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Centennial Hills Hospital First in West for New Total Knee Replacement Procedure

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Centennial Hills Hospital is the First Hospital in the Western United States to Perform a Total Knee Replacement Procedure with THINK Surgical’s Leading Robot System

Allows for Unique Customization to Each Patient

Our knees absorb a lot of shock on a daily basis, from walking and taking stairs to enjoying other forms of exercise. It is also one of the most complicated joints in the body, composed of the femur, patella and top section of the tibia, and held together by tendons and ligaments, along with cartilage to keep joint motion fluid and protect the bones against impact. Adversely affected by too much weight, diabetes, osteoarthritis, improper footwear, knees are prone to wear and tear over time.

Because knees are as unique to a person as fingerprints and eye retinas*, the evolution of customized knee replacement surgery offers unique solutions based on patients’ individual needs.

Introducing THINK Surgical’s TSolution One Robot
Centennial Hills Hospital was the site of the first total knee replacement procedure in the west using THINK Surgical’s robot system. It was performed by Ronald Hillock, MD, orthopedic surgeon, on March 14, 2022.

THINK Surgical developed the TSolution One robot, which creates a customized joint replacement plan for each patient prior to surgery through the TPLAN® 3D pre-surgical planning workstation and TCAT® an active robot.

“The pre-surgical plan enables the surgeon to design and prepare the customized plan in a virtual environment,” explained Sajit Pullarkat, CEO, Centennial Hills Hospital. “Then, the active robot assists the surgeon to execute this plan with precision cutting to remove diseased bone and cartilage.”

First Procedure Performed by Ronald Hillock, MD
“I am very excited to be offering what I consider the next-level, robotic technology to my patients. I’ve evaluated all the other systems on the market, and, in my opinion, none compares to the cutting accuracy of this system,” said Dr. Hillock.  “Accurate cuts are crucial to ensure proper fit of the implant and avoid loosening which commonly results from poor cuts.”

As part of THINK Surgical’s program, surgeons can also choose from a variety of knee implants developed by multiple manufacturers because the THINK system has an open implant library. This adds to the ability to customize the total knee replacement procedure.

Providing Customized Orthopedic Surgery Technology for Area Residents
Centennial Hills Hospital has continued to enhance its orthopedic service line to improve patients’ experiences. In July 2021, it was the first acute care hospital to offer the iovera° treatment as part of its pre-operative pain management treatment for primary and revision total knee replacement surgery. The iovera° treatment is a clinically proven, non-opioid [narcotic], pain management solution that uses the body’s natural response to cold to relieve pain.

Additionally, the orthopedics division added robotic-guided technology for spine surgery, allowing surgeons to create a customized surgery plan using customized CT-based three-dimensional models of patients’ spines prior to surgery. A 36-bed orthopedic surgical patient care unit with its own therapy gym opened in December 2020, and the hospital was recertified for The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.


About Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a system comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding 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 therapy, and a freestanding emergency facility, the ER at Valley Vista in North Las Vegas, NV.

About THINK Surgical, Inc.

THINK Surgical, Inc., a privately held U.S.-based medical device and technology company, develops, manufactures, and markets active robotics for orthopedic surgery. The TSolution One Total Knee Application includes the only commercially available, active robot for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) utilizing an open implant library, supporting a variety of implant options.

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Strategies from UnitedHealthcare to Help Strengthen Your CORE While Working Remotely

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By Dr. Russell Amundson, National Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare

Even as we learn to live with the persistent spread of COVID-19 in Nevada and nationwide, the pandemic’s repercussions will likely be evident for years to come. One such outcome is the wider adoption of remote work, with approximately 45% of Americans now telecommuting either all or part of the time.

This means that for some people office furniture may have been replaced by makeshift desks and household chairs, or even a spot working from a sofa or bed. Such setups typically lack the same ergonomic design as a traditional office, and over time can contribute to an array of health issues, including back pain or other orthopedic problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis.

In fact, an estimated 50% of U.S. adults are affected by so-called musculoskeletal conditions, with associated treatments for these issues accounting for 10% of annual medical expenses.[1] When it comes to back issues, about 80% of people experience this condition at least once during their lifetime.

While sometimes back pain and other orthopedic problems can’t be avoided due to previous injuries or other factors, it’s important for people to focus on their CORE, which stands for correct posture, overweight (avoid it), relax, and exercise. To build on that concept, here are three strategies and evidence-based care methods to consider to help prevent or treat this common issue.

Focus on Posture. Whether you are now working at the kitchen table or on the couch, focusing on proper posture may help. Make sure you are sitting up straight with your knees at a 90-degree angle, with your shoulders in a straight line over your hips and your ears directly over your shoulders. If you’re working at a computer, adjust the screen height to eye level and consider elevating the keyboard to help keep your hands, wrists and forearms in line and parallel to the floor.

Stay Active. While some people with back pain or other muscular issues may be tempted to consider rest, staying active in many cases may be the best option. Low impact activities to consider include walking and swimming, while research indicates that strengthening leg muscles may also prove helpful. You might also try yoga and tai chi, as they’ve been shown to ease moderate to severe back pain. If time is a factor, a brief walk at lunch or going up and down the stairs a few times can help you stay active.

Examine Your Options. The American College of Physicians recommends exercise-based therapies first, including nonsurgical options such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. To make access even more convenient, new virtual physical therapy options have emerged, including some that provide users with on-demand, 24/7 exercise feedback powered by artificial intelligence. These noninvasive options, which in some cases may be included as part of your health benefit plan, may help 95% of people with low back pain recover after 12 weeks.

Even for people with chronic back pain, only a small percentage may need imaging or surgery. Taking these preventive steps – and selecting evidence-based care approaches when issues arise – may help reduce the risks and complications associated with back pain and other orthopedic issues.

[1] Healthcare Economics analysis of UnitedHealthcare claims, 2020

Nevada Donor Network & Latin Chamber of Commerce of Nevada Launch ‘Corazon de Esperanza’ Latino Donor Outreach Campaign

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Nevada Donor Network and the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Nevada have partnered to launch, Corazon de Esperanza (Heart of Hope), a statewide Latino organ, eye and tissue donor outreach campaign. The first initiative of its kind by the two organizations, Corazon de Esperanza is geared towards educating and encouraging Latino residents and other populations about the importance of becoming donors to help save lives.

“Historically, multicultural communities are less likely to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors due to myths and misconceptions coupled with a general distrust of the health care system,” said Steven Peralta, president of Nevada Donor Network Foundation. “We know that through education, advocacy and putting a ‘face’ to donation – sharing stories from Latinos in our community whose lives have been saved by organ donation or who have a family member who made the choice to become a heroic donor – we can save more lives.”

Members of the Latin Chamber of Commerce will serve as ambassadors for the campaign, connecting with their customers, colleagues and loved ones to lend more trust to the organ donation process. Nevada Donor Network will support members by providing bilingual informational materials about multicultural donation and dispelling myths surrounding organ donation; customized social media content for members to use on their channels; participate in community outreach events targeted to the Latino community; as well as provide speakers to give presentations in front of groups and employers.

“Corazon de Esperanza is all about engaging the Latino community in Nevada in conversations about organ, eye, tissue donation, dispelling myths that create a barrier to registration and moving the needle on the number of Latinos registered to become donors,” said Peter Guzman, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. “We encourage our community and the over 90,000 Hispanics across the state to register as organ, eye and tissue donors.”

Nationally, 60% of the transplant waiting list are people from a multicultural background, which includes Hispanics/Latinos, Blacks/African Americans, Native Americans and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. In Nevada, there are currently 140 Hispanic/Latino Nevadans on the transplant waiting list, and 22,218 (20%) of people on the national transplant waiting list are Hispanic/Latinos. Certain health conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure that can lead to the need for an organ transplant, contributes to the high number of minorities on the waiting list.

While donors of different backgrounds routinely match, there is a higher likelihood of achieving a match if the donor and intended recipient share the same ethnic background. Critical factors in donor/recipient matching, such as blood types and tissue markers, are more likely to be found among members of the same ethnicity.

“When we talk about the need for greater diversity in registered donors, there are two factors that come into play: Donor and recipient matching and increasing access to transplantation for everyone,” said Peralta. “If we can increase the diversity of donors, which increases the likelihood of matching, all individuals waiting for a second chance at life will have a better chance of receiving a life-saving organ transplant.”

For more information on Nevada Donor Network and the Corazon de Esperanza campaign, please visit or the Spanish version page at

About Latin Chamber of Commerce of Nevada  

The mission of the Latin Chamber of Commerce is to promote the success of small businesses by facilitating positive business, cultural, and educational relationships.​ The Latin Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic group of business and community leaders that are focused on promoting Hispanic commerce, community, and culture in one of the top 20 largest cities in the United States. We are also the premier Hispanic Chamber serving the State of Nevada.

About Nevada Donor Network 

Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 100,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and

action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit

UNLV School of Nursing Hosts Biggest Nurse Camp Yet for 2022 This July

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UNLV Nurse Camp Fosters and Encourages Junior and Senior High School Students and Recent Graduates Interest in Nursing Careers

What: This July, high school students and recent graduates will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to join the vital field of nursing when UNLV School of Nursing hosts its 3rd annual Nurse Camp, a one-week interactive day-camp. Attendees will participate in hands-on (and highly visual) skills labs and activities, including CPR and Stop the Bleed training; donning and doffing PPE; removing sutures and staples; checking vital signs, medication, administration, and more.

Students will see nursing through academic and clinical settings while observing how much of a role nurses play in our community. They will gain valuable insight into nursing school and what it takes to become a registered nurse. Each session will end with a recognition ceremony honoring the students for completing the camp.

With nurse shortages across Southern Nevada and beyond, the call for more highly trained nurses is as imperative as it’s been in years. Arguably, the most critical area of recruitment is through nursing school, which adds more emphasis to an event like Nurse Camp. “Nurse Camp provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a career in nursing by immersing them in a variety of hands-on experiences and activities with one-on-one interaction with both student nurses and nursing faculty,” says Jennifer Pfannes, camp coordinator and UNLV professor. “They also interact with registered nurses from a variety of specialties, including acute care and community nursing. Given the national nursing shortage, it is more important than ever to engage our younger generation in the variety of career possibilities within the nursing profession.”

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

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

  • Session 1 – Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15
  • Session 2 – Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22
  • Session 3 – Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29

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

Register Now: Do so by clicking right here.

Desert Springs Hospital Offers Latest Generation of Watchman FLX Device

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Heart Implant Goal is to Reduce Risk of Stroke for People with Specific Heart Conditions

Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center and its electrophysiology team now offers the newest generation of the Watchman FLX™ cardiac implant device for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF).

The latest update of the FDA-approved WATCHMAN FLX Left Atrial Appendance Closure (LAAC) implant has positively resulted in reducing the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation who do not have a heart valve problem, explained Arjun Gururaj, MD, medical director of the electrophysiology lab at Desert Springs Hospital.

“By closing off the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart, it deters harmful blood clots that could otherwise form in the LAA, which could then enter the blood stream and potentially cause a stroke,” said Dr. Gururaj. It also allows patients to eventually stop taking blood thinning medications, if directed and approved by their physician.

Once the WATCHMAN implant device is in place, it takes about 45 days for a thin layer of tissue to grow over it, which then prevents the blood clots from entering the blood stream, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“We’re committed to providing advanced medical treatments that can save and improve lives,” said Chris Loftus, CEO of Desert Springs Hospital. “This new device offers multiple benefits to patients, including reducing the risk of stroke, blood clots and side effects of taking blood thinners.”

Blood thinners can both prevent blood clot formation and prevent clots from getting larger. Blood clots that form in the blood vessels and heart can cause strokes, heart attacks and blockages.  Common side effects of blood thinners include serious bleeding, upset stomach, nausea and diarrhea.

Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke
According to the American Heart / Stroke Association, a minimum of 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation, which is often described as an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart. Approximately 15-20 percent of people who have strokes have this heart condition.

Stroke accounts for about one of every 19 deaths in the United States and is ranked number five among all causes of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of long-term disability.

To begin researching if the WATCHMAN implant might benefit someone you know, visit


About Desert Springs Hospital - Desert Springs Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System (VHS), a network of hospitals, outpatient centers and physician practices caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located a few miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular care, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, diabetes, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, surgical weight loss/bariatrics and geropsychiatric services.

Vegas Healthcare Community Teams Up to Help Ukraine

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Volunteer Viticus employees including Don, Luis & Brian finish wrapping nearly 4,000 lbs. on nine pallets carrying $350,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment for the hospitals of Ukraine. Every box contains a note from Las Vegas to Ukraine.

Tony “King T” Oliver (U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, owner of TransLogistics, a Henderson trucking company delivering the shipment to LAX) helped by getting the pallets packed and ready for the journey by truck from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, then by plane to Poland to eastern Ukraine.

The pallets included lifesaving medical supplies donated by individual Las Vegans, including many in the medical community, with shipping and distribution donated by U.S. nonprofit Nova Ukraine.

Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered!

Nevada Disability Prevention Coalition Opens up Zoom Sponsorships

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Working Together to Keep Nevada Working!



  • Silver Sponsor: $100

Company logo displayed throughout the zoom meeting

  • Gold Sponsor: $200

Company logo displayed throughout the zoom meeting and a 1 min intro of your company.

  • Platinum Sponsor: $300

Company logo displayed throughout the zoom meeting and a 2 min intro of your company.

        *RAFFLE ITEMS are welcome too*

Sponsors you can pay online at Click the event tab and click the donate button. This will allow you to put in the amount of your sponsorship. Click “other” for the donation.

If you pay by check, please make your check out to:  Nevada Disability Prevention Coalition or NDPC

Mail check to: 2820 W Charleston Blvd suite c-23, Las Vegas, NV 89102

For further details please contact Kristi Bybee at

For further event details or to become involved, you can also call Kristi Bybee at 702-610-8324 or Trish Gibson at 702-354-8939


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Celebrates 75 Years of Care

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In June of 1947, seven brave women, Sisters of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, arrived in Southern Nevada to assume operations of a small hospital in Henderson. The facility was closing as part of the drawdown at the end of World War II. The Sisters would rename it Rose de Lima Hospital and they would forever change health care in southern Nevada.

To mark this tremendous milestone, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has launched a 75-day celebration to recount the hospital’s rich history and count down to the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the original seven Sisters on June 27.

“Health care has advanced by leaps and bounds in the decades since the Sisters took over this hospital,” said Thomas Burns, President and CEO of the Dignity Health Rose de Lima Campus. “but the foundation of everything we do still springs from the compassionate care that was the hallmark of the Sisters’ ministry so long ago. St. Rose Dominican has grown to encompass three acute care hospitals and more. As we approach the 75th anniversary of their arrival in our valley we want to remember and honor the seven Sisters who left such a lasting legacy for us to follow.”

For 75 days leading up to the June 27 anniversary, St. Rose hospitals will recount the history of the hospital in stories, photos, documents, and videos. Friends near and far are invited to follow along as stories and photos from the hospital’s earliest days will be conveyed in daily posts on Instagram and Facebook – Rose de Lima, Siena, and San Martin #StRose75 – and on our special 75th Anniversary web page:

Among the many highlights:

-How Father Moran, Bishop Gorman, Mother Superior Mary Gerald Barry secured the keys to Basic Magnesium Hospital for $1.

-The road trip story of Seven Adrian Dominican Sisters in full habits traveling by train to the Nevada desert during a summer that still holds the record for 100-degree heat.

-How Sister Felicia put an end to hospital segregation in 1947.

-How a casino Spin Doctor and Sister Angelita turned an old family recipe into the hospital’s first major expansion.

-Why the cross atop the Siena Hospital bell tower is made of titanium.

“It is really an incredible tale,” said Sister Katie McGrail, O.P, an Adrian Dominican Sister who has worked in southern Nevada at the St. Rose Dominican hospitals for more than 12 years. “To think that seven women committed to a cause 75 years ago and what it has become today. It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate.”

Following the example of the original seven Sisters, members of the Adrian Dominican Congregation have been a constant presence in St. Rose Dominican hospitals through the years, serving in many different positions from Nurses and Administrators, to Records Managers, Pharmacy positions and even Maintenance.

In total, more than 84 Adrian Dominican Sisters have worked with St. Rose over the past 75 years. Together they have contributed a total of more than 500 years of service in our community.

St. Rose Dominican remains Nevada’s only non-profit hospital group, but the small Henderson hospital has grown to encompass Rose de Lima, Siena, and San Martin Hospitals as Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, employing almost 4,000 compassionate health care professionals.

Mr. Burns added, “I’ve found that most people who have lived here in the valley for any time at all have a connection to one of our hospitals. They may have been born here, welcomed one of their children here, or at some point we cared for a member of their family. It’s heartening to know that as our community has grown, St. Rose has grown, and we have become a part of so many families.”

The Rose de Lima Campus has remained in continuous operation since the Sisters’ 1947 arrival. Mr. Burns works from an office in the original building built in 1943. Today much of the Rose de Lima Campus has been modernized. It now features a 24-hour Emergency Department, a small in-patient hospital, a Community Wellness Center, and the Dignity Health Nevada Education Center where medical staff receive ongoing training and maintain certifications. Rose de Lima is also home to more than 100 Dignity Health Nevada administration and support professionals.

As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation will hold its annual Gala, southern Nevada’s longest-running charitable gala, on Saturday, April 23, at Caesars Palace. Social Media chapters of the hospital’s history will post daily through June 27.

1947 in Perspective:

-Average Cost of new house $6,600.00
-Average wages per year $2,850.00
-Cost of a gallon of gas 15 cents
-Average Cost New Car $1,300.00
-Loaf of Bread 13 cents
-United States Postage Stamp 3 cents

Major Events in 1947

April 15 – Jackie Robinson starts at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers and becomes the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.

May 2 – The Christmas movie classic Miracle on 34th Street is first shown in theaters.

May 22 – The Cold War begins (In an effort to fight the spread of Communism, President Harry S. Truman signs an Act of Congress that implements the Truman Doctrine.)

June 25 – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is published for the first time, two years after the writer’s death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

July 8 – Roswell UFO incident: A supposedly downed extraterrestrial spacecraft is reportedly found near Roswell, New Mexico.

July 26 – The National Security Act of 1947 is signed, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council.

October 14 – U.S. Air Force test pilot Captain Chuck Yeager is first to break the sound barrier, flying the Bell X-1 rocket plane faster than the speed of sound.

November 2 – Howard Hughes pilots the Spruce Goose on its one and only flight. The flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules in Long Beach, CA, lasted only 8 minutes.

November 6 – The television program Meet the Press makes its debut on the NBC-TV network.

November 20 – U.K Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth II), marries The Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in London.

November 29 – The United Nations votes in favor of the creation of an Independent Jewish State of Israel.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is celebrating 75 years in southern Nevada, marking the anniversary of the arrival of the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital on June 27, 1947. As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in all its endeavors. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health currently operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada and is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces New Virtual Caregiver Schedule for April

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While the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will not hold any site-based programming at its facility until further notice, the center will continue to offer virtual educational, support, and therapeutic programs. Free and open to the community, these online programs address topics of interest to individuals and care partners navigating Alzheimer’s and other dementias; Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. The goal is to help our community learn to manage different stressors and maximize quality of life in the face of the new challenges and opportunities brain disorders present.

By leveraging technology, participants will be able to join classes through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Participants can simply reach out to the contact for each program of interest and to receive customized instructions on how to join the group session.

For additional information, please contact Verla Niebuhr at 702.271.9563or You can also view the patient and family services day-by-day program calendar at

Lynne Ruffin-Smith e-Library for Remote Access

The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library has reopened! Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Lynne Ruffin-Smith Library also offers an e-Library selection of resources. People in rural and remote areas of Nevada, as well as those who can’t visit the library at the Clinic, can now access e-books from a computer, phone, tablet or iPad®. To check out materials from the e-Library, register as a library patron and obtain a patron number (library card number) by visiting the library Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or call 702.271.9563. Remote access can be gained by visiting Contact the Library at, for additional information.

  • Selection & e-Library Book of the Month: Shake, Rattle & Roll with It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s – By: Vikki Claflin

Special Events:

  • Dealing with Dementia – Free online workshop for caregivers

Tuesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT

This program is designed for caregivers to understand dementia, manage problem behaviors, handle stress and find time for you. Registration is required: 702.271.9563 or

  • Mental Wellness and MS – Free online workshop for individuals living with MS

Monday, Apr. 18 – Friday, May 27, 1 hour per week (weekday & time TBD dependent on registrants)

Individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS) who want to learn about mental wellness as a key component of establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To RSVP or for questions:

Lunch & Learn Educational Series – In Honor of Barbara “Spicy Lady” Edmonds

Wednesdays, from Noon – 1 p.m. PT

Guests are encouraged to join the conversation using the Q & A box during this free online educational session. For more information about the Lunch & Learn program or to obtain the link to join live, please visit here. Missed a session? Past recordings can be viewed at

  • Apr. 6: The Value of OT: A First-Hand Story – Kazandra Lopez Hernandez, OTD-S OT Therapy Doctorate Student Touro University Las Vegas

Learn the purpose of and principles behind occupational therapy, and then hear first-hand from some of our patients and their care partners about the benefits OT has provided for them.

  • Apr. 13: Managing The Emotional and Social Aspects of a Progressive Neurological Condition – Tierra Atkinson, LCSW Cleveland Clinic

Having a chronic medical condition can significantly impact a person’s emotional and social health. This session will help you see chronic conditions through a different lens and provide strategies to communicate your changing condition to others.

  • Apr. 20: Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living & Laughing with Parkinson’s – Vikki Claflin, Bestselling Author, Humor Blogger, and Public Speaker

After many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, Vikki’s natural comic optimism and irreverence began to surface, and she started documenting the funny side of living with Parkinson’s disease. Hear her honest – and hilarious – take on life with a chronic illness.

  • Apr. 27: Dementia Due To Repetitive Head Injury – Aaron Ritter, MD Cleveland Clinic

It has been known that fighters exposed to repetitive head trauma may develop signs and symptoms of dementia. More recently, the term Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has been used to describe cognitive and behavioral changes in retired football players. Hear what is known about the causes, treatments, and outcomes of athletes exposed to repetitive head injury.

Campus & Community Events:

  • Dementia Conversations

Mondays, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT with Chuck and Jennifer

Fridays, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. PT with Kat and Nancy

Whether you have recently received a diagnosis of dementia, are embarking on the journey of supporting with a loved one, or are just interested in learning more about the experience of living with dementia, join us in a friendly space where no expertise is necessary and where there are no bad questions. To register visit: 

Therapeutic Services:

  • Rhythmic Reminiscence

Thursdays, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. PT
Pre-approval is required

Rhythmic Reminiscence is a music and movement program specially designed for individuals with memory loss. Led by physical and music therapists from the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, participants will have the opportunity to exercise, engage socially, and have some fun. Pre-approval is required for this program. Contact Becky Wellman for online access and information at or 702.701.7895.

  • Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Memory Loss

Monday – Friday, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. PT daily  

Music therapy is a place for friends to connect through music and song. Offered to patients and caregivers, this class combines music and therapeutic techniques to help those impacted by memory or movement disorders. These classes help to decrease feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, increase language and communication skills, aid in regulating movement coordination and provide opportunities for memory recall. They can also improve social interactions and emotional connections with family and caregivers. Contact Dr. Becky Wellman for online access and information at or 702.701.7895.

  • Yoga for Parkinson’s

Saturdays, from 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Ruth Almen for online access and information at or 702.483.6054.

  • Yoga for MS

Wednesdays & Fridays, from 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Sandy Chapman for online access and information at or 702.778.7000.

Support Group Schedule:


  • Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 6 & Apr. 20, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. PT

For online access and/or additional information, contact Ruth Almen at or call 702.483.6054.

  • Dementia with Lewy Body (DLB) support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 6 & Apr. 20, from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. PT

This is an ongoing support group for family members of individuals who have been diagnosed with DLB. For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Michelle Pester at or call 702.483.6006.

  • Caring for Persons with Memory Loss – Peer-Led Group support group for care partners

Wednesday, Apr. 13 & Apr. 27, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. PT

This is a peer-led caregiver support group for family members and/or individuals caring for loved ones with all levels of memory impairment, regardless of diagnosis. The goal of this support group is to provide educational, emotional, and social support to caregivers in a safe and non-judgmental environment. This group is facilitated by Cleveland Clinic volunteers, and those in attendance are asked to honor the privacy of all group participants and information disclosed during the meeting. For additional information or to register, email


  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support group for individuals and care partners

Tuesday, Apr. 26 from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. PT

For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Ruth Almen at or call 702.483.6054.

  • Huntington’s Disease (HD) support group for individuals and care partners

Thursday, Apr. 21, from Noon – 1 p.m. PT

For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Michelle Pester at or call 702.483.6006.

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) support group for individuals and care partners

Mondays, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Share coping strategies, resources, uplifting stories, concerns about health and medication, work and safety environment, and connect with others traveling a similar journey. For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Sandy Chapman at or call 702.778.7000.

Engagement Arts:

  • Conversations to Remember

Monday, Apr. 11 & Apr. 25, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. PT

Telling stories through art is fun and can foster creative thinking and thought-provoking exchanges. It can also stimulate distant memories. Ideal for individuals with memory loss or cognitive decline and their care partners, this class helps drive conversations that lead to new discovery, reveal personal history and introduce us to our fellow companions, all through art. For online access, contact

  • The Learning Arts

This program offers eclectic excursions, via videoconferencing, with museums, showcasing remarkable places across the country. For online access, contact

    • Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 11 a.m. – Noon PT: Diversity of the American West: Cultures, People, & Environments – Booth Museum
    • Tuesday, Apr. 19, from 11 a.m. – Noon PT: Picture This: Virginia in the Twentieth Century – Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • Mind in Design – An ONLINE Art Making Class for Everyone

Monday, May 2, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OR  1 – 3 p.m. PST

Patients, families, and caregivers are invited to come together virtually, tap into their creativity, unwind, and de-stress in a fun, friendly and interactive art session. Art kits with necessary materials are mailed in advance to all registered participants. Advance registration is required by Apr. 15. Those interested in attending can register at

MountainView Hospital Graduates First Students from Paramedic School

By | Featured, News

A First for HCA Healthcare & Sunrise Health

MountainView Hospital, a full-service teaching hospital in northwest Las Vegas, celebrated its first graduating class of Paramedics from the hospital’s Paramedic Institute. This is a first not only for MountainView, but the first paramedic graduates for HCA Healthcare.

Launched in late 2020, the MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute is currently the only hospital in Las Vegas, as well within HCA Healthcare, to offer an extensive education and training program for prehospital professionals throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

The inaugural cohort of paramedic provider students took part in a 57-week program that involved a stringent didactic regimen and hands-on clinical immersion. MountainView partnered with local Fire Departments and private EMS agencies in creation of the program. Students attending the institute were sponsored by each agency.

“This is truly a community effort. HCA Healthcare, along with our community partners are proving that great things happen when we leveraged individual assets together to achieve a common goal,” said Troy Tuke, RN, NREMT-P, MountainView Hospital Paramedic Program Director. “Our students are arriving in the field ready to work and take excellent care of the residents and visitors of the Las Vegas Valley.”

The first cohort included 19 students representing five EMS agencies including Clark County Fire Department, North Las Vegas Fire Department, AMR, Community Ambulance and Medic West Ambulance. 

To graduate, students completed 57 weeks of a clinically immersive program, two didactic blocks with two clinical block rotations. Students also had to complete numerous industry certifications, including (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), among others. Students also had to successfully complete the Southern Nevada Health District Protocol Exam and have a successful completion of an agency field internship.

Graduates scored well above the national average on measured metrics for a successful completion of the program.

“Congratulations to the first class of MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute graduates; this is a significant step forward for caring for our community,” said Matthew Cova, MountainView Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “With our agency partners, we are able to provide a unique educational opportunity to support the education of medical professionals in our community.”

Since the first cohort, another 44 students from eight EMS agencies have started with the Institute, with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Henderson Fire Department and Mesquite Fire Department representing new agencies.

The need for paramedic schools in the Las Vegas great, as the Las Vegas Valley, much like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a Paramedic/EMS provider shortage. This has been exasperated by an aging workforce, COVID-19 and overall decline in interest in the paramedic profession.

MountainView Hospital is a regional leader in medical education and has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top Teaching Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group. MountainView is home to the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which includes more than 150 residents and fellows in numerous disciplines including emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, anesthesiology and OBGYN, physical medicine and rehabilitation. MountainView is also home to the MountainView Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program and a nurse residency program.