .

Lugo’s focus now is on flu season and immunizations, which is heightened by the threat of COVID-19.  She recently sat down for a one-on-one interview to discuss her role at the Health District, and the importance of getting a flu vaccine, especially during a pandemic, and how COVID-19 is changing her training.

Sarah Lugo (BSN ’06)- Courtesy UNLV School of Nursing.

Q: Can you explain your role as senior community health nurse?

A: We are called the Immunization Outreach and Projects Team.  We do all the background work for immunizations that most people don’t’ really know exist.  I like to call us “the CIA of Immunizations”.  Some of our programs include:

  • Vaccines for Children – a CDC program that provides vaccine for uninsured and underinsured children.  Our team ensures healthcare providers are maintaining their vaccine properly.
  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Program – case manages mothers who are positive with Hepatitis B to prevent transmission to their babies
  • Coordinate public health efforts of vaccinations and COVID testing in the homeless community in the encampments and shelters
  • Coordinate immunization activities on SNHD’s mobile unit to overcome barriers for the community to receive immunizations.

Specifically, my position entails that we go out into the community and that we vaccinate, that we make sure people are protected. So my job is primarily to figure out where we’re going on to identify areas that are at higher risk or locations with higher populations that are at higher risk, that we can go out to and figure out how to immunize them, and then figure out a process for it. With the COVID pandemic, my job shifted focus and moved to COVID tested.  My team developed a “Contactless L-Shape Model” to minimize exposure and make it replicable.  We used this model to train hundreds of people in multiple entities and test thousands of people in our community and in targeted populations.   So, I was able to use the knowledge base I have from immunization outreach in the community and targeted populations and apply it to COVID testing.

Q: What are the criteria when you’re looking for locations?

A: Our goal is to get flu protection through immunization out into the community.  Specifically, we want to reach our higher risk populations such as our Hispanic community, African American community, and our 65 years and up community. People who are 65 and up, pregnant women, young children, and people with certain medical conditions have an increased risk of developing serious complications from the flu.  In addition, CDC data indicates that the highest hospitalization rates related to the flu in the 2018-2019 flu season were in our African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and our Hispanic populations.  We make a targeted effort in these communities to educate and protect them with flu immunizations. We want to make sure that we’re getting in there.

Q: What is the general timeframe for flu season?

A: Flu can technically be present all year, but it tends to peak in the colder months, typically in the fall and winter, with peaks December through February. After June 30th, this year’s flu vaccine will no longer be given.   Once we start seeing the flu strands that are coming out and start testing for those, the pharmaceutical companies will start working on next year’s vaccine. So, it’s very far in advance when they start working on those.  Sometimes with flu vaccine, flu changes and then the strands continue to change. So that’s why, by the time the next season comes, it may not always match perfectly. And we don’t know until flu season starts, but regardless of that, getting your flu vaccine will always help you with the different strands and what we offer as a quadrivalent vaccine. So, it covers the four most common strands. Some people may experience some symptoms from those, but even if you were in a little mismatch on there, it will help reduce the symptoms that you may have experienced.

Q: Obviously, it’s not a normal year for getting the flu vaccine due to COVID-19. What has preparation been like?

A: You’re absolutely right about that. As we’re going out there as nurses, our number one priority is to keep ourselves safe and to keep our clients that we’re serving safe. So, as we’re entering into this, we are trying to come up with processes to make sure that we have the least amount of contact, the least amount of exposure for our staff and for our clients, such as our PPE that we wear, which is more than what we would normally wear if we were in flu vaccine; disinfecting between clients; trying to make the paperwork as much online as possible. We still have to do our six-foot distancing, just like we would anywhere else, and we are not doing mass gatherings. For flu vaccine clinics, this looks different this year. This is something that we’re having to accommodate and also tweak as we continue to move forward.

Q: Some people might be afraid to go into the doctor’s office during the pandemic. Do you feel like people are more hesitant to get it, or do you think they’re more eager to, because they want to be more protected?

A: We have seen a great response to people protecting themselves and their families with the flu vaccine.  There have also been a lot of people who have receive their flu vaccine for the first time.  But what we’re seeing is we’re having a good acceptance rate of the flu vaccine. We’re seeing that people are wanting it. I think people are concerned with COVID being here, and the flu vaccinee being here. So, we are seeing good acceptance rate of the flu vaccine.  As we know, immunizations are public health’s greatest accomplishment. Here in America for the past 50 years, we’ve given a million doses of flu and we know that it works.

Q: The CDC website says this year’s flu vaccine is more important than ever due to the pandemic. Do you agree?

A: I think regardless of the year, it’s always important, period. We know that a lot of people are hospitalized from the flu. We want to make sure that we protect against that. But in that aspect, we do have COVID and we want to make sure that we aren’t inundating our hospitals with flu and COVID. So, because of that, it is especially important to make sure that you get your flu vaccine this year.

Q: If less people are going out, do you think that’s going to impede the progress of people getting vaccinations?

A: I think that’s a good concern. I think there are some people that are hesitant to leave their house to get the flu vaccine. So, I think the Southern Nevada Health District and many other community partners within Clark County are trying to do our best to figure out innovative ways to get the flu vaccine out for people that do want it. You see things such as a drive-up clinic, which we recently hosted one of those, and there are several other entities in the County that are providing drive up clinics. Then, there are people just making it more convenient. If you go to the grocery store, if you go to Walgreen’s or one of the pharmacies that you certainly can get the vaccine. So that being just more convenient, not everyone has to go to those traditional settings of their doctor’s office anymore. They can go through those nontraditional settings and get the vaccine. it does make it easier while out at their normal activities.

Q: When the pandemic first started, there were quite a few comparisons to the flu, specifically numbers and symptoms. What should people remember about the flu that they shouldn’t confuse with COVID?

A: We do have clients that come in, and they want to know if this is going to protect them from COVID and it is two completely different viruses. They don’t have a vaccine yet for COVID. This is specifically for the flu. If you get the flu vaccine, that does not protect against COVID at all. They are still working on a safe and effective COVID vaccine. The big thing to remember is that every year we have a large amount of people that suffer from complications from the flu. That continues to go on this year. We have people die every year from the flu. We want to make sure that people are being protected. We are seeing more people die with COVID and their complications being more severe. Both are equally important to protect yourself and take precautions against.

Q: Did you ever think something like the pandemic would be part of your job working with the health district? Was there any hesitation?

A: Not at all, I’m a nurse.  this was our time to step up as nurses and to show and help our community. My team was the team that was mobilized to do all the COVID testing. So, as we are continuing, we’re training more people for COVID testing, we’re moving into flu vaccine and preparation. We didn’t hesitate at all. We were ready for it. We were happy that we could give back to the community. I think as nurses that generally, that’s why we become nurses. We want to help people. I think I can speak on behalf of all my team of nurses that we were ready to serve in what capacity we could serve in.

Q: Have you ever had specific pandemic training or any similar education?

A: We work with Office of Public Health and Preparation. We do regular routine PODs (Point of Dispensing) on an annual basis. We all go through FEMA training. SNHD has plans in place and performs annual drills to practice large scale events similar to mass vaccination or dispensing medication.  We were able to use those plans and training and apply it to mass COVID testing. Previous to this, we had our hepatitis-A outbreak here in our homeless population. We had already been working our hepatitis A outbreak, so it was a switch in gears.

Q: How has the pandemic changed how you operate vaccination protocols in the future?

A: The pandemic is altering our processes to ensure that all measures are taken to protect our staff and clients when we vaccinate in community settings.  We have extra people on staff to help people maintain a 6 foot distance and wearing masks. We have extra staff to move clients through more quickly.  We have altered our registration process to be contactless and soon it will be online.  Tables and chairs are disinfected between clients.  We are doing everything we can to get the flu vaccine out to our communities safely.

Q: What would be the best tips for people in a very heightened time?

A: My best tip would be don’t wait to vaccinate. Get it done now. There are lot of options available to get your flu vaccine:  through your doctor, your local pharmacy, at the grocery store.  The community can make an appointment at the health district or go online to ImmunizeNevada.org and find a local flu clinic.


Routine Procedure at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Turns into Life Saving Emergency Surgery

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Las Vegas Resident Attributes Surgeon for Saving His Life When Routine Procedure Turns into Bypass Heart Surgery

As fragile as life is, no one is ever fully-prepared for the worst diagnosis. Kelly Zeh, a former advertising executive and longtime resident of Las Vegas, thought he would be back home after a routine test last July at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

Zeh, a kidney cancer patient, was expecting a simple procedure to determine whether he would be approved for a kidney transplant. As fate would have it, he faced a more serious issue after a routine angiogram found a blocked blood vessel in his heart. Diagnosis? Coronary artery disease. Time was not on Zeh’s side: if he did not receive emergency surgery, he would likely have 30 days to live.

Timothy Hamilton, MD

Compassion never takes a holiday
Admitted and moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Zeh was placed into the care of Timothy Hamilton, MD, a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Nevada Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute. Dr. Hamilton paid Zeh a late evening visit for the hospital consultation. “I could not believe he (Dr. Hamilton) was still working at that hour, especially the day before the Fourth of July holiday,” said Zeh. “This is my life, it’s what I do,” Hamilton shared with Zeh.

“Dr. Hamilton actually cancelled a trip to do my surgery,” said Zeh. “He moved me to the top of the list to make sure I was taken care of.” According to Hamilton, Zeh needed coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), more commonly known as heart bypass surgery. The surgery treats and prevents symptoms of coronary artery disease including; irregular heartbeat, angina or chest pain, shortness of breath and can also prevent a heart attack.

“This procedure requires a blood vessel or graft from another area of the body, typically the leg or arm, to attach to the aorta and the area below the blockage to provide a new route for blood to travel,” explained Hamilton.

Kelly Zeh

Care that was ‘off the charts’
It’s been more than a year since Zeh spent 11 days in the cardiac ICU at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. With a new lease on life. Zeh attributes his health and recovery to Hamilton and thanks him for saving his life. “The care I received from the entire Sunrise Hospital team was off the charts,” Zeh shared. “I am eternally grateful to Dr. Hamilton and his entire staff.”

About Nevada Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute:

Nevada Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute is part of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada community.  At the forefront of heart and lung surgical care, the practice,

conveniently located on the campus of the campus of the hospital, is committed to providing treatment for many cardiac, thoracic and vascular conditions cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. For more information visit:  nevadacvtinstitute.com or call the practice at (702) 962-0000.

First Call Promotion Encourages Nominees for Local Healthcare Heroes

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Promotion Presented by Tuscan Highlands Honors Local Healthcare Heroes Going Above and Beyond During COVID-19 – DEADLINE EXTEND TO NOV 18

Tuscan Highlands, Southern Highlands’ newest multifamily community, is seeking nominations to honor local healthcare heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the global COVID-19 pandemic. As Tuscan Highlands was developed with the concept of “well-being for all,” the team is grateful to those who have shined brightly to help others during this challenging time.

Those who wish to nominate a deserving first responder in healthcare may visit the promotion website and complete the nomination online. Nominations will be accepted through November 18th, 2020.

A team of judges will review the nominations and hold special recognition events throughout the year at Becca’s Restaurant and Sports Lounge, the amazing Italian-American restaurant on proper­ty. Those earning the highest marks will also receive staycations at Tuscan Highlands, an innovative development that has changed the landscape of multifamily living.

Staycation details include: Three nights in a Tuscan Highlands corporate suite, complimentary Sun­ day brunch prepared by Chef Louie, cabana rentals, and a $100 daily food credit to redeem at Becca’s.

Additionally, the top winners will enjoy their choice of two amenity packages: the Spa Package includes unlimited use of the 21,000-square-foot health club throughout their stay, complimentary massage, manicure/pedicure at the onsite beauty salon and a personal training session with Tuscan Highlands’ Wellness Director Rebeca Orozco; and the Sports Package will include unlimited access to Tuscan Highlands’ e-sports and gaming lounge, rock climbing wall, multi-use sports court, sand volleyball court, and putting green.


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