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 was 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.”

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

Spring Valley Hospital Earns National Recognition for Safety in Surgery

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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 health care 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% of health care 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.” 

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium to Celebrate Opening of New Simulation Center

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SIM Center Supports Resident Education and Physician Development with equipment such as Virtual Reality

What: The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium will celebrate the opening of its new Simulation Center. The SIM Center is an interactive learning facility where residents can practice and hone their skills.

The facility, open 24-7 to compliment full-access learning, includes tools such as “SIM Mom” and “SIM Man” and robotic surgery. The center is also home to a virtual reality console, one of two in North America.

The Sunrise Health SIM Center was supported in part through a grant from the State of Nevada to further physician development and resident educational opportunities in our state.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Where: Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium

MountainView Hospital Campus

2880 N. Tenaya Way

First Floor

Las Vegas, NV 89128

Who: Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium

·         GME faculty, residents and staff

·         Local Sunrise Health hospital leadership

·         Local, state and federal elected officials


‘Tis the Season to be Healthy! Get Your Flu Shot.

By | Press Release

The Health District encourages Southern Nevadans to get immunized during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8

‘Tis the season! During the holiday season people traditionally spend more time with friends and family and less time getting vaccinated against the flu. The demand for flu vaccine typically decreases after the end of November, and National Influenza Vaccination Week, scheduled for December 2-8, highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. It is not too late to get vaccinated this flu season, and the Southern Nevada Health District offers flu shots at its clinics located throughout Clark County. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the agency’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page.

Although flu activity in Southern Nevada is low, there have been 20 confirmed hospitalizations reported in Clark County through November 17. During the 2017-2018 flu season, the Health District reported 980 hospitalizations and 62 deaths, including three in individuals under the age of 18.

For the 2018-2019 season, there are several different flu vaccine options available, including the high-dose immunization for adults older than 65. Manufacturers project they will provide between 163 million and 168 million doses of injectable flu vaccine this season, and immunizations are available at locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for everyone age 6 months and older, especially people who are at risk from serious complications as well as pregnant women.

“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to fight the flu. We encourage people to get their flu shots now if they have not been vaccinated so they can enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it is the best way to prevent the virus as well as the serious complications that can occur if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization. According to the CDC, a 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and length of stay in the ICU, as well as the overall duration of a hospital stay among flu patients. In addition, a 2018 study showed that among adults who were in the hospital with influenza, vaccinated patients were 59 percent less likely to be admitted to an ICU. Among pregnant women, a flu vaccine can protect the baby from the flu for several months after birth; infants younger than 6 months old are too young to receive a flu shot.

Even when vaccine effectiveness is in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

The Health District offers flu shots at the following clinic locations. Clients should arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 


  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Available by appoint by only. Call (702) 759-0960.
  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Available by appoint by only. Call (702) 759-1682. If calling locally from Mesquite, dial (702) 346-9161.


UNLV Becomes First Accredited School of Public Health in Nevada

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School of Community Health Sciences now among 66 schools in the world recognized by the Council of Education for Public Health

The School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has been designated as the first accredited school of public health in Nevada by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). There are currently only 66 schools around the world with this distinction, recognizing its efforts to provide quality education and prepare students for impactful careers in public health after graduation.

“Following a comprehensive and rigorous review process, we are thrilled to be the first CEPH-accredited school of public health in the state,” said Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences. “This is a significant achievement for the School and a reflection of the hard work of faculty and staff to provide quality education and prepare students for impactful careers in public health after graduation. We remain dedicated to achieving academic excellence in collaboration with CEPH and the UNLV community.”

This announcement follows the School’s recent accomplishment of acquiring prestigious accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME) for its Master in Health Care Administration and Executive Master in Health Care Administration programs—the only CAHME-accredited programs in Nevada. The School’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Policy program is also certified by the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

Previously, SCHS held CEPH accreditation for its Master in Public Health program in June 2013. Because the accreditation is transitioning from a CEPH program to a CEPH school of public health, the accreditation is retroactive and will be recognized from that date. Students who graduated from any SCHS program after June 2013 will be able to cite that they attended a CEPH-accredited institution. 

CEPH is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. (Learn more about CEPH accreditation and procedures at 

For more information on the School of Community Health Sciences (or to enroll in one of our accredited programs), visit Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Fellowship Trained and Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Rachel Shirley

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired fellowship trained breast surgeon, Rachel Shirley, DO. She will see patients at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, NV 89144, located on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. 

As for Dr. Shirley’s patient philosophy, she says, “I believe it is important for patients to understand the treatment process but to also know all of their options regarding their breast cancer care. As this is a very difficult experience for both the patients and their families, I always strive to provide compassionate care while guiding them through this journey.”

Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Shirley completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Specialized fellowship programs in breast surgery are relatively new and offer specific training and management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast. She was also General Surgery Resident and Chief Resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. Dr. Shirley is board-certified in general surgery.

Dr. Shirley graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. 

Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission

By | Certification, Press Release

Spring Valley Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in August 2018. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Sepsis can be a life-threatening medical emergency, caused by the body’s excessive response to an infection. If not treated quickly and effectively, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputation or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 178 Nevadans died from sepsis in 2016*. Nationally, sepsis accounted for over 200,000 annual deaths according to a July 2016 article in Critical Care Medicine.** The illness gained greater recognition when actress Patty Duke died in March 2016 from complications related to sepsis after her spleen ruptured.

Sepsis can be caused by bacterial infections – anything from a urinary tract infection to a nicked cuticle – but also by more serious diagnoses like pneumonia, kidney infections or bloodstream infections. “The infection generates the sepsis,” explained Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “The risk of death by sepsis increases when treatment is delayed, so much of our work focuses on the early recognition and treatment of sepsis in the emergency and inpatient settings.” 

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with consensus-based national standards; the effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Among the key initiatives in place at Spring Valley Hospital are ongoing education of the early recognition of sepsis in patient care settings and ongoing review of the key metrics associated with the early recognition of sepsis. These include rapid turn-around time on lactic acid levels that indicate the extent of the sepsis, early blood cultures to identify the infection source, and swift administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Quick identification and treatment of sepsis with antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids can save lives, decrease the severity of the illness, reduce the patients’ hospital length of stay, and increase the patients’ chances of going home instead of to an extended care facility.

To recognize the signs of sepsis, learn the TIME acronym:
T          Temperature – Is higher or lower than normal
I           Infection – May have signs or symptoms of an infection
M         Mental Decline – Might be confused, sleepy or difficult to waken or rouse
E          Extremely Ill – Severe pain, discomfort, “I feel like I might die.”

“We are proud to receive the Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Freehof.  “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”  




LVMPD Abuse Neglect and Sunrise Hospital Discuss the Dangers of Co-Sleeping

By | Press Release

Today, November 8th, 2018, Lieutenant Leon Desimone from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) Abuse Neglect Section and Dr. Kelly Kogut, Medical Director, Children’s Surgery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital discussed the dangers of co-sleeping with infants. So far this year, detectives have investigated 23 sleep related deaths.  Five of those deaths came in the month of October.  These deaths affect the families of the deceased, friends and often are the cause of broken relationships. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (also called AAP) recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing. Room-sharing may lower your baby’s risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. SIDS is the unexplained death of a baby younger than one-year-old. Bed-sharing may put your baby at risk for SIDS and other dangers, like suffocation. 

During co-sleeping or bed-sharing, a baby can be hurt by: 

• Getting trapped by the bed’s frame, headboard or footboard

• Getting stuck between the bed and the wall, furniture or other objects

• Falling off the bed

• Being suffocated by pillows, blankets or quilts or from laying facedown

• Having another person roll on top of him


ABC’s of safe sleep:

                Alone – A baby should always sleep alone.

                Back – A baby should always sleep on their back.

                Crib – A baby should always sleep in a crib.


ER at Green Valley Ranch Opens November 12, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

By | Press Release

ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of Henderson Hospital, will begin seeing patients at 7:30 a.m. today.

The freestanding emergency department, located on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, will provide 24-hour emergency care every day of the year. It is staffed with the same medical personnel and equipped with the same diagnostictechnology available in Henderson Hospital’s emergency department, including an on-site laboratory, CT scanner and imaging equipment.

“We are excited to extend our hospital into the Green Valley community,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We can care for the same types of emergencies and illnesses our hospital-based ER handles. Now through March are historically very busy times for area emergency departments, and we’re pleased we’re opening in time to help alleviate some of the longer wait times people may experience.”

ER at Green Valley Ranch is the first freestanding emergency department in The Valley Health System. A second facility, ER at Blue Diamond, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, will open in summer 2019. 

The address for ER at Green Valley Ranch is 2581 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, NV. 

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson 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 Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit. In Fall 2018, the hospital received an “A” grade by Leapfrog for its patient safety outcomes.



Henderson Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Henderson Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national 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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes are the foundation of our culture,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “This ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog validates our hard work, and is a direct reflection of both our hospital staff and medical staff’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Henderson that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see the 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.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson 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 Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, and advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine.