Viticus Group Becomes ACCME-Accredited

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10 Years of Bioskills Laboratories Hosting Earns Recognition from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

After more than 10 years of hosting bioskills laboratories as a nationally sought-after medical event partner, Viticus Group is receiving accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Viticus Group can now provide self-generated CME courses to meet the continuing education needs of physicians and surgeons everywhere. The nonprofit organization is now one of six accredited CME providers in Nevada and one of five in the Las Vegas area. With this exciting news, Viticus Group plans to begin offering courses through its Viticus Academy CME education program in June 2021. Viticus Group also offers joint providership opportunities to nonaccredited organizations.

“We’re very excited to provide clinical, practical CME to the physicians coming to the Viticus Center,” says Chief Operating Officer Aubrey Arreola. “Receiving accreditation has been years in the making, and our team has worked hard to make it a reality. We’re that much more capable of furthering our mission to enhance lives worldwide through high-quality continuing education for healthcare professionals.”

About Viticus Group
As discoveries and powerful innovations alter the world of animal and human health, Viticus Group (formerly WVC) is the leading provider of educational programming and in-depth learning opportunities for veterinary and human health professionals. The Viticus Center offers continuing education at two cutting-edge technology facilities, presenting a variety of courses and providing access to specialized surgical training for both veterinary and human health professionals. Our WVC Annual Conference serves as the veterinary profession’s premier gathering for innovative education and an opportunity to engage with other industry professionals seeking growth. Bringing together life and medicine in Viticus, we envision a future where all medical professionals have access to year-round, hands-on training for a one-of-a -kind experience. For more information, please visit their website.

MountainView receives 5th consecutive A rating

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MountainView Hospital Nationally Recognized With‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – 5th Consecutive ‘A’ Rating

MountainView is at the “Top of the Class” with Straight As since 2018

Las Vegas, NV (Dec. 14, 2020) – MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements  protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

This is the fifth consecutive A that MountainView Hospital has received from the Leapfrog Group. MountainView Hospital is the only hospital in west and northwest Las Vegas Valley to receive an A rating.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The 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 based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“I cannot underscore enough the commitment of our team to our patients and community, especially during this difficult year as our community battles COVID-19,” said Michelle Bookout, MountainView Hospital Chief Nursing Officer. “This fifth consecutive Grade A from the Leapfrog Group recognizes that MountainView Hospital, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, can maintain the achievement of the highest ranking in patient care, safety and harm reduction strategies.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for MountainView Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

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 2,600 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 fall 2020. 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 five 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.

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128

WGU Offering Scholarships for Those Looking to Advance Healthcare Careers in 2021

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WGU Offering New Start Scholarship Valued at Up to $2,500 and Can Be Applied to Any Degree Program Offered by WGU Nevada

With no set log-in times, and the ability to advance as quickly as mastery of material and skills is proven, WGU Nevada is designed so that busy professionals can advance their education while still managing their current positions. In fact, 95% of WGU Nevada students rated their educational experience good or excellent, compared to the national average of 82%.*     *2019 NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement)

WGU Nevada offers more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, IT, education, and healthcare (including nursing).

Application deadline is March 31, 2021

To learn more, visit  New Start Scholarship.

MountainView First in State to Offer Novel Heart Procedure

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Patient Successfully Implanted With Latest Generation Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device in State

Permanent heart implant is the only FDA-approved device for the reduction of stroke risk In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation

On December 8, 2020, Niuton Koide, MD, FACC, board certified electrophysiologist, Jeffrey Levisman, MD, FACC, FSCAI, board certified interventional cardiologist along with Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE, board certified in cardiovascular disease performed MountainView Hospital and the state’s first implant of the latest generation left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Dr. Niuton Koide, Dr. Jeffrey Levisman, Dr. Alfred Danielian and the MountainView cath-lab team after the state’s first implant of the latest generation left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) device on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib).

The hospital is one of only a handful in the country to offer the newest device as an alternative to the lifelong use of warfarin, or blood thinner for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, also known as non-valvular AFib.

Those living with Afib, typically have an increased risk of stroke.  An estimated six million Americans are affected by AFib – an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart.  People with AFib have a five times greater risk of stroke than those with normal heart rhythms. This new device closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots that can form in the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin.

“The team at Las Vegas Heart Associates is proud to have performed the first implant of this device in the state as it offers another patient potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment,” said Dr. Levisman, Chief of Cardiology and the Medical Director of Transcatheter Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program at MountainView Hospital.

“The device is a novel alternative for patients with non-valvular AFib at risk for a stroke, especially those with a compelling reason not to be on blood thinners,” said Dr. Danielian, Medical Director of Echocardiography and Director of Sports Cardiology at Las Vegas Heart Associates.

This particular device has been implanted in more than 100,000 patients worldwide and is done in a one-time, minimally invasive procedure. It is a permanent device that cannot be seen outside the body. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour to complete. Patients commonly stay in the hospital overnight and leave the next day.

“People with atrial fibrillation are at significant risk of stroke,” said Dr. Koide, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at MountainView Hospital. “With state-of-the-art medical advancements and treatments that are offered at MountainView Hospital, this new generation device can help prevent stroke.  We are so proud to be the first in the state to offer this option for the community.”

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is a heart condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atrium) beat too fast and with irregular rhythm (fibrillation). AFib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, currently affecting more than six million Americans. Twenty percent of all strokes occur in patients with AFib, and AFib related strokes are more frequently fatal and disabling.  The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with AFib is blood-thinning warfarin medication. Despite its proven efficacy, long-term warfarin medication is not well-tolerated by some patients and carries a significant risk for bleeding complications. Nearly half of AF patients eligible for warfarin are currently untreated due to tolerance and adherence issues.

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 five 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.

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Las Vegas HEALS Recognizes Cancer Screen Week

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HEALS Encourages Everyone to Manage Their Personal Health Through Cancer Screenings

For so many of us, healthcare has been on the forefront of our thoughts this year. The coronavirus pandemic forced us to adapt in so many ways. An unforeseen side effect of the pandemic was the reduction in cancer screenings, especially between March and July. While the fallout from missed and delayed screenings is not fully known, we know cancer screenings are the best way to catch cancer early – when it is easier to treat.

During December 7-11, Las Vegas HEALS recognizes Cancer Screen Week to help raise awareness of the importance of screening. Currently, the benefits of early detection are only realized for five cancers with available screenings, which means there are no early detection screenings for the majority of cancer types – even when we’re not faced with the restrictions of social distancing.

Advances in early detection research are on the cusp of significantly improving our ability to find cancer earlier, with a simple blood draw. Multi-cancer early detection (MCED) tests have the ability to detect many cancers – before patients show symptoms.

A number of MCED tests are in development and will be available to the public in the coming years. However, even after their approval by the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare coverage for these tests – which are considered preventive care – could take up to a decade or longer if Congress doesn’t act.

Recently introduced legislation, the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act, would modernize the Medicare program to ensure Medicare beneficiaries will have timely access to MCED tests once they are FDA approved. The future of cancer screening includes innovative multi-cancer early detection testing, and this legislation removes coverage barriers for these tests that will provide significant value for both Medicare and patients.

To learn more about this legislation, click here.

Please feel free to share your support of the Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act via social media and highlight  #CancerScreenWeek December 7-11.

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Annual Luminary Lighting Ceremony Goes Virtual for 2020

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Event Set for December 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Nevada, will host a virtual “Luminary Lighting” event at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Participants are invited to donate and personalize luminary bags to honor those who have passed and those still living, who bring light to our lives.

2020 Luminary Goes Virtual on Dec 22.

During this unprecedented pandemic holiday season, it is difficult for those in the community to recognize and celebrate a loved one. The luminary event, featuring short remarks by Nathan Adelson Hospice’s President and CEO Karen Rubel and a hospice chaplain, will be highlighted with a special online video presentation.

The tradition of the luminary became popular throughout New Mexico, Utah and Nevada. Now, communities across the nation emulate this radiant Southwestern tradition.

“The grieving process is never easy, especially during the holidays,” Rubel said. “A luminary lighting can be a comforting ceremony, letting people know they are a part of a community with others who have experienced something similar. Even though we cannot be together in person, we are honored to continue this annual tradition.”

Donations from the personalized luminaries help provide dignified and compassionate care to the terminally ill and their families. Luminary bags need to be reserved before Monday, Dec. 14 to ensure they can be personalized and featured in the Tuesday, Dec. 22 online event. In addition to the virtual event, the luminaries will continue to memorialize loved ones at both Nathan Adelson Hospice inpatient units through early January.

To donate and reserve a luminary bag, visit www.nah.org/events, or call 702-796-3141.

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 every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is simple; no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation is incorporated in Nevada for charitable purposes. As an IRS-approved 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charity, all donations may be tax-deductible.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org, or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Brisk Health Brings Back the House Call with Smartphone App

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Brisk Health Set to Provide Mobile Onsite Healthcare for Acute Care Patients This Spring

Brisk Health LogoBrisk Health, a Las Vegas-based startup is set to launch in the spring of 2021. Brisk Health provides mobile onsite healthcare for acute care patients via a mobile app. Brisk Health uses mobile vehicles staffed by acute care clinicians, equipped with a certified lab, medical equipment, medications and IV’s, wi-fi providing access to the health information exchange, and a network of established mobile radiology providers to administer state-of-the-art care in the convenience of the home, office, sports facility or senior care facility.

Brisk Health is currently developing a mobile app where the patient can request care with just a tap on the app. The Brisk Health app uses artificial intelligence to triage the patient to prioritize the patients’ treatments by the severity of their condition. Brisk Health will be contracted with all major payers in Nevada and bills insurance directly for the care provided. In addition, an affordable flat fee is provided for uninsured patients for just $249.00.

Brisk Health just built out a state-of-the-art office inside Town Square off of Las Vegas Boulevard and is actively hiring to bring together the best executive and clinical skillsets to execute on a unique business model.

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican San Martin Campus Names Jalyn McKellter Chief Nursing Executive Office

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Long-time San Martín Campus Nurse Assumes Hospital’s Top Nursing Position

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican San Martín Campus recently named Jalyn McKelleb to the position of Chief Nursing Executive Officer.

Jalyn McKelleb, RN, MSN, CCRN, NE-BC, is a long-time member of the San Martín Nursing team. She first joined the San Martín staff as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse in 2009, became ICU Manager in 2015, and Senior Director of Nursing in 2019. Ms. McKelleb has served as Interim CNEO at San Martín since July 2020.

Kimberly Shaw, President and CEO of the San Martín Campus, said, “After serving as Interim Chief Nursing Executive Officer through four months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jalyn has more than proven her capacity for the responsibilities of this position. She is a strong and fair leader with more than a decade of experience at our hospital. We are proud of her achievements and confident she will continue to serve our mission as a valuable addition to our hospital leadership team.”

Ms. McKelleb earned her Bachelor of Science from Weber State University in Ogden, UT, and her Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She holds numerous additional certifications, including Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Nurse Executive-Board Certified (NE-BC).

Her extensive healthcare and leadership experience includes 27 years clinical experience in an acute care facility with more than 15 years in various leadership roles. Ms. McKelleb has been recognized for building collaboration, and pioneering change and innovation, most notably she has been instrumental in developing processes at the San Martín Campus that deliver compassionate, high-quality, patient-focused care through the spirit of collaboration.

The Chief Nursing Executive Officer is the most senior administrative nursing role in an organization, representing the nursing department as a member of the hospital executive management team, and responsible for overseeing and coordinating all nursing department activities.

The Nursing team at San Martín is comprised of more than 375 professional nurses, including Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nurse Assistants, and more.

Ms. McKelleb’s new position was effective November 15, 2020. Her office is in the San Martín Campus Administration Suite.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only not-for-profit, 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 http://www.strosehospitals.org. 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.

UNLV President and Las Vegas City Manager Join LVGEA Board of Directors

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LVGEA Welcomes Three New Members to Serve Board of Directors

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) welcomes three new members to serve the organization on the LVGEA50 Board of Directors: Keith E. Whitfield, UNLV President; Jorge Cervantes, Las Vegas City Manager; and Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer, Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada.

“We have the privilege of welcoming three new Board members to the LVGEA50 during a crucial period of recovery for our region,” said Jonas Peterson, President and CEO of LVGEA. “We are excited for the experience, insight, and partnership they will bring to our mission and strategy as we work toward strengthening and diversifying Southern Nevada’s economy.”

Keith E. Whitfield is a seasoned university administrator and prolific scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging. He became UNLV’s 11th president on August 24, 2020 and the first African American president in UNLV’s history.  He has worked in higher education for more than three decades and has received numerous national awards and honors throughout his career.

“It’s an honor to serve on the LVGEA Board and I look forward to working with other community partners to forge strong alliances that advance economic development in our region,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield. “Strong universities are vital to economic recovery, development, and sustainability. At UNLV, our faculty are helping address the critical issues facing our region, and we’re producing graduates that support core and emerging industries. Southern Nevada is our home, and we’re committed to doing all we can to help it thrive.”

Jorge Cervantes began serving as city manager for the city of Las Vegas on November 15, 2020. Previously he had served as the city’s chief of operations and development overseeing the Operations and Maintenance, Parks and Recreation, and the programs and services at the city’s Development Services Center.

“The work of the LVGEA and its board is more vital than ever,” said Las Vegas City Manager Jorge Cervantes.  “To help our community weather economic downturns like we are seeing in this pandemic, a more diverse economy will be key to our future. The LVGEA will be a major player in helping that happen through the attraction of new businesses.”

Cora Case leads the overall strategy to manage the financial risk for Intermountain Healthcare in Nevada. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare financial performance. Her background includes working in the medical group, hospital, and post-acute care areas of the health system, as well as pharmacy and lab operations.

“I am elated to be joining the LVGEA50 with so many esteemed professionals in the great state of Nevada and look forward to contributing to the conversations with the healthcare industry perspective as we begin our road to recovery post-pandemic,” said Cora Case, Chief Financial Officer of Intermountain Healthcare of Nevada. “I also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with community leaders during this very critical time.”

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.

Health Plan of Nevada Offers Tips To Minimize Holiday Weight Gain This Thanksgiving

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Smart Eating and Recipes Key to Having a Happy and Health Thanksgiving in 2020

When feasting during the holidays, it’s easy to pile your plate with high carb, high fat foods but this year, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), would like to offer tips to minimize holiday weight gain this holiday season. Several recommendations to incorporate healthy habits into your holidays include:

  • Be prepared with low-carb snacks as needed
  • Watch portion sizes
  • Enjoy the flavor of each bite
  • Do not skip meals, there is no saving carbs for later
  • Stay active during the holidays

Additionally, staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite holiday foods. HPN advises filling up on vegetables and proteins first, then indulge in smaller portions of some of the high-carb holiday favorites. The following are recipes to make sure your Thanksgiving is delicious and healthy:

Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

  • 1 ½ lbs. lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Sauce: 1 12-oz. bottle chili sauce (1 ½ cups) \ 8-oz. jellied cranberry sauce (1 cup)
  1. Heat oven to 375. In a large bowl, stir meatball ingredients until well mixed. Shape into 1-inch balls and place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked, no pink in center.
  2. In the meantime, in 3-quart saucepan, stir sauce ingredients until well blended. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce; stir to coat. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stick toothpicks in meatballs to serve.

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts

  • 1 ½ lbs. green beans, trimmed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook the green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well again.
  2. Place walnuts in a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat for 7 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan frequently. Remove walnuts from pan; set aside. Add 4 teaspoons oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add onion and thyme to pan; cook 17 minutes or until onion is very tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove onion mixture from pan; keep warm.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil to pan: swirl to coat. Add green beans; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Add onion mixture and vinegar to pan; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, tossing to combine. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with nuts, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

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,