November is American Diabetes Month

By | Press Release

Ten percent of adults over the age of 20 in Clark County live with the realities of diabetes every day. For others, November is a time to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District reminds people with diabetes, people at-risk for developing diabetes, and their families that self-management and prevention are keys to good health. The Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers diabetes self-management classes and a variety of resources. For more information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage or call (702) 759-1270.

Diabetes’ many complications include blindness, neuropathy, kidney disease, and hearing loss, as well as increased risks for heart disease or stroke. It remains the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Self-management helps people understand and manage their disease, learn the skills to check blood sugar, eat healthy, reduce additional health care risk factors, learn how to increase physical activity, and how to work with a health care team for additional support.

“People with diabetes can live healthy lives, but they must learn to manage their disease. Diabetes can impact so many different aspects of health and people can become overwhelmed by that,” said Rayleen Earney, a diabetes health educator in the Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “Self-management classes are excellent tools to learn the skills it takes to live healthy with diabetes. The Health District as well as our community partners offer classes and other activities.” 

In 2019, the Health District’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association as a program that meets the national standards for diabetes education. In addition to the Health District, Diabetes Self-Management Classes are offered by several community partners.

A Nevada Diabetes Resource Directory that provides information about classes, prevention, clinics, specialists, support groups, and more is available in English and Spanish on the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage.

The Health District offers education about how people can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes with a free, online diabetes prevention program called the Road to Diabetes Prevention. The program was developed specifically for people with prediabetes or who are at risk for diabetes. The six-session course is available in English and Spanish. It teaches participants about risk factors and how to make simple lifestyle changes. Participants can sign up for the Road to Diabetes Prevention program on the Get Healthy Clark County or the Viva Saludable’s Programa de Prevención de Diabetes en línea webpages. 

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.

 

MountainView Hospital is Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

MountainView Hospital has received three consecutive ‘A’ ratings from the Leapfrog Group

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the third ‘A’ in a row that MountainView Hospital has received from the Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

 “Receiving a third A Hospital Safety grade demonstrates the deep commitment of MountainView Hospital and its employees to the safer care of our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This third consecutive Grade A recognizes that MountainView, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, can maintain the achievement of the highest ranking in patient safety and harm reduction strategies.”

“A hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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.

MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the Fall 2019 update. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

About 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, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  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, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital, 3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

 

 

Henderson Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Hospital awarded three consecutive ‘A’ Grades

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction  recognizing the acute care hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The designation is Henderson Hospital’s third consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

The third ‘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.

“After recently celebrating our third anniversary of providing care to our community, earning this third ‘A’ grade is a nice way to kick off a new year,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Every shift, every day begins with a commitment by our hospital staff and medical staff to provide safe, high-quality healthcare. Together, we’ve built this foundation of patient safety within three years of opening, and that’s a direct reflection of our team’s duty, dedication and devotion to our patients, their families and one another.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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.

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Henderson Hospital’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. 

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. Henderson Hospital has received multiple patient safety awards from The Leapfrog Group in 2018 and 2019, including its Top General Hospital award, which is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. In spring 2019, Henderson Hospital was also awarded its second consecutive “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group. 

 

Las Vegas HEALS Partners with AHEC for December Workforce Task Force Meeting

By | Featured, News

Meeting Set for Thursday, December 5 At Roseman University Summerlin Campus

Las Vegas HEALS will be partnering with the local Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for its December Workforce Task Force meeting. Dr. Jerry Reeves will present information on The Nevada AHEC Scholars Program, a nationally funded program by the Health Resources and Administration Association (HRSA).

The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 5, at the Roseman Auditorium inside Roseman University’s Summerlin campus located at One Breakthrough Way. Check-in starts at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting, which includes lunch, will begin at noon. Workforce Task Force members are encouraged to bring other HR professionals and leaders from their organizations that have an interest growing the Las Vegas pipeline of future healthcare workers.

Attendees of the meeting can expect to learn about the efforts being made from both organizations and how their respective companies can get involved. The education sub-committee of Las Vegas HEALS has been working with leadership from CCSD, planning health career related events for the Spring of 2020. AHEC developed the “Camp Med” program with a similar goal of introducing physician careers to high school students. Bringing these efforts together will allow both partners to achieve their goals and mission.

“Our shortage of healthcare professionals leads to delayed access to needed care and poor health outcomes in Southern Nevada,” said Dr. Jerry Reeves. “Our best hope is expanding our pipeline of students who pursue health services careers. Nevada Area Health Education Centers hope to collaborate with Las Vegas HEALS to develop more future leaders in health care. Together we can make a difference.”

“Las Vegas HEALS is always looking for ways to expand our information and communication measures,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “The goal of Las Vegas HEALS is to bring together healthcare leaders to start and continue discussions that are necessary to fulfill the organization’s mission. It’s just another way to keep our members in the know of local, important happenings.”

The Nevada AHEC is a program of the Office of Statewide Initiatives, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine. The Nevada AHEC Scholars Program is aimed at strengthening the health care workforce across the state in collaboration with Desert Meadows AHEC, High Sierra AHEC, and Frontier AHEC.

Tij von Nieda New Encompass Health Rehabilitation CEO

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Tij von Nieda named CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas

Tij von Nieda new CEO of Encompass.

Tij von Nieda has been named CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas. In his position as CEO, von Nieda oversees all of the day-to-day operations as well as patient care and quality at the 79-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. He assumed the position on August 19th, 2019.

“Tij is a proven leader in the post-acute hospital space and is a great addition to lead our team in Las Vegas,” said Jerry Gray, regional president of Encompass Health’s west region. “He will continue to build on Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas’ reputation of being a preeminent healthcare provider for patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries.”

Von Nieda trained as an executive in the Encompass Health CEO development program. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as a speech therapist and, later, as the Patient Assessment Standards Coordinator. Von Nieda earned his master’s degree in speech language pathology from University of Utah as well as dual bachelor’s degrees in Russian (arts) and communication science and disorders (science) from Brigham Young University.

About Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas is a 79-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation. Serving patients throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the hospital is located at 1250 S. Valley View Blvd. and on their website.

About Encompass Health
As a national leader in integrated healthcare services, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 133 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 82 hospice locations in 37 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care across the healthcare continuum. Encompass Health is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit their website.