Southern Hills Hospital Announces Appointment of Alexis Mussi as New Chief Executive Officer

By | Press Release, Recognition

Southern Hills Hospital, an HCA Healthcare affiliated hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexis Mussi as the new Chief Executive Officer effective today. With this appointment, Alexis becomes the first female CEO of Southern Hills Hospital, and the only female CEO of a hospital in Las Vegas.

Alexis joined HCA in May of 2000 and has served in multiple senior leadership roles within HCA’s Far West Division. In December of 2015, she was named Chief Operating Officer of Southern Hills Hospital where she oversees the operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department and other areas of the facility. In the 3 years Alexis has been COO, Southern Hills Hospital has grown from 134 beds to 252.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed running the operations of our facility for the past three years. I am ready to step into the role as the CEO and to continue to work with our talented employees, physicians and volunteers at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center,” said Alexis Mussi, CEO, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “As a premier provider for care, we will continue to expand and offer new services to our growing community in Southwest Las Vegas, NV. 

Prior to Southern Hills, Alexis served in various positions at Mountain View Hospital including Vice President of Operations. She also worked as the Market Director of Physician Relations for Sunrise Health system, and the Director of Physician’s relations at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Under Alexis’ leadership each hospital saw tremendous growth. At Southern Hills alone she oversaw more than 45 million dollars in construction projects. Most recently she helped manage the construction of the first free standing ER in the state, and was instrumental in the opening of the Pavilion, the first behavioral health unit in all of Southwest Las Vegas. Alexis’ commitment to Southern Hills has also helped bolster employee engagement and grow surgery volume.

In addition to her dedication to HCA’s Far West Division, Alexis is a Leadership Las Vegas Graduate for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She’s also been awarded the 2018 Heroes with Heart Award from the Trauma Intervention Program and is a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society.

Alexis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Communication from Arizona State University, and earned her Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“I am very excited to have her in this role,” said Brian Cook, President of HCA’s Far West Division. “Alexis is not only admired around Southern Hills Hospital but well known throughout the healthcare community here in Las Vegas. I am certain under her leadership Southern Hills Hospital will flourish, and continue to provide outstanding care to the community. We are happy that Alexis, her husband, Chris and daughters, Gianna and Isabella, will remain in Las Vegas and continue to be part of the Far West Division.”

About Southern Hills Hospital

Opened in 2004, Southern Hills Hospital continually provides acute care services while addressing the growing healthcare needs of the community. In 2018 Southern Hills Hospital opened an 80-bed psychiatric unit that treats adolescents through adults. In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at the Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This Hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine.

Southern Hills is part of the HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division, a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities serving the Nevada and California communities. Through a wide array of inpatient and outpatient healthcare offerings the Far West Division serves to provide Care. Above All Else. HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division is one the most comprehensive medical providers in the area and part of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 179 hospitals in the United States and England.




Nathan Adelson Hospice Expands Educational Offerings To Address the Shortage of Nurses in Hospice and Palliative Care

By | Education, Press Release

Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced an expansion in the educational offerings delivered through its Training Center of Excellence. The improved, multi-faceted approach to learning includes tailored presentations, videos, case studies, role playing, mentoring, as well as technology and evidence-based tutorials.

“We are committed to increasing the quality and relevance of all our educational efforts,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “Excellent training not only benefits our current nursing staff, but it also attracts qualified nurses to our specialty which will enable us to better care for patients and families in the future.”

With the growing emphasis on preventive medicine, comfort care, and hospice care the healthcare industry is experiencing record demand for qualified nurses. The number of registered nurses needed in the United States is estimated to climb by over 28% by 2030. Nevada is expected to be in the top 10 states in the growth of all nursing positions with projected growth of over 40% during the next decade.

“After nurses enter the working world, the learning doesn’t stop. This is especially true in specialties such as hospice and palliative comfort care,” said Dr. Jennifer Poplawski, DNP, Director of Education. “Our philosophy is to learn together and then apply our learning so that patients and families quickly experience the benefit of our education.”

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only 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 comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an inpatient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group, and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

MountainView Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This is the second ‘A’ in a row that MountainView Hospital has received from The Leapfrog Group.

The designation recognizes MountainView Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest patient safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Carrying on our A Hospital Safety Grade from the Fall evidently depicts our commitment to our culture of patient safety that every team member contributes to at MountainView Hospital,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The grade A recognizes that MountainView, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, can maintain the achievement of the highest ranking in patient safety and harm reduction strategies.”

“The Leapfrog grade translates a lot of quality data into an easily recognizable score. It considers many quality measures and condenses them down to a single letter grade so our community can know our commitment to patient safety,” said Todd Isbell, Chief Nursing Officer.

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.” 

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

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

Hepatitis Testing Encouraged During the Month of May

By | Press Release, Uncategorized

May is designated Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day

The Southern Nevada Health District is raising awareness about hepatitis and encouraging people to get tested during Hepatitis Awareness Month, and on May 19, Hepatitis Testing Day. Millions of people in the United States are infected with hepatitis and many are not aware of their infection.

Regular hepatitis C testing services are available at the following locations:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Huntridge Clinic, (702) 979-1111

1830 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Nev. 89104

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Monday and Wednesday, Noon – 4 p.m.

Trac-B Exchange, (702) 840-6693

6114 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89146

(Sterile syringe storefront and needle disposal location)

Throughout May, hepatitis C testing will be available at the following locations:

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. – noon

Center for Behavioral Health, (702) 796-0660

3050 E. Desert Inn Rd., Ste. 116, Las Vegas, Nev. 89121

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Monday, May 20-Thursday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. – noon, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada (The Center), (702) 733-8600

401 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nev. 89101

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Thursday, May 23, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Las Vegas Rescue Mission, (702) 382-1766

4800 W. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89106

(Testing, care resources, hepatitis A and B immunizations)

Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Harm Reduction Outreach, (702) 840-6693

Christ the King Catholic Community

4925 S. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, Nev. 89118

(Testing, care resources, sterile syringes, needle disposal, peer-to-peer services, homeless services, Naloxone)

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may have no symptoms and may not be detected for many years. Chronic hepatitis infections are a leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. There are immunizations to protect against hepatitis A and B, and as a result, hepatitis A cases have declined dramatically. There are lifesaving treatments available for chronic hepatitis B and treatments that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States with about one in 12 living with hepatitis B infection. They account for approximately 50 percent of Americans living with the virus. In addition, a mother can transmit the virus to her baby, and it can also be sexually transmitted.

People born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are at a higher risk for hepatitis C infection than other adults and most are unaware of their infection. People with chronic hepatitis C infection can be asymptomatic for decades. Hepatitis C is more common among people who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992 and people who inject drugs. The CDC recommends that anyone with a history of injection drug use or unprotected sexual contact with multiple partners also be tested for hepatitis B and C.

 The CDC’s Viral Hepatitis website includes information about the vaccine, resources, and a Hepatitis Risk Assessment that can facilitate conversations with patients and their health care providers.

The Health District’s Immunization Clinic offers the hepatitis A and B vaccines at its public health centers throughout Southern Nevada. The Immunization Clinic is open Monday – Friday at the following locations:

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89107
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E12, Las Vegas, Nev. 89110
  • Henderson Clinic at Touro University, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson, Nev. 89014

(Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. by appointment only. The office is closed from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. daily)

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite, Nev. 89027

(Immunization services are available by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the office is closed daily from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch)

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Criss Angel Debuts Themed Patient Exam Room at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

By | Press Release

World-renowned illusionist and the biggest name in magic, Criss Angel is the latest Las Vegas headliner to sponsor a themed patient exam room at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.

Angel, Shaunyl Benson and their five-year-old son Johnny Crisstopher, who endured his own three-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, revealed the themed patient exam room together on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is an organization close to my heart and as an ally to those affected by pediatric cancer, I am grateful for any opportunity I have to get involved,” said Angel. “Having a calm and colorful patient exam room is so important throughout a child’s treatment plan so I’m honored to be able to sponsor this latest addition to the clinic.”

The kid-friendly themes and colorful artwork used to cover the walls of the exam room are loosely based on elements incorporated into Criss Angel MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In honor of those affected by pediatric cancer, Angel’s immersive theater includes handprints provided by Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patients.

