Spring Valley Hospital Named Wound Care Center® of the Year by Healogics

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Award recognizes seven hospitals in the nation 

 The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital received the distinguished Center of the Year award for the West zone from Healogics, Inc. This zone includes centers from 13 states, including Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington.

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital earned a patient satisfaction rate of 97.5 percent, and 93 percent of its patients’ wounds are healed within 30 days. The team cared for more than 500 patients in 2017, always with the goal of healing wounds, preventing amputations and improving patients’ quality of life.

“I’m very proud of our team’s dedication and expertise to healing complex wounds,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO of Spring Valley Hospital. “Along with wound care and hyperbaric medicine, we established a Limb Salvage program. Our focus is on prevention and early intervention to heal conditions affecting the legs, feet and toes, and help prevent the loss of a limb.”

The Wound Care Center is under the direction of medical director Lubna Javed, MD, and program director Ernie Elliott. It offers specialized wound care to patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a timely manner. Advanced treatments include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital also received the President’s Circle Award for exceeding clinical outcomes and operational goals for the second year in a row, and the Center of Excellence Award for exceeding clinical outcomes for the second year in a row.

Nearly 700 wound care centers managed by Healogics had the opportunity to qualify for the Center of the Year award; only seven were honored.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Names New Chief Nurse

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Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces that Karla Ramberger, DNP, RN, NEA-BC is its new Chief Nursing Officer effective today. With a demonstrated track record of improving patient and employee engagement, reducing turnover and achieving quality goals, Ramberger is a distinguished champion of patient centered care and the nursing practice.

Coming to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital from The Dallas-based Methodist Health System, Ramberger has more than 20 years of progressive hospital leadership experience. She has held numerous positions within Methodist including ER Director at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and VP of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Her last post was Chief Nursing Executive of Methodist Health System – a role she has held since August 2016.

Ramberger is an accomplished life learner who holds a Doctor in Nursing Practice from Rush University; her MSN and BSN were obtained in the University of Texas system (UT Tyler for her MSN and UT Arlington for her BSN). Among her recent recognitions is inclusion in the “60 Hospital and Health Systems CNOs to Know” from Becker’s Hospital Review and the Dean’s List at Rush.

“The nursing practice at Sunrise Hospital is the linchpin in our ability to care for one in four children in our state and one in 12 adults,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We’re fortunate to have Karla Ramberger join us as Chief Nurse and look forward to enabling her passion and her talents to benefit both the employee and the patient experience.”

The previous CNO at Sunrise Hospital, Kim Hatchell, recently accepted a position with KentuckyOne Health and relocated back home to Kentucky.

Southwest Medical Associates Adds Three New Healthcare Providers

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Southwest Medical Associates, part of OptumCare has added three new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Nyla Abbey, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Summerlin Health Care Center (10105 Banburry Cross Dr.) and specializes in adult medicine. Abbey completed her medical training at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.

Laura Millener, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Lifestyle Center – West (8680 W. Cheyenne Ave.). Millener completed her medical training at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lissette Rodriguez de Armas, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in cardiology. Rodriguez de Armas completed her medical training at Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de la Habana (Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana) Julio Trigo Lopez School of Medicine in Cuba and completed her residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas followed by a cardiology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center – McGovern Medical School in Houston.


Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Welcomes New Oncologists and Nurse Practitioner

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has hired medical oncologist and hematologists Vikas Gupta, MD and Restituto Tibayan, MD; and nurse practitioner for medical oncology, Christy Hess, MSN, APRN, FNP-C.

Dr. Gupta is a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist. Prior to joining Comprehensive, he worked as an oncologist and hematologist at HealthCare Partners Oncology/Hematology and Nevada Cancer Center. He has also co-authored a number of publications and has extensive research experience.

Dr. Gupta received two bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from Government Medical College in Patiala, India. He completed residencies in internal medicine at Government Medical College, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (Chandigarh, India) and at the State University of New York’s Buffalo Medical and Dental Education Consortium. Following, he completed fellowships in medical oncology at the All India Institute of Medical Services (New Delhi) and in hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Tibayan is a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist as well. Prior to joining Comprehensive, he held multiple positions with respected healthcare organizations in Garden City, Kan. He served as principal investigator at the University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Midwest Cancer Alliance; was a medical oncologist at the Breast Center at St. Catherine’s Hospital; and was chief medical oncologist and hematologist for the Heartland Cancer Center.

