SilverSummit Healthplan Encourages Flu Vaccination, Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Fluvention® Program Equips People with Information to Help Prevent the Flu

With public health officials warning of a possible overlap of influenza and COVID-19 this fall, the stakes for increasing flu vaccination rates have never been higher.  SilverSummit Healthplan is launching its annual Fluvention® program to encourage Nevada residents to get a flu vaccine. This year also introduces new considerations; as SilverSummit Healthplan also looks to help people better understand the differences between the flu and COVID-19.

Experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have begun urging Americans to get a flu vaccination. They, like many other public health experts, worry about health systems that are already stressed by large numbers of COVID-19 patients being overwhelmed by patients sick with the flu.

According to a survey conducted last flu season, prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., 60 percent of adults think the flu vaccine is the best preventative measure against flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, but only 52 percent said they planned to get vaccinated. Furthermore, 18 percent said they were unsure about getting vaccinated. There’s reason to believe that increasing vaccination rates this year will be a challenge. The CDC has already noted a decline in child vaccinations, as parents have decided to forgo preventive care during the novel coronavirus outbreak. While it’s typically encouraged to receive a flu vaccine by the end of October, there’s still a benefit to getting the flu vaccine later in the season, since flu season can extend into March or April.

To help reduce flu-related illness and hospitalizations in Nevada, SilverSummit Healthplan will be regularly communicating with members – via texts, phone calls, emails and social media – to make a plan to get their flu vaccines. Additionally, SilverSummit’s providers will receive messaging toolkits to help them strengthen how they communicate with their patients about getting their annual flu vaccination. That’s important, because SilverSummit’s research shows that one of the main reasons people get a flu vaccination is because their doctors recommend it.  SilverSummit Healthplan will also be sharing flu prevention tips and promoting healthy behaviors, including good hygiene, as part of its Fluvention® program. SilverSummit’s members can receive a free flu vaccination through their doctor or at a pharmacy close to them.

“To help protect against the flu, we encourage members to schedule their vaccination appointments as soon as possible,” said Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, SilverSummit’s Chief Medical Director. “Since it can take two weeks after getting the vaccine for the antibodies that protect against the flu to fully develop, it’s best to get a flu vaccine as early in the season if possible.”

Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. There are also unique considerations for avoiding the spread of COVID-19 versus the flu. Below are a few key differences:

  • Some signs and symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19, different from flu, may include change in or loss of taste or smell.
  • Flu symptoms typically develop 1-4 days after infection, while COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus
  • Most people with the flu are contagious for 1 day before they show symptoms. With COVID-19, it’s possible for someone to spread the virus for about 2 days before symptoms, and they remain contagious for at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared.  COVID-19 may also be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or the flu.

Vaccination and good hygiene, like washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes, are key to preventing the flu and staying healthy this flu season. While everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine, the CDC notes it’s especially important for the following groups who are at higher risk for complications:

o   Pregnant women

o   Children younger than age 5, but especially children younger than age 2

o   People 65 years of age and older

o   People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

SilverSummit Healthplan has been supporting Nevada residents since 2017 across its Allwell and Ambetter plans. For more information about SilverSummit’s Fluvention® program and other healthcare support, visit www.silversummithealthplan.com

About SilverSummit Healthplan

SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, you may visit www.silversummithealthplan.com

MountainView Hospital Announces New Chief Medical Officer

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Domenic Martinello, MD, MBA, CPHQ, has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer for MountainView Hospital. Dr. Martinello will play a vital role in developing strategies while working with physician leaders to advance our quality agenda for our patients and community.

Domenic Martinello, MD, MBA, CPHQ.

Dr. Martinello joins MountainView from Southern Hills Hospital, where he has been the CMO since April 2020. He is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with experience in trauma life support and also a certified professional of healthcare quality. His expertise is in emergency medicine, of which he has more than 11 years’ experience. Dr. Martinello has also served in various positions throughout his medical career, including Vice President of Medical Staff and EMS Medical Director.

Before joining HCA Healthcare, Dr. Martinello was a partner and owner of the Greater Newburyport Emergency Physicians. In this role he oversaw business operations, the corporate budget and managed physicians and staff.

Dr. Martinello earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nevada Medical School of Medicine in Reno. During his residency, he became the Chief Resident for Emergency Medicine at the Maimonides Medical Center, and was name Resuscitation Resident of the Year. Dr. Martinello also has his Master’s in Business Administration from UMASS Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Beyond serving the community, Dr. Martinello served the country as well. He was an infantry soldier with the Massachusetts National Guard and was also a combat medic for the Nevada National Guard.

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 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.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Earn National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment

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The American Heart Association Presents Multiple Achievement Awards for Implementation of Quality Care for Patients

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals have received a total of six American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in the Mission: Lifeline and the Get With The Guidelines programs, the Siena Campus and the San Martin Campus of St. Rose Dominican applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

Dignity Health Nevada Market President Jon Van Boening said, “Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events. The Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

This year, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals received the following Achievement Awards:

Target: Stroke Honor Roll
These hospitals, in addition to their achievement of Gold or Silver, are recognized for 75% or higher performance in Time to IV thrombolytic therapy in 60 minutes or less.
-Siena Hospital

Target: Stroke Honor Roll – Elite
These hospitals, in addition to their achievement of Gold or Silver, are recognized for 75% or higher performance in Time to IV thrombolytic therapy in 60 minutes or less.
-San Martin Hospital

Get With The Guidelines: Gold Plus Achievement
These hospitals are recognized for two or more consecutive calendar years of 85% or higher adherence on all achievement measures applicable and 75% or higher adherence with additional select quality measures in stroke.
-Siena Hospital
-San Martin Hospital

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
A national honor roll program for hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines® (HF, Stroke) to reinforce evidence-based guidelines with hospitals that qualify for a Silver level or higher achievement award in the related Get With The Guidelines module. These hospitals must be able to demonstrate at least 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months (calendar year) for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score” measure in the selected module.
-Siena Hospital
-San Martin Hospital

“We are pleased to recognize Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only nonprofit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at http://www.strosehospitals.org. Dignity Health was recently recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020, as one of the top ten best employers in Nevada.

About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

Count the Kicks & Health Plan of Nevada Collaborate to Improve Birth Outcomes in Nevada

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Health Plan of Nevada (HPN) is collaborating with Count the Kicks, an evidence-based stillbirth prevention campaign, to address the ongoing maternal health crisis and improve birth outcomes for Nevada mothers and their newborns. During National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, HPN and Count the Kicks are working together to raise awareness about this important issue and share the resources and tools available to pregnant and expectant mothers through the Count the Kicks program.

According to the World Health Organization, the United States is the only developed country with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate. Furthermore, CDC data shows that every year, approximately 700 women die from childbirth complications and 23,500 babies are stillborn in the U.S. The data also shows that Black women are twice as likely to lose a baby to stillbirth and three times more likely to die of pregnancy complications. The COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to exacerbate what was already broken with recent research showing increases in stillbirths and maternal deaths since the pandemic began.[1]

Stillbirth, defined as the loss of a pregnancy between 20- and 42-weeks’ gestation, affects one in every 169 pregnancies nationally, making it 10 times more common than sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For women who experience a stillbirth, maternal morbidity is almost five times more common than it is for women who have live births. In the state of Nevada 245 babies are stillborn each year.[2]

Beginning in the third trimester, expectant parents can get to know their baby’s normal movement pattern by having a daily kick counting session using the FREE Count the Kicks app, which is available in 12 languages in the iOS and Google Play app stores. Research shows a change in a baby’s movement can be the earliest, and sometimes only, indication there might be an issue with a pregnancy. When the amount of time it takes to get to 10 movements changes, it can be a red flag for potential problems with mom or baby, and is an indication that the expectant parent should call their medical provider right away.

The Count the Kicks app is a powerful tool to help expectant parents be more in tune with their bodies and their babies. The data in the app acts as an early warning system for expectant parents so they can let their providers know when something feels off. Kick counting data within the app can even be emailed or texted directly to providers — a helpful way to determine the next best steps for mom and baby when going in may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

“Health Plan of Nevada wants every mother and baby to have a happy, healthy delivery day,” said Dr. Laurine Tibaldi, Health Plan of Nevada’s Chief Medical Officer. “Through this partnership, we hope to improve birth outcomes and prevent stillbirths in Nevada by offering our expectant moms access to the resources and tools available through Count the Kicks. We encourage all pregnant and expectant mothers to learn more about this easy-to-use app. This is a useful tool that provides vital information and we are happy to help share it with women across the state.”

“It is more important than ever for expectant parents and medical providers to have regular conversations about fetal movement throughout the third trimester. Our campaign provides the tools and resources needed to facilitate this conversation. We are thankful to be partnering with Health Plan of Nevada to get this important message to expectant parents and maternal healthcare providers in Nevada,” said Emily Price, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. Executive Director.

In Iowa, where Count the Kicks began, the state’s stillbirth rate dropped by nearly 32 percent in the first 10 years of the campaign (2008-2018) and in the first five years the African American stillbirth rate decreased nearly 39 percent; all while the rest of the country remained relatively stagnant. If the Count the Kicks sees similar success in states nationwide, the impact could be the healthy delivery of 7,500 more babies each year.

[1]Chmielewska, B, Barratt, I, Townsend, R, et al. “Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Maternal and Perinatal Outcomes: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” The Lancet, vol. 9, no. 6, 2021, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00079-6.

2 Based on a 5-year average from CDC Wonder (2015-2019).

MountainView Hospital Launches Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Lung Biopsy Procedure

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Comprehensive Lung Program Provides Opportunity to Screen and Diagnose Early-Stage Lung Cancer When It’s Most Treatable

MountainView Hospital has launched a new procedure to aid in the detection of lung cancer with the use of the ION robotic-assisted bronchoscopy platform. This minimally invasive procedure extends the reach of the bronchoscope deep into all 18 segments of the lungs – often difficult in traditional bronchoscopy – in order to sample and detect lung cancer sooner.

Dr. Vishisht Mehta Operates New Technology at MountainView Hospital.

The new procedure compliments MountainView Hospital’s Incidental Lung Nodule Detection program. Through this program, the hospital is using innovative technology to detect suspicious lung nodules by analyzing CT exams that were performed as part of routine care, for the presence of incidental lung nodules which could represent a malignancy. Nurse navigators then reach out personally to patients to ensure continued follow up care, and treatment if needed.

Additionally, as part of the multidisciplinary platform focused on early-stage cancer detection, MountainView Hospital offers a Low Dose CT Lung Screen Program for proactive identification and treatment of at-risk patients.

Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy uses an ultra-thin catheter and integrated vision probe that provides the physician direct vision to reach all parts of the lung. The catheter can move 180 degrees in all directions and the biopsy needle is flexible. Additionally, shape-sensing technology provides precise location and shape information throughout the whole biopsy process.

A lung biopsy is normally done when a small mass or nodule is discovered. A physician will often monitor the nodule, although sometimes a lung biopsy is ordered when it is a suspicious nodule. Biopsy involves obtaining a tissue sample from the suspicious area and examining the cells under a microscope to determine if cancer or another disease is present.

Dr. Vishisht Mehta of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) was the first physician to use the new robotic device at MountainView for patient biopsies. Dr. Sapna Bhatia and Dr. George Tu of CCCN also perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopic lung biopsies at MountainView Hospital. Dr. Arnold Chung, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with MountainView Cardiovascular Surgery also will utilize the robotic device for biopsies.

“Being able to offer a new approach for lung biopsies is an important part of detecting lung cancer early allowing better outcomes for patients,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital chief executive officer. “We hope this, combined with our lung nodule biopsy detection program and our low-dose CT screenings will positively impact lung cancer survival rates in our community.”

Lanette Rickborn, MD joins Urology Specialists of Nevada

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Urology Specialists of Nevada has added a new physician to help meet the growing need for urologic services in the Las Vegas community:

Lanette Rickborn, MD joins Urology Specialists of Nevada and works at their 2010 Wellness Way, 3150 Tenaya Way, Suite 165 and 8410 W. Warm Springs Rd, Suite 10 locations.

MountainView Hospital Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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MountainView Hospital is pleased to announce that Carl H. James has joined the hospital as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. James joins MountainView from HCA Healthcare’s Regional Medical Center, where he served as the CFO since 2019.

Mr. James has 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and finance. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. James served as Vice President and CFO for O’Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital, a part of Verity Health System. Prior to that, Mr. James served in various capacities in Community Health Systems, including as regional director and controller.

In each of his positions, Mr. James had the opportunity to work with various teams in order to standardize systems, support growth initiatives and improve efficiencies.

Mr. James received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Southern New Hampshire University and his Master’s degree in business administration from California State University – Monterey Bay.

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 integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

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

MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Sunrise Health System Hospitals Offering $75, 3D Digital Screening Mammograms

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Mammogram Special Available October 1 – 31, 2021

As part of breast cancer awareness 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 October 1, 2021 through October 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 October:

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 October mammogram special and the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital. Mammography patients will receive a small gift in October for joining the fight against breast cancer. One per customer; while supplies last.

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 October 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/

Clark County Reaches Vaccine Milestone of 70%

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More than 70 percent of people 12 years of age and older in Clark County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines. This milestone means more Southern Nevadans have taken steps to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

This news comes as the COVID-19 positivity rate is declining in Clark County. To sustain and expand on this progress people need to continue to take steps to protect themselves. This means people who received one dose of Moderna or Pfizer do need a second dose to be fully protected. Appointments and clinic location information are available on the Southern Nevada Health District’s website at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.

“This achievement is a demonstration of how committed our community members are to taking care of themselves and each other,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “It is also a reflection of the hard work of our staff and response partners. Through our combined and sustained efforts, we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and get back to enjoying our pre-pandemic lives.”

In addition to getting vaccinated, people can protect themselves and others by wearing masks appropriately in public indoor places in accordance with current mandates, staying home when they are sick, washing hands frequently with soap and running water, covering their noses and mouths when coughing and sneezing and getting a flu vaccine. People who have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should get tested regardless of their vaccination status. Testing information is available on the Health District’s website at www.snhd.info/covid-testing.

Expanded COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours

Beginning Friday, October 1, and continuing through Saturday, October 25, the Health District will offer expanded evening and weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Southern Nevada Community Health Center:

  • Friday and Monday: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The vaccine is readily available throughout Southern Nevada. People can find it at their pharmacies, community clinics, Health District sites and pop-up locations. Additional community clinic location, including a live chat support feature to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible, is available at www.NVCOVIDFighter.org.

To date, the Health District has administered 2,486,149 total doses of the vaccine. More than 75 percent of people 18 years of age have initiated vaccination. The Health District is reporting 1,173,320  vaccinations have been completed. More than 62 percent of adults have completed vaccination and more than 57 percent of those eligible have completed vaccination.

Additional information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid. The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters Available September 28 at Health District Clinics

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The Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses to people who are eligible at its clinics beginning Tuesday, September 28.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for people who are at higher risk for COVID-19. At this time, booster doses are only available to people who received the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not currently eligible for a booster dose.

People who are coming into a Health District clinic to get a booster should note that the state-wide appointment system is still in the process of being updated, and appointments cannot be scheduled online at this time. People can walk into Health District clinics and receive a booster dose during clinic hours and as resources are available. Clinic locations are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.

Those who are eligible for a booster include people who have completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

Additional dose for immunocompromised people

Additional doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine continue to be available for people who are immunocompromised and have completed the two-dose series of the vaccines. Appointments can be made for these additional doses at Health District clinics by selecting the “additional dose” option when making an appointment. For people in this group, an additional dose of the vaccine can be administered 28 days after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Additional doses of the vaccine for the immunocompromised are not available for people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC do not yet have enough data to make the same recommendations.

COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and highly effective and preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death. The Health District continues to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others. More COVID-19 resources, including testing locations, are available at www.SNHD.info/covid.