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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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.

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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

By | Press Release, Recognition

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.

 

 

Valley Health System General Surgery Program Receives Approval from ACGME

By | Press Release, Recognition

New Residents to Begin in July 2019

The Valley Health System (VHS) General Surgery Residency Program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 28 total resident slots, which includes four categorical residents and eight preliminary resident slots.

Under the direction of program director Saju Joseph, MD, the first cohort of 16 residents will begin in July 2019, including PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. They will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals in partnership with private practice surgeons throughout Las Vegas.

The 5-year program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, specialty certification upon residency completion, and preparation for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam. 

One of the residency’s unique features will be its video-based surgical skills training platform, said Dr. Joseph. “Residents will be able to record their teaching cases and have their videos reviewed by local faculty and also international experts for feedback and insights into techniques they might not otherwise have access to. This program is unique to The Valley Health System, and enables our resident physicians to develop a library of cases for future reference, along with mentorships outside the standard training models,” said Dr. Joseph. “This program is funded by the $794,000 GME grant through the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (OSIT) and the State of Nevada. I believe the use of technology and innovation in surgical education will lead to a better surgical workforce and outcomes for patients in the future.”  

Other program highlights include:

Training

Using a comprehensive simulation curriculum to train in a consequence-free environment, housed at Spring Valley Hospital.

Performing autopsies with the Clark County Coroner’s Office and assisting on organ procurements with the Nevada Donor Network.

Performing rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the only Level I trauma center in the state, for trauma rotations, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Utilizing an inter-professional curriculum, which includes nursing, physician assistants, and other allied health science professionals to prepare residents to work in complex health teams.

Certification

Receiving certification in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) upon completion of their residency program, along with training in ultrasound and robotic surgery.

Having access to the Surgical Council of Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum to prepare for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam.

Research & Quality Improvement

Participating in scholarly research and develop leadership skills by participating in hospital committees and quality improvement programs.

The general surgery residency program is the first of eight planned by The Valley Health System to enhance graduate medical education programming in southern Nevada. Other programs include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and the transition/internship year.

“The Valley Health System has been involved in graduate medical education since 2006, when we began our program at Valley Hospital,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President. “Along with a focus on primary care physicians, we’re adding residencies for in-demand specialists to meet our community’s needs.  The Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018 report indicated that in 2017, 76 percent of physicians who completed both undergraduate and graduate medical education in the state are currently practicing in Nevada*. This underscores our commitment to provide an excellent program and then recruit them to remain in our community.”

Applicants for the general surgery program must apply through the national ERAS application process. For more details on the program, visit https://www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/graduate-medical-education-consortium/general-surgery-residency

*https://med.unr.edu/news/archive/2018/physician-workforce-in-nevada

 

Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Stephen DelCasino, Jr., PA-C

By | Press Release, Recognition

Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Stephen DelCasino Jr., PA-C. as its newest health care provider.

DelCasino is a certified physician assistant who has been practicing most recently with Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. “PA DelCasino’s experience and certification as a first assist for the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as his expertise in nerve blocks makes him a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada.

DelCasino attained his medical training at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants and a member (Fellow) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with fourteen providers and four convenient locations. The practice has been serving Southern Nevada since 1996 and is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced and comprehensive care to its patients. USONV is the only urologic cancer provider in Nevada offering the full array of the Calypso® System, the da Vinci Surgical System and the MRI Fusion System for the treatment of prostate cancer. For more information: www.usonv.com

 

HealtHIE Nevada Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

By | Press Release, Recognition

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.”