Valley Health System

Valley Health Specialty Hospital Opens for Patient Care

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Initial Services Include Orthopedic Surgery, Inpatient Orthopedic Care, Followed by Acute Rehabilitation and Outpatient Therapy

Valley Health Specialty Hospital, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, opened for orthopedic surgical patients on Monday, August 23, 2021.  The hospital features five surgical suites and a 10-bed inpatient nursing unit for post-operative orthopedic patients; a 56-bed acute rehabilitation center and outpatient services for physical, occupational and speech therapy services for adults will open later.

“This is an exciting addition to our portfolio of health services in southern Nevada,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “We have newly renovated and upgraded the facility over the past few months since finalizing the acquisition and are excited to now offer this convenient additional location for patients needing high-quality orthopedic surgery. The majority of our patients will be able to return home on the same day as their procedure, but we also offer inpatient care for those who may need additional monitoring or assistance during their initial recovery.”

The joint replacement program uses a protocol known as Rapid Recovery. In this protocol, patients are mobilized within one hour of their hip or knee replacement surgery. The program also uses an approach to postoperative pain control that utilizes very little if any opioid pain medication. This allows patients to ambulate sooner and participate in physical therapy sessions up to three times per day with little postoperative pain.  This leads to a shorter hospital stay and quicker return to activities of daily living. “We expect that our clinical outcomes will exceed the national average,” said Tony Adams, CEO, Valley Health Specialty Hospital.

“As a hospital dedicated to orthopedic surgery, we follow very specific protocols and best practices to provide the highest level of pre-operative, surgical and post-operative care,” explained Adams.

The 56-bed acute rehabilitation center is anticipated to open at a later date, providing specialized rehabilitation services for patients recovering from stroke, surgery, illness or injury, and will be staffed by healthcare providers in the disciplines of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing and social work. A core staff of physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation will serve as co-medical directors. Dining services are available on campus.

As part of the continuum of orthopedic and rehabilitation care, the Outpatient Therapy division will also begin caring for patients once the rehabilitation center opens, focusing on physical, occupational and speech therapy, Monday through Friday. Hours will vary to accommodate early morning and evening appointments.

The Outpatient Therapy Center will be open to any patient who could benefit from therapy; a physician referral is required.

The Valley Health Specialty Hospital is located at 8656 W. Patrick Lane (cross street Durango) in southwest Las Vegas. The website is, and the main phone number is 702-777-7100.

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. 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

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

Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center / ER at Valley Vista (opening late 2021)
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital / ER at Green Valley Ranch
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center / ER at Blue Diamond / Valley Health Specialty Hospital
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Valley Hospital Las Vegas / Elite Medical Center

ProCare Hospice of Nevada Opening Southern Nevada’s Newest Hospice Inpatient Unit

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IPU Accepting Adult Patients in September, Will Later Expand Expand to Accept Pediatric Patients with Virtual Tours Available Friday, August 27th

ProCare Hospice of Nevada and CareOusel Pediatrics are proud to announce the opening of Southern Nevada’s newest hospice inpatient unit (IPU).

The 14-bed facility will begin accepting adult patients in September and incorporate pediatric hospice patients before year’s end. At that time, the ProCare Hospice IPU will be Nevada’s only hospice IPU staffed with pediatric hospice and palliative care expert providers.

On Friday, August 27, 2021, the public is invited to virtually tour the new facility and gain a greater understanding of the programs, services, and benefits of the ProCare Hospice IPU by going to the ProCare Hospice of Nevada YouTube Channel.

“As a premier hospice provider in Southern Nevada, we truly understand the community’s need for a new hospice inpatient unit (IPU) which is why this project has been a priority for us,” said Clevis Parker, MD, CEO, and CMO of ProCare Hospice. “Our IPU will be an essential resource for patients who require aggressive, short-term pain and symptom management, and for those transitioning from the hospital to their home, but require a transition step to stabilize their uncontrolled medical needs.”

ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics are unlike many other hospice entities in Southern Nevada. The organization is family owned and operated since 2012. ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics operate on a physician-led hospice model, with Clevis Parker, MD, serving as both Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Additionally, ProCare Hospice employs multiple board-certified hospice physicians and has the region’s most extensive pediatric hospice service program. The pediatric hospice team is led by Kathleen Gates, MD, the only pediatric hospice trained physician in Nevada. Additionally, ProCare Hospice employs a Child Life Specialist trained to provide developmentally and psychologically appropriate interventions to reduce fear, anxiety, and pain, and to help patients and their families deal with hospice or end-of-life issues.

The IPU is also a valuable respite for patients whose caregivers may be family members who require time away.

For additional information about ProCare Hospice and CareOusel Pediatrics, please contact Maritza Hutchinson at 702-619-3856.

ProCare Grand Opening Virtual Tour

For those interested in attending ProCare’s grand opening virtual tour on Friday, August 27th, the flyer below provides event details, along with a QR code that can open up RSVP options. If QR codes do not work for you, please click here.

Sunrise Hospital Receives National Honors for Delivering Superior Women’s Care

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When it comes to superior women’s care, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital deliver… literally. Both hospitals announced today a number of national Healthgrades honors, topping the list with the 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ for three years in a row (2019-2021) and the 2021 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ for four years in a row (2018-2021). These distinctions recognize the exceptional care Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital provide to mothers during and after childbirth and to women undergoing gynecologic procedures. Healthgrades is the leading online healthcare information resource connecting almost one million patients daily with physicians and hospitals.

“When selecting a hospital for women’s care, there is no substitution for having utmost confidence in your caregivers and the quality of care provided,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Our award-winning women’s and childbirth care team at Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital instill that confidence every single year for women and new or growing families in our community. I applaud our team for their dedication and commitment to providing exceptional quality and family-centered care to our patients.”

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of taking control of their health and this means finding the right hospital with the most favorable outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Women who seek care at a hospital that has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award can have confidence in the organization’s commitment to delivering superior care.”

Both distinctions recognize Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery for their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. The two hospitals’ complete list of 2021 recognitions are:

Obstetrics and Gynecology

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

Labor and Delivery

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Among the Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

o   Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

o   Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 7 Years in a Row (2015-2021)

o   Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery for 5 Years in a Row (2017-2021)

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for hospitals across 16 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2017 through 2019. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • From 2017 to 2019, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades 2021 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, 155,179 patients with complications could have potentially been avoided.*
  • From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 37% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award*.
  • From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, 138,318 patients with complications could potentially have been avoided*.
  • From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award*.

View Healthgrades hospital quality awards and methodologies.

Learn more about how hospitals partner with Healthgrades.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, the 762-bed facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults.

*  Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 16 states for which all-payer data was made available.

Dr. Paul Krakovitz to Lead Intermountain Healthcare Efforts for Nevada Region

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Paul Krakovitz, MD, has been named the region president of Intermountain Healthcare in Nevada. He has been serving as the interim in this role since March.

Dr. Krakovitz has deep operational and clinical experience, along with knowledge of our healthcare system. In this role, Dr. Krakovitz will be responsible for growing the medical group, partnering with organizations on community health initiatives, and implementing growth strategies to improve healthcare for the communities we serve in Nevada

Joining Intermountain in 2017, Dr. Krakovitz serves as vice president and chief medical officer of specialty-based care, where he oversees medical operations for the health system’s hospitals and medical staff representing over 4,500 physicians. He is an adjunct associate professor of surgery at the University of Utah and on staff at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Prior to joining Intermountain in 2017, Dr. Krakovitz was vice-chair of Surgical Operations for the Cleveland Clinic. He served as section head of Pediatric Otolaryngology and was an elected member of the clinic’s Board of Governors.

He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana University.

Outside Intermountain, Dr. Krakovitz served on the leadership committee for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the Medical Education Committee for the State of Utah.

About Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 215 clinics, a Medical Group with 2,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs. For more information, visit their website.

Back To School: Five Tips for Supporting Children’s Mental and Emotional Well-being

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By Dr. Rhonda Randall, Chief Medical Officer at UnitedHealthcare

More than a year and a half since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the toll on our physical and mental health is clear and well-documented – and, we’re learning, may be affecting children and teenagers disproportionately.

Recent research from the Kaiser Family Fund reports that more than 25% of high school students experienced worsening emotional and cognitive health during since March 2020, and more than 20% of parents with children ages 5-12 reported similar worsening conditions for their children.

As we move into the new school year, helping to provide our kids and teens with the necessary support, structure and tools to help them manage their feelings and adjust to ongoing changes of daily life is imperative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance states that “students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.”

Below are a list of tips and suggestions on how to better manage children’s emotional health and wellbeing as we head back to school:

Tip #1: Share information. The CDC is a great resource for learning how to talk to your child about COVID-19. It’s important to provide children with appropriate support sooner rather than later. Talk with your child, be emotionally supportive and understand worries may extend beyond the anxieties that may come with heading back to the classroom for a new school year. Be proactive about learning what steps you can take to help reduce the amount of stress in their lives and help provide a strong support system for getting through possible challenges that may arise.

Tip #2: Help them feel secure. Going back to school may be daunting for children, especially after the stress and disruption of the pandemic. The CDC emphasizes — Be reassuring about their safety and validate their feelings by emphasizing that it’s OK to feel upset, scared, anxious, down and even angry. You might also share how you manage your feelings to help them learn from you. Make sure your children know they can ask questions at any time. For adolescents, consider walking them through the use of self-care tools like the Sanvello app to help navigate difficult emotions.

Tip #3: Listen and watch. Parents, friends, teachers and family may often be the first line of defense for a child who may be struggling with their mental and emotional well-being yet unable to articulate their needs. Let them know you are here to listen and it’s safe to share how they’re feeling. Pay attention to more than just their words – it’s critical for parents to be aware of their children’s moods and uncharacteristic changes in behavior so they know when it’s time to seek expert support.

Tip #4: Help define boundaries and create regular routines. Consider limiting exposure to news coverage – including social media – and prioritizing and establishing a regular routine that provides children with structure when not in the classroom as this may help better manage children’s emotional wellbeing. For example, consider after-school activities, sports, or hobbies that interest your child.

Top Tip: Take Action. Make sure to discuss your concerns with your pediatrician or family physician as soon as possible. Your doctor may recommend a plan of action or even a counselor who might help find ways to reduce any unhealthy stress and improve overall health.

For more health and wellness information, visit

Additional: What to Watch for – And How to Help

Depression: A hallmark of the pandemic is increased stress, which may lead to a higher incidence of depression and maybe other behavioral illnesses. Some common signs of depression in children, according to the CDC, include feeling sad, hopeless, or irritable a lot of the time, having a hard time paying attention, low energy or fatigue, feeling worthless or useless, and showing self-injury and self-destructive behavior. In addition, suicide rates have been increasing and affect all ages so consider seeking professional support and care for depression to help reduce the chances of suicide and other possible self-harm behaviors.

U.S. News & World Report Names Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus High Performing Hospital in Five Categories

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Siena Hospital Achieves Top Ranking in More Specialties Than Any Other Southern Nevada Hospital

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. Siena earned the top ranking in five different condition categories – more than any other southern Nevada hospital.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 7th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

Siena Hospital earned “High Performing” ratings for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Knee Replacement, and Stroke, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

“The hardworking professional staff of the Siena Campus is honored to be named a High Performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report,” said Siena Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rod Buzzas. “To be singled out in this data-driven national survey for consistently delivering top-quality care in these specialty areas is validation of the work we do here every day.”

For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 11 earned this rating in all procedures and conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

The Procedures & Conditions ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.

For more information about the 2021-22 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2022” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469975), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores October 5.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only nonprofit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. 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. St. Rose Dominican 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 Dignity Health was recently recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020, as one of the top ten best employers in Nevada.

About U.S. News & World Report:
U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Valley Health System Acquires Elite Medical Center

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The Valley Health System announced today the acquisition of Elite Medical Center Las Vegas, a privately owned micro-hospital offering emergency and inpatient care in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

“We are pleased to further expand The Valley Health System’s network by providing comprehensive healthcare services to residents and visitors,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President, Universal Health Services. “Las Vegas Boulevard is almost a city within itself. Accessing emergency medical care right on the Strip is convenient, and our ability to quickly transport patients to one of our affiliated tertiary care hospitals can be life-saving in complex situations such as emergency surgery, balloon angioplasty for heart attacks or stroke interventions.”

The facility’s new, official name is Elite Medical Center, an Extension of Valley Hospital. Elite Medical Center will continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The majority of the medical center’s clinical staff accepted job offers with The Valley Health System.

Elite Medical Center will offer emergency care, imaging (radiology) services, laboratory services, and COVID-19 testing for employees returning to work or travelers who need testing before returning home or to their next destination A 22-bed inpatient medical/surgical unit accommodates low-acuity overnight stays, eliminating the necessity for transfer of patients whose conditions meet criteria.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About The Valley Health System The Valley Health System (VHS), comprised of acute care hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. 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 their website.

MountainView Hospital’s ER at Skye Canyon Opens to the Public

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ER at Skye Canyon Free-Standing, Facility-Based ER in Northwest Las Vegas

MountainView Hospital’s ER at Skye Canyon opened today, July 20 at 7:30 a.m. and already treated its first patient. ER at Skye Canyon is in the heart of the Skye Canyon community, in northwest Las Vegas.

The ER is located at 9860 W. Skye Canyon Park Dr., in the Smith’s Marketplace center and just west of U.S. 95.

The 24-hour facility operates as a fully-integrated department of MountainView Hospital, while serving patients in a convenient, off-site location.

The new ER is designed to meet the needs of the community of northwest Las Vegas and its rapidly growing population. It allows residents to seek emergency care in their neighborhood.

“MountainView Hospital has long recognized the need for emergency services in in our communities. We are proud to bring ER at Skye Canyon, nestled in the heart of this beautiful and fast-growing community to the northwest,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With this new facility, we can offer an additional options for our patients to receive high-quality health care close to home and provide the community with an ER to meet their needs.”

The 11,000-square-foot building includes 12 patient rooms and is staffed by board-certified ER physicians and nurses, with a wide range of on-call hospital specialists.

The ER is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-day-a-week. ER at Skye Canyon accepts vehicle ambulance services and walk-in patients, and is fully equipped to provide emergent and urgent care, in addition to ancillary services. The facility offers a fully functional lab and blood bank, a (non-retail) pharmacy and a full spectrum of radiology services, including CT scan, X-ray and ultrasound. The ER serves adult and pediatric patients.

ER at Skye Canyon adheres to the same regulatory and accreditation standards as traditional emergency departments. The facility provides all of the services available at on-site ERs, with the exception of trauma care and medical services or patients transported by air ambulances. Patients who require hospital admission will be transported to an affiliated hospital that meets the required level of care.

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 integrated cardiology clinic, 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.

Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Pediatric Emergency Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital leaders were joined by local dignitaries, community members and a past patient for a ribbon-cutting to unveil the newly-renovated Pediatric Emergency Room that is “bettER for kids.”

Designed with kids in mind, the newly-renovated pediatric Emergency Room at Sunrise Children’s Hospital features: bright, comforting colors to create a welcoming kid-friendly space; two separate waiting room areas with potential to create “sick” and “sickest” areas during winter months; fast-track connected to the ER unit to treat lower acuity patients allowing for improved patient flow; specially-trained pediatric nurses; physicians board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine; and much more.

“When it comes to caring for kids, we know the ER can be a scary place and we know kids aren’t one-size-fits-all,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “The renovation of the Pediatric ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital was designed with kids in mind to give them the highly-specialized and right-sized care they require in a calming, kid-friendly environment.”

Jantzen and Diana Bruch shared their personal story bringing their 11 month-old son, Carter, to Sunrise Children’s Hospital Pediatric ER for what they did not know at the time was a scorpion sting. Carter was throwing up, very visibly upset, and in great pain. Upon arriving at the pediatric ER, the care team immediately identified he was showing symptoms of a scorpion sting and administered the anti-scorpion medication, which began working quickly. “We are thankful for the entire team here and the truly phenomenal job they did in caring for Carter and my wife and I as well,” said Jantzen Bruch. “We are fortunate to have this facility in our community.”

From the kid-friendly design, to specially-trained pediatric nurses, 24-hour pediatric emergency medicine physicians and pediatricians, the Pediatric ER at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is dedicated to kids and completely separate from adult ER patients. When it comes to caring for kids, Sunrise Children’s Hospital is “bettER for kids.”

About Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital in Nevada that also serves the surrounding region and millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers a full range of specialized services, including Nevada’s only pediatric heart surgery program and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department and the largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the Nevada. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is located on the same campus as Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center – Nevada’s largest acute care facility. Follow us on Instagram @SunriseChildrensHospitalLV, Twitter @SunriseHosp and

Heart Disease May Negatively Affect Athletes

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Las Vegas Heart Associates’ Physician Leading Author of Study

In May, the American College of Cardiology published an Expert Analysis on Non-Ischemic Myocardial Fibrosis in Athletes.  A local sports cardiologist, Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE, was featured as the leading author of the analysis providing valuable input relating to athletes and their training.

Non-ischemic myocardial fibrosis is a serious heart condition that can cause heart failure, irregular or abnormal heart rhythms and may even result in death.  The disease affects the muscular tissue of the heart causing an accumulation of scar tissue as a result of the disease. If enough scar tissue forms, this accumulation may be detrimental to the heart. Dr. Danielian and the co-authors of the analysis reported the following:

  • Prolonged, high-intensity exercise may cause cardiac fibrosis, even in the absence of predisposition to cardiac disease.
  • The prognostic significance of myocardial fibrosis in an otherwise healthy athlete remains controversial.
  • Findings of focal scar at the right ventricular hinge points in asymptomatic athletes is of uncertain clinical significance.

As a nationally recognized sports cardiologist, Dr. Danielian has an extensive background in evaluating and assessing many different types of athletes from recreational, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional levels.  Dr. Danielian is active in the athletic community providing important and up-to-date information for the community through his active role on the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

To learn more about the practice and physicians, please visit their website.

About Las Vegas Heart Associates
Las Vegas Heart Associates is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada community.  The practice offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care with two convenient locations in the valley.  The specialists at Las Vegas Heart Associates are highly trained in General, Interventional, Structural, Vascular, Nuclear and Sports Cardiology as well as Echocardiography and Electrophysiology.  To schedule an appointment call (702) 962-0020 for the Southern Hills location or (702) 962-2200 for the MountainView location.