MountainView Hospital Welcomes 2018 Class of Medical Residents During White Coat Ceremony
The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium this week welcomed its 2018 residents to MountainView Hospital.

The class of 2018 includes residents in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB-GYN, Transitional Year and the inaugural classes of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine. This is MountainView’s third class of residents, with the program launch in 2016.

The white coat ceremony is a tradition to welcome new residents to the facility and present them with their first long physician’s coat. The symbol of the white coat is a promise that its wearer has made each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.

“This is the coat you will reach for when you go to deliver your newest patient, and you will grab it when you go to say goodbye to a patient, and everything in between,” Dr. John Nunes, MountainView Chief Medical Officer, said during the white coat ceremony. “You have earned this coat through hard work, and will continue to earn it each day as you wear it in service to your patients.”

The class of 2018 Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:

  • Anesthesiology (inaugural class): 6
  • Emergency Medicine (inaugural class): 9
  • Internal Medicine: 20
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology: 6
  • Surgery: 9
  • Transitional Year: 13

“These new residents join MountainView Hospital during an exciting time of growth and transformation, as we continue to grow our service lines and expand the hospital footprint to meet the needs of our community,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal with today’s white coat ceremony is to welcome these residents into the MountainView family and bring them into our culture of caring and commitment.”

This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s program received a significant amount of applications for a limited number of positions. To list a few, the Internal Medicine residency program received 2,500 applications for 20 positions and General Surgery received 906 for nine positions.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), welcoming its first residents in 2016. Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, and continued to receive accreditation for General Surgery, Family Medicine, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology.

Together with Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomed 84 new residents in early July in several residency programs, including Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN and Transitional Year. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 153 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.

The physician shortage has hit the state of Nevada, which ranks 47 out of 50 states in number of physicians per capita with only 200 physicians per 100,000 residents (the state median is 257.6). To address this issue, the Sunrise Health GME Consortium, through its MountainView, Southern Hills, and Sunrise hospitals, is strengthening Nevada’s physician pipeline by training new physicians to care for our communities. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians to Nevada is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.

Sunrise Hospital Changes Phone Numbers
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital changed to all new phone numbers on Tuesday, June 26.

New Frequently used phone numbers include:

  • Sunrise Hospital Main Number: 702-961-5000
  • Sunrise Children’s Hospital Main Number: 702-961- KIDS (5437)
  • Sunrise Hospital Admitting: 702-961-9060
  • Sunrise Hospital Medical Records: 702-961-8400
  • Sunrise Hospital Class Registration/Physician Referral/Nurse Advice: 702-961-5020
  • Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Media Hotline: 702-961-9193

For an updated phone directory with the new phone number listings, please visit

Hubbard-Alexandre Earns Specialized Designation as Certified Neonatal Therapist
Tiny patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Centennial Hills Hospital will benefit from the expertise of physical therapist Wendy Hubbard-Alexandre, who earned the designation of Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists on April 30, 2018, and specializes in the care of premature infants.

Wendy joins the select ranks of approximately 180 physical, occupational and speech therapists worldwide who have earned the designation. She is one of approximately 50 physical therapists worldwide, and one of two in Nevada; both of whom work for The Valley Health System in Las Vegas.

According to Wendy, pre-term and other high-risk infants who begin their lives in the NICU have higher rates of disability, which are often evident before the babies leave the hospital. “Early therapy interventions can make a positive, long-term impact,” explained Wendy. With her neonatal physical therapy skills, Wendy performs activities (interventions) targeting functional limitations, ensuring the baby has developmentally appropriate sensory and motor experiences, educating the family and medical staff, and serving as an integral part of the NICU care team.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association all recognize therapy that occurs in the NICU as an advanced area of practice. Neonatal Therapy National Certification ensures that therapists who work in the NICU have met minimum standards set by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board and endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

To earn the designation, Wendy has a minimum of 3,500 hours of direct practice in the NICU, taken a minimum of 40 hours of education related to the NICU, received 40 hours of mentored experiences and achieved a passing score on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam. This has given Wendy the distinction of Certified Neonatal Therapist, which is valid for five years. Her work as a Certified Neonatal Therapist is described to families and other members of the medical team, and featured after her signature on medical documentation.

The Certified Neonatal Therapist designation is less than two years old; it was first announced in September 2016 and the application process became effect in November 2016.

Centennial Hills Hospital has offered neonatal intensive care services since 2009 and cared for its first set of triplets in June 2018.

Desert Springs Hospital ER Team Undergoes Disaster Preparedness Training in Alabama
Eight months after helping to care for more than 100 patients during the #1October mass shooting in Las Vegas, five members of the Desert Springs Hospital emergency department journeyed to the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL, the nation’s premier all-hazard training center, for additional disaster education in May.

“With our proximity to the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran Airport, and UNLV, we want as many tools and resources at our disposal in case we have another situation where we need to provide quick care to a large number of emergent patients,” said Stacey Helton, RN, director of Emergency Services at Desert Springs Hospital.

Brooke Backer, RN, ER bedside educator; David Barrett, RN, ER Clinical Supervisor; Travis Legrand, RN, ER manager; John Kay, EMT-P, and Joanne McCready, RN, ER; traveled to Alabama for the five-day curriculum of courses and hands-on skills training. The team was involved in both mass casualty incidents (MCI) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events.

“The training was specific to my profession as an ER nurse,” said Brooke Backer, RN, Emergency department bedside educator. “We learned everything from triage tools to putting on a hazmat suit correctly to decontaminating casualties to setting up transport. Everything we learned is vital if one of these events occurred in Las Vegas.”

Days were long, beginning at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast and classes running from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. “On the last day, we had a mock CBRNE/MCI event – Hurricane Chuck, which hit land and could potentially affect the chemical plants, rail lines and highways. There was also a fault line, which could lead to earthquake activities. Meanwhile, the hotels were full of evacuees, so we were expected to possibly see and treat a very large number of people,” said Brooke. “This event really tied our training together to show what we learned and what to expect during an actual event.

“Personally, this was one of the most memorable and educational experiences I’ve had in my 12-year nursing career,” she continued. “I’m excited to educate our Desert Springs Hospital team, and I was also encouraged by two CDP instructors to apply to teach future Emergency Management Operations classes.”

Undergoing the training was physically demanding and intense for her team, said Stacey, “but each of our staff returned with a renewed purpose in training the rest of our team to become more prepared for whatever may come through our doors. My goal is that Desert Spring Hospital’s emergency department will serve as the disaster preparedness training team for other ERs in The Valley Health System. In the event of a true crisis, we must pull together and be prepared.”