Dr. Dustin Boyer, Radiation Oncologist, Joins 21st Century Oncology in Nevada

By | New Hires, New Physicians, Press Release, Recognition

With the Addition of a New Specialist, 21st Century Oncology Expands into a Critical Practice Area

21st Century Oncology (21CO), the largest integrated cancer-care network in America, announced the addition of Radiation Oncologist, Dustin Boyer to its practices in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Boyer earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and went on to build a successful practice treating various conditions, including lung, prostate, breast, brain, colorectal, head and neck, pediatric, lymphoma and gynecologic malignancies.

“I am joining 21st Century Oncology to be part of an outstanding team of physicians, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, therapists and support staff that provide the best evidence based, compassionate cancer care available.” said Dr. Boyer.

Dr. Boyer joins Dr. Susan Reisinger, Dr. Paul Treadwell and Dr. Vicenzo DeMasi to expand access to high quality care in the southern Nevada.

“We’re pleased to have Dr. Boyer join our fast-growing team and continue to provide the highest level of care to patients in southern Nevada,” said 21St Century Oncology CEO Kim Commins-Tzoumakas. “At 21st Century Oncology, our focus is on bringing world-class care, with the latest research, technology and expertise, to patients in in their own neighborhoods and communities each day.”

To learn more about Dr. Boyer and where his offices are located, visit https://www.21co.com/lasvegas/physicians/boyer-dustin.

For more information about 21st Century Oncology, please contact Lisa Palacio at 973-850-7317 or lisapalacio@jconnelly.com.

 

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Receive National Honors for Delivering Superior Women’s Care

By | Press Release, Recognition

When it comes to superior women’s care, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital deliver… literally.  Both hospitals announced today a number of national Healthgrades honors, topping the list with the 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ and 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online healthcare information resource connecting almost one million patients daily with physicians and hospitals.

Both distinctions recognize Sunrise Hospital for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery of their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. In addition, Sunrise is honored by Healthgrades in 2019 for superior performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the second year in a row, Labor and Delivery (2018-2019). The hospital is among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery in 2019. It is among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2019 and Labor and Delivery for two years in a row (2017-2019).

Healthgrades designated Sunrise Hospital as a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for five years in a row (2015-2019) and for C-Section Delivery three years in a row (2017-2019).

“Sunrise Hospital is a community dedicated to healing, which all starts with the exceptional care and outstanding outcomes our labor and delivery teams provide expectant mothers and their newborns,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, president and CEO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Congratulations to our teams for their ongoing commitment to superior women’s care, quality, experience and outcomes.”

“The Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that are dedicated to providing quality care for expectant mothers and women who will undergo gynecologic procedures,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers who do their

homework by researching the quality of their local hospitals will make more informed healthcare decisions, and it could make a difference in terms of clinical outcomes.”

Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 15 individual states for years 2015 through 2017. During this time, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 119,203 patients1.

Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 33.4 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award[1].

Most recently Sunrise Hospital completed investment and enhancements in its Labor and Delivery services to enhance the birthing experience for expectant mothers. Upgrades included a warm and inviting entrance, portable wireless fetal monitors allowing expectant mothers to stroll around the unit, and baby warmers capable of weighing newborns and limit unnecessary lifting and moving about for the hospital’s tiny patients. New furnishings, communication whiteboards and 55-inch TVs were installed in each Labor and Delivery room, plus birthing peanut balls are provided for patients to accommodate labor contractions.

Shared Needs, Shared Effort – Meeting the Demand for Doctors

By | Education

By Dr. Chang-Hoon Ahn, D.O. , Associate Medical Director Southwest Medical,                        part of OptumCare

It’s well-documented that Southern Nevada needs more doctors to keep up with its growing population. Southwest Medical continues to make great strides in doing its part to address this important issue.

Launched in 2016, Southwest Medical and Touro University partnered to educate and prepare physician assistants for next generation population health models. This “PA Pathways” program begins every fall (typically around October). Clinical rotations are completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health. Clinical rotations include:

  • Instruction on community-based efforts for improving health of children, including using the mobile clinic.
  • Pediatric outpatient rotations available with option for additional inpatient experience.
  • The opportunity to develop a longitudinal year-long clinical experience.
  • Core teaching in infant through adolescent care.
    • A large obstetrics/gynecology department (including well-woman care and obstetrics with a large number of deliveries per month, as well as gynecological surgery).
  • Specialties including cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, wound care, urology and podiatry.

As part of this program, Southwest Medical will help pay for the tuition of participating students for their commitment of staying with Southwest Medical for 2 years after their graduation from the PA program.

Southwest Medical has also developed a relationship with UNLV School of Medicine, where our physicians are mentoring first and second-year medical students. The students spend half a day with our physicians seeing patients, providing the medical students with real-world exposure to patient care during their medical education.

Launched in early 2019, Southwest Medical and Touro University also partnered to educate and prepare three APRNs per trimester for next-generation population health models with the “APRN Pathways Program.” Much like the physician assistant program, clinical rotations will be completed at Southwest Medical, with the exception of emergency medicine and behavioral health.

Also launching this year, the Valley Health System will be starting a new family medicine residency training program with an integral relationship with Southwest Medical.

Before they become full-fledged doctors, physician residents care for patients under the supervision of an attending physician. Valley Hospital, a member of The Valley Health System, originally established a family medicine physician residency training program in 2006. Now, Valley Hospital has partnered with Southwest Medical for the residents to do a 1 month outpatient Community Family Medicine rotation. This partnership currently graduates five family medicine physicians each year. Combined, the Valley Hospital and Valley Health System programs will graduate 25 family medicine residents by 2022.

All of these programs designed in partnership with local health care educators to integrate medical students into professional practice are managed by Dr. Neil Gokal, Medical Director of Clinical Education for Southwest Medical.

 

The OptumCare Network of Nevada Has Added Four New Independent Practice Physicians to Help Meet the Growing Need for Health Services in the Las Vegas Community:

By | New Hires, Press Release

Mark Ferdowsian, DO – Sunset Clinic (3175 Saint Rose Pkwy., Ste. 121, Henderson and 4 other locations), specializing in family medicine and urgent care.

Rosner P. Luss, MD (1621 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. 16B), specializing in internal medicine.

Henry K. Osei, MD – Mountainside Internal Medicine (6850 N. Durango Dr., Ste. 211), specializing in internal medicine.

Michael D. Reiner, MD – Independent Medical Group / Reiner Medical (1320 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahrump), specializing in family medicine.

 

Healthgrades Recognizes MountainView Hospital as 5-Star Recipient for Labor and Delivery Care

By | Press Release, Recognition

5-star Recipient for two years in a row (2018-2019)

MountainView Hospital is proud to announce that it is a 5-star recipient for vaginal delivery as recognized by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that MountainView Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for vaginal delivery.

“At MountainView, we understand that pregnancy and childbirth are some of the most crucial moments for women and families that deserve every bit of dedicated care,” says Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This 5-star rating is an important indication of our staff’s commitment to providing quality care.”

“Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women’s health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women’s care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. From 2015 through 2017, patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 39.2 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star.

 

The Opioid Dilemma: Treating Pain During an Overdose Epidemic

By | Featured, News

Two-Day Seminar on Addressing Opioid Crisis Featuring Travis Reider August 14 & 15

America has a serious problem with prescription opioids, and it’s not just the problem that immediately comes to mind. That is: it’s not just that they’re killing people. The danger of opioids is now well-known, but the problem is bigger than that. Opioids are both dangerous but also highly effective at treating some kinds of severe pain. What that means is that the healthcare system needs to utilize opioid analgesia, but in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic in which opioids feature prominently, that same system is afraid of these medications. The end result is that clinicians risk both undertreating pain (out of fear of opioids) and overprescribing opioids (because they want to be able to treat pain). This bigger problem is ‘The Opioid Dilemma.’ In this talk, bioethicist and director of the Johns Hopkins Institue of Bioethics Masters program Travis Rieder will use his own experience as a trauma patient to underscore the nature of this problem, and then explore some of the gaps in pain treatment, as well as how clinicians—and institutions—can close those gaps.

These events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited, so RSVP today at www.clarkcountymedical.org/rieder or by clicking the image below.

West Nile Virus Update

By | Press Release

Health District reports sixth case of West Nile virus

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s sixth case of West Nile virus. The individual is a female under the age of 50 who has the neuroinvasive form of the illness. West Nile virus is considered endemic in Clark County, having first been identified in 2005. This new case is a reminder to the public of the importance of preventing mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sources around their homes. The Health District is also alerting the community to the ongoing outbreak in the mosquito population. The West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses are being actively transmitted from infected birds to mosquitoes, which then places the public at increased risk for disease.

West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found in 25 unique ZIP codes and mosquitoes testing positive for the St. Louis encephalitis virus have been found in 10 unique ZIP codes so far this season. More than 33,000 mosquitoes have been submitted for testing this year. Of those samples, 4,987 pooled samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, and 433 have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

To prevent mosquito bites the public should use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone. Eliminate areas of standing water, including non-circulating ponds, “green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding. For more tips, go to the Health District’s Mosquito Breeding Prevention website. For additional information and weekly updates on the Health District’s mosquito surveillance activities go to: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/programs/mosquito-surveillance/weekly-arbovirus-update/.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

By | Featured, New Hires, Press Release

Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center announces Cullen Brown as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective August 19th. In this position, Brown will oversee the operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department and other areas of the 252 bed facility. Brown most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Los Robles Medical Center, an HCA Far West Division Facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to help lead this tremendous group of professionals at Southern Hills Hospital,” Brown said. “My goal is to continue to extend our mission of providing the highest quality care for our patients and the communities we serve.”

At Los Robles, Brown oversees several departments including neurosciences, radiology, laboratory, environmental services, food and nutrition, respiratory, and outpatient wound care. Brown was also instrumental in leading $35 million in capital improvement for the hospital, including relocating and renovating several departments.

“We are thrilled to have Cullen join the administrative team at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center,” said Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital. “Cullen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. I look forward to the great things that he will help us accomplish as we continue to advance Southern Hills to meet the healthcare needs of the Las Vegas community.”

Prior to Los Robles, Brown held progressive leadership roles at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He also worked at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s bone marrow transplant clinic and interned for the HCA Healthcare North Texas Division in the business development department.

Brown was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Dallas, Texas to study economics at Southern Methodist University.  From there he moved to Richmond, Virginia and received his Master in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Brown will be relocating to Las Vegas with his wife Kari, an elementary school teacher.

 

 

Health District Issues Precautions as Additional West Nile Virus Cases Reported

By | Press Release

Three more Clark County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Southern Nevada Health District is reminding the public to take precautions to protect themselves from this potentially serious disease. One individual is a male over the age of 50 who had the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness, and another is a female under the age of 50 who had the neuroinvasive form of the illness. The third individual is a male over the age of 50 who was asymptomatic and is classified as a presumptively viremic donor (PVD). Because 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus are asymptomatic, all potential blood donors are screened to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus through blood transfusions. The Health District has previously reported two cases of West Nile virus this year, both in females over the age of 50 with neuroinvasive disease. These three new cases bring Clark County’s 2019 case count to five.

The Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program continues to identify West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis virus-positive mosquitoes throughout Southern Nevada. West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found in 25 unique ZIP codes and mosquitoes testing positive for the St. Louis encephalitis virus have been found in ten unique ZIP codes so far this season. More than 33,000 mosquitoes have been submitted for testing this year. Of those samples, 4,987 pooled samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, and 433 have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

“Our mosquito surveillance activities are showing us that there is an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases occurring right now in our community. West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis are being actively transmitted from infected birds to mosquitoes, which then places the public at increased risk for disease,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District.

“The most effective way to keep from getting infected with West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites,” said Iser.

The Health District is urging the public to use insect repellent, wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and to take steps to control mosquitoes in and around their home. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone. Eliminate areas of standing water, including non-circulating ponds, “green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding. For more tips, go to the Health District’s Mosquito Breeding Prevention website.

For additional information and weekly updates on the Health District’s mosquito surveillance activities go to: www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/programs/mosquito-surveillance/weekly-arbovirus-update/.