WGU Kicks off 2020 with $1.5 Million in Scholarships

By | Press Release, Recognition

New Year Scholarship will enable 750 working adults will go back to school

In its largest scholarship offering to date, Western Governors University (WGU) will award $1.5 million in scholarships to busy adults who would like to earn a college degree on a schedule that fits their lives, $150,000 will be awarded in Nevada. 

The New Year Scholarship, valued at up to $2,000 per student and open to new students enrolling in any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at WGU, is designed to help more Americans build better lives for themselves and their families through higher education. Degree tracks include programs in business, information technology, education, and health professions. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.  

“I had been working in industry for 25 years already and had so much knowledge and experience I was bringing to the table, so I was able to move through the program at a comfortable pace and take as many courses as I could handle at one time without changing the price of tuition,” said Gina Mastromarino, WGU Nevada graduate 2014 with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). “WGU was a great value and based on my fantastic experience, I would recommend it to anyone thinking of going back to school.”

 The scholarships will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, reducing already-low tuition by about 15% for the average undergraduate degree. Recipients may renew their award up to four terms. Multiple scholarships will be awarded through a competitive program based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, current competency, and other considerations.

“One of the many advantages of WGU Nevada is the ability for a student to go at his or her own pace, allowing each student to be one step closer to attaining their goals,” said Chancellor Spencer Stewart of WGU Nevada. “The New Year Scholarship is an added incentive for students looking to go back to school to make that decision to go back to school in order to enter the careers they want.”

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know, so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives and advancing as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money. 

 To learn more about WGU’s New Year Scholarship or to apply, visit wgu.edu/NY2020.  

Dr. John and Shelley Rhodes Recipients of the 2019 Heitkotter Award

By | Awards, Press Release, Recognition

Dr. John Rhodes, senior medical director for the Mountain West Region of primary and adult medicine for Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, and his wife Shelley have been recognized for their longtime contributions by Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School as recipients of the school’s 2019 Heitkotter Award.

“We have been blessed by the many contributions John and Shelley have made to Faith Lutheran, whether to help build buildings or young lives, and are excited to honor them with Faith’s highest award,” said Dr. Steve Buuck, CEO and administrator of Faith Lutheran.

Dr. and Mrs. Rhodes are the parents of four Faith Lutheran graduates and were co-chairs of the “You Gotta Have Faith” capital campaign that raised nearly $6 million toward construction of the school’s chapel and performing arts center. They were also catalysts for the creation of the Mark 10:14 program to help developmentally disabled students like their son, Clayton, who recently became the first student with Down Syndrome to graduate from UNLV.

The Rhodes also began the annual Mark 10:14 Barbecue at the school several years ago and have since helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the program.

 

Cynthia Johnson, RN, MSN, MHA Promoted to CNO

By | Press Release, Recognition

Cynthia “Cyndi” Johnson, RN, MSN, MHA, a 40-year healthcare executive veteran and Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been promoted to Chief Nursing Officer. The announcement was made today by Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Johnson joined Sunrise Hospital in April 2019 from Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California, one of Sunrise Hospital’s partner hospitals in HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division, where she served as CNO for six years. During her Los Robles tenure, she was responsible for developing Nursing Practice Councils, implementing DAISY and Leadership Award recognition programs, and achieving American Nursing Credential Center-Pathways to Excellence Designation Certification Accreditation. Johnson’s other executive roles include: CNO, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri; CNO, Menorah Medical Center, Overland, Kansas; and CNO, Baptist Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

“Sunrise Hospital is honored to have a patient-centered nurse executive of Cyndi’s caliber guiding our nursing program,” said Sklamberg, “Her broad scope of executive leadership includes developing work

redesign teams that assist nurses in streamlining processes affecting patient care and working collaboratively with nurses and physicians to resolve care issues and more effectively improve the customer service experience.”

Johnson achieved her Master of Science in Nursing from the Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a Master of Arts, Health Services Management from Webster University, Kansas City Missouri. Her professional affiliations include: American College of Healthcare Executives; American Organization of Nurse Executives; National Association of Female Executives; Sigma Theta Tau International; and American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National & Local.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults. To learn more about Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit www.sunrisehospital.com or Sunrise Children’s Hospital at www.sunrisechildrenshospital.com.

 

For Third Time – 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 again earned two distinguished three-star ratings, which denotes the highest category of quality, 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). This is the third time in a row MountainView Hospital has received these ratings.

The three-star ratings denotes the highest category of quality and places MountainView Hospital among the top quality performing 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 puts quality patient care at the forefront of everything that we do, resulting in sustainable, long-term positive results for the patient,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve our community with the most advanced technology and outstanding staff.”

For isolated mitral valve procedures, only 6 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating.  For MVRR+CABG procedures, only 9 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 July 2016 to June 2019, and 986 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 Task Force on Quality Measurement. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.9 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of hospitals 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.

MountainView Hospital is Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the third ‘A’ in a row that MountainView Hospital has received from the Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

 “Receiving a third A Hospital Safety grade demonstrates the deep commitment of MountainView Hospital and its employees to the safer care of our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This third consecutive 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.”

“A hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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 Fall 2019 update. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org 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 MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

 

 

Henderson Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Hospital awarded three consecutive ‘A’ Grades

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction  recognizing the acute care hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The designation is Henderson Hospital’s third consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

The third ‘A’ grade follows The Leapfrog Group’s earlier recognition of Henderson Hospital as one of only 35 Top General Hospitals in the United States in December 2018. The Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

“After recently celebrating our third anniversary of providing care to our community, earning this third ‘A’ grade is a nice way to kick off a new year,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Every shift, every day begins with a commitment by our hospital staff and medical staff to provide safe, high-quality healthcare. Together, we’ve built this foundation of patient safety within three years of opening, and that’s a direct reflection of our team’s duty, dedication and devotion to our patients, their families and one another.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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.

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Henderson Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org 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, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. Henderson Hospital has received multiple patient safety awards from The Leapfrog Group in 2018 and 2019, including its Top General Hospital award, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. In spring 2019, Henderson Hospital was also awarded its second consecutive “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group. 

 

MountainView Hospital is a Five-Star Recipient from Healthgrades in Numerous Patient Care Areas

By | Press Release, Recognition

MountainView Hospital Excels in cardiac, neurosciences, pulmonary, critical care and labor & deliver outcomes according to Healthgrades

MountainView Hospital is 5-star rated for several procedures and conditions according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The areas in which MountainView Hospital received 5-stars was:

·         Cardiac: Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures in 2020

·         Critical Care:

o   Recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Critical Care Excellence Award

o   Names Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2020

o   Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

o   Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

·         Labor and Delivery: Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)

·         Neurosciences: Five-Star Recipient of Treatment of Stroke in 2020

·         Pulmonary: Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)

This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided*. A 5-star rating indicates that MountainView’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

“MountainView Hospital is pleased that its commitment to patient safety is recognized by outside organizations such as Healthgrades,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “All of these recognitions signifies our passion for providing timely, accurate, safe care to each and every patient – every time.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

 

Southwest Medical’s Diana Quach Earns ‘Bowl of Hygeia’ Award

By | Recognition

Diana Quach, Pharm.D. (doctor of pharmacy) and clinical pharmacy manager at Southwest Medical Pharmacy, was recently presented with the 2019 “Bowl of Hygeia Award” at the annual meeting of the Nevada Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The award was established in 1958 and is managed through a cooperative of pharmacy associations including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the APhA Foundation. 

This award recognizes one pharmacist in each participating state who possesses outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in their communities. The award is presented annually by the state pharmacy association and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards.

 

 

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes MountainView Hospital

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MountainView Hospital is named a High Performing Hospital among an elite group of hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

 The U.S. News & World Report has named MountainView Hospital as a High Performing Hospital, in the areas of Heart Failure and COPD, for 2019/2020. Of more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award.

The U.S. News & World Report generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals to help patients decide where to receive their medical care. Rankings includes ratings in various adult medical specialties and procedures or conditions. The “High Performing Hospitals” emblem recognizes excellence in one or more types of medical care 

To be ranked nationally in a specialty, a hospital must excel in treating and caring for the most medically complex and severe patients. The publication evaluates hospitals in certain procedures and conditions, and assigns each hospital a rating of high performing, average or below average in each procedure or condition. MountainView Hospital has achieved the highest rating possible in two procedures or conditions: Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

“This reputable recognition of the care we provide for patients undergoing heart failure and COPD continues to remind us that every day is about our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We thank and congratulate our care teams for their consistent dedication to our patients and the quality of their care and safety.

In each of the specialties, procedures, and conditions U.S. News & World Report evaluated, only 10 percent to 26 percent of hospitals were rated High Performing. With the more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent the publication’s rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award at all. MountainView Hospital is among the elite 33 percent that earned an award.