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

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

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

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

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

About NICHE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Nevada, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Nevada.

 

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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A “Big Idea” launched in 1958 to bring quality healthcare to Las Vegas and region transcends time.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center welcomed back former employees and hosted current Care Team Members with 35 years’ tenure or greater this week to celebrate the mission, the memories and the medical moments that constitute the hospital’s storied history.

Opening December 14, 1958, Sunrise Hospital was the “big idea” of prominent local businessmen, builders and physicians who envisioned a private hospital that would give local residents more options and access to advanced healthcare.

“McCarran International was no longer the access point to quality healthcare,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “Our founding fathers had confidence in our local leaders and Las Vegas’ ability to build and sustain a first-class medical facility and their vision was absolutely correct.”

With $1.5 million, Sunrise Hospital began serving the community with 62 beds and immediately drew from the expertise of about 50 physicians, 42 registered nurses and a handful of licensed practical nurses, aides and orderlies. Today, the facility is undergoing a $250 million expansion that will bring the bed count to 764. 

Among Nevada healthcare “firsts”, Sunrise Hospital medical leaders performed the first open heart surgery on an adult and a child, opened the first comprehensive children’s hospital featuring a dedicated Cath Lab and ER and fostered accredited rehabilitation services – including the only facility with a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certificate housing Nevada’s only inpatient ventilator rehab program. It is Nevada’s first Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, is the only National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers in Southern Nevada and continues its premiere role in caring for critically ill infants and children from across the region who need life-sustaining intensive care services.

HISTORY AT A GLANCE:

                                Below is a link to a timeline of Sunrise Hospital accomplishments spanning 60 years:

                                https://sunrisehospital.com/about/60th-anniversary.dot                          

PHOTOS FROM EVENT: https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/2e926690-b46f-48b6-7639-9966779e37f9 

CAPTION FOR PHOTOS: Former care team members and tenured staff gathered today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sunrise Hospital.

Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, Named Chief Medical Officer of HCA’s Far West Division

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HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas-based Far West Division announces that Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, is the new Division Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Corcoran has been with HCA Healthcare for nearly six years, serving as CMO of Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL. In his new role as Far West Division CMO, Dr. Corcoran will oversee clinical excellence for nine hospitals, nine surgical centers and a host of outpatient locations in California and Nevada.

“Dr. Corcoran is a proven physician leader who values the care and improvement of human life above all else,” said Brian Cook, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “He has a tremendous track record for driving clinical priorities in order to enhance care delivery and improve quality and outcomes among the patients we are honored to serve.”

Building upon nearly two decades of frontline patent care as a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Corcoran is an engaged clinical leader. After transitioning from private practice and earning a business degree, he served as Senior Medical Director, Clinical Finance Strategies with The Advisory Board Company. Dr. Corcoran joined HCA Healthcare’s Brandon Regional Hospital as CMO in 2013. During his tenure, the hospital earned Top Performer recognition for Quality and Patient Safety from The Joint Commission and Leapfrog Group, among others. The hospital also launched six accredited residency programs, expanded advanced clinical services for cardiac, neuroscience, and surgical oncology patients, and added advanced Women’s & Children’s services including Pediatric General Surgery. 

Dr. Corcoran is a graduate of the Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency at Temple University Hospital. He is a Life Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Corcoran replaces Eric Ramos, MD who left HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division in October 2018.

 

 

Henderson Hospital Earns National Award for Quality

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Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

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

·         13 Top Children’s Hospitals

·         35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)

·         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 based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

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

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

 

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

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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 www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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.” 

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 ceph.org.) 

For more information on the School of Community Health Sciences (or to enroll in one of our accredited programs), visit unlv.edu/publichealth. 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. 

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

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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 www.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, and advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine.