Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Hosts “Trauma Strong” Celebration for Patients from Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting

By | Press Release

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center welcomed back past patients from the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass casualty incident to celebrate their survival, reconnect with their care team and remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy. More than 50 survivors and their family members were joined by hospital leadership, care team members, physicians, first responders and other community partners who played an integral role in care delivery the night of October 1, as well as in the days that followed.

“We gather together today to commemorate the spirit of our community, the strength of our survivors and the commitment of the caregivers and responders involved in what was the largest mass shooting casualty incident in modern American history, said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.  “You are the testimony for what it means to be “Vegas Strong”, he added.

Dr. Chris Fisher, Medical Director of Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital, said, “All of us assume when the unexpected happens, there will be someone there to care for you. What we do not realize is the training, education and team development that occurs far before that event ever happens,” he added, “This is why trauma centers are so vital to the health of any community. Sunrise Hospital takes that mission very seriously.”

The event brought greetings and words of encouragement to survivors and appreciation to first responders for their heroic acts from members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senator Dean Heller, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Representative Dina Titus.

Musicians On Call’s artists, Ivy and the Wall, returned to Sunrise Hospital following their 2017 emergency response performance here in the aftermath of the shooting. Once again, Jonathan and Cassandra Lawson brought the healing power of music to our patients and caregivers to commemorate the 1-year anniversary. In April 2018, Musicians On Call officially launched a regular Bedside Performance Program here at Sunrise Hospital.

Survivors received a bracelet made of black onyx – a stone symbolizing the experience of grief that also assists the wearer during the emotional process of mourning and recovery. The orange jasper accent symbolizes strength and healing.

Video testimonials featured at the event include:

Dwayne Taylor, a Sunrise Hospital care team member with tremendous qualifications and military background that were instrumental in the role he serendipitously played the night of October 1. Taylor was called into action just one-day shy of his official start date at Sunrise Hospital.

Todd and Lori Kammer, Sergeant Todd Kammer and his wife Sheriff Deputy Lori Kammer with the LA County Sheriff’s office, attended the festival together off-duty. Lori recalled how Todd carried her to safety after she was injured. The Kammer’s returned to Sunrise Hospital this summer to reunite with the care team.

Rosemarie Melanson, the last patient discharged from Sunrise Hospital in mid-November 2017, and her family shared their ongoing experience. After more than a dozen surgeries over the course of the past year, she is still on the long road to recovery attempting to regain her life back. 

The event closed with a check presentation by Las Vegas Metro Police Department Lt. Erik Lloyd representing the Injured Police Officers Fund. The check, made out to the Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital for $35,000, was one of several given to community organizations following the unprecedented response to October 1. The donation was originally announced in July 2018. The amount was revealed today. 

“October 1 was an unprecedented event in the history of Las Vegas, of the nation and in the lives of everyone. The tragedy leaves an indelible impression, but what is most unprecedented and everlasting is the goodness that remains,” said Sklamberg.

 

Health Care Leaders to Speak at 2018 Nevada Health Care Forum in Las Vegas

By | Healthcare Events, Press Release

11th Annual Conference Scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Organizers of the Nevada Health Care Forum, the largest gathering of healthcare professionals in the state, will host dozens of the nation’s leading healthcare executives and experts to address the issues and changes affecting Nevada and the nation’s health care systems. The 11th annual conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Enclave Event Center in Las Vegas.

Featured speakers for this year’s event include:

            ·       Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., National President and CEO of MGMA, and author of Back to Balance: The Art, Science and Business of Medicine, will present a unique prescription for fixing America’s health care woes, based on her thirty years of experience as a physician and industry leader.

·       John Gorman, Founder & Executive Chair of The Gorman Health Group, will discuss the outlook for Medicare and Medicaid in Year 3 of the Trump Administration.

·       J.D. Kleinke, medical economist & author, will outline how organizations can avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities associated with the long overdue computerization of American medicine in his presentation: American Medicine 2.0 – the Revolution will be computerized.

·       Kevin Riddleberger, MBA, MS, PA-C, will discuss personalized health care beyond the traditional brick and mortar.

Key panels and discussions at this year’s forum include:

·       Industry leaders panel discussion on the “National State of Health Care.” 

           Time: 8:45 am to 9:45 am. Room: Madrigal

·       Disaster Preparedness: The role in disaster preparedness and response efforts for natural or man-made disasters, pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks.

           Time: 1:35pm to 2:35pm.   Room: Madrigal

·       “Health Care Issues Impacting the State of Nevada.”

           Time: 3:55pm to 4:55pm.   Room: Madrigal

Each year, hundreds of Nevada’s health care leaders gather at the Nevada Health Care Forum to attend panels and discussions about relevant industry topics from prestigious speakers. Attendees span a wide variety of interests and professions related to the health care industry, including providers, employer group and health plan/insurance executives, government officials, students, members of the media and consumers.

“This year’s forum promises to be enlightening and thought-provoking as the pace of our health care services, systems and patient care continues to accelerate. Anyone invested in the future of health care in Nevada and beyond is encouraged to attend and gain important insights from a wide range of knowledgeable speakers,” said Todd Lefkowitz, SVP Population Health Management, P3 Health Partners and member of the Nevada Health Care Forum steering committee. For more information and registration, visit www.nevadahealthcareforum.com.

Southern Nevada Health District Increases Access to Care Through Expansion of Services

By | Press Release

Family Health Care Center offers primary care services

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering expanded primary care services at its Family Health Care Center inside its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Family Health Care Center will provide medical care for adults and children when they are sick, as well as preventive care services, including annual adult physicals and well-child check-ups for children up to 18 years of age. Clients will be able to access services to manage chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. For appointments call (702) 759-1800. Additional information about clinic hours, available services, and more is available at www.snhd.info/family-health-care-center.

“This expansion of Health District services is a continuation of our mission to promote the health of the community by providing low-cost, accessible care to underserved Clark County communities,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

In keeping with its mission to increase access to care, the Health District opened a Dental Health Clinic earlier this year. Dental health services are provided on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only and include dental screenings, fluoride varnishes, and sealants. More information about services, clinic hours, and fees are available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/dental-health-clinic. The Health District is also providing additional access to immunization services with its Mobile Clinic at four locations in Southern Nevada. Locations and hours of operation are available at www.snhd.info/mobile-clinic.

From April through June of this year, a collaboration with the Nevada State Oral Health Program, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and community leaders in rural counties allowed the Health District to work with its partners to provide mobile services in Nye, Esmeralda, and White Pine to further its goal of expanding access to care beyond the borders of Clark County. This successful initiative provided dental services to 129 clients and vaccines to 57 clients. Services were provided to insured and uninsured clients. When surveyed, clients identified a lack of insurance and lack of ability to pay their copay or deductible as a barrier to accessing services. Residents in these areas with insurance also identified having a lack of access to a health care provider as a barrier to receiving vaccines. This outreach initiative was funded through a Title XX grant.

“This is a dynamic time for our agency. As our community grows and evolves, our agency will continue to grow and evolve to best serve its needs,” said Dr. Iser.

ER at Blue Diamond Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

By | Developments, Press Release

The ER at Blue Diamond, a freestanding emergency department which will be built on the northwest corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron, held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, to celebrate the kick-off of construction. The facility will begin seeing patients in June 2019.

The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will enable patients to access their private health information online, in a secure fashion. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

“The ER at Blue Diamond aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. If needed, patients will be transferred to the hospital for any necessary medical procedures, surgeries or inpatient medical care.

In addition to breaking ground on the ER at Blue Diamond, Spring Valley Hospital recently added another 72 private rooms in August 2018. The hospital’s total bed count is now 364.

 

HealtHIE Nevada Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

By | Press Release, Recognition

HealtHIE Nevada, a statewide health information exchange that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data, announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC’s HIEAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Security and privacy are extremely important for operating a health information exchange and in building trust with our participants and patients,” says Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “We are thrilled to report that we scored 97 out of a possible 100 points on our assessment which is a testament to the dedication and skills of our entire team.”

Through EHNAC’s comprehensive third-party review, HealtHIE Nevada was evaluated in areas of privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources as it relates to health information exchange (HIE) policies and procedures. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“The amount of protected health information (PHI) and data exchanged electronically within and between healthcare organizations is undoubtedly increasing. As such, there has become a heightened need for all organizations touching this data to have the utmost privacy, security and safeguard procedures in place,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Having met the highest standard for privacy and security as it relates to consent, authorization, authentication, access and audit procedures throughout the HIE entity, with its EHNAC HIEAP designation, customers and business partners can have confidence and trust in HealtHIE Nevada’s ability to manage their data with integrity and effectiveness.”

Clark County Medical Society Members Recognized Among “Best Doctors in America”

By | Press Release, Recognition

The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) proudly recognizes 49 physician members who were included in the Best Doctors in America List, an annual list published by Best Doctors that includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians.

Best Doctors, a global benefits provider founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, conducts a biannual peer-to-peer poll to identify doctors whom other doctors recognize as the best in their respective fields.

“It is always great to see our physicians being recognized for the great work they do by a national peer-to-peer survey organization,” said CCMS President Dr. Jeffrey Roth. “Congratulations to all the outstanding CCMS members who made the list.”

The Clark County Medical Society is a professional membership organization of over 1,500 doctors in Southern Nevada and works to serve physicians and their patients through education, community outreach, and advocacy.

“We are very proud of the doctors we serve and the work they do to keep our community healthy,” CCMS Executive Director Alexandra P. Silver said. “It’s really an honor to get the opportunity to work with these incredibly talented physicians through their membership in the Clark County Medical Society.”

Members of the Clark County Medical Society who were featured include: Dr. Carlos Fonte, Dr. Cres P. Miranda, Dr. Charles Allen Rhodes, Dr. Douglas A. Thomas, Dr. W. Reid Litchfield, Dr. Donald L. Kwok, Dr. Gregory Kwok, Dr. Jerome Frank Hruska, Dr. Gary R. Skankey, Dr. Eugene L. Spec, Dr. Mark Charles Handelman, Dr. Jerrold Schwartz, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, Dr. Fadi Braiteh, Dr. Souzan E. El-Eid, Dr. Russel Gollard, Dr. Edwin C. Kingsley, Dr. James Delfino Sanchez, Dr. Nicholas J. Vogelzang, Dr. Zvi Sela, Dr. Derek A. Duke, Dr. Jeffrey Lee Cummings, Dr. Luis L. Diaz, Dr. Paul D. Bandt, Dr. Jocelyn Ivie, Dr. Florence N. Jameson, Dr. Kirsten B. Rojas, Dr. Bruce S. Shapiro, Dr. Mark Doubrava, Dr. Emily L. Fant, Dr. Walter (Russ) Schroeder, Dr. Robert C. Wang, Dr. Doug J. Fife, Dr. Jonathan Strauss, Dr. Ruben J. Acherman, Dr. William Evans, Dr. Abraham Rothman, Dr. Ricardo Samson, Dr. Craig T. Nakamura, Dr. Goesel M. Anson, Dr. Michael C. Edwards, Dr. Julio L. Garcia, Dr. Michael A. O’Hanlan, Dr. Terence G. Banich, Dr. Annabel E. Barber, Dr. John J. Fildes, Dr. Arthur Fusco, and Dr. Sheldon J. Freeman.

Urology Specialists of Nevada’s Dr. Jason Zommick Receives Recognition as Rezūm® System Center of Excellence for Expertise in BPH Treatment

By | Press Release

Urology Specialists of Nevada announced today that Dr. Jason Zommick received recognition as a Rezūm® System Center of Excellence for his expertise in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

Dr. Zommick surpassed the milestone of treating 100 patients with the Rezūm® System, providing improved quality of life for men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms caused by BPH. The Rezūm System is a revolutionary, safe and effective minimally invasive treatment option for men suffering from BPH that does not require general anesthesia and provides an alternative to a lifetime of taking BPH medications. Dr. Zommick, a board-certified urologist, offers Rezūm as an in-office BPH treatment option and is dedicated to bringing his patients new BPH therapies that preserve sexual function and offer a rapid return to normal activities.

BPH, or an enlarged prostate gland, is one of the top 10 most common and costly diseases affecting 14 million men age 50 or more years old in the U.S. BPH causes significant quality of life issues including lack of sleep, anxiety, challenges with sexual function and limits to daily activities.

“The Rezūm® System has been a tremendous addition to our practice, and I’m quite proud of this milestone and what it means to our patients,” said Dr. Zommick. “The enhanced health outcomes and the benefit to patient quality of life – the ability to return promptly to their home and more quickly go back to their daily routine has really made a difference.”

Developed by NxThera, Rezūm is performed in a clinic or out-patient setting. Rezūm uses the natural thermal energy stored in water vapor, or steam, to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing BPH symptoms such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate.

The water vapor is delivered into the targeted prostate tissue and when the vapor contacts the tissue it turns back into water, releasing the stored thermal energy, causing the obstructive prostate tissue cells to die. Over the next few weeks, the body’s natural healing response removes the dead cells, shrinking the prostate. With the extra tissue removed, the urethra opens, reducing BPH symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life.

Studies have shown that the Rezūm treatment allows men to retain sexual function unlike many other existing BPH treatments, which typically have higher incidences of long-term side effects. To date, more than 26,000 men have been effectively treated with the Rezūm System across the U.S. and Europe.

“Before Rezūm, I was treated with two different BPH medications. I was urinating very frequently which negatively affected my lifestyle, said Kack H. “After Rezūm, my symptoms completely resolved, and I no longer needed to take the medications. I’m extremely happy I did it.”

“Our goal is to transform the lives of BPH patients across the country with the Rezūm System,” said Bob Paulson, president and CEO of NxThera. “With Dr. Zommick’s expertise and advanced training with Rezūm, patients suffering from BPH in the Las Vegas area now have a minimally invasive, lasting and cost-effective alternative for the treatment of BPH so they can get back to enjoying a better quality of life.”

Highlights of the Rezūm therapy include:

  • Performed in-office and patients can return home immediately.
  • Does not require general anesthesia.
  • Relieves symptoms safely and effectively.
  • Is an alternative to BPH medications, eliminating the need for long-term BPH medication use.
  • Provides noticeable symptom improvement within two weeks.
  • Preserves erectile and urinary functions.
  • Allows patients to return to regular activities within a few days.
  • Considered medically necessary by Medicare and covered by most private insurance payers.

Patients interested in a consultation with Dr. Zommick should call 702-877-0814 to schedule an appointment.

For more information about the Rezūm System, visit www.Rezūm.com or call 888-319-9691.

 

Southern Nevada Health District Increases Access to Care Through Expansion of Services

By | Press Release

Family Health Care Center offers primary care services

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering expanded primary care services at its Family Health Care Center inside its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Family Health Care Center will provide medical care for adults and children when they are sick, as well as preventive care services, including annual adult physicals and well-child check-ups for children up to 18 years of age. Clients will be able to access services to manage chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. For appointments call (702) 759-1800. Additional information about clinic hours, available services, and more is available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/family-health-care-center/index.php.

“This expansion of Health District services is a continuation of our mission to promote the health of the community by providing low-cost, accessible care to underserved Clark County communities,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

In keeping with its mission to increase access to care, the Health District opened a Dental Health Clinic at its main location earlier this year. Dental health services are provided at the clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment only and include dental screenings, fluoride varnishes, and sealants. More information about services, clinic hours, and fees are available on the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/dental-health-clinic/index.php. The Health District is also providing additional access to immunization services with its Mobile Clinic at four locations in Southern Nevada. Locations and hours of operation are available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/mobile-clinic/index.php.

From April through June of this year, a collaboration with the Nevada State Oral Health Program, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and community leaders in rural counties allowed the Health District to work with its partners to provide mobile services in Nye, Esmeralda, and White Pine to further its goal of expanding access to care beyond the borders of Clark County. This successful initiative provided dental services to 129 clients and vaccines to 57 clients. Services were provided to insured and uninsured clients. When surveyed, clients identified a lack of insurance and lack of ability to pay their copay or deductible as a barrier to accessing services. Residents in these areas with insurance also identified having a lack of access to a health care provider as a barrier to receiving vaccines. This outreach initiative was funded through a Title XX grant.

“This is a dynamic time for our agency. As our community grows and evolves, our agency will continue to grow and evolve to best serve its needs,” said Dr. Iser. 

 

Clark County Medical Society Receives AAMSE President’s Award for Opioid Education Programming

By | Awards, Press Release, Recognition

The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award on Friday, July 27 in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada.

The program, Understanding New Opioid Laws in Nevada, was a collaborative effort among staff, physician members, and our partners at the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) to help physicians in Nevada better understand Assembly Bill 474, which implemented strict new regulations regarding the prescription and use of opioids in response to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.

“We are incredibly grateful to AAMSE for presenting us with this award, and want to share this recognition with all of our community partners and physician members who helped make this program a success,” said Alexandra P. Silver, the Executive Director of CCMS. “It was very important for us as a medical society to make sure our doctors had a seat at the table when it came to this legislation, which had caused them a lot of concern in its initial form.”

The program consisted of several events to help educate and gain input from physician’s and the community, including a town hall at the City of Las Vegas Council Chamber which saw over 300 attendees. Other aspects of the program included free and discounted CME opportunities for CCMS members, and participation on the task force which was addressing the legislation.

“Our ability to get direct input from our members to affect this legislation is a perfect example of why it is more important than ever to be involved in organized medicine,” Silver said. “We help our physicians get their voices heard, so that they can focus on what they do best — providing fantastic health care to our community.”

The award was presented during the annual AAMSE Conference, which brings medical society and association executives together once a year for a series of keynote speeches, best practices seminars, and roundtable discussions regarding how to improve the services these organizations provide.

“Every day there are medical societies making a positive impact on their members and in their communities with programs and campaigns that advance the field of organized medicine and improve the lives of physicians and the patients they serve,” said Steve Levine, president of AAMSE. “AAMSE is committed to recognizing these efforts with the Profiles of Excellence awards.”

About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to 2,000 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Kicks Off Pilot Wellness Program with Zura Health

By | Press Release

Nathan Adelson Hospice kicked off a new program focusing on employee wellness this week, provided by Zura Health. The unique new digital coaching system integrates all aspects of health and wellness and is designed to help encourage healthier lifestyles.

Sixteen NAH employees will complete the 16-week digital course that features knowledge, tools and exercises for complete well-being. Comprised of four key phases — Empower, Enlighten, Elevate and Evolve — the program covers nutrition and fitness fundamentals, mental and emotional well-being, stress management and self-care, and also explores relationships and life purpose.

Zura Health has its roots in Las Vegas, with entrepreneurs and founders Jessica and Kylie McBeath coming from a background in both Western and Eastern medicine. The two have combined both approaches to create a holistic journey to wholeness.

With productivity losses linked to absenteeism and medical leave costing employers $225.8 billion annually in the U.S., and 30 percent of Americans stating that they are always or often under stress at work, poor productivity and stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, obesity, insomnia and a weaker immune system, are a concern for employers.

“We are excited to offer our employees a chance to participate in this unique program,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Carole Fisher. “The health and wellness of our employees is of the utmost importance to us.”

Details about the 16-week course and the entire Zura Health platform are available at www.zurahealth.com.