Valley Hospital Celebrates Graduate Medical Education in June

By | Press Release

June 28 White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Residents, Fellows

60 Percent of Graduating Class to Remain in Las Vegas

On June 28, 2018, Valley Hospital will welcome a new class of 24 medical residents and four Fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician.  It marks the medical student’s transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service.  As part of the Ceremony, short white coats of a medical student are discarded and long white coats of a physician are officially presented.  The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.

Since 2006, Valley Hospital has offered physician residencies and fellowships for physicians-in-training after they complete medical school, known as graduate medical education. Valley Hospital has watched its physician graduates open or join private practices, work as hospitalists, continue their medical training with the military, or enter fellowships for further specialized training.

Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

“A residency program not only trains new physicians, but it introduces them to their network of referring physicians and future patients,” said Elaine Glaser, CEO of Valley Hospital. “A 2017 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges showed that 54.5 percent of physicians who completed residency training from 2007 through 2016 are practicing in the state where they completed their residency program.* That’s an important statistic as the local healthcare community works to recruit and retain physicians to meet Southern Nevada’s growing demand for providers.”

Statistics from Valley Hospital’s graduating class include:

Overall, 60 percent of Valley Hospital’s graduating residents and fellows will remain in Las Vegas to work in private practice, as hospitalists, in outpatient clinics, and with local Fellowship opportunities at Valley Hospital (Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Two of four graduating Fellows (50 percent) are entering private practice in Las Vegas with specialties in gastroenterology or pulmonary/critical care.

Nearly 40 percent of the graduating Residents have been accepted into Fellowship Programs.

With its second graduating class, the orthopedic surgery residency maintains its 100 percent Fellowship acceptance rate with graduates being accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship, in Philadelphia, PA and the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH.

Other Valley Hospital residents have been accepted to out-of-state fellowship programs in:

·         Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN

·         Kaiser Permanente Southern California Nephrology Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA

·         Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Endocrinology & Metabolism Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ

“I’m proud that our program has developed outstanding physicians who have been accepted to well-known fellowships,” said Glaser. “It speaks to the quality of our physician leadership, faculty and program.”


About Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Located in the Las Vegas Medical District, Valley Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular and neurological surgeries and procedures, surgical services, inpatient acute rehabilitation, behavioral health, and advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicinUpdated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:

Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

Valley Hospital Las Vegas


National Healthy Homes Month

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Health District, UNLV raise awareness to reduce childhood lead exposures

While leaded gasoline or paint with lead are no longer available in the United States, children are still exposed to sources of lead in their homes. As part of the U.S. Department of Urban Development’s (HUD) annual National Healthy Homes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District has collaborated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and other community partners to raise awareness and reduce lead poisoning in children.

Lead exposure in children in Southern Nevada occurs more often through unique (non-paint) exposures such as imported spices, candies, candy wrappers, herbal remedies, and toys as well as jewelry, ceramicware, and glazed pottery.

Health District staff members are educating parents, caregivers, and health care providers about these potential sources of lead exposure and encourage testing for all children. Children should be tested for elevated lead levels at 12 months and 24 months. Children between 3 and 6 years of age should be screened if they have never been tested. Testing can be ordered by a child’s primary care provider. Most insurance companies cover the cost of lead screenings for children. The Health District offers lead screening at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. facility each Wednesday between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. More information is available on the Health District website.

Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable. Because the damage done by exposure to lead cannot be corrected, the Health District and its partners developed educational materials and resource guides for parents that are available in English and Spanish. The resources are available on the Health District website and include a comprehensive informational brochure, a fact sheet that outlines five steps parents can take to lower their child’s lead levels after an exposure, and a list of testing and intervention resources.

In addition to lead exposures, this year’s National Healthy Homes Month theme is “Check Your Home – Protect Your Family” to build awareness of the importance of completing a home assessment of potential health hazards, in addition to potential lead exposures. The goals of National Healthy Home Month are to empower and encourage people to make changes to create the healthiest homes possible for their families, to raise awareness of what makes a home healthy, and to strengthen coordination between housing and health at the federal, state, and local levels. The initiative was created by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH).

