Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes Family Medicine Residents to New Graduate Medical Education Program

Southern Hills Hospital welcomes its inaugural class to its new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. Specialized training in Family Medicine takes place over a three-year period. Residency is the final phase of the medical education process and required for a physician to practice medicine. Eight Family Medicine Residents took place in a Welcome and White Coat Ceremony on June 29. Congratulations!

Valley Hospital Begins Pharmacy Residency Program

Valley Hospital welcomed two recent graduates from pharmacy school to its new pharmacy residency program.

The 12-month program will allow the new residents to benefit from a diverse range of clinical learning experiences, explained Edna Cheung, PharmD, BCPS, clinical manager for Valley Hospital. Throughout the year, residents will enhance their competency in managing medication-use systems and learn how to support medication therapy outcomes for patients.

Learning experiences are organized in block rotations, said Cheung, emphasizing internal medicine, infectious disease and critical care, with elective rotations available at two other Valley Health System hospitals. Residents will also participate in committee meetings, develop and revise policies and procedures, conduct quality/performance improvement activities and complete one major research project. 

 “Offering this residency at a tertiary care facility like Valley Hospital will offer invaluable experience to new pharmacy graduates,” said Elaine Glaser, CEO of Valley Hospital. “Our pharmacists play a critical role in the hospital setting beyond filling and dispensing medications. They evaluate physicians’ medication orders for appropriateness and accuracy, and provide expertise for dosing, administration, drug interactions and side effects of various medications.”

At Valley Hospital, pharmacists also provide recommendations on alternative therapies that could benefit the patient. For example, they review patients’ diagnoses and medications to see if any new or existing medications might increase the risk of falling.  Pharmacists participate in multidisciplinary rounds with physicians and closely monitor and adjust certain medications based on patients’ renal function to ensure appropriate and safe dosing.  With increasing concern about the overuse of antibiotics, a designated antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist reviews antibiotics for appropriate use, makes suggestions to reduce utilization, and plays a hospital-wide role in reducing antibiotic resistance.

 Pharmacy residents will perform as a licensed practitioner under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. These preceptors are employed, experienced pharmacists. At Valley Hospital, there will also be four Associate Professors of Pharmacy Practice from Roseman University College of Pharmacy who will provide training and mentorship. A post-graduate year (PGY) is not required, but the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) advocate that all pharmacists in direct care roles should have residency training.

 “This Pharmacy Residency Program enables us to participate in the national ASHP match program each year, which helps us attract highly motivated and competent pharmacists not only from Las Vegas, but from other areas of the country,” said Cindy Derouin, Pharmacy Director for Valley Hospital

NNMC Announces Manager of Medical Surgical Unit

Northern Nevada Medical Center, (NNMC) is pleased to welcome back Paula Schmidt, RN, MSN, as the manager for the hospital’s medical surgical unit.

Schmidt rejoins NNMC from McKenzie Willamette Medical Center where she served as Chief Nursing Officer. From 2012 to 2015, Schmidt served in various nursing leadership positions as NNMC including Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Medical, Surgical and Telemetry Units. Prior to that, Schmidt worked at Christus Spohn Hospital-Shoreline in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Schmidt earned her Master’s in Nursing Administration at Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska and her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Northern Michigan University, in Marquette, Michigan.

“We are thrilled that Paula is rejoining our nurse leadership team,” said Carla Adams, Chief Nurse Officer for NNMC. “Paula brings a wealth of nursing experience, and she sets the example for service excellence and professionalism.”


Nathan Adelson Hospice Names Diane Fearon as Vice President for Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships

Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced that Diane Fearon has joined the nonprofit hospice as Vice President for Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships.

In her role, Fearon will direct external marketing efforts, referral development, and census-building activities as well as design a comprehensive fundraising strategy.  She will provide strategic guidance to the hospice and the business development teams, and cultivate relationships with key community leaders to promote the hospice and its services.
Prior to her position with Nathan Adelson Hospice, she worked as the Admissions and Transitions Optimization program director at HealthInsight Nevada. In addition, she served as CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada from 2013 until 2016 and also spent 25 years in commercial banking.

Fearon graduated in 2001 from Pacific Coast Banking School, which is a Masters-degree level program in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.

When she is not at work, Fearon makes community involvement a priority. She currently commits her time to the Nevada Commission for Women. She has served as the vice chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Host Committee as well as the vice chair of Habitat for Humanity. Fearon has been a member of the Nevada Public Radio Investment Committee, the Shade Tree Endowment Board, and the Leadership Las Vegas Program.