Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Joins International Clinical Trial Investigating Treatment Approaches for Relapse-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is now recruiting participants for a new, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treatment trial, DELIVER-MS. The purpose of the global, multi-center study, led by Cleveland Clinic, is to compare the benefits and risks of two common treatment approaches for multiple sclerosis to determine which is the better course. The first option uses a highly-effective treatment early in the disease state whereas the second is a more standard escalation approach, which uses moderately effective medications and escalates as needed. This is the first time the two approaches have been compared in a head-to-head trial.

“Patients and their doctors are faced with the dilemma of adopting one of two treatment approaches when managing relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Both options have their share of risks and benefits, and we’re hoping that our research findings will illuminate the most beneficial choice for patients moving forward,” said Carrie Hersh, D.O., MSc, staff neurologist at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and site-principal investigator and study steering committee member. “Cleveland Clinic remains dedicated to putting our patients first and the results of the DELIVER-MS trial will be a valuable resource in helping us better understand how to give the best care possible.” 

In the three-year study, 800 participants will be enrolled and divided into two sub-groups: randomized clinical trial and observational. Participants in the randomized clinical trial will be categorized to either the early highly-effective treatment approach or the standard escalation approach. 

DELIVER-MS is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with research driven by Cleveland Clinic. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is working in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to conduct the study. Daniel Ontaneda, M.D., clinical director of the brain donation program at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Treatment and Research in MS serves as the principal investigator for DELIVER-MS.  

“DELIVER-MS will help shape the treatment philosophy of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis,” said Dr. Ontaneda. “The results will be applicable to a wide range of patients looking to start currently available and future therapies. The long term study results at ten years will further help neurologists and people with MS make informed decisions on initial treatments.”

Men and women ages 18 to 60 who have been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, are early in their disease course, and have not yet started a disease modifying therapy will be eligible to participate. Additionally, interested participants must be able to show evidence of new MRI lesions or have had relapses over the past 12 months, be able to walk independently or with assistance, and be eligible and willing to follow-up at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health during the course of the study.

For more information about DELIVER-MS, including how to enroll, contact Nicolette Harmon at (702) 701-7972. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and other ongoing trials, visit CCF.org/BrainHealthTrials.

 

The Howard Hughes Corporation® Names The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®

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New Stadium in Summerlin Set to Open for 2019 Season

The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community and Las Vegas Ballpark®, announced today a multi-year partnership designating The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of the Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®. Currently under construction at Downtown Summerlin®, Las Vegas Ballpark is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

“We are excited to partner with the Las Vegas Aviators and the Las Vegas Ballpark during this inaugural season,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System, which includes six hospitals in Las Vegas and Henderson. “The importance of being active, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying time outdoors contributes to a healthier community. We are pleased to be part of the Las Vegas Ballpark’s family and look forward to rooting for our hometown baseball team in April.”

“The Valley Health System has been a long-time supporter of our Triple-A baseball team,” said Don Logan, President and COO of the Las Vegas Aviators. “Their commitment to wellness, prevention and healthy living matches our own—as a sports team and as individuals—and we are proud to have The Valley Health System as our Official Founding Healthcare Partner.”

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative place making, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.

About Las Vegas Ballpark®

Las Vegas Ballpark, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Las Vegas Ballpark provides a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. 

About the Las Vegas Aviators®

The Las Vegas Aviators have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2019 campaign will mark the 37th season in the Silver State as a proud member of the Pacific Coast League and the inaugural season in the new Las Vegas Ballpark. The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 36 seasons previously at Cashman Field. The Aviators are also in their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.

 

Patient Engagement at the Forefront of openDoctor Partnership With Steinberg Diagnostic

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SDMI continues to fulfill its mission of an ‘Exceptional Patient Experience’ with scheduling automation

As the first in Las Vegas to partner with openDoctor, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI), a leading outpatient radiology practice, continues to be at the forefront of technology.

openDoctor’s industry-leading platform will interface with SDMI’s RIS system to automate patient calls, proactively communicating with patients. After an initial rollout in what is forecasted to be a long-term partnership, the service will be fully deployed for real-time online scheduling capabilities. The service will be fully deployed at all eight SDMI locations across all modalities such as CT, MRI and mammography.

SDMI was founded on the principle of practicing great medicine by putting patients first. “We have upheld these principles since our start in 1988,” says Dr. David Steinberg, SDMI CEO. “SDMI is consistently the first to introduce new technology to southern Nevada and that doesn’t stop at the equipment in their facilities. Through regular workflow analysis and staff education, SDMI is able to identify patient needs and implement innovative options like openDoctor.”

“We look forward to seeing how this partnership with openDoctor can help patients interact digitally with our practice, all while providing the type of back-office automation required to compete in today’s market,” says Rachel Papka, chief health informatics officer, SDMI.

“Consumer awareness of digital health tools is now at an all-time high, combined with strong consumer expectations for the convenience offered in everyday industries,” says Joseph Marino, CEO of openDoctor. “The changing healthcare landscape, like declining reimbursements and increasing pricing transparency, are forcing outpatient centers to better cater to healthcare consumers while reducing administrative costs. We are excited to provide a solution to tackle these current challenges for SDMI.”

About Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers:

In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in southern Nevada. Through the experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice so with his son Dr. David Steinberg and Dr. Mark Winkler as his partners, Dr. Leon opened the first SDMI office in 1988. Their standards of excellence in patient care and technology have brought national and international recognition from the medical imaging and health care communities. Today, that commitment to deliver top-notch care wrapped around a positive patient experience has never been stronger. With more than 30 years under their belt, the number one priority in this family-owned business is to make sure that we treat every patient like a beloved member of our family.

About openDoctor:

openDoctor is a cloud-based platform bridging the gap between complex scheduling environments of healthcare organizations and a consumer-friendly online experience. The openDoctor white-labeled solution helps healthcare systems and radiology practices maximize patient engagement through real-time online scheduling, appointment reminders, digital registration, online payments and other digital tools.

Sunrise Health Systems is Proud to be Part of HCA Healthcare, a World’s Most Ethical Company for 10th Consecutive Year

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Recognition honors those companies who recognize their critical role to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world

Sunrise Health System, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, is part of a leading health system that has been recognized for a 10th consecutive year as one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, honors companies who distinguish themselves through integrity, corporate character, and marketplace trust. HCA Healthcare, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom, is one of 29 companies worldwide to be honored 10 times.

“The 2019 Most Ethical Companies recognition is indicative of the shared culture at HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas hospitals, otherwise known as Sunrise Health System,” said Brian Cook, president and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “The care teams at our facilities all hold true to a high standard of ethical business practice which is a cornerstone of our operations.”

Sunrise Health Systems has a long history of investing in Las Vegas. In 2018, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $440 million. In addition, the hospitals use an innovative process for assessing the effectiveness of compliance efforts and its 5500 member workforce all take code of conduct training annually as part of a robust ethics and compliance program. 

In 2019, Ethisphere Institute recognized 128 honorees spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. HCA Healthcare is one of only seven healthcare providers honored on this year’s list. The full list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

 

 

UNLV Nursing Expanding, Earns Grant from Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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UNLV Nursing will use grant funds to develop continuing education and advanced training programs in
high-need areas for Nevada nurses; school also growing undergrad programs to meet statewide need.

MountainView Hospital Acquires High-Tech System for Brain and Spinal Surgery

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Latest technology allows surgeons to perform more brain and spinal surgeries with greater imaging and precision.

MountainView Hospital has acquired the latest system in neurosurgery technology that allows surgeons to perform brain and spinal surgeries with targeted precision. MountainView is the first in the state with this integrated system, and one of 30 in the United States.

Synaptive Medical’s BrightMatterTM system and Modus VTM robotic arm are highly detailed imaging, navigation and robotic platforms. The technology is used to operate on brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions and skull-based issues. The high-powered digital robotic microscope and light source can also be used in minimally invasive spine surgery. MountainView recently performed its first spine procedure, and separately a brain procedure, using the new system with Dr. Scott Glickman, neurosurgeon.

“The addition of modern, refined technology is a huge step for neurosurgery at MountainView Hospital,” said Dr. Glickman. “We have better access to enriched data that allows us to explore multiple surgical approaches to create the best operative plans for every case.”

This new system enables surgeons to approach each surgery with a personalized plan. The surgeon can view patient anatomy in 3-D, making it possible to perform complex procedures on unreachable areas or tumors of the brain with less invasive approaches and more precision. The technology also automatically maps and highlights all tracts before and during surgery for optimal surgical planning.

Using an attached camera, the automatic positioning system follows the physician’s tools, showing an image of the patient’s brain with unprecedented detail before and during surgery. Sensors assist the doctor with surgical instrument alignment for optimal movement throughout the brain, ultimately minimizing the possibility of damaging tracts that are associated with key brain functions such as movement, speech and vision.

The new robotic addition allows surgeons to perform less invasive procedures with more precision. For patients, less invasive procedures may lead to reduced complications and faster recovery times.

“We are excited to be able to provide for our community when it comes to improving the quality of our patients’ lives,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “By acquiring new surgical technology systems, we are taking another step in caring for our patients and providing the latest technologies that could improve their outcomes.”

Photo: Dr. Scott Glickman (center) performs a spine case using the latest in surgical technology for spine surgery.

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

UNLV to Begin Search for Next Medical School Dean

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Local Physician Named President of the World’s Most Prestigious High-Risk Pregnancy Organization

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Brian K. Iriye, MD of the High Risk Pregnancy Center was named President of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) on Saturday February 16, 2019. He was installed as the organization’s leader at the 39th annual meeting of the SMFM, which was held at Caesars Palace here in Las Vegas, NV. Established in 1977, the SMFM is the world’s premiere organization for maternal-fetal medicine specialists. This organization represents over 3,000 physicians and other practice professional and engages in education and advocacy efforts to support the work of these professionals and optimize the care of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

Dr. Iriye, was chosen for the 1 year leadership position by members of the executive committee and is the first president from a non-university based program in over a decade. He currently holds positions on the board of directors for the national Perinatal Quality Foundation, SMFM Practice Management Division, and the Foundation for SMFM. Recently, Dr. Iriye was the lead editor for the SMFM’s book, Contemporary Guide to Practice Management: For Physicians, Managers, and Administrators.

Currently, Dr. Iriye serves as the managing partner of the country’s largest maternal fetal medicine private practice, the High Risk Pregnancy Center – with offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno. The practice utilizes the latest technology to improve care to pregnant women in Nevada and is distinguished as a NCQA Patient Centered Specialty Practice, accredited in obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography, and has recently started the multidisciplinary Maternal Opioid Treatment, Health, Education, and Recovery Project (MOTHER Project) to help battle the ongoing problems of the opioid crisis and effects on pregnancy mothers and their babies.

Centennial Hills Hospital Receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in November. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Centennial Hills Hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery which includes total knee replacements, total hip replacements, spine surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, podiatric surgery and fracture care.  The hospital has invested in orthopedic-specific equipment to benefit patients, including the Mako® system for total hip, total knee and partial knee resurfacing.

“Our goal is to always to provide a positive experience and a positive outcome,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director, Centennial Hills Hospital. “Our patients are typically here for a short stay after surgery, so our team focuses on education, physical therapy and pain management. We actually begin the process with our educational ‘Joint Camp,’ and provide helpful tips during the pre-surgery visit through recovery, from strategies to get in and out of vehicles to performing exercises at home.”

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with total hip and total knee-specific requirements. Centennial Hills Hospital provided data tracking its performance related to pre-surgical education, mobility within six hours of surgery, evidence-based deep vein thrombosis prevention measures, post-operative complications, readmissions, and inpatient average length of stay.

“We are very proud to earn this certification from The Joint Commission, which is the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Pullarkat. “We want our patients to receive the highest level of care, which helps them recover quickly and return to their daily activities.”

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Adopts Program to Impact Osteoporosis

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The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program measures 10 ways to treat fracture patients.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces a new program to improve patients’ bone health after a fracture. The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program is a national initiative designed to prevent the recurrence of fragility fractures. Its web-based program and 10 prevention measures transform the way hospitals treat fracture patients, according to the AOA.

Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the U.S. among older adults with over 2 million fractures each year.

“One of the best indicators of a future fracture is a previous fragility fracture and the first sign of poor bone health,” said Dr. Fred Redfern, medical director of the Sunrise Hospital Geriatric Fracture Program. “With the right protocol in place – which is what AOA’s Own the Bone program brings to the table – we can use the initial fragility fracture to sound the alarm.  Once we have heightened awareness, we surround these patients with support, treatment and education to reduce the risk of a second fracture,” Dr. Redfern adds.

“Own the Bone” measures address nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, testing and communication.

“At the direction of the Sunrise Hospital Medical Executive Committee and aided by a specific hospital policy,” we are grateful for Dr. Redfern’s leadership in devising the right hip fracture protocol to care for our osteoporotic patients with fragility fractures,” said Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, Chief Medical Officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “We welcome this new protocol for its ability to improve outcomes for our patients following a fracture.”