More information about Making Homes Healthier for Families is available on the HUD website. Resources include a maintenance checklist for families to assess their homes to ensure they are meeting the eight principles of a healthy home:

  1. Keep it dry: Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking.
  2. Keep it clean: Control the source of dust and contaminants, reduce clutter, and use effective wet-cleaning methods.
  3. Keep it safe: Store poisonous materials out of the reach of children and make sure they are properly labeled. Secure loose rugs and keep children’s play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
  4. Keep it well ventilated: Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
  5. Keep it pest free: Pests look for food and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home and store food in containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and bait in closed containers, along with the least toxic pesticides, such as boric acid powder.  
  6. Keep it contaminant free: Reduce lead hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet-cleaning approach.
  7. Keep it well maintained: Inspect, clean, and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.
  8. Keep it thermally controlled: Maintain adequate temperatures to ensure the safety of residents from increased risk of exposure from extreme heat or cold.

Exposure to home-related health risks can result in increases in asthma, lead poisoning, and other serious conditions in children. Parents are encouraged to speak with their health care providers about the role a healthy home can have on the growth and development of their children. Health care and public health professionals are key resources for parents in their efforts to make their homes safe and healthy environments for their children. Additional resources about testing recommendations, environmental sources of lead, and educational materials are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at More information, including hours of operation for the Health District’s Blood Lead Screening Clinic, is available at

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: Follow the Health District on Facebook:, YouTube:, Twitter:, and Instagram: The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website:

Las Vegas HEALS to Host 7th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’

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Community Leaders in Healthcare Honored on October 25 at Four Seasons

Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada), a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, will recognize a group of deserving honorees as part of the 7th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards” for their outstanding contributions to the Southern Nevada community.

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon, circa 1905, the award will recognize physicians of good standing in their professional and personal life, who have demonstrated achievements of exceptional leadership, and management proficiency to enhance strategic and operational effectiveness of healthcare delivery in their practice/community. The candidates sought should be worthy of recognition from colleagues as the best in their field, individuals who ignite and inspire continued possibilities for healthcare excellence. The candidates can be physicians and non-physicians.

Nominations are open now through Friday, July 27, and can be emailed to: Entries submitted on behalf of a healthcare group will be limited to one recipient per organization.

Past recipients have included the following healthcare leaders: Dr. Joseph Adashek, Dr. Chowdhury Ahsan, Dr. Mary Ann Allison, Dr. Howard Baron, Ms. Shelley Berkley, Dr. Charles Bernick, Dr. Joel Bower, Dr. Dale Carrison, Dr. Jim Christensen, Dr. Michael Ciccolo, Mr. Bob Cooper, Dr. Michael Crovetti, Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, Dr. Mitchell Forman, Dr. Oscar Goodman, Jr., Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. Anashu Shah, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, Dr. Troy Watson, Dr. Dyland Wint, and Dr. Carolyn Yucha.

“This annual gala will be a very special event this year as Las Vegas HEALS celebrates its 15-year anniversary,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “We are looking forward to honoring a group of individuals who set a higher standard for the healthcare community in Southern Nevada. Their contributions to our community are well deserving of recognition.”

The 7th annual gala will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Individuals interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Las Vegas HEALS at 702-952-2477 or visit the Gala page for more information.

About Las Vegas HEALS

Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities.

MountainView Hospital Recognized by Consumer Reports® for Heart Surgery Success

By | Press Release, Recognition

Results based off successes in heart bypass and aortic valve replacement procedures

The July 2018 edition of Consumer Reports® magazine recognized MountainView Hospital for successes in heart surgery alongside 62 other hospitals nationwide. MountainView Hospital is the only hospital included in the list from Nevada.

The Consumer Reports® ratings were determined by data provided by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for hospitals that have agreed to share information. Hospitals recognized did well in heart bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery in terms of complications, mortality and other factors.

Consumer Reports® listed MountainView Hospital in the following categories: Coronary artery bypass surgery as “better than expected,” with ratings reflecting the hospital’s performance in isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery between July 2016 and June 2017, and is a composite of many quality and performance measures, according to the magazine.

In the area of aortic valve replacement surgery, Consumer Reports® listed MountainView Hospital “as expected” in this procedure area. The rating reflects the hospital’s performance in surgical valve replacement surgery between July 2014 and June 2017 and is a composite of several quality and performance measures, according to the magazine. The rating does not reflect transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) data.  

