MountainView Hospital Earns Two Distinguished 3-Star Ratings for Heart Surgery Procedures

By | Press Release, Recognition

Ratings place MountainView among elite healthcare providers in the nation

MountainView Hospital has earned two distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR) procedures and mitral valve repairs and replacements with coronary artery bypass graft procedures (MVRR+CABG). The three-star ratings, which denotes the highest category of quality and is the highest rating available, places MountainView Hospital among the elite of all heart surgery centers in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve this community with the most advanced technology and outstanding staff.”

For isolated mitral valve procedures, only 10 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. For MVRR+CABG procedures, only 8 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. The latest analysis of data for valve surgery covers a 3-year period, from January 2016 to December 2018, and 992 participants. 

“At MountainView Hospital, we have built a true comprehensive heart program with a philosophy based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “Our aim has been to build a comprehensive cardiovascular surgery center of excellence, and not just be a hospital that performs cardiac surgery.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). It is the most comprehensive and largest database in the world of cardiac surgery data.

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

The STS ACSD houses more than 6.1 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVSA) provides a unique model for Las Vegas for providing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery care. MountainView Hospital has built a team unparalleled for heart care in Nevada, consisting of three board-certified surgeons, four mid-levels, 24-7 coverage in-house and dedicated intensivists.

The procedures and depth of services available also distinguishes MountainView Hospital for its unique, comprehensive cardiac surgery program. MountainView offers the full spectrum of interventions for structural heart diseases to recovery through in-patient rehabilitation and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

HealtHIE Nevada Partners with RosettaHealth to Enhance Connectivity, Efficiency of Nevada’s Health Information Exchange

By | Press Release

HealtHIE Nevada, the statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Nevada, has partnered with RosettaHealth to accelerate and improve the connectivity of providers’ electronic health records. Under the partnership and effective immediately, HealtHIE Nevada utilizes RosettaHealth’s HealthBus solution as a “universal translator” of health data transport protocols.

This solution allows HealtHIE Nevada to more easily register new patients and provide health records to all providers, during and after any episode of care. For health care facilities, this technology allows them to easily share patient data and access the medical records contained in the HIE directly from within their own EHRs. This enhanced ability to retrieve patient data from HealtHIE Nevada is key in reducing physician burnout and streamlining use of the full patient-centric medical record contained in the HIE.

“This collaboration equates to a more seamless experience for providers as well as patients throughout the Silver State,” said Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “Thanks to our partnership with RosettaHealth, we’ll be able to improve access to patient data and expand our offerings. This includes the enhancement of patient-centered data home capabilities and the sharing of medical records for patients in need of care in-state and outside of Nevada.”

“HealtHIE Nevada is the prime example of a cutting-edge HIE that is leading the way when it comes to health data exchange,” said Buff Colchagoff, CEO of RosettaHealth. “We are very excited about helping the organization to further advance its mission of enhancing the quality of care and outcomes for patients in the State of Nevada.”

HealthBus is a SaaS-based solution that enables full HIE capabilities for sending and receiving all standardized exchange formats, such as IHE (push, query-retrieve), Health Level-7 (HL7) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), direct messaging and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). HealthBus offers real-time network analytics capabilities, which include detailed connection status as well as metrics and logs about each facility, feed or protocol.

HealtHIE Nevada currently partners with more than 70 organizations throughout the state, including physicians, hospitals, labs and other health care organizations. It continues to grow HIE participants, safely and securely managing clinical patient data. Patient encounters, medication information, medical images, test results and care summaries are delivered instantly, accurately and securely when and where they are needed, allowing professionals to focus on the patient at the point of care.

HealtHIE Nevada ultimately improves the quality of care delivered by reducing time spent searching for medical records, mitigating duplicate testing and facilitating better care coordination, which increases patient satisfaction and helps achieve better health outcomes. For more information about HealtHIE Nevada, visit, contact or call 855-4-THE-HIE.

About HealtHIE Nevada

HealtHIE Nevada is a private, nonprofit, community-based health information exchange dedicated to connecting healthcare organizations by managing real time, secure, and accurate exchange of clinical information. Certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, HealtHIE Nevada operates throughout the entire state, and is the only HIE open and available to the entire Nevada healthcare community. Ensuring data security and privacy, HealtHIE Nevada is certified by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission’s Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program. To learn more, visit, or follow HealtHIE Nevada on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About RosettaHealth

The RosettaHealth platform is making electronic health record exchange affordable and ubiquitous. Currently, more than two million health records move across the platform per month. The SaaS platform enables efficiencies, scale and ease not seen before in records exchange. For more information about RosettaHealth, please click here.

Las Vegas Rescue Mission & Urban Underdogs Team Up to Hold Socks and Dog Booties Drive for the Homeless and their Pets

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The heat is rising around the Las Vegas Valley, making the pavement and roads dangerous to both humans and animals. Understanding this unique need, Las Vegas Rescue Mission (LVRM), a nonprofit that provides aid to the homeless and hurting members of the southern Nevada community, is teaming up with Urban Underdogs Corp., a non-profit organization created to help animals in underserved communities in the Las Vegas Valley, to hold a socks and dog paw booties drive for homeless residents and their pets. The drive will run from May 27 until June 14.

“We are always in need of new, clean socks for the guests of the shelter,” said Heather Williams, director of development for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. “Our partner organization, Urban Underdogs Corp., came up with the brilliant idea to supply homeless pets with booties to protect their feet from the hot pavement during the summer months. Knowing that many homeless residents are also pet parents, we thought we can help alleviate two needs at the same time.” 

“For those of us who live in homes, we have the luxury of making the choice of walking our pets in the early hours or late evenings, avoiding the heat of the day.  Unfortunately, for the pets of the homeless, they have no choice. We must do everything we can to protect their paws” said Cynthia Miyamoto CEO and Founder of Urban Underdogs Corp. 

For homeless residents, the public can donate new pairs of socks for men, women and children and/or dog paw booties at the following locations during regular hours of operation:

·         Las Vegas Rescue Mission, 480 W Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89106

·         The Ferraro Group, 9205 W. Russell Rd, Ste 340, Las Vegas, NV 89148

  • Allstate Insurance, 1945 Village Center Cir. #150, Las Vegas, NV 89134
  • Allstate Insurance, 8919 W. Sahara Ave #150, Las Vegas, NV 89117
  • Sahara Pines Animal Hospital, 6533 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

For more information on the Socks and Booties Drive, including drop off locations and ways to donate for pet booties, please visit the Las Vegas Rescue Mission website,   

About Las Vegas Rescue Mission

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission has been assisting homeless men, women and children in the community for nearly five decades. Since our beginning in 1970, the Mission has been providing food to the hungry every day, shelter to the homeless, and an addiction recovery and back-to-work program for those who have lost their way. The Mission started with a small storefront building that included the chapel, kitchen and shelter that was able to house a few men. Today, the Mission campus takes up two city blocks in Downtown Las Vegas, helping hundreds of men, women and children daily, and providing approximately 30,000 meals each month. As a nonprofit Christian organization, the Mission receives no government support, except for a small grant specifically for food. It provides services to all people without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, religion or disability.

About Urban Underdogs Corp

Urban Underdogs Corp was founded in May 2016 with the vision of serving underserved animals in the Las Vegas Valley.  We understand the difficult decisions people must sometimes make after losing a job, a house or wondering where their next meal will come from.  For their pets, who have no voice, it can be the difference between life or death.  Urban Underdogs takes a very proactive approach to saving lives. We are not a rescue, but a means to keep companion pets out of our local shelters and rescues and with their human.  We do this through our Animals (pet food assistance), Nip n Tuck (Spay & Neuter) and No Cooties (Vaccine) programs. We always say we are “Tiny but Mighty’ and in 2018 we touched the lives of over 750 pets in needs and this year we are on pace to help even more. We are a Nevada 501c3 nonprofit corporation.  We have no paid employees, and do the work we do through the generosity of our community and our amazing volunteers.  


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 2008 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

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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.