MountainView Hospital is Recognized by The Joint Commission as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ Organization

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Recognition for Contributions to Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Data

The Joint Commission has recognized MountainView Hospital as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™  for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually abstracting data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs—which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record—hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance and outcomes.

The Joint Commission, the United States’ leading accreditor of health care organizations, established the Pioneers in Quality™ program to assist and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data, as well as share best practices for all hospitals in gathering, analyzing and leveraging eCQM data for quality improvement.

Of more than 3,200 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that reported 2016 data, only 480 have been named 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ hospitals by meeting criteria in one or more of the following categories:

Data Contributor: A hospital that voluntarily submitted 2016 electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data to The Joint Commission for measurement toward quality improvement.

Expert Contributor: One of nine hospitals recognized by The Joint Commission for contributing eCQM knowledge and utilization practices for sharing with other accredited hospitals.

Solution Contributor: One of 11 hospitals that submitted a practice selected for inclusion in The Joint Commission’s “Proven Practices Collection,” a peer-to-peer resource for other accredited hospitals on proven eCQM and health IT practices.

“We are honored to be recognized by The Joint Commission,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “It reflects on our staff’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, especially as it relates to the adoption of electronic clinical quality measures—the evolution and future of health care data reporting. Like The Joint Commission, we believe gathering and analyzing performance data is crucial to continuously improving quality of care and outcomes for all patients.”

The work and support of the Quality Management and T&S departments made it possible for MountainView Hospital to receive this recognition.

“We commend MountainView Hospital as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ organization for its contributions and commitment to electronic clinical quality measure data and practice toward quality improvement,” said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

“Out of 3,200 health care organizations, MountainView Hospital is among only 480 that The Joint Commission has recognized this year for embracing new technology to submit data about the care it provides to patients. That work to voluntarily share information helps the entire industry move forward in utilizing electronic clinical quality measurement for health care improvement.”

Pioneers in Quality™ recognition is not an indicator or measure of data quality or quality of care, but an indicator of an organization’s commitment to adopting eCQMs toward quality improvement. It recognizes eCQM data reporting and other contributions that advance eCQM adoption in health care. For more information about The Joint Commission and the Pioneers in Quality™ program, visit www.jointcommission.org.

About The Joint Commission:

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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.  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 and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV 

MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Achieves Bariatric Surgery Accreditation

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Patients in southern Nevada and surrounding areas seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions now have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Centers today announced its bariatric surgical program has been accredited as a comprehensive program under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks.

Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric program has a prominent measure for quality in obesity intervention that begins with appropriately trained staff and surgeons providing leadership by convening throughout the year to review bariatric program outcomes. The program seeks continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

“To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Sunrise Hospital is meeting essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring our ability to support patients with severe obesity,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “The Bariatric program also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.”

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“Although it may seem that surgery is a quick and easy solution for weight loss, in fact it requires patients to follow a rigorous diet and exercise regimen, before and after the surgery,” said Allan MacIntyre, MD, medical director of Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric Program. “The Journey through sustainable weight loss must be transformational as it relates to lifestyle choices which will last the rest of the patient’s life.”

Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity*. Working with ASMBS, the ACS expanded this quality program for bariatric surgery centers so that it can assist bariatric patients in identifying those centers that provide optimal surgical care.

After submitting an application, facilities seeking MBSAQIP Accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the program structure, process and clinical outcomes data. Facilities are awarded a specific designation depending on how many patients it serves annually, the type of procedures it provides and whether it provides care for patients under age 18.

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*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

About Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric Program

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center’s weight loss (bariatric) program takes a comprehensive and sensitive approach to patient care. It includes education, support and surgical services backed by the largest suite of operating rooms in the Las Vegas area including 23 surgical suites and eight dedicated surgical teams. In addition to providing surgical options to weight loss, Sunrise Hospital’s Bariatric program provides a support group to help patients navigate their own weight loss journey

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of southern Nevada, its surrounding region and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital is now home to Nevada’s first and only Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. In addition to having the busiest Emergency Department in Nevada, Sunrise Hospital is also home to a County-designated STEMI receiving center. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit sunrisehospital.com, follow us on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and facebook.com/SunriseHospital.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.

 

 

Flu Activity Increases in Clark County

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an increase in flu activity in Clark County as well as the 2017-2018 season’s first flu-related pediatric death. The death occurred in a child in the 0-4 age group. As of Nov. 11, there were a total of 78 confirmed influenza cases reported to the Health District. Flu cases are reported on a weekly basis. During the past reporting period, the percentage of emergency department visits for influenza-like illnesses was considered to be at a warning level, and approximately 43 percent of emergency department visits for influenza-like illness were children in the 0-4 age group. The Health District is reminding Southern Nevadans that flu season typically peaks in January and February and there is still time to receive a flu vaccine. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the Health District’s Flu Clinic page.

