Members in the News – January 2019
Nathan Adelson Hospice Names April Stewart as Chief Nursing Officer
Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced April Stewart, RN and CHPN, has been promoted to the position of Chief Nursing Officer for the nonprofit hospice.
In her role, Stewart will be responsible for providing leadership, direction and administration of nursing operations to ensure compliance with the organization’s strategic plans and objectives, in order to maintain high-quality, cost-effective hospice and palliative services.
Prior to this promotion, Stewart was hired as the Director of Palliative Care for Nathan Adelson Hospice. In that role, she led the palliative care team and served as project manager for the implementation of new palliative care software and worked with the Nathan Adelson Hospice team and product engineers as they built it. She played a major role in the expansion of the home-based palliative care program.
She also stepped in as the Interim Admissions Clinical Manager where she was responsible for clinical oversight of the admission team members. She partnered with the business development team to foster relationships with healthcare providers and the community, in order to support patients in need of hospice services.
Stewart began her medical career as a triage nurse and took on various leadership positions, including hospice patient care administrator and later hospice executive director. Of her 14 years of healthcare experience, 12 have been in hospice care. Prior to her healthcare career, she was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Most recently, Stewart was Executive Director and Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Remita Health, where she provided oversight for seven locations and clinical operations for the multi-site hospice agency.
Stewart earned her Associate’s Degree in the Science of Nursing from Maric College in San Diego, CA. She holds memberships in several organizations, including HPNA, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. She holds a certification in hospice and palliative nursing and is an active community volunteer.
Carson Tahoe Breast Center Recognized by the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Contributions in Oncology Research Following groundbreaking TMIST Clinical Trial
Carson Tahoe Health (CTH) and the Carson Tahoe Breast Center have recently been recognized by the National Cancer Institute for Outstanding Contributions in Oncology Research.
The award comes on the heels of a prestigious clinical trial, the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST), for which recruitment began in August 2017. Led by Dr. Kinsey Pillsbury, Medical Director at Carson Tahoe Breast Center, this innovative program was one of just 131 trials worldwide and the only in Nevada.
The Carson Tahoe Breast Center was recognized for having the second most number of patients enrolled in the successful trial.
“Carson Tahoe was not only honored to participate in the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial, but also excited to have the opportunity to further dedicate ourselves to empowering women to take charge of their health” Pillsbury said. “Our team did an amazing job of encouraging our community to utilize advanced technology to detect cancer in the earliest possible stages, which is critical in supporting optimal outcomes.”
In cooperation with the Nevada Cancer Research Foundation and The National Cancer Institute, Carson Tahoe Breast Center has already enrolled over 200 healthy women ages 45 to 74, who are planning to get routine mammograms, to participate in the clinical trial. By taking part in TMIST, the 165,000 registered participants will provide essential insight that will help researchers learn how to most effectively screen women for breast cancer and help them make informed decisions about the various screening opportunities available on their individual needs.
“Through participating in clinical trials, we are also contributing to the latest healthcare advancements and bringing them to our community’s doorstep,” said Michelle Joy, Chief Operating Officer.
Desert Springs Hospital joins Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) to improve care for older adults
Desert Springs Hospital has earned recognition status with the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a nursing education and consultation program focused on the care of older adults. The recognition underscores Desert Springs Hospital’s ongoing dedication to geriatric care and its implementation of system-wide interventions and initiatives, ranging from staff education to providing helpful information for patients and their families.
“We know a significant number of our patients are at least 65 years old, and arriving for emergency care, a procedure or surgery, recovery time in our acute rehabilitation unit, or assistance through our geropsychiatric center,” said Andrea Davis, Chief Operating Officer for Desert Springs Hospital. “We want to ensure we are providing the specialized care and resources that benefit our senior population. As a NICHE-recognized hospital, we can adopt additional best practices and utilize exceptional materials and education.”
The NICHE program of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing helps develop age-friendly care for older adults across the continuum. To earn the recognition, Desert Springs Hospital submitted a comprehensive report of their program activities for review by NYU Meyers faculty. NYU Meyers faculty recommends recognition status based on pre-established criteria.
“Desert Springs Hospital is working diligently to meet the needs of older adult patients,” says Mattia Gilmartin PhD, RN, FAAN of NICHE. “The organization’s capacity to bring together geriatric nursing resources and support to enhance care, and marks it as an up-and-coming leader in the field.”
Centennial Hills Hospital to Begin Work on New Patient Tower
Centennial Hills Hospital is proud to announce a master plan project that will begin with the build-out of a new, five-story patient tower expansion project in 2019.
Phase one, valued at an estimated $95 million, will add 56 patient beds, increasing the total bed count from 262 to 318 beds. This addition will provide increased capacity in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate and Medical Surgical Units across the hospital. The project will also expand key departments, including the inpatient pharmacy, surgical services, and the post-anesthesia care unit.
“As Northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and our outlying communities continue to grow, our goal is to meet the demand for expanded services,” explained Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. “When all five floors of the new patient tower are completely built out, the hospital’s total capacity will reach 390 beds. This continued expansion aligns with our commitment to meet our community’s requests and keep care close to home.”
News of the five-story tower expansion comes less than two years after Centennial Hills Hospital built out the final two floors of its eight-story tower, adding 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces. Since 2017, Centennial Hills Hospital has also added biplane angiography capabilities to treat stroke and other neurosurgical diseases, an advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, and another 12 mother-baby rooms to meet increased demand for maternity services.
Sunrise Children’s Hospital Opens Dedicated Cardiac Care Unit Specializing in ‘Little Hearts’
Sunrise Children’s Hospital is celebrating the opening of the only inpatient pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) in Nevada today. The CICU is a 12,000 square foot unit dedicated to the treatment of congenital heart defects, heart rhythm disturbances and heart disease in infants and children.
Each year, the multidisciplinary care team of Sunrise Children’s Hospital administers life-preserving treatment to more than 500 “little hearts”. The new unit features 14 family-friendly rooms and includes bedside cardiac-care capability to augment the work of a team of renowned pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons, intensivists and pediatric sub-specialists who are available for consultation and treatment.
The new CICU nests inside the state’s largest and most comprehensive children’s hospital that also features a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with the ability to treat the sickest children in need of the highest level of care.
“When a child or infant needs to come to Sunrise Children’s Hospital for care, there are now three critical care areas equipped with highly specialized staff and supported by a world-class medical staff who are fully committed to improving a little one’s outcome,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “As a community dedicated to healing, a pediatric cardiac ICU replete with the right technology and the right specialists makes the most sense.”
Sunrise Children’s Hospital CICU benefits from a dedicated inpatient pediatric pharmacy. When an infant or child needs to come to the hospital for care, a Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Team is available at a moment’s notice. Specialized inpatient pediatric rehabilitation and child life specialists who help take the focus from pain and fear to healing and recovery round out the unique aspects of the service line.
Tahoe Forest Health System Implements New Financial Customer Service Program Aimed to Improve Navigation of the Financial Aspect of Patient Care
Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) which includes Incline Village Community Hospital, is pleased to announce that it has implemented a Financial Customer Service Program to assist patients in the navigation of financial matters involving their care. The Program consists of a team of trained professionals who can assist a patient with any questions or concerns related to billing, insurance and payment options.
Tahoe Forest Health System continually aims to improve all aspects of care to our patients. With the growth of its clinical services, TFHS has recognized the need to create a centralized resource for patients who seek to have a financial matter resolved. A financial customer service representative is the patient’s starting point for a financial inquiry and is committed to getting the patient on the path toward a resolution.
The financial customer service representatives are available to:
- Explain charges and answer questions about their bill
- Accept payments or set up payment plans
- Add or remove coverages
- Explain insurance benefits
- Research refunds, create itemized statements, resolve disputes
- Provide cost estimates for a medical procedure or office visit
- Screen for financial assistance
- Answer questions about MyChart
- Update patient information
- Complete Release of Information forms
MountainView Hospital Opens Level III NICU; State-of-the-art Level III NICU will care for the tiniest of patients
MountainView Hospital opened its new 24-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), designed with the comfort of parents, and their babies, in mind.
The new, 7,200-square-foot, 24-bed unit was specifically designed so that new parents and babies can stay together at all times. Each NICU bay has a full, pullout sleep bed to accommodate parents at the bedside.
Additionally, the unit includes all new state-of-the-art equipment, including specialized isolates for the tiniest of patients. Each bed area has the ability to meet the needs of each baby, individually allowing clinical staff to mimic the womb environment. Caregivers have the ability to provide all comfort measures for babies, including diming of lights and noise reduction flooring, all to promote growth and comfort.
“Every aspect of the new Level III NICU was designed with comfort in mind,” said Veronica Sequeira, MountainView Hospital Women’s Services Director. “Normally NICUs are cramped, with little room for privacy and rarely ever any space for overnight accommodations for parents. We wanted to change that as the first days and months are a precious time for baby and parents.”
The new unit also includes isolation rooms, as well as large, private pumping rooms for moms to provide breast milk to their baby.
“We continue to see growth in our Women’s Services department, with new parents choosing MountainView Hospital for their delivery,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With this latest expansion, we are able to provide the highest level of care for our tiniest patients, in a warm and welcoming environment that purposely seeks to include the entire family.”
The new Level III NICU was part of a larger, phased remodel of MountainView Hospital’s Women’s Services unit, which included expanding the number of post-partum beds to 32 and was unveiled in early 2018. In late 2017, MountainView finished the remodel of its Labor & Delivery Unit, to include eight private birthing suites, four-bed triage and four antepartum rooms.