Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, Named Chief Medical Officer of HCA’s Far West Division

By | Press Release, Recognition

HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas-based Far West Division announces that Joseph C. Corcoran, DO, FACOG, is the new Division Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Corcoran has been with HCA Healthcare for nearly six years, serving as CMO of Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL. In his new role as Far West Division CMO, Dr. Corcoran will oversee clinical excellence for nine hospitals, nine surgical centers and a host of outpatient locations in California and Nevada.

“Dr. Corcoran is a proven physician leader who values the care and improvement of human life above all else,” said Brian Cook, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “He has a tremendous track record for driving clinical priorities in order to enhance care delivery and improve quality and outcomes among the patients we are honored to serve.”

Building upon nearly two decades of frontline patent care as a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dr. Corcoran is an engaged clinical leader. After transitioning from private practice and earning a business degree, he served as Senior Medical Director, Clinical Finance Strategies with The Advisory Board Company. Dr. Corcoran joined HCA Healthcare’s Brandon Regional Hospital as CMO in 2013. During his tenure, the hospital earned Top Performer recognition for Quality and Patient Safety from The Joint Commission and Leapfrog Group, among others. The hospital also launched six accredited residency programs, expanded advanced clinical services for cardiac, neuroscience, and surgical oncology patients, and added advanced Women’s & Children’s services including Pediatric General Surgery. 

Dr. Corcoran is a graduate of the Nova-Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his OB/GYN residency at Temple University Hospital. He is a Life Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Corcoran replaces Eric Ramos, MD who left HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division in October 2018.

 

 

Las Vegas HEALS Re-energizes Task Force to Address Healthcare’s Workforce Challenges

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Task Force to Form Recruitment, Retention and Education Subcommittees

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, human resource leaders of area healthcare organizations convened for a Lunch & Learn series delivered by the recently relaunched Workforce Task Force of Las Vegas HEALS. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Packham, Nevada’s top expert on Healthcare Workforce matters. Dr. Packham delivered a one-hour presentation highlighting several of his reports and findings on physician, nursing, and allied health shortages in Nevada (click here for PowerPoint presentation).

John Packham

The Task Force has had success in the past when it assisted in doubling the nursing programs in Nevada as well as created the Healthcare 2020 Program, which developed nurse residency programs in southern Nevada. The Task Force also attended nursing career fairs in cities across the country. At the meeting, the group discussed its upcoming goals for 2019 by its’ newly appointed Task Force leaders.

Meeting Summary:

  • The Board of Directors recently appointed new Task Force Leaders
    • Jim Andres – Vice President of Human Resources for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and 20+ year executive recruitment veteran
    • Andrew Priest – Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada
    • Carolyn Yucha – Retired Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing
  • Three new subcommittees will be formed
    • Recruitment – How to attract them (healthcare professionals) here
    • Retention – How to keep them here
    • Education – How to grow them here
  • The Task Force’s future plans
    • Develop a job board for healthcare employers to post jobs
    • Recruit from medical meetings being held in Las Vegas
    • Partner with Hiring Our Heroes to attract exiting military veterans to the area
    • Develop retention programs in partnership with the Customer Service Excellence Awards hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Create a directory of all the nursing and allied health schools in southern Nevada

The Task Force will meet monthly in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus Auditorium – adjacent to the Las Vegas HEALS office. Moving forward, lunch will be sponsored each month. A big thank you goes to our October lunch sponsor, Fingerprinting Express (FE). FE offers livescan fingerprints, background checks, notary and passport/visa photos. Founded in 2003, their Culture To Care™ program has offered discounted fingerprint fees for teachers, volunteers, nonprofits and military – totaling over $500,000.  FE is getting people back to work and licensed faster than traditional screening methods through the implementation of proprietary efficiencies and exclusive systems. FE is an approved fingerprint vendor for Nevada boards and divisions, including healthcare.

Member human resource leaders and educators interested in joining the Workforce Task Force should contact Pam@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Members interested in sponsoring a future lunch can reach out to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services Hosts Santa is Coming to Town, Please Don’t Hit Him

By | Press Release

Drunk Driving Prevention Event to Highlight the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

WHO:                  Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Trauma Services

                               Local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS professionals

                                Robin Wynkoop, lost her mother in drunk driving incident

                                Community Partners     

                               Las Vegas High School Students

WHAT:  Roughly, 89 people died in Nevada in 2017 due to a drunk driving related incident. To kick-off National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital will host teens from Las Vegas High School to raise awareness and show students first-hand the dangers of driving under the influence. Students will hear from members of Sunrise Hospital Trauma Services about the dangers of drinking and driving. Robin Wynkoop will share her story of loss after a drunk driver hit her mother. Students will see a live demonstration of a vehicle extrication, wear fatal vision goggles and learn how to stop someone from bleeding to death. 

WHEN:                Thursday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.           Media at 10 a.m.

WHERE:               Boulevard Mall Front Parking Lot along Maryland Parkway                            

VISUAL:                Live demonstrations of vehicle extrications, fatal vision goggles and how to Stop the Bleed

 

 

Henderson Hospital Earns National Award for Quality

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group, this fall. 

“When we opened on October 31, 2016, our team understood that our culture was based on keeping patients safe during every single patient interaction, which equates to hundreds of touchpoints during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director. “It begins with our environment and extends to our hands-on patient care, our analysis of big data to continually find ways to improve, the behind-the-scenes work by pharmacists and nursing staff to prevent medication errors, and ongoing education with our hospital team and medical staff on policies, protocols, technology and bundles (a series of particular steps) for better outcomes.  

“To receive the Top General Hospital award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees and medical staff,” said Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest awards we can receive in our hospital’s young history.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Henderson Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally as one of 118 hospitals:

·         13 Top Children’s Hospitals

·         35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)

·         17 Top Rural Hospitals

·         53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Henderson Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Henderson and other patients throughout Southern Nevada requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

 

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Opens New Multi-Discipline Simulation Center

By | Education, Press Release

SIM Center Supports Resident Education and Physician Development with equipment such as Virtual Reality

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView Hospital, today celebrated the opening of its Simulation Center, an interactive learning facility where residents can practice and hone their skills.

The facility, open 24-7 to compliment full-access learning, includes tools such as “SIM Mom” and “SIM Man” and robotic surgery. The center is also home to a virtual reality console, one of two in North America.

The Sunrise Health SIM Center was supported in part through a grant from the State of Nevada to further physician development and resident educational opportunities in our state. 

“While there are other SIM Centers in the valley, the Sunrise Health GME SIM Center is unique in that it is based at the hospital, allowing residents to visit the center at any time,” said Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “SIM Centers are impactful when they are used. With the proximity to the hospital and the GME resident offices and the unique equipment available to train with, our residents are able to garner the most benefit from the center.”

Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology said: “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 to partner with Sunrise Health to provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art simulation for Nevada’s next generation of doctors.”

Residents, as part of their chosen specialty, must work through the SIM Center curriculum, using the different equipment. Training includes everything from a simulation of a mom giving birth, to robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. The virtual reality module offers an immersive learning experience, using a virtual reality station with goggles and an ultrasound probe.

The Simulation Center curriculum and equipment encompasses the following:

• Robotic surgical simulation console

• 3D Systems/Simbionix Ultrasound Mentor

• Laparoscopic virtual reality

• Endoscopic virtual reality

• SimMan and SimMom

• Blue Phantom ultrasound-able training models

• Two fully equipped patient rooms

• Debriefing room

• Laparoscopic simulation room

• Surgical procedure lab

• All rooms are able to convert to simulated operating room

“We are thankful to the state of Nevada for its grant that assisted in building and equipping the GME SIM Center,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The future growth of graduate medical education in our state will take a community effort, as we strive to recruit and retain the brightest residents in Nevada.”

 

MountainView Hospital Earns National Award for Quality – Named Among the Top Teaching Hospitals in the U.S.

By | Press Release, Recognition

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, MountainView Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group. 

“We are quite honored to be receiving this award, so shortly after launching our graduate medical education program,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition honors the hard work by so many people to create a world-class residency program in Las Vegas. We have worked hard to recruit the right faculty members and residents, while creating a culture of learning at every level within MountainView Hospital.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, MountainView Hospital received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

·         13 Top Children’s Hospitals

·         35 Top General Hospitals

·         17 Top Rural Hospitals

·         53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, MountainView has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Las Vegas requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium is based at MountainView Hospital, with additional programs at Southern Hills Hospital and specialty rotations at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. Founded in 2015, and ushering in its inaugural class in 2016, the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium encompasses Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and Anesthesiology. 

“It is with much humility that we receive this award, and we understand that with it comes much responsibility,” said Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “MountainView will continue to pursue excellence in our resident education programs as we evolve to meet the community needs.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramps Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramping Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

Click to learn more about PREVIEW 2019

Preview Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Thomas & Mack Center – Cox Pavilion
Preview Las Vegas is the Vegas Chamber’s signature annual trade show and economic forecasting conference; featuring more than 100 local business and government exhibitors, 2,000+ attendees, an information-packed speaker series and complimentary lite bites from some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants.  Learn More

 

NEW! Early Bird Ticket Pricing
(Through Dec. 31)
$45/Chamber Member or $50/Non-Member

 

 

Early Bird Exhibitor Booth Pricing
(Through Nov. 30)
$1,125/Single Booth or $1,650/Double Booth

Spring Valley Hospital Earns National Recognition for Safety in Surgery

By | Press Release, Recognition

Spring Valley Hospital has earned the Go Clear Award™ for its achievement in eliminating hazardous smoke from its surgical procedures.

The Go Clear Award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to recognize health care facilities that have committed to providing increased surgical patient and health care worker safety by implementing practices that eliminate smoke caused by the use of lasers and electrosurgery devices during surgery.  Spring Valley Hospital earned its award by undergoing comprehensive surgical smoke education and testing and for providing the medical devices and resources necessary to evacuate surgical smoke during all smoke-generating procedures. It is one of just 27 hospitals nationwide to achieve the award so far.

“This is another advancement to improve the health and safety of our patients and staff,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “It reduces smoke exposure to our patients, but it also has a significant impact on our surgical staff and surgeons. Inhaling and absorbing surgical smoke over multiple surgeries over multiple days, weeks and months can affect one’s health.”

Surgical smoke is the unwanted by-product of energy-generating devices that are used in 90 percent of all surgeries. Its contents include toxic chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, viruses, bacteria, blood and cancer cells.  Inhalation and absorption of surgical smoke pose serious health risks to patients and surgical staff. Studies compare the inhalation of smoke from vaporized human tissue to the smoke created by cigarettes; the average daily impact of surgical smoke to the surgical team is equivalent to inhaling 27-30 unfiltered cigarettes. Today, it is estimated only 50% of health care workers across the U.S. understand the hazards of smoke exposure.

“Total evacuation needs to become the standard for all procedures that generate surgical smoke,” said Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN, CEO/Executive Director of AORN. “With this award, Spring Valley Hospital is demonstrating its deep commitment to the health and safety of its staff and community.” 

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium to Celebrate Opening of New Simulation Center

By | Press Release

SIM Center Supports Resident Education and Physician Development with equipment such as Virtual Reality

What: The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium will celebrate the opening of its new Simulation Center. The SIM Center is an interactive learning facility where residents can practice and hone their skills.

The facility, open 24-7 to compliment full-access learning, includes tools such as “SIM Mom” and “SIM Man” and robotic surgery. The center is also home to a virtual reality console, one of two in North America.

The Sunrise Health SIM Center was supported in part through a grant from the State of Nevada to further physician development and resident educational opportunities in our state.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Where: Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium

MountainView Hospital Campus

2880 N. Tenaya Way

First Floor

Las Vegas, NV 89128

Who: Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium

·         GME faculty, residents and staff

·         Local Sunrise Health hospital leadership

·         Local, state and federal elected officials

 

‘Tis the Season to be Healthy! Get Your Flu Shot.

By | Press Release

The Health District encourages Southern Nevadans to get immunized during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8

‘Tis the season! During the holiday season people traditionally spend more time with friends and family and less time getting vaccinated against the flu. The demand for flu vaccine typically decreases after the end of November, and National Influenza Vaccination Week, scheduled for December 2-8, highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. It is not too late to get vaccinated this flu season, and the Southern Nevada Health District offers flu shots at its clinics located throughout Clark County. For information about the Health District’s flu vaccine clinics call (702) 759-0850 or visit the agency’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page.

Although flu activity in Southern Nevada is low, there have been 20 confirmed hospitalizations reported in Clark County through November 17. During the 2017-2018 flu season, the Health District reported 980 hospitalizations and 62 deaths, including three in individuals under the age of 18.

For the 2018-2019 season, there are several different flu vaccine options available, including the high-dose immunization for adults older than 65. Manufacturers project they will provide between 163 million and 168 million doses of injectable flu vaccine this season, and immunizations are available at locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccine for everyone age 6 months and older, especially people who are at risk from serious complications as well as pregnant women.

“Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to fight the flu. We encourage people to get their flu shots now if they have not been vaccinated so they can enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. While the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, it is the best way to prevent the virus as well as the serious complications that can occur if you do become ill, including those that can result in hospitalization. According to the CDC, a 2017 study showed that flu vaccination reduced deaths, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and length of stay in the ICU, as well as the overall duration of a hospital stay among flu patients. In addition, a 2018 study showed that among adults who were in the hospital with influenza, vaccinated patients were 59 percent less likely to be admitted to an ICU. Among pregnant women, a flu vaccine can protect the baby from the flu for several months after birth; infants younger than 6 months old are too young to receive a flu shot.

Even when vaccine effectiveness is in the range of 30 to 60 percent, flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year. For more information visit the CDC’s Disease Burden of Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness webpages.

The Health District offers flu shots at the following clinic locations. Clients should arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Available by appoint by only. Call (702) 759-0960.
  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Available by appoint by only. Call (702) 759-1682. If calling locally from Mesquite, dial (702) 346-9161.