Nathan Adelson Hospice Achieves Level Four Status in ‘We Honor Veterans’ Program

By | Press Release, Recognition

Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that the hospice has achieved Level Four in the We Honor Veterans Program.

By achieving this level as a We Honor Veterans Partner, Nathan Adelson Hospice is recognized as an organization that actively works to increase access to hospice and palliative care for Veterans in our community. Nathan Adelson Hospice will continue to provide Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, identify patients with military experience, and build professional and organizational capacity to provide care for Veterans while developing and strengthening partnerships with the VA and other Veterans’ organizations.

“It is our honor to support local Veterans who have valiantly served our country,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “Our organization remains committed to meeting the unique and varied needs of Veterans residing in southern Nevada. No Veteran should ever end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.”

Part of the Level Four practices include conducting Veteran-specific educational presentations and increasing access to care within the community. Nathan Adelson Hospice will expand its Veteran-to-Veteran program, where Veteran volunteers are paired with hospice patients who are also Veterans. Veteran volunteers help assist with informing Veterans about available benefits. The volunteers encourage patients to share their stories, allowing them to feel validated, open up, and to reach peace at the end of their lives.

Measles Update

By | Press Release

Travelers urged to protect themselves

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 465 cases of measles in 19 states so far this year. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. The Southern Nevada Health District reported two confirmed cases of measles in Clark County the last six months. The CDC is urging people to protect themselves before traveling, especially to international destinations.

The Passover holiday begins on Friday, April 19, and it is a popular time for families to travel. The CDC is reminding everyone that measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Immunization recommendations for families who are traveling internationally include:

  • Infants 6 months through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine.
  • Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.
  • Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

Measles is so contagious that one person can infect nine out of 10 people around them if they are not protected. The measles virus can also cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death.

Parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children using the recommended schedule for the MMR vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should be protected with the vaccine before traveling to an international destination. 

The Health District’s Immunization Clinics provide services at public health centers throughout Southern Nevada. Immunization services are available at the following locations:

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E12, Las Vegas
  • Henderson Clinic at Touro University, 874 American Pacific Dr, Henderson

(Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. by appointment only. The office is closed from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. daily)

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

(Immunization services are available by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the office is closed daily from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch)

Southwest Medical Adds Three New Health Care Providers

By | Press Release, Recognition

Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare has added three new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community: 

Sami Akhchin, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in urgent care.

Jemelyn Hedrick, RN joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Heights Urgent Care (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) as an RN manager.

Theresa Hilton-Berger, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey and Durango Convenient Care walk-in clinics (4750 W. Oakey Blvd. and 7150 S. Durango Dr.).




Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill Celebrates Nurses with Dining Deals in Honor of National Nurses Week

By | Press Release

Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill, a Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant, will celebrate nurses across Southern Nevada with dining deals during National Nurses Week Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12.

All registered nurses can enjoy $3 off two lunch entrees, or $4 off two dinner entrees throughout the nationally recognized observance. Signature menu items include seasoned steak, lamb, chicken, shrimp, salmon, falafel, and vegetable pitas; rice bowls served with saffron rice and feta salad; skewer plates with vegetable couscous; ever-popular rotisserie chicken; a variety of fresh salads, in addition to their famous hummus and pita.

The award-winning restaurant operates three convenient locations around the valley to the communities of Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin. Locations include Downtown Summerlin, Town Square and The District at Green Valley Ranch.


Health District Working with Community Partners to Address High Rates of Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis in Southern Nevada

By | Uncategorized

In 2017, Clark County’s primary and secondary syphilis rate was 24.1 per 100,000 population compared to the U.S rate of 9.5. The congenital syphilis rate was 76.7 per 100,000 live births. The U.S rate was 23.3.

In 2017, Clark County ranked first in the nation for rates of primary and secondary syphilis and second for rates of congenital syphilis. Cases of congenital syphilis have been steadily increasing at an alarming rate in Clark County. In 2016, there were nine reported cases, in 2017 there were 20 cases, and in 2018 there were 24 cases of congenital syphilis in Clark County.

