Carson Tahoe Health Receives Prestigious March of Dimes Award for Achieving Outstanding Birthing Outcomes 

Carson Tahoe Health’s Women & Children’s Center has been recognized by the March of Dimes, an industry-leading infant mortality research & education group, for reducing the number of elective inductions and C-sections performed before 39 weeks of pregnancy to less than 3% of all deliveries. Studies show that babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Additionally, early-term babies often face lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and intellectual delays.

“The last weeks of pregnancy are critical, as infants are undergoing significant development of the brain, lungs, and other vital organs,” said Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, PhD, March of Dimes Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “As such, the March of Dimes promotes the philosophy that ‘Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait.’ This unique campaign encourages women to wait for labor to begin on its own, if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling delivery before 39 weeks. We commend Carson Tahoe Health for helping babies thrive through fulfilling their pledge to perform elective inductions and C-sections only when medically necessary.”

As Northern Nevada’s only ‘Baby-Friendly Hospital’, a designation by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Carson Tahoe adheres to rigorous international standards supporting breastfeeding, mother-baby bonding, and optimal newborn outcomes; receiving the March of Dimes award further builds upon the health system’s continued dedication to providing exceptional maternal/obstetric care within our region.

“Carson Tahoe Health is excited to be a March of Dimes award recipient, as we are committed to supporting the best possible outcomes for the nearly 1,000 infants born at our hospital each year,” said Cheryl Webster, OB Nurse Manager at Carson Tahoe Health. “Having a baby is such a special life event, and by educating our community on the importance of avoiding unnecessary elective inductions and C-sections, we hope to ensure the happiest, healthiest birthing experience for families in our region. We are also grateful to work closely with the phenomenal OB/GYN physicians on staff at Carson Tahoe; through sharing our patient-centered mission, they played an invaluable role in helping us obtain the March of Dimes award.”


Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital Recognized with National Award for Wound Healing

The Advanced Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at Spring Valley Hospital has been recognized with the Center of Distinction award for clinical excellence in wound healing from Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

The outpatient center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days. Out of 630 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, 334 achieved this honor in 2016. The wound care center also received the President’s Circle award from Healogics, underscoring its achievements since opening last year.

“This award showcases the quality of advanced wound care we provide in southern Nevada,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO of Spring Valley Hospital. “Non-healing wounds can lead to extensive medical issues, even amputation in worse case scenarios. Providing specialized wound care to people with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers or other chronic wounds can vastly improve their quality of life.”


Heat Safety Tips from The Valley Health System

After a mild spring, it may be a shock to the system when temperatures regularly reach the triple digit mark. The Valley Health System urges all Southern Nevada residents to protect their health by reading the following heat safety tips, and learning the signs of heat illness.

  • Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day;  run your errands in the early morning or later evening
  •  If you are outside, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Protect your feet by using sunscreen and wearing water shoes or flip flops.
  • Some medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the heat. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself.
  • The very young and the elderly are more susceptible to heat; keep a close watch on younger children and create a communication plan with older relatives and friends so they know how to reach you in case of emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Wear hats or use umbrellas to fend off the harsh sun rays. Replenish sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Be sure to apply sunscreen to scalps, tips of ears, tops of feet and whatever your clothes or bathing suit doesn’t cover. Don’t forget the back of your neck, arms and legs.
  • Schedule hydration breaks throughout the day. When playing outdoors, it’s important to take water breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Because our perspiration evaporates so quickly in Southern Nevada, we may not be aware of our water loss, so set the alarm on your phone to remind you to take a drink. Always bring extra water when running errands.
  • Think before you drink. Water is the best source to rehydrate your body and, if you are actively exercising, sports beverages can help replace the salt and minerals lost during exercise. Alcohol and soda can dehydrate the body, so sip those in moderation during the summer months.  Take advantage of water-based foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes to keep hydrated.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness:

  • Heat exhaustion:
    • muscle cramping
    • heavy sweating
    • weakness
    • cold, pale and clammy skin
    • a fast but weak pulse
    • nausea or vomiting.
  • What to do: immediately take steps to cool down the body and if they don’t feel better, seek immediate medical attention.
    • Heat stroke
      • a body temperature above 103 degrees
      • hot, red, dry or moist skin
      • a rapid and strong pulse
      • possible unconsciousness.
  • What to do: Immediate medical attention required. Call 911. Take steps to cool the body but do not give the person fluids.

Humboldt General Hospital Employees Honored for Years of Service

Humboldt General Hospital recently honored two dozen hospital employees for a combined 190 years of dedicated service.

In all, 24 employees from a wide range of departments gathered in the hospital’s Sarah Winnemucca conference room on Wednesday, May 10, to be honored for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service respectively.

Each honoree received a years of service pin, a box of chocolates and a beautiful plant. The short ceremony followed a delicious lunch provided by the hospital’s kitchen.

Humboldt General Hospital Interim Administrator Darlene Bryan told the gathered group that acquiring so many years of service with one organization is a true sign of commitment on both the part of staff members and the organization.

“We thank you for your service and for your continued dedication to our patients and community,” she said.

Humboldt General Hospital’s 2017 “Years of Service” award recipients include: 20 Years – Christina Muñoz and Virginia Pinkston; 15 Years – Theresa Bell; 10 Years – Brian Aitken, Andrew Loveless, Debbie Whittaker, Gricelda Soto, Carlene Patchett and Nico Simponis; and, 5 Years – Michael Cogsdill, Charity Anderson, Rufina Arellano, Jo Ella McClellan, Andrew Smith, Virginia Tanner, Robert Hall, Brenda Willey, Tiffani Nalivka, Baudelia Rodriguez, Leonard Perkinson, Sherri Paulsen, Maude Herrera, Chomphunuch Landt and Peggy Wilburn.