Farhan Naqvi Joins Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Board of Directors

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Farhan Naqvi, founder and managing partner of Naqvi Injury Law, has been appointed to the board of directors for Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only nonprofit outpatient treatment facility for those diagnosed with childhood cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

Naqvi’s philanthropy includes a multi-year commitment to Cure 4 The Kids and regular participation in the organization’s events and fundraisers. In addition to Cure 4 The Kids, Naqvi and his firm provide major donations to HELP of Southern Nevada through the annual KLUC 98.5 Toy Drive, where they have given more than $100,000 and 10,000 bicycles during the past six years of their participation.

In 2018, Naqvi was selected as one of the American Cancer Society’s “Real Men Wear Pink” designees and was named the program’s Rookie of the Year for raising over $11,000 for breast cancer research and treatment. Nevada Donor Network also recognized the firm as its 2018 Community Champion for its outstanding effort to raise organ, eye and tissue donation awareness in Southern Nevada. The firm is a regular sponsor of Fox 5’s “Shining Star” program, recognizing community volunteers and leaders, as well as the Wednesday’s Child program on News 3 that highlights children available for adoption.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is doing tremendous work for our community and children faced with life threatening diseases,” he said. “I have tremendous respect for Annette Logan-Parker and appreciate her placing her trust in me as a steward of the organization. Her work to create Cure 4 The Kids has impacted thousands of children in Southern Nevada and is truly inspiring.”

About Naqvi Injury Law
Naqvi Injury Law was founded in 2008 by Farhan Naqvi, an award-winning personal injury attorney. In the 2017 and 2018 “Best of Las Vegas” Readers Poll, the Las Vegas Review-Journal named the firm a Gold Winner in a record-setting three categories: Best Personal Injury Lawyer, Best Law Firm and Best Customer Service. Farhan Naqvi has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell, and holds an Avvo “Superb” rating. For more information, visit http://naqvilaw.com or call 702-553-1000.

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
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 accredited by The Joint Commission. 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. For more information, visit www.cure4thekids.org

Health District Names 2019 Public Health Heroes

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What does it take to be a Public Health Hero? Every year, the Southern Nevada Health District recognizes individuals or organizations whose actions have served to improve the health status of the community. This year, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) volunteers Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina, and Clark County Code Enforcement’s Lt. Dave Pollex were honored.

Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Volunteers

As part of the Health District’s public health preparedness efforts, a cache of medication is maintained so the Health District can meet the needs of the community. Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina volunteered to repackage medication in individual treatment courses that would be provided to first responders in a public health emergency so they, in turn, can continue to provide services to the community. Each week during the yearlong project, Soto-Henry and Slonina repackaged 500, 10-day treatment courses. During that time, they donated 224.5 hours to the Health District. Their efforts provide vital support to the Southern Nevada Health District’s emergency operations activities, specifically its Medical Countermeasure dispensing plan.

Lt. Dave Pollex/Clark County Code Enforcement

As of 2019, Lt. Dave Pollex has served as the lead organizer of the Clark County Multi-Agency Response Team (CMART) for 20 years. In that time, he has facilitated and coordinated 300 community projects to address public health and safety issues. As the CMART organizer, he uses a team approach to organize and conduct abatements throughout the county. This approach ensures that the right agencies are on hand to provide the right assistance to the people who are impacted the most. His efforts reach out to individuals in the community who are the most vulnerable, and he ensures each CMART activity has adequate outreach partners to assist them.

“In public health our mandates range from taking the lead during a public health emergency to serving as the solid waste management authority for the county. Both of these activities require that we have strong community partnerships to accomplish our shared goals,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “Our Public Health Heroes are not from traditional public health agencies, but their work with our staff demonstrates the excellent partnerships we have in place to meet the needs of our community. Maria Soto-Henry, Michael Slonina, and Dave Pollex embody the 10 Essential Public Health Services.”

Public Health Heroes are nominated by Health District staff members for their efforts in supporting one or more of the 10 Essential Public Health Services: 

1.  Monitor the health status to identify and solve community health problems.

2.  Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

3.  Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

4.  Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

5.  Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

6.  Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

7.  Link people to needed health services, assure the provision of healthcare when unavailable.

8.  Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

9.  Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

10. Research for new insights and innovative solution to health problems.


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.