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the recognitions we have received for the high-quality care we provide that follows with long-term positive results,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our ability to serve the greater community of Las Vegas with an outstanding comprehensive heart program.”

MountainView Hospital has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. The three-star rating denotes the highest category of quality, and places MountainView Hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.


Summerlin Hospital Adds New Technology to Improve Detection of Certain Bladder Cancers

By | Press Release, Technology

Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview® May Detect Certain Bladder Cancer Tumors More than Use of Standard Diagnostic Technology

In its ongoing commitment to the detection and treatment of cancer, Summerlin Hospital now offers Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview®, an optical imaging agent for the detection of papillary cancer of the bladder in patients with known or suspected bladder cancer. Cysview is the only FDA-approved imaging agent for use with blue-light cystoscopy.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 81,190 new cases of bladder cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, including an estimated 770 cases in Nevada. It is the fourth most common cancer in men, and occurs mainly in adults over age 55.

“Some high grade, aggressive bladder tumors can be difficult to detect with conventional white light cystoscopy,” said urologist Michael Verni, MD. “Timely detection and treatment of these tumors can improve cancer specific survival.  Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview offers improved detection of potentially deadly bladder tumors compared to the white light cystoscopy.”

White light cystoscopy had been has been the gold standard for visualizing suspicious lesions during transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT).

In Blue-Light Cystoscopy with Cysview,® the imaging solution (Cysview) is delivered into the bladder about an hour prior to the cystoscopy and is absorbed by cancerous tissue. After first using white light, the doctor then switches to blue light mode. Because of the imaging solution, other tumors that may be present become more visible, glowing bright pink under the blue light. This makes it easier for the urologist to identify and remove tumors.

Teri Koehler, bladder cancer survivor and co-founder of the Bladder Cancer Support Group that meets at Summerlin Hospital, knows firsthand how the Blue-Light Cystoscopy can benefit people. “Because of the Blue-Light, my urologist found two bladder tumors that weren’t visible under the white light, as well as one pre-cancerous tumor,” said Koehler. “The procedure itself is simple and by detecting tumors much earlier, it gives me peace of mind knowing this new technology is available.”

“Investing in technology like the Blue-Light Cystoscopy is an investment in our community’s health,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO of Summerlin Hospital. “We see this as another opportunity to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Southern Nevada, and to improve our patients’ quality of life.”

About Summerlin Hospital

Summerlin 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 the master-planned community of Summerlin, the 485-bed hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular care, women’s health, comprehensive maternity services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a children’s medical center, oncology care for adults and children, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, acute inpatient rehabilitation, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services for adults and children.

About Cysview® (hexaminolevulinate hydrochloride) for Intravesical Solution

Cysview is indicated for use in the cystoscopic detection of non-muscle invasive papillary cancer of the bladder among patients suspected or known to have lesion(s) on the basis of a prior cystoscopy. Cysview is used with the Karl Storz D-Light C Photodynamic Diagnostic (PDD) system to perform cystoscopy with the blue light setting (Mode 2) as an adjunct to the white light setting (Mode 1). Cysview is not for repetitive use and is not a replacement for random bladder biopsies or other procedures used in the detection of bladder cancer.





MountainView Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award

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American Heart Association Award recognizes MountainView Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

MountainView Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

MountainView Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“MountainView is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

 MountainView Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize MountainView Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


MountainView Hospital First in Las Vegas to Upgrade MRI to Latest System

By | Advancements, Press Release, Technology

MountainView Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system is the first in Las Vegas to receive the latest, clinically advanced system update.

The upgraded system is the latest offering, from GE Healthcare, is devised to help clinicians improve workflow, lower cost of ownership and improve patient comfort. The system uses 34 percent less power than previous generation MRI systems, and requires a smaller footprint for installation.

The upgrade covers various productivity-enhancing applications and new features to improve patient care and comfort to previous generation systems. The upgraded system also extends the power of MRI to patients with MRI-conditional metal implants. With the system, two to three more patients per day can be scanned due to new features and increase in productivity.

“MountainView Hospital is grateful for the support provided by HCA Healthcare that has enabled us to be the first in Las Vegas to offer our clinicians and patients with the latest MRI system,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This upgrade will enable us to provide more patients with a more efficient process of care in a comfortable environment.”

