School-Based COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Kick Off

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The Southern Nevada Health District began its first round of school-based vaccine clinics at Desert Pines High School as well as Sawyer, Swainston and Tarkanian middle schools. The Health District encourages Southern Nevadans to bring their family members, including their children age 12 and over, to these clinics to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Registration for appointments is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Walk-ins may be accepted depending on clinic capacity.

The Health District will provide the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at four Clark County School District middle and high schools simultaneously for two days each over the next two weeks. Second doses will be offered at the same schools 21 days later. Although the Health District is focusing on providing first doses at these clinics, people seeking a second dose of Pfizer will be able to receive it.

“We have worked with Clark County School District as part of our response to COVID-19 throughout the past year and this is another opportunity for us to combine our efforts to reach many people in our community,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Vaccine accessibility is a key to ending this pandemic. The schools that are hosting the clinics are located in all corners of the Las Vegas Valley and were selected to ensure everyone can visit a clinic that is either close to home or can be reached easily.”

“CCSD is proud to work with the Southern Nevada Health District to ensure that individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination are able to access it at one of several school-based vaccine clinics,” said Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara. “I would like to thank our CCSD school nurses who have been instrumental in joining the community effort to provide the vaccination.”

“School-based vaccination clinics are crucial in reaching the community that I serve,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees Vice President Irene Cepeda. “This is a great option for students 12 years and older, parents and CCSD staff who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, to do so in the neighborhood that they live and work in.”

“Our community has made great strides against the pandemic because of our efforts to make COVID-19 vaccine readily available,” said Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II, whose commission district includes Desert Pines High School. “A key part of our strategy is to offer pop-up clinics in neighborhoods and schools, and I want to thank the Health District and the School District for their ongoing partnership to help our community get back to life by making vaccines accessible to all those who are eligible to get shots including children age 12 and older and their families.”

The Health District recently announced that more than one million people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines in Clark County. The Health District encourages everyone 12 years of age and older to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing people from getting sick. People who are fully vaccinated can start doing activities they did prior to the pandemic. More information about current recommendations is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Clinics will be held at the following locations:

First dose: Tuesday, June 1, Wednesday, June 2. Second Dose: Tuesday, June 22, Wednesday, June 23:

  • Desert Pines High School, 3800 E. Harris Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89110, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sawyer Middle School, 5450 Redwood St., Las Vegas, NV 89118, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Swainston Middle School, 3500 W. Gilmore Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89032, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30p.m.
  • Tarkanian Middle School, 5800 W. Pyle Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89141, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First dose: Thursday, June 3, Friday, June 4. Second dose: Thursday, June 24, Friday, June 25

  • Burkholder Middle School, 355 W. Van Wagenen St., Henderson, NV 89015, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Garside Junior High School, 300 S. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89107, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Molasky Junior High School, 7801 W. Gilmore Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89129, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Valley High School, 2839 Burnham Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First dose: Tuesday, June 8, Wednesday, June 9. Second Dose Tuesday June 29 and Wednesday June 30

  • Eldorado High School, 1139 N. Linn Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89110, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Palo Verde High School, 333 S. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89144, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Spring Valley High School, 3750 S. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • West Preparatory Academy, 2050 S. Sapphire Stone Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First dose: Thursday, June 10, Wednesday, June 11. Second Dose Thursday, July 1, Friday, July 2

  • Lied Middle School, 5350 W. Tropical Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89130, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Rancho High School, 1900 Searles Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Silvestri Junior High School, 1055 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89183, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • White Middle School, 1661 W. Galleria Dr., Henderson, NV 89014, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine was recently authorized for use in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. The vaccine has been found to be safe and highly effective at preventing illness in this age group, and Health District and partner clinic information can be accessed at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Additional COVID-19 vaccine clinic information can be found online at www.NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.

Children under the age of 18 must also have written consent from a parent or guardian at the time of services. The Health District’s policy is available on its website at https://www.snhd.info/covid-consent.

The Health District continues to stress the importance of everyone getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Younger adults and children with COVID-19 may have mild or even no symptoms, but some will get severely ill and even require hospitalization. They can also spread the virus to those who may be more at risk for complications from the illness. Vaccinations are critical to stopping this pandemic, and the more people who are vaccinated the better they will work.

As of May 31, there have 1,029,121 COVID-19 doses initiated, 810,027 completed, and a total of 1,761,934 COVID-19 doses administered in Clark County. Additional information and resources are available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/covid.

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

ER Construction Begins at MountainView With Entrance Changing

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Temporary ER Entrance Will Be Used During Construction in June

MountainView Hospital announces that construction is getting underway at the hospital for its $82 million multi-phase expansion. The first phase will be the ER expansion, which will result in a change to ER patient drop off beginning in June.

Beginning in June, ER drop off will move closer to the main entrance. Signage will lead people to this temporary entrance while construction is ongoing.

Traffic to the front entrance of the hospital will change slightly, with three lanes of traffic:

  • An ER lane for patient drop off
  • Hospital pick up
  • Valet

There will be no changes to the ambulance drive.

“Construction fencing will be up and that it may be a change for some of our patients and those in the community,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital CEO. “We want to assure the public that the emergency room is still open and that we are ready to care for our patients.”

