Miracle Donations Fund Vital Monitors for Sick Babies

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Time is of the essence when delivering life-saving medical care to St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s tiniest, most fragile patients. So is community support – and donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) have helped St. Rose secure Philips IntelliVue MX400 units that provide the St. Rose interdisciplinary care team with accurate, real-time physiological data to assess and address a newborn’s needs.

According to neonatologist, Deepa Nagar, the compact, transportable monitors allow the NICU’s interdisciplinary team of physician specialists, nurses and clinicians to monitor the needs of multiple babies. They also enable neonatal specialists to access the monitor’s data remotely if an infant is in transport from the Emergency Department.

Dr. Nagar says the MX400 units are frequently used to monitor babies born to opioid-addicted mothers. These vulnerable infants often experience withdrawal symptoms, including tremors, seizures, problems sleeping, irritability, and weight loss. St. Rose is a committed partner in Nevada’s EMPOWERED (Empower Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Education, Resources and Early Development) program.

One hundred percent of donations made to CMNH in southern Nevada are used to provide medical services and care to support the health of sick and injured children. For more information on giving to CMNH, call 702-616-5755.

Roseman University Residency Programs – Advance the Art of Dentistry by Jason Roth

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A first impression is the immediate assessment people make when they meet someone new. This can occur in a professional or personal setting, and is often based on reactions to appearance, demeanor, body language, and mannerisms. For many, a healthy and friendly smile plays a significant role in forming a first impression of someone, as the shape, spacing and color of teeth are often associated with health and personality.

With a person’s teeth significant in creating positive first impressions, dentists play a major role in helping people achieve the healthy, vibrant smile they desire.

Dentists are part doctor, part engineer and part artist. This is because the dental profession requires a unique level of mastery and technique that focuses primarily on maintaining oral health, but also on aesthetics. A large part of dentistry involves maintaining and restoring teeth to create beautiful smiles.

Dr. Erin Greene, program director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program at Roseman University College of Dental Medicine, says that upon completion of their education, dental school graduates are equipped with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform professional dentistry. However, as the dental profession has evolved through technological advancement and the introduction of new, innovative materials and techniques, post-graduate AEGD residency training allows dentists to learn more and hone their skills to become truly competent artists of the healthy smile.

“Residents in an AEGD program have an opportunity to expand upon what they learned in dental school by performing more advanced procedures, such as placing implants and performing molar root canals while still under the supervision of expert faculty,” said Greene.

In addition to AEGD, dentists can also pursue a variety of dental specialties through post-graduate residency training. These specialties include, Dental Anesthesiology, Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

In 2016, Roseman University College of Dental Medicine partnered with NYU Langone Dental Medicine Post-doctoral Residency Programs to launch an AEGD residency program at the University’s South Jordan, Utah Campus. The one-year program enrolls four residents per year, with the goal of developing patient-centered clinicians with the ability to provide comprehensive oral healthcare for a wide patient population.

In July, the College of Dental Medicine and NYU Langone Dental Medicine will bring the AEGD program to the Henderson Campus with two residents enrolled in the inaugural class. The program will operate from a new state-of-the-art general dentistry clinic located adjacent to the college’s Orthodontic Clinic at 4 Sunset Way. The College of Dental Medicine began accepting and treating patients at the clinic in January, offering a range of dental services that include dental examinations and x-rays, extractions, tooth sealants, root canals, dental fillings, teeth cleanings, periodontal procedures, dentures, crowns, bridges and implants.

The Orthodontic Clinic was established in 2009 as the first clinical practice of the College of Dental Medicine and offers patient care through the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) residency program. The three-year program enrolls 10 residents per year. The residents are all dental school graduates and licensed Nevada dentists and are paired with expert board certified or board eligible  orthodontic faculty to provide the best care for clinic patients. The clinic offers an array of orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth, including two-phase treatment, traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, retainers and more.

Whether performing preventative care, dental restorative procedures, eliminating pain, correcting dentofacial issues or straightening a smile, the art of dentistry can transform a patient’s life by allowing them to smile with confidence. To train more dentists in the art and to expand its dental service offerings, the College of Dental Medicine plans to open additional residency programs in the coming years.

BECOME A PATIENT

Roseman Dental clinics are an affordable option for dental needs for patients of all ages, offering treatment at rates that are typically lower than at a traditional private practice. Dental insurance is accepted, but is not required for treatment. Payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit cards. The clinics accept Medicaid for procedures that are covered under that plan. For questions regarding insurances or to schedule an appointment, visit rosemandental.com or call 702.968.5222 (Henderson, Nevada) or 801.878.1200 (South Jordan, Utah).

Targeting Communities to Improve Care for Life-Limiting Illnesses

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Health Care Administration and Policy professor Jay Shen works to increase understanding and use of palliative care among Asian-Americans.

Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

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Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

What hurts?

It’s a question doctors often ask their patients at some point during a medical exam. For those with mental disabilities, it’s not an easy question to answer.

“Our loved ones should be able to get the health care they need and deserve,” said Regina Daniel, whose son has a mental disability.

To address this issue, Henderson-based Touro University created a mobile clinic that will travel to the four Opportunity Village campuses — East Lake Mead Parkway, West Oakey Boulevard, West Craig Road and South Buffalo Drive — to provide health care services.

The mobile clinic will travel throughout the week and set up appointments for Opportunity Village’s OVIPs — how they refer to those who have mental disabilities.

“This is making a difference in the lives of the people we love,” Daniel said.

The mobile clinic launched Nov. 10 at the Englestad Campus, 6050 S Buffalo Drive.

Shelley Berkley, CEO and senior provost for Touro, said the college spent the last three years looking to address gaps in accessibility to health care.

“It doesn’t make sense to have people travel to you for their health care,” she said. “This provides care to the most vulnerable among us because all human beings need basic health care.”

She added the traditional brick-and-mortar clinic model can be inaccessible for some communities, which is why Touro considered a mobile unit.

The college created its first mobile clinic to do outreach in other vulnerable communities such as the homeless population and domestic violence survivors who are in shelters.

Berkley said outreach to people with mental disabilities was a logical next step.

“It seemed like it was the missing piece of the Opportunity Village puzzle,” she added.

Daniel’s child has gone to Opportunity Village for years. Daniel said it’s hard to for those with mental disabilities to find doctors and medical care.

Even if they find doctors, they are presented with other obstacles from unaccommodating waiting rooms to doctors who are nervous to treat patients.

“Sometimes, they don’t know what to do,” she said.

John Dougherty, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro, said this also serves as a learning tool for medical students.

“This gives the students an amazing educational experience to be able to deal with people unable to communicate what’s wrong,” he said.

While the mobile clinic is staffed with medical practitioners, it also has students who get to learn firsthand what it’s like to work with patients with special needs.

Vanessa Halvorsen, student body president at Touro University who will be working inside the clinic, said this is why she is pursuing a degree in medicine.

When she worked with people with mental disabilities at the Special Olympics, she realized something.

“One of the parents told me they feared if their child got a sprained ankle,” she said, “they were worried if they took them to a doctor, they wouldn’t know what to do.”

Since the same staff will rotate shifts, Dougherty said another benefit is that OVIPs at will get to be with some of the medical crew that comes to the campus.

Berkley said the university is already looking at creating another mobile clinic.

“We don’t need just one clinic,” Berkley said. “We need a fleet.”

Chronic Disease: What Are You Going To Do About It?

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As the United States heads into the final stretch of a very long election season, Nevadans need to make sure that candidates and the media focus on issues that matter to our daily lives.  Certainly, health care and the policies that candidates are proposing to address health care need to be a vital part of the discussion.

To that end, the Nevada Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is working with its many partner groups to encourage Nevadans to ask candidates what they plan to do to address chronic diseases.  Using television, radio, newspaper, and outdoor advertising–along with participating in health fairs and engaging in other grassroots activities–the Nevada PFCD is working to bring the issue into the forefront of the political dialogue.  The PFCD’s message highlights the importance of addressing chronic disease in health care policies and the major impact that chronic diseases have on our lives, our health care spending and our productivity.

Over half of all Nevadans have at least one chronic disease and nearly 700,000 have more than one.  Chronic diseases account for seven out of ten deaths in our state and 86 cents of every dollar spent on health care costs.  And the problem is getting worse every year.  For example, right now, projections are that one in three first graders will develop diabetes during their lifetime.

Yet the news is not all bad.  The Nevada PFCD released a study showing that simple changes in lifestyles and a focus on prevention and developing new treatments could save nearly 11,000 Nevada lives every year and cut spending on health care in our state by $55 billion over the next 15 years.  Health care policies that work to encourage prevention, medical breakthroughs, and providing treatment options are a major part of the cure.

Chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease impact every one of us, whether we suffer from one of those conditions or a loved one does.  Given the impact of chronic disease on all Nevadans, we should be able to expect candidates to address the issue before they ask for our vote.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease is a nonpartisan group and does not support any specific candidate or political party.  As Chairman Dr. Ken Thorpe noted, the purpose of the national and state organizations is to “command the attention of our elected leaders to the spectrum of issues that chronic disease presents and to advocate for policies that will bridge gaps in health care and create opportunities that promote and enable better overall health for our population.”

The Nevada PFCD and its partner organizations will be working hard on all fronts this election season to ensure candidates address health care in a meaningful way.  But advertising and advocacy campaigns won’t work without the vocal support of voters.

So the next time a candidate or a campaign knocks on your door or calls to ask you for your vote, join us by asking in return, “What do you plan to do to fight chronic disease?”

Larry Matheis is a co-chair of the Nevada Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and the Executive Director of the Nevada Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation established to improve the health of Nevadans and Nevada’s health care system by promoting and supporting collaboration and cooperation in the medical community and establishing performance metrics and health indicators to identify priorities and measure community success. He served as Executive Director of the Nevada State Medical Association from 1988-2013.