Southern Hills Hospital Celebrating Grand Opening of Level III NICU on April 24

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Southern Hills Hospital has some exciting news to share: its brand new Level III NICU is now open. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of both babies and their families. With 15 beds, including 6 private rooms, spanning over 7,062 square feet, the unit provides ample space and privacy for families during their stay.

To commemorate this milestone, the hospital will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 24th, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Government officials, hospital staff, previous NICU families and community members will be in attendance.

A video of the brand new Level III NICU

Southern Hills Hospital to Host CCSDPD K-9 Drills on May 1

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Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a special training exercise in collaboration with the Clark County School District Police Department (CCSDPD) K-9 Unit on Wednesday, May 1st, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our patients and staff, the hospital have invited CCSDPD to conduct K-9 drills in its newly expanded 6th floor space before it opens to patients. This exercise will allow the K-9 teams to familiarize themselves with the layout of the floor and practice their search techniques in a realistic environment.

The Pavilion at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center Celebrates 5 Years

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March marked a significant milestone for, The Pavilion, the leading behavioral health unit at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, as it celebrates five years of providing unparalleled psychiatric care to the community. Since its inception, The Pavilion has demonstrated a commitment to excellence, innovation, and compassionate care, making it a beacon of hope for individuals and families struggling with mental health challenges.

In honor of the 5-year anniversary we are welcoming the government officials, community members and the media to attend an open house Friday April 5, 2024 from 9am to 11am.

Southern Hills Hospital

Established in 2019, The Pavilion has grown exponentially, evolving from a modest 14-bed unit exclusively serving geriatric populations to an expansive 80-bed facility catering to individuals aged 12 and older. This expansion has enabled us to meet the increasing demand for high-quality behavioral health services in our community, ensuring that individuals of all ages receive the care and support they need to thrive.

One of the hallmarks of The Pavilion is its outstanding Psychiatry Residency Program, which attracts top talent and fosters the development of future leaders in the field of psychiatry. Under the guidance of our esteemed medical directors, Dr. Bhushan and Dr. Freedman, and a team of dedicated healthcare professionals, The Pavilion has garnered recognition as the premier destination for comprehensive behavioral health care in the southwest Las Vegas Valley.

“Our commitment to providing exceptional care extends beyond the walls of our facility,” said Allison Zednicek Chief Operations Officer of Behavioral Health at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “Our staff and leaders actively participate in various community events, including health fairs, school events, and fundraisers, to raise awareness and promote education about mental health. We believe that by engaging with the community, we can reduce stigma and empower individuals to seek the help they need.”

In recognition of our dedication to excellence, all of our Behavioral Health units have received prestigious recognition through HCA’s Unit of Distinction Program for 2024. This accolade underscores our commitment to delivering superior care and achieving outstanding patient outcomes.

Over the past five years, The Pavilion has served thousands of patients with over 18,000 admissions, touching countless lives and making a positive impact on our community. With a multidisciplinary team comprising of experts in various specialties, including gerontology, addiction medicine, neurology, and more, we provide comprehensive, personalized care to meet the diverse needs of our patients.

“We are incredibly proud of the exceptional team we have assembled at The Pavilion,” said Alexis Mussi, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital. “Their dedication, expertise, and compassion are the driving forces behind our success, and we are grateful for their commitment to our patients and their families.”

As we celebrate this milestone, The Pavilion remains steadfast in its mission to transform lives, inspire hope, and promote mental wellness in our community. We look forward to continuing our journey of excellence for generations to come.

For more information about The Pavilion and the services we offer, please visit https://southernhillshospital.com/specialties/behavioral-health

Nevada Donor Network & Partners Kick Off National Donate Life Month

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Nevada Donor Network Partners with Statewide First Responder Agencies to Announce ‘Silver State Heroes’ Campaign to Kick Off National Donate Life Month

Event features Joanna May, family member of donor hero Micah May; Major Kevin Honea, Nevada State Police; Nevada Donor Network; Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft; leadership from first responder agencies across the southern Nevada region; donor family members and transplant recipients.

In honor of April’s National Donate Life Month, several statewide first responder agencies have partnered with Nevada Donor Network to host a press conference announcing the “Silver State Heroes” campaign. This is the largest coordinated campaign involving 35 statewide first responder agencies to encourage the public to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors to save and heal lives. The campaign includes a competition to see which agency can do the most outreach during Donate Life Month.

Currently more than 100,000 Americans, including nearly 700 Nevadans, are waiting for their second chance at life through organ transplantation. Through the “Silver State Heroes Challenge” campaign, Nevada Donor Network’s community partners can help educate the public about the importance of registering to be a donor hero and how much of an impact it can make.

One heroic donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, heal up to 75 lives through tissue donation, and help restore sight to up to two people through cornea donation.

Campaign Participants Include

AMR/Medic West; Central Lyon Fire Protection District; Clark County Fire Department; Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner; Clark County School District Police Department; Community Ambulance; Douglas County Sheriff’s Office; Fallon Police Department; Henderson Police Department; Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office; Las Vegas Fire & Rescue; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department; Lyon County Sheriff’s Office; Nevada State Police; North Lake Tahoe Fire District; North Las Vegas Fire Department; Nye County Sheriff’s Office; Optimumedicine, LLC; Pyramid Lake Police Department; REMSA Health; Reno Fire Department; Reno Police Department; Smith Valley Fire Protection District; Southern Nevada EMS Consortium; Sparks Fire Department; Sparks Police Department; Storey County Fire Protection District; Storey County Sheriff’s Office; Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue; University Police Department – Northern Command; Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing; Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office; Washoe County Sheriff’s Office; White Pine County Sheriff’s Office

Pop-Up Produce Stands Returning to Las Vegas for 2024

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With spring fully underway, the Pop-Up Produce Stands return to Las Vegas on April 2, giving people increased access to affordable, locally grown, organic fresh fruits and vegetables. The pop-ups are scheduled for six dates in April, May and June at the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) in Las Vegas. Customers can use their SNAP/EBT card, cash, debit or credit cards.

The pop-up stands are aimed at helping address the problem of food insecurity in Southern Nevada. Approximately 274,430 people in Clark County — nearly 12% of the population — are food insecure, meaning they are unable to access or afford enough nutritious food for their overall health and well-being. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12.8% of U.S. households experienced food insecurity during 2022.

The produce stands program is a partnership among the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), Prevail Marketplace and Together We Can’s Veggie Buck Truck.

The BTC, located at 101 E. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, will be the site of Pop-Up Produce Stands on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 9
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 11

The stand will be open from noon until 3 p.m., or while supplies last. Last year’s pop-ups resulted in nearly 2,300 pounds of produce sold and nearly $4,600 in total sales, with 40.4% of total sales from SNAP/EBT transactions.

Healthy recipe cards, nutrition education and other health resources will also be available at the pop-ups. For more information, call the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270 or visit the Get Healthy Clark County Farmers Markets page. The website also has a list of local farmers markets, including those that accept EBT, SNAP and debit or credit cards.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

April Pool’s Day: Sunrise Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Clark County Provide Demonstration of Simulated Near Drowning and Rescue

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One of the leading reasons of accidental death for children less than four years of age in Southern Nevada is water related incidents that result in drowning.

On average, eight children drown each year in Southern Nevada. With warmer weather comes the use of swimming pools and the potential for water related accidents.

“Drowning is something that can easily happen on anyone’s watch,” said Jeanne Marsala, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Director, Safe Kids Clark County. “We need to keep educating and reminding the community about the extra precautions we can all take to keep kids safe around water – especially when we haven’t been around pools or other large bodies of water for months due to weather and access.”

Studies show that although 90 percent of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities at the same time like talking, eating, reading or taking care of another child. Even a near-drowning incident can have lifelong consequences. Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids will be partnering with Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, County Commissioner Justin Jones, Clark County Fire Department, and parent Ciera Mendoza to host April Pool’s Day on Monday, April 1 at 9:30am at Water Wings Swim School, 4245 S Grand Canyon Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89147.

April Pool’s Day is a way to encourage awareness of the dangers in and around water and how to prevent a drowning from occurring. Speakers will provide safety tips during the event and a demonstration of a simulated near drowning and rescue will also be performed.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Clark County recommend the following five tips to help keep kids safe in and around water:

  1. Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children in and around water, without distraction.
  2. Use the Water Watcher strategy. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, designate an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision and give parents a chance to read, make phone calls or take a bathroom break when they are not the designated Water Watcher.
  3. Teach kids not to swim alone. Whether you are swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to only swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
  4. Wear life jackets. Always have your children wear a life jacket approved by the U.S. Coast Guard while on boats, around open bodies of water, when participating in water sports or in the pool. Make sure the life jacket fits snugly. Have the child make a “touchdown” signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits the child’s chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
  5. Learn CPR. We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be at the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.
  6. Be extra careful around pool drains. Teach children to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets, which can cause situations where kids can get stuck underwater.

To learn more water safety tips, visit: http://www.safekids.org/poolsafety 

About Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital in Nevada that also serves the surrounding region and millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas.  Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers a full range of specialized services, including Nevada’s only pediatric heart surgery program and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department and the largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the Nevada. Sunrise Children’s Hospital is located on the same campus as Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center – Nevada’s largest acute care facility. Follow us on Instagram @SunriseChildrensHospitalLV, Twitter @SunriseHosp and Facebook.com/SunriseChildrensHospital.

About Safe Kids Clark County

Safe Kids County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Clark County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Clark County was founded in 1993 and is led by Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit safekids.org or www.safekidsclarkcounty.org.

HEALS April Magazine Theme is Alcohol Awareness Month

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The theme for April’s Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare magazine is Alcohol Awareness Month. We invite anyone interested in having content featured to send materials to Adriana. Those interested in placing advertisements can also email Adriana to send in materials, or ask any questions you may have.

Ad Specs
1/2 page ads – 7.5″ w x 5.5″
1/4 page ads – 3.5″ w x 4.5″
8 ½ x 11 Full pages

Member Ad Costs
Quarter page $75
Half-page – $125
Full page – $250
Advertorial – $525
Front Cover – $650
Back Cover – $350

Non-Member Costs
Quarter page $150
Half-page – $250
Full page – $500
Advertorial – $1,050
Front Cover – $1,300
Back Cover – $700

NOTE: Content must be received by the 10th of each month

Health District Environmental Health Invoice Payment Clients Alerted of Security Incident

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The Southern Nevada Health District is taking steps to alert approximately 300 clients who completed transactions on the Environmental Health Invoice Payment form on its website from March 4-14, 2024, that their information might have been compromised. Payments made before or after this time are not believed to be compromised. Other areas of the website were not impacted.

What Happened

On or about March 4, a malicious code was placed on the Health District’s Environmental Health Invoice Payment page. The code redirected clients who paid invoices for environmental health permits or application fees. Clients were redirected to a fraudulent payment form that looked like a credit card payment page that was not affiliated with the Health District.

What is the Health District Doing

The Health District discovered the malicious code on March 14, and immediately removed the form. Law enforcement was notified and cybersecurity experts were retained to assist with further securing the site and investigating the incident. The Health District also rebuilt its web server to ensure any means of access used in this data security incident has been eliminated.

The Health District takes the security of its clients and patients seriously. The agency is continuing to work with law enforcement and security advisors to protect against future incidents. Clients who were impacted by this incident are receiving a letter from the Health District and offered services to assist with identity theft detection and resolution services. To date, no reports of credit misuse have been identified as a result of this incident.

What You Can Do

Letters are being mailed today to individuals or business representatives who completed transactions using the payment form during the impacted timeframe. A dedicated call center has been established for this incident. If people who are impacted have additional questions, or if someone believes their information was involved and they did not receive a letter, they can call 877-890-9332, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and reference engagement number B11943.

Moving Forward

The Health District is committed to protecting the information of the people and community it serves and to learning from this incident. Enhancements and refinements to its security measures are ongoing and will continue to evolve to ensure the agency is meeting the increasing challenges of cybersecurity.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Announces 2024 Class of Medical Residents

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Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium announced its 2024 class of Medical Residents during the annual national Match Day.

The match included residents for existing programs based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Residents also rotate at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

The announcement was made during the annual event called Match Day – when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. Matched residents filled in all open positions within the following programs:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB-GYN
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitional Year (dual programs at MountainView and Southern Hills hospitals)
  • Endocrinology (fellowship, MountainView)
  • Anesthesia Critical Care (fellowship, MountainView)
  • Gastroenterology (fellowship, Southern Hills)
  • Addiction Medicine (fellowship, Southern Hills)
  • Pain Medicine (fellowship, Southern Hills)

The talented group of 112 new residents will join the 223 current residents based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Specifically this cycle, 78 new residents and fellows matched at MountainView and 34 new residents and fellows matched at Southern Hills. The new residents will begin July 2024, while others in various programs will be graduating in June.

The 2024 Main Residency Match® was again the largest on record in the organization’s history with a record-high 50,000 applicants (a 5 percent year-over-year increase), as reported by the National Resident Matching Program®, which matches fourth-year medical students with hospital and universities to find the right “match” for their residency goals.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, and continued to receive accreditation for General Surgery, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology Diagnostics, Neurology and four fellowship programs, Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Anesthesiology, Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism, and Gastroenterology.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. A residency program specializing in a specific area is required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

About Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium:

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium offers innovative approaches to residency training in an extraordinary, collaborative environment. Led by a world-class team of medical educators, our residents and medical student clerkships receive the highest quality educational experience.

Founded in 2015, and ushering in its inaugural class in 2016, the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium encompasses Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB-GYN, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Transitional Year, and four fellowship programs, Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Anesthesiology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Gastroenterology.

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care centers and outpatient physician clinics, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Nevada Healthcare Forum 10th Annual Nation of Patriots Golf Event on May 7th

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May 7th Golf Event Benefits Southern Nevada’s Active Duty Military and Veterans

The Nation of Patriots, a nationally registered 501 C 3 organization, was founded to help veterans in financial need or who are wounded in service to our country.  Each summer, the Nation of Patriots conducts “The Patriot Tour.”  A large American flag is escorted around the country by volunteers, making stops throughout all 50 states. In addition, and in conjunction with the Patriot Tour, volunteers conduct independent events to raise funds, specifically to help deserving veterans in Southern Nevada. Absolutely one hundred percent of the money raised by the Nation of Patriots goes towards helping our veterans here in Southern Nevada.

Tuesday May 7th, 2024
Angel Park Mountain Course
Registration opens at 7:00 am
Shotgun format starts at 8:00 am
Sponsorships available –T-box, foursomes, breakfast, lunch, awards, hole, putt and drive competitions.

The criteria for veterans to be considered for financial assistance are two-fold.  First, the veteran, injured in service to our country, second, the veteran must demonstrate financial need as determined by the Regional Commander.

The Las Vegas effort is spearheaded by our very generous medical community.  Members of these various chapters serve as volunteers for all the events.  They also ride in procession with the Nation of Patriots flag while it is in Las Vegas.  This is typical in July or August of each year.

The Nevada Healthcare Forum, whose four founding chapters are Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Leaders Association of Nevada (HLAN formerly MGMA), and Health Information and Management Systems Society) HIMSS.

Over the last 9 years, Las Vegas has raised a substantial amount of funds to benefit our veterans receiving care at the Michael O’Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis AFB and the local Veterans Administration.  We have raised over $250,000 in the last 9 years for our local military service personnel.  These recipients have previously been honored at a ceremony at Nellis AFB, presenting them and their families with a few mementos and a check. In addition to the honored veterans, the attendees include most of the senior leadership from Nellis AFB, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, dignitaries from the Las Vegas City government, and riders from the local Southern Nevada Harley Davidson motorcycle chapter.

For information, Download the event brochure and please contact Larry Preston at 702 598-0600 or lpreston@pmclv.com

Host Course: Angel Park

The Mountain Course opened in 1990 and was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and has beautiful views of the Red Rock Mountains. Situated on the west side of the property, the Mountain Course is slightly longer than the Palm Course and has more difficulty playing the par 5s and par 4s. Like the Palm Course, the Mountain Course has some challenging putting surfaces and a player must have great focus to make putts.