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Henderson Hospital Nationally Recognized with “A” Hospital Safety Grade by Leapfrog Group

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Marks Sixth Consecutive “A” Grade for Henderson Hospital

Henderson Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, for the sixth consecutive time. The Safety Grade is a national distinction recognizing Henderson Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

The sixth “A” grade follows the hospital’s distinction as one of only 48 in the United States to be named a Top Teaching Hospital in December 2020. This award places Henderson Hospital in the top two percent of the more than 2,200 hospitals considered for the award by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“This sixth consecutive award speaks volumes to the expertise and commitment of our employees and medical staff to providing high-quality care to our community under many unique circumstances,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “The past 14 months have been incredibly stressful as we navigated through all the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earning this recognition for the sixth time in three years is emblematic of our commitment to our mission and vision.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Henderson Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see the hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. It is accredited as both a Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Henderson Hospital has also been honored by The Leapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital in 2018 and 2019; a Top Teaching Hospital in 2020; and earned the “A” Patient Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group during its last six award cycles. The hospital opened in 2016, with a new six-story patient tower currently under construction.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

MountainView Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – for 6th time

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Rating 6th Consecutive A for MountainView Since 2018

MountainView Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This is MountainView’s sixth consecutive A rating, since 2018.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“MountainView Hospital continues to lead in our community in the area of safe, quality care because of our people,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “Each member of the MountainView team plays a crucial role in providing a safe, respectful, caring environment for all of our patients, and is one of our top priorities. Providing that safe consistent care is even more critical during a time of a community health crisis. I am proud of the MountainView team for keeping safety at the forefront no matter the challenges.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but MountainView Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

MountainView Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. 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.

Health Plan of Nevada Shares 5 Ways to Find Fitness Motivation

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Easy Ways to Get Started and Build and Maintain Momentum in Honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Finding the motivation to exercise regularly can be difficult, especially as schedules become busier, but staying fit is important at every stage in life. In addition to the physical health benefits that can result from regularly exercising, there are many mental health benefits associated with moving our bodies as well. May is National Physical Fitness Month and Health Plan of Nevada is sharing five ways readers can find fitness motivation that will last:

  1. Put together a dynamite playlist
    Create a playlist with your favorite songs to keep you going throughout your workout or download a new podcast for your next cardio session.
  2. Repurpose an old bag to be a gym bag
    Having a dedicated gym bag that is prepared the night before is a great way to feel ready to hit the gym, while also keeping yourself accountable.
  3. Wear your workout clothes more frequently
    Studies have shown that the clothes we wear impact our behavior. If the plan is to exercise in the afternoon, try putting on workout clothes prior to your planned workout session to help motivate yourself.
  4. Keep yourself accountable and inspired
    Log workouts in a notebook or journal – or place inspiring sticky notes around the house to remind you of the goals you set for yourself.
  5. Celebrate the milestones, no matter how small
    Reach a fitness goal and want to celebrate? A great way to do so, while being practical, might be treating yourself to a new workout outfit or pair of sneakers.

ABOUT HEALTH PLAN OF NEVADA
Health Plan of Nevada is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In Nevada, Health Plan of Nevada offers health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Plan of Nevada is part of UnitedHealthcare, one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit Health Plan of Nevada at www.HealthPlanofNevada.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Western Governors University Announces WGU Loves Teachers Scholarships for National Teacher Appreciation Week

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$4,000 Scholarships Available to Ease Tuition Cost for Current and Aspiring Educators

 Western Governors University (WGU) will observe National Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7 by offering up to 500 scholarships (totaling $2MM) for current and future education professionals who wish to pursue bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in WGU Teachers College.

Each WGU Loves Teachers scholarship is valued up to $4,000 and designed to help current teachers improve their skill set in the classroom or move into administration, or to assist professionals in obtaining the required credentials for a rewarding future career as an educator.  Average tuition at WGU is approximately $7,000 per year and the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree program is two and a half years. This scholarship provides students with significant assistance as they pursue an affordable, high-quality degree.

“At a time when students need inspiring and innovative educators more than ever, we offer this scholarship to help professionals pursue their academic dreams,” said Dr. Mark Milliron, Executive Dean of WGU’s Teachers College. “We’re incredibly honored to support the continued learning and hard work of next-generation teachers and leaders.”

WGU Nevada’s Teachers College currently enrolls 999 students. By providing competency-based, flexible, online degree programs, and low, flat-rate tuition, WGU students progress through their courses as soon as they demonstrate mastery. This enables them to learn while working and graduate with less debt than their peers.

Due to Nevada’s teacher shortage, 87% of students were in a larger-than-recommended class size last school year.

New and enrolling WGU students may apply for the scholarship now through June 30 at  wgu.edu/teacherappreciation. Each scholarship will be credited to the student’s account at the rate of $1,000 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, current competency, and other considerations.

“Educators are among our nation’s most crucial professionals and they deserve our thanks for their sacrifice and determination to keep going in the past year,” said WGU Regional Vice President Rick Benbow, who oversees WGU Nevada. “We are thrilled to help individuals achieve their goals of higher education through these scholarships.”

To learn more about WGU’s Teachers College and its academic programs, visit  wgu.edu/online-teaching-degrees.

About WGU
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 133,000 students nationwide and has more than 221,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 24 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at wgu.edu and wgu.edu/advocate 

Nathan Adelson Hospice Launches Collaboration with NPHI’s Advanced Cardiac Care Program In Southern Nevada

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Cross-Industry Initiative will Provide Clinical Guidelines and Resources for Heart Patients and Families

Despite the longer survival times for heart failure patients enrolled in hospice than those not enrolled in hospice[1], services remain underused in this population[2]. The evidence reflects a lack of awareness of hospice and palliative care offerings in the community as one of the primary barriers to improved quality and access.[3] To address this care gap, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), in cooperation with the American Heart Association (AHA) – the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives –  announced a new advanced cardiac care initiative and the availability of jointly developed patient and family educational resources.

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States[4], and exacts a disproportionate toll on many racial and ethnic groups that have higher rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors.[5] Amidst the pandemic, heart patients face increasing challenges.  Cardiovascular complications contribute to roughly 40% of all COVID-19-related deaths[6].  Heart Failure is at the forefront of these realities and evidence reflects that heart failure (HF) patients often do not receive care that aligns with evidence-based best practices and that clinicians and patients are not aware of critical information and resources.[7]

NPHI is an organization driven by passion and integrity to help people live fully through the end-of-life. Their 70+ not-for-profit members are community-based hospice, palliative, and advanced illness care providers across the country.

“We are excited to be launching this innovative program for our patients that suffer from heart disease.  This collaboration between NPHI, the American Heart Association and community-based not for profit hospices will make a significant difference to our patients,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President & CEO Karen Rubel. “As the largest nonprofit hospice organization in Nevada, we are thrilled to be offering this support through availability of jointly developed patient and family educational resources to help educate heart patients.”

“Emergency room and hospital visits take a substantial emotional and financial toll on people living with advanced heart disease, their families and on our health system but can be averted if we can improve awareness of community resources and clinical best practices,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association.  “Too often, people faced with advanced heart disease are not made aware of how not-for-profit hospice and advanced illness care organizations can provide affordable quality care at home, even as evidence consistently shows the quality of care and healthcare cost advantages of cardiac care by hospice providers.”

Palliative care provides holistic support to patients with stroke and other chronic conditions to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Hospice care is end-of-life care and is usually reserved for patients among whom most treatment options are no longer feasible. Like palliative care, hospice care also aims to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.

Hospice and advanced illness providers deliver quality primary care at home and at hospice treatment centers, even for those who are not terminal, helping to avert the multiple hospital and emergency room visits often associated with advanced heart disease over months or years.  Plus, in-home care reduces a huge source of stress for the patient, their family, and the medical facility.

“We need to close the gap for heart failure patients who can benefit from in-home hospice services,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, CEO of NPHI. “Far too many die alone in the hospital or nursing facility when they could instead be cared for by our hospice teams wherever they reside and enjoy a far higher quality of life surrounded by loved ones.”

“Regarding advanced heart disease, people of color and the LBGTQ+ communities need to know in far greater numbers how NPHI member organizations can provide comprehensive quality care at home- care which is covered by Medicare or private insurance or by us – NO ONE is turned away because they cannot pay,” Cameron Muir, MD, chief innovation officer of NPHI.  “Through the powerful collaboration of the American Heart Association and NPHI, we have developed simple, accessible resources that every family in America should know about and to help reduce the current devastating gaps in care.”

The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation  is collaborating with the American Heart Association to improve quality and access to hospice and palliative/advanced illness care.

Additional Resources:

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

LVGEA New Target Industries Include Healthcare

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LVGEA Revisits Approach to Economic Diversification Efforts with Help from SRI

In collaboration with SRI International, a nonprofit research institute, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) has released a Target Industry Validation Study to facilitate intentional economic growth and diversification in Southern Nevada.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Nevada economy was gradually becoming more diverse and seeing consistent job growth. Much of that momentum, however, ground to a halt as a result of the pandemic.

“This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our global, national, and especially regional economy,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “By re-examining our region’s target industries, we can now refocus our job creation and community building efforts to position Southern Nevada for success in a post-COVID economy.”

The study employed a diverse mix of research methods including the assessment of the previous target industries, Nevada’s new state economic development plan and information gathered from regional economic stakeholders. Researchers also gathered data on various industries based on the following criteria: stability, earnings, job-rich, and growth in employment share.

Although Nevada’s economic climate has changed since the last target industry study was released in 2017, data showed many components of the previous target industries remain relevant and have therefore been incorporated within the newly identified adjacent industries. Additionally, SRI has identified key sub-industries within each target industry to represent different operational areas. Through SRI’s analysis, the following seven industries and component industries were recommended to ensure growth and economic success for Southern Nevada:

  • Healthcare Services 
    • General & Specialist Healthcare Services
    • Hospitals
    • Care Facilities
    • Healthcare Research & Technologies
  • General & Advanced Manufacturing 
    • General Manufacturing
    • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Business & Financial Services 
    • Management & Professional Services
    • Business Administration
    • Financial Services
  • Creative Industries 
    • Creative Professional Services
    • Media Production
    • Media Broadcasting & Distribution
    • Entertainers & Supporting Services
  • Clean Technologies 
    • Clean Energy Generation
    • Distribution & Wholesale
    • Engineering & Support
    • HVAC & Plumbing Contractors
  • Transportation & Logistics Technologies
    • Distribution & Warehousing
    • Transportation & Support
    • Passenger Services
    • Production of Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Information & Communication Technologies 
    • ICT Professional Services
    • Cybersecurity

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

SilverSummit Healthplan, Centene Corporation, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Launch COVID-19 Vaccine PSA Campaign

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SilverSummit Healthplan (SSHP), Centene Corporation, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have launched a PSA campaign to educate people across the country about the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a particular focus on communities of color. SSHP is engaging Nevada residents to encourage them to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available and help prevent the spread of the virus. The 30-second PSA features Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, who was a star player at the University of Southern California before playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. 

The 30-second PSA can be viewed:

Englishhttps://hlkagency.box.com/s/291ds5bdo71ab0935o9t15u7yvpyc7x5
Spanishhttps://hlkagency.box.com/s/nl5ma33vnxnbkeu1843m5f40hwjsb5uf 

To achieve “herd immunity,” roughly 80% of the U.S. population needs to be vaccinated, health officials have said. Multiple surveys have indicated high rates of “vaccine hesitancy” within the African American community and other communities of color, however, and that is likely impacting immunization rates, along with access issues. Recent data show Blacks make up only six percent of those who had been vaccinated despite constituting 13% of the population and accounting for 15% of all COVID-19 deaths. 

In addition to the PSA, which will run on TV and digital platforms, SSHP’s Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Murawsky, MD, is speaking with communities across Nevada to share general information about the vaccine, the phased approach to availability, its safety and efficacy, and other details. 

“Uncertainty around the COVID-19 vaccine could lead some people to delay getting the shot, but getting vaccinated is the key to being able to return to many of the things we care about most, especially safely spending time with family and friends,” Dr. Murawsky said. “Through this campaign, we want to empower people to actively contribute to their health and wellbeing by informing them about the benefits of the vaccine.” 

The PSA campaign launched nationally with PSAs from Hall of Famers Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams and Anthony Munoz (English and Spanish); Lisa Salters, a Hall of Fame Selector and TV broadcaster; Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic gold medal winner and coach of the 2017 national champion University of South Carolina women’s basketball team; and Iman McFarland, chief operating officer for 21st Century Expo Group and an ambassador for the Hall’s and Centene’s joint “Strong Youth Strong Communities” programming. The PSAs are designed to build confidence around the vaccine and encourage people to get vaccinated. The messaging not only focuses on the vaccine as a means of protecting yourself, but also to stop the spread of the virus to family and friends. In the PSAs, the Hall of Famers talk about the people in their lives who are counting on them to get the vaccine to stay healthy.  

“As we’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re a team and need to work together to stop the virus from spreading,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “We recognize there are a lot of questions out there about the vaccine, so we want to make sure we’re reaching as many people as possible. We thank Munoz for encouraging everyone to get vaccinated for the sake of their loved ones.” 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is Centene’s Official Youth Wellness Partner. Through the “Strong Youth Strong Communities” program the last four years, Hall of Famers have discussed important issues with youth, including mental health, suicide, and bullying.  During the COVID pandemic, virtual Youth Summits have been held in a number of states on these topics.  For its work on these issues, the Hall of Fame was the recipient of the 2019 Booker T. Washington award from the National Minority Quality Forum for its commitment to advancing health equity. 

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 involvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improving 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, you may visit www.silversummithealthplan.com.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Launches Fundraiser Benefiting VGK Foundation

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers Lunches T-shirt Fundraiser Benefiting Vegas Golden Knights Foundation Amid Month of Hockey Fights Cancer Activities

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has designed and launched a cleverly-branded t-shirt fundraising initiative benefitting the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation during Hockey Fights Cancer month. The shirt’s message is simple and memorable – especially for hockey fans – with the following across its front: PUCK CANCER!

The shirts are $15 each, available in sizes XS through XXL and may be purchased at https://e.givesmart.com/events/lpi. All of the proceeds will benefit the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, which supports the community and local nonprofits via partnerships, programming and direct grants.

“So many of us, including hockey fans alike, have been affected by a cancer diagnosis and there is no better time to launch this fundraising effort to support Vegas Golden Knights Foundation than during Hockey Fights Cancer month,” said Jon Bilstein, CEO of Comprehensive. “Through our partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights, it is important to support those battling cancer and help remind people to stay one step ahead of a prospective cancer diagnosis. We see this as another mechanism of raising awareness all while supporting the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation’s compassionate endeavors throughout Southern Nevada.”

“The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation appreciates the support of Comprehensive Cancer Centers and their willingness to donate the proceeds of their t-shirts, which will go back into the Foundation and help support Shea Theodore’s initiative of Kay’s Power Play,” said VGK Foundation President Kim Frank. “We stand unified in the fight to beat cancer on and off the ice.”

Beyond the t-shirt launch, it has been an active month for Comprehensive and the Golden Knights’ continued partnership. On April 3, the Golden Knights hosted its Hockey Fights Cancer Night with a special auction benefitting Kay’s Power Play, star defenseman Shea Theodore’s initiative that raises awareness for early detection and provides proactive measures to combat breast cancer. In November 2020, Theodore worked with Comprehensive and Susan G. Komen Nevada to launch Kay’s Power Play in front of City National Arena.

Looking ahead and later this month, key figures within the Golden Knights organization will surprise and host two lucky Comprehensive patients and their families to a Golden Knights and Henderson Silver Knights game.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 40 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trials. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 100 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Robotic Technology for Spine Surgery Available at Centennial Hills & Henderson Hospitals

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Robotic Guidance Platform Provides More Comprehensive Pre-operative Planning, Improved Implant Placement, Real-time Imaging for Improved Patient Outcomes

To provide advanced spine surgical care for patients throughout southern Nevada, Centennial Hills and Henderson hospitals now offer the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform. The inaugural procedures at both hospitals occurred in March 2021.

The technology allows surgeons to create a customized surgery plan by using a CT-based 3D models of the patient’s spine prior to surgery. As part of the pre-operative planning, the personalized model allows the physician to determine exactly where implants should be placed.

During surgery, the robotic arms use precise navigation to place and support the implants. Simultaneously, the surgeon can use real-time imaging feedback to ensure the complex spine surgery is proceeding as planned.

“Mazor X Stealth Edition is an amazing, innovative platform that allows us to offer the latest surgical options for patients who need spine surgery,” said Kevin R. Sharif, MD, who performed the first case utilizing the new equipment at Henderson Hospital in March. “This technology combines computer navigation and robotics to deliver safe, reliable, and precise minimally invasive spine surgery in the Las Vegas Valley.”

“Surgical robotics is not the future – it is very much here, at the present time, and I believe it has become the standard of care at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center,” said I. Michael Schneier, MD, who performed the first case at Centennial Hills Hospital last month.

Benefits of the technology include reduced exposure to radiation because of fewer needs for X-ray images to verify the placement of implants; a smaller and more precise area of operating on the spine due to the 3D imagery; an anticipated faster recovery time; and lower rates of infection.

Conditions and Medical Procedures
Surgeons may use the Mazor X Stealth robotic surgery system to treat multiple conditions that require precise positioning of screws or other implants, particularly in lumbar and thoracic spinal fusions. Some conditions that can be treated include:

Degenerative disc disease
Scoliosis
Spinal fractures
Spinal implants
Spinal stenosis
Spine deformity
Spine fusion
Tumors
Vertebrae fractures
Walking or movement deformities

About The Valley Health System
Centennial Hills and Henderson hospitals are both members of The Valley Health System (VHS). Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in Nevada Opens to People 16 and Older Monday, April 5

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Scheduling for Appointments Available Beginning Saturday, April 3 with Homebound Vaccine Services Available

Beginning Monday, April 5, everyone in Nevada ages 16 and older will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free, and the Southern Nevada Health District is urging everyone who can get vaccinated to make an appointment to do so at one of its sites or a community partner clinic. Registration for those who are newly eligible will be open beginning Saturday, April 3 at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Additional information for clinic locations in Clark County is available at www.NVCOVIDFigher.org.

“This has been a tremendous undertaking, and it is due to the hard work of our staff and partners and the support of the public that we are ready to begin vaccinating all who are eligible,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

As of April 1, there have been 633,254 COVID-19 vaccines initiated, 353,330 doses completed and a total of 964,189 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County.

As vaccine eligibility is opened next week, the Health District is reminding people that appointments may initially fill up quickly. Appointments will continue to become available, and everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it. People are also encouraged to take the vaccine that is available to them at the time of their appointments. All three of the vaccines that are currently authorized have been found to be highly effective at preventing serious illness and death. However, the Pfizer vaccine is the only one currently authorized for children 16-17 years old. Vaccine availability for the Health District’s Cashman Center and Las Vegas Convention Center sites is noted on its clinic website.

The Health District is also announcing the availability homebound vaccine services. People who are homebound, including those needing medical equipment to leave their home such as a wheelchair, a walker or crutches, or are bedridden can call 702-455-0696 or email homeboundvaccine@clarkcountynv.gov to schedule services. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine will be administered through this program, and participants must be 18 years of age or older.

It takes about two weeks after getting fully vaccinated (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, one dose of Janssen) for the body to build protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. After people are fully vaccinated, they can begin to do certain activities again. More details are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. It is important for people who are fully vaccinated to continue to wear masks when in public or around unvaccinated people, to avoid large gatherings, and to get tested for COVID-19 if they develop symptoms.

The Cashman Center and Las Vegas Convention Center sites are open Tuesday through Saturday. The Cashman Center clinic is located at 850 Las Vegas Blvd N., Las Vegas, NV 89101, Exhibit Hall B. The Las

Vegas Convention Center Clinic is located at 3150 Paradise Hall in the C-1 area of the facility’s Central Hall. Dedicated parking is available in the Silver Lot of Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive.

For more information and COVID-19 resources, including available transportation assistance, go to www. SNHD.info/covid.