SilverSummit Healthplan and Summit Behavioral Health Systems Grand Open New Mill Street Care Center

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SilverSummit Healthplan and Summit Behavioral Health Systems Celebrate Grand Opening of New Mill Street Care Center 

 New center provides outpatient, walk-in behavioral health services and resources to the Reno community

SilverSummit Healthplan and Summit Behavioral Health Systems announced today the grand opening of the Mill Street Care Center, which is now open to community members seeking assistance with behavioral healthcare, an issue that continues to rise in the community among residents following the pandemic. The center recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event featuring Reno Municipal Court Judge Christopher Hazlett-Stevens and Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam.

A partnership between SilverSummit Healthplan and Summit Behavioral Health Systems, the Mill Street Care Center offers a number of services including immediate access to behavioral health services, crisis assessments, one-on-one counseling, care coordination, transportation services to mental health appointments, and group therapy. The center also provides access to basic needs such as shower facilities, laundry services, snacks, and hot meals available daily. Individuals who are not SilverSummit members may still visit the center for respite or care coordination, and a case manager will assist them with a referral to other facilities.

“We want our clients to feel connection and believe their lives can change for the better, so we created a place where they can feel welcome. People can come and take a breath and have their most basic needs met – like eating a hot meal, taking a shower, getting out of the elements, and regaining a sense of humanity,” said Jacqueline Early, executive clinical director of Summit Behavioral Health Systems and the Mill Street Care Center. “While here they can connect with our team to continue their journey towards a safe and secure life that we all hope for. We at Summit Behavioral Health connect, we serve, we hope for them – so they may have hope for themselves!”

“As we all know, many people already deal with some of these struggles, but the numbers have grown since the pandemic struck our world,” said Nicole King, vice president of community solutions at SilverSummit Healthplan. “The Mill Street Care Center will be here to welcome individuals, offer the appropriate services for them, and then follow up with case management to ensure they are being helped. By partnering with Summit Behavioral Health, SilverSummit is continuing our mission of improving the quality of life in our community, one person at a time.”

The Mill Street Care Center is located at 855 Mill Street in Reno and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The facility is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please visit www.sbhslasvegas.com.    

About the Mill Street Care Center 

At the Mill Street Care Center, we focus on the core principles of recovery for each one of our clients – strength-based, trauma-informed, person-centered, individualized treatment planning, and supportive services. The Mill Street Care Center offers services including assistance with basic needs items, crisis therapy services, care coordination and case management, SAFE Bed temporary housing, and linkage to many other community-based resources and sober living programs. We really serve the people and community best – come experience the Mill Street Care Center and see for yourself! For more information, please visit www.sbhslasvegas.com

About SilverSummit Healthplan 

SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. The plan is dedicated to improving the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare,

and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit Healthplan, visit www.silversummithealthplan.com. 

Silver State ACO Announces Shared Savings for 2021

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CMS releases results for 2021. Silver State ACO is successful for the seventh consecutive year earning significant Shared Savings for its Participants by delivering high quality care, and saving Medicare over $33.7 Million

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released results of the 2021 performance year for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Silver State ACO is proud and delighted to announce that it has earned Shared Savings for the seventh year in a row (2015 – 2021)!

Silver State ACO’s results are astounding, having saved CMS over $33,782,000 in 2021, and cumulatively more than $196,500,000 over the seven years.

In 2021, there were a total of 475 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs in the country. Silver State ACO ranked twelfth in highest savings earned.

There are only nineteen ACOs that have earned shared savings for seven consecutive years. Of these, Silver State ACO ranked second in savings it generated for CMS, as well as in savings it earned, for 2021. And, the $196,500,000 it saved CMS over the seven years, as well as the total $111,300,000 it earned over that time, are the third highest totals. Of this elite group of ACOs that has earned shared savings for seven consecutive years, Silver State ACO is the only one west of Texas to have done so.

In 2013, CMS launched the Medicare Shared Savings Program in an effort to reduce costs and increase quality for “traditional” fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries. It allows groups of physicians, predominantly primary care providers, to voluntarily join together in an effort to accomplish those goals. The program gives providers the opportunity to earn back part of the savings they generate for CMS, by achieving set benchmarks. An ACO is eligible to share in the savings it generates only if it also achieves and reports high quality care and improved clinical outcomes.

Silver State ACO is physician led, representing more than 80% of the Board of Directors. It is sponsored, in part, by the Valley Health System, Northern Nevada Health System and Kindred Healthcare.

Partnering with these established, high quality healthcare providers assists in smooth transitions in the continuum of care. Silver State ACO believes that working together with the hospital system and a preferred provider network, which includes specialists, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, the beneficiaries get the care they need, at the right time, in the right place, and at the right level.

Silver State ACO provides services and resources to its Participant practices. These include electronically delivering real time notification of patients discharged from acute facilities, as well as providing gaps in care data to physicians when a patient is in the clinic. Systems are in place for coordinating care of patients post discharge as well as in their homes. These programs assist Participants by identifying resources and opportunities for increasing revenue to the practice while reducing overall costs, and by sharing data that can help physicians in providing outstanding patient care. Silver State ACO provides a staff of Quality Coordinators, dedicated to assigned practices, who keep the practices apprised of CMS updates and changes, and assist in required quality reporting .

Silver State ACO providers have worked diligently to provide exceptional care while reducing overutilization, redundancy and cost. The results speak for themselves. Over the past seven years, Silver State ACO has been successful, saving Medicare and taxpayers over $196 Million.

Silver State ACO is currently comprised of 56 medical practices, with nearly 40,000 attributed beneficiaries throughout the state of Nevada. Silver State ACO looks forward to continued success in assisting its Participants in providing high quality care while reducing Medicare costs.

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WGU Re-envisions Health Care Higher Education, Redesigns and Renames Health Care College

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Michael O. Leavitt School of Health will accelerate health care reform, address workforce gaps, and improve equity and public health in the U.S.

Western Governors University (WGU) announced that its Board of Directors has renamed the College of Health Professions as the Michael O. Leavitt School of Health (Leavitt School of Health) in recognition of the leadership and contributions of Michael O. Leavitt, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Utah governor, and founding member of WGU. The school is also launching long-term plans to tackle national workforce gaps in healthcare and solve community health crises at the local level.

Combined, these efforts will allow WGU to expand its support of workforce equity and health care at scale across the United States.

“Transformation of the U.S. health care industry will require scalable and successful educational solutions,” said Scott Pulsipher, WGU’s president. “The Leavitt School of Health is already one of the nation’s leading institutions for nursing education. Based upon the incredible success to date and proven ability to offer programs with some of the highest licensure rates of any in the country, now it is uniquely positioned to expand access to underserved populations through our national reach and local impact.”

The School’s new design aims to have the same impact on other areas of health care education that it has had in nursing. In 2021, 17.2% of all RN to BSN graduates nationally—registered nurses earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing—were WGU-educated. Over the next five years, the school plans to add new degree and credentialed programs.

“Tackling the shortage of qualified health care workers, diversifying the health care workforce, and equipping new and existing health professionals with competencies to lead in their field are initiatives that will be driven by WGU’s competency-based curriculum and ability to educate students at scale,” said Michael O. Leavitt. “We will meet both adult learner and industry needs and will create the opportunity for career enhancement and knowledge building.”

The Leavitt School of Health—formerly the College of Health Professions—launched in 2006 shortly after Leavitt was appointed as Secretary of Health. WGU had proven with its Teachers College that competency-based, online education could work with high-touch professions and knew it could contribute to the record shortages of critical nursing and medical staff professions facing the nation. Bolstered by its first corporate partner, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA Healthcare), the School of Health has experienced tremendous growth in graduates, enrollment, and partnerships with hospitals and health care organizations across the U.S.

To date, more than 98,500 degrees—including non-nursing programs, such as health informatics and health information management—have been awarded to students in all 50 states. To assess the impact it has had on nursing graduates—now more than 84,000—and the contributions those nurses have made in their communities, WGU tapped the Utah Foundation to conduct a research brief.

Among the findings, the Utah Foundation estimates that of the 84,390 graduates since 2009, 79,181 are still active in the nursing industry, and these nurses support an additional 91,713 jobs required to meet the nursing supply chain and support the nurses’ lifestyles as they spend their income in local communities. In terms of income, WGU nursing graduates will have earned an estimated $6.7 billion in 2022, and their jobs and income are associated with an estimated $5.6 billion in additional supporting jobs. In total, WGU’s nursing graduates are linked to 170,000 jobs and $12 billion in personal income.

“WGU exists to expand pathways to opportunity, and the research brief quantifies what those opportunities mean to thousands of nurses and the communities to which they contribute,” said Pulsipher. “In addition to the workforce and economic impact we see in the brief, countless patients and their families have benefited from a high quality of care provided by WGU-educated nurses, including in many rural and underserved areas of the country.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, WGU was founded in 1997 by a bipartisan group of 19 governors, including then-Governor Michael O. Leavitt. It was established to open new doors of opportunity to higher education through harnessing the power of the internet and allowing students to advance in their learning when they demonstrate competency. Today, WGU is the largest nonprofit university in the country, currently serving more than 130,000 students with nearly 285,000 graduates. The Leavitt School of Health is currently educating more than 27,000 students with more than 98,500 alumni.

See former President George W. Bush congratulatory message to former Gov. Mike Leavitt here.

See former Gov. Mike Leavitt tribute video here.

Review Utah Foundation’s economic impact brief here.

Nevada Donor Network & Molasky Family Host 2022 Inspire Gala Held in Downtown Railroad Arts District

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Nevada Donor Network hosted the 2022 Inspire Gala in Downtown Las Vegas on Aug. 27. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, as well as a VIP afterparty and entertainment from Nick Petricca of Walk the Moon. The Inspire Gala is an important annual event for Nevada Donor Network as it helps raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and raise funds for expanding transplantation capabilities in the State of Nevada.

At the event, the following awards were presented:

Governor’s Award – Donor Hero, Trooper Micah May (accepted by his wife Joanna May)

Hope Award – Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

Strength Award – Nevada Mining Association

Life Award – Lauren Molasky Fierst, Lung Recipient

All proceeds from the Inspire Gala are helping to fund Nevada Donor Network Foundation’s “End the Wait” campaign, aimed at raising $35 million to expand transplantation in Nevada. Once achieved, Nevada residents would no longer have to seek life-saving care in surrounding states; they would be able to be evaluated, transplanted, and cared for locally. The community’s support helps further the organization’s goals to expand transplantation services and programs in Nevada while bringing hope to the 618 local Nevadans currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

Innovative Single Incision Robotic Procedure Treats Colon Cancer

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Patient Credits Physician For Saving His Life

“You have cancer,” is likely one of the most gut-wrenching phrases you can hear from your doctor. Knowing you have an expert team on your side with the very best technology and patient care can help you focus on what matters most, beating the disease.

Craig Dellaneva, a cancer survivor and patient of Dr. Garrett Friedman, colorectal surgeon at Las Vegas Complex Surgical Specialists recently underwent a surgical procedure to remove cancer from his colon.  Dr Friedman, a skilled and specially trained robotic surgeon performed a colectomy to remove a golf ball sized tumor using a single port robotic system at MountainView Hospital.  Typically, a standard minimally-invasive surgery requires four to five small incisions but with this state-of-the-art robotic procedure there is only one small incision needed in the patient’s lower abdomen.

Robotic procedures at MountainView Hospital are performed by specially-trained surgeons.  By using their medical expertise, these surgeons guide robots that enhance the precision, stability and visualization of the procedure.  The robots provide a clear and steady view of the surgical field giving the physician more control.  Robotic surgeries offer a number of benefits to patients including smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.

Today, Craig is cancer free and credits Dr. Friedman for saving his life.

Dr. Friedman is currently accepting new patients at Las Vegas Complex Surgical Specialists.  To make an appointment, call 702-962-2300 or visit their website.

MVH Complex Robotic Procedure Performed To Treat Esophageal Cancer

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Procedure is first in-state performed at MountainView Hospital

MountainView Hospital has performed the first robot-assisted esophagectomy performed at the facility and in Nevada.  An esophagectomy is a complex procedure performed to treat advanced esophageal cancer requiring a portion of the esophagus to be surgically removed.  Also referred to as a robotically assisted minimally invasive esophagectomy, the procedure was performed by Drs. Arnold Chung and Matthew Selleck, both on staff at MountainView Hospital and specially trained on the robotic system.

Arnold Chung, MD, board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery and the Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery along with Matthew Selleck, DO, FACS, FSSO, double board-certified in General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology are both highly trained in their fields and specialize in robotic surgery at MountainView Hospital.

“For patients receiving a cancer diagnosis and requiring treatment or surgery, it’s important to provide exceptional patient care close to home,” said Dr. Selleck.  “This gives our patients a better opportunity to recover with family and loved ones nearby, without the burden of travelling out of state as they continue their fight against cancer,” said Dr. Selleck.

“By continuing to elevate and expand the medical offering to Southern Nevada and providing advanced services, our number one goal is to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Chung.  “We are excited to be a leader in minimally-invasive and robotic procedures in the Valley, “said Dr. Chung.

Access to care is important for all cancer patients in the community.  MountainView Hospital offers a full spectrum of oncology services for many complex and advanced cancers.  This includes other services only offered in Nevada at MountainView Hospital, such as a complex abdominal surgery called cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) as well as a renowned Bone and Marrow Transplant clinic.

Robotic procedures at MountainView Hospital are performed by specially-trained surgeons.  By using their medical expertise, these surgeons guide robots that enhance the precision, stability and visualization of the procedure.  The robots provide a clear and steady view of the surgical field giving the physician more control.  Robotic surgeries offer a number of benefits to patients including smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.

Dr. Arnold Chung and Dr. Matthew Selleck’s outpatient clinics are located on the campus of MountainView Hospital and are part of HCA Healthcare.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. MountainView is the only hospital in Nevada to offer bone marrow transplants. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital Names New CEO

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MountainView Hospital Names Hiral Patel as Chief Executive Officer

MountainView Hospital announces that Hiral Patel will lead the hospital as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Patel will begin her new position at MountainView Sept. 6.

Patel is currently CEO at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana, affiliated with HCA Healthcare. She previously was chief operating officer. She has been with the Tulane Health System for 14 years.

Patel began her career as an intern at Tulane and has risen through the ranks in the system. During her tenure as CEO, Lakeview Regional has achieved top rankings in HCA Healthcare for employee engagement, physician engagement, turnover and clinical excellence. Her most notable career accomplishments include over $100 million in expansion and capital projects, establishing the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Orleans Parish and founding the first Level II Trauma Center in St. Tammany Parish.

She was honored with the “Large Employer Leadership Award” by the Times-Picayune in 2022 and 2020. Hiral was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” list by EDGE Magazine in 2020, recognized as a “Healthcare Hero” by New Orleans City Business in 2019 and named “One to Watch in Healthcare” by New Orleans City Business in 2017.

Patel has an undergraduate degree in health administration from Armstrong State University. She earned her Master of Health Administration from Tulane University and also was awarded a certification in LEAN healthcare management from the University of Michigan.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. MountainView is the only hospital in Nevada to offer bone marrow transplants. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Achieves Highest Ranking for TAVR Program

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Procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment for aortic valve stenosis

MountainView Hospital has achieved a distinguished  3-star ranking for its Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program for its patient care and positive quality outcomes.

The 3-star ranking, which denotes the highest category of quality, comes from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology, for the time period ending Sept. 2021. This ranking places MountainView Hospital among the elite for TAVR heart care in the United States and Canada, representing the top 4 to 8 percent of all centers, depending on procedure.

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results,” said Matthew Cova, MountainView’s interim Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve this community with the most advanced technology and outstanding clinical teams.”

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures.

“We are excited to be recognized among the top TAVR hospitals in the country. We continuously strive to stay on the leading front of quality and innovation to ensure the best possible outcomes, even for the most complex patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Levisman, MountainView Hospital Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the TAVR program.

Severe aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening that does not allow normal blood flow. In elderly patients, severe aortic stenosis is sometimes caused by the build-up of calcium on the aortic valve’s leaflets. Over time the leaflets become stiff, reducing their ability to fully open and close. When the leaflets don’t fully open, the heart must work harder to push blood through the aortic valve to the body.

TAVR provides a unique option for patients to have a valve replacement without open heart surgery. It has become the primary approach to replace the valve for most patients with aortic valve stenosis.

This less invasive procedure allows a new valve to be inserted within the diseased aortic valve while the heart is still beating. Once the new replacement valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve out of the way and the replacement valve functions to regulate proper blood flow.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. MountainView is the only hospital in Nevada to offer bone marrow transplants. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Valley Health System

How Summer Monsoon Season & Flash Floods Can Impact Your Health

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Safety Tips from The Valley Health System

Though it’s been another very dry year in Southern Nevada, the summer monsoons and resulting flash floods can happen quickly, affecting your family’s health unless proper precautions are taken.

As fun as it may seem to play in the water during the rain, it’s not safe for a variety of reasons, including the speed of the water and what it is carrying. “The water is picking up garbage, fertilizer, oil, feces, rocks and everything else in its path. Swift-moving water can hide debris that can knock someone down or cause an injury,” says Jeff Davidson, MD, FACEP, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Valley Hospital. “It’s better to limit your water play to swimming pools, splash pads or sprinklers.”

If you’ve been around flood waters, hygiene is also important, says Dr. Davidson. “Plan to wash your hands or take a shower, if you’ve been in or around flood water,” he said. “You don’t know where that water has been. It could be overflow from a sewer system, and you want to make sure you and your family practice good hygiene, wash all the clothes, clean all the footwear, and take precautions so it doesn’t affect your health.”

To keep your family safe in times of sudden weather changes such as flash floods, remember:

Do not drive or walk through water when you can’t see the street or pavement. Remember the phrase, “turn around, don’t drown.” Fast-moving water can sweep vehicles off the road, and make it difficult to see the condition of the road underneath the water.

Know where the detention basins and washes are in your neighborhood and if it looks like rain, stay away from these areas. This could include walking, biking and hiking trails and other recreational areas.

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced 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, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, and outpatient therapy.