Desert Springs Hospital Offers Latest Generation of Watchman FLX Device

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To begin researching if the WATCHMAN implant might benefit someone you know, visit https://www.watchman.com/content/dam/watchman/downloads/download-center/patient-materials/WATCHMAN_Static_Doctor_Discussion_Guide.pdf

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

Vegas Healthcare Community Teams Up to Help Ukraine

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

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

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

Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered!

Nevada Disability Prevention Coalition Opens up Zoom Sponsorships

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Working Together to Keep Nevada Working!

The NEVADA DISABILITY PREVENTION COALITION PRESENTS…

ZOOM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

  • Silver Sponsor: $100

Company logo displayed throughout the zoom meeting

  • Gold Sponsor: $200

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

  • Platinum Sponsor: $300

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

        *RAFFLE ITEMS are welcome too*

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

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

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

For further details please contact Kristi Bybee at KBConsultingNV@gmail.com

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INQUIRIES ON THE NEVADA DISABILITY PREVENTION COALITION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:

 www.NVNDPC.com OR EMAIL US AT NVNDPCinfo@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

Among the many highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1947 in Perspective:

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

Major Events in 1947

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:

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

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

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

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

For additional information, please contact Verla Niebuhr at 702.271.9563or niebuhv@ccf.org You can also view the patient and family services day-by-day program calendar at ClevelandClinic.org/NevadaEvents.

Lynne Ruffin-Smith e-Library for Remote Access

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

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

Special Events:

  • Dealing with Dementia – Free online workshop for caregivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays, from Noon – 1 p.m. PT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus & Community Events:

  • Dementia Conversations

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

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

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

Therapeutic Services:

  • Rhythmic Reminiscence

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

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

  • Group Music Therapy for Individuals with Memory Loss

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

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

  • Yoga for Parkinson’s

Saturdays, from 1 – 2 p.m. PT

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Ruth Almen for online access and information at almenr2@ccf.org or 702.483.6054.

  • Yoga for MS

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

Yoga helps patients be intuitive with their body and understand the challenges and changes they are going through. Through this program, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to provide a safe space for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones, to participate in physical activity and experience the many benefits that come from practicing yoga. Contact Sandy Chapman for online access and information at chapmas6@ccf.org or 702.778.7000.

Support Group Schedule:

FOR CARE PARTNERS ONLY

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

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

For online access and/or additional information, contact Ruth Almen at almenr2@ccf.org or call 702.483.6054.

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR INDIVIDUALS AND CARE PARTNERS

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

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

For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Ruth Almen at almenr2@ccf.org or call 702.483.6054.

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

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

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

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

Mondays, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Share coping strategies, resources, uplifting stories, concerns about health and medication, work and safety environment, and connect with others traveling a similar journey. For customized instructions on how to register and join, contact Sandy Chapman at chapmas6@ccf.org or call 702.778.7000.

Engagement Arts:

  • Conversations to Remember

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

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

  • The Learning Arts

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

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

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

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

MountainView Hospital Graduates First Students from Paramedic School

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A First for HCA Healthcare & Sunrise Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Plan of Nevada Puts Focus on Kidney Health

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By Maureen Galka, RN, MSN – Imperative to producing hormones, regulating blood pressure, balancing electrolytes, controlling production of red blood cells and removing waste from blood into urine, the kidneys are key to maintaining balance within the body. 37 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a long-term condition, where the kidneys no longer function as they should.

Anyone can develop CKD, however, those with diabetes or high blood pressure are considered to be at high risk. Other common risk factors include family history, advanced age, smoking, obesity, and long- term use of anti-inflammatory medications.

There are five official stages of CKD, however many are unaware of any issues until the CKD has become advanced. In fact, as many as 9 in 10 people in the U.S. are unaware they have developing CKD. Common symptoms of late-stage CKD include itching, muscle cramping, nausea and vomiting, lack of appetite, swelling in the feet and ankles, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping and an excess or reduced urine output.

