HealtHIE Nevada Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

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HealtHIE Nevada, a statewide health information exchange that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data, announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC’s HIEAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Security and privacy are extremely important for operating a health information exchange and in building trust with our participants and patients,” says Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “We are thrilled to report that we scored 97 out of a possible 100 points on our assessment which is a testament to the dedication and skills of our entire team.”

Through EHNAC’s comprehensive third-party review, HealtHIE Nevada was evaluated in areas of privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources as it relates to health information exchange (HIE) policies and procedures. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“The amount of protected health information (PHI) and data exchanged electronically within and between healthcare organizations is undoubtedly increasing. As such, there has become a heightened need for all organizations touching this data to have the utmost privacy, security and safeguard procedures in place,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Having met the highest standard for privacy and security as it relates to consent, authorization, authentication, access and audit procedures throughout the HIE entity, with its EHNAC HIEAP designation, customers and business partners can have confidence and trust in HealtHIE Nevada’s ability to manage their data with integrity and effectiveness.”

Clark County Medical Society Members Recognized Among “Best Doctors in America”

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The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) proudly recognizes 49 physician members who were included in the Best Doctors in America List, an annual list published by Best Doctors that includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians.

Best Doctors, a global benefits provider founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, conducts a biannual peer-to-peer poll to identify doctors whom other doctors recognize as the best in their respective fields.

“It is always great to see our physicians being recognized for the great work they do by a national peer-to-peer survey organization,” said CCMS President Dr. Jeffrey Roth. “Congratulations to all the outstanding CCMS members who made the list.”

The Clark County Medical Society is a professional membership organization of over 1,500 doctors in Southern Nevada and works to serve physicians and their patients through education, community outreach, and advocacy.

“We are very proud of the doctors we serve and the work they do to keep our community healthy,” CCMS Executive Director Alexandra P. Silver said. “It’s really an honor to get the opportunity to work with these incredibly talented physicians through their membership in the Clark County Medical Society.”

Members of the Clark County Medical Society who were featured include: Dr. Carlos Fonte, Dr. Cres P. Miranda, Dr. Charles Allen Rhodes, Dr. Douglas A. Thomas, Dr. W. Reid Litchfield, Dr. Donald L. Kwok, Dr. Gregory Kwok, Dr. Jerome Frank Hruska, Dr. Gary R. Skankey, Dr. Eugene L. Spec, Dr. Mark Charles Handelman, Dr. Jerrold Schwartz, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, Dr. Fadi Braiteh, Dr. Souzan E. El-Eid, Dr. Russel Gollard, Dr. Edwin C. Kingsley, Dr. James Delfino Sanchez, Dr. Nicholas J. Vogelzang, Dr. Zvi Sela, Dr. Derek A. Duke, Dr. Jeffrey Lee Cummings, Dr. Luis L. Diaz, Dr. Paul D. Bandt, Dr. Jocelyn Ivie, Dr. Florence N. Jameson, Dr. Kirsten B. Rojas, Dr. Bruce S. Shapiro, Dr. Mark Doubrava, Dr. Emily L. Fant, Dr. Walter (Russ) Schroeder, Dr. Robert C. Wang, Dr. Doug J. Fife, Dr. Jonathan Strauss, Dr. Ruben J. Acherman, Dr. William Evans, Dr. Abraham Rothman, Dr. Ricardo Samson, Dr. Craig T. Nakamura, Dr. Goesel M. Anson, Dr. Michael C. Edwards, Dr. Julio L. Garcia, Dr. Michael A. O’Hanlan, Dr. Terence G. Banich, Dr. Annabel E. Barber, Dr. John J. Fildes, Dr. Arthur Fusco, and Dr. Sheldon J. Freeman.

New Physician Announcement: Vincenzo De Masi, MD at 21st Century Oncology

By | New Physicians, Recognition

21st Century Oncology is excited to welcome Vincenzo De Masi to the Las Vegas team. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Radiation Therapy including IMRT, IGRT and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He has been personally involved in the Radiation Treatment of more than 15,000 patients. He is the author of several publications and has a special interest and expertise in breast, prostate, lung, lymphomas, CNS and gynecological malignancies. He was the recipient of the 2009 Terra del Sole Award for his achievements in Medicine. He is also a member of the AMA, ASTRO, ASCO and the American Brachytherapy Society. Dr. De Masi will work from all of the 21st Century Oncology locations in Las Vegas and is available for new patients.


Clark County Medical Society Receives AAMSE President’s Award for Opioid Education Programming

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The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award on Friday, July 27 in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada.

The program, Understanding New Opioid Laws in Nevada, was a collaborative effort among staff, physician members, and our partners at the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) to help physicians in Nevada better understand Assembly Bill 474, which implemented strict new regulations regarding the prescription and use of opioids in response to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.

“We are incredibly grateful to AAMSE for presenting us with this award, and want to share this recognition with all of our community partners and physician members who helped make this program a success,” said Alexandra P. Silver, the Executive Director of CCMS. “It was very important for us as a medical society to make sure our doctors had a seat at the table when it came to this legislation, which had caused them a lot of concern in its initial form.”

The program consisted of several events to help educate and gain input from physician’s and the community, including a town hall at the City of Las Vegas Council Chamber which saw over 300 attendees. Other aspects of the program included free and discounted CME opportunities for CCMS members, and participation on the task force which was addressing the legislation.

“Our ability to get direct input from our members to affect this legislation is a perfect example of why it is more important than ever to be involved in organized medicine,” Silver said. “We help our physicians get their voices heard, so that they can focus on what they do best — providing fantastic health care to our community.”

The award was presented during the annual AAMSE Conference, which brings medical society and association executives together once a year for a series of keynote speeches, best practices seminars, and roundtable discussions regarding how to improve the services these organizations provide.

“Every day there are medical societies making a positive impact on their members and in their communities with programs and campaigns that advance the field of organized medicine and improve the lives of physicians and the patients they serve,” said Steve Levine, president of AAMSE. “AAMSE is committed to recognizing these efforts with the Profiles of Excellence awards.”

About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to 2,000 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Names New Chief Operating Officer

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces that Mark J. Amox, FACHE, CMPE, is its new Chief Operating Officer effective today. With an established track record as a children’s hospital healthcare executive, Amox is a strategic thinker focused on growth, sustainable operations, safety and quality – with a penchant for patient-centered care delivery.

Coming to Sunrise Children’s Hospital most recently from El Paso Children’s Hospital in El Paso, TX, where he was President and CEO, Amox is a skilled administrator in all aspects of children’s hospital operations. His previous role was Administrator of University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL. 

Amox will assume oversight of Sunrise Children’s Hospital featuring a 72-bed level II Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), a 24-bed Pediatric ICU, and the only pediatric rehabilitation unit for inpatients in the state – scheduled to open this fall. The Children’s Hospital also features a dedicated emergency department that is expanding as part of the campus-wide, multi-phase campus expansion more than $130 million.

“Sunrise Children’s Hospital serves one in four children in our state annually in a child friendly environment supported by an extremely dedicated and experienced staff,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “As COO of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, I am highly confident that Mark Amox has the background and innovation needed to grow and maximize this valuable and worthwhile community asset.”

The previous COO at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Kathy Donovan, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, returned to healthcare in St. Louis, MO last March. 

Roseman University College of Nursing Awarded $2.8 million Grant

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Funds Set to Boost Primary Care Nursing Workforce in the Region

Roseman University of Health Sciences

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) has awarded $2.8 million to Roseman University’s College of Nursing to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current Registered Nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care settings. 

Roseman’s College of Nursing will implement a Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) training program in order to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues; even the distribution of the nursing workforce; improve access to care; and improve population health outcomes. 

The training programs will be implemented at both the Roseman University Nevada and Utah campuses and the surrounding communities within rural and underserved areas thereby supporting the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020.

Undergraduate nursing students will be provided with in-depth information and knowledge concerning community-based primary care initiatives; chronic disease prevention strategies; healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved populations; rural healthcare; mental health and substance abuse conditions; childhood obesity; and the need for inter-professional healthcare collaboration. 

According to Dr. Jené Hurlbut, Roseman College of Nursing professor serving as project director and principal investigator, students identified as RNPC undergraduate students will receive clinical training within the fundamentals of nursing and community mental health nursing blocks. The training will occur at facilities that are located in areas that are designated medically underserved with a focus on primary care. Additionally, RNPC students will have an opportunity to complete their practicum in an underserved primary care setting.

The Roseman College of Nursing has clinical affiliations with William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely, Nevada, Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and a partnership with the Utah Center for Rural Health who will facilitate clinical experiences in rural areas of Utah, yielding graduates ready to practice in community-based primary care teams that impact rural and underserved populations. It is anticipated that additional clinical affiliation agreements will be added in both Nevada and Utah to further support the increase in RNPC students in coming years.

Hurlbut says, Roseman College of Nursing will collaborate with county health departments and other health organizations that support inter-professional team competencies to be able to offer a robust array of training for practicing RNs. These professional development trainings will address primary care competencies, leadership training, healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations, chronic disease prevention, and various mental health topics. 

“The provision of healthcare is changing from an exclusive acute care focus, to one that encompasses a community and primary care context.  Nursing education needs to reflect these trends and prepare graduates to meet the future demands of healthcare, including those of underserved and rural populations,” said Hurlbut. “It is exciting that the HRSA grant will allow us to create a sustainable model that can be shared with other nursing education programs.” 

Valley Hospital Names Claude Wise as Chief Executive Officer

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Claude Wise has been named CEO of Valley Hospital Medical Center, a 306-bed acute care hospital in the Las Vegas Medical District.

As the CEO, he is responsible for all facets of management including strategic planning, business development, physician relations and value-based purchasing expectations, along with overseeing finance, human resources and graduate medical education (GME).

“I’m very excited to join Valley Hospital,” said Wise. “We’ve been caring for residents and tourists for more than 45 years, and continually expand services to meet their needs. We have a concentrated expertise in advanced cardiovascular and neurological care, and our GME program has developed a solid talent pipeline of primary care physicians and specialists to our community.”

In 2018, Valley Hospital added two new cardiac catheterization labs and 18 private rooms for medical surgical patients. The GME program, now in its 13th year, offers residencies in internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, and orthopedic services, along with fellowships in gastroenterology and pulmonary/critical care.  As a teaching hospital, Valley also has a Pharmacy Residency program and over 600 multidisciplinary clerkships and internships offered annually.

Before joining Valley Hospital, Wise served over 11 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Summerlin Hospital, which is also part of The Valley Health System in Las Vegas. He earned both his Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Valley Health System Hospitals Earn Stroke Quality Achievement Award Honors from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

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The hospitals of The Valley Health System have all received the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Our stroke coordinators and emergency teams have worked tirelessly to improve both the response to and outcomes of stroke care in southern Nevada,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability, which can be devastating to a person’s quality of life.”

Each hospital earned its award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

Five hospitals also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll awards. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Valley Hospital earned the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll award.

Centennial Hills, Desert Springs and Spring Valley hospitals received Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award.

Summerlin Hospital received the Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll award.

Henderson Hospital, which opened in October 2016, earned its first award with a Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Valley Health System Hospitals Receive Mission: Lifeline Honors for Heart Attack Care from the American Heart Association

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The hospitals of The Valley Health System have received Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Awards were earned by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“Our teams use the phrase ‘time lost is heart muscle lost,’ literally and figuratively,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “They spend hours educating others, measuring outcomes, reviewing big data and seeking additional ways to provide the best heart care experience to our patients.”

As a result of their hard work, the hospitals earned the following awards:

Spring Valley Hospital received the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Recognition Award

Centennial Hills Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Summerlin Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Valley Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Silver Recognition Award.

Desert Springs Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award.

Henderson Hospital earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

“We commend the hospitals of The Valley Health System for these awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

Hubbard-Alexandre Earns Specialized Designation as Certified Neonatal Therapist

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Tiny patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Centennial Hills Hospital will benefit from the expertise of physical therapist Wendy Hubbard-Alexandre, who earned the designation of Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists on April 30, 2018, and specializes in the care of premature infants.

Wendy joins the select ranks of approximately 180 physical, occupational and speech therapists worldwide who have earned the designation. She is one of approximately 50 physical therapists worldwide, and one of two in Nevada; both of whom work for The Valley Health System in Las Vegas.

According to Wendy, pre-term and other high-risk infants who begin their lives in the NICU have higher rates of disability, which are often evident before the babies leave the hospital. “Early therapy interventions can make a positive, long-term impact,” explained Wendy. With her neonatal physical therapy skills, Wendy performs activities (interventions) targeting functional limitations, ensuring the baby has developmentally appropriate sensory and motor experiences, educating the family and medical staff, and serving as an integral part of the NICU care team.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association all recognize therapy that occurs in the NICU as an advanced area of practice. Neonatal Therapy National Certification ensures that therapists who work in the NICU have met minimum standards set by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board and endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.  

To earn the designation, Wendy has a minimum of 3,500 hours of direct practice in the NICU, taken a minimum of 40 hours of education related to the NICU, received 40 hours of mentored experiences and achieved a passing score on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam.  This has given Wendy the distinction of Certified Neonatal Therapist, which is valid for five years. Her work as a Certified Neonatal Therapist is described to families and other members of the medical team, and featured after her signature on medical documentation.

The Certified Neonatal Therapist designation is less than two years old; it was first announced in September 2016 and the application process became effect in November 2016. 

Centennial Hills Hospital has offered neonatal intensive care services since 2009 and cared for its first set of triplets in June 2018.