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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Southern Hills Hospital

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

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

 

 

 

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

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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 www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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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.”

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

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

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

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

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an inpatient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

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

 

Farhan Naqvi Joins Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

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

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is accredited by The Joint Commission. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. For more information, visit www.cure4thekids.org

Health District Names 2019 Public Health Heroes

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What does it take to be a Public Health Hero? Every year, the Southern Nevada Health District recognizes individuals or organizations whose actions have served to improve the health status of the community. This year, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) volunteers Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina, and Clark County Code Enforcement’s Lt. Dave Pollex were honored.

Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Volunteers

As part of the Health District’s public health preparedness efforts, a cache of medication is maintained so the Health District can meet the needs of the community. Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina volunteered to repackage medication in individual treatment courses that would be provided to first responders in a public health emergency so they, in turn, can continue to provide services to the community. Each week during the yearlong project, Soto-Henry and Slonina repackaged 500, 10-day treatment courses. During that time, they donated 224.5 hours to the Health District. Their efforts provide vital support to the Southern Nevada Health District’s emergency operations activities, specifically its Medical Countermeasure dispensing plan.

Lt. Dave Pollex/Clark County Code Enforcement

As of 2019, Lt. Dave Pollex has served as the lead organizer of the Clark County Multi-Agency Response Team (CMART) for 20 years. In that time, he has facilitated and coordinated 300 community projects to address public health and safety issues. As the CMART organizer, he uses a team approach to organize and conduct abatements throughout the county. This approach ensures that the right agencies are on hand to provide the right assistance to the people who are impacted the most. His efforts reach out to individuals in the community who are the most vulnerable, and he ensures each CMART activity has adequate outreach partners to assist them.

“In public health our mandates range from taking the lead during a public health emergency to serving as the solid waste management authority for the county. Both of these activities require that we have strong community partnerships to accomplish our shared goals,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “Our Public Health Heroes are not from traditional public health agencies, but their work with our staff demonstrates the excellent partnerships we have in place to meet the needs of our community. Maria Soto-Henry, Michael Slonina, and Dave Pollex embody the 10 Essential Public Health Services.”

Public Health Heroes are nominated by Health District staff members for their efforts in supporting one or more of the 10 Essential Public Health Services: 

1.  Monitor the health status to identify and solve community health problems.

2.  Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

3.  Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

4.  Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

5.  Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

6.  Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

7.  Link people to needed health services, assure the provision of healthcare when unavailable.

8.  Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

9.  Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

10. Research for new insights and innovative solution to health problems.

 

Nathan Adelson Hospice Achieves Level Four Status in ‘We Honor Veterans’ Program

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Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that the hospice has achieved Level Four in the We Honor Veterans Program.

By achieving this level as a We Honor Veterans Partner, Nathan Adelson Hospice is recognized as an organization that actively works to increase access to hospice and palliative care for Veterans in our community. Nathan Adelson Hospice will continue to provide Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, identify patients with military experience, and build professional and organizational capacity to provide care for Veterans while developing and strengthening partnerships with the VA and other Veterans’ organizations.

“It is our honor to support local Veterans who have valiantly served our country,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “Our organization remains committed to meeting the unique and varied needs of Veterans residing in southern Nevada. No Veteran should ever end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.”

Part of the Level Four practices include conducting Veteran-specific educational presentations and increasing access to care within the community. Nathan Adelson Hospice will expand its Veteran-to-Veteran program, where Veteran volunteers are paired with hospice patients who are also Veterans. Veteran volunteers help assist with informing Veterans about available benefits. The volunteers encourage patients to share their stories, allowing them to feel validated, open up, and to reach peace at the end of their lives.

Southwest Medical Adds Three New Health Care Providers

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Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare has added three new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community: 

Sami Akhchin, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in urgent care.

Jemelyn Hedrick, RN joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Heights Urgent Care (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) as an RN manager.

Theresa Hilton-Berger, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey and Durango Convenient Care walk-in clinics (4750 W. Oakey Blvd. and 7150 S. Durango Dr.).

 

 

 

Valley Hospital Recognized as One of the Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitations Facilities in the United States

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Cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered

Valley Hospital’s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit has been recognized as one of the top 10 percent inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the United States. It is one of 868 facilities to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr) in 2018.

“We are honored to be identified as one of the best inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States,” said Claude Wise, CEO/Managing Director of Valley Hospital. “It underscores our tireless commitment to helping our patients return to their greatest level of independence and daily living activities. Our team is devoted to the patients in their care, work hard to create a family-like atmosphere, and create a personalized approach to helping each person throughout their recovery.”

“We use a 24/7 approach with our therapy services,” explained Anna Hutchison, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, program manager for the inpatient rehabilitation program at Valley Hospital. “Our patients incorporate what they’ve learned during therapy sessions and apply it to activities they do with the nursing staff. For example, they practice walking to the bathroom or the dining room or getting dressed with nursing assistance. The entire staff is extensively trained on safe patient handling techniques and understanding patient precautions like weight-bearing restrictions. This 24/7 attitude has improved the length of stay efficiency for our patients and the interdisciplinary team process.”

The rehabilitation team also develops activities tailored to patients’ particular interests and home activities. “We practice a lot of cooking in occupational therapy,” explained Hutchison. “Our therapists will bring in specific food so patients can create a familiar meal, which is a closer simulation to what they will do at home.”

Throughout the patient stay, however, rehab employees are ultimately preparing their patients for discharge to home. The rehab department has a full-time social worker to identify many resources for patients. On the day of discharge, patients receive a graduation t-shirt and pose with staff for their official graduation photo, which is presented to the patient. “What we considered a fun celebration ultimately becomes a motivating factor for other patients,” said Hutchison. “They are determined they will have their own graduation celebration.”

“To recognize the efficient and effective care the hospital provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Valley Hospital,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. “As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over 30 years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. Development of the PEM Report Card has served as a tool to identify and recognize high-performing facilities, to work with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and to share what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Valley Hospital and the other top performing facilities across the country that rank in the top 10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.”

About Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Located in the Las Vegas Medical District, Valley Hospital, a 306-bed facility, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and provides emergency services, neurology/interventional radiology, advanced cardiovascular and neurological surgeries and procedures, surgical services, including robotic surgery, a 16-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation unit, adult behavioral health, and advanced outpatient wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

Touro University Nevada Raises Record Amount for Student Scholarships During Annual Gala

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Touro University Nevada raised a record amount of funds for student scholarships during its annual Gala held at The Four Seasons on March 10.

During the awards ceremony portion of the program, CEO & Senior Provost Shelley Berkley presented the Touro Awards of Distinction to the Engelstad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman were also presented with the Touro Service Award.

More than 600 guests enjoyed a keynote address from award-winning NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders, an inspirational speech from PA student Niyat Teweldebrhan, a live auction, silent auction, and awards ceremony.

“I am so grateful to Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman, the Englestad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada for being wonderful partners to us here at Touro,” Berkley said. “The Touro Awards of Distinction and the Touro Service Award are reserved for those who go above and beyond for this university.”

Throughout the evening, guests bid on more than 110 silent auction items in addition to 11 live auction items, including an autographed Vegas Golden Knights Max Pacioretty jersey, a personal jet experience, in-home chef catering, jewelry, art, and more. The proceeds raised from the event directly benefit the Touro Scholarship Fund.

“The Touro Gala is a wonderful way to help ease the financial burden for our hard-working students,” Berkley said. “Whether you donated an auction item, bid on an auction item, or helped show your support for our students by purchasing a table to this year’s Gala, I sincerely thank you for helping to make their journeys a little easier.”