Intermountain Healthcare Helps Clarify COVID-19 Vaccine Benefits By Separating Myths and Facts

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Intermountain Healthcare’s Simple Q&A Format Set Up to Help People Better Understand COVID Vaccines by Addressing Common Concerns

Story appears courtesy of the Intermountain Healthcare Blog.

The COVID-19 vaccines are currently being administered throughout Nevada, the United States, and the world. At this time more than 44 million doses in 51 countries of one of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. In the United States, 14 million people have received the vaccine since December 14, 2020, with an average of 776,901 doses being administered per day last week. Many people, including frontline healthcare workers, have already received one or both doses of either the Pfizer or Modern vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019.

Get informed about COVID vaccines.

COVID-19 as you know has impaired our daily lives, taking away many activities we were previously able to participate in without fear of catching or transmitting the virus. It has killed ~400k people in the United States and ~2 million people globally. It has also directly affected the economy and caused many people to lose their jobs, their homes, and their way of life.

With vaccination, we have a chance to safely achieve herd immunity. This would allow our southern Nevada community to begin rebuilding and returning to normal. But we can’t achieve herd immunity without the majority of our community’s help.

You may have already heard from friends, family members, or posts online about some COVID-19 myths. These myths may cause you to hesitate to receive the vaccine. The team at Intermountain Healthcare wants to provide full transparency about the COVID-19 vaccine.

We’ve included some common myths that are currently circulating and answers from Dr. Judith Ford, Medical Director – Clinical Quality. Dr. Ford has spent the past year studying the literature on COVID-19 and has become one of Intermountain in Nevada’s COVID-19 experts.

Myth #1: The COVID-19 vaccine uses a new vaccine technology and isn’t safe.

Fact: While mRNA vaccines are new, mRNA-based therapeutics have been used since 2014 and cellular biology of mRNA is well understood. In fact, research on mRNA technology has been studied since the early 1990s.

Myth #2: The COVID-19 vaccine was “fast tracked” by the Pfizer and Moderna and therefore they didn’t have adequate data on the safety of this vaccine.

Fact: All standard phases of vaccine development were followed in the development of the vaccine. The process normally done in order was completed at the same time to make the creation and delivery to the public faster. Safety data on the vaccine is complete and adequate. All data is available to the public through the FDA website.

Myth #3: If I get the vaccine now, I will be a guinea pig. Let others get it first.

Fact: As of January 13, 2021, 10.8 million Americans have received one of the vaccines that the FDA approved for emergency use to individuals over the age of 18.

Myth #4: The vaccines are made from human, fetal, or animal products.

Fact: There is no human, fetal, or animal products used in the manufacturing or production of the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine.

Myth #5: The vaccines were actually designed to insert a microchip or perform gene therapy on religious persons by the government and Bill Gates.

Fact: These concepts are not founded in known technologies. The two FDA EUA vaccines were developed by two different and well respected pharmaceutical companies. The video that claims to be of Bill Gates has been debunked as being manipulated.

Myth #6: The vaccines will affect my fertility.

Fact: There is no long term data regarding fertility after vaccination, however the mRNA fragments degrade quickly and do not interact with the DNA in our cells. There is no scientific basis for this concern.

Myth #7: The vaccine will weaken my immunity to other things.

Fact: There has never been a vaccine that weakens immunity. The point of a vaccine is to build immunity.

Myth #8: There won’t be enough vaccine available for my second dose, so what is the point of getting the first?

Fact: The supply of vaccine comes from Federal Government to the State of Nevada to Intermountain Healthcare. While the delivery of vaccine has been slower than we would like, there will be enough supply for 2 full doses of the vaccine as planned.

Myth #9: The recovery rate of COVID-19 for young health people is high, better to take my chances with the disease. 

Fact: While 80% of infected patients have a “mild” disease of 7-10 days that does not require hospitalization, as many as 40% of infected patients report symptoms 4 weeks after their illness including chronic headaches, trouble concentrating, sleep difficulties, and fatigue. We also know that infected people shed virus for 1-2 days prior to having symptoms, infecting others before they know they are sick.

By getting the vaccine when you are offered the chance to receive it, you are protecting those you love and our community by being vaccinated. Conspiracy theories and myths originate from lack of understanding. Believing the myths can harm you and your loved ones. Trusting the science is critical for southern Nevada to be able to begin to recover from the pandemic.

