Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes new Chief Operating Officer
Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center announces Cullen Brown as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective August 19. In this position, Brown will oversee the operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department and other areas of the 252 bed facility. Brown most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Los Robles Medical Center, an HCA Far West Division Facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to help lead this tremendous group of professionals at Southern Hills Hospital,” Brown said. “My goal is to continue to extend our mission of providing the highest quality care for our patients and the communities we serve.”

At Los Robles, Brown oversees several departments including neurosciences, radiology, laboratory, environmental services, food and nutrition, respiratory, and outpatient wound care. Brown was also instrumental in leading $35 million in capital improvement for the hospital, including relocating and renovating several departments.

“We are thrilled to have Cullen join the administrative team at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center,” said Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital. “Cullen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. I look forward to the great things that he will help us accomplish as we continue to advance Southern Hills to meet the healthcare needs of the Las Vegas community.”

Prior to Los Robles, Brown held progressive leadership roles at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He also worked at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s bone marrow transplant clinic and interned for the HCA Healthcare North Texas Division in the business development department.

Brown was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Dallas, Texas to study economics at Southern Methodist University. From there he moved to Richmond, Virginia and received his Master in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Six Valley Health System Hospitals Earn Honors for Stroke Care
In its ongoing commitment to the rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of stroke, the six hospitals of The Valley Health System (VHS) have all received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Our hospitals have been focusing on stroke education and stroke diagnosis, intervention and treatment since the mid-2000s,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System. “According to the 2019 statistics from the American Stroke Association, someone dies from a stroke every 3.7 minutes. Additionally, 46 percent of U.S. adults are estimated to have hypertension [high blood pressure]* which is often called the silent killer and is a top risk factor for having a stroke.”

“We are continually educating our community about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of stroke, while simultaneously evaluating, diagnosing and treating both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes in our emergency departments and on our patient care units,” explained Perez. “It’s an enormous responsibility, and one that clinicians throughout our hospitals take very seriously.”

Each hospital earned its award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

According to the American Heart Association, the VHS hospitals have achieved the following awards:

  • Centennial Hills Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award.
  • Desert Springs Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS Award with Honor Roll Achievement Award.
  • Henderson Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD Award Achievement Award.
  • Spring Valley Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Achievement Award.
  • Summerlin Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Achievement Award.
  • Valley Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award.

Henderson Hospital Honored by Immunization Action Coalition for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose Rate
Henderson Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Nevada State Health Department for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection.

“Immunizations are one of the most valuable tools parents can give their children, and we are committed to begin vaccinations within our Birthplace,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We are proud of the work our team has done to earn its spot on the honor roll, and hope that parents continue to immunize their infants and children to protect them against many diseases.”

Henderson Hospital is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll (www.immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose), which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The Birthplace at Henderson Hospital team immunized 91 percent of babies over a 12-month period, and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

The national standard of care to prevent hepatitis B virus infection in babies is to administer hepatitis B vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. This standard is being adopted by centers of healthcare excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns from a wide range of medical errors that lead to babies being unprotected from perinatal hepatitis B infection.

“Hospitals and birthing centers have a responsibility to protect babies from life-threatening hepatitis B infection,” said Deborah Wexler, MD, executive director and founder of IAC. “Henderson Hospital’s commitment to the best practice of hepatitis B vaccination at birth has shown them to be a leader in preventing the transmission of the hepatitis B virus.”

Kamal Jemmoua appointed CEO of Prominence Health Plan: Former COO ascends to the helm
Prominence Health Plan is pleased to announce that Kamal Jemmoua has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prominence Health Plan, effective immediately. In this role, Jemmoua is responsible for the continued growth of the health plan as well as new value-based care ventures including building physician-led Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and expanding Prominence Care Centers in key markets. Prominence’s goal is to provide innovative and convenient access to care and serve as the health plan employers choose for their employees and subscribers choose for their family.

Jemmoua joined parent company Universal Health Services (UHS) in 2013, and oversaw the acquisition of Prominence Health Plan in 2014. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for successfully driving changes that resulted in financial turnaround, growth and expansion.

“We have such a talented team and they truly care about our customers and members,” said Jemmoua. “We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years and it’s been an incredible experience both personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to helping Prominence become a health plan that exceeds the expectations of those we serve.”

During his tenure with Prominence, the company launched a Medicare Advantage line of business in Nevada and Texas, and restructured the organization to focus on solving member care challenges. New programs help by connecting with members on an individual basis, addressing barriers to healthcare such as transportation, navigating the healthcare system, and providing 24/7 access to doctors and therapists by phone or video through a telemedicine benefit.

Jemmoua also spearheaded the launch of five ACOs within the UHS Acute Care division, covering 130,000 lives across California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas and Washington D.C., with two additional ACOs launching in July 2019. ACOs are managed care systems that benefit communities by providing coordinated, high-quality care to Medicare patients.

In 2018, Jemmoua and his team launched Association Health Plans including the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce and Nevada Builders Alliance, providing more affordable and high-quality healthcare options to small business owners.

Under Jemmoua’s leadership as Interim CEO, Prominence Health Plan recently launched two new Prominence Care Centers, addressing the unprecedented demand for accessible and high-quality healthcare in the region. Staffed with full-time medical teams and health coaches, the care centers are dedicated to helping members achieve their ultimate well-being.

Prior to joining the healthcare field, Jemmoua held various roles in the financial industry with Delphi Financial Group and SEI Investments. He is a CPA and earned his Bachelor’s in finance/economics from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas and his Master’s in finance from Villanova University.

Jemmoua serves on various boards including Northern Nevada Medical Center, Access to Healthcare and the Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce.