New Year’s Resolution: Earn an Affordable, Respected Degree from WGU

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Online, Nonprofit Western Governors University now accepting applications for the ‘New Year, New You’ Scholarship

Western Governors University (WGU) is offering an added incentive for those making resolutions to earn a college degree in the new year: $200,000 in scholarships. Students who apply to WGU by March 31, 2018, are eligible to apply for the New Year, New You Scholarship, which provides up to $2,000 per student for up to 100 students.

Learn more about WGU’s New Year, New You Scholarship at and by following @WGU on social media.

Each New Year, New You Scholarship will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, renewable for up to four terms. Students enrolling in any of WGU’s 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications are being accepted now through March 31, 2018.

WGU uses an innovative approach to learning called competency-based education, which focuses on measuring learning rather than time spent in class. Students earn their degrees by demonstrating mastery of the subject matter they need to be successful—real-world competencies developed in collaboration with employers.

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

This scholarship is open to new students who have been officially admitted to WGU. While multiple scholarships will be awarded, this is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, readiness for online study, and current competency, as well as other considerations.

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 90,000 students nationwide and has more than 97,000 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 20 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 was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at

About WGU Nevada

WGU Nevada is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Nevadans’ access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Nevada and nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Nevada is open to all qualified Nevada residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*.




Henderson Hospital Uses New Breast Surgery Technology

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Henderson Hospital is the first in Nevada to utilize the LOCalizer, a breast lesion localization system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in spring 2017.

The LOCalizer uses a small, non-radioactive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag system to identify the exact location of a lesion (or lump) before breast surgery.  It does not use wires or radioactive seeds. Instead, after the breast area is numbed, the tag is implanted via a needle and guided to the lesion while using ultrasound or X-ray imaging for placement. The procedure can be performed up to 30 days before breast surgery, and isn’t felt by the patient after placement.

The LOCalizer differs from other methods because it replaces the traditional needle and wire, explained breast surgeon M. Ferra Lin-Duffy, DO, who has utilized the device several times for patients at Henderson Hospital. “Patients won’t see something sticking out of their breast and be concerned movement might dislodge it,” she explained. “They can also have it implanted prior to surgery instead of coming in several hours before surgery time.”

During surgery, the physician uses the LOCalizer reader and sterile probe to confirm the placement and ID of the tag, and uses this information to chart the surgical path to remove the lesion. Because the reader displays the distance and location of the tag, the surgeon can more efficiently locate and remove the lesion, along with the tag. This reduces the patient’s time spent in the operating room while limiting the cosmetic impact to the breast.

“I’m pleased Henderson Hospital can provide this new technology for our patients’ benefit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Our goal is to continuously find new ways to improve our patients’ experience when they are with us.”

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, the hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an ambulatory surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services.

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




Las Vegas Medical District – Wellness Way

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Within the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, an intersection of two streets renamed during the last year has taken on special meaning following the One October shooting.  The intersection of Wellness Way and Hope Place now stands as a symbol of the extraordinary life-saving work performed at UMC, Valley Hospital Medical Center and other nearby medical facilities.

Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring).  It was officially renamed in April 2017 as part of a long-term master plan for the area focused on the development and evolution of a cohesive medical district that includes physical infrastructure improvements as well as a more coordinated approach to medical care with the arrival of the UNLV School of Medicine and a growing number of ancillary medical facilities.

Originally named for the Bearden family, who are direct descendants of Robert E. Lake, the first barber in Las Vegas and the founder of the first school in Las Vegas, Wellness Way planned improvements include a future pocket park that will commemorate the family’s historic contribution to the area via a plaque in their honor.  The park is expected to be complete later this year.

According to Lois Tarkanian, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Las Vegas, the name change to Wellness Way was a unanimous decision of the Las Vegas Medical District and the department of Economic and Urban Development and in keeping with the vision of the area that is undergoing significant economic redevelopment as a result of the new medical school, improvements to existing medical facilities and the arrival of new businesses to support the growing area.

Hope Place, formerly known as Rose Street and renamed in March 2016, runs north and south in front of the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC.  According to UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, the decision to rename the street was made months before the One October shooting to reflect the life-changing and life-saving care provided at the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC on a daily basis.

“As Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, UMC remains committed to offering the highest level of care available to community members and visitors.” said VanHouweling.  “The Southern Nevada medical community, including UMC, is in the business of providing hope to patients and their families.  The new street signs for both Hope Place and Wellness Way serve as a daily reminder to all who enter our doors that hope and health are always at the forefront of our mission.”

Learn more about the Las Vegas Medical District.

Touro University Nevada Raises More Than $75,000 During “Season of Lights” Fundraiser

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Touro University Nevada raised more than $75,000 during the annual Season of Lights Soiree and Silent Auction fundraiser at the home of donor and Advisory Board Member Michael Tang on Dec. 10.

More than 200 guests attended the annual fundraiser, which benefits Touro’s Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities. Guests enjoyed delicious food and drink while bidding on silent auction items, including art, show tickets, gift baskets, and more.

“The Season of Lights is one of the many ways we come together for our wonderful families who receive therapy at the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “Thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors and partners, we are able to provide these families with much-needed financial assistance.”

During the evening’s program, Mark Frissora, Jan Jones Blackhurst, and Caesars Entertainment were presented with the Touro Luminary Award. Tracy and Robert Eglet, as well as Monica Jackson from Fox 5 News, were presented with the Star of the Center Awards.

Host Michael Tang challenged Berkley and other guests to jump in the pool to raise money for the center. The pool jump help raise more than $16,000.

All proceeds from the Season of Lights provide funding for families who need assistance for therapy costs not covered by insurance.

Nevada Cancer Specialists Adds Karissa Tan, NP to Staff

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Nevada Cancer Specialists has added a new health care provider to help meet the growing need for cancer care services in the Las Vegas community.

Karissa Tan, NP, Joins Cancer Specialists

Karissa Tan, NP, Joins Nevada Cancer Specialists.

Karissa Tan, NP joins Nevada Cancer Specialists (4750 W. Oakey Blvd., 6190 S. Fort Apache Rd. and 3150 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in oncology.

Tan completed her medical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Tax Free College Funding 101

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Today I want to share with you the three expected family contribution (EFC) options for college funding.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “There’s probably hundreds of ways to pay for school.” And there is. But when all is said and done, there’s only three options that can effectively lower a family’s EFC.

You can read about them >>HERE<<.

Spring Valley Hospital Now Offers Minimally Invasive Procedure for Diseased Aortic Valves

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Spring Valley Hospital now offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive method to replace the aortic valve.  TAVR is performed on patients with a diagnosis of aortic stenosis, which is caused by a build-up of calcium deposits on the valve. In turn, this makes the heart pump harder and restricts blood flow. This common but serious valve disease can lead to heart failure or cardiac arrest if left untreated.

The minimally-invasive procedure is performed by an interdisciplinary medical team, including an interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular thoracic surgeon, nurses and techs. During the procedure, a collapsible valve is inserted within the diseased valve, and becomes responsible for regulating blood flow. The diseased valve is not removed; the new valve pushes it aside. The procedure is performed in a specially-designed, 1200 square-foot suite called a hybrid operating room.

The TAVR procedure can replace traditional open heart surgery by threading a catheter through the femoral artery near the groin or via a small chest incision.  This provides a viable option to treat aortic stenosis in patients who may not be good candidates for open heart surgery.

“TAVR is a relatively recent, well researched and life changing procedure that changes the way we treat intermediate and high risk aortic stenosis patients,” said Georges Tanbe, MD, medical director of Spring Valley Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. “The technology transforms a large operation into a minimally-invasive, percutaneous procedure with reduced pain, blood loss and recovery times.”

Aortic stenosis is a lethal disease that remains under-treated, according to Nauman Jahangir, MD, cardiovascular thoracic surgeon with Las Vegas Cardiovascular Surgery Specialists. “Transcatheter and minimally invasive valve surgery techniques are opening up opportunities for life-saving procedures to a larger group of patients who can now look forward to an improved quality of life and a better and longer life span.”

“I’m very pleased to add TAVR to our other advanced heart and vascular procedures,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “It’s one more way we can enhance a patient’s quality of life by providing minimally invasive options for heart disease.”

Symptoms of aortic stenosis*

Chest pain pressure or tightness
Palpitations or a feeling of heavy, pounding, or noticeable heartbeats
Decline in activity level or reduced ability to do normal activities requiring mild exertion
Heart murmur

*Source: American Heart Association

About Spring Valley Hospital

Spring Valley 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 southwest Las Vegas, the 292-bed hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular and neurological surgeries and procedures, surgical services, women’s health, comprehensive maternity services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, acute inpatient rehabilitation, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine with a limb salvage program, and outpatient physical/occupational/speech therapy for adults and children.


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to Offer Stop the Bleed Training

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In partnership with University Medical Center and the City of Henderson, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospital will be offering “Stop the Bleed” trainings for the public to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

The trainings are centered on providing the public with quick lifesaving skills to quickly stop a heavy bleed while awaiting the arrival of emergency responders. The American College of Surgeons, the governing body for trauma centers nationally, is the main driver of prevention education such as the “Stop the Bleed” campaign.

“A person who is bleeding can lose their life within minutes if the bleeding is not stopped,” said Kim Dokken, Senior Director of Neuroscience Service Line, Trauma and Stroke at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “Stopping a bleed is a relatively simple thing to do, if you know how to do it correctly. People who attend this training will learn how to pack a wound and use a tourniquet.  Those who are trained will not only be able to respond to those in need, but also will help train others on these simple lifesaving techniques. As a trauma center, public education is key to our mission, and we are grateful to partner with University Medical Center and the City of Henderson to offer this training to help ensure our community is ready to respond when needed. 

“For us to have the biggest impact to save more lives, we need to lock arms with the community so that more people are trained and have knowledge to render lifesaving skills in emergency situations. That is why the Henderson Fire Department and Dignity Health have partnered together to launch the “Stop the Bleed” training program here in Henderson, Nevada. Please join these efforts so together we can create a safer community.” Fire Chief Shawn White

On November 27, UMC trained St. Rose Dominican employees and City of Henderson Safety Officers at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s Siena Campus with the “Stop the Bleed” techniques.  Following this training event, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican will now begin training people throughout the community.  Outreach will be centered on locations where public volume is high such as casinos, schools, malls, churches, and businesses across the City of Henderson.  Additionally, the public can sign up to attend trainings – there are two trainings scheduled for this year with trainings for 2018 To Be Announced.

Thursday, December 7, 3 – 4 p.m.

Dignity Health WomensCare/Outreach Center, Classroom 2

2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Ste 180

RSVP:  702-616-4902

Wednesday, December 13, 5-6 p.m.

Dignity Health Siena Campus, McDonald Conference Room A&B

3001 St. Rose Parkway

RSVP:  702-616-4902

“Stop the Bleed” launched in October 2015 by the White House and is facilitated by the Department of Homeland Security – learn more here. Trainings will be facilitated by both the City of Henderson and Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 70 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.



Centennial Hills Hospital Brings New Brain Technology to Northwest Las Vegas

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Centennial Hills Hospital now performs minimally invasive procedures to treat stroke and other neurological diseases by utilizing neurointerventional radiology procedures in its new biplane lab.

Neurointerventional radiology involves gently threading a catheter the width of a spaghetti strand from the femoral artery to the brain to perform specialized procedures. Benefits of these procedures to patients include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery times, and less visible surgical scarring.

Some of the key neurological procedures available include:

Thrombolytic therapy – using the catheter to dissolve a clot in the brain that is blocking blood flow.

Endovascular coil treatment – using coils at the site of a brain aneurysm to induce clotting; this reduces the ability of the aneurysm to burst and cause a stroke.

Endovascular therapy for large vessel occlusions (LVOs) – LVOs are a type of stroke resulting from the blockage of a major brain artery, decreasing blood flow to key areas of the brain.

Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – AVM is an unusual jumble of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins. In turn, this disrupts the normal flow of blood from the heart to the tissues via arteries, while veins return the blood from the tissues to the heart. Left untreated, the AVM could rupture, causing further medical complications of a stroke and hemorrhage in the brain, or brain damage.

“The addition of neurointerventional radiology equipment and a specially trained team enhances our neurology services, which include our Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our neurosurgery program,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “Advanced neurological services allow our community to receive the care they need, close to home.”

Blood Clots

According to the American Heart Association, both genetic and lifestyle risk factors can lead to blood clots, which can cause heart attacks, strokes and other organ damage. Genetic factors include a personal history of clots before age 40 or unexplained miscarriages, or a family history. Related medical conditions include diabetes, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, atherosclerosis (plaque buildup), or blood vessel inflammation. Lifestyle risk factors include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, long periods of sitting, lengthy bed rest, cancer, and using hormone replacement therapy or birth control bills.

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills 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 northwest Las Vegas, the 262-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.



It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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It’s not too late to vaccinate – the Health District urges everyone to get immunized during National Influenza Vaccination Week – National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 3-9

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already been immunized. National Influenza Vaccination Week is a time to highlight the importance of flu vaccine throughout the holiday season and beyond. The Southern Nevada Health District offers flu shots at its clinics located throughout Clark County. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the agency’s Flu Clinic page.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last season only about 40 percent of those recommended to get a flu vaccine reported getting vaccinated by the end of November. The Health District recently reported the first influenza-related death of a child in the 0-4 age group. There have been 136 confirmed cases of influenza reported to the Health District as of November 25. During the 2016-2017 flu season, Clark County reported 13 deaths, 476 hospitalizations, and 713 confirmed cases.

“We are encouraging people who have not been vaccinated to get their flu shot now,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “It is a simple, safe, and effective step you can take to help ensure a healthier and happier holiday season.”

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it is the best way to prevent the virus as well as serious complications that can occur if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization. Even with vaccine effectiveness in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6-months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. Flu vaccine is available at health care practices and pharmacies in the Las Vegas Valley.

The Health District offers flu shots at the following clinic locations. Clients should arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza webpage. Flu shots can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed school and work days as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

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