The key to preventing permanent kidney damage is early detection. Asking your doctor to perform a blood and urine test, especially if you are considered high-risk, is the only way to determine that the kidneys are functioning properly. Proactive steps to maintain healthy and functioning kidneys include:

Eating Healthy – When putting together a balanced meal, it is helpful to follow the ‘Healthy Plate’ guidelines. One-half of your plate should be filled with non-starchy vegetables of a variety of colors; one- fourth of your plate should be filled with whole grains and healthy starches, avoiding refined grains and carbohydrates; and the remaining fourth of the plate should be filled with two-to- three ounces of lean meat, poultry, fish or plant-based protein. Olive oil and walnuts are great sources of healthy oils and fats.

Exercise Regularly – At least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity with no more than two days in a row without activity is recommended. Exercise can help improve blood sugar and blood pressure; the two biggest risk factors for CKD.

Limiting Tobacco Use – Smoking can alter the effectiveness of medicines used to treat high blood pressure and can slow blood flow to important organs – like the kidneys. Limiting or eliminating tobacco use altogether prevents conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and CKD from worsening.

By considering these tips, you can maintain and improve your overall well-being, as well as your kidney health.

The HPN Disease Management Program is available for eligible members at no cost. For more information or to make an appointment to talk with a registered nurse about CKD, please call toll-free 1- 877-692-2059, TTY 711 or visit https://www.healthplanofnevada.com/Member/Disease-Management.

Las Vegas Heart Associates’ Sports Cardiology Expert Published In Prominent Medical Journal

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Review Conducted by Local Physician and Member of National Cardiology Committee

In October of last year, the prestigious Journal of The American College of Cardiology (JACC) published a State-of-the-Art Review on Exercise-Induced Cardiovascular Adaptations and Approach to Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease.  The article, co-authored by a prominent local sports cardiologist, Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE, was featured addressing cardiovascular related topics and providing valuable input relating to athletes and their training.

Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE.

The article discusses the important role that sports cardiologists play in determining the proper assessment of athletes and their medical care utilizing appropriate diagnostic testing, cardiovascular injury prevention and action planning to best care for all levels of athletes.

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 serves as the team cardiologist for professional and collegiate teams in Las Vegas.  He is also 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.

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.  To learn more about the practice and its physicians, please visit the Las Vegas Heart Associates website.

Maria Shriver and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Join Cleveland Clinic

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Collaboration to Advance Gender-based Research, Treatment, Prevention and Education of Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases in Women

Cleveland Clinic and Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), announced a ground-breaking partnership today aimed at further addressing and reducing women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease: The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic (WAM at Cleveland Clinic).

As the preeminent organization for women and Alzheimer’s, WAM will now formally join Cleveland Clinic, combining the non-profit’s extensive educational, advocacy and fundraising experience around women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and prevention with the health system’s vast medical expertise and robust research network. WAM has been a leading advocate and funder of gender-based Alzheimer’s research since first reporting in 2010 that the disease has a disproportionate impact on women.

Larry Ruvo and Maria Shriver.

This partnership builds on an existing successful collaboration between WAM and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, which opened the nation’s first Alzheimer’s disease prevention center for women in June 2020. WAM at Cleveland Clinic will continue working on the long-term sustainability and growth of the prevention center, while expanding its mission to include all neurological diseases that affect women. In addition to her role as Founder of WAM, Shriver will now serve Cleveland Clinic as a Strategic Partner for Women’s Health and Alzheimer’s. 

“We are proud to collaborate with Maria Shriver and WAM to expand our efforts from a focus on Alzheimer’s prevention to understanding the link between gender and all neurodegenerative conditions,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO and President. “One in two women will be diagnosed with a neurological disorder in her lifetime, and we hope this new alliance will foster an environment of collaboration and innovation to seed future discoveries and advance women’s brain health.”

For more than 20 years, Shriver has been one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s advocates, raising awareness around women’s brain health and funding for women-based Alzheimer’s research. In 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association awarded Shriver its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for using her voice to bring much needed attention to women, brain health and Alzheimer’s prevention.In her new role at Cleveland Clinic, she will continue building on her extensive career as an award-winning network broadcast news journalist, whose reporting has helped redefine the narrative of this disease as a women’s health issue.  

“Today, more than 55 million people around the globe are living with Alzheimer’s, and for more than 10 years, WAM has been at the forefront of informing policy makers and the public that two out of three of them are women, as are two out of three caregivers,” said Shriver. “Having helped establish the fact that women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s, we are now intent on focusing on the question of why women are disproportionately impacted by this — and so many other — neurological diseases.

“We could not have found more powerful, effective partners in this endeavor than Cleveland Clinic with its proven commitment to ground-breaking science and its thousands of highly gifted researchers and medical personnel around the world,” Shriver said. “We are so proud to become part of this first-in-class organization and believe that together, we stand a fighting chance in our efforts to change the future for women’s brains.”

“We are excited to have Maria Shriver join us as we work to further explore and understand the connections between how women’s unique biology and health experiences over the course of a lifetime impact their risk for developing Alzheimer’s and other diseases,” said Beri Ridgeway, M.D., Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Staff. “WAM and Maria have been at the forefront of making sex differences in brain health a matter of discussion, paving the way for ground-breaking research, education and innovation.”

“Neurological diseases are a great threat to humanity and the threat is worsening with global aging. It is time that we study in greater depth the underpinnings of neurological disorders and how they affect women and men as we age,” said Andre Machado, M.D., Ph.D, chair of the Neurological Institute and the Charles and Christine Carroll Family Endowed Chair in Functional Neurosurgery. “As an organization, we have embarked on answering these questions through research aimed at identifying the earliest stages of disease. We could not have picked a more opportune time to partner with WAM and build upon our work. We look forward to making strides toward our shared goal of prevention.”

“After both experiencing the life-changing impact of Alzheimer’s disease with our fathers, Maria approached me with an idea to help change the course of this devastating disease for other families: an Alzheimer’s prevention center designed specifically for women. Now, to have our work embraced by the Cleveland Clinic health system and amplified through the WAM at Cleveland Clinic partnership gives me hope that our vision will continue to expand,” said Larry Ruvo, philanthropist, chairman and co-founder of Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “This alliance represents a new era for women’s brain health that will impact generations to come.”

Philanthropy is an integral part of WAM at Cleveland Clinic, with gifts supporting gender-based Alzheimer’s and neurological research. To donate, visit: https://cle.clinic/WAM

About Cleveland Clinic 

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 19 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

About Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement at Cleveland Clinic is a partnership between the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), the pre-eminent non-profit organization for women and Alzheimer’s founded by Maria Shriver, and Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit multispecialty academic center that integrates clinical care with research and education. The venture between these two renowned organizations is focused on raising awareness about women’s increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, educating the public about brain health, and raising funds to support women-based Alzheimer’s and neurological research. WAM has led the way in re-framing the narrative of Alzheimer’s as a women’s issue, starting with its ground-breaking 2010 Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, produced with the Alzheimer’s Association. Since then, Shriver and WAM have continued to help shape the national dialogue and policy around Alzheimer’s, including leading the first ever California Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention, Preparedness and the Path Forward in 2021. To learn more visit thewomensalzheimersmovement.org or follow @womensalzmovement and @womenalz

Valley Health System

Valley Hospital Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary in 2022

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Valley Hospital Commemorated 50 Years of Caring for Southern Nevada Residents and Rourists in January 2022

Originally built as a nursing home, Valley Hospital was converted into an acute care hospital with 269 bed and four operating rooms by seven local businessmen. In 1979, Valley Hospital was acquired by Universal Health Services (UHS) founder Alan B. Miller, creating the foundation of one of the largest hospital management companies in the US. Today, the 328-bed hospital specializes in advanced cardiovascular and neurological care, emergency and surgical services, adult behavioral health, and an outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine care.

“When you think about the incredible growth in population and tourism over the past 50 years, and the role Valley Hospital has played in saving lives, caring for patients and training our future physicians, it’s a pretty impressive arc,” said Claude Wise, CEO of Valley Hospital. “Valley Hospital’s culture and its commitment to caring for patients, families, coworkers and our community is one of its greatest strengths.”

Fast Facts & Unique Highlights
Excellence in Stroke Care – In 2020, Valley Hospital was the first hospital within The Valley Health System to become an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center from The Joint Commission and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The hospital was accredited as a Primary Stroke Center in 2007 and established its neurology residency program in 2007. Among its advanced neurological procedures performed at the hospital are mechanical thrombectomies to treat large vessel occlusions and transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a “reversal of blood flow” approach to protect the brain during insertion of a stent to treat a narrowing in the carotid artery (carotid stenosis). This results in a decreased risk of perioperative and long-term stroke rates.

Adding Physicians to Southern Nevada. In 2006, Valley Hospital established its graduate medical education program for physicians. Today, it offers residencies and fellowships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology and orthopedic surgery, and fellowships in pulmonary critical care and gastroenterology, along with a Pharmacy residency program. Graduates of the residencies and fellowships have established their practices locally, joined other medical practices locally and throughout the US, work as ICU intensivists throughout Las Vegas hospitals, continued their service with the military or pursued additional fellowships for advanced training.

Expanding Tourist Access to Medical Care –  In 2021, Valley Hospital acquired Elite Medical Center, located at 150 E. Harmon, adjacent to Las Vegas Boulevard.

Seven Businessmen – The local businessmen who established the hospital included Lawrence Brett, Martin M. Neirick, Robert C. Rishling, George Rudiak, Bert Sager, Milton I. Schwartz, and William L. Trent. The first executive director was Charles Showalter.

On the Small Screen and Big Screen  – Valley Hospital was featured in the 1970s television show “Vegas” starring Robert Urich as Dan Tanna and its exterior was briefly showcased in the 2016 movie, “Jason Bourne.”

Flight For Life: The area’s first “flying emergency room” –  Flight For Life was the first hospital-based air ambulance service in Southern Nevada and had an air speed of 140 mph. Established in February 1980, it made 365 patient flights its inaugural year. In December 2001, the service was sold to Mercy Air, having logged approximately 20,000 flights within a four-state radius. Over the years, the Flight for Life crews have been recognized on numerous national programs, including “Trauma-Life in the ER,” “Paramedics” and most recently, “Las Vegas Medical,” a Discovery Health Channel program that aired in November 2001.

“Firsts” to Celebrate – Over the years, Valley Hospital was the first in the community to provide new services and technological advances which are now taken for granted. For example, it was the first Nevada hospital to initiate a new program to prepare intravenous (IV) medicine (1974), install a CT scan (1977), offer the region’s first hospital-based air ambulance service (1980), perform a successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty in Southern Nevada, organize the state’s first eye bank (1982), install the first MRI in Clark County (1987) and offer labor-delivery-recovery suites in its obstetrics unit (1987).

Establishing The Valley Health System – Valley Hospital is the namesake and foundation of The Valley Health System which includes Summerlin Hospital (1997), Desert Springs Hospital (acquired 1998), Spring Valley Hospital (2003), Centennial Hills Hospital (2008), Henderson Hospital (2016), The Valley Health Specialty Hospital (2021) and West Henderson Hospital (groundbreaking 2022).

About Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician offices that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Located in the Las Vegas Medical District, Valley Hospital, a 328-bed facility, is accredited by The Joint Commission and provides expertise in emergency services, advanced cardiovascular and neurological surgeries and procedures, surgical services, adult behavioral health, and advanced outpatient wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

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