MountainView announced its expansion in February, which includes an ER expansion and new patient tower.

The expansion will include a five-story patient tower and will include additional ER space. A total of 64 patient beds will be added to the hospital’s current 425 beds. As part of the ER expansion, 20 beds/bays will be added to the ER, bringing the total number of private ER treatment areas to 60. The expansion will add 65,600 square feet to the hospital.

Additionally, a five-story, 525-space parking garage is planned at the southeast corner, near the hospital’s second medical office building, at 2880 N. Tenaya Way. Construction costs are estimated at $82 million.

“We want to assure the public that the ER is still open, despite construction,” Taylor said. “We hope the addition of through lanes and valet also will help people access the hospital during this time.”

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.

Grand Canyon Development Partners Announces Construction Completion of Vineyard Memory Care Community in Henderson

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Grand Canyon Development Partners, a Las Vegas-based full-service development and project management company, in partnership with VCON, LLC, has completed the development of the Vineyard Memory Care Community, a two-story, residential/medical facility for seniors in Henderson, NV.

Residential/medical facility for seniors in Henderson, NV.

The Vineyard Memory Care Community will feature onsite kitchens, an atrium, laundry facilities, a salon and patisserie. “This new facility will provide an exceptional environment for seniors needing quality memory care, and our firm is very pleased knowing we helped it come to fruition,” said Grand Canyon Development Partners President Sam Nicholson.

From medication management and 24/7 specialized staffing to wellness-enhanced programs to promote independence and mobility, Vineyard Memory Care Community pairs thoughtfully designed spaces and features with individualized support, leaving loved ones with customized care, programming and amenities. The 48,000 square-foot facility is located at 2895 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052.

About Grand Canyon Development Partners
Grand Canyon Development Partners is a full-service development and project management company providing experienced leadership and expertise to real estate developers, retailers, and contractors throughout the southwest. Our primary objective is to help people and projects be successful. GCDP is comprised of development and construction professionals who have over 100 years of combined experience working for design and engineering firms, developers, and contractors. Our extensive experience provides us with a unique ability to fully understand what is critical to our clients and their business while also having the insight on what it takes to pull a successful project together, from feasibility to design and permitting, through construction and turnover to your tenants. For more information on Grand Canyon Development Partners, visit http://grandcanyoninc.com/.

Sunrise Health Systems Hospitals Offering $75 3D Digital Screen Mammograms

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Mammogram Special Available May 1 – 31, 2021

In honor of Mother’s Day this month, Sunrise Health System Hospitals are highlighting the importance annual mammograms for women 40 and over and offering $75, 3D digital screening mammograms for patients without health insurance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your annual mammogram and put your health first. This special program is available May 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021. Program participants must be at least 40 years old. No doctor’s order required for screening mammograms. If you have insurance, check with your provider. You may find out that your mammogram is fully covered.

With approximately one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, it is likely that we all know someone affected by this disease. It is important to take time to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of routine breast health checkups. The best way to reduce the risk is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a healthcare professional and monthly self-breast exams.

Our facilities have introduced heightened precautions and protocols to ensure your mammogram is conducted in a safe place.

Sunrise Health System Hospitals’ locations and mammography offerings the month of May:

Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital
3006 S. Maryland Pkwy., Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89109
To schedule a 3D mammogram at the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital, call 1-855-445-2246

Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital, the only Accredited Beast Center in Southern Nevada by the National Accreditation Programs for Breast Centers (NAPBC), offers 3D digital mammograms for superior breast cancer detection rates. Click here to learn more about the May Mammogram special and the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital.

 

Red Rock Radiology

A Department of MountainView Hospital
7130 Smoke Ranch Road

Las Vegas, NV 89128

To schedule a 3D mammogram at Red Rock Radiology, call 702-962-7775


Red Rock Radiology, a department of MountainView Hospital
, is one of the few imaging centers in Las Vegas to offer computer-aided detection (CAD), 3D mammograms. Studies have shown that using CAD can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated.

Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
To schedule a 3D mammogram at Southern Hills Hospital, call 702-916-7253

Southern Hills Hospital is one of the few imaging centers in Las Vegas to offer computer-aided detection (CAD), 3D mammograms. Studies have shown that using CAD can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated. Mammography patients will receive a small gift in May for joining the fight against breast cancer. One per customer; while supplies last.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers 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 is home to Nevada’s first Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only Commission on Cancer NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit sunrisehospital.com or facebook.com/SunriseHospital.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

3186 South Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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 most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 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 Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

About Southern Hills Hospital

Opened in 2004, Southern Hills Hospital continually provides acute care services while addressing the growing healthcare needs of the community. In 2018 Southern Hills Hospital opened an 80-bed psychiatric unit that treats adolescents through adults. In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at the Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This Hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine. For more information on Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, visit southernhillshospital.com or https://www.facebook.com/southernhillshospital/

 

Henderson Hospital

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

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Marks Sixth Consecutive “A” Grade for Henderson Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Leapfrog Group

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

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

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Rating 6th Consecutive A for MountainView Since 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Leapfrog Group

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

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Health Plan of Nevada Shares 5 Ways to Find Fitness Motivation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LVGEA New Target Industries Include Healthcare

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LVGEA Revisits Approach to Economic Diversification Efforts with Help from SRI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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