“Congenital syphilis is entirely preventable and should never be an acceptable outcome in our community,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “April is STD Awareness Month, and we are working with our partners to emphasize the importance of testing and treatment of all pregnant women as required by state law.”

The Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance collaborated with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to develop a Congenital Syphilis Academic Detailing Packet that contains resources for providers and patients.

Academic detailing is an innovative one-on-one outreach technique that helps medical providers deliver education-based care to their patients. Each academic detailing packet provided by the Health District contains both provider and patient education material along with disease reporting information, case management resources, and recommended discussion points for providers to discuss with their patients. The resources are created using current, evidence-based sources of data to assist medical professionals in providing the most up to date, effective treatments for their patients.

“Health care providers treat many different patients who have many different needs,” said Dr. Iser. “As a public health organization, we are able to connect with our partners in the health care sector to share our resources. These connections and shared resources will lead to more effective treatments, better outcomes for patients, and ultimately the elimination of syphilis in Nevada.”

This initiative is vital to improving the health of Southern Nevadans. Rates of STDs and HIV in Clark County are higher than in Nevada as a whole and in the nation. In 2017, Clark County’s primary and secondary syphilis rate was 24.1 per 100,000 population compared to the U.S rate of 9.5. The congenital syphilis rate was 76.7 per 100,000 live births. The U.S rate was 23.3.

2017 Clark County rates for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV:

(Rate per 100,000 population)




New HIV Diagnosis Rate

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If left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can increase a person’s risk of giving or getting HIV. In women, they can cause infertility or pregnancy complications.

The Health District and partner initiative encourages the public to interrupt the increase of STDs with these three steps:

  1. TALK: Talk openly about STDs with your partners and health care providers.
  2. TEST: Get tested. It’s the only way to know if you have an STD.
  3. TREAT: If you have an STD, work with your provider to get the right medicine.

In addition to the Health District’s collaboration with the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Governor Steve Sisolak is helping to raise awareness by issuing a proclamation in recognition of STD Awareness month.

“Syphilis elimination is achievable in Southern Nevada. With the continued support of our partners, I am confident we will be able to meet this goal,” said Dr. Iser.

Select Medical and Dignity Health Celebrate Opening of New Rehabilitation Hospital

By | Featured, News

New Facility to Serve Henderson and Greater Las Vegas Area

Select Medical and Dignity Health announced the official opening of Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture partnership between the two health care providers.  The 60-bed hospital is expected to begin admitting patients later this month. In celebration of the opening, Dignity Health and Select Medical hosted an invite-only ribbon cutting event today, April 11, at 2930 Siena Heights Drive in Henderson, Nevada.

Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospital Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Phyllis Sikora opend the event with a blessing of the new hospital.  Select Medical President and CEO David Chernow and Dignity Health Senior Vice President of Operations Nevada Eugene Bassett offered remarks, followed by tours of the new hospital.

Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital will serve the needs of patients in Henderson and the greater Las Vegas area requiring care resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation and neurological disorders, among other conditions.

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 at

About Select Medical
Select Medical is one of the largest operators of critical illness recovery hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and occupational health centers in the United States based on the number of facilities.  As of December 31, 2018, Select Medical operated 96 critical illness recovery hospitals in 27 states, 26 rehabilitation hospitals in 11 states, and 1,662 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical’s joint venture subsidiary Concentra operated 524 occupational health centers in 41 states. Concentra also provides contract services at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics. At December 31, 2018, Select Medical had operations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Select Medical is available at

WGU Takes on College-Readiness Gap with Launch of WGU Academy

By | Education, Press Release

New entity will leverage WGU’s success in student support to prepare students for college studies

The nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) today announced the creation of WGU Academy, an independent operating unit established to help solve the growing college-readiness gap. WGU Academy’s courses and programs will provide aspiring students with an affordable, low-risk onramp that prepares them for college success either at WGU or at other institutions.

“This is a remarkable new effort that will help numerous individuals who need a boost as they seek college degrees,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Spencer Stewart. “As the characteristics of today’s college students have changed, so must the means of serving them.”

While nearly 70 percent of high school graduates enroll in college, 26 percent drop out in their first year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And among the 20 million individuals enrolled, according to Higher Learning Advocates, more than 41 percent are over 25 years old, 55 percent are financially independent, and 26 percent are parents. Additionally, there are 80 million adults who need access to post-secondary credentials to be readied for the future of work.

WGU Academy will leverage WGU’s success in serving contemporary students, especially in underserved populations, and provide personalized learning onramps that improve individuals’ progress, persistence, and attainment in their college-level programs.

“Higher education remains the surest pathway to opportunity and social mobility, but for many, lack of adequate preparation puts a college degree out of reach,” said WGU President Scott Pulsipher. “At WGU, where the average student age is 36 and more than 70 percent of our students are part of at least one underserved population, we have learned how to create flexible, personalized learning experiences that lead to great outcomes. WGU Academy will provide courses and coaching that strengthen academic and noncognitive competencies to prepare these individuals for the learning demands of college.”

WGU Academy courses will be delivered in an online, competency-based format similar to the WGU learning model. Students will enroll in customized programs of two or more college-level courses that typically include a writing course and one or more courses in math, general education, or introductory-level classes focused on desired degree paths.

In addition to college-level courses, WGU Academy offers the Program for Academic and Career Advancement (PACA). Modeled on a nationally recognized social and emotional learning course used by WGU for several years, the course provides group sessions, peer interaction, and one-to-one coaching to build confidence and college persistence.

While WGU Academy’s initial startup will focus on prospective students who are not yet ready for admission to WGU, the organization intends to seek partnerships with other institutions and organizations to scale its impact. The goal is to serve hundreds of thousands of students who need foundational college-readiness competencies and empower them with a greater chance for success upon enrollment—whether at WGU or at another college or university.

In the initial program aligned to WGU, students who attend WGU Academy will pay a monthly fee rather than committing to a full term of tuition. With an expected median completion time of three months, most students will complete their Academy program for less than $500. Initial enrollment in WGU Academy will begin May 1, 2019.

WGU Academy is led by Patrick G. Partridge, who serves as the organization’s president. Partridge joined WGU and led the university’s successful student outreach, enrollment, and admissions operations for more than 15 years.

“College readiness—or the lack of it—is one of the primary barriers to opportunity for many Americans, particularly those who are part of underserved or disadvantaged populations,” said Partridge. “It is estimated that U.S. colleges spend $7 billion a year on remediation programs, with nearly half of incoming students at four-year public institutions enrolling in at least one remedial course. WGU Academy will provide an affordable—and scalable—solution by closing the gap in college readiness.”

‘Tis the Season – Mosquito Season, That is!

By | Press Release

As temperatures increase in Southern Nevada, so does mosquito activity, and so do the activities of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program staff. The Health District is reminding residents to “Fight the Bite” this season by eliminating standing water around their home, preventing mosquito bites by wearing an EPA-registered repellent, and reporting mosquito activity to the Health District by calling (702) 759-1633.

Health District surveillance activities include setting traps in potential breeding areas that may include public and private property. The Mosquito Surveillance Program uses a few different types of traps that people may see in parks, washes, drainage ditches, or areas of standing water on public property. Traps set on private property are only placed with the permission of the owner. Each trap provides a different method of attracting mosquitoes and targets specific species.

Traps used by the Health District include:

Encephalitis Vector Surveillance (EVS) traps: Designed to attract host-seeking female mosquitoes using carbon dioxide (dry ice) as the primary attractant. This trap is designed to capture several types of mosquitoes including Culex, Anopheles, and Aedes. 

Gravid traps: Designed to capture egg-laden (gravid) female mosquitoes using a baited water solution intended to simulate stagnant water found in the environment. This trap is designed to primarily capture Culex mosquitoes.

BG Sentinel Traps: These traps utilize color cues, artificially generated air plumes, and a scent lure to attract mosquitoes. This trap is designed to attract Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti.

Mosquitoes in Southern Nevada have been found with viruses that cause West Nile and St. Louis Encephalitis. In addition to the mosquitoes that can transmit these diseases, the Health District has also identified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Clark County. This is the species that can spread diseases like Zika, dengue fever, and chikungunya. To date, no mosquitoes have tested positive for these viruses.

More information on the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance activities is available on its website at For additional information and prevention tips visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at

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Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Nursing Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Program

By | Education, Press Release, Roseman University

The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences has expanded its nursing degree offerings with the creation of a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program. The MSN/FNP is a 23-month, full-time asynchronous online program that prepares students to sit for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certification exam required for licensure. Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the inaugural class, slated to start in January 2020.

“Roseman University’s new MSN/FNP program is designed specifically for nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are ready to fill the growing need for highly skilled advanced practice nurses,” said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, Dean of the College of Nursing. “The program will offer working nurses the opportunity to work full-time, attend class online, the potential to complete clinical hours where they live, and finish their master’s degree in just under two years.”

Roseman University’s MSN/FNP program focuses on preparing nurses to deliver comprehensive healthcare for families and family members across all ages, body systems and diseases and to deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, MSN/FNP students learn to perform advanced patient care with key job functions that include delivering immunizations, screening and diagnostic testing, prescribing appropriate medications as part of a treatment plan, as well as offering personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Roseman University College of Nursing teaches students using its Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, an education system that promotes high levels of achievement, with a focus on mastery of content. A block curriculum allows students to study full-time while maintaining a full-time job as a nurse, and incorporates evidence-based research, theory and practice with local clinical hours.

Information about the Roseman University College of Nursing’s MSN/FNP program can be found online at In addition to the new MSN/FNP program, the college offers an on-campus, 18-month Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a hybrid, online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program that can be completed in 16 to 17 months. Roseman University College of Nursing BSN and ABSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The College of Nursing intends to pursue initial accreditation for the MSN/FNP program through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

MountainView Hospital Acquires First Innovative Single Port Robotic Surgery System in Nevada

By | Innovation, Press Release

Robot System is the Latest in Minimally Invasive Urologic & ENT Surgeries

The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital is the first in Nevada and HCA Healthcare to acquire the innovative single port (SP) robotic surgery system, making it MountainView’s sixth surgical robotic system. The new robotic system is scheduled to be used in its first surgical case today, Monday, April 8.

MountainView Hospital has been leading the way in robotic surgery since 2011. Since that time it has grown to multiple surgical platforms offering the latest in robotic surgical technology and pioneered advanced robotic procedures unique to Nevada, as well as the education of physicians from across the United States.

The SP is the latest robotic-assisted technology used by surgeons to perform minimally invasive ear, nose and throat (ENT) and urologic surgical procedures, including prostate and kidney cancer. The system is designed to enable surgeons deep and narrow access into body tissue, and enter the body through a small, single incision to perform more complex procedures.

“To be the first hospital in Nevada to acquire this technologically advanced robotic surgical system strongly demonstrates our dedication to improve surgery outcomes and positively impact patients’ lives.” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “Since adding the first advanced robotic surgical system to our OR, demand from surgeons and patients continues to increase such that additional systems were necessary. The advanced system allows for more complex, minimally invasive surgeries.”

MountainView continues to be the leader in robotic surgery, offering an extensive panel of surgeons and pairing them with trained staff and nurses, who are part of dedicated robotic surgical teams.

MountainView offers many different types of robotically assisted procedures including ear, nose and throat (ENT), gynecological, fertility and gynecological oncology, urogynecological, urology, thoracic, colorectal and general surgery including single-site gallbladder surgery. For a full list of procedures performed by the Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, please visit: To find a physician who practices at MountainView’s Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, please call (702) 962-5021.