MountainView Hospital continues to provide the latest in imaging care. The upgraded MRI system is now operating at MountainView along with the latest CT, nuclear medicine, X-ray and bi-plane machine systems. Outpatient imaging services are offered through Red Rock Radiology. Red Rock Radiology radiologists are board certified and fellowship trained to offer superior service and quality to our referring physicians. Red Rock Radiology is the only facility in Nevada currently offering 3D Computer Aided Detection (CAD) mammograms, which studies have shown can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated.

MountainView Hospital and Red Rock Radiology have taken the pledge to reduce the imaging radiation dose for adults and children. For more information on imaging services provided by MountainView Hospital, please visit: To schedule an appointment at Red Rock Radiology, please call (855) 476-1268.

People News from The Valley Health System

By | Press Release, Recognition

Two Valley Health System Executives Earn Top Healthcare Management Credential
Ijafeh Akpe and Stephanie Lim recently became Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.  Akpe is Assistant System Director of Health Information Management and Physician/Clinical Documentation Improvement for The Valley Health System. Lim is the Director of Business Development for Spring Valley Hospital.

Spring Valley Hospital Neonatal Physical Therapist One of Few in US to Earn New Certification

Gabby Kompare, neonatal physical therapist at Spring Valley Hospital, recently earned her designation as a Certified Neonatal Therapist, one of approximately 250 in the world.


Innovative Partnership Focused on Reducing Employers’ Healthcare Costs

By | Innovation, Press Release

Edison Healthcare has chosen Regenexx as their exclusive option for low-cost, effective alternatives to orthopedic surgery. Both Regenexx and Edison Healthcare are dedicated to helping employers reduce wasteful spending in healthcare and provide patients with the quality-care they deserve. Through this partnership, Edison Healthcare’s corporate clients will now be able to offer their employees a non-surgical, low-risk treatment alternative for orthopedic injuries, joint conditions, and osteoarthritis.

Through their robust network of Smart Care Centers – Edison Healthcare is on a mission to help patients and employers avoid inefficient and unnecessary treatments. Adding Regenexx to their community of Smart Care Centers was both beneficial for the clients of Edison Healthcare and the patients they serve.

Each Smart Care Center consistently offers intelligent, thorough, and compassionate care for complex medical issues. By contracting directly with Smart Care providers around the world, Edison Healthcare is pioneering a new level of health care for patients and they are closing in on offering the most affordable medical services for employer groups.

With this new partnership, Regenexx is now the solution for Edison Healthcare patients who have been told they are in need of orthopedic surgery. Founding the field of Interventional Orthopedics, Regenexx offers a solution that provides a low-cost alternative to as many as 70% of orthopedic surgeries allowing employers to save more than 80% on orthopedic costs.

Tom Emerick, CEO and Co-Founder of Edison Healthcare, shared “Edison Healthcare welcomes Regenexx to the team. They offer a low cost and safe way to treat certain orthopedic problems. We expect employers and their employees to see great value in this program.”

When asked about this innovative collaboration Regenexx Chief Executive Officer, Jason Hellickson said, “As a provider of the most advanced non-surgical orthopedic care available in the United States, Regenexx is excited to continue our mission of producing the best-possible patient outcomes for Edison Healthcare through successful alternatives to orthopedic surgery.”

Contact us today to learn more. Edison Healthcare: 866-982-7988 Regenexx Corporate: 888-547-6667

The Valley Health System Wins Unanimous Approval for Freestanding Emergency Room Facility

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The Valley Health System has acquired land and won unanimous approval from the Enterprise Town Advisory Board and Clark County Board of Commissioners for a Special Use Permit to construct a freestanding emergency room facility at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron in the southwest Las Vegas valley.

The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

Spring Valley Hospital CEO Leonard Freehof, said “This freestanding ER aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care.  Groundbreaking is planned for later this summer with an opening in early 2019.”

About The Valley Health System and Spring Valley Hospital

The Valley Health System is a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Spring Valley Hospital, a member of The Valley Health System, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency, surgery, advanced cardiovascular and neurological care, women’s health, maternity, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient care for adult and pediatric therapy services and advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.