Community Event: Colorectal Cancer & Community Resources

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Colon cancer lecture and panel discussion followed by booth session with special guests American Cancer Society and Access to Healthcare Network

What: H2U (Health to You) and MountainView Hospital will host a community outreach event, Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3:30 p.m. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Lunch will be provided and followed by a colon cancer lecture presented by a hematology-oncology clinical nurse specialist. We will hold a panel discussion with a colorectal surgeon-GI physician, clinical nurse specialist, pharmacist, genetic testing specialist, dietitian and primary nurse.

An informational booth session will take place 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This event is FREE but space is limited. Please call (702) 962-5021 or register online at https://mountainview-hospital.com/calendar/index.dot.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Where: MountainView Hospital Mark Howard Lobby Classroom,  3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Who: We will have community guests and MountainView Hospital staff!

·         American Cancer Society – come by and learn of the different community resources available for you and your colon’s health

·         Access to Healthcare Network – learn about the colorectal cancer control program

  • Genetic Testing Specialist 
  • MountainView Hospital Registered Dietitian– discuss useful tips to maintain a healthy diet for your colon

About H2U

H2U – Health to You – is a health and wellness program that empowers adults to manage their health and live life to the fullest. MountainView is proud to offer the h2u program to the community. H2U keeps members current on health information through hospital-sponsored events, such as physician lectures, and keeps members active with a variety of monthly activities. Join thousands of other H2U members across the county who are focusing on healthier living. Go to www.h2u.com or call 1-800-771-0428. Make sure to tell operators that you want to join MountainView Hospital – Las Vegas’ H2U program.

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, urgent care centers and free-standing ERs, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

 

Sunrise Hospital Celebrates 60 Years of Patient Care in Las Vegas

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Local Institution Has Been Helping Valley Residents Since 1958

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center turns 60 this year. The facility on Maryland Parkway near Desert Inn Road has been seeing patients since 1958. From then until now, the hospital has celebrated a number of achievements, including opening the valley’s first children’s hospital.

“I didn’t think I’d be here for it,” said David Jost, facilities project engineer as he looks at memorabilia on a table.

“This is the oldest blueprint I could find from 1971.”

Items, including newspaper clippings, showcase the 60 year history of the hospital.

“That’s how far it’s grown from that, like a bunch of wings going out, single story to this multi-tower campus that we have now,” Jost said.

Lots of changes in six decades.

Jost as seen many of them during his 35 years working as an engineer.

“I was just looking to break into the electrical trade and they provided me an opportunity here after I did an interview and hired me on the spot and that’s what happened.”

Jost and other staff attended a diamond jubilee celebration at the hospital on Wednesday. An event highlighting the hospital’s accomplishments.

“Our founders brought the first CT scanner to town, brought the first cardiac program to town. Prior to that, folks had to leave and go to California for healthcare,” said CEO Todd Sklamberg, Sunrise Hospital.

Opening the children’s hospital also became another first in the valley.

“Now it’s the most comprehensive facility here, not just in southern Nevada but the entire state,” Sklamberg said.

While the event focuses on the medical campus’s past, there’s also a look to the future which includes building a new five-story tower.

“We’re also adding another 72 beds here at the hospital to meet the needs of the community both today and for the next 10 years,” Sklamberg said.

Jost proudly reflects on his time.

“I’ve been able to be involved in a lot of different projects, a lot of things, a lot of growth and it’s a big deal,” Jost said.

And he looks forward to being a part of the future accomplishments.

The hospital opened with less than 100 medical staff and 62 beds. Now, it boasts a medical staff of 1,400 and 690 beds on a 16-acre campus.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team Delivers Christmas to Pediatric Heart Children

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team helped deliver an early Christmas to families whose children have Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). The Sunrise Children’s Hospital pediatric ambulance pulled up ready to spread Christmas cheer with flashing lights, Christmas décor and the back of the ambulance full of presents. 

“Our Critical Care Transport team is called upon to bring critically ill children to our hospital which can be a scary thing for anyone – especially a child,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer for Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “It is always gratifying for our team to have a positive interaction and see the kids’ smiling faces as they explore the ambulance full of holiday gifts just for them.”

One of the special recipients was Chloe Manuel who is just three years old. Confined to a wheelchair and struggling developmentally, she is surrounded by a loving family: her mom Yvonne, her dad Antwand; and siblings Anthony and Baylee. Manuel is diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disease that affects one in 50,000 people. However, to us, she is one in a million.

The Children’s Heart Foundation, solely dedicated to funding CHD, brought Chloe’s family to the attention of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Care Team members from the Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Unit, the ER and the Transport team adopted three families in total.

Governor Sandoval announces $3.3M in funding for new medical school programs

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Efforts to Help Keep More Nevadans Developing Skills In-State

Excellent healthcare for all Nevadans a top priority for Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval announced the funding of four graduate medical education residency and fellowship programs intended to grow Nevada’s physician workforce. The Governor accepted the recommendations of his Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force for distribution of $3,324,520 approved in the executive budget during the 2017 legislative session.

“Ensuring Nevadans have access to high-quality healthcare has been one of my top priorities in office,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Growing Nevada’s physician workforce is essential to meeting this goal and funding from this grant will help increase the number of physicians completing their graduate medical education in Nevada.”

According to the State Board of Medical Examiners, there are 175 licensed physicians per 100,000 residents in Nevada, compared to 261.8 per 100,000 nationwide. Within four years, today’s funding is expected to create 5 new residency and fellowship positions across Nevada in high-demand specialties, helping ensure more of Nevada’s medical students will remain in the State to practice medicine.

“Graduate Medical Education is an important part of Nevada’s strategy to grow its physician workforce and increase access to high-quality healthcare. We’re excited that these partnerships will provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art instruction for Nevada’s next generation of doctors,” said Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Currently, Nevada produces more undergraduate medical students than it has available residencies and fellowships. Additionally, Nevada currently lacks fellowships in some specialties that are of interest to students. As a result, many highly educated students are forced to leave the state for further training at a time when they are beginning real-world application of their advanced education. The GME Grant funding awarded today will assist the State in attracting, educating, and retaining more doctors for Nevada.

The funding is broken up between the four programs:

  • Valley Health – $961,955
  • Critical Care Medicine – $80,00
  • Critical Care Surgery Fellowship – $1,560,179
  • Geriatrics Fellowship – $722,346

About the GME Task Force: On March 11, 2014, Governor Sandoval issued EO 2014-07 establishing a GME Task Force to develop recommendations for state funding of GME in the 2015 legislative session. The Governor accepted the recommendations and included $10 million for GME in his executive budget in the 2015 session, which was approved by the Legislature. In 2015, the Governor issued EO 2015-30, reestablishing the GME Task Force and charging it with providing recommendations on how to best distribute the $10 million allocated by the Legislature towards improving GME in Nevada. The Task Force developed a Request for Proposals and solicited applications from accreditor-approved GME programs or sponsoring institutions, evaluated the proposals and made recommendations to the Governor for funding. In 2016, the State awarded $10 million in grant funding to ten recipients. In 2017, the Legislature again funded the Governor’s recommendation of $10 million to grow the physician

workforce. The first $5 million was awarded in June to eight applicants. The remaining $1,675,480 will be awarded next spring following a competitive application process. The Task Force is staffed by the

Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. More information can be found at http://osit.nv.gov.

Roseman University Introduces Roseman Dental

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University Increases Services and Maximizes Patient Recruitment Efforts

Since opening in 2009, the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine’s Orthodontic Clinic at the Henderson Campus has helped thousands of patients of all ages reimagine their smiles by providing affordable, high-quality orthodontic treatment.

Roseman Dental sets up for future growth

Last month, the University completed construction of a new dental clinic, located adjacent to the Orthodontic Clinic, to offer general and advanced dentistry. In 2019, the clinic will serve as the home of a new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. In the meantime, the clinic is already providing dental care to patients, and the added services allow patients to access all of their dental needs in one convenient location.

With the expanded services, and additional residency dental programs planned for both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses in the coming years, the Roseman University Marketing Office has implemented a plan to reintroduce all of the College of Dental Medicine clinics under the name Roseman Dental. This allows the University to maximize patient recruitment efforts with consistent messaging and brand identity, bolster referral opportunities between clinics, and to create scalability for future growth.

Next week, a new Roseman Dental Website will be unveiled at rosemandental.com. The Website will serve both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses with campus-specific pages appearing in the Nevada and Utah markets via geotagging. The single Website allows the Marketing Office to manage fewer sites, eliminating redundancy, while also creating an opportunity to implement a more aggressive and targeted digital marketing campaign to recruit patients.

Additionally, fresh photos and videos featuring residents, faculty and patients from both campuses are being used to create new promotional videos, television commercials, print advertisements, brochures and other marketing materials to be rolled out in the New Year.

The College of Dental Medicine social media channels have also been revamped. The Roseman Dental clinics in Henderson can now be found at @RosemanDentalNV and the South Jordan clinics can be found at @RosemanDentalUT on Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, the clinics at both campuses will be managed through a single account at @RosemanDental.

The Orthodontic Clinic was established as the first clinical practice of the College of Dental Medicine and offers care through the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) residency program. The program enrolls 10 residents per year and up to four interns. The residents are all dental school graduates and licensed dentists, and are paired with expert board certified or board eligible orthodontic faculty to provide the best care for clinic patients.  The clinic offers an array of orthodontic treatments that include two-phase treatment, traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign®, retainers, and more.

The new Roseman Dental general dentistry clinic in Henderson, along with the dental student, AEGD and urgent care clinics in South Jordan offer a range of services, including dental examinations and x-rays, extractions, tooth sealants, root canals, dental fillings, teeth cleaning, periodontal procedures, dentures, crowns, bridges and implants. Treatment is provided at the Henderson clinic by faculty and resident dentists who are licensed Nevada dentists. Treatment at the South Jordan campus is provided by student dentists enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, under the supervision of faculty members who are licensed Utah dentists, or AEGD residents who are also licensed Utah dentists.

Roseman Dental clinics are an affordable option for dental needs, offering treatment at rates that are typically lower than at a traditional dental or orthodontic office. Dental insurance is not required for treatment and payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit cards. The clinics accept Medicaid for procedures that are covered under that plan. Insurance is accepted. For questions regarding insurances or to schedule an appointment, please call 702-968-5222 (Henderson, Nevada) or 801-878-1200 (South Jordan, Utah).

Source: Roseman University of Health Sciences

Touro University Nevada Welcomes Dr. Wolfgang G. Gilliar as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Award-Winning, Internationally Recognized Academic Leader Joins Touro Team

Touro University Nevada named the internationally recognized Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar as its new Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will begin his tenure as Dean on Jan. 2, 2019.

Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar

“I feel tremendously honored to have been selected as the next dean of TUNCOM,” said Dr. Gilliar. “Nothing could be more rewarding than preparing the physicians of the future by bringing the biological and science concepts of medicine together with a social and cultural mission. Through its expansion and recent innovations, TUNCOM stands poised to become a leader in this enhanced form of medical education as we develop joint health education skills with the various health professions.”

Prior to joining Touro, Dr. Gilliar served as Dean and Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine for more than five years. He previously served as Professor and Chair of NYIT’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, as an adjunct Assistant Professor for Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and as Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliar was also the Director of the Acute Brain Injury Unit at Tufts University’s Greenery Rehabilitation Center in Boston.

Dr. Gilliar is an award-winning and internationally recognized academic leader in medical education. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Educational Consortium.

Dr. Gilliar was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Medical Schools of New York. He has served as Chair of AACOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Medical Education Transition and member of the ACCOM Ad Hoc Committee on Governance. In addition, he served as the Inaugural Chair of the Advanced Test Items Committee for the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and was a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of State Government Affairs Telemedicine Workgroup Affiliate.

Overseas, Dr. Gilliar was instrumental in introducing a three-year Osteopathic Manual Medicine Curriculum to the German Society of Osteopathic Medicine which has become recognized throughout Europe. Throughout his accomplished career, Dr. Gilliar has received numerous awards, including the Educator of the Year Award(2012) bestowed by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

“I am delighted that Wolfgang is joining us at Touro as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “He brings an extensive and diverse background in osteopathic medical education. He is a respected national leader within the medical community and I know that he will help strengthen Touro’s position as the leading medical educator in Nevada and in the country.”

Source: Touro University News

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Celebrates 60th Anniversary

By | Hospitals, Press Release, Recognition

A “Big Idea” launched in 1958 to bring quality healthcare to Las Vegas and region transcends time.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center welcomed back former employees and hosted current Care Team Members with 35 years’ tenure or greater this week to celebrate the mission, the memories and the medical moments that constitute the hospital’s storied history.

Opening December 14, 1958, Sunrise Hospital was the “big idea” of prominent local businessmen, builders and physicians who envisioned a private hospital that would give local residents more options and access to advanced healthcare.

“McCarran International was no longer the access point to quality healthcare,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “Our founding fathers had confidence in our local leaders and Las Vegas’ ability to build and sustain a first-class medical facility and their vision was absolutely correct.”

With $1.5 million, Sunrise Hospital began serving the community with 62 beds and immediately drew from the expertise of about 50 physicians, 42 registered nurses and a handful of licensed practical nurses, aides and orderlies. Today, the facility is undergoing a $250 million expansion that will bring the bed count to 764. 

Among Nevada healthcare “firsts”, Sunrise Hospital medical leaders performed the first open heart surgery on an adult and a child, opened the first comprehensive children’s hospital featuring a dedicated Cath Lab and ER and fostered accredited rehabilitation services – including the only facility with a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certificate housing Nevada’s only inpatient ventilator rehab program. It is Nevada’s first Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, is the only National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers in Southern Nevada and continues its premiere role in caring for critically ill infants and children from across the region who need life-sustaining intensive care services.

HISTORY AT A GLANCE:

                                Below is a link to a timeline of Sunrise Hospital accomplishments spanning 60 years:

                                https://sunrisehospital.com/about/60th-anniversary.dot                          

PHOTOS FROM EVENT: https://shared-assets.adobe.com/link/2e926690-b46f-48b6-7639-9966779e37f9 

CAPTION FOR PHOTOS: Former care team members and tenured staff gathered today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Sunrise Hospital.

Health District Issues Call-to-Action to Achieve 90-90-90 Goal in Nevada

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90% of people infected with HIV are diagnosed – 90% are on antiretrovirals – 90% on treatment are virally suppressed

Today, the Southern Nevada Health District issued a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement HIV/AIDS interventions and strategies to achieve the goal of 90-90-90 in Nevada.

“If we continue to hold our current course in terms of strategies and treatment plans, we will fall behind our response to this epidemic,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “We have the tools we need to eliminate HIV as a public health threat in our community. It’s time for us to leverage our resources to ensure fewer people are being infected, more people are being diagnosed, and once diagnosed they have access to effective treatment.” 

One in seven people living with HIV in the United States is unaware of his or her status. Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 make up 20 percent of all new HIV diagnoses, Black/African American populations have the highest rates of diagnoses – nearly half at 44 percent – but represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, and in Clark County rates of new diagnoses have remained flat while rates have declined throughout the rest of country. Clark County also bears most of the disease burden for the state. The county’s population represents 73 percent of Nevada’s population, but it accounted for 90 percent of the state’s new HIV diagnoses in 2017. Eighty-five percent of people living with HIV in Nevada, reside in Clark County.

Clark County also experiences the same racial disparities evident at the national level. Blacks/African Americans represent 11 percent of the county’s population but accounted for 32 percent of the new HIV diagnoses in 2017. In contrast, whites represent 46 percent of the county’s population but only accounted for 32 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the same year. Adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses. However, the rates for this group have remained stable for the last five years.

The 90-90-90 concept is part of a broader framework of goals introduced by the United Nations to eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat. It is based on the principle that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be treated with antiretrovirals, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.

The Health District is doing its part to address this challenge with the implementation of several initiatives. This week staff begins their Academic Detailing courses to start training on how to build stronger partnerships with the medical community, leading to increased patient interventions and expanded use of biomedical interventions such as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

PrEP is offered to people who do not have HIV but who are at risk of getting it to prevent infection. The medication is taken once a day, in combination with other medicines. When taken consistently, the medication has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92 percent. People who are at high risk include those exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use. People who use PrEP must take it every day and see a health care provider for follow-up every three months.

“We began offering PrEP to clients this year as part of our efforts to reduce HIV acquisition in the community. In 2019, we are committed to expanding and enhancing our clinical services and access to care beyond our public health centers,” said Iser. “We are looking to our medical partners to expand PrEP services in their practices, and we will be working to provide them with the resources to do so.”

Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services and Survivors Stress Caution During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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Following devastating car crashes, family members and responders drive home holiday message to prevent impaired and distracted driving tragedies.

More than 89 individuals were killed in Nevada last year due to a car accident where alcohol was a contributing factor. This statistic is what brought family members who lost loved ones due to drunk or distracted drivers, law enforcement officers, first responders and Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center together today to kick off the month-long National Impaired and Distracted Driving Prevention campaign.

To emphasize the prevention point, Las Vegas High School students were included in the event today to get a first-hand look at the consequences of impaired and distracted driving but from a safe distance.

“Our theme, ‘Santa is coming to town, please don’t hit him,’ is light hearted but the consequences of driving under the influence or driving distracted could not be more serious,” says Todd P Sklamberg, CEO for Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “This is a season in which celebration can lead to irreparable tragedy – our Trauma Services care team is committed to mounting the only defense we have which is to get the word out that impaired driving and distracted driving are preventable.”                                                                                                                                                                                                

In addition to family members who lost a loved one due to a drunk or distracted driver, today’s event featured first responders including Clark County Fire & Rescue and Las Vegas Metro PD, Nevada Highway Patrol and MedicWest Ambulance. Responders brought a lasting message for all drivers with stories and visual cues that included live vehicle extrication, impaired vision goggles and Stop the Bleed demonstrations to learn how to prevent someone from bleeding to death.

Among the speakers was, Allyson LaVoie, 20, who tragically lost her sister, Hillary, a little over eight years ago in a car crash. Distracted driving, high speed and lack of seat belt use were all factors in the accident. “It’s been 2, 993 days since Hilary’s friend decided to pick up her cell phone while driving, “ said LaVoie. “I would give up anything for one last embrace, one last conversation, or one last piece of advice.”

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital:

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Sunrise Hospital serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults. 

HIV/AIDS Call-to-Action

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WHAT:  The Southern Nevada Health District is issuing a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement interventions and strategies to achieve 90-90-90 in Nevada.                                

90-90-90 is as set of goals that requires a community response to prevent new cases of HIV, increase medical access and screening, and promote linkages to services for those impacted by HIV. The concept is that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be on antiretroviral treatment, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.                      

New Health District initiatives designed to achieve these goals include Academic Detailing training for staff, and the expansion of bio-medical interventions such as PrEP.                    

WHY:  Nationally, rates of new HIV diagnoses decreased from 2012 to 2016 while rates in Clark County have remained the same. Clark County’s population represents 73 percent of Nevada’s population but accounted for 90 percent of Nevada’s new HIV diagnoses in 2017.

 

WHO:  Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District

               Dr. Jerry Cade, Medical Director, HIV Service, UMC

Health District initiatives and next steps will be presented. Additional speakers and community partners will be available.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 10 a.m. 

WHERE:  Southern Nevada Health District, Red Rock Conference Room, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89107