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.”

Sunrise Health Systems is Proud to be Part of HCA Healthcare, a World’s Most Ethical Company for 10th Consecutive Year

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Recognition honors those companies who recognize their critical role to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world

Sunrise Health System, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, is part of a leading health system that has been recognized for a 10th consecutive year as one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, honors companies who distinguish themselves through integrity, corporate character, and marketplace trust. HCA Healthcare, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom, is one of 29 companies worldwide to be honored 10 times.

“The 2019 Most Ethical Companies recognition is indicative of the shared culture at HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas hospitals, otherwise known as Sunrise Health System,” said Brian Cook, president and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “The care teams at our facilities all hold true to a high standard of ethical business practice which is a cornerstone of our operations.”

Sunrise Health Systems has a long history of investing in Las Vegas. In 2018, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $440 million. In addition, the hospitals use an innovative process for assessing the effectiveness of compliance efforts and its 5500 member workforce all take code of conduct training annually as part of a robust ethics and compliance program. 

In 2019, Ethisphere Institute recognized 128 honorees spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. HCA Healthcare is one of only seven healthcare providers honored on this year’s list. The full list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

 

 

Local Physician Named President of the World’s Most Prestigious High-Risk Pregnancy Organization

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Brian K. Iriye, MD of the High Risk Pregnancy Center was named President of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) on Saturday February 16, 2019. He was installed as the organization’s leader at the 39th annual meeting of the SMFM, which was held at Caesars Palace here in Las Vegas, NV. Established in 1977, the SMFM is the world’s premiere organization for maternal-fetal medicine specialists. This organization represents over 3,000 physicians and other practice professional and engages in education and advocacy efforts to support the work of these professionals and optimize the care of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

Dr. Iriye, was chosen for the 1 year leadership position by members of the executive committee and is the first president from a non-university based program in over a decade. He currently holds positions on the board of directors for the national Perinatal Quality Foundation, SMFM Practice Management Division, and the Foundation for SMFM. Recently, Dr. Iriye was the lead editor for the SMFM’s book, Contemporary Guide to Practice Management: For Physicians, Managers, and Administrators.

Currently, Dr. Iriye serves as the managing partner of the country’s largest maternal fetal medicine private practice, the High Risk Pregnancy Center – with offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno. The practice utilizes the latest technology to improve care to pregnant women in Nevada and is distinguished as a NCQA Patient Centered Specialty Practice, accredited in obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography, and has recently started the multidisciplinary Maternal Opioid Treatment, Health, Education, and Recovery Project (MOTHER Project) to help battle the ongoing problems of the opioid crisis and effects on pregnancy mothers and their babies.

Centennial Hills Hospital Receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in November. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Centennial Hills Hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery which includes total knee replacements, total hip replacements, spine surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, podiatric surgery and fracture care.  The hospital has invested in orthopedic-specific equipment to benefit patients, including the Mako® system for total hip, total knee and partial knee resurfacing.

“Our goal is to always to provide a positive experience and a positive outcome,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director, Centennial Hills Hospital. “Our patients are typically here for a short stay after surgery, so our team focuses on education, physical therapy and pain management. We actually begin the process with our educational ‘Joint Camp,’ and provide helpful tips during the pre-surgery visit through recovery, from strategies to get in and out of vehicles to performing exercises at home.”

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with total hip and total knee-specific requirements. Centennial Hills Hospital provided data tracking its performance related to pre-surgical education, mobility within six hours of surgery, evidence-based deep vein thrombosis prevention measures, post-operative complications, readmissions, and inpatient average length of stay.

“We are very proud to earn this certification from The Joint Commission, which is the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Pullarkat. “We want our patients to receive the highest level of care, which helps them recover quickly and return to their daily activities.”

Desert Springs Hospital Named Among America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention

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New report identifies Desert Springs Hospital among the top hospitals nationally for excellence in cardiovascular care

Desert Springs Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

This specialty award is based upon coronary interventional procedures (angioplasty/stent), and the average of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital + 30-day mortality z-scores based on MedPAR data. The in-hospital +30 day mortality outcome accounts for 60 percent of the weight and in-hospital mortality accounts for 40 percent. 

The achievement is part of the findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.

For the 2019 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared Specialty Excellence Award Recipients as a group, to all other hospitals, as a group, and found from 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average 46.0% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.  Also, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award are, on average 1.85 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*

“We are very proud of the team effort it took to achieve this award,” said Ryan Jensen, CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital. “This underscores our ongoing commitment to the rapid diagnosis, intervention, treatment and follow-up care of all cardiac patients, particularly those experiencing a heart attack and benefiting from balloon angioplasty and stent placement.”

Added Sanjay Malhotra, MD, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab for Desert Springs Hospital, “This award is a testimony of the commitment of the staff and physicians consistently striving to improve outcomes. We would like to thank our patients from the bottom of our hearts to have the opportunity to help heal yours.”

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Desert Springs Hospital in the marketplace.” 

Desert Springs Hospital, located near the famous Las Vegas Strip, specializes in emergency care, advanced cardiovascular care and cardiac wraparound services such as weight-loss surgery, advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine, outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education and wellness.  

Desert Springs Hospital has also been recognized for the following clinical achievements:

·         Accredited by The Joint Commission for hospital services, heart failure and primary stroke programs.

·         Earned recognition status with Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a nursing education and consultation program focused on the care of older adults, in December 2018

·         Earned the 2018 Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award from the American Stroke Association.

·         Earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Bronze Award from the American Heart Association

·         First hospital in Nevada to receive accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers). 

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

About Desert Springs Hospital

Desert Springs Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System (VHS), a network of six acute care hospitals caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located a few miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the 293-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular care, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, diabetes, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation.

Roseman University of Health Sciences Appoints Nevada State Bank’s Rita Vaswani

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Roseman University of Health Sciences Appoints Nevada State Bank’s Rita Vaswani, as Chairman of the University’s Campaign for the College of Medicine

The Roseman University of Health Sciences   College of Medicine has announced Rita Vaswani as the newly appointed Chairman for the University’s campaign for the COM Breakthrough in Medicine! campaign.  In this prestigious role, Vaswani will support Roseman’s College of Medicine’s mission of educating competent, caring and ethical physicians from diverse backgrounds, conducting biomedical, translational, and clinical research, and providing quality patient-centered care, education and service to our partner communities. 

“Having someone of Rita Vaswani’s stature, integrity, and professional accomplishments heading the College of Medicine’s Breakthrough in Medicine campaign is a tremendous asset,” said Roseman University President Dr. Renee Coffman. “She has been a steadfast supporter of the University for over a decade. It’s natural that she would step up to this challenge.”

A 6-year proforma has already identified $84 million toward the College of Medicine, comprised of:  clinical revenue, research, university investment, and tuition and fees. Approximately $66 million is still needed in philanthropic funding for the College of Medicine to become accredited. Vaswani will join in leading the philanthropy and community efforts to identify donors and partners, helping to achieve this goal.

“We are pleased to welcome Rita Vaswani to Roseman University,” said Dr. Mark Penn, founding dean of Roseman College of Medicine. “She is committed to advancing our vision to serving the community as a premier, private, MD-granting medical school preparing the next generation of physicians to meet the demands and special needs of today’s patients,” said Penn. “Rita’s first priority is to lead the campaign efforts of raising $66 million for accreditation purposes. Roseman University has raised approximately $12 million in philanthropic donations. We are grateful to The Engelstad Family Foundation who kicked off the campaign with a $10 million donation.”

With more than two decades of banking experience, Vaswani is the Vice President,  Client Relationship Manager for Nevada State Bank. She also has a strong background in health care, and focuses on banking relationships primarily serving the state’s health care industry. 

Dedicated to volunteerism and her community, Vaswani serves on several medical, non-profit and advocacy boards.  Recently recently appointed to Steve Sisolak’s transition advisory committee, she is also the Founder/President of the Nevada Congressional Awards Board and a member of the National Congressional Awards Board. Additionally, Vaswani serves as an executive board member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, member of the Clark County Community Development Advisory Committee, president of the Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce, member of the Governor’s Economic Development for Nevada-India Business Development Council, and executive board member of the non-profit organization FirstMed Health & Wellness. Vaswani has also served as vice chair for the board of governors for Centennial Hills Hospital since its opening and volunteers with a medical tourism group in Nevada.

Vaswani was honored as one of the 2014, 2015 and 2018 Las Vegas’ Top 100 Women of Influence, Distinguished Women of Nevada, and Woman of the Year by the Asian Community Resource Center of Nevada.

About the Roseman University College of Medicine
Roseman University began building the foundation for its MD-granting College of Medicine in 2010. On December 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Roseman University unanimously approved the university’s plan to develop an allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada. The College of Medicine currently is raising the funding needed to become accredited with the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education). The two major initiatives include, expanding philanthropic outreach, and growing a medical practice, under the Roseman Medical Group (RMG). The clinical practice began in January 2018 and is a multidisciplinary medical practice which currently includes family medicine, neurology, and pediatric nephrology. The practice will expand into other medical specialties over time. The College of Medicine is housed at Roseman University’s Summerlin campus.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Nevada. and South Jordan, Utah. The university is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is an equal opportunity institution. For more information, visit www.roseman.edu.

 

About Nevada State Bank

Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., is a full service bank offering a complete range of consumer, private and business banking services with branches statewide. Founded in 1959, Nevada State Bank serves 20 communities across the state of Nevada. ZB, N.A.’s parent company is Zions Bancorporation, which is included in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Financial 100 indices (NASDAQ: ZION). For more information on Nevada State Bank, call 702.383.0009 or access www.nsbank.com.

 

 

 

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 healthcare 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 percent of healthcare 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.”