Dr. Tibayan graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology as well as a doctorate degree in medicine and surgery. Post-graduation, Dr. Tibayan completed internal medicine residencies at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital as well as at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Dr. Tibayan also completed a geriatrics fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Penn.) and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

Christy Hess is a board certified nurse practitioner with certification in Life Support. Hess previously worked as a family nurse practitioner for Las Vegas-based Desert Pediatrics as well as Sunrise Pediatrics. She also served as an emergency room registered nurse at Forward Operating Base AI Asad in Iraq; pediatric hematology/oncology case manager at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii; and chief nurse at the United States Army Health Clinic in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

MountainView Hospital Names New Chief Medical Officer

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MountainView Hospital announces that John Nunes, MD, FACOG, will be the new Chief Medical Officer for the organization, effective May 1.

Dr. Nunes is a Board Certified obstetrician and gynecologist with 35 years of clinical experience, ranging from private group practice to an employed physician model, hospitalist duties and hospital administrative leadership.  As director of women’s services for Valleycare Medical Center in California, he founded the first laborist program ever to be insured by the hospital’s malpractice carrier.  His clinical interests include minimally invasive pelvic surgery and the management of high-risk pregnancies.

As an undergraduate alumnus of Santa Clara University and a graduate of Georgetown School of Medicine, he subsequently completed his residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and is a 10 year active duty veteran of the United States Air Force.

Currently, he is a faculty member and an advanced Master Trainer at the National Implementation for TeamSTEPPS with the AHA.  Physician engagement and patient safety are topics on which he lectures nationally and acts as a consultant to the Oregon Medical Board.  Administratively, he has served as Chief Medical Officer of the St. Charles Medical Group, and Chief Quality and Safety Officer for the St. Charles Health System, a multi-hospital system in central Oregon.  His strong interest in clinical teaching and surgical mentoring allow him to impart a long and diverse body of experience across his many leadership roles.

“We are pleased that Dr. Nunes will be joining MountainView Hospital this spring to help collaboratively lead our medical staff and continue to build on their great work in quality patient care,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to Dr. Nunes’ leadership and clinical expertise to help continue to move MountainView forward for our community.”

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

DispatchHealth Provides On-Demand Urgent Care in Las Vegas

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Mobile Urgent Care Service Now Treating Patients in Southern Nevada

DispathHealth is a new and innovative provider of on-demand mobile urgent care services in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unlike traditional urgent care or emergency room visits, their medical team brings treatment right to the privacy and comfort of a person’s home, work place or senior living community.

This service is convenient, affordable and personal and can be easily requested by phone at 702-848-4443, or through its website or via a free mobile app. Once a request has been triaged and validated as appropriate, patients will be given an estimated time of arrival. The DispatchHealth medical team is then dispatched to the person’s home and will arrive in approximately 60 – 90 minutes.

The medical team consists of an emergency medical technician (EMT) and an ED-trained and board-certified nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) with continual virtual support from an emergency room physician. DispatchHealth’s skilled and experienced providers arrive with the tools necessary to provide advanced medical care and are supported by modern technological infrastructure to ensure quality outcomes.

The DispatchHealth medical team will arrive on scene with the tools and equipment required to treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, including the flu, upper respiratory conditions, dehydration, urinary tract infections, nebulizer treatment for COPD, bronchitis, sinus infections, strep throat, sewing up a laceration or skin tear, packing a nose bleed, treating nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, removing foreign objects (from ears and nose), pink eye, stabilizing a sprained ankle, doing basic blood work on-site, treating headaches/migraines, administering IV fluids, medications, antibiotics and much more.

The concept for DispatchHealth was created in 2013 by an Emergency Room doctor in Denver, Colorado in an attempt to reduce the number of persons utilizing the Emergency Room for non-life threatening health issues that could be treated outside of the hospital setting.

“Our care model has proven acute care can be delivered safely in the convenience of the patient’s home or location of need,” stated DispatchHealth Co-Founder and CEO Mark Prather, MD, MBA. “Whether caring for an elderly parent, an injured or ill child, or facing an acute illness or injury themselves, consumers have a new option to address on-demand healthcare needs without the expense, inconvenience and time so often associated with urgent and emergency care facilities.”


DispatchHealth’s unique, care delivery model and clinical capabilities allows them to treat the entire family from young children to teens, adults and seniors.  For busy parents with kids, working adults with hectic schedules to seniors in senior living communities, the services offer a convenient and affordable option – in essence, bringing back the house call.

