Renown Health’s Dr. Anthony Slonim Recognized Among Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential U.S. Clinical Executives

By | Press Release, Recognition

Dr. Slonim ranks alongside peers from the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and more

Modern Healthcare today recognizes Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Renown Health as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives in the nation. Dr. Slonim makes his debut on the prestigious list at number 37 out of the top 50.

The recognition program acknowledges clinicians working in the healthcare industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact. The Top 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives honors clinicians working in all sectors of the healthcare industry who are steering their organizations and the healthcare delivery system through dynamic, challenging times. These clinicians stand out for the scope of their executive responsibilities, personal achievements, innovation and commitment to their communities.

“By putting former frontline clinicians in charge of leading the transformation in healthcare, organizations have leveraged their greatest assets. Throughout the country are examples of former and practicing physicians and nurses leading healthcare organizations towards greater quality of care, patient satisfaction and improved margins,” said Aurora Aguilar, editor of Modern Healthcare. “Our 2019 class of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives includes Dr. Slonim — who is both a physician and a registered nurse, and who has revolutionized healthcare through boldly advancing life-saving clinical care through genetics, the adoption of health information technology and the commitment to continually improve health and healthcare in Nevada and across the U.S.”

Dr. Slonim leads Renown Health’s charitable mission of “making a genuine difference in the health and well-being,” based on the principles of caring, integrity, collaboration and excellence. Through his many efforts, the integrated healthcare system now includes four hospital campuses, 120 sites of primary, urgent and specialty care, affiliations with Stanford Medicine, the University of Nevada-Reno, St. George’s University in Grenada School of Medicine, and Hometown Health plan that serves more than 180,000 members. Renown Health’s more than 7,000 employees and 800 providers serve as the regional referral care center for over 100,000 square miles, from Sacramento to Salt Lake City.

A strategically motivated, outcome-oriented physician executive, Dr. Slonim has advanced health and healthcare both at the local and national level. During his career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, he has developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. He is an academic leader and tenured professor, holding appointments as clinical professor in the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Slonim is the first quadruple-board-certified doctor in the United States with certifications in adult critical care, internal medicine, pediatric critical care and pediatrics. Dr. Slonim chairs the American Hospital Association’s Systems Council representing more than 300 integrated health systems nationwide. He also chairs the Certified Medical Representatives (CMR) Institute, and the American College of Physician Executives’ Finance & Investment Committee. In 2017, Dr. Slonim was appointed editor-in chief of the American Association for Physician Leadership’s bi-monthly Physician Leadership Journal, having served as a life-long champion for advancing physician leadership, mentorship and peer coaching.

Since joining Renown as CEO and President in July 2014, Dr. Slonim has completely reoriented one of Nevada’s largest locally governed, not-for-profit healthcare networks. He launched a five-year strategic plan focused on population health and embraced the national triple aim initiatives of improving quality care and patient satisfaction while reducing costs. Dr. Slonim works to establish a culture of health through innovation and transformation. He regularly convenes leaders, employees, doctors and community partners to work to improve care, and to fulfill a life-long vision of inspiring better health in our communities.

With a personal passion for population health, Dr. Slonim created the Renown Institute for Healthcare Innovation and launched the nation’s first community-based, fastest-moving, population health study that currently has 38,000 participants and is returning clinical results on the first three genetic conditions including Familial Hypercholesterolemia; BRCA Positive gene related to Hereditary Breast-Ovarian Cancer Syndrome; and Lynch Syndrome, a prerequisite to colon cancer. The Healthy Nevada Project is a collaboration with global leader in environmental data, Desert Research Institute, and personal genomics company, Helix. The Healthy Nevada Project combines genetic, environmental, social and clinical data to address individual and community health needs with the goal of improving health across the state and the nation. Through the Healthy Nevada Project, Dr. Slonim aspires to make the United States of America healthier and inspires Americans to live healthier lives.

“We have the tools, ample technology and science to make this a reality,” says Dr. Slonim.

Looking ahead, the Healthy Nevada Project is planning for the next phase, called the Healthy USA Project which aims to reach more than 250,000 people and expand to new communities across the United States to ultimately drive positive health outcomes nationwide.

Dr. Slonim is a champion of innovation and transformation, having appeared on the TEDx stage twice. Before joining Renown, Dr. Slonim served in numerous leadership roles for Barnabas Health, Carilion Clinic, Children’s National Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. He went to New York Medical College and received his master’s and doctorate in public health from George Washington University.

“Dr. Slonim’s commitment has extended beyond traditional healthcare to include community health and well-being. Through his leadership, he works to improve healthcare through science, research and genetics; forge community partnerships that improve lives and develop innovative models that are improving healthcare in Nevada through the Healthy Nevada Project,” says Renown Health Board of Trustees Chair, James DeVolld. “There are so many ways that Dr. Slonim actively demonstrates his passionate commitment to Renown Health’s charitable mission of “making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.” Dr. Slonim is always looking to the future, researching promising innovations and seeking out and hiring the finest in the industry, to build healthier communities and a stronger Nevada. Working in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, leaders, physicians and staff, he has developed several national best practices, and mentored other physicians and healthcare executives across the country to deliver safer and better care to patients and families.”

The complete ranking is featured in the June 17 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine where profiles of the winners are available at ModernHealthcare.com

Health District Declares Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak in Clark County

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The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County. Between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the 37 reported cases, 86 percent were people who used drugs, and 65 percent were among people experiencing homelessness.

Other risk factors for infection of hepatitis A include:

  • Men who have sex with men.
  • People with chronic liver disease.
  • People who have an occupational risk for infection.
  • People traveling to or working in countries where hepatitis A is common.
  • People with direct contact with people who have hepatitis A.
  • People with clotting-factor disorders.

Hepatitis A is commonly spread from person-to-person through the fecal-oral route. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and light-colored stools.

Vaccination is the best prevention against hepatitis A. Practicing good hygiene can also help prevent the transmission of hepatitis A. Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. More information on hepatitis A is available on the Health District website. For up to date information on the nationwide Hepatitis A outbreak visit the CDC website.

“This current outbreak of hepatitis A in our community is an unfortunate but important reminder of why vaccines are vital to both our individual and community health,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

Since March of 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assisted multiple states and local health authorities in their responses to hepatitis A outbreaks. As of June 7, 2019, 22 states have reported 19,723 cases of the virus, resulting in 11,331 hospitalizations, and 189 deaths. Beginning in November 2017, in response to nationwide outbreaks, the Health District worked with a range of community partners to establish 27 mobile strike teams to provide immunization clinics for the homeless and at-risk populations. These teams administered the hepatitis A vaccine, as well as other immunizations, during outreach events. In Nevada, hepatitis A vaccines have been required for school entry since July 1, 2002. However, only about one-third of the population receiving services had a documented history of receiving the hepatitis A vaccine.

The Health District is responding to this current outbreak in Clark County using information from recent cases to identify and notify hospitals that have treated an increased number of hepatitis cases; identifying further locations to target vaccinations; continuing its outreach and immunization efforts with its partners; and working with its health care partners to share information and recommendations about the outbreak.

 

Roseman University – Summerlin Report – Summer 2019

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Greetings from the Summerlin Campus. In the months of May and June, two significant events are placing Roseman University of Health Sciences in Nevada’s healthcare spotlight.

First, on May 15th President Renee Coffman and I, in my role as Dean of the College of Medicine, were invited to attend a legislative session where state Senators Joe Hardy and Marilyn Dondero-Loop introduced us to the legislative body. Dr. Hardy presented and read a Proclamation signed by five legislators from both parties and both chambers, recommending that the citizens of Nevada “are encouraged to provide philanthropic support for the development of the College of Medicine at Roseman University….” The Proclamation recognized Roseman University for its excellence in healthcare education as a private, non-profit university. In addition, it stated, “Roseman University of Health Sciences is commended and supported in their efforts to serve the great State of Nevada by establishing an accredited medical school that provides excellence in education, comprehensive patient care, and research.” It was encouraging to hear the legislators highlight the need for another college of medicine and applaud Roseman University for pursuing this worthy endeavor for Southern Nevadans and their healthcare needs.

Roseman University has accomplished significant milestones in its 20-year history, and this Proclamation is testament to its on-going focus to continue to be a significant healthcare educational leader in Nevada. Over the years, our university has provided healthcare education for students in the professions of nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry providing an excellent foundation for the concept of creating a medical school. Considering the upcoming 20th anniversary of our university and its accomplishments, the College of Medicine would be a major capstone for the university, fulfilling the final requirement necessary to establish an Academic Health Center. We are grateful for the recognition and efforts of our legislators regarding this very important moment in the history of our university.

Second, Tripp Umbach is currently conducting research regarding the need for a third medical school in southern Nevada. Tripp Umbach’s reputation is well-known in the healthcare education sector of Las Vegas. Recently, they have again engaged in key stakeholder interviews, collected data, reviewed historical surveys, and examined public and government sources for the purpose of presenting a Town Hall on the Summerlin Campus the morning of June 19th (8:30 – 10:00 AM). They will update the university and the community regarding southern Nevada’s healthcare needs. This event will be a time of information and Q & A, highlighting  how Roseman University can fit in the continually evolving healthcare narrative of Southern Nevada – as they bring on another medical school. Community leaders and media members will be present. If you would like to attend on the Summerlin Campus, please respond to Jennifer Haley at jhaley@roseman.edu or call 702-802-2869.

In this season of celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Roseman University these are two more reasons to be thankful for the opportunity to work with our community, in the service of healthcare.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

First West Nile-Positive Mosquitoes of the Season Identified

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Health District reminds Southern Nevadans to Fight the Bite

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program identified the first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the season in the 89005 ZIP code. The first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada was reported in April. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

“We know that there is an increased risk for West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses in Southern Nevada during this time of the year,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “I would encourage everyone to take the appropriate precautions to do their part to ensure their homes are free of standing water, use insect repellent appropriately, and to report mosquito activity to our agency.”

West Nile virus is most commonly spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. As of May 31, Health District staff has set 711 traps throughout Clark County with 7,759 mosquitoes submitted to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory for analysis. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the two species known to spread the Zika virus. Weekly Arbovirus Updates are available on the Health District website.  

The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds,

“green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

NV Indy: Incremental Health Policy Changes Highlight 2019 Legislative Session

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Nevada Indy: ‘A lot of little things’: Incremental health policy changes favored over sweeping reform in 2019 legislative session

Lawmakers this session took patients out of the middle of negotiations between providers and insurance companies over out-of-network hospital bills in a landmark bill decades in the making and codified the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions amid ongoing threats at the federal level. Read the full story in the Nevada Independent.

The Health District Offers Heat Safety Tips

By | Press Release

The Las Vegas Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning in Nevada, and the Southern Nevada Health District is urging residents and visitors to take precautions now and throughout the summer.

Triple-digit temperatures are common between June and September in Southern Nevada. Everyone should take precautions to reduce their risk of heat-related illnesses. High summer temperatures can be especially harmful to older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, and children. Residents and visitors who may not be used to the high temperatures should use precautions. The following steps can help minimize the risk of heat-related illness and injury:

  • Plan activities earlier in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Dress in light, loose fitting clothes.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and use sunscreen.
  • If unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and gradually increase the pace.
  • Avoid being out in the sun for extended periods.
  • When planning extended outdoor activity, bring an adequate supply of water. Drink plenty of water at regular intervals – regardless of activity level.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids that contain high amounts of sugar.
  • Plan well-balanced light meals.
  • Check the local weather forecasts and plan activities accordingly.
  • Check on the status of homebound neighbors and relatives.

Caution: People who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restrictive or low-salt diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake or changing what they eat and drink.

“The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “Taking steps to stay cool and making simple changes to your fluid intake, outdoor activity levels, and clothing choices during hot weather and extreme heat conditions can help you to have a safe, healthy, and happy summer.”

More information on extreme heat is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html. For more summer safety tips, visit the Health District’s website at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/safer-summer.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

Henderson Hospital Receives Second Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Henderson Hospital was awarded a second, consecutive ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group when its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade was unveiled earlier this month. 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 second ‘A’ grade follows The Leapfrog Group’s earlier recognition of Henderson Hospital as one of only 35 Top General Hospitals in the United States in December 2018. The Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

“Since opening our doors in October 2016, we have created a culture of patient safety and a commitment to high-quality outcomes for our patients,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “I’m very proud of our entire team for earning this second consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Earning this award is directly attributed to the hard work of our hospital staff and medical staff, and their focus on providing safe, high-quality health care, each hour of each shift of each day.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.” 

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. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Only 32 percent of the 2600+ hospitals across the United States was awarded an A in the Spring 2019 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.

Veterans Village Las Vegas Opens Summer Cooling Stations with Emergency Water and Supplies

By | Press Release

With summer temperatures surging more than 100 degrees, Veterans Village Las Vegas has opened its summer cooling stations.  Individuals in need of water, food and air-conditioned relief from the heat can seek assistance at both Veterans Village Las Vegas locations in Downtown Las Vegas:

Veterans Village #1  – 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. So., Las Vegas, NV 89104

Veterans Village #2 – 50 N. 21st Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101                                                                          

Now in its eighth year of service to the Las Vegas community, Veterans Village has distributed more than 1 million bottles of water to the public. Extreme heat and the need for water is an everyday need during the summer month’s in Las Vegas, so Veterans Village offers crisis intervention services 24-7, 365 days a year.  

“We are humbled that the generosity of donors of the Las Vegas community has allowed us to distribute more than one million bottles of water,” said Dr. Arnold Stalk, founder of Veterans Village Las Vegas. “Without their kindness and donations, thousands of United States Veterans, elderly, families with children, and special need citizens would not receive much-needed relief during the scorching summer months.”

The organization is also accepting monetary donations for water, which can be made online by visiting www.vvlv.org

 

Shared Needs, Shared Effort – Meeting the Demand for Doctors

By | Press Release

By Dr. Chang-Hoon Ahn, D.O.

Associate Medical Director

Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare

It’s well-documented that Southern Nevada needs more doctors to keep up with its growing population. Southwest Medical continues to make great strides in doing its part to address this important issue.

Launched in 2016, Southwest Medical and Touro University partnered to educate and prepare physician assistants for next generation population health models. This “PA Pathways” program begins every fall (typically around October). Clinical rotations are completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health. Clinical rotations include:

  • Instruction on community-based efforts for improving health of children, including using the mobile clinic.
  • Pediatric outpatient rotations available with option for additional inpatient experience.
  • The opportunity to develop a longitudinal year-long clinical experience.
  • Core teaching in infant through adolescent care.
    • A large obstetrics/gynecology department (including well-woman care and obstetrics with a large number of deliveries per month, as well as gynecological surgery).
  • Specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, wound care, urology and podiatry.

As part of this program, Southwest Medical will help pay for the tuition of participating students for their commitment of staying with Southwest Medical for 2 years after their graduation from the PA program.

Southwest Medical has also developed a relationship with UNLV School of Medicine, where our physicians are mentoring first and second-year medical students. The students spend half a day with our physicians seeing patients, providing the medical students with real-world exposure to patient care during their medical education.

Launched in early 2019, Southwest Medical and Touro University also partnered to educate and prepare three APRNs per trimester for next-generation population health models with the “APRN Pathways Program.” Much like the physician assistant program, clinical rotations will be completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health.

Also launching this year, the Valley Health System will be starting a new family medicine residency training program with an integral relationship with Southwest Medical.

Before they become full-fledged doctors, physician residents care for patients under the supervision of an attending physician. Valley Hospital, a member of The Valley Health System, originally established a family medicine physician residency training program in 2006. Now, Valley Hospital has partnered with Southwest Medical for the residents to do a 1 month outpatient Community Family Medicine rotation. This partnership currently graduates five family medicine physicians each year. Combined, the Valley Hospital and Valley Health System programs will graduate 25 family medicine residents by 2022.

All of these programs designed in partnership with local health care educators to integrate medical students into professional practice are managed by Dr. Neil Gokal, Medical Director of Clinical Education for Southwest Medical.

Recruit and Retain Top Talent through FREE Home-Ownership Benefit

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Home Purchasing Plan Now Open to HEALS Members

Derek Parent, Las Vegas HEALS Board Member is pleased to announce the Affinity Partner Program through Cross Country Mortgage, a ZERO COST non-traditional benefit to help companies recruit and retain top talent through home-ownership.

FORBES named home-ownership as the ULTIMATE employee perk to boost company culture, build loyalty and strengthen relationship between employee/employer. Program also serves as a recruitment tool elevating company on boarding process by qualifying employees for a loan with a signed job offer letter 60 days prior to start date.

Derek shares, “Las Vegas has a history of being a transient town and we’re having a very difficult time retaining physicians and medical staff in Southern Nevada. My solution? Make them home-owners and get them INVESTED and INVOLVED in our community. Let’s welcome them and make them feel at home from day one.”

Affinity Partner Program Benefits:

  • $2,200 mortgage savings on new purchase or refinance
  • Benefit available in ALL 50 states
  • ZERO COST to employer and employee
  • Benefit extends to all company employees and their family members
  • Easy implementation with marketing resources provided for company
  • Benefit offered to all HEALS members and their family
  • Members can qualify for loan with a job offer or transfer letter 60 days prior to start date

Current list of companies signed on as Affinity Partners include Las Vegas HEALS, SalesForce, T-Mobile, Hertz, University of Washington, International Association of Firefighters, the State of Tennessee and more.

For more information, contact The Parent Team at CrossCountry Mortgage:

Derek Parent, VP of Mortgage Lending and Las Vegas HEALS Board Member

(702) 354-1400 derek.parent@myccmortgage.com

Jane Villafuerte, Business Development Manager

(702) 374-6500 derek.parent@myccmortgage.com