November is American Diabetes Month

By | Press Release

Ten percent of adults over the age of 20 in Clark County live with the realities of diabetes every day. For others, November is a time to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District reminds people with diabetes, people at-risk for developing diabetes, and their families that self-management and prevention are keys to good health. The Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers diabetes self-management classes and a variety of resources. For more information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage or call (702) 759-1270.

Diabetes’ many complications include blindness, neuropathy, kidney disease, and hearing loss, as well as increased risks for heart disease or stroke. It remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Self-management helps people understand and manage their disease, learn the skills to check blood sugar, eat healthy, reduce additional health care risk factors, learn how to increase physical activity, and how to work with a health care team for additional support.

“People with diabetes can live healthy lives, but they must learn to manage their disease. Diabetes can impact so many different aspects of health and people can become overwhelmed by that,” said Rayleen Earney, a diabetes health educator in the Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “Self-management classes are excellent tools to learn the skills it takes to live healthy with diabetes. The Health District as well as our community partners offer classes and other activities.” 

In 2019, the Health District’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association as a program that meets the national standards for diabetes education. In addition to the Health District, Diabetes Self-Management Classes are offered by several community partners.

A Nevada Diabetes Resource Directory that provides information about classes, prevention, clinics, specialists, support groups, and more is available in English and Spanish on the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage.

The Health District offers education about how people can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes with a free, online diabetes prevention program called the Road to Diabetes Prevention. The program was developed specifically for people with prediabetes or who are at risk for diabetes. The six-session course is available in English and Spanish. It teaches participants about risk factors and how to make simple lifestyle changes. Participants can sign up for the Road to Diabetes Prevention program on the Get Healthy Clark County or the Viva Saludable’s Programa de Prevención de Diabetes en línea webpages. 

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

MountainView Hospital is Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

MountainView Hospital has received three consecutive ‘A’ ratings from the Leapfrog Group

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the third ‘A’ in a row that MountainView Hospital has received from the Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

 “Receiving a third A Hospital Safety grade demonstrates the deep commitment of MountainView Hospital and its employees to the safer care of our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This third consecutive Grade A recognizes that MountainView, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, can maintain the achievement of the highest ranking in patient safety and harm reduction strategies.”

“A hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the Fall 2019 update. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

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 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

 

 

Henderson Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Hospital awarded three consecutive ‘A’ Grades

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction  recognizing the acute care hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The designation is Henderson Hospital’s third consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

The third ‘A’ grade follows The Leapfrog Group’s earlier recognition of Henderson Hospital as one of only 35 Top General Hospitals in the United States in December 2018. The Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

“After recently celebrating our third anniversary of providing care to our community, earning this third ‘A’ grade is a nice way to kick off a new year,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Every shift, every day begins with a commitment by our hospital staff and medical staff to provide safe, high-quality healthcare. Together, we’ve built this foundation of patient safety within three years of opening, and that’s a direct reflection of our team’s duty, dedication and devotion to our patients, their families and one another.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Henderson Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. Henderson Hospital has received multiple patient safety awards from The Leapfrog Group in 2018 and 2019, including its Top General Hospital award, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. In spring 2019, Henderson Hospital was also awarded its second consecutive “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group. 

 

Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan Offers Nevada Residents Health Coverage During Open Enrollment

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Health insurance open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2019

Beginning Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, Nevada residents may select Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan for healthcare coverage in all counties through the Nevada Health Link website. This year, Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan continues to offer a variety of health insurance offerings that are among the most affordable in the state.  

Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan offers a variety of benefits that improve access to care and support members’ day-to-day lives. Members have access to Ambetter Telehealth, which provides convenient, 24-hour access to in-network Ambetter healthcare providers for non-emergency health issues. Also, this year Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan is debuting its enhanced My Health PaysTM program, where members can earn points for eating right, moving more, and being well. Through My Health PaysTM, members can complete healthy activities and weekly challenges, and then use the points to receive up to $500 in rewards in 2020 that can be used for health-related expenses.

“For two years, Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan has offered quality healthcare coverage plans to our members,” said Eric Schmacker, president and CEO, SilverSummit Healthplan. “This year, we’re pleased to once again help empower Nevada residents to take charge of their health by offering insurance options that fit their unique healthcare needs.”

Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan provides coverage for all of the essential health benefits, including preventive and wellness services, maternity and newborn care, pediatric services, mental health and substance abuse services, hospitalization, and prescription drug coverage. Plans also include a 24/7 nurse advice line and health management programs to help maintain and improve the health of members with chronic conditions.

SilverSummit Healthplan has been serving Nevada since 2017 and currently serves more than 80,000 across its Medicaid and Ambetter plans. Ambetter from SilverSummit Healthplan will be offered in all Nevada counties for 2020.

Nevada residents interested in learning more about Ambetter from Silversummit Healthplan or enrolling in a health plan during the open enrollment period may visit Ambetter.SilverSummitHealthplan.com.

About SilverSummit Healthplan

SilverSummit HealthplanTM is a managed care organization (MCO) that serves the needs of Nevada residents through a range of health insurance solutions. SilverSummit Healthplan serves the Medicaid populations, as well as under-insured and uninsured individuals through its federal insurance marketplace plan, Ambetter. SilverSummit Healthplan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and leading multi-national healthcare enterprise. For more information, visit www.silversummithealthplan.com.

MountainView Hospital is a Five-Star Recipient from Healthgrades in Numerous Patient Care Areas

By | Press Release, Recognition

MountainView Hospital Excels in cardiac, neurosciences, pulmonary, critical care and labor & deliver outcomes according to Healthgrades

MountainView Hospital is 5-star rated for several procedures and conditions according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The areas in which MountainView Hospital received 5-stars was:

·         Cardiac: Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2020

·         Critical Care:

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Critical Care Excellence Award

o   Names Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2020

o   Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

o   Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

·         Labor and Delivery: Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)

·         Neurosciences: Five-Star Recipient of Treatment of Stroke in 2020

·         Pulmonary: Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)

This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided*. A 5-star rating indicates that MountainView’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

“MountainView Hospital is pleased that its commitment to patient safety is recognized by outside organizations such as Healthgrades,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “All of these recognitions signifies our passion for providing timely, accurate, safe care to each and every patient – every time.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

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 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

 

WGU Honors Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Families with $3,000 Scholarships

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Top military-friendly university announces offering in celebration of Veterans Day

In recognition of the commitment and sacrifice of America’s military personnel and their families, Western Governors University (WGU) is offering the Salute to the Armed Forces Scholarship. The scholarship is worth up to $3,000 toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in IT, business, K–12 education, or healthcare. Applications are now being accepted through December 31, 2019.

Open to U.S. military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, and military family members newly enrolling in a WGU degree program, scholarships will be awarded at the rate of $750 per six-month term, for up to two years. For most programs, that means a reduction in tuition cost of approximately 20 percent. This is a competitive program, and scholarships will be awarded based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study at WGU, and current competency, plus other considerations.

Nonprofit, competency-based WGU is consistently ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly colleges and universities, offering online degree programs that provide the flexibility, portability, and job relevance our nation’s military personnel, veterans, and their families need. In addition, WGU’s affordability and financial aid opportunities—including military tuition assistance and GI Bill benefits—put a high-quality WGU education well within reach.

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

To learn more or to apply, visit www.wgu.edu/salute.

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 119,000 students nationwide and has more than 158,000 graduates. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 22 years, the university has become a leading influence in the development of innovative workforce-focused approaches to education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

 

 

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes MountainView Hospital

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MountainView Hospital is named a High Performing Hospital among an elite group of hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

 The U.S. News & World Report has named MountainView Hospital as a High Performing Hospital, in the areas of Heart Failure and COPD, for 2019/2020. Of more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award.

The U.S. News & World Report generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals to help patients decide where to receive their medical care. Rankings includes ratings in various adult medical specialties and procedures or conditions. The “High Performing Hospitals” emblem recognizes excellence in one or more types of medical care 

To be ranked nationally in a specialty, a hospital must excel in treating and caring for the most medically complex and severe patients. The publication evaluates hospitals in certain procedures and conditions, and assigns each hospital a rating of high performing, average or below average in each procedure or condition. MountainView Hospital has achieved the highest rating possible in two procedures or conditions: Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

“This reputable recognition of the care we provide for patients undergoing heart failure and COPD continues to remind us that every day is about our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We thank and congratulate our care teams for their consistent dedication to our patients and the quality of their care and safety.

In each of the specialties, procedures, and conditions U.S. News & World Report evaluated, only 10 percent to 26 percent of hospitals were rated High Performing. With the more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent the publication’s rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award at all. MountainView Hospital is among the elite 33 percent that earned an award.

 

Dr. Nilesh “Neil” Gokal Awarded an Honorary Pi Alpha Award

By | Awards, Press Release, Recognition

Dr. Nilesh “Neil” Gokal of Southwest Medical Associates, part of OptumCare, has been awarded an honorary Pi Alpha Award by the Pi Alpha Honor Society. The recognition took place Oct. 30 as part of the physician assistant (PA) banquet held at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino for the PA students of Touro University in Henderson.

The award recognizes accomplishment in the areas of significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community/professional service, and the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among PA students and graduates.

“Southwest Medical has ongoing health care provider pathway programs designed in partnership with local health care educators, including our PA Pathways program with Touro University,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, president and CEO of Southwest Medical. “This award is a very gratifying recognition of his education and effort in integrating medical students into professional practice within our community.”

 The Pi Alpha Honor Society was organized in 2004 by the Association of Physician Assistant Programs and is the nonprofit division of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

Dr. Gokal is the medical director of clinical education for Southwest Medical Associates, as well as a family medicine practitioner in Southern Nevada. He is also an adjunct clinical faculty member for the UNLV School of Medicine and pending affiliation with Roseman University.

 

Fourth Vaping-Related Illness Confirmed in Clark County

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The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a fourth case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarettes in a Clark County resident. The individual is over the age of 18. The Health District previously reported cases in an individual under the age of 18 and two over the age of 18. The first case confirmed in Clark County was reported in September 2019. Up to date information on the outbreak is available on the CDC website

Among Clark County’s reported cases, one of the individuals reported using e-cigarettes with nicotine products only. Three of the individuals reported using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, and two of the four also reported using cannabinoid (CBD) oils. All of the individuals reported purchasing or acquiring their products from different sources, including friends, retail outlets, and through online purchases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to report that it has not identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked in all cases. The CDC reports that THC-containing products obtained from informal sources are linked to most of the cases but the use of nicotine-containing products’ role in the outbreak cannot be excluded. Some patients report the use of nicotine products only, and many patients report the use of THC products and nicotine products. The Health District submitted product samples from two of the four individuals to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and analysis results are pending. In addition, product samples have been collected from the most current case. Samples will be submitted to the CDC once the Health District receives further guidance regarding submission procedures.

“This outbreak is an ongoing concern, and the Health District continues to recommend that people refrain from using any e-cigarette or vaping products,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Acting Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

The Health District further recommends these products never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products. People who currently use tobacco products who wish to quit smoking should use FDA-approved therapies. Symptoms associated with the reported illnesses include:

  • Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)
  • Non-specific symptoms (fatigue, fever, or weight loss)

People who use e-cigarettes and experience any of these symptoms are advised to seek medical care right away. People seeking help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) from a Nevada area code. 

Anyone who used e-cigarettes or vaping products in the last 90 days and developed a severe respiratory illness that is not associated with other viral infections such as influenza or bacterial infections, is encouraged to contact their health care provider to report the illness to the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, (702) 759-1300.

There have been 1,299 confirmed or probable cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products, or vaping, reported by the CDC. Cases have been reported from 49 states, the District of Columbia and one United States territory. Previously reported numbers included possible cases still under investigation by local and state health departments. Twenty-six deaths have been reported in 21 states. These numbers are changing frequently.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

Vineyard Henderson Presents The Spirit of Christmas

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Every year the Las Vegas Rescue Mission focuses their efforts on serving our community’s homeless and displaced families to provide every child with two gifts, donated clothing and shoes, cookies and cocoa, and most importantly HOPE!  As a survivor of “The Streets” I have been blessed to grow personally and professionally over the years.  It was and is because of community groups like the Las Vegas Rescue Mission that I am now able to serve and extend the true Spirit of Christmas to the families that are now where I once was.  I have the support of Vineyard Henderson, Valeo Senior, and Valeo Groupe Americas to support our true mission to “Work Hard, Have Fun, and Help Others” this Christmas season to truly impact the lives that are so heavily affected at this time.

Our goal is to raise 10,000 gifts for ages 6-18 through the support of our community and business partners.  With a very heavy heart, families were turned away last year, and children saw Christmas come and go without a tree, a present, or a place to call home.  As a community, we cannot stand for this.  We are proud to spearhead this initiative, and we are seeking those that are not afraid to rise and take a stand with us. 

We have 55-gallon bins that will be created specifically for your business to gather toys (wrapped or unwrapped) and collect items listed further below.  The Las Vegas Rescue Mission will deliver all bins immediately and pick up on December 13th to accommodate and support your efforts to serve.  We have also created a giving page that is directly linked to the accounts for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission for any financial donations and support.  There are several ways to contribute to those that need it most and I will be here every step of the way to ensure this journey is one to remember for years to come. 

I know that as businesses and fellow professionals that we are approached for donations and contributions all year long, however I challenge the “I’ve Met My Quota to Give” leaders and companies of our community with this:  While we are enjoying a holiday season with lights, gifts, heat, a bed, a roof over your head, or simply a place to call home – Have you considered what if all of your comforts were suddenly gone?  This community’s homeless is built of families that have lost their jobs, grandparents that have assumed their abandoned grandchildren, abuse victims, and more.  The true meaning of Christmas is giving, being of service, and most importantly compassion for mankind.  Will you RISE with us?  Will you step out of your comfort zone to touch the lives of those that have already lost so much with the gift of love this holiday season?  Can I count on your support to take this community by storm and demonstrate hope for all the hearts we will warm on December 14th?  Everyone deserves to know that their life matters and this Spirit of Christmas is being built on the foundation to do just that.  Please help us make this year the first of many to bring back the very heartbeat of Nevada as we offer life to ALL that reside here.

For our Spirit of Christmas initiatives, we are seeking the following:

  • Businesses to post flyers and house 2 – 55 gal bins with business specific flyers to gather toys (1 bin for girls/1 bin for boys) and clothing during November 1st – December 13th.
    • Clothing Items:
      • Blankets – ALL sizes!
      • Sports Bras – New Only – girls and women’s
      • Under Garments – New Only – All sizes children and adults
      • Gloves, Scarves, Hats – New & Used – ALL sizes!
      • Coats – New & Used – ALL sizes!
      • Shoes – New & Used – ALL sizes!
    • Toy Items
      • Ages 6 – 8
        • Toys for boys and girls – Please note on each “B” or “G” and Age Group for gift if wrapped
      • Ages 9 – 11
        • Toys for boys and girls – Please note on each “B” or “G” and Age Group for gift if wrapped
      • Ages 12 – 14
        • Toys for boys and girls – Please note on each “B” or “G” and Age Group for gift if wrapped
      • Ages 15 – 18
        • Toys for boys and girls – Please note on each “B” or “G” and Age Group for gift if wrapped
        • Gift Cards $10 – $20 value
        • Grocery vouchers for food
        • Small scooters, skateboards, skates are great for transportation needs
        • No Large ticket items i.e., bike, hover boards, or electrical mobile devices
      • ADULTS
        • Cards of Encouragement – This is the least amount of time gift and potentially one that has an even greater impact.  I encourage everyone to imagine your life without any of the things you have in it and spending this holiday season without anything to give.  Please share your message with the adult that receives this card; you never know when your words could save someone!
  • Recyclable Grocery Bags to be filled:
    • Non-perishable light-weight snacks, juice boxes, Christmas candy, stockings, etc.
    • Hygiene kits (Vineyard Henderson is providing approximately 2500 kits to add to bags)

Sponsor a Family

We are also proud and honored to be spearheading an additional program this year for 5 families that have graduated from the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.  We are seeking partners that are willing to truly bring the Spirit of Christmas to five families to demonstrate what love and hope looks like this year.  If you are interested in this program, please contact me directly to get involved.  We are planning the following:

  • Christmas Feast – Sealed and uncooked to feed entire family we are sponsoring
    • Utensils/Flatware
    • Cooking pots/pans/cookie sheets to prepare the meal
    • Dishware and glassware – paper, plastic, ceramic, etc.
    • If providing cans without pop-top, please include can opener
  • Christmas tree and décor for the season
  • 2 Christmas gifts for each child of the sponsored family
  • Coats for every member of the family
  • Card of encouragement for the adult(s)
  • Gift cards, grocery cards, food vouchers, and non-perishables are also encouraged

 Sincerely,

Vineyard Henderson