Nationally Recognized Heart Surgeons Join Renown Department of Surgery
As part of a continuing focus on offering comprehensive care for patients experiencing cardiac and vascular disease across northern Nevada, Renown Health Department of Surgery and Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health have developed Renown’s first division of cardiothoracic surgery dedicated to heart surgery patients.

“Today, I am proud to announce cardiothoracic surgeons, Athan Roumanas, M.D., FACS, and Joseph Brandl, M.D., FACS, who have more than 45 years of combined experience caring for northern Nevadans in need of open-heart surgery, will lead this new practice at Renown,” said Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE, President and CEO of Renown Health. “Advanced practitioners Cindy Powers and Ashley White bring another 23 years of expert care to our community and the new division of cardiothoracic surgery.”

Dr. Roumanas has 18 years of experience in northern Nevada. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and currently serves as medical director of cardiothoracic surgery for Renown Regional Medical Center. Since 1991, Dr. Brandl has cared for our region and held numerous positions throughout the community including Renown’s director of cardiac surgery and community adjunct faculty for UNR Med.

Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health offers the most highly-skilled and experienced heart and vascular team and the most advanced heart center in the region. Renown has long been the region’s heart care leader – performing the area’s first open-heart surgery, angioplasty, stent and valve replacements decades ago. In 2015, Renown Regional became the first hospital in the region to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a lifesaving alternative to open-heart surgery for patients considered high-risk or inoperable.

Renown is among the nation’s top-performing hospitals for heart attack treatment and one of only 105 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award recognizing success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. Additionally, Renown’s Roseview, Sierra and Cardiac Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were the only ICUs in Nevada to receive the Beacon Award of Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. This distinction is based on sustained unit performance and patient outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.

As Reno’s only locally-owned, charitable, not-for-profit integrated health network, Renown continues to meet customer demand for affordable healthcare and enhanced service and access by keeping the highest levels of clinical quality care right here in our community.
Patients in need of advanced heart care can speak with their care provider about Renown Medical Group – Specialty Care, which can be reached at 775-982-6270 or visit

MountainView Hospital’s Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery to Live Stream Surgeries
The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, based at MountainView Hospital, hosted two days of live-streaming surgeries as part of the North American Robotic Urology Society (NARUS) national conference, held in Las Vegas Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, 2019.

The live stream urology surgeries were part of the educational component of the NARUS conference that attracts surgeons from across the United States to review and learn about surgical concepts across multiple disease sites. The surgeries were live-streamed to the physician audience, who were be able to observe and ask questions in real time to the surgeons performing the cases.

Surgeries were performed by Las Vegas robotic surgeon Dr. Alex Lesani, along with internationally renowned surgeons:
• Dr. Tom Ahlering, UC Irving with a focus on low risk prostates
• Dr. John Davis, MD Anderson with a focus on high risk prostates
• Dr. Jim Porter, Swedish Hospital with a focus on kidneys
• Dr. Lee Zhao, New York University with a focus on ureters

MountainView Hospital is the leading provider of robotic assisted surgeries in southern Nevada, with five surgical robots, including the latest Xi robotic surgical system. Minimally invasive surgery allows for a quicker recovery time, less pain, less bleeding and shorter hospitalization.
MountainView continues to be the leader in robotic surgery, offering a robust, in-depth training experience for the Graduate Medical Education residents, and 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.

Desert Springs Hospital Named Among America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention
Desert Springs Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

This specialty award is based upon coronary interventional procedures (angioplasty/stent), and the average of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital + 30-day mortality z-scores based on MedPAR data. The in-hospital +30 day mortality outcome accounts for 60 percent of the weight and in-hospital mortality accounts for 40 percent.

The achievement is part of the findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.

For the 2019 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared Specialty Excellence Award Recipients as a group, to all other hospitals, as a group, and found from 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average 46.0% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Also, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award are, on average 1.85 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.

“We are very proud of the team effort it took to achieve this award,” said Ryan Jensen, CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital. “This underscores our ongoing commitment to the rapid diagnosis, intervention, treatment and follow-up care of all cardiac patients, particularly those experiencing a heart attack and benefiting from balloon angioplasty and stent placement.”

Added Sanjay Malhotra, MD, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab for Desert Springs Hospital, “This award is a testimony of the commitment of the staff and physicians consistently striving to improve outcomes. We would like to thank our patients from the bottom of our hearts to have the opportunity to help heal yours.”

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Desert Springs Hospital in the marketplace.”

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Adopts Program to Impact Osteoporosis
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces a new program to improve patients’ bone health after a fracture. The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program is a national initiative designed to prevent the recurrence of fragility fractures. Its web-based program and 10 prevention measures transform the way hospitals treat fracture patients, according to the AOA.

Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the U.S. among older adults with over 2 million fractures each year.

“One of the best indicators of a future fracture is a previous fragility fracture and the first sign of poor bone health,” said Dr. Fred Redfern, medical director of the Sunrise Hospital Geriatric Fracture Program. “With the right protocol in place – which is what AOA’s Own the Bone program brings to the table – we can use the initial fragility fracture to sound the alarm. Once we have heightened awareness, we surround these patients with support, treatment and education to reduce the risk of a second fracture,” Dr. Redfern adds.

“Own the Bone” measures address nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, testing and communication.

“At the direction of the Sunrise Hospital Medical Executive Committee and aided by a specific hospital policy,” we are grateful for Dr. Redfern’s leadership in devising the right hip fracture protocol to care for our osteoporotic patients with fragility fractures,” said Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, Chief Medical Officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “We welcome this new protocol for its ability to improve outcomes for our patients following a fracture.”

Incline Village Community Hospital Welcomes New Physician – Jonathan T. Hagen, MD, Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce that Jonathan T. Hagen, MD, has joined their team.

Dr. Hagen specializes in providing exceptional orthopedic care for sports-related injuries and conditions, including joint replacement, knees, orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, shoulder surgery and hip replacements.

Dr. Hagen is fellowship trained and attended medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. He completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his fellowship at Barton Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine.

Dr. Hagen’s office in Incline Village is located at 880 Alder Avenue, 2nd Floor. New patients are accepted. For appointments, please call (775) 831-6200.

Centennial Hills Hospital Receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in November. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Centennial Hills Hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery which includes total knee replacements, total hip replacements, spine surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, podiatric surgery and fracture care. The hospital has invested in orthopedic-specific equipment to benefit patients, including the Mako® system for total hip, total knee and partial knee resurfacing.

“Our goal is to always to provide a positive experience and a positive outcome,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director, Centennial Hills Hospital. “Our patients are typically here for a short stay after surgery, so our team focuses on education, physical therapy and pain management. We actually begin the process with our educational ‘Joint Camp,’ and provide helpful tips during the pre-surgery visit through recovery, from strategies to get in and out of vehicles to performing exercises at home.”

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with total hip and total knee-specific requirements. Centennial Hills Hospital provided data tracking its performance related to pre-surgical education, mobility within six hours of surgery, evidence-based deep vein thrombosis prevention measures, post-operative complications, readmissions, and inpatient average length of stay.

“We are very proud to earn this certification from The Joint Commission, which is the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Pullarkat. “We want our patients to receive the highest level of care, which helps them recover quickly and return to their daily activities.”