Southwest Medical Adds Four New Healthcare Providers

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

Stephanneth Adams, DNP, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Care Center (420 N. Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in gynecology.

Mona Baidwan, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Care Center (420 N. Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in pediatrics.

Juwaun Hinkle, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Tropicana Health Care Center (4835 S. Durango Dr.) and specializes family medicine.

Robert Korcal, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey Health Care Center (4750 W. Oakey Blvd.) and specializes in family medicine.



UNLV School of Nursing Earns National Recognition

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Lauren Shipton wanted something other than a career as a professional dancer on the Strip. With a passion for caretaking and physiology, nursing seemed like the ideal fit.

When Shipton, 36, joined the UNLV School of Nursing in 2017, she was attracted to its accelerated bachelor’s degree program and hands-on training at University Medical Center.

“I loved the program so much,” she said. “The teachers and administration here are all amazing and are super involved in student success.”

That success is being recognized nationally.

The UNLV program received one of the top accolades for nursing schools in the country last week, joining nine others named centers of excellence by the National League for Nursing, a leading professional organization for educators in nursing.

“It’s one of the few awards that looks at the teaching capacity of a school as a whole,” said Angela Amar, the nursing school’s dean. “It does say we’re excellent; it also says we have really good teachers, and that’s what matters.”

Amar said the school wants to expand its undergraduate program. This fall, it welcomed 216 students, a 50% increase from 2017.

By 2026, employment opportunities for registered nurses will see a 15% increase, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Shipton has one more semester remaining in the 16-month program. She hopes to get into the nursing school’s graduate program, with aspirations of becoming a trauma nurse.

“When you’re getting a master’s or doctorate in nursing, you are becoming a more advanced caretaker as well as a practitioner that can dispense medication,” she said. “You’re not just treating what the person has but also looking at their lifestyle and how they wound up in your care.”

At UNLV, Shipton said, she is able to get that hands-on experience. Just weeks after she started the program, she was already at the hospital interacting with patients — one of the perks of being a UNLV student.

“It’s terrifying but great,” she said. “We have really good ties with hospitals here.”

Hyundai Hope On Wheels Presents Cure 4 The Kids Foundation With $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant To Support Pediatric Cancer Programs

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, announces $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. The institution is one of 77 recipients receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year. The Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Chief Medical Officer Alan Ikeda, M.D., at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on Thursday, August 8 at 10:00am.

HHOW remains one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research and programmatic support in the nation. This year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 towards finding a cure. With this latest grant, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has received $200,000 in total grants from HHOW.

“The number of children who survive a cancer diagnosis has increased exponentially over the past several decades,” said Annette Logan-Parker, CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “These advancements are a direct result of the research funding provided by many organizations, including Hyundai Hope on Wheels, who have been dedicated to finding cures and treatments that extend the lives of childhood cancer patients. We are extremely thankful to Hyundai Hope on Wheels for their focus on the lives of our children,” she added.

Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer, affecting over 15,000 new cases for children and adolescents annually in the U.S. This year’s campaign theme “Minutes are Precious” celebrates the many milestones in a child’s life from birthdays, game days and graduation day. By supporting innovative research and novel therapy, HHOW’s goal is to ensure every child lives to enjoy more of life’s precious moments for years to come.

“The fight against pediatric cancer is a priority for which Hyundai and its dealers have been committed for over 21 years,” says Scott Fink, Board Chair and Hyundai dealer owner, Hyundai of New Port Richey. “For a child who travels the uncertain journey of pediatric cancer, every second is precious in the fight. Hyundai and its dealers are united in our goal to end childhood cancer. We continue to stand alongside these brave children and their families until we’re celebrating a future that is finally cancer free.”

During the event, children being treated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation who are battling cancer will participate in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they’ll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of our 2019 Hope On Wheels grant winners, please visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at, or

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $160 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

At Hyundai Motor America, we believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build our cars to the way we treat the people who drive them, making things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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 proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. 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. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Dr. Dustin Boyer, Radiation Oncologist, Joins 21st Century Oncology in Nevada

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With the Addition of a New Specialist, 21st Century Oncology Expands into a Critical Practice Area

21st Century Oncology (21CO), the largest integrated cancer-care network in America, announced the addition of Radiation Oncologist, Dustin Boyer to its practices in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Boyer earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and went on to build a successful practice treating various conditions, including lung, prostate, breast, brain, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, lymphoma and gynecologic malignancies.

“I am joining 21st Century Oncology to be part of an outstanding team of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, therapists and support staff that provide the best evidence based, compassionate cancer care available.” said Dr. Boyer.

Dr. Boyer joins Dr. Susan Reisinger, Dr. Paul Treadwell and Dr. Vicenzo DeMasi to expand access to high quality care in the southern Nevada.

“We’re pleased to have Dr. Boyer join our fast-growing team and continue to provide the highest level of care to patients in southern Nevada,” said 21St Century Oncology CEO Kim Commins-Tzoumakas. “At 21st Century Oncology, our focus is on bringing world-class care, with the latest research, technology and expertise, to patients in in their own neighborhoods and communities each day.”

To learn more about Dr. Boyer and where his offices are located, visit

For more information about 21st Century Oncology, please contact Lisa Palacio at 973-850-7317 or


Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Receive National Honors for Delivering Superior Women’s Care

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When it comes to superior women’s care, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital deliver… literally.  Both hospitals announced today a number of national Healthgrades honors, topping the list with the 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ and 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online healthcare information resource connecting almost one million patients daily with physicians and hospitals.

Both distinctions recognize Sunrise Hospital for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery of their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. In addition, Sunrise is honored by Healthgrades in 2019 for superior performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the second year in a row, Labor and Delivery (2018-2019). The hospital is among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery in 2019. It is among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2019 and Labor and Delivery for two years in a row (2017-2019).

Healthgrades designated Sunrise Hospital as a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for five years in a row (2015-2019) and for C-Section Delivery three years in a row (2017-2019).

“Sunrise Hospital is a community dedicated to healing, which all starts with the exceptional care and outstanding outcomes our labor and delivery teams provide expectant mothers and their newborns,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, president and CEO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Congratulations to our teams for their ongoing commitment to superior women’s care, quality, experience and outcomes.”

“The Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that are dedicated to providing quality care for expectant mothers and women who will undergo gynecologic procedures,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers who do their

homework by researching the quality of their local hospitals will make more informed healthcare decisions, and it could make a difference in terms of clinical outcomes.”

Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 15 individual states for years 2015 through 2017. During this time, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 119,203 patients1.

Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 33.4 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award[1].

Most recently Sunrise Hospital completed investment and enhancements in its Labor and Delivery services to enhance the birthing experience for expectant mothers. Upgrades included a warm and inviting entrance, portable wireless fetal monitors allowing expectant mothers to stroll around the unit, and baby warmers capable of weighing newborns and limit unnecessary lifting and moving about for the hospital’s tiny patients. New furnishings, communication whiteboards and 55-inch TVs were installed in each Labor and Delivery room, plus birthing peanut balls are provided for patients to accommodate labor contractions.

Healthgrades Recognizes MountainView Hospital as 5-Star Recipient for Labor and Delivery Care

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5-star Recipient for two years in a row (2018-2019)

MountainView Hospital is proud to announce that it is a 5-star recipient for vaginal delivery as recognized by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that MountainView Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for vaginal delivery.

“At MountainView, we understand that pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most crucial moments for women and families that deserve every bit of dedicated care,” says Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This 5-star rating is an important indication of our staff’s commitment to providing quality care.”

“Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women’s health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women’s care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. From 2015 through 2017, patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 39.2 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star.


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

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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.”

Henderson Hospital Honored by Immunization Action Coalition for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate

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Henderson Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Nevada State Health Department for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

“Immunizations are one of the most valuable tools parents can give their children, and we are committed to begin vaccinations within our Birthplace,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We are proud of the work our team has done to earn its spot on the honor roll, and hope that parents continue to immunize their infants and children to protect them against many diseases.”

Henderson Hospital is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll (, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The Birthplace at Henderson Hospital team immunized 91 percent of babies over a 12-month period, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Henderson Hospital’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”


Karen Rubel Named New President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced that Karen Rubel has been named President and CEO effective July 1, 2019. Rubel will assume day-to-day leadership of the non-profit organization and will also join the Board of Trustees.

“We are thrilled to announce Karen Rubel’s appointment as CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Dennis Kennedy, partner of Bailey Kennedy, Attorneys at Law, and Chairman of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “Karen’s tenure at Nathan Adelson Hospice, her experience in healthcare, her innovative ideas and her keen grasp of the changing healthcare landscape make her the perfect person to lead the hospice into its next 40 years of caring for the people and families of Southern Nevada.”

Ms. Rubel has been with the organization for over 12 years, previously holding the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Development for Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation. While in these positions, she led hospice operations and major gift fundraising, developed new facilities, and strengthened relations with local health care groups.

“It is a privilege and honor for me to have been chosen as the next CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice,” said Rubel. “My goal is to continue to build on the mission and vision that has been consistent since our beginning that no one end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. During this dynamic time in healthcare, we are excited for the future which includes our continued collaboration with community partners in healthcare.”

Before joining Nathan Adelson Hospice, Ms. Rubel was the Director of Advancement for the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas and previously as the Director of Development at University of Nevada Las Vegas for the colleges of Fine Arts, Education, and Health Sciences. Ms. Rubel earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. in Administration from Dominican University in Illinois. She is a graduate of the Thayer Institute with a Master’s degree in Leadership Arts and Sciences.

Rubel will be succeeding retiring CEO, Carole Fisher. After 14 years at Nathan Adelson Hospice, Fisher is transitioning into a new role as an executive coach and leadership speaker. She will serve as a special advisor to the hospice through 2020.


Southwest Medical Recognized as a Winner

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Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, was recently announced as one of the winners of the 11th Annual Intalere Healthcare Achievement Awards. Through this awards program, Intalere, a health care services company, recognizes its members for their outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, community and business partners in reducing healthcare costs, improving healthcare quality and serving the community.  

Southwest Medical was recognized in the Quality/Patient Care Delivery and/or Patient Satisfaction category, specifically its Southwest Medical Pharmacy & Home Medical Equipment division and its Pharmacy Transitions of Care Program.

The program is intended to help patients transition into or out of a long-term care setting.

Southwest Medical Pharmacy & Home Medical Equipment provides operational and clinical services in a variety of settings, including long-term care, hospice and home infusion. The clinical pharmacy team completes traditional nursing home consulting, surgery center consulting and transition of care services in multiple nursing facilities throughout Southern Nevada.