Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Names New Top Leadership at Southern Nevada Hospitals

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Executive Changes Reflected in Three Southern Nevada Acute-Care Hospitals

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, southern Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system providing healing ministry in the community since 1947, today named new top leadership at three southern Nevada acute-care hospitals.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican announces new executive roles and responsibilities.

Lawrence Barnard, current President/CEO of the St. Rose San Martín Campus, will assume the role of Nevada Market Leader and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, effective July 1. Over the past four years, Barnard has demonstrated his talents at the San Martín Campus.  His leadership played a significant role in cultivating the cohesive, high-performing team at San Martín, which now delivers some of the best patient care and performance results in the Dignity Health ministry.

In his new role as Market Leader, Barnard will become Dignity Health’s ambassador to the growing southern Nevada community, extending throughout St. Rose Dominican the effective relationships he has successfully built at San Martín.

Barnard assumes his new role following the announcement that Eugene Bassett, Interim SVP of Operations and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, will be retiring, effective June 30.

Kimberly Shaw, Siena Campus Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President/CEO of the San Martín Campus, effective July 1. Shaw has been a part of Dignity Health for the past nine years, honing her leadership skills and providing critical leadership and administrative guidance. She has proven to be a highly innovative and effective leader with a strong commitment to excellence.  Shaw looks forward to bringing that same commitment to San Martín and building on the model of distinction that has been established there.

Julie Sprengel, Southwest Division President for Dignity Health, said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have an abundance of existing internal talent and expertise that will help lead our teams into the future. I am confident that Larry and Kim will represent the uniqueness of our St. Rose Dominican heritage and continue to demonstrate our commitment to care for our patients with compassion and humankindness, sustain our commitment to our employees, strengthen our relationships with our physicians, and deepen our partnership with our community.”

Tom Burns, Chief Nurse Executive at the Rose de Lima Campus, will take on additional executive duties at the hospital, becoming Chief Operating Officer/CNE at the Rose de Lima Campus, effective July 1. Burns has been with Dignity Health since 2007, serving as the CNE at both Siena and Rose de Lima Campuses. He led the nursing department and hospital to achieve exceptional clinical outcomes, in addition to working side-by-side with the Rose de Lima team through the recent transition.

After completing the almost two-year transition of the Rose de Lima Campus into a smaller, more efficient, acute-care hospital, corresponding administrative coverage consistent with these new operations is now being implemented. Teressa Conley, who has served as President/CEO of the Rose de Lima Campus since 2013, announced her retirement, effective June 30.

“No one has been more committed to the Rose de Lima transition than Teressa Conley,” said Sprengel.  “Working collaboratively with Dignity Health and the Adrian Dominican leadership, she successfully led the transition, ensuring the majority of Rose de Lima staff retained positions at our San Martín and Siena campuses.”

In closing, Sprengel said, “I ask the entire southern Nevada community to join me in congratulating Larry, Kim and Tom on their new and expanded roles. Join me as well in sending our sincere best wishes for both Gene and Teressa, thanking them for the time they dedicated to our healing mission with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. 

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit their website

Las Vegas HEALS to Host 8th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’

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Awards Honor Healthcare Leaders Members Making an Impact in the Community

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 8th 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 Sunday, June 30, and can be emailed to: nominate@lasvegasheals.org. 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 H. Ahsan, Dr. Mary Ann K. Allison, Dr. Howard Baron, The Honorable 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. Lindsay Hansen, Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Flip Homansky, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Dr. Eddy Luh, Mr. David Marlon, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Rupesh, Parikh, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. Anashu Shah, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, Dr. Troy S. Watson, Dr. Mark Winkler, Dr. Dylan Wint and Dr. Carolyn Yucha.

“Las Vegas HEALS is thrilled to be continuing the tradition of the Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards,” 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 at our 8th annual gala on October 24.”

The 8th annual gala will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 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 web page.

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.

Clinicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Reach Minimally Invasive Milestone in Treating Aortic Stenosis

By | Press Release, Recognition, Uncategorized

The first hospital in Nevada to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in 2012 – to provide patients with an option to open heart surgery – performs the 500th aortic valve replacement procedure last week week.

Clinicians on staff at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center successfully achieved a milestone last week by completing 500 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements since beginning the TAVR program in 2012. That is when Sunrise Hospital’s clinicians performed the first TAVR procedure in Nevada. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent heart valve condition effecting aging patients.

Led by Interventional Cardiologists and Cardiovascular surgeons – the Sunrise Heart Center team replaces the patients’ damaged aortic valves through a small incision in the skin. Performed in our Hybrid OR, TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic valve stenosis can cause a patient to feel faint, weak or lethargic as the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body.

During the procedure, a hollow tube is inserted into the femoral artery through a leg incision. The new heart valve is compressed and inserted through the tube, then pushed up to the aortic valve where it is expanded. The new valve pushes aside the diseased valve. The existing valve holds the new valve in place.

“Patients with a degeneration of the aortic valve or who have had significant damage to the heart can lead a higher quality of life after having a TAVR,” said Dr. Nayab Zafar “What started as a glimmer of hope for a few hopeless patients is now available to the masses because of TAVR’s success as a less-invasive heart treatment delivering improved outcomes.” Dr. Zafar adds that the TAVR procedure was formerly used when patients’ heart valve disease was deemed inoperable or very high risk. Now TAVR is a good option for treating patients with intermediate risk.

“Placing the first TAVR in a beating heart to reclaim quality of life for the first patient in Nevada and the 500th patient is exemplary of our commitment to advanced heart therapy,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our Heart Center team of clinicians who put their whole heart into caring for our community and for people across the region.”

The first TAVR procedure was performed at Sunrise Hospital by Dr. Nauman Jahangir in 2012.

Las Vegas HEALS welcomes new members

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes New Members in April

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Las Vegas HEALS (Health | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), the largest nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced Silver State Home Health Care, Silver State Health, Pulmonology Group, McDonald Carano, and R&R Healthcare Essentials recently joined its’ membership ranks.

The following companies renewed their membership in April:

  • Comprehensive Cancer Centers: Stakeholder SponsorshipComprehensive Cancer Centers has been treating patients in Southern Nevada for more than 40 years. Comprehensive has grown with the community and developed a practice that offers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary medicine, cancer genetic counseling, and clinical research. The multi-specialty practice strives to recruit the best providers, invest in state-of-the-art technology and offer the latest treatments and services.
  • Touro University Nevada: Stakeholder Sponsorship Touro University Nevada is a private, not-for-profit, Jewish-affiliated university which is home to more than 1,500 students in a wide variety of graduate degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and education. Touro is Nevada’s largest medical school and its Doctorate program in occupational therapy is the only program offered in the state. Now celebrating its 15th year in Southern Nevada, Touro has made it its mission to create opportunities to educate healthcare professionals who will practice and stay in Nevada.
  • Southwest Medical Associates: Premium Industry Partner Sponsorship – Southwest Medical, part of OptumCareTM, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group with over 400 local health care providers through Southwest Medical and OptumCare Specialty and Primary Care, including seven convenient care centers, six urgent care centers, two outpatient surgery centers, and two community centers catering to older adults, plus access to a network of 800 providers throughout Southern Nevada.
  • Bank of Nevada: Basic Sponsorship – Bank of Nevada, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, helps business clients realize their growth ambitions. Founded in 1994, Bank of Nevada offers a full spectrum of loan, deposit and treasury management capabilities, plus superior service. With 10 offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Mesquite, along with Western Alliance Bank’s powerful array of specialized financial services, the banking division is a valued resource for Southern Nevada’s business, real estate, professional, municipal and nonprofit communities.

Hometown Health renewed at the Small Membership level and SR Construction renewed at the Medium level.

“We’re grateful to Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Touro and Southwest Medical Associates for their continued support and commitment to improve the quality of health in Southern Nevada,” stated Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.  “These organizations truly lead by example and are making a significant impact in our community.  It is wonderful to see so many new healthcare organizations opening or expanding in Las Vegas and joining their colleagues in membership with Las Vegas HEALS.”

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare.The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization recently relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

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.


Tarkanian Works to Improve Future of Medicine in Southern Nevada

By | Medical Developments/Expansion, Press Release

Longtime Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian is passionate about the burgeoning Las Vegas Medical District, the UNLV School of Medicine, and the future of medical care in Southern Nevada.

Tarkanian’s Ward 1 has encompassed the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) since 2012. She has pushed forward plans for the area that includes the UNLV School of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, Desert Radiologists, the Nevada System of Higher Education, Steinberg Diagnostic Imaging, UMC, the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, and Valley Hospital Medical Center. Valley and UMC are considering expansion and renovation programs. The Ruvo Center also is discussing expansion. While Steinberg has made its move to a new location in the medical district, construction on OptumCare Cancer Care Center’s 55,000-square-foot flagship building is near completion.

“Soon as it became part of my ward, I started branding the area with signage,” Tarkanian said of the LVMD, which had been in existence since 1997. “People laughed but I thought it important. There’s a difference between talking about something and getting out and doing it. I began an advisory committee with representatives from UMC and Valley Hospital. The more I talked with doctors, the more I became aware we needed our own medical school. I started working with UNLV.”

Tarkanian, who will not be eligible to run for re-election because of term limits, is quick to point out that many people in and out of health care, along with public officials, have provided critical leadership to help make the LVMD and the medical school working realities. She says they are guided by a master plan that will bring together medical services and providers in a way that Southern Nevada has not yet experienced.

Beginning to Bloom

“Everything just started to blossom,” she said, noting that the LVMD creates an environment that supports future and continued development of businesses and property within the district. “When we first had a meeting of the advisory committee for the LVMD, just a couple people showed up. Now the whole room is full when we have a meeting.”

“The Las Vegas Medical District is my passion,” she said. “I am thrilled to see a vision that I started talking about back when I first took office taking flight. Things are falling into place.”

In addition to health institutions, student and employee housing, recreation and fitness options, a library, more medical office buildings, a hotel with a conference center, a community center, a daycare/preschool, and more dining options all are being discussed for the district. The city of Las Vegas is considering offering breaks to businesses that choose to set up in LVMD.

“The city is doing all it can to help the district and the medical school with infrastructure,” Tarkanian said. “Wires have been buried underground, streets and sidewalks have been improved. There are aesthetic improvements on Wellness Way with palm trees. We’re putting in a garage for the medical school.”

Personal Experience

Some of Tarkanian’s interest in quality medical care stems from difficult personal experiences.

She has battled lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body — skin, joints, or organs. She was diagnosed in the 1980s after Las Vegas physician Dr. Elias Ghanem sent her to the immunology clinic at UCLA. Today, medication keeps the disease in check. In 2013 she sought treatment in Las Vegas for uterine cancer and was successful in her fight against the disease.

A stroke suffered by her 5-year-old grandson, Jerry, in 2015 reinforced Tarkanian’s desire to improve health care in Southern Nevada. Again, the proper treatment was found at UCLA. Her grandson now is doing well.

“My husband was a great basketball coach (the late Runnin’ Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian who led the team to a national championship in 1990), so I could afford to go see the best doctors. But I’ve always wondered what happens to people who can’t afford to go out of state. It’s not that we don’t have good doctors in Las Vegas. We do. We just don’t have enough specialists. I think the new UNLV School of Medicine will help change that.”

Deserved Recognition

Tarkanian’s work to improve the future of medicine in Southern Nevada has not gone unnoticed.

Last year she was honored by Nevada Business Magazine with a Healthcare Heroes Award. The citation read in part, “Dr. Tarkanian was instrumental in the development and completion of the LVMD’s master plan. ”Dr. Tarkanian’s vision for the area and persistence in moving the project forward has grown the LVMD, improving quality and access to healthcare. Today, the LVMD stretches across 684 acres in Las Vegas. By 2030, it is expected to have an economic impact of $2.42 billion, generate over 16,000 jobs and create state general fund revenues of over $121 million. From the beginning, Dr. Tarkanian has recognized that this project is collaborative and would need the Southern Nevada community’s help to come to fruition. Her efforts are paying off as the LVMD continually sees increased development and new stakeholders.”

“When I see something that needs to be done, that needs to be improved, I work very hard to get it done,” Tarkanian said. “I think persistence is very important. Sometimes things don’t pan out right away, but you have to stay with it. I grew up on a farm where you worked every day, except Sunday morning to go to church, to get things done right. It’s just the way I am.”

“I don’t want people to have to leave Las Vegas to get the proper treatment,” she said. “I don’t want our doctors to think I’m criticizing them. I’m not. We just need more doctors, more specialists. People shouldn’t have to wait months for an appointment.”

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces $100 Million Anniversary Endowment Campaign

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Release, Uncategorized

Capital campaign will raise funds to safeguard the center’s growth and support its mission in perpetuity

After a decade of neurological achievements, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas is launching a $100 million endowment campaign to support long-term sustainability and serve its mission to deliver world-class treatment and research of brain disease. 

In conjunction with its milestone 10th anniversary, funds raised support continued growth of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to meet the ever-changing landscape of neurological care, including:

  • Flexibility to advance clinical programs for those impacted by brain disease
  • Capacity to pursue cutting-edge research and clinical trials
  • Resources to attract the world’s top clinicians and scientists
  • Ability to offer community education and patient and caregiver support services at no cost
  • Infrastructure to train neurological leaders of the future

“A decade of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was made possible through generous donors who believed in our mission, and now we are calling on them again to help us set our sights on long-term sustainability,” said Larry Ruvo, founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Insurance reimbursement rates do not fully support the amount and quality of care we provide, so we are fueled by the power of philanthropy. We truly believe that what happens in Las Vegas will change the world and ask the public to be a part of it by donating to our cause.”

Since partnering with Cleveland Clinic in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, supported by philanthropy from Keep Memory Alive, has earned a global reputation for diagnosing and treating devastating brain diseases while integrating research and education at every level. To date, it has:

  • Facilitated more than 165,000 patient visits
  • Conducted 70 clinical trials to advance new therapies toward FDA approval
  • Published 525 scientific papers advancing neurological research
  • Provided 41,000 support service visits to patients and families at no cost
  • Spent 55,000 hours training the next generation of medical professionals

A complete list of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s no-cost caregiver support services and upcoming educational events open to the community can be found at KeepMemoryAlive.org/caregivers-community.

“We’ve made great strides in both the research and treatment of brain disease that have changed the medical landscape in Las Vegas and beyond. While we are immensely proud of what we have accomplished thus far, we are hopeful of what we can do in the future and will use this endowment to turn our vision into a reality,” says Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., director of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “The funds secured will be used to support new research, hire brain health leaders, and fund comprehensive patient and caregiver support services.”

Las Vegas has been a supportive environment, with the community engaging to drive awareness of Nevada’s expanding healthcare climate. Recently, Vegas PBS’ “The Power of Love: The Story of Lou Ruvo and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health” won a Gold Telly Award for best original documentary. The prestigious award honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

For more information about the endowment and other opportunities to support Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Nevada or email DonateNevada@ccf.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

Touro University Nevada

Local Holocaust Survivors Accept Honorary Degrees from Touro University

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Touro Initiative Included in Las Vegas Sun Feature

Esther Finder’s parents always emphasized the importance of a good education. The day she graduated from Northwestern, her father took her cap and put it on his head.

“I realized he never had a chance for an education,” she said.

Finder’s parents, each a Holocaust survivor, were 16 when World War II started, and 22 when it ended.

“That’s prime time for an education,” she said.

Touro University Nevada recognized 21 Holocaust survivors by presenting them with honorary doctoral degrees during the medical school’s commencement Monday at Westgate Las Vegas. Touro was founded on Judaic values of teaching service and learning, according to the university’s website.

Read the full story on the Las Vegas Sun website.

MountainView Hospital Earns Two Distinguished 3-Star Ratings for Heart Surgery Procedures

By | Press Release, Recognition

Ratings place MountainView among elite healthcare providers in the nation

MountainView Hospital has earned two distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR) procedures and mitral valve repairs and replacements with coronary artery bypass graft procedures (MVRR+CABG). The three-star ratings, which denotes the highest category of quality and is the highest rating available, places MountainView Hospital among the elite of all heart surgery centers in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve this community with the most advanced technology and outstanding staff.”

For isolated mitral valve procedures, only 10 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. For MVRR+CABG procedures, only 8 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. The latest analysis of data for valve surgery covers a 3-year period, from January 2016 to December 2018, and 992 participants. 

“At MountainView Hospital, we have built a true comprehensive heart program with a philosophy based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “Our aim has been to build a comprehensive cardiovascular surgery center of excellence, and not just be a hospital that performs cardiac surgery.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). It is the most comprehensive and largest database in the world of cardiac surgery data.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS ACSD houses more than 6.1 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVSA) provides a unique model for Las Vegas for providing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery care. MountainView Hospital has built a team unparalleled for heart care in Nevada, consisting of three board-certified surgeons, four mid-levels, 24-7 coverage in-house and dedicated intensivists.

The procedures and depth of services available also distinguishes MountainView Hospital for its unique, comprehensive cardiac surgery program. MountainView offers the full spectrum of interventions for structural heart diseases to recovery through in-patient rehabilitation and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

Roseman University Physician Doing the Work to Improve Access to Health Care

By | Roseman University


Wade Vandervort

I sat side-by-side with my now 99-year-old grandmother in her recliner listening to her regale stories of patients she cared for during World War II and beyond as a naval nurse,” says Dr. Christine Quartuccio-Carran. “Her relationships, experiences and empathy are some things that still inspire me today.”

In October, the Valley Health System was accredited for a family medicine residency program, and in July, its first two 10 residents will begin their training in it as the state works toward reducing the shortage of primary care physicians serving Nevada’s growing population. Dr. Christine Quartuccio-Carran, an assistant professor at Roseman University of Medicine, is the associate program director.

Describe your medical specialty and what makes it vital for our community.

Family physicians provide comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care to patients in all life stages. We provide preventive care services, in addition to the management of acute conditions and complex disease processes. With 1 in 5 of all office visits being conducted by family physicians and practice sites more evenly distributed across the U.S. than any other specialty, we often serve as the first contact for patients accessing medical care.

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

As long as I can remember. I sat side-by-side with my now 99-year-old grandmother in her recliner listening to her regale stories of patients she cared for during World War II and beyond as a naval nurse. Her relationships, experiences and empathy are some things that still inspire me today.

What prompted you to stay in Las Vegas in lieu of moving out-of-state?

Knowing how underserved medicine, and primary care in particular, is here, I knew that staying in Nevada was where I could have the biggest impact. Through four years of medical school and three years of residency training, I became connected with various medical organizations and groups that have allowed me to become more rooted in our medical community and understand the issues affecting both patients and providers locally and nationally.

Nevada has a one of the highest shortages of doctors and nurses nationwide. What can be done to cure the shortfall?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Nevada is projected to need an increase in our primary care workforce by 77% (or 1,113 physicians) by 2030, compared with other states needing an average increase of 25.2%. One way to bridge the gap between primary care physician shortages and increasing access within our underserved community is through the expansion of graduate medical education funding for both medical schools and residencies in Nevada, which is 48th in the nation for primary care physicians per 100,000 population.

How might an overhaul of health care at the federal level affect local health care?

As with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes on a federal level can have both positive and negative effects locally. Some of the major issues at the forefront include access to care in the right setting and at the right time; affordability for the patient to receive high-quality, comprehensive care; and payment reform that incorporates the provider’s time, training, expertise and quality of care administered.

What is the most important part of your job?

The patient. Pursuing a career in the medical field was a way to combine my love of science and desire to help others. Through the practice of medicine, seeing the person behind the patient and knowing that I have been entrusted with a great responsibility of service, trust, advocacy and care for each person is what keeps me focused, dedicated and passionate about what I do.

What’s the best professional advice you’ve received?

Read. Read. Read. Then read some more. Keeping up to date in medicine is so important, as the medical landscape is constantly changing with new advancements.

What is the key for work-life balance?

There has been a lot of talk among the medical community about physician burnout. My personal combat for this is making sure to take time for myself, my family and my friends, in addition to pursuing professional paths I am passionate about. My greatest commodity, outside of health or other basic necessities, is my time. I make a conscious effort daily to divide my time in ways that I am fulfilled.

Do you think the role of a doctor has changed over the years?

As society changes, so must we. We are becoming more tech savvy, more informed, and as such, providers are seeing patients armed with more knowledge than ever. It is our role as providers to interpret that knowledge and the patient’s presentation, with our role transforming into one more of collaboration.

Whom do you admire?

The person whom I admire the most is also the person who inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, my 99-year-old grandmother. I was recently asked by my 4-year-old daughter why I work. I told her that being a doctor is one of the ways I use my talent, knowledge and passion to help others. I am reminded of that old saying, “Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.” My grandmother embodied this and now I strive to model this.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Apathy. One of the things I love most about being a physician is being an advocate. Advocating for my patients, my colleagues and my community is one way in which I try to make a difference. We all have some sort of talent that we can use to better ourselves and the lives of those around us — use it.

What is something that people might not know about you?

I love planning a great party for friends and family. I love putting all of the pieces together — good food, good company, good ambiance — and then relaxing and enjoying.

Do you have any advice for aspiring physicians?

See the person behind the patient. One of the greatest rewards in family medicine is the continuity of care we have with our patients. Getting to know our patients through the years, addressing barriers to care, understanding each person’s background reinforces the “why” behind what we do and helps us to better connect and provide better care for our patients.

Las Vegas HEALS Partners with Desert Radiology for Healthcare Happy Hour

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Event Registration Complimentary for Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS and Desert Radiology have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Guests will be able to tour Desert Radiology’s new South Rainbow facility.

The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at 3015 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and networking with professionals. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by registering here. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“We are looking forward to our next Healthcare Happy Hour event at Desert Radiology’s newest facility,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Las Vegas HEALS’ happy hours are a great way for professionals in the healthcare industry to interact with their peers and learn about new happenings in their industry”

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.