This will be Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s second themed patient exam room in the clinic. Las Vegas artist Juan Muniz will again create the one-of-a-kind illustrations that will help entertain and inspire young patients who are often required to have weekly or monthly doctor visits as part of their treatment. Muniz’s illustrations include a caricature of Criss Angel, tree, and handprints representing those being treated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.

“Criss Angel has been a strong and consistent supporter of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president and CEO of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Even before his own son was diagnosed with cancer, Criss was an advocate for the needs of childhood cancer patients in Southern Nevada. His support has helped our organization provide treatment to the most vulnerable in our community.”

A long-time supporter of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Angel has attended Circus Couture, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and has donated six-figure contributions during the live auction to garner further awareness and provide additional support.

All illustrations and artwork in the Criss Angel-themed exam room must be incorporated around the necessary medical equipment in the room and special considerations are also made, including the use of microbial resistant glossy paint that allows the room to be cleaned and sterilized.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Gains New Accreditation from Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

By | Press Release, Recognition

Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced its Osteopathic Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Program has achieved initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s program is the only Osteopathic Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship in the state of Nevada and one of only eleven in the country offering board certification in the specialized care of people with serious illnesses.

The ACGME is responsible for accrediting the majority of graduate medical training programs for physicians in the United States. This new accreditation now allows the program to accept both medical doctors (MDs) and osteopathic physicians (DOs) as Fellows.

“This is both an exciting step forward for our fellowship and a recognition of the quality of our program,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “This discipline addresses an urgent need. Both nationally and locally there is a severe shortage of hospice and palliative board certified physicians and participating in a formalized clinical fellowship is the only avenue to obtain certification.”

“In the past, highly qualified MDs wanted to join our Fellowship Program so they could become board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care,” said Program Director Catrisha Cabanilla-Del Mundo, DO. “Our new accreditation now allows them to join osteopathic physicians in training for the important medical specialty.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice Names Betty Dobbs-Funk as Director of Palliative Care Operations

By | New Hires, Press Release

Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced Betty Dobbs-Funk, MSN, RN has joined the nonprofit hospice as Director of Palliative Care Operations. In her new role, Ms. Dobbs-Funk will develop and manage the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program.

Palliative care, also known as comfort care, is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses which provides relief from symptoms, pain and stress to improve the quality of life for those living with chronic illness.

Dobbs-Funk plans to increase service to the community through strengthened relationships with health systems, medical groups, provider organizations and health plans. Her responsibilities also include overseeing the team of compassionate palliative experts while maintaining the standard of excellence and care that Nathan Adelson Hospice is known for throughout the 40 years they have served this community.

Dobbs-Funk brings to the role an impressive record of accomplishment and service to those at the end of life.  For over 27 years, Dobbs-Funk has been providing healthcare services and leadership across the nation. Prior to becoming Director of Palliative Care Operations for Nathan Adelson Hospice, she held the role of Case Manager Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care with the Valley Health System in Las Vegas. Previously Dobbs-Funk served as Nursing Home Supervisor with AnMed Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina and Hospice Clinical Coordinator with the Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca, South Carolina. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from University of New York Regents College and a Master of Science degree from Walden University.

Nevada’s Largest Non-Profit Hospice, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Selected for Modern Healthcare’s ‘Best Places to Work’ for 2019

By | Press Release, Recognition

Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest, oldest and only non-profit hospice, has once again been recognized nationally as one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” for 2019. Chosen by Modern Healthcare, a top national healthcare business news publication, Nathan Adelson Hospice will be recognized at an awards gala on Monday, September 26 in Dallas, Texas. This is the eighth time in the last decade the hospice has received this notable honor.

 The award is based upon results from an organization-wide Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey filled out by Nathan Adelson Hospice employees, as well as employee comments from open-ended questions. Results of the survey were compared to national benchmarking data to identify award winners.

“Receiving this recognition for an unprecedented eighth time is a tremendous honor,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO, Carole Fisher. “It emphasizes how much our entire staff values excellence in the workplace. These attributes are a critical asset in our work to ensure no one ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.”

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only 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 comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an inpatient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group, and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit


Farhan Naqvi Joins Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Board of Directors

By | Press Release, Recognition

Farhan Naqvi, founder and managing partner of Naqvi Injury Law, has been appointed to the board of directors for Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only nonprofit outpatient treatment facility for those diagnosed with childhood cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

Naqvi’s philanthropy includes a multi-year commitment to Cure 4 The Kids and regular participation in the organization’s events and fundraisers. In addition to Cure 4 The Kids, Naqvi and his firm provide major donations to HELP of Southern Nevada through the annual KLUC 98.5 Toy Drive, where they have given more than $100,000 and 10,000 bicycles during the past six years of their participation.

In 2018, Naqvi was selected as one of the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” designees and was named the program’s Rookie of the Year for raising over $11,000 for breast cancer research and treatment. Nevada Donor Network also recognized the firm as its 2018 Community Champion for its outstanding effort to raise organ, eye and tissue donation awareness in Southern Nevada. The firm is a regular sponsor of Fox 5’s “Shining Star” program, recognizing community volunteers and leaders, as well as the Wednesday’s Child program on News 3 that highlights children available for adoption.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is doing tremendous work for our community and children faced with life threatening diseases,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for Annette Logan-Parker and appreciate her placing her trust in me as a steward of the organization. Her work to create Cure 4 The Kids has impacted thousands of children in Southern Nevada and is truly inspiring.”

About Naqvi Injury Law
Naqvi Injury Law was founded in 2008 by Farhan Naqvi, an award-winning personal injury attorney. In the 2017 and 2018 “Best of Las Vegas” Readers Poll, the Las Vegas Review-Journal named the firm a Gold Winner in a record-setting three categories: Best Personal Injury Lawyer, Best Law Firm and Best Customer Service. Farhan Naqvi has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell, and holds an Avvo “Superb” rating. For more information, visit or call 702-553-1000.

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. For more information, visit

HealtHIE Nevada, Nevada Hospital Association and Collective Medical Announce Collaboration to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions

By | Press Release

Collaboration to focus on fostering coordinated care management to address rising state readmission rates and further support the needs of vulnerable patients

HealtHIE Nevada today announced a collaboration with the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) and Collective Medical, the nation’s most effective network for care collaboration. Focused on reducing avoidable hospital readmissions, the effort combines the depth of HealtHIE Nevada’s data with Collective’s nationwide network, clinical interoperability functionality, and user generated content and insights, to arm the NHA member hospitals to better identify and support vulnerable patients at risk for readmission.

In 2018, Nevada had the second highest readmission rate in the country—15.6 percent of Medicare enrollees over the age of 65 were readmitted 30 days after hospital discharge. Together, HealtHIE Nevada and Collective will empower the NHA members to collaborate with diverse care teams to support vulnerable patients and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

HealtHIE Nevada, the state’s only health information exchange, is connected to most of Nevada’s hospitals and is rapidly growing its network of additional providers. HealtHIE Nevada is committed to providing real-time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information to improve the value and quality of patient centered care.

“HealtHIE Nevada is excited to collaborate with the NHA and Collective on this initiative,” says Michael Gagnon, Executive Director of HealtHIE Nevada. “Collective has proven its value through partnerships with other state HIEs by providing valuable and actionable insights at the point of care. We look forward to working with Collective to empower Nevada providers to deliver the best possible patient care.”

Collective’s real-time, risk adjusted event notification and care collaboration platform serves all points of care across emergent, inpatient, post-acute, mental and behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as stakeholders in ACOs and health plans. Collective’s technology has been proven to significantly reduce hospital readmissions. According to an article published by Healthcare IT News, Legacy Salmon Creek in Vancouver, Washington, reduced its all-cause 30-day readmission rate by 24.9 percent and overall ED visit rate by identified high utilizers by 81 percent.

“We’re grateful to get to work with HealtHIE Nevada and the NHA to demonstrate how care coordination can meaningfully impact avoidable hospital readmissions,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “Together, we’re advancing interoperability to the next level to enable true clinical collaboration at scale.”

HealtHIE Nevada and Collective Medical plan to begin offering their combined services by the fall of 2019. Learn more about Collective’s impact at