Sunrise Children’s Hospital Opens Dedicated Cardiac Care Unit Specializing in “Little Hearts”

By | Hospitals, Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital is celebrating the opening of the only inpatient pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in the Nevada today. The CICU is 12,000SF unit dedicated to the treatment of congenital heart defects, heart rhythm disturbances and heart disease in infants and children.

Each year, the multidisciplinary care team of Sunrise Children’s Hospital administers life-preserving treatment to more than 500 “little hearts”. The new unit features 14 family-friendly rooms and includes bedside cardiac-care capability to augment the work of a team of renowned pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons, intensivists and pediatric sub-specialists who are available for consultation and treatment.

The new CICU nests inside the state’s largest and most comprehensive children’s hospital that also features a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with the ability to treat the sickest children in need of the highest level of care.

“When a child or infant needs to come to Sunrise Children’s Hospital for care, there are now three critical care areas equipped with highly specialized staff and supported by a world-class medical staff who are fully committed to improving a little one’s outcome,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “As a community dedicated to healing, a pediatric cardiac ICU replete with the right technology and the right specialists makes the most sense.”

Sunrise Children’s Hospital CICU benefits from a dedicated inpatient pediatric pharmacy. When an infant or child needs to come to the hospital for care, a Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Team is available at a moment’s notice. Specialized inpatient pediatric rehabilitation and child life specialists who help take the focus from pain and fear to healing and recovery round out the unique aspects of the service line.


Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Pads for Pēds Announce Partnership, First Endowment

By | Grants/Endowments, Philanthropy/Giving, Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces a new partnership with Walker Charities and their Pads for Pēds program to bring Apple iPad® “Lending Libraries” and digital entertainment tools to Las Vegas pediatric patients. A philanthropic organization that is assisting children in hospitals across the nation, the library comprises computer tablets with protective cases and charging stations that pediatric patients may use during their hospital stay.

Recently, the Pads for Pēds collaboration with Sunrise Children’s Hospital brought two new Apple iPad® ‘Lending Libraries’ to pediatric patients. The new computing gear includes ten tablets, cases and charging stations. The partnership supplies a pipeline of donations to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in offering comfort, diversion and education for young patients. The organizations intend to work together in the coming years to bring additional tools to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in their joint goals.

“Through the donation from Pads for Pēds, we can help make our pediatric patients still feel like kids during their hospital stay by providing technology they relate to and look forward to using,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful for the donation and using this collaboration to improve healing.”

Pads for Pēds was born from a Walker experience that provided a single Apple iPad® to an ailing boy in Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota. Founders Brian and Diane Walker felt strongly that many more children and families could be touched through use of these amazing devices, so they sought to find ways to collaborate with great children’s hospitals across the country. To date, Pads for Pēds has delivered more than 125 tablets and related support equipment to their partner hospitals, now including Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Tablets and digital gaming devices give patients distraction from their pain. Studies have shown Apple iPad® and other electronic devices help patients retain focus so that anxiety is often reduced. These studies found comparable anxiety reduction with the use of Midazolam, a common sedative. In addition to distraction and entertainment, Apple iPad® can be used for health education of patients and family and provide children the opportunity to connect via video chat and messaging. Partner hospitals are also finding even more ways to improve patient experiences with these emerging technologies.

Benefitting hospitals include Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Children’s Minneapolis, Portland Shriner’s, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Pads for Pēds is preparing to add additional children’s hospital partnerships during 2019. Since inception, all foundation funding has been privately provided. The group now seeks new corporate sponsorships and additional private donations. Charity updates and paths to donations can be found on Facebook at or on their website at



Centennial Hills Hospital to Begin Work on New Patient Tower

By | Developments, Press Release

Centennial Hills Hospital is proud to announce a master plan project that will begin with the build-out of a new, five-story patient tower expansion project in 2019.

Phase one, valued at an estimated $95 million, will add 56 patient beds, increasing the total bed count from 262 to 318 beds. This addition will provide increased capacity in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate and Medical Surgical Units across the hospital. The project will also expand key departments, including the inpatient pharmacy, surgical services, and the post-anesthesia care unit. 

“As Northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and our outlying communities continue to grow, our goal is to meet the demand for expanded services,” explained Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “When all five floors of the new patient tower are completely built out, the hospital’s total capacity will reach 390 beds. This continued expansion aligns with our commitment to meet our community’s requests and keep care close to home.”

News of the five-story tower expansion comes less than two years after Centennial Hills Hospital built out the final two floors of its eight-story tower, adding 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces. Since 2017, Centennial Hills Hospital has also added biplane angiography capabilities to treat stroke and other neurosurgical diseases, an advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, and another 12 mother-baby rooms to meet increased demand for maternity services.

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 262-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Spring Valley Hospital Earns National Recognition for Safety in Surgery

By | Press Release, Recognition

Spring Valley Hospital has earned the Go Clear Award™ for its achievement in eliminating hazardous smoke from its surgical procedures.

The Go Clear Award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to recognize health care facilities that have committed to providing increased surgical patient and healthcare worker safety by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during surgery. Spring Valley Hospital earned its award by undergoing comprehensive surgical smoke education and testing and for providing the medical devices and resources necessary to evacuate surgical smoke during all smoke-generating procedures. It is one of just 27 hospitals nationwide to achieve the award so far.

“This is another advancement to improve the health and safety of our patients and staff,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “It reduces smoke exposure to our patients, but it also has a significant impact on our surgical staff and surgeons. Inhaling and absorbing surgical smoke over multiple surgeries over multiple days, weeks and months can affect one’s health.”

Surgical smoke is the unwanted by-product of energy-generating devices that are used in 90 percent of all surgeries. Its contents include toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, viruses, bacteria, blood and cancer cells. Inhalation and absorption of surgical smoke pose serious health risks to patients and surgical staff. Studies compare the inhalation of smoke from vaporized human tissue to the smoke created by cigarettes; the average daily impact of surgical smoke to the surgical team is equivalent to inhaling 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes. Today, it is estimated only 50 percent of healthcare workers across the U.S. understand the hazards of smoke exposure.

“Total evacuation needs to become the standard for all procedures that generate surgical smoke,” said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, CEO/Executive Director of AORN. “With this award, Spring Valley Hospital is demonstrating its deep commitment to the health and safety of its staff and community.”

MountainView Hospital Earns National Award for Quality – Named Among the Top Teaching Hospitals in the U.S.

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, MountainView Hospital has been named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.

“We are quite honored to be receiving this award, so shortly after launching our graduate medical education program,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition honors the hard work by so many people to create a world-class residency program in Las Vegas. We have worked hard to recruit the right faculty members and residents, while creating a culture of learning at every level within MountainView Hospital.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, MountainView Hospital received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 35 Top General Hospitals
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, MountainView has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Las Vegas requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium is based at MountainView Hospital, with additional programs at Southern Hills Hospital and specialty rotations at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Founded in 2015, and ushering in its inaugural class in 2016, the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium encompasses Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and Anesthesiology.

“It is with much humility that we receive this award, and we understand that with it comes much responsibility,” said Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “MountainView will continue to pursue excellence in our resident education programs as we evolve to meet the community needs.”

Henderson Hospital Earns National Award for Quality

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital Award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony on December 4, 2018.

“When we opened on October 31, 2016, our team understood that our culture was based on keeping patients safe during every single patient interaction, which equates to hundreds of touch points during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director, Henderson Hospital. “It begins with our environment and extends to our hands-on patient care, our analysis of big data to continually find ways to improve, the behind-the-scenes work by pharmacists and nursing staff to prevent medication errors, and ongoing education with our hospital team and medical staff on policies, protocols, technology and bundles (a series of particular steps) for better outcomes.

“To receive the Top General Hospital award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees and medical staff,” said Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest awards we can receive in our hospital’s young history.”

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group, this fall.

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Henderson Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally as one of 118 hospitals:

  • 35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Henderson Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Henderson and other patients throughout Southern Nevada requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

Desert Springs Hospital Joins Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)

By | Press Release, Recognition

Desert Springs Hospital has earned recognition status with the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a nursing education and consultation program focused on the care of older adults. The recognition underscores Desert Springs Hospital’s ongoing dedication to geriatric care and its implementation of system-wide interventions and initiatives, ranging from staff education to providing helpful information for patients and their families.

“We know a significant number of our patients are at least 65 years old, and arriving for emergency care, a procedure or surgery, recovery time in our acute rehabilitation unit, or assistance through our geropsychiatric center,” said Andrea Davis, Chief Operating Officer for Desert Springs Hospital. “We want to ensure we are providing the specialized care and resources that benefit our senior population. As a NICHE-recognized hospital, we can adopt additional best practices and utilize exceptional materials and education.” 

The NICHE program of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing helps develop age-friendly care for older adults across the continuum. To earn the recognition, Desert Springs Hospital submitted a comprehensive report of their program activities for review by NYU Meyers faculty. NYU Meyers faculty recommends recognition status based on pre-established criteria.

“Desert Springs Hospital is working diligently to meet the needs of older adult patients,” says Mattia Gilmartin PhD, RN, FAAN of NICHE. “The organization’s capacity to bring together geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care, and marks it as an up-and-coming leader in the field.”


Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) is a nursing education and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in healthcare organizations. The NICHE program of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing provides resources for nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve organizational goals for the care of older adult patients. For more information visit


What’s Your Move Southern Nevada?

By | Press Release

Health District and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services host 5K Run/Walk to kick off Move Your Way Campaign

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are hosting a free 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk Saturday, Feb. 9 to promote the department’s updated physical activity guidelines for children and adults and to launch its new Move Your Way campaign and website. The event is open to everyone and will be held at Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Rd., North Las Vegas. Event check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. To register, visit The event is free, but registration is required, and space is limited. For additional information about the event, call the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270 or visit the Get Healthy Clark County or Viva Saludable websites.

The 2nd edition of the DHHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans includes physical activity recommendations as well as new information about additional benefits related to brain health and fall-related injuries; immediate and longer-term health benefits for how people feel, function, and sleep; risks of sedentary behavior; guidance for preschool children between the ages of 3 and 5; and tested strategies that can be used to get people to be more active.

With 2019 underway, the Southern Nevada Health District challenges everyone to become more physically active. The Move Your Way campaign encourages people to discover the new physical activity guidelines and how to incorporate them into everyday life. Move Your Way has planners to help people stay on track to attain better fitness. The Southern Nevada Health District’s Get Healthy Clark County and Viva Saludable websites also offer free, online programs that can help increase physical activity. Online programs include Walk Around Nevada and Neon to Nature. Additional programs include tools and resources about healthy eating, nutritional information tips, smoking cessation, and resources to help maintain a healthier lifestyle.

In Clark County, one in four adults is sedentary, meaning he or she did not participate in any leisure-time physical activity in the past month. A sedentary lifestyle increases the risks of developing heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, as well as becoming obese.

 Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: Follow the Health District on Facebook:, YouTube:, Twitter:, and Instagram: The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website:

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Accepts Special Delivery of Preemie Buddies to Neonatal ICU to Promote Baby Bonding

By | Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital gratefully accepted a soft and cuddly supply of Preemie Buddies today from the compassionate sponsors at the Desert Sage Auxiliary of the Assistance League. Purchased from the Shadow Buddies Foundation, the Preemie Buddy serves as a special form of communication between baby and parents, provides companionship and comfort and is a useful tool for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff.

Made of soft sheepskin material, dressed in a pink or blue layette, the Preemie Buddy is designed to promote “bonding” with the baby and parents soon after the baby’s birth. The Preemie Buddy itself is placed in the isolette with the baby while the layette (gown) on the Preemie Buddy goes home for the parents to hold next to their skin. In a day or two when the human scent is absorbed, the Preemie Buddy, re-dressed in gown, works to bring baby and parent closer together through the sense of smell. Weighing about 1.4 oz., the buddies are 7” high and meet FDA requirements.


Boris Decourt, Ph.D., Joins Cleveland Clinic Nevada

By | Press Release, Recognition

Boris Decourt, Ph.D., Joins Cleveland Clinic Nevada to Lead Center’s First Translational Neurodegeneration Research Lab

Neurobiologist will enhance research capabilities with the addition of translational research to help create new therapies and improve clinical outcomes

Cleveland Clinic Nevada welcomes Boris Decourt, Ph.D., as assistant staff to spearhead its first Translational Neurodegeneration Research Lab. 

Decourt, a neurobiologist, brings 15 years of experience to the center’s robust research program, most recently serving as an assistant research professor at Arizona State University. Through his work in fundamental science – a branch of science that provides a foundation of knowledge essential for applying discoveries to patient care – Cleveland Clinic Nevada will now be able to broaden the scope of its clinical trials program.

The addition of this new research capability cultivates an environment for translational research, which builds on basic scientific research to create new therapies, medical procedures, or diagnostics. This will allow physicians to readily apply what’s learned in the research lab to clinical care, helping to improve overall patient outcomes.

 “We are thrilled to add a talent like Dr. Decourt to our team, which allows us to elevate our research capabilities through our inaugural Translational Neurodegeneration Research Lab right here in Las Vegas,” said Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., FAAN, CCRI, director of the Camille and Larry Ruvo Endowed Chair for Brain Health at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Cleveland Clinic remains committed to innovation and Dr. Decourt’s expertise and ability to conduct fundamental research will be instrumental in exploring new treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease.”                                                                  

Decourt received his doctorate of philosophy in neuroscience and pharmacology from The University of Bordeaux in France. He has since conducted nearly 10 influential research projects, specifically targeting early treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease in association with Arizona Alzheimer’s Research Consortium and an Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellowship, among others. In his new role, he will be working in conjunction with physicians on a variety of research projects out of the Translational Neurodegeneration Research Lab located at Roseman University.

“The ultimate goal of my research is to slow down or cure neurodegenerative diseases with early treatment interventions, and I can’t think of a better place to continue my work than Cleveland Clinic Nevada,” said Decourt. “I am enthused by Dr. Sabbagh and the entire Cleveland Clinic team’s proactive approach to the research of neurodegenerative disease and look forward to working alongside them in pursuit of new treatment options for those suffering from these debilitating diseases.”

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Nevada, visit