Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Welcomes 2020 Class of Medical Residents and New Class of Fellows

The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium, based at MountainView Hospital, welcomes its 2020 residents and new fellows to the Sunrise Health System.

The class of 2020 includes residents in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Transitional Year based at MountainView Hospital, and Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Transitional Year based at Southern Hills Hospital. Additionally, the inaugural classes of Diagnostic Radiology and Neurology residents will be joining the MountainView and Southern Hills Hospital campuses respectively. This is MountainView’s fifth and Southern Hill’s fourth incoming class of residents, with the first program launch in 2016.

Sunrise Health GME will also welcome its second class of fellows into two fellowship programs: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship and Gastroenterology Fellowship.

“Here at Sunrise Health GME Consortium, we are thrilled to welcome this year’s class of residents,” says Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Sunrise Health GME Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “Our residents will encounter diverse opportunities that will refine and train them as they rotate through three HCA campuses in Las Vegas, all with uniquely different dynamics.”

The incoming class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:
• Anesthesiology: 7
• Diagnostic Radiology (inaugural class): 5
• Emergency Medicine: 11
• Family Medicine: 8
• General Surgery: 12
• Internal Medicine: 22
• Obstetrics/Gynecology: 4
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 6
• Psychiatry: 4
• Neurology (inaugural class): 3
• Transitional Year at MountainView Hospital: 17
• Transitional Year at Southern Hills Hospital: 13

The fellowship class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium includes:
• Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism: 2
• Gastroenterology: 3

“These new residents are joining our campuses at a crucial time that presents many opportunities for growth and comprehensive learning, as MountainView, Sunrise and Southern Hill Hospital continue to meet the needs of our community,” said Fran DeYoung, HCA Far West Division Director of Graduate Medical Education.

This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s programs received a significant number of applications for a limited number of positions. To list a few, the Internal Medicine residency program received 1,834 applications for 22 position, Emergency Medicine received 750 for 11 positions, and Family Medicine received 1,074 for eight positions.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency Programs 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 Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, OB-GYN, Transitional Year, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry.

With programs based at MountainView and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomes 112 new residents as well as five fellows. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 244 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.

Spring Mountain Launches Child Intensive Outpatient Program

Spring Mountain Behavioral Services has launched its new Child Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a comprehensive, group-based structured therapeutic program specially designed for children ages 9-11. The start date is Monday, July 13, 2020.

Spring Mountain’s Child IOP is a short-term intervention for children who require immediate counseling and therapy, but whose needs are not severe enough for inpatient treatment. Our team of Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers will assess children and develop a treatment plan, which focuses on therapy needs and medications, if necessary.

Spring Mountain’s Child IOP provides treatment for children experiencing behavioral and emotional disorders including anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conduct disorder, depression, mood disorder, aggression and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Children participate in group therapy for two hours and fifteen minutes a day, five days per week from and is offered Monday – Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Referrals for the Child IOP can be made by a variety of sources, including primary care providers, case managers, school personnel, and community agencies. For more information about the Child IOP or to refer a child for services, please call the intake office at 702-322-1919 or visit .

Valley Hospital Graduates 25 New Physicians

As a teaching hospital, Valley Hospital has provided graduate medical education and training to 277 physicians since establishing its graduate medical education (GME) program in 2006.

“The residents and fellows graduating from our program this month played an important role in our community over the past three years. They cared for #1October patients when they began in 2017, and they finished by caring for COVID-19 patients this spring. What they learned and applied, especially with the pandemic, played an incredible role in their training, and they will carry those key lessons learned throughout their career,” said C. Dean Milne, DO, Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education for Valley Hospital. “We wish them the very best as they begin the next chapter of their careers.”

Throughout its history, the Valley Hospital GME program has worked diligently to offer medical experiences and acquire expertise that would help new physicians join local private practices, establish their own businesses, join a hospitalist group, or continue their training in specialty or through military service. “I believe their acceptance rate into various practices and fellowships speaks to the quality of our program through physician leadership, faculty and program design,” said Claude Wise, CEO/Managing Director of Valley Hospital.

Valley Hospital is pleased to contribute to increasing primary care physicians in our community with three of the five Family Medicine graduating physicians remaining here in Las Vegas in urgent care and primary care practices.

Of those leaving the state, many are pursuing specialized training in fellowships, including three entering Nephrology specialties in New York and California. One of the Internal Medicine graduates will join Valley Hospital’s Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship program.

Another of the 2020 highlights includes the third graduating class of orthopedic surgery residency maintaining the program’s 100 percent fellowship acceptance rate with fellowship appointments into orthopedic surgery programs at University of Texas Health Sciences and Wake Forest University.

Welcoming a New Class
On June 26, 2020, Valley Hospital will welcome a new class of 24 physician residents and 4 fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician. It marks the transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service, and the long white coats of a physician are officially presented. The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.

Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

Reno Orthopedic Clinic and Renown Partner to Enhance Orthopedic Care for Northern Nevada

Reno Orthopedic Clinic (ROC) and Renown Health announced a partnership to enhance orthopedic services.

Both organizations have a long history of community support, a reputation for exceptionally-trained physician and provider teams, innovative approaches that have improved access and convenience, clinical quality and service, and a commitment to making health care more affordable.

“What an important day for orthopedic care in our community! This partnership brings together two organizations that have the vision to elevate care, expertise and innovation in orthopedics and sports medicine,” said Renny Uppal, MD, ROC President and Chairman. “We are excited to help usher in the next generation of orthopedic care for our community.”

“We have worked closely with the Reno Orthopedic Clinic and its team of caregivers for a long time, and we recognize the excellent quality of care and compassion they provide to their patients,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Renown’s President & CEO. “Given our mutual interests in advancing high-quality and high-value care, this partnership expands capabilities, enhances access and affordability, improves the health of our community and establishes a new premier destination for orthopedics and sports medicine, right here in northern Nevada.”

This partnership for orthopedic health care is the result of the unique collaborative relationship between Renown Health, Reno’s only not-for-profit health care system; and Reno Orthopedic Clinic, an independently-owned and operated, private multi-specialty orthopedic practice. This partnership brings together three key elements to serve the community with enhanced orthopedic care that includes:

  1. A seamless patient journey. With the patient at the center, ROC and Renown will co-design the ideal orthopedic patient care experience, provide consistent clinical care pathways and a seamless experience.
  2. Increased value for the patient. Working collaboratively, ROC and Renown healthcare providers will work on behalf of the patient to deliver orthopedic care. Both organizations are leading the way in providing exceptional care teams to increase value, efficiency, improve outcomes and better manage the total cost of care for patients.
  3. A new level of convenience. Over the next year, ROC or Renown patients will be able to schedule appointments online, view radiology and lab results online, send a message to their provider or view documentation of procedures, surgeries and medications, 24 hours a day on Renown’s EPIC MyChart electronic medical record, which is available via smart phone app or computer. This new technology will enhance communication between patients and their medical teams, reduce delays and increase efficiency.

“Both ROC and Renown have a focus on offering well-coordinated, innovative and efficient care, and an improved patient experience. There is great potential to improve quality, accessibility and affordability of orthopedic care for our community. We look forward to improving care together,” said Eric Boyden, MD, a physician with the ROC Center for Joint Replacement.

“Delivering high-quality, cost-effective services in the communities where our patients live is a fundamental part of Renown Health’s strategy. Traditionally, orthopedic surgeries were performed in hospitals, but advancements in technology, anesthesia and pain control now allow physicians to perform certain procedures in an outpatient site, or an ambulatory surgical center which can be a more convenient and cost-effective option,” said Erik Olson, CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center. “Our community is growing and we are seeing more complex care needs. Renown is excited to invest and expand the range of outpatient surgical services we have available.”

“Through this partnership, patients from throughout the region will visit us for the most advanced technologies in orthopedic care, and experience the remarkable customer service we provide,” says Lisa Mead, ROC CEO. “We are excited that this partnership will allow our orthopedic surgeons to perform surgeries in a range of settings, and to do what is best for the patient, be that in a hospital or an outpatient site.”

Reno Orthopedic Clinic, in response to the tremendous growth in the region, has been working over the last five years to create the $54 million ROC Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, a new facility being built in downtown Reno. The combined strength of the new partnership will further develop the capabilities for this Institute which features a surgery center, advanced imaging center, clinical offices, physical therapy, a post-operative recovery center and the Chiron Center – a bio skills lab and education center, offering specialized training for future healthcare providers. The facility is on schedule to open at 555 North Arlington Avenue in winter 2020.

A member of the northern Nevada community for over 60 years, providing high-quality orthopedic care across eight offices, Reno Orthopedic Clinic brings to the relationship 31 physicians, 20 advanced practitioners, and 15 physical and occupational therapists specializing in orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and coverage in nearly every orthopedic subspecialty.

Renown Regional Medical Center is home to one of the nation’s busiest Trauma Centers, accredited by the American College of Surgeons, caring for thousands of people, the vast majority requiring some level of orthopedic care. With more than 150 years of excellence in orthopedics, the Joint Commission has given their Gold Seal of Approval® accreditation to Renown for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Total Shoulder Replacement. US News & World Report ranks Renown South Meadows Medical Center as “High Performing” for Knee Replacement and Hip Replacement.

“With all of the pieces in place – top quality orthopedic specialty providers and one of the busiest trauma programs in the nation – we expect the ROC Institute for Musculoskeletal Health Center for Orthopedic Medicine will be a gift to those who live, work and play here in Nevada,” said Ms. Mead.