The Pavilion at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center Celebrates 5 Years

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March marked a significant milestone for, The Pavilion, the leading behavioral health unit at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, as it celebrates five years of providing unparalleled psychiatric care to the community. Since its inception, The Pavilion has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, innovation, and compassionate care, making it a beacon of hope for individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.

In honor of the 5-year anniversary we are welcoming the government officials, community members and the media to attend an open house Friday April 5, 2024 from 9am to 11am.

Southern Hills Hospital

Established in 2019, The Pavilion has grown exponentially, evolving from a modest 14-bed unit exclusively serving geriatric populations to an expansive 80-bed facility catering to individuals aged 12 and older. This expansion has enabled us to meet the increasing demand for high-quality behavioral health services in our community, ensuring that individuals of all ages receive the care and support they need to thrive.

One of the hallmarks of The Pavilion is its outstanding Psychiatry Residency Program, which attracts top talent and fosters the development of future leaders in the field of psychiatry. Under the guidance of our esteemed medical directors, Dr. Bhushan and Dr. Freedman, and a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, The Pavilion has garnered recognition as the premier destination for comprehensive behavioral health care in the southwest Las Vegas Valley.

“Our commitment to providing exceptional care extends beyond the walls of our facility,” said Allison Zednicek Chief Operations Officer of Behavioral Health at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “Our staff and leaders actively participate in various community events, including health fairs, school events, and fundraisers, to raise awareness and promote education about mental health. We believe that by engaging with the community, we can reduce stigma and empower individuals to seek the help they need.”

In recognition of our dedication to excellence, all of our Behavioral Health units have received prestigious recognition through HCA’s Unit of Distinction Program for 2024. This accolade underscores our commitment to delivering superior care and achieving outstanding patient outcomes.

Over the past five years, The Pavilion has served thousands of patients with over 18,000 admissions, touching countless lives and making a positive impact on our community. With a multidisciplinary team comprising of experts in various specialties, including gerontology, addiction medicine, neurology, and more, we provide comprehensive, personalized care to meet the diverse needs of our patients.

“We are incredibly proud of the exceptional team we have assembled at The Pavilion,” said Alexis Mussi, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital. “Their dedication, expertise, and compassion are the driving forces behind our success, and we are grateful for their commitment to our patients and their families.”

As we celebrate this milestone, The Pavilion remains steadfast in its mission to transform lives, inspire hope, and promote mental wellness in our community. We look forward to continuing our journey of excellence for generations to come.

For more information about The Pavilion and the services we offer, please visit https://southernhillshospital.com/specialties/behavioral-health

Pop-Up Produce Stands Returning to Las Vegas for 2024

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With spring fully underway, the Pop-Up Produce Stands return to Las Vegas on April 2, giving people increased access to affordable, locally grown, organic fresh fruits and vegetables. The pop-ups are scheduled for six dates in April, May and June at the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) in Las Vegas. Customers can use their SNAP/EBT card, cash, debit or credit cards.

The pop-up stands are aimed at helping address the problem of food insecurity in Southern Nevada. Approximately 274,430 people in Clark County — nearly 12% of the population — are food insecure, meaning they are unable to access or afford enough nutritious food for their overall health and well-being. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12.8% of U.S. households experienced food insecurity during 2022.

The produce stands program is a partnership among the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), Prevail Marketplace and Together We Can’s Veggie Buck Truck.

The BTC, located at 101 E. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, will be the site of Pop-Up Produce Stands on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 9
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 11

The stand will be open from noon until 3 p.m., or while supplies last. Last year’s pop-ups resulted in nearly 2,300 pounds of produce sold and nearly $4,600 in total sales, with 40.4% of total sales from SNAP/EBT transactions.

Healthy recipe cards, nutrition education and other health resources will also be available at the pop-ups. For more information, call the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270 or visit the Get Healthy Clark County Farmers Markets page. The website also has a list of local farmers markets, including those that accept EBT, SNAP and debit or credit cards.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

HEALS April Magazine Theme is Alcohol Awareness Month

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The theme for April’s Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare magazine is Alcohol Awareness Month. We invite anyone interested in having content featured to send materials to Adriana. Those interested in placing advertisements can also email Adriana to send in materials, or ask any questions you may have.

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Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Announces 2024 Class of Medical Residents

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Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium announced its 2024 class of Medical Residents during the annual national Match Day.

The match included residents for existing programs based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Residents also rotate at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

The announcement was made during the annual event called Match Day – when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. Matched residents filled in all open positions within the following programs:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB-GYN
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitional Year (dual programs at MountainView and Southern Hills hospitals)
  • Endocrinology (fellowship, MountainView)
  • Anesthesia Critical Care (fellowship, MountainView)
  • Gastroenterology (fellowship, Southern Hills)
  • Addiction Medicine (fellowship, Southern Hills)
  • Pain Medicine (fellowship, Southern Hills)

The talented group of 112 new residents will join the 223 current residents based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Specifically this cycle, 78 new residents and fellows matched at MountainView and 34 new residents and fellows matched at Southern Hills. The new residents will begin July 2024, while others in various programs will be graduating in June.

The 2024 Main Residency Match® was again the largest on record in the organization’s history with a record-high 50,000 applicants (a 5 percent year-over-year increase), as reported by the National Resident Matching Program®, which matches fourth-year medical students with hospital and universities to find the right “match” for their residency goals.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, and continued to receive accreditation for General Surgery, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology Diagnostics, Neurology and four fellowship programs, Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Anesthesiology, Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, and Gastroenterology.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. A residency program specializing in a specific area is required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

About Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium:

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium offers innovative approaches to residency training in an extraordinary, collaborative environment. Led by a world-class team of medical educators, our residents and medical student clerkships receive the highest quality educational experience.

Founded in 2015, and ushering in its inaugural class in 2016, the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium encompasses Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB-GYN, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Transitional Year, and four fellowship programs, Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Anesthesiology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Gastroenterology.

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care centers and outpatient physician clinics, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

SNHD: 2024 County Health Rankings Released

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Clark County ranks 4th healthiest out of 16 counties assessed in Nevada

New data released by the 2024 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps show Clark County ranks 4th among Nevada counties assessed for health outcomes. The rankings are released each year using data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The 2024 Health Rankings and Roadmaps report is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

The County Rankings provide a snapshot of local health data. The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on a range of health outcomes such as premature death and life expectancy, and health factors such as adult smoking, adult obesity, access to primary care physicians, high school completion rates and more. This year’s data release continues to explore civic health. The County Health Rankings specifically looked at two elements of civic health:

  • Civic infrastructure—provides community members with spaces to meet, make their voices heard, engage in cultural activities and assure belonging.
  • Civic participation—includes the way people engage in community life to improve conditions whether through voting, advocacy, volunteering or participating in unions.

According to the data, counties that make it easier for residents to participate in civic activities, and also provide information sources such as broadband or public libraries, are often healthier. According to the County Health Rankings Report released today, these counties are often located in the Northeast and Western regions of the country. To access the Clark County Community Health Assessment and other indicators, visit the Healthy Southern Nevada website at https://www.healthysouthernnevada.org/.

Areas of strength for Clark County included “Access to Exercise Opportunities.” It was noted that in Clark County 95% of people lived close to a park or recreation facility. This is a reflection of the coordinated efforts of community and government partners and Health District programs that have worked hard over the years on enhanced community design efforts, and the promotion of recreational activities and resources. In “Areas to Explore” 16% of Clark County adults were current cigarette smokers compared to 15% of adults in Nevada and the United States. The Health District works with community partners on policy initiatives, offers smoking cessation and tobacco prevention resources and more at www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.

Health District staff and partners presented the Health Rankings finding for Clark County at a webinar today. The agency is committed to working with the community to use data and information from sources such as the County Rankings to enhance and improve programs, services and policies that are vital to building a healthy community. The full presentation and webinar are available on the Health District website.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

St. Rose Dominican Welcomes 2024 Medical Residents

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Diverse group from around the globe comprise new class of 12 doctors-in-training

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently welcomed the twelve 2024 medical school graduates who successfully matched with our Graduate Medical Education Internal Medicine Residency Program. These dozen new doctors-in-training comprise the second-ever Dignity Health Residency class in southern Nevada and take the next step in their careers the next three years of their medical training under our staff’s supervision.

An Important Step: Match Day is a pivotal day in the graduate medical education community as it is the day on which the National Resident Matching Program releases the eagerly awaited results of all the applicants who have applied for residency or fellowship training positions in the U.S. It is an important day for medical students. Securing a residency position is key in securing one’s future career. Match Day occurs on the third Friday of March each year and is marked with ceremonies at many of the more than 150 medical schools in the United States. At precisely 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time, medical students across the nation simultaneously learn where they matched.

A Match with St. Rose: The twelve doctors who comprise the second class of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Residents and will spend the next three years studying in southern Nevada are:

Humza Asif, DO
Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas

Paulina Awuah, DO
Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas

Vicki Belleus, MD
St. George’s University
School of Medicine, Grenada
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Benjamin Chuang, MD
Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan
Hometown: San Diego

Akash Dadlani, MD
Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA

Hilary Daniel, MD
All Saints University School of Medicine, Dominica
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Emily Heinsen, DO
Rocky Vista University
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Colorado
Hometown: Brandon, MS

Dilraj Kaur, DO
Touro University California
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Dinuba, CA

Hyunsoo Kim, MD
Yonsei University
College of Medicine, South Korea
Hometown: Colleyville, TX

Jorge Perez, MD
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara
Facultad de Medicina Guadalajara, Mexico
Hometown: Fontana, CA

Tuong Pham, DO
New York Institute of Technology
College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York
Hometown: Jonesboro, AR

Charles Daniel Uy, MD
Cebu Doctors University
College of Medicine, Philippines
Hometown: Las Vegas

Dr. Kimberly Bates, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, says the St. Rose Dominican GME team has been preparing for this day for months and is excited to welcome this second class of Residents and begin their studies in June.

“Like our first class last year, this is a new group of outstanding student doctors who will create a wonderfully diverse class of resident physicians,” said Dr. Bates. “They represent exactly what we hoped for and we are incredibly eager to meet them in person.”

Primary Care: Within the Internal Medicine Program, four Residents will follow a Primary Care track, emphasizing an area of particular need in southern Nevada.

“The number one key indicator of healthy communities is the number of primary care physicians in that community.” said Dr. Bates. “Nevada is unfortunately lacking in that area and we hope our program can begin to address that need. The entire job of a Primary Care physician is to manage a person’s health for life. To have the ability to see a patient, diagnose, and treat them before something requires more advanced care. I am excited to see young doctors ready to embody that mission, embracing the challenge and commitment.”

Residents will perform their clinic hours in medical offices in the North Las Vegas Neighborhood Hospital Campus and their Hospital hours at the San Martin Campus working with St. Rose affiliated subspecialty faculty.

Improving health care in Nevada: Residencies are an important element in improving health care in Nevada, as they correlate closely with the likelihood that doctors will stay in-state when they begin to practice. Among those who graduate and complete a Residency program in Nevada, nearly 75 percent tend to stay and practice in Nevada.

This year’s class of twelve Internal Medicine Residents brings the total number of in the St. Rose Residency program to 24. Residency is a three-year program. Next year the program will add twelve more new doctors, bringing the program to its full capacity of 36 doctors.

Just the beginning: “We are at the beginning of something very special for both our hospitals and our community,” said Dr. Rod Buzzas, Chief Medical Officer for Siena and St. Rose de Lima Hospitals and Designated Institutional Officer for the GME Program. “As St. Rose continues our journey into the world of teaching hospitals, we fulfill our mission by extending the benefit we bring to our community by educating new physicians and enticing them to stay and practice as doctors here in southern Nevada.”

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican
Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals remains guided by the vision and values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson in 1947. Dignity Health now operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada – the Siena, San Martin, and Rose de Lima Campuses. St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is a member of the Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and more than 400 care centers, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. Dignity Health is a part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit health system committed to advancing health for all people and dedicated to serving the common good. More than 75 years after the arrival of the original seven Sisters in Henderson, the 4,000 employees of the St. Rose Dominican health system continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need, especially the most vulnerable. For more information, visit http://www.strosehospitals.org.