DispatchHealth has contracted with major health care insurance providers in Las Vegas (including Medicare and Medicaid). After a treatment is completed, DispatchHealth will bill insurance directly. There may be a co-pay (urgent care) required depending on insurance. The co-pay would be collected after DispatchHealth has been paid by the insurance company. The service has an affordable self-pay rate for those individuals without health care coverage, are out of network coverage or have a high deductible plan. Health savings plans are also accepted for payment of services.

DispatchHealth focuses much of their attention on serving the senior community – as they often have fewer options and more difficulties accessing urgent care. They may also have limited transportation options and mobility challenges making it difficult to leave home. Having an option besides calling 911 is critical. Going to the emergency room for non-life threatening situations is not only costly, but can be very disruptive and disorienting. DispatchHealth believes their mobile urgent care solution is taking tremendous steps towards higher quality healthcare delivery, lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction.


The option of having affordable, personalized care in the home setting is a welcome and much needed addition to the care continuum. Individuals tend to be more relaxed, share more information about their health issues and have better outcomes when treated in their home.

Other advantages include not being exposed to others with serious health issues in an urgent or emergency waiting room setting; having the DispatchHealth medical team able to administer a first dose of medication, as well as write orders for prescriptions during the home visit; and having a medical team completely focused on the patient’s health needs. The average home visit is 45 minutes.

DispatchHealth’s goal is not to replace primary care physicians or home health provider, but support their efforts, when needed, for specific urgent care needs of patients. The medical team leaves a copy of all treatment notes, tests results and prescriptions with the person being treated, and sends a copy to designated primary care physicians and other care providers as requested. DispatchHealth’s objective is to tuck everyone back with their care team when treatment is completed.


The original location and corporate office for DispatchHealth is located in Denver, Colorado. Besides Denver, the company has expanded to provide services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia and Phoenix, Arizona.

DispatchHealth started helping patients in Las Vegas on December 1, 2017.

DispatchHealth’s most recent opening, as of two week ago, is Houston, TX.  Future expansion includes opening in both Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas by early summer. Additional metropolitan locations are under consideration.


The DispatchHealth business motto is “The Right Care at the Right Time at the Right Place.” They believe righteous healthcare can be achieved through the power of technology, convenience and service. Their team works hard to create an integrated delivery solution that extends yet supports the capabilities of a person’s care team, and provides quality care to each individual seen while dramatically decreasing costs for both the consumer and the healthcare industry.

To request care in the Las Vegas Valley: call 702-848-4443.


BJ Wright, Community Engagement Manager
Direct: 612-242-1001

Bill Butcher, Market Director
Direct: 503-867-2302

DispatchHealth website

April Healthcare Happy Hour Sponsored by SilverSummit Healthplan

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Las Vegas HEALS Holds Ribbon-Cutting of New Offices at Next Healthcare Happy Hour, Sponsored by SilverSummit Healthplan

Event to take place at Roseman University Summerlin Campus

Las Vegas HEALS and SilverSummit Healthplan have teamed up to mark the grand opening of the new corporate offices of Las Vegas HEALS at the Roseman University Summerlin Campus.

From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, the next Healthcare Happy Hour will be held at the new site at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a ribbon-cutting, and remarks by Doug Geinzer of Las Vegas HEALS and Garrett Leaf of SilverSummit Healthplan.

“We are excited to sponsor the popular Healthcare Happy Hour and be a part of the Las Vegas HEALS grand opening celebration of its new offices,” said SilverSummit Healthplan President and CEO Garrett Leaf. “Las Vegas HEALS has been instrumental in sharing a voice for the healthcare industry, and we avidly support our providers and the endeavors to improve our industry in Nevada.”

The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. Future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level. Las Vegas HEALS will also have access to a 16-seat conference room for hosting council and task force meetings.

“Las Vegas HEALS has succeeded in bringing together healthcare leaders to start and continue conversations necessary to fulfill our mission,” said Bob Cooper, chairman of the Board of Directors of Las Vegas HEALS. “These conversations have included everything from graduate medical education expansion to addressing inadequate provider reimbursement levels, nursing shortages and medical tourism. Being co-located within Roseman University will allow us to start and continue more of these conversations.”

Cardiometabolic Health Congress Plans for CMHC West 2018

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Details for Event Being Held at Wynn Las Vegas from May 4-5, 2018

CMHC is approaching the return of its CMHC West event: Advancing Cardiometabolic Health from East to West. As hundreds of participants gather at the two-day conference, taking place at Wynn Las Vegas from May 4-5, 2018, an extensive agenda of cutting-edge keynote speakers and thought leaders, clinical educational sessions, and interactive lectures will collectively deliver the most recent clinical research in cardiometabolic health to attendees.

As scientific research and evidence continues to emerge surrounding the multitude of ways in which cardiovascular health is tied to a host of diseases and disorders, CMHC is proud to present a carefully curated agenda that features world-renowned experts, and continue its longstanding tradition of providing the latest, most current data and clinical education in cardiometabolic health. Moreover, as global public health epidemics including obesity and diabetes progressively become more critical and severe, CMHC West represents a forum in which primary care practitioners and professionals can simultaneously learn from expert faculty, as well as each other.

As cardiovascular health becomes an increasingly critical facet of patient wellness—coupled with the need to address root symptoms of cardiometabolic disease—the far-reaching potential of CMHC West marks an exciting and unique opportunity for attendees to be at the forefront of the healthcare industry. Delegates will learn firsthand about the most effective ways to enhance practice and patient outcomes, while networking and engaging with the nation’s top thought leaders and clinicians in cardiometabolic health.


About the Cardiometabolic Health Congress

The Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) is more than an annual conference or regional meeting. CMHC provides a single point of access for busy practitioners to stay abreast of evolving science, clinical practice advances, and continuing education in cardiometabolic disease prevention and management. CMHC provides a complete platform of education spanning live and digital communications that extends the energy and experience of our national and regional conferences throughout the year to an audience of frontline clinicians with vested interests in cardiometabolic health.

To learn moreregister for any event, enroll in any training program, or exhibit at an A4M Conference, please contact the office of Cardiometabolic Health Congress:

Phone: 877.571.4700

Email: info@cardiometabolichealth.org

Nathan Adelson Hospice Hosts Route 91 Remembrance on April 8

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Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Event Features Collin Raye & Butterfly Release

To honor those lost or affected by the tragic events of 1 October, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice organization, will host a free, commemorative butterfly release ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8 at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, highlighted by a special performance by country music legend, Collin Raye.

Raye, who had 16 number one hits and 24 top ten records, including “Love, Me,” will perform as 900 butterflies are released, representing the number of victims and families directly affected by the tragedy.

The event is presented by Nathan Adelson Hospice in conjunction with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The City of Las Vegas and Get Outdoors Nevada, the Academy of Country Music’s® philanthropic arm ACM Lifting Lives® and Music City Cares Fund. The special tribute will feature a short, nondenominational ceremony with remarks by Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

“As an organization that provides extensive grief and bereavement outreach in the community, we understand trauma and its impact on individuals and their loved ones,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “With help from a grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the generous support of The City of Las Vegas, Get Outdoors Nevada, the Lifting Lives arm of the Academy of Country Music and the Music City Cares Fund, we are able to continue the healing process of our community in a visible and meaningful way.”

“ACM Lifting Lives is proud to partner with Nathan Adelson Hospice in this special ceremony honoring the victims and families of the October tragedy,” said Pete Fisher, ACM CEO. “All of us at the Academy of Country Music and ACM Lifting Lives truly believe in the powerful role music plays in healing lives, and now in our 15th year, feel a genuine and heartfelt connection to Las Vegas and its people.”

Not only does the special event bring together multiple partners to provide an inspirational and uplifting message to a still-healing Las Vegas, but to the many other communities devastated by the tragedy. Along with citizens and visitors from many states and countries, the country music community was shocked and wants to continue to help keep #vegasstrong.

The Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, established shortly after the event, is located at 1015 S. Casino Center Boulevard. Free parking is available. Due to the sensitive nature of the butterflies, they will be released promptly at 2:30 pm.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, please visit the Nathan Adelson Hospice website.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, visit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee website.

About ACM Lifting Lives®

ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Generous donations and the support of artists and fans ensure ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life. For more information, please visit the ACM Lifting Lives website.

Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Clinical Director

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Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is now seeking a Licensed Physical Therapist to serve as Clinical Director for our new outpatient clinic in Las Vegas, NV.

At Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine our therapists utilize evidence-based protocols to drive optimal outcome in the areas of sports medicine, total joints, and upper extremities, and more.

As a part of our team, therapists have immediate access to our referring providers and patient’s records, allowing for optimal patient care and recover.

We’re developing an elite physical therapy team in Las Vegas, NV and our compensation packages reflect this mission:

  • Excellent Pay and Bonus Plan
  • Comprehensive Benefits Pkg
  • Continuing Education
  • Association Dues
  • Flexible Schedule
  • And Much More

Positions available:

  • Licensed Physical Therapist/Clinic Director

If you are ready for an exciting career opportunity in a progressive orthopedic environment, contact us today to learn more!

For more information on becoming part of our Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team, please contact: