Members in the News – August 2017
Dr. Karleen Adams, D.O. Joins Nathan Adelson Hospice
Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that Dr. Karleen Adams, D.O. has joined the nonprofit hospice as Medical Director. In this role, she will work directly with patients and their families providing hospice and palliative care.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from Eastern Washington University, and later graduated from Touro University-Nevada as a Doctor of Osteopathy. Dr. Adams received additional training as a Family Medicine resident at Valley Hospital Medical Center, and in 2017 completed a Nathan Adelson Hospice Palliative Care Fellowship. She became a board-certified family medicine physician in 2016. Before embarking on her medical career, she served in the U.S. Navy with a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion in Mississippi.
Dr. Adams is dedicated to helping the community and is involved with multiple organizations, donating her time as a speaker, volunteer and committee member. Among them are: The Donor Appreciation Committee; Emergency Department Volunteer- Valley General Medical Center and Sacred Heart Medical Center; Emergency Medical Responder in Spokane County, Washington; Medical Spanish Club – Secretary and fundraiser; Soup Kitchen of Las Vegas; Relay for Life; Silverman medical team; Safe Haven for Women; Walk for Breast Cancer; and United Way.
A mother to an adult son, she enjoys rock climbing, canyoneering, yoga, and training for her first Tough Mudder mud run this fall. She also enjoys practicing mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism.
Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes Dr. Loretta O’Brien
Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Loretta O’Brien is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital. Incline Health Center offers individualized care right here in our community.
Dr. O’Brien attended medical school at the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, and completed her residency at the Travis Air Force Base David Grant Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and has extensive experience in primary and urgent care with patients of all ages.
Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center Now Open at Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital continues to add new programs to its roster of services, enabling area residents to now receive advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine in their community. The new Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Centennial Hill Hospital (The Center) opened in July in the adjacent medical office building, located at 6850 N. Durango Drive, Suite 116, Las Vegas, NV, 89149.
“Chronic wounds, or those that don’t heal within 30 days, affect approximately 6.7 million people in the United States,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “We want people to proactively understand the causes and effects of untreated wounds so they can ultimately improve their quality of life.”
Importance of Addressing Chronic Wounds
According to Healogics®, which manages The Center, chronic wound incidence is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. An aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. If left untreated, chronic wounds can negatively impact a person’s quality of life and sometimes lead to amputation of the affected limb (i.e. toe, foot, partial leg), explained JoLynn Smith, Program Director for The Center.
Advanced wound treatments at The Center include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
The Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), which exposes wounds to 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, allowing oxygen to gain access to wounds and support their healing. It has been approved by Medicare to treat about a dozen conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, comprised skin grafts and skin flaps, and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
Henderson Hospital Announces Freestanding Emergency Room on St. Rose Parkway Open for service in Spring 2018
Henderson Hospital will open a 24-hour freestanding emergency room on the northeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive in spring 2018. The facility will serve as an extension of the hospital’s existing emergency department.
“In less than a year, we’ve seen the meaningful impact of our hospital on area residents,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “We’re looking forward to providing the same level of access and quality health care to residents in this part of Henderson. Everyone deserves to benefit from what we’ve been able to bring to our neighbors here.”
The ER will feature eight treatment rooms with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Henderson Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.
As an extension of Henderson Hospital, this freestanding ER aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care. A groundbreaking will be held in the fall.
Glassdoor Names Dignity Health Number One Company to Interview with in 2017
Dignity Health was awarded the top company spot in Glassdoor’s annual best places to interview ranking. In the tight race for healthcare talent, Dignity Health stands by humankindness as the most valuable asset in attracting talent.
With three hospitals in the area (Rose de Lima, Siena, and San Martin) as well as neighborhood hospitals and Dignity Health Medical Group facilities across southern Nevada, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is committed to attracting top talent in health care to ensure a positive patient experience.
“Humankindness is not simply an act for us, it is a philosophy that extends from our administration down to our healthcare providers and through to our patients,” said Linda Gerstenberger, Vice President of Human Resources for Dignity Health’s Nevada Service Area. “As a company, we know that employee happiness is just as important as a positive patient experience, and we aim to treat our employees as well as we treat our patients. Providing compassionate, kind, and dignified care starts in the interview room with a process that is focused on individual character in addition to skills. We are thrilled to be named the top company to interview with, and I would encourage those who want to be a part of our service mission to apply.”
MountainView Hospital Opens Remodeled Labor & Delivery Unit
MountainView Hospital recently unveiled its remodeled Labor & Delivery Unit, including eight private birthing suites, four-bed triage and four antepartum rooms.
The remodel is part of a larger expansion project at MountainView Hospital, which includes the vertical expansion of the hospital’s south tower, adding fourth and fifth floors.
As part of that expansion, MountainView has been completely renovating and expanding its Women’s Services unit. As part of the expansion, the number of post-partum beds will increase to 32. With the expansion, MountainView will open a 24-bed Level III NICU to serve the community and our youngest patients. Construction is phased, and is expected to be completed in 2018.
“We continue to see growth in our Women’s Services department, with moms choosing MountainView Hospital for their delivery,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With the remodel and expansion, we will continue to provide the same high level of individualized care.”
MountainView offers family-centered couple care, accommodations for partners, highly-trained OBGYN specialists and expert OBGYN nursing staff.
Sunrise Health System Celebrates 30 Years of H2U
Sunrise Health System’s Health To You (H2U) programs celebrate 30 years of serving our community through health education, social programs, support groups and community service. H2U’s Las Vegas chapters are located at each of Sunrise Health Systems’ hospitals: Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center.
In honor of the milestone, H2U received proclamations from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and U.S. Senator Dean Heller. Additionally, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed Aug. 3, 2017, as H2U day.
H2U began in August 1987 as Humana Hospital Sunrise Senior Association and primarily focused on helping patients read and understand their Medicare EOB-Explanation of Benefits. From these humble beginnings and several name changes – Senior Friends, to now H2U, it has become a comprehensive program that provides numerous educational programs on health and wellness throughout the Las Vegas valley.
In addition to the national benefits and services provided, H2U centers at each hospital campus have educational luncheons with physicians, health and life experts and social programing, as well as offsite locations and health fairs. H2U also offers numerous support groups at its Las Vegas hospital locations.
H2U still assists Medicare clients with SHIP- State Health Insurance assistance Program Counselor once a month and during Medicare open enrollment once a week. In December 1999, H2U began its relationship with Catholic Charities “Meals on Wheels Project Angel Tree,” providing gifts during the holiday season for their homebound clients. To date more than 4,500 gifts have been donated by MountainView, Southern Hills and Sunrise employees, volunteers as well as H2U members.
“Our 30-year commitment to our community has come to fruition because of the support from Sunrise Health System hospitals, hard work, bountiful compassion and endless dedication of all our educators, physicians, staff, volunteers and H2U members,” said Rita Moore, MountainView Hospital H2U manager.
US News and World Report Names Siena Campus High-Performing
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus has been recognized as a “High-Performing Hospital” by U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of best hospitals for 2017-2018. This is the second year in a row that Siena hospital has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its performance.
Siena’s High-Performing status was based on its scores in the following procedures:
- Colon Cancer Surgery
- Hip Replacement
“We are committed to ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care, and this is especially important with our aging population,” said Eugene Bassett, Senior Vice President of Operations in Nevada and Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus. “For all procedures, giving patients back their quality of life is a top priority and we are proud that we have been recognized for our high-performance in two procedures that are doing just that. Thank you to the efforts of our medical staff and employees who have worked diligently to care for each patient on an individual basis – human kindness is contagious.”
U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital rankings, now in their 28th year, are designed to help patients decide where to receive care, and US News evaluates data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. The ratings in procedures and conditions focus on Medicare patients.