Dignity Health hospitals in Nevada are supported by the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation, whose mission is to improve community health and wellness through fundraising and relationship building with caring supporters who donate or pledge to fund our work. To learn more, visit supportstrose.org

Celena DiLullo Named as Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustee Member

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Nathan Adelson Hospice, the leader in hospice and palliative care in southern Nevada, is proud to announce Celena DiLullo has joined its board of trustees. President of Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries, DiLullo’s knowledge and professionalism in end-of-life grief makes her an asset to the board.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the funeral industry and more than 13 years with Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries, DiLullo is a trusted member of the greater healthcare community and brings compassion, exceptional service and dynamic leadership to the Nathan Adelson Hospice board of trustees, according to Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Karen Rubel.

“We are honored and excited to welcome Celena to our board of trustees,” Rubel said. “Her experience in the industry, compassion for others and great ideas will help further the board’s mission in helping our community.”

DiLullo is involved with several other nonprofits, volunteering her time and support to groups including, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Jewish Nevada, LVMPD foundation, Nevada Donor Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, and the Injured Police Officers Fund.

Additionally, DiLullo serves as a Commissioner on the Nevada Commission for Women, a board member for the Nevada State Board of Funeral Directors, Embalmers and Cemetery Services, a board member of Las Vegas Executives’ Association, a member of Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Golden Monarch Council, and sits on the Executive Women’s Council for the Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the oldest, largest, and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families daily. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid, or in pain. For more information, visit www.nah.org.

Addressing Opiate Use Disorders in the Emergency Department

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Las Vegas HEALS and Experts Share Insights into Challenge of Opiates

It was our pleasure to delve into the critical topic of opiate use disorders and the innovative approach of using buprenorphine in emergency departments. Dr. Kelly Morgan, the medical director for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, shares her journey of learning about opiate use disorders and the transformation in her perspective over the past year.

Dr. Morgan emphasizes the importance of building coalitions and fostering a community approach to tackle opiate use disorders in Las Vegas. She introduces Dre Cantwell-Frank, a program director for Bridge to Treatment, who sheds light on successful treatment strategies in emergency departments.

Dre Cantwell-Frank discusses the alarming rise in synthetic opioid overdose deaths and shares her personal experiences in the field of emergency medicine. She highlights the effectiveness of buprenorphine in treating withdrawal, cravings, and protecting against overdose, emphasizing its unique characteristics and safety profile.

The episode explores the challenges of stigma and misconceptions surrounding substance use disorders, emphasizing the need for a compassionate and supportive approach in healthcare settings. The speakers address common concerns such as precipitated withdrawal and diversion, providing insights and strategies to overcome these barriers.

Listeners are introduced to a practical algorithm for identifying and initiating buprenorphine in the emergency department, emphasizing the importance of timely intervention and ongoing support for patients. The episode also highlights the impact of pre-hospital buprenorphine initiatives and the goal of expanding access to MAT in emergency departments nationwide by 2027.

Join us on this informative and engaging journey as we navigate the complexities of opiate use disorders and work towards creating a more inclusive and effective healthcare system for all individuals. Let’s break down barriers, challenge stigma, and pave the way for comprehensive treatment solutions in emergency settings. Stay tuned for more insights and stories on addressing opiate use disorders in the emergency department.

This presentation as put together as a partnership between Las Vegas HEALS and The PACT Coalition. We look forward to bringing more presentations like this to help our community mitigate the impact that opiate use disorders is having on our society.

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March 2024 Task Force Dates Announced

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Task Force Meetings Return on March 20. Details and links are below:

Meeting Location:
USI Insurance Services
8360 W. Sahara Ave. Suite 110
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Link to Map

Legislative Task Force Meeting
March 20 | 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
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Workforce Task Force Meeting
March 20 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
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Physician Engagement Task Force Meeting
March 20| 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
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Healthcare Technology Task Force Meeting (Zoom)
March 20 | 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
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Human Resources Task Force Meeting (Zoom)
March 28 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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HEALS March Magazine Theme is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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The theme for March’s Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare magazine is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. We invite anyone interested in having content featured to send materials to Adriana. Those interested in placing advertisements can also email Adriana to send in materials, or ask any questions you may have.

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