Members in the News: February 2020
Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Total Hip & Total Knee Replacement Re-Accreditation from The Joint Commission
Spring Valley Hospital has been re-accredited by The Joint Commission for its Gold Seal of Approval® for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The program was re-accredited after earning its core certification in December 2017.
Spring Valley Hospital treats more orthopedic patients than any other hospital in Las Vegas, according to Leonard Freehof, CEO and Managing Director of the hospital.
“We want our patients to have a great experience and a positive outcome,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director. “For patients undergoing total hip or knee surgery, our orthopedics team offers pre-operative and post-operative educational programming, followed by post-operative physical therapy and pain management initiatives. We want our patients to first feel prepared for surgery and then to feel comfortable in their post-hospital environment, whether it’s getting in and out of a car or taking that first step from the garage into their home.”
The orthopedic program at Spring Valley Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in the fall of 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with its national Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement specific standards.
During the survey, Spring Valley Hospital program members provided the surveyors with information and examples of evidence-based measures including venous thrombosis prevention; early mobility from the day of surgery; perceptions of the patient’s experience; and examples of comprehensive total joint replacement education.
To better assist patients, the joint replacement team members offer a pre-operative Joint Camp educational program for all elective total hip and knee patients, along with post-operative Joint Camp (group therapy) sessions during hospitalization. During the latter, the team encourages all joint replacement patients and their supporting family members and friends to participate in the group sessions before the patient leaves the hospital.
“Our education program helps patients transition to a more successful home recovery,” explained Jenna Spalding, RN, orthopedic program coordinator for Spring Valley Hospital. “It allows them to socialize with other patients undergoing the same kinds of procedures and provides them with tips for safe mobility at home, like assistive transfers out the car, bed or bathroom. It also offers a supportive environment to ask questions about their return to home and expectations for recovery.”
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Spring Valley Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”
Loftus Named CEO for Desert Springs Hospital
Christopher (Chris) Loftus has been appointed Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
In this role, he is responsible for leading the overall strategic plan for the 293-bed hospital and working with the senior team and medical staff regarding quality initiatives, patient satisfaction, service excellence, business development and financial performance.
Loftus previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at Summerlin and Henderson hospitals in southern Nevada and at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida. In this capacity, he was responsible for day-to-day hospital operations and strategy implementation.
“I’m looking forward to joining the Desert Springs Hospital team, and continuing our mission of providing quality healthcare to residents and tourists,” said Loftus. “Our employees and medical staff have continually demonstrated their commitment to providing effective and compassionate care to their patients, and I’m proud to be part of this legacy.”
Before focusing on healthcare administration as a career, Loftus was a professional soccer player with IF Limhamn Bunkeflo in Sweden and the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer.
He earned his Master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Evansville while serving as assistant men’s soccer coach for the university, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in psychology and pre-med from Duke University, while serving as the captain of the men’s soccer team in his Junior and Senior seasons.
Desert Springs Hospital is located in the heart of south-central Las Vegas, near the famous Las Vegas Strip, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and McCarran International Airport. The hospital specializes in advanced cardiovascular services, weight-loss surgery, orthopedic and general surgery, geriatric psychiatric inpatient care and acute rehabilitation. Outpatient services include cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes, and advanced wound care.
The hospital maintains specialty accreditations in chest pain, stroke, heart failure, bariatric surgery, and diabetes. Locally, it is a member of The Valley Health System, an integrated network of hospitals, physician practices, and outpatient services, and part of Universal Health Services, Inc., (NYSE: UHS) one of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services. UHS was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2020.
Tahoe Forest Health System’s Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Jake Dorst, Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review
Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to announce that Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, was recently named to the 100 Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know 2020 list by Becker’s Hospital Review. The list features some of the most impressive health IT leaders who lead technology and health IT initiatives for hospitals and health systems across the country.
Mr. Dorst has led the IT department at Tahoe Forest Health System since September 2014. Under his leadership, Tahoe Forest Health System successfully transitioned to a single electronic health record platform and most recently modernized its patient care infrastructure, improving the network performance across the health system’s two hospitals and six specialty clinics.
Mr. Dorst’s dedication to advancements and innovation in the industry is marked by other recognitions received in the past year. Dorst received this designation previously in 2019. Additionally, he was among 71 CIOs who were named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s Community Hospital CIOs to Know list. He was also recognized by Constellation Research on its 2020 Business Transformation 150, an elite list of executives leading business transformation efforts around the globe.
The CIOs featured on the Becker’s list oversee electronic health records installations, cybersecurity, data management and telemedicine services- many who have built robust IT departments and teams. These leaders have received recognition by organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). In many cases, their organizations have earned CHIME’s HealthCare’s Most Wired designation.
Henderson Hospital Awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center Accreditation from The Joint Commission
Henderson Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Certification. Both the Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart Association designation demonstrate Henderson Hospital’s continuous compliance with its performance standards and a reflection of providing safe and effective stroke care since opening in fall 2016.
Henderson Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in January 2020. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke standards spanning several areas including: door to tPA within 60 minutes of arrival, order set usage, vital signs and neuro assessment completion with tPA administration. The Joint Commission also identified Best Practices in nursing education, bedside swallow screen and the EMS app for real time feedback for southern Nevada EMS professionals.
“Since opening, we have worked closely with our community EMS and Emergency team to focus on the rapid diagnosis, treatment and intervention of patients experiencing a stroke,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “Once patients have been diagnosed and treated, we provide intensive follow-up care, first in our stroke-designated patient care units with nursing and therapists, and then connecting them with acute rehabilitation or outpatient therapy needs they may need to help them regain strength, coordination, stability and cognition.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds (on average) and, as of 2017, stroke accounted for one of approximately 19 deaths in the US. It remains a leading cause of disability in the United States as well.**
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Henderson Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”