Valley Hospital Recognized as One of the Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities in the United States
Valley Hospital’s acute inpatient rehabilitation unit has been recognized as one of the top 10 percent inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the United States. It is one of 868 facilities to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2018.

“We are honored to be identified as one of the best inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the United States,” said Claude Wise, CEO/Managing Director of Valley Hospital. “It underscores our tireless commitment to helping our patients return to their greatest level of independence and daily living activities. Our team is devoted to the patients in their care, work hard to create a family-like atmosphere, and create a personalized approach to helping each person throughout their recovery.”

“We use a 24/7 approach with our therapy services,” explained Anna Hutchison, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, program manager for the inpatient rehabilitation program at Valley Hospital. “Our patients incorporate what they’ve learned during therapy sessions and apply it to activities they do with the nursing staff. For example, they practice walking to the bathroom or the dining room or getting dressed with nursing assistance. The entire staff is extensively trained on safe patient handling techniques and understanding patient precautions like weight-bearing restrictions. This 24/7 attitude has improved the length of stay efficiency for our patients and the interdisciplinary team process.”

The rehabilitation team also develops activities tailored to patients’ particular interests and home activities. “We practice a lot of cooking in occupational therapy,” explained Hutchison. “Our therapists will bring in specific food so patients can create a familiar meal, which is a closer simulation to what they will do at home.”

Throughout the patient stay, however, rehab employees are ultimately preparing their patients for discharge to home. The rehab department has a full-time social worker to identify many resources for patients. On the day of discharge, patients receive a graduation t-shirt and pose with staff for their official graduation photo, which is presented to the patient. “What we considered a fun celebration ultimately becomes a motivating factor for other patients,” said Hutchison. “They are determined they will have their own graduation celebration.”

“To recognize the efficient and effective care the hospital provides to its patients, we are pleased to present this award to Valley Hospital,” said Troy Hillman, Manager of the Analytical Services Group at UDSMR. “As the creator and caretaker of the nation’s largest database of rehabilitation outcomes, and with over 30 years of experience and data, UDSMR continues working with the industry to establish best practices. Development of the PEM Report Card has served as a tool to identify and recognize high-performing facilities, to work with them to learn how they provide efficient and effective care, and to share what we learn with others to elevate the performance of all. We look forward to working with Valley Hospital and the other top performing facilities across the country that rank in the top 10 percent to improve care in all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.”

Carson Tahoe Health’s Emergency Department: Reimagined
Carson Tahoe Health (CTH) announced the completion of a recent renovation to the emergency department triage area. The newly designed space maximizes resources for quick care (testing and treatment) and serves as a monitored, internal waiting area. Newly carpeted and furnished, the triage area was completed and opened to patients just last week.

Over the past few years, Carson Tahoe Health’s Emergency Department has seen significant and continuous growth in their volume of patients. In 2016, the CTH team saw a little over 37,000 visits and that number has steadily increased each year.

“This year we anticipate over 43,000 visits and we want to be ready to provide efficient, high quality, patient-pleasing care to our community whenever they need it,” says Dustin Bass, Emergency Department Director at Carson Tahoe Health. “Process improvements, practice changes, remodeling of the triage space, and expansion are all ways we are working to address the growing needs of our community.”

Patients visiting the emergency department will register, as usual, and then selectively meet with an intake coordinator to be quickly seen by a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. The new set up allows for patients to be treated faster at all levels of care.

Not only are Carson Tahoe employees excited to see the completion of the triage remodel, but they are also looking forward to the second phase of the ED Expansion, set to break ground later this year. This next phase includes an addition of eight treatment rooms to the existing 18 in the emergency department.

“These renovation projects are just one way Carson Tahoe continues to adapt and innovate to provide better care for our community,” Bass said. “We are not simply replacing the carpet and furniture but instead, we are reimagining our processes and our space to alleviate some of the stress and chaos that can often be associated with emergency care.”

The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education Consortium Fills 100 Percent of Residency Openings for Inaugural Programs
The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education (VHSGME) Consortium filled 100 percent of its residency openings for its new Family Medicine and General Surgery programs during the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Week activities earlier this month.

“We have an outstanding group of physician residents who will join our programs this summer,” said Andrew Eisen, MD, Chief Academic Officer for VHSGME. “The match is a very competitive process which begins in the last year of medical school, and includes applications, on-site interviews and ranking by both the residency program directors and the prospective residents. We’re very excited to welcome our inaugural class when they begin their orientation in late June.”

“I’m very pleased with the caliber of physician residents who will be joining our two programs this year,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President for The Valley Health System. “Our GME programs will focus on providing high-quality care to patients in our hospitals and the community, and also create opportunities for physicians who want to remain in southern Nevada to practice medicine.”

The Family Medicine program is under the direction of Thomas Hunt, MD, Family Medicine Program Director for The Valley Health System and the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine for Roseman University College of Medicine in Nevada. The Family Medicine program will welcome 10 first-year residents. The three-year program focuses on primary care and preventive medicine and will include training in both outpatient clinics and hospitals. Family Medicine residents will rotate through Southwest Medical outpatient clinics as well as Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for inpatient rotations.

The General Surgery program is under the direction of Saju Joseph, MD, General Surgery Program Director for The Valley Health System and begins with 16 residents, including four physicians who have already completed some prior residency training and will join the program as second-year residents; four first-year residents committed to 5 years of training; and eight residents enrolled for one year of preliminary training. The program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, and classroom education, all providing preparation for Board Certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). Surgery residents will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals for the majority of their residency, but will also do rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for trauma rotations in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The 26 residents graduated from 21 different medical schools. The standard first day of clinical work for all resident physicians in the United States is July 1, regardless of the day of the week.

The Valley Health System is planning to offer future residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry.

Red Rock Radiology at MountainView Hospital Offering $75, 3D Digital Screening Mammograms
To celebrate Mother’s Day in May, Red Rock Radiology at MountainView Hospital is offering $75 computer-aided detection (CAD), 3D digital screening mammograms for women who may be uninsured or underinsured in our community.

Red Rock Radiology, a department of MountainView Hospital, is one of the few imaging centers in Las Vegas to offer CAD, 3D mammograms. Studies have shown that using CAD can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated.

This special program is available May 1, 2019, through May 31, 2019. Program participants must be at least 40 years old. If you have insurance, check with your provider. You may find out that your mammogram is fully covered.

With approximately one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, it is likely that we all know someone affected by this disease. May is dedicated to celebrating mothers, and MountainView Hospital wants to take care of mothers in the Las Vegas community by educating women about breast cancer and the importance of routine breast health checkups. The best way to reduce the risk is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a healthcare professional and monthly self breast exams.

Call 855-476-1268 for details.