Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Radiation Oncologist and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired advanced registered nurse practitioner, Tracey Neuman, MSN, APRN, FNP, as well as radiation oncologist, Dr. Samual R. Francis, MD, MS.

Neuman currently treats patients at Comprehensive’s Southeast Henderson Treatment Center (1505 Wigwam Parkway, Suite 130, Henderson, Nevada 89074). She brings more than 16 years of nursing experience to her role as a nurse practitioner at Comprehensive. Neuman offers consultations and manages treatment plans for patients with cancer and serious blood disorders. Previously, She served as an infection prevention nurse at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital. She worked as a medical surgical floor nurse at Mountainview Hospital in Las Vegas and also visited patients in long-term care facilities as a case manager nurse at Comfort Hospice. Neuman is familiar with oncology and the practice as she worked as an oncology hematology nurse at Comprehensive from 2008 to 2015. She graduated with her B.S. in nursing from Kaplan University and earned her Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner from Purdue Global University.

Dr. Francis will see patients at Comprehensive’s Central Valley Treatment Center (3730 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169) effective July 1. Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Francis gained extensive experience utilizing external beam treatment modalities as well as brachytherapy and simulation treatment planning through image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). He graduated with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, a M.S. in bioengineering and earned a M.D. from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in radiation oncology from the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Dr. Francis is currently a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Radiation Oncology, American College of Radiation Oncology, American Brachytherapy Society and American Radium Society.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 40 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 85 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Healthy Nevada Project Brings in Research to Better Understand Liver Disease

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Renown Institute for Health Innovation Announces Strategic Collaboration to Advance Understanding of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)

Renown Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) announced a strategic collaboration to determine if there is a link between liver disease and genetics, improving the understanding of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) through the collection and analysis of genetic data.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects 30-40 percent of adults in the United States, and NASH, a type of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, currently has no medicine approved to treat it. People with NASH have an increased chance of dying from liver-related causes. 

“To understand complicated diseases like NASH, we need large cohorts,” said Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., associate research professor at DRI, principal investigator of the Healthy Nevada Project and chief scientific officer for Renown Health. “The Healthy Nevada Project is able to provide this cohort, which will significantly benefit the patient population in Nevada and meet our goal of improving health in our state which ranks near the bottom.”

To make this research possible, this new partner will provide funding to Renown IHI for the Healthy Nevada Project to sequence and analyze the DNA of 15,000 patients living with NASH or NAFLD, as well as a control cohort of 40,000 individuals in Nevada. This collaboration will leverage genetic data and electronic health records to further the understanding of NASH and to inform the future development of treatment options for the disease.

“We have the tools, ample technology and science to make this a reality,” said Tony Slonim, MD, Dr.PH, FACHE, president and CEO of Renown. “Combining genetic sequencing with large sets of data can play a critical role in understanding and identifying serious health risks, including diseases like NASH. We are excited to collaborate with a new partner to better understand the condition and its complexities. Any genetic variants identified in individuals through the collaboration will be shared with the participants to help guide their own health decisions.”

With nearly 40,000 study participants enrolled in just over two years, the Healthy Nevada Project has become the fastest-enrolling genetic study in the country. The Project was created by Renown IHI – a collaboration between Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The Project has already been returning clinical results to study participants, notifying them of their risk for CDC Tier 1 conditions including familial hypercholesterolemia, hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, and Lynch syndrome, a precursor to colon cancer.

 

Health District Reports Second 2019 West Nile Case

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Encourages everyone to take precautions against mosquito bites

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its second human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female under the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has been hospitalized. The Health District reported its first West Nile case in April in a woman over the age of 50 with the more serious form of the illness; she has since recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

“With a second case of West Nile virus, it is important to remind everyone that this is a preventable disease,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “By taking some simple steps, you can protect yourself from mosquito bites at home and when you are traveling this summer. It’s also important to eliminate mosquito breeding around your home to protect yourself and your family.”

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.

The Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. As of July 5, 1,137 mosquito traps have been set throughout Clark County with 29,541 mosquitoes submitted to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory for analysis. The program has identified West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools in the 89005, 89032, 89101, 89110, 89123, 89129, 89131, and 89139 ZIP codes. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the species that can transmit Zika and other viruses. This species was identified in Clark County in 2017. To date, none have tested positive for Zika virus.

The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds, “green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.

Henderson Hospital Honored by Immunization Action Coalition for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate

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Henderson Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Nevada State Health Department for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

“Immunizations are one of the most valuable tools parents can give their children, and we are committed to begin vaccinations within our Birthplace,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We are proud of the work our team has done to earn its spot on the honor roll, and hope that parents continue to immunize their infants and children to protect them against many diseases.”

Henderson Hospital is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll (www.immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose), which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The Birthplace at Henderson Hospital team immunized 91 percent of babies over a 12-month period, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Henderson Hospital’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”

 

Karen Rubel Named New President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced that Karen Rubel has been named President and CEO effective July 1, 2019. Rubel will assume day-to-day leadership of the non-profit organization and will also join the Board of Trustees.

“We are thrilled to announce Karen Rubel’s appointment as CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Dennis Kennedy, partner of Bailey Kennedy, Attorneys at Law, and Chairman of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “Karen’s tenure at Nathan Adelson Hospice, her experience in healthcare, her innovative ideas and her keen grasp of the changing healthcare landscape make her the perfect person to lead the hospice into its next 40 years of caring for the people and families of Southern Nevada.”

Ms. Rubel has been with the organization for over 12 years, previously holding the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Development for Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation. While in these positions, she led hospice operations and major gift fundraising, developed new facilities, and strengthened relations with local health care groups.

“It is a privilege and honor for me to have been chosen as the next CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Rubel. “My goal is to continue to build on the mission and vision that has been consistent since our beginning that no one end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. During this dynamic time in healthcare, we are excited for the future which includes our continued collaboration with community partners in healthcare.”

Before joining Nathan Adelson Hospice, Ms. Rubel was the Director of Advancement for the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas and previously as the Director of Development at University of Nevada Las Vegas for the colleges of Fine Arts, Education, and Health Sciences. Ms. Rubel earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. in Administration from Dominican University in Illinois. She is a graduate of the Thayer Institute with a Master’s degree in Leadership Arts and Sciences.

Rubel will be succeeding retiring CEO, Carole Fisher. After 14 years at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Fisher is transitioning into a new role as an executive coach and leadership speaker. She will serve as a special advisor to the hospice through 2020.

 

Southwest Medical Associates Adds Three Physicians

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Southwest Medical Associates, part of OptumCare has added three physicians to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas Community:

Doyle Huey, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey Health Care Center (4750 W Oakey Blvd.) and specializes in pain management.

Bryan Werner, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N Tenaya Way.) and specializes in adult medicine.

Olivia Yuson, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Care Center (420 N Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in pediatrics.

 

Southwest Medical Recognized as a Winner

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Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, was recently announced as one of the winners of the 11th Annual Intalere Healthcare Achievement Awards. Through this awards program, Intalere, a health care services company, recognizes its members for their outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, community and business partners in reducing healthcare costs, improving healthcare quality and serving the community.  

Southwest Medical was recognized in the Quality/Patient Care Delivery and/or Patient Satisfaction category, specifically its Southwest Medical Pharmacy & Home Medical Equipment division and its Pharmacy Transitions of Care Program.

The program is intended to help patients transition into or out of a long-term care setting.

Southwest Medical Pharmacy & Home Medical Equipment provides operational and clinical services in a variety of settings, including long-term care, hospice and home infusion. The clinical pharmacy team completes traditional nursing home consulting, surgery center consulting and transition of care services in multiple nursing facilities throughout Southern Nevada.

Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Class of Residents

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The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium based at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, welcomed its new residents June 27th during an annual white coat ceremony.

“I want to thank you for joining our family,” said Alexis Mussi Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital. “This is a family you are going to grow to love, a hospital and culture unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and a team you are going to be so proud to be a part of.”

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made to each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

Of the 25 new residents based at Southern Hills, eight will be part of the family medicine program, 13 will be joining the transitional year program, and four will be a part of the inaugural class for psychiatry residency. Beginning in August, Southern Hills Hospital will also welcome three fellows into the inaugural gastroenterology fellowship.

“The graduate medical education (GME) at Southern Hills Hospital continues to expand and bring renewed excitement to our campus,” family medicine program director Dr. Maureen Strohm said. “With the psychiatry residency and gastroenterology fellowship joining our family medicine residency and transitional year programs, our residents will further Southern Hills’ mission to not only treat, but touch the lives of patients across Southern Nevada.”

The 25 new residents program will officially begin in July.

Kamal Jemmoua Appointed CEO of Prominence Health Plan

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Former COO ascends to the helm

Prominence Health Plan is pleased to announce that Kamal Jemmoua has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prominence Health Plan, effective immediately. In this role, Jemmoua is responsible for the continued growth of the health plan as well as new value-based care ventures including building physician-led Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and expanding Prominence Care Centers in key markets. Prominence’s goal is to provide innovative and convenient access to care and serve as the health plan employers choose for their employees and subscribers choose for their family.  

Jemmoua joined parent company Universal Health Services (UHS) in 2013, and oversaw the acquisition of Prominence Health Plan in 2014. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for successfully driving changes that resulted in financial turnaround, growth and expansion.

“We have such a talented team and they truly care about our customers and members,” said Jemmoua. “We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years and it’s been an incredible experience both personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to helping Prominence become a health plan that exceeds the expectations of those we serve.”

During his tenure with Prominence, the company launched a Medicare Advantage line of business in Nevada and Texas, and restructured the organization to focus on solving member care challenges. New programs help by connecting with members on an individual basis, addressing barriers to healthcare such as transportation, navigating the healthcare system, and providing 24/7 access to doctors and therapists by phone or video through a telemedicine benefit. 

Jemmoua also spearheaded the launch of five ACOs within the UHS Acute Care division, covering 130,000 lives across California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Washington D.C., with two additional ACOs launching in July 2019. ACOs are managed care systems that benefit communities by providing coordinated, high-quality care to Medicare patients.

In 2018, Jemmoua and his team launched Association Health Plans including the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce and Nevada Builders Alliance, providing more affordable and high-quality healthcare options to small business owners.

Under Jemmoua’s leadership as Interim CEO, Prominence Health Plan recently launched two new Prominence Care Centers, addressing the unprecedented demand for accessible and high-quality healthcare in the region. Staffed with full-time medical teams and health coaches, the care centers are dedicated to helping members achieve their ultimate well-being.

Prior to joining the healthcare field, Jemmoua held various roles in the financial industry with Delphi Financial Group and SEI Investments. He is a CPA and earned his Bachelor’s in finance/economics from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas and his Master’s in finance from Villanova University.

Jemmoua serves on various boards including Northern Nevada Medical Center, Access to Healthcare and the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

MountainView Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

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American Heart Association Award recognizes MountainView Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

MountainView Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

      MountainView Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

      “MountainView Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

      MountainView Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

      “We are pleased to recognize MountainView Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the 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 Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

     According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.