7th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’ Honorees Announced

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Las Vegas HEALS to Honor Exceptional Group of Healthcare Professionals at 7th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’

Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada), a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, has announced its illustrious group of honorees as part of the 7th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards.”

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon, circa 1905, the awards ceremony will recognize the following selection of healthcare leaders who have set a higher standard for the healthcare community in Southern Nevada:

Lindsay T. Hansen, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine – Summerlin Hospital
Medical Director – El Jen Convalescent Hospital & Plaza Regency

Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Trauma Intensive Care Unit – UMC
Professor, Trauma & Critical Care – UNLV School of Medicine

Eddy H. Luh, MD, FACS
Partner/Vascular Surgeon – Las Vegas Surgical Associates
Chief of Surgery – Valley Hospital

David Marlon, MBA, MS, LADC, CAD
Vice President – American Addiction Centers
Founder/President – Solutions Recovery, Inc.

Rupesh J. Parikh, MD
Medical Oncologist, Practice President – Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Chief of Staff, Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Mark Winkler, MD
Partner/Radiologist – Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging
Director, Medical Advisory Board, Cannon Medical Systems

Past recipients have included the following healthcare leaders: Dr. Joseph Adashek, Dr. Chowdhury Ahsan, Dr. Mary Ann Allison, Dr. Howard Baron, The Honorable Shelley Berkley, Dr. Charles Bernick, Dr. Joel Bower, Dr. Dale Carrison, Dr. Jim Christensen, Dr. Michael Ciccolo, Mr. Bob Cooper, Dr. Michael Crovetti, Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, Dr. Mitchell Forman, Dr. Oscar Goodman, Jr., Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. Anashu Shah, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, Dr. Troy Watson, Dr. Dyland Wint, and Dr. Carolyn Yucha.

“This year’s Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Award recipients embody the highest standards of integrity and quality healthcare,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “These individuals have raised the bar by making our community better every day. We are thrilled to be honoring them this year as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Las Vegas HEALS.”

The 7th annual gala will take place from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The event promises to once again be an amazing night highlighting some of Southern Nevada’s innovative healthcare leaders. Individuals interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Las Vegas HEALS at 702-952-2477 or visit the Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards page. Additionally, event sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About Las Vegas HEALS
Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities.

SBIRT (Screening Brief Interventional Referral To Treatment) Seminars Run Sept – Nov

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SBIRT (SCREENING BRIEF INTERVENTION REFERRAL TO TREATMENT) seminars are scheduled from September 11 through November 20, with registration open through August 27.

WHY Substance misuse and abuse often result in poor health outcomes and substantial healthcare costs. Multiple studies have shown that investing in SBIRT can result in health care cost savings that range from $3.81 to

$5.60 for each dollar spent. People who receive screening and brief intervention in an emergency department, hospital or primary care office experienced 20 percent fewer emergency department visits, 33 percent fewer nonfatal injury hospitalizations, 46 percent fewer arrests and 50 percent fewer motor vehicle crashes.

WHO Primary care practices focused on improving planning and delivery of behavioral health screening and treatment. The program is open to all clinicians and staff (e.g., physician, nurse, medical assistant, physician’s assistant, nurse

practitioner, social worker, community health worker, office manager, care coordinator, billing/coding staff ).


Gain expertise and integrate a proven process for screening, intervention, referring and treating patients with substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid addiction.

Space is Limited


To register, complete the application here:    https://bit.ly/2ICMgFI

Registration is open through Monday, August 27, 2018.

Tuesdays | Noon – 1:15 p.m. MT (11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. PT)

  • September 11
  • September 25
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • November 20

How will implementing SBIRT benefit you and your practice?

  • Learn new methods of coding, billing and reimbursement for the use of SBIRT.
  • Build expertise to safely and effectively manage those with positive
  • Improve work satisfaction by increasing clinic teamwork.
  • Includes complimentary technical assistance to implement SBIRT into your office work flow! For more SBIRT information (CME available): https://bit.ly/2MyIqzZ

Presenters include:

Melissa Cheng, MD, MOH, MHS, Board certified in Occupational Medicine, assistant clinical professor occupational and preventative medicine. Researcher of work related injuries that impact opioid related deaths and SBIRT Instructor.

Katherine Fortenberry, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, associate clinical professor family and preventative medicine and SBIRT Implementation Instructor. She has received a Clinical Implementation Grant from the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to implement SBIRT into primary care practice clinics.

Drs. Cheng and Fortenberry have successfully worked with SBIRT in their own settings and will guide as experts.

Medication Assisted Treatment Symposium by SNAAP on September 14th

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The State of Nevada Association for Addiction Professionals (SNAAP), is holding its M.A.T. (Medication Assisted Treatment seminar on September 14 from 9 a.m. to 4  p.m. at Solutions Recovery on 2975 S. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146.

Download this information.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, email snaapnv@gmail.com. Free Entrance into this years MAT Symposium with NEW SNAAP and NAADAC Memberships

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.”

Spring Valley Hospital Adds 36 More Private Rooms

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Increases licensed bed count to 328

Spring Valley Hospital has opened a new patient care unit, adding 36 private rooms on the third floor especially for orthopedic and spine surgery patients.  The expansion increases the hospital’s licensed bed count to 328, making it the second largest hospital in The Valley Health System.

“With the expansive growth in southwest Las Vegas and our nearby tourist population on the Las Vegas Strip,  this expansion helps us meet the needs of the people we serve, and increase our community’s access to care,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital.

The new orthopedic unit is part of the four-story patient tower which opened in June 2016, which added a private, 24-hour entrance to The BirthPlace, 18 additional mother-baby rooms, easy access to all maternity and neonatal intensive care unit services on the first floor, and 36 private rooms on the second floor for medical and surgical patients.

The four-story tower will be completely built out later this month, adding a final 36 private rooms to the fourth floor.

ER at Blue Diamond to Host Groundbreaking in September
In other construction news, Spring Valley Hospital will host a private groundbreaking celebration for its ER at Blue Diamond, located on the northwest corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron, in September 2018. The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.


Hometown Health Partners with P3 to Expand Medicare Coverage

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Hometown Health’s Senior Care Plus Medicare Advantage Plan expanding into Clark & Nye Counties by Partnering with P3 Health Partners

Hometown Health and P3 Healthcare Partners Team Up to Help Seniors.

Senior Care Plus, the Medicare Advantage plan from Hometown Health, is teaming up with P3 Health Partners to bring its 4.5-star rated Medicare Advantage plan to Medicare eligible residents of Clark and Nye counties. This announcement means Clark and Nye county Medicare recipients will have new health care choices beginning January 1, 2019 and can select Senior Care Plus as their Medicare Advantage plan during the upcoming annual enrollment period, October 15 – December 7, 2018.

“The relationship between Senior Care Plus and P3 Health Partners will focus on the provider and patient experience and healthcare outcomes through high-value care and benefits,” said Ty Windfeldt, Hometown Health CEO & Renown Health Senior Vice President. “P3’s community of experienced providers deliver excellent patient care at their physician-led clinics where they specialize in helping southern Nevada’s seniors remain healthy and active.”

P3’s team-based approach ensures the clinician and patient are supported before, during, and after visits with a comprehensive team of care managers, dietitians, behavior health specialists, and more.

In 2018, Hometown Health’s Senior Care Plus Medicare Advantage plan earned a 4.5-star rating (out of five) making it the highest rated Medicare Advantage plan in Nevada. Senior Care Plus will announce their 2019 Medicare Advantage plan offerings for Clark and Nye counties later this year. New Senior Care Plus members can expect competitive benefit options, exceptional customer service, and experienced care management. The launch of Senior Care Plus is the latest in Hometown Health’s expansion into southern Nevada. The company offers a variety of Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) health insurance plans with access to a wide range of health care providers.

About Senior Care Plus & Hometown Health
Senior Care Plus is the most popular Medicare Advantage plan in northern Nevada. Senior Care Plus is offered by Reno-based Hometown Health, Nevada’s largest not-for-profit health insurance company and the insurance arm of Renown Health. Originally named Hospital Health Plan, Hometown Health was founded in 1988 and has grown to more than 160,000 members. The Hometown Health name reflects the organization’s commitment to the communities in which it operates and its involvement in what matters most, the people it serves. To learn more about Senior Care Plus visit SeniorCarePlus.com and to learn more about Hometown Health, please visit HometownHealth.com.

About P3 Health Partners
P3 Health Partners is a population health management company, aligning clinical outcomes, care experience and economic incentives for patients, providers, and payors. Its unique program structure ensures coordination with internal and external stakeholders to produce efficient care that meets the needs of the population through their care management model. It strives to help each patient reach the optimum wellness and functional capability by receiving the right service, at the right time and in the right location through a multi-disciplinary team. For more information, visit P3HP.org.

Cleveland Clinic Releases Third Installment of Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development Pipeline Report

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Comprehensive analysis reiterates drug development remains direly slow, but new trends include emphasis on disease-modifying therapies and an increase in the use of biomarkers to support diagnosis

Cleveland Clinic’s third annual analysis of Alzheimer’s disease drug development reveals that drug development continues to be disappointingly slow. Researchers, however, are learning more about evolving targets in the pipeline, including a movement toward disease prevention and an emphasis in disease-modifying therapies.

The paper, Alzheimer’s disease drug development: pipeline 2018, is based on the federal website ClinicalTrials.Gov and appears as a feature article in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Trials Interventions (TRCI).

While the Alzheimer’s drug development pipeline is slightly larger in 2018 than 2017, researchers note that a disease-modifying therapy that will prevent or delay the onset or slow progression of the disease is urgently needed. Even a modest, one-year delay in onset by 2020 would result in there being 9.2 million fewer cases of Alzheimer’s by 2050. Of the 112 agents in the pipeline, 63 percent are disease-modifying therapies. Moreover, there is a shift to treat those with milder forms of Alzheimer’s as there are more trials in preclinical populations, including cognitively normal individuals at high risk for developing the disease (due to their genetic profile or having evidence of amyloid build up from either brain scans or cerebrospinal fluid testing).

“Cleveland Clinic continues to be a leader in assessing the evolution of new therapies for Alzheimer’s and we believe it’s crucial to drive conversation about our annual findings in effort to foster collaboration and bring public awareness to the need for acceleration of drug development,” said Aaron Ritter, M.D., director of the clinical trials program of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Our annual pipeline paper clearly illustrates that there just aren’t enough drugs in the Alzheimer’s disease development pipeline. We can increase our chances of finding life-changing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease by testing more drugs and doing it quickly and efficiently.”

Using a search of ClinicalTrials.Gov, Dr. Ritter, along with fellow authors Jeffrey Cummings, M.D., ScD, director emeritus of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Kate Zhong, M.D., Chief Strategy Officer of Global Alzheimer’s Platform and Garam Lee, Pharm.D., clinical research pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, examined all clinical trials from 2017 to 2018 to reveal the need for greater use of biomarkers, and that while there is a shift in efforts toward preventative measures, the few number of agents targeting moderate to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and the small number of therapies entering Phase 1 is concerning. In addition, researchers found that infused antibodies are a major type of evolving therapy that bode potentially exciting results. 

For example, the recent results from aducanumab and BAN2401 trials are particularly encouraging as the antibody protein is thought to decrease the amyloid plaques and possibly slow neurodegeneration and reduce disease progression.

Furthermore, immediate challenges of drug development include the lack of surrogate biomarkers. Biomarkers are not only important for the development of disease-modifying therapies, but also symptomatic drugs and are currently used to improve diagnostic accuracy. However, review of the pipeline shows that a surprisingly low percentage of disease-modifying therapy trials requires diagnostic biomarkers for entry or secondary outcomes, concluding the development and use of biomarkers for Alzheimer’s clinical trials remains an unmet goal.

Though improvements are needed, proactive steps toward clinical trial efficiency are currently underway, including the widespread use of online registries to help recruit qualified trial participants. Researchers suggest that optimizing the use of registries as well as more rapid clinical trial start up, pre-certified raters and use of a single review board can help accelerate clinical trial execution and development.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/BrainHealth. For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Center for Neurological Restoration, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Departments/Neurological/Depts/Neurological-Restoration.



Ignite Treatment Centers

Ignite Teen Treatment Center Now Accepting Admissions

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Treatment Centers Invites Those Interested to Tour Facility

Ignite Treatment Centers

Ignite Treatment Centers Open and Offering Tours.

Ignite Treatment Center is an eight bed, co-ed, residential treatment program for adolescents. Ignite treat teens, 13-18 years old, struggling with Mental Health, Addiction, or Co-morbid Mental Health/Addiction Issues. The center has a world class team of clinical professionals, a robust experiential, educational, and family program, we are CARF accredited, and we accept insurance.

Ignite Treatment Center invites those interested in learning more to take a tour of the facility. Tours can be scheduled by calling (866) 211-6848 or via email at info@ignitetreatment.com.

Ignite’s admissions team is available to respond to any inquiries, verify insurance benefits, and provide information and resources. The staff works tirelessly for clients, whether they can placed with them or not, so when a client is sent their way, they will be taken care of properly.

Ignite Treatment believes in the power of purpose, passion, and identity on the healing and development of young people. They call this Igniting Potential. While there is no easy answer to the variety of Mental Health and Addiction struggles facing youth, Ignite finds that having purpose keeps clients on course, and brings focus and drive to the task of achieving and maintaining stability.

From the first call, through the various levels of care, and as its clients “carry the torch” and reintegrate as contributing members of society, the Ignite Teen Treatment team works side-by-side with clients and families to ensure that clients strive for and achieve their optimal potential.

Learn more about Ignite Teen Treatment Centers.