Become better informed about your health and healthcare by reading the Intermountain Healthcare blog.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 helpline capacity expanded

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The Southern Nevada Health District has expanded its COVID-19 helpline capacity. The helpline is now available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a new phone line provides more access for people seeking assistance with appointments and information. In addition to (702) 759-1900, people can now call (702) 455-0696 for support to make or cancel appointments, or with questions.

The Health District continues to urge people who may have made multiple appointments to cancel their duplicate appointments to allow someone else in need to get the vaccine. People are provided a link to do so and should check their Spam or Junk folder if they cannot find it. People can also call the helpline numbers or email covidvaccine-appointments@snhd.org for assistance.

More information about COVID-19, including case updates, vaccination clinics, and available resources, is available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid. Additional information and resources can be accessed at the NVCOVIDFighter.org website.

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.

                 

SNHD Vaccine Update

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Desert Pines High School Clinic offering first dose Pfizer vaccinations by appointment only, second dose vaccinations available to walk-ins as clinic capacity allows/Cashman Center offering additional appointments for walk-ins on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20 as clinic capacity allows.

First and second-dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccines can be booked via www.SNHD.info/covid. Those with limited online access can call the Health District’s call center at (702) 759-1900 or (702) 455-0696.

The Desert Pines High School COVID-19 vaccination clinic, located at 3800 E. Harris Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89110, will offer first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, February 17 through Friday, February 19. First doses of the vaccine are available by appointment only. First dose appointment scheduling is available on the Health District website at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/distribution/. Second doses of Pfizer vaccine will be available at the Desert Pines High School Clinic based on clinic capacity and the following criteria:

  • Wednesday, February 17: People eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic on or before January 27. Walk-in patients will be served at this site until clinic capacity is reached.
  • Thursday, February 18: People eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic on or before January 28. Walk-in patients will be served at this site until clinic capacity is reached.
  • Friday, February 19: People eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic on or before January 29. Walk-in patients will be served at this site until clinic capacity is reached.

The Cashman Center Clinic will offer additional second dose appointments for walk-ins on Friday, February 19, and Saturday, February 20, as clinic capacity allows. Second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available based on the following criteria:

  • Friday, February 19: People eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic on or before January 29. Walk-in patients will be served at this site until clinic capacity is reached.
  • Saturday, February 20: People eligible to receive their second dose of vaccine received their first dose of Pfizer vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic on or before January 30. Walk-in patients will be served at this site until clinic capacity is reached.

Second dose appointment scheduling is also available at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/second-dose/. People with limited online access also can call the Health District’s COVID-19 helpline with questions or to ask for assistance with canceling or scheduling appointments. The helpline numbers are (702) 759-1900 and (702) 455-0696. Helpline hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

If vaccine shipments and clinics operations are impacted by severe weather, announcements and services updates will be provided to the public.

Those eligible for second-dose appointments include patients who received their first dose of Moderna vaccine at a Health District or partner clinic no sooner than 28 days prior as well as those who received their first dose of Pfizer at a Southern Nevada Health District or partner clinic no sooner than 21 days prior. A list of Health District and partnering vaccination clinics is available at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/second-dose/. Due dates stamped on immunization cards are not appointment dates but the soonest date people can schedule an appointment for a second shot.

There are two primary community sites now offering second-dose appointments on an appointment-only basis – the Cashman Center Clinic, located in Exhibit Hall B, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., and the Las Vegas Convention Center, located in the C-1 area of the facility’s Central Hall at 3150 Paradise Road, Both appointment-only sites are open Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Health District continues to urge people who may have made multiple appointments to cancel their duplicate appointments to allow someone else in need to get the vaccine. People are provided a link to do so and should check their Spam or Junk folder if they cannot find it.

The Health District’s new registration system allows people to make their second dose appointments when they receive their first dose of the vaccine. Officials remind the public that it’s important to schedule appointments for first and second doses of vaccine in order for the sites to manage vaccine supplies. Groups eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations at this time are listed on the vaccination distribution pages of the Health District’s website at www.SNHD.info/covid. Eligible recipients include people age 70 and older, heath care workers and those in public safety, security and frontline community support groups.

Updated information about COVID-19 vaccines and other resources are available on the Health District’s COVID website pages. Additional resources include the state of Nevada’s  NVHealthResponse.nv.gov website, which includes the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook and a link to Immunize Nevada’s website at https://www.immunizenevada.org/county-specific-covid-19-vaccine-plan.  The state’s vaccination call center operates seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to answer vaccine questions and to help people with limited online access schedule appointments. The phone number is: (800) 401-0946. North Las Vegas residents also are invited to register for vaccination opportunities at www.vaxnlv.com or by calling (702) 342-8417.

Health officials continue to encourage people to keep doing the recommended actions that help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear face coverings in public and among people who don’t live in the same household.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick.
  • Get a flu shot to help reduce potential impacts on the local health care system as the community continues to deal with increased COVID-19 caseloads.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet social distancing per person from non-household members.
  • Limit private gatherings to fewer than 10 people from no more than two households.
  • Consult these resources for help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • Nevada 2-1-1 – Provides resource referrals to those in need of social service support.
  • Southern Nevada Health District INFO Phone Line – (702) 759-INFO (4636), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, for general questions about COVID-19.
  • Esta En Tus Manos – Spanish COVID-19 outreach effort: https://estaentusmanosnevada.com/.

AET Provides Cost Effective Recycling for Tritium Exit Signs

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Exit signs containing radioactive tritium gas require recycling or hazardous waste disposal.  Tritium is the naturally occurring radioactive isotope of hydrogen.  When combined with a light-emitting compound, tritium causes exit signs to glow.  It is the only radioactive isotope of hydrogen.  An isotope is a different form of an element.  It has the same number of protons in the nucleus but a different number of neutrons.  The nucleus of a tritium atom consists of one proton and two neutrons.
In addition to naturally occurring solar radiation in the atmosphere, tritium can be accelerator-produced and used in nuclear reactors as a fission product in nuclear weapons.  The US Department of Energy (DOE) monitors the production and use of tritium.  Although tritium does emit radiation, the emission is weak and cannot travel far or penetrate human skin.  According to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), unwanted tritium exit signs “pose little or no threat to public health and safety or security,” but they are solid waste.
How is Tritium Regulated?
Manufacturers of tritium exit signs apply for and receive a general license from the NRC.  Anyone who owns or purchases these exit signs is covered under the manufacturer’s license as a general licensee.  The NRC or an agreement state has the authority to inspect general licensees to ensure that they are complying with regulations.
Why Are Radioactive Exit Signs a Liability?
Despite their widespread use and general safety, the disposal of tritium exit signs still must comply with radioactive waste regulations.  They cannot be discarded with regular trash because broken signs could create contamination issues. Exit signs that end up in landfills can possibly contaminate a water supply or end up in the food we eat.  Licensees that do not manage signs properly through the license transfer process could face serious fines.
AET Provides Cost Effective Recycling
If your business needs tritium exit sign recycling or disposal, contact AET.  We can manage all aspects of proper and safe exit sign disposition.  From proper packaging, shipping documentation, license transfer letters to final disposal, AET will remove your old signs and keep you compliant with all required regulations.
AET Provides Cost Effective Recycling
If your business needs tritium exit sign recycling or disposal, contact AET.  We can manage all aspects of proper and safe exit sign disposition.  From proper packaging, shipping documentation, license transfer letters to final disposal, AET will remove your old signs and keep you compliant with all required regulations.

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Centennial Hills Hospital Announces Freestanding Emergency Department in North Las Vegas

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ER at Valley Vista to be Built Near Decatur Blvd. and Elkhorn Road

Centennial Hills Hospital leaders announced site work is underway on the ER at Valley Vista, the hospital’s first 24-hour freestanding emergency department.

Located on the northeast corner of Decatur Boulevard and Elkhorn Road in North Las Vegas, the ER at Valley Vista will be an extension of the hospital’s existing emergency department when it opens in late 2021.

“As the northwest and North Las Vegas communities continue to expand and thrive, our goal is to continue meeting their medical needs,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “This location will allow us to provide access to high-quality emergency medical care with a greater convenience for our growing communities.”

The ER at Valley Vista will feature six treatment rooms with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and X-ray, an on-site laboratory and a decontamination room with showers. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Centennial Hills Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. It will be staffed with emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

Initial site work began in January and a small ceremonial groundbreaking event is planned for March 2021.

The groundbreaking of the ER at Valley Vista follows the completion of Centennial Hills Hospital’s $95 million patient care tower, which added 72 beds in late 2020, including a 36-bed mother-baby unit and a 36-bed medical/surgical nursing unit. Additional construction plans for 2021 include an expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit, inpatient pharmacy, laboratory, surgical services and post-anesthesia care unit.

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 336-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.

Special Olympics Nevada Hosting 2021 Las Vegas Polar Plunge at Cowabunga Bay March 27

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Fundraiser Featuring Participants Taking the ‘Plunge’ to Support Special Olympics Nevada’s Health and Sports Programs

SONV is teaming up with Cowabunga Bay Water Park to invite brave residents to take a hop, skip, run, jump, or dive into the chilly waters to support SONV’s health and sports programs.

Plunge participants must raise a minimum of $125 and will receive the complete VIP Plunge experience. Additional fundraising incentives are available at different monetary levels. Guests are also invited to watch their friends or family take the plunge and may enjoy the post-plunge festivities for an additional cost. Interested attendees must register in advance as a guest or “plunger” at https://www.sonv.org/plunge.

An exciting addition to this year’s Polar Plunge is the Duck Derby. Participants can adopt a duck and “race’ to the finish line for prizes. For more information or to register/purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.sonv.org/plunge

When: 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021

Where: Cowabunga Bay Water Park, 900 Galleria Drive, Henderson, NV 89011

Why: The Polar Plunge® is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics Nevada athletes. Proceeds raised go to help provide year-round sports training and competition for over 3,000 athletes in the state. Additionally, your contribution and involvement help athletes achieve their goals, live healthier lives, and have a sense of inclusion in the community.  

Share It:  Post photos/videos of your unique plunges with the hashtag #plunge4sonv

About Special Olympics Nevada 

Special Olympics Nevada (SONV) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education and health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 3,253 athletes who compete in more than 60 competitions in 10 sports annually. On the playing field, SONV promotes inclusion through Unified Sports, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. On school campuses, SONV impacts more than 62,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program, which encourages Unified Sports, Inclusive Leadership programs and Whole School Engagement. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering health screenings and services free of charge. SONV relies on the support of 4,766 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. In 2018, SONV honored the 50-year anniversary of Special Olympics. More information may be found by visiting www.sonv.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SONevada.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

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Vaccine Update

  • As of February 9, 2021, there have been 243,897 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County. (203,477 first doses and 40,420 second doses.)
  • The vaccine is being distributed in phases, according to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Health District’s distribution plan mirrors the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Playbook and is based on risk and level of exposure.
  • To date, the Health District has received 151,665 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution in Clark County.
  • For the sites of current Health District and partner PODS (points of distribution) go to www.snhd.info/covid.
  • There have been more than 10,000 duplicate appointments identified in the Health District registration system. If someone has made a duplicate appointment, they need to cancel their appointment to allow someone else to schedule. They are provided a link to do so and should check their Junk or Spam folder if they cannot locate it. People can also email covidvaccine-appointments@snhd.org or call the help line at (702) 759-1900 for assistance.

ZIP Code Data

  • The Health District’s weekly report now incorporates ZIP code vaccination data. The Southern Nevada Heath District has been working closely with its state and local partners to distribute the vaccine supply received each week as equitably as possible and in keeping with State’s Vaccine Playbook.
  • As more vaccine data and demographic information becomes available, the Health District is refining its distribution strategies within the confines of vaccine allotments and in consultation with the state.
  • Some of the disparities identified with vaccine distribution are a result of the limited supply of the vaccine as well as initial data reflecting the first people to be vaccinated, including health care workers and other public safety and security professionals.
  • As more vaccine becomes available to the general population lane, the Health District and its partners are focusing efforts on more vulnerable senior populations and disproportionately impacted people within the eligible groups.
  • More pop-up clinics in areas with limited access and lower vaccination rates are being scheduled, and as more vaccine is received, additional programs to serve those most in need will be implemented.

Dashboard

  • The Health District added a new tab to its COVID-19 Dashboard that includes COVID-19 cases in schools.
  • The section includes total school cases by school type, positive cases among staff and students, and more.
  • School case data is based on report date. Many case investigations are ongoing, and this data are preliminary and subject to change.

Second Dose Clinic

  • The Health District’s second dose clinic site at the Las Vegas Convention Center continues to take walk-in appointments.
  • Second doses of Pfizer are also available at the clinic beginning this week. The Health District began administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on January 21.
  • Walk-in appointments are available at this site from 8:30 a.m. until 2 pm. or based on clinic capacity.
  • The Health District opened its second dose clinic site in the C-1 area of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall on Tuesday, February 2. This facility offers our community a centrally located site to access the vaccine.
  • The appointment-only clinic will operate Tuesday through Saturday for people who received their first dose at any Health District or partner clinic and are eligible to receive their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Updated information and resources are available on the Health District’s COVID 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.

Centennial Hills Hospital Offers Video Streaming For Families of NICU Patients

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New Technology Now Offered to Safely Connect Parents and Families of Babies Cared for at the Birthplace at Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital now offers video streaming for parents and other family members of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients.

Centennial Hills Hospital NICU.

Currently, parents of NICU babies are able to visit at any time as long as they do not display signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses. To further help parents and other family members engage in their baby’s care, the Birthplace at Centennial Hills Hospital has installed the NICVIEW® 2 web camera system, a video-streaming technology that is clipped to the baby’s bedside, allowing parents and other family members to watch their baby’s care and activities.

The technology uses web-based video with real-time streaming on any online device or via an iOS or Android app. It features password-protected access so parents and family will only view their own child.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help parents and other family members have the ability to see their baby when they cannot physically be present,” said Windy Virgil, Women’s Services Director at Centennial Hills Hospital. “The technology allows them to see their baby resting or receiving medical or nursing care, which can provide an additional level of comfort and education to parents when they can’t be there in person.”

It also helps the family learn their newborn’s routines within the NICU, which can help smooth the transition to life at home.

“We know parents would prefer to be with their baby around the clock, but sometimes that isn’t feasible because they are working or at home with other children,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “We’re happy we’re able to provide an extra layer of reassurance through this technology.”

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 336-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.

Health Plan of Nevada Shares Tips to Help Prevent Heart Disease at Any Age

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Heart Disease Preventable, Reversible by Making Smarter Choices

According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 92.1 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease. Since February is American Heart Month, Health Plan of Nevada would like to offer a few tips to help prevent heart disease, at any age.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for roughly one in every three American deaths. Heart disease is preventable and reversible by starting new positive habits or changing old harmful ones, at any age. Treating your heart right today can help ensure a healthier tomorrow.

In Your 30s:

  • 82% of people age 20-49 rate “poor” on the AHA’s health diet score. Prioritizing a heart-healthy diet high in produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy and low in sodium, sugar and red meat can help lower the risk of heart disease.

In Your 40s:

  • 73% of heart attacks in women 35-44 can be attributed to unhealth lifestyles. The six healthy habits recommended were not smoking, maintaining a normal BMI, being physically active at least 2.5 hours per week, watching seven or fewer hours of TV a week, drinking a maximum of one alcoholic drink pre day on average and maintaining a healthy diet.

In Your 50s:

  • Men in their upper 50s are 2.7 times more likely to die from a circulatory system disease than men in their upper 40s. Now is the time to research heart attack symptoms. Not everyone experiences severe chest pain with a heart attack, and symptoms vary by gender.

In Your 60s:

  • 64% of men and 69% of women age 65-75 have high blood pressure. Get your blood pressure checked at a doctor’s visit and then regularly monitor it at home to detect patterns and not any changes.

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’s website.

MountainView Hospital Named One of Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals

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MountainView Hospital Among Top 5 Percent of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Outcomes

MountainView Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places MountainView Hospital in the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“For MountainView Hospital to be named among America’s 250 Best Hospitals is an astounding achievement and a testament to the focus by all colleagues to accurate, safe care to every patient, ever time,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital chief executive officer. “As we enter our second year of caring for patients amidst the backdrop of COVID-19, recognitions of these kinds are even more important and are a reflection of the committed care by all colleagues, no matter the circumstances.

“The Healthgrades 2021 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ recognizes distinguished hospitals, such as MountainView, and can act as a barometer for the community on where quality care is being given that result in positive clinical outcomes.”

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 167,235 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for community acquired pneumonia in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 38.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Given that the delivery of healthcare has profoundly changed due to COVID-19, we want to extend our congratulations to the hospitals that received Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Award. These organizations are committed to providing exceptional clinical outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

MountainView Hospital has received numerous Healthgrades awards in the areas of Critical Care, including treatment of sepsis and respiratory failure; Cardiac for treatment of heart failure and pacemaker procedures; Neurosciences, for treatment of stroke; Pulmonary for treatment of pneumonia; Labor and Delivery for vaginal and C-section deliveries; and GYN for hysterectomy. A full list of these awards can be found here. In addition to the Healthgrades awards, MountainView recently earned its 5th consecutive Leapfrog grade A quality award for safe patient care.

Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award recipients are recognized for overall clinical excellence and providing top-quality care across multiple specialty lines and areas. During the 2021 study period (Medicare Fiscal Years 2017-2019), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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.