“A flu-related death is a tragic reminder that influenza can be a serious illness,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “Young children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions may be more at risk for complications. With the holiday season approaching, we want to remind everyone to get a flu shot, and to practice healthy habits to protect yourself and your family.”

It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for full protection to set in. Flu vaccination reduces flu illnesses and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Every year seasonal flu viruses cause substantial illness and death in the United States, much of which could be prevented with vaccination and other preventive measures. The Health District encourages everyone to get flu vaccinations, especially persons at high-risk of complications from the flu including children younger than 5 (children younger than 2 years old are at highest risk), adults 65 years of age and older, and pregnant women.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

During the 2016-2017 flu season, Clark County reported 13 deaths, 476 hospitalizations, and 713 confirmed cases. Flu surveillance continues through the end of May.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the flu has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza webpage.

States are not required to report individual seasonal influenza cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age, and seasonal flu is infrequently listed on death certificates of people who die from flu-related complications. Many seasonal flu-related deaths occur one or two weeks after a person’s initial infection. The ill person may develop a secondary infection, such as bacterial pneumonia, or the flu may aggravate an existing medical condition, such as congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

For more information regarding influenza cases in Clark County, visit  www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/stats-reports/influenza-surveillance.php. For more information on influenza activity visit the CDC’s website at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm

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. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

Las Vegas’ Small Change Has Changed a Lot!

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On November 1, McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities® simply focused on AWARENESS!

 The Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas and McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Nevada celebrated Day of Change – a day to bring awareness to the donation boxes that sit on the counters and at drive-throughs 365 days of the year. This money stays in our local community to benefit the families who depend upon RMHC® while their children receive critical medical care.

This year, seven times the daily average of what is collected in those donation boxes was raised. To put this into perspective:

Families utilizing the House are asked for a suggested donation amount of $10 per night, but no family is ever turned away for inability to pay. That is why the House relies on the community for funding. At the restaurant located at 8480 Farm Rd., $76.98 was donated in just one day by McDonald’s customers wanting to give back to RMHC®. That is enough to cover a seven night stay for a family simply wanting to stay close to their ill or injured child. That is amazing!

On that very special Day of Change, all customers at Southern Nevada McDonald’s received their meal in a happy meal box with a hand written thank you from a past RMHC® guest. There were eleven McDonald’s® store locations where employees were sporting Day of Change t-shirts and volunteers were letting customers know where donated money goes. Live remotes from the valley’s top radio stations were out at the restaurants promoting the cause and sharing their music.

“Day of Change was truly a team effort between RMHC®, McDonald’s owner/operators, and the community,” said Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of the RMHC® Las Vegas. “Image how much could be raised for the families who use the House if everyone knew where the money went! We’re so thankful for McDonald’s support and are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2018.”

Thank you to our wonderful partners for Day of Change: Lotus Broadcasting, iHeart Radio, CBS Radio, Kemp Broadcasting, and Univision.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive medical treatment for their children. RMHC® of Greater Las Vegas also creates and supports programs that directly benefit children and families in the greater Las Vegas area through grants, scholarships, and community outreach projects.

Kelly LeGrow Receives 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award

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Kelly Le Grow Honored by Nathan Adelson Hospice

Kelly LeGrow received the Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award.

Kelly E. LeGrow, vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc. received the 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award for her extensive work as a committed volunteer, supporter and advisor to the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

The award was presented during the recent 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event featuring Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles. Proceeds from the concert support The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at Nathan Adelson Hospice. This program improves quality of life for patients and loved ones and eases emotional and physical discomfort. Patients and their loved ones receive various therapies such as Pet Therapy, Reiki Energy Work, Massage Therapy, Art Therapy, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice. Brad Garrett, stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” presented the award to her at the event.

“Hospice depends upon a lot of people that we have to go to when we have issues, when we have problems or when we have things we just need to deal with,” said Dennis Kennedy, of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “When we have a problem that involves risk liability insurance we always go to Kelly. She is extremely valuable to the institution.”

Brown & Brown's Kelly LeGrow

Brown & Brown’s Kelly LeGrow.

About Kelly and Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada
With more than 25 years of healthcare and insurance experience, Kelly LeGrow has established a strong executive reputation as a sought-after consultant with expertise in provider networks, compensation development, contract negotiation, and the management and development of numerous plan benefits.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada provides exceptional insurance advice and guidance from a team of professionals who live, work, play, and volunteer in Nevada. The company is attuned to the special needs of our unique industries as well as the important requirements of individuals, families and businesses. It is a dominant force in insurance consulting and brokerage in the state and is a market leader in employee benefits, also in the resort, gaming, and hospitality industry.

Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada is a proud part of Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc., one of the world’s top 10 largest independent insurance brokerages, a publicly traded company (NYSE:BRO) with outstanding performance and profitability year after year.

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Brad Garrett.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for nearly 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16

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The Great American Smokeout, which debuted in 1976, is an opportunity for smokers to kick the habit for at least one day with the hope that it could lead to a permanent change. The American Cancer Society has designated Thursday, Nov. 16 as this year’s Great American Smokeout. The Southern Nevada Health District encourages smokers to take up the challenge and quit for one day and take steps to commit to a long-term plan to quit for good. For information about smoking cessation resources, tobacco products, smoke-free living or smoke-free meeting spaces, visit the Health District’s  GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website.

In Clark County, eight of 10 residents are non-smokers. However, each year it is estimated that 1,000 Nevadans under the age of 18 become daily smokers. About 80 percent of adult smokers became regular smokers before the age of 18. Health care costs are about $1.08 billion for smoking-related illnesses, and 4,100 Nevadans die from smoking-related illnesses each year. The average smoker will spend approximately $2,000 annually on cigarettes.

State residents can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code to access a free, phone-based service for anyone age 13 or older. Callers will speak with a ‘coach’ who can offer quitting assistance in English and Spanish. The Quitline is available Monday – Sunday, 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. (PST). Through the Quitline program, people can receive a free supply of nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges. Coaches will determine eligibility to receive the free therapy. In addition, the Nevada Tobacco Quitline offers a free, online service to assist enrolled participants in accessing research-based information, coaches, and a community of individuals who are in the process of quitting. Visit www.nevadatobaccoquitline.com to access the online program. In addition, Quitline coaches can provide information about dealing with stress and fighting cravings, as well as coping with weight gain and other issues that occur when people attempt to quit smoking.

Former smokers reap health benefits almost immediately. Just 20 minutes after squashing out a final cigarette, the heart rate drops to a normal level. In three months, the risk of a heart attack drops; in one year, the added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s; in five to 15 years, the risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s; and 15 years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer or bladder cancer is reduced to half of smoker’s risk and the risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.

While many Americans are choosing to use alternative tobacco products to assist them to quit smoking, it is important to note that many of these products, such as e-cigarettes, have not been approved by the FDA as smoking cessation tools. E-cigarettes also contain toxins and cancer-causing chemicals themselves.

The most effective way to quit smoking is to make a plan and get assistance to develop a strategy. Quitting tips include identifying triggers and habits, such as an ‘after dinner’ cigarette, driving, or consuming alcohol or coffee. The American Cancer Society offers several tips to assist: 

  • Spend time in places where smoking is prohibited, especially the first few days after quitting
  • Drink large quantities of water and fruit juice
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, and other beverages associated with smoking
  • Eat several small meals to maintain blood sugar levels, avoid sugary or spicy foods that trigger a desire for cigarettes
  • Take deep rhythmic breaths to relax
  • Join a support group

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. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

For Second Time, MountainView Hospital Achieves Distinguished 3-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery

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Rating places MountainView Among Elite for Heart Bypass Surgery

For the second consecutive period, MountainView Hospital has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places MountainView Hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated on a scale of no stars to three stars, using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“Our goal at MountainView is to provide the highest-quality care to our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud that MountainView Hospital has achieved, for the second consecutive reporting period, a three-star rating, demonstrating that our capabilities in heart bypass surgery have resulted in long-term positive results.”

Historically, approximately 10%–15% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from June 2016 to June 2017, and includes 179 participants.

“At MountainView Hospital, we strive to be the leader in heart care, with a comprehensive heart program based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “This achievement does not come easily; it reflects the hard, exacting work of our surgical and nursing teams and encompasses the dedication of the hospital to the entire patient care experience.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons.

 “The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.3 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

About STS

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,400 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

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 is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  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 and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

 

Retirement Design Specialists Offers Complimentary Financial Strategy Planning

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Retirement Design Specialists (RDS), is pleased to announce its commitment to providing another valuable service to all members of the Southern Nevada medical community.

“Although Retirement Design Specialists is new to the membership, its’ existence in providing valuable, comprehensive and complimentary financial design services to the community, is not.” states Louie Frias, principal of RDS.

He continues, “My personal core mantra is simply, I exist to help people make decisions which are good for them.”

“With the sheer workload professionals in our medical community carry, becoming financially literate for their own future often takes a back seat. Our proactive and holistic approach to education allows people to make more informed decisions based on what they seek to achieve. Combined with meeting at their location at their time of convenience allows those goals to be addressed and ultimately, met.”

Retirement Design Specialists can be considered “hunter/gatherers”. Collecting information is key to a well-balanced financial plan. Using a team of industry leading case designers, this information is used to create a plan which carries the highest probability of proven success.

The plan, called a “Personal Wealth Report”, is then presented in a clear and simple-to- understand manner encouraging the client to feel good about their decision for their future.

The personal wealth report is one of many tools used by RDS to quickly and simply educate a client. To learn more about how to secure your personal wealth report as well as other valuable information on what powerful avenues are available, please visit their website. RetirementDesignSpecialists.com

In closing, Frias states, “We work hard to produce and present members with the best educational, actionable information to help them make quality choices which benefit them, their families, and their businesses. Our services are always complimentary so please leave your purses and wallets at home.”

Louie Frias, Financial Strategist, Retirement Design Specialists – 702.400.6515.

MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Join Together to Create the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium

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MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center have received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

Under the newly accredited Sunrise Health GME Consortium, existing programs Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, OB-GYN and Transitional Year will remain based at MountainView Hospital, with rotations at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for General Surgery and Emergency Medicine. The Family Medicine program will remain based at Southern Hills Hospital.

Combining the programs under one umbrella allows for more flexibility in the residency program and for residents to easily access all Sunrise Health facilities in Las Vegas for training.

“This is an important step for graduate medical education program development in Las Vegas,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This will allow for easier access of our residents to all of the Sunrise Health facilities for the purpose of quality medical education and program development.”

As part of this announcement, new Assistant Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) were appointed for the market and for each facility in addition to a new Far West Division Director and Consortium Director of GME:

Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Assistant DIO, MountainView Hospital

Dr. Maureen Strohm, Assistant DIO, Southern Hills Hospital

Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Assistant DIO, Sunrise Hospital

Fran DeYoung, FWD Division Administrative Director of Graduate Medical Education

Daisy Rosado, Consortium Administrative Director

“I am excited that we are combining our efforts to provide the highest educational experience for our residents,” said Adam Rudd, Southern Hills Chief Executive Officer. “The consortium allows our residents to move throughout our system, experiencing the different dynamics of healthcare throughout the valley.”

The Sunrise Health GME Consortium at MountainView Hospital launched in 2015 and welcomed its first class of residents in 2016. Among its accredited graduate programs, Sunrise Health GME Consortium has residency positions based at MountainView and at Southern Hills. Additional programs are being explored that will help compliment the physician base currently in Southern Nevada.

Nevada currently ranks 48th in the nation in the number of physicians per capita, at 218 physicians per 100,000 of the population, according to a 2012 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The national average is 307. Historically there have not been enough residency programs to meet the demand of medical students graduating from Nevada’s medical schools. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.

Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College Partner for Healthcare Students

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Touro University Nevada and Nevada State College Announce New Partnership

Shelley Berkley and Dr. Ray Alden sign partnership documents.

Touro University Nevada (TUN) and Nevada State College (NSC) have entered into an agreement that will provide a pathway for students interested in pursuing careers in health care to participate in an accelerated double degree program which will allow them to receive a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Following their junior year at NSC, selected students will matriculate into TUN as full-time Medical Health Sciences students. Before they begin their academic journeys at Touro, students will participate in a Summer Learning Enhancement Program that includes sessions on study skills, time management, medical terminology, the medical curriculum and basic science review. At the conclusion of their fourth year of study, students will graduate with a dual degree of Bachelor of Science from NSC and a Master of Health Sciences from TUN.

“Nevada continues to significantly lag behind other states in the number of physicians based on population.  The end result of this partnership is that we will better serve students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and other healthcare professions and will better meet our state’s needs for these professionals,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro University Nevada.

Students must meet certain criteria prior to being accepted into the program, including having a strong academic performance, involvement in undergraduate and high school activities, community service, and both knowledge and dedication to the fields of medicine and healthcare.

“Collaborating with Nevada State College on this partnership will help us develop future generations of students interested in medical and healthcare fields,” said Dr. Ray Alden, Provost of Touro University Nevada. “Whether these students choose to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies or the additional programs Touro offers, this partnership will streamline their academic journeys and help them achieve their academic goals.”

Participating students who are interested in entering TUN’s College of Osteopathic Medicine or School of Physician Assistant Studies will be guaranteed an interview as long as they maintain a certain GPA. The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) will not be required as part of the application process.

“By allowing qualified students to transition to Touro after their third year, and by waiving the MCAT requirement, many more of our under-represented, non-traditional students will see a clear pathway to their future in medicine,” said Bart Patterson, President of Nevada State College. “Through this partner program with Touro University Nevada, we are paving the way for medical school, physician assistant school, and many of the other professional programs Touro offers.”

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is home to a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702-777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 30 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/news/.

About Nevada State College

Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State has grown to offer more than 50 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation, and has expanded its physical campus. Today, the college serves approximately 4,200 students and has over 3,400 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu.