Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Names New Top Leadership at Southern Nevada Hospitals
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, southern Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system providing healing ministry in the community since 1947, named new top leadership at three southern Nevada acute-care hospitals.

Lawrence Barnard, current President/CEO of the St. Rose San Martín Campus, will assume the role of Nevada Market Leader and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, effective July 1. Over the past four years, Barnard has demonstrated his talents at the San Martín Campus. His leadership played a significant role in cultivating the cohesive, high-performing team at San Martín, which now delivers some of the best patient care and performance results in the Dignity Health ministry.

In his new role as Market Leader, Barnard will become Dignity Health’s ambassador to the growing southern Nevada community, extending throughout St. Rose Dominican the effective relationships he has successfully built at San Martín.

Barnard assumes his new role following the announcement that Eugene Bassett, Interim SVP of Operations and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, will be retiring, effective June 30.

Kimberly Shaw, Siena Campus Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President/CEO of the San Martín Campus, effective July 1. Shaw has been a part of Dignity Health for the past nine years, honing her leadership skills and providing critical leadership and administrative guidance. She has proven to be a highly innovative and effective leader with a strong commitment to excellence. Shaw looks forward to bringing that same commitment to San Martín and building on the model of distinction that has been established there.

Julie Sprengel, Southwest Division President for Dignity Health, said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have an abundance of existing internal talent and expertise that will help lead our teams into the future. I am confident that Larry and Kim will represent the uniqueness of our St. Rose Dominican heritage and continue to demonstrate our commitment to care for our patients with compassion and humankindness, sustain our commitment to our employees, strengthen our relationships with our physicians, and deepen our partnership with our community.”

Tom Burns, Chief Nurse Executive at the Rose de Lima Campus, will take on additional executive duties at the hospital, becoming Chief Operating Officer/CNE at the Rose de Lima Campus, effective July 1. Burns has been with Dignity Health since 2007, serving as the CNE at both Siena and Rose de Lima Campuses. He led the nursing department and hospital to achieve exceptional clinical outcomes, in addition to working side-by-side with the Rose de Lima team through the recent transition.

After completing the almost two-year transition of the Rose de Lima Campus into a smaller, more efficient, acute-care hospital, corresponding administrative coverage consistent with these new operations is now being implemented. Teressa Conley, who has served as President/CEO of the Rose de Lima Campus since 2013, announced her retirement, effective June 30.

“No one has been more committed to the Rose de Lima transition than Teressa Conley,” said Sprengel. “Working collaboratively with Dignity Health and the Adrian Dominican leadership, she successfully led the transition, ensuring the majority of Rose de Lima staff retained positions at our San Martín and Siena campuses.”

In closing, Sprengel said, “I ask the entire southern Nevada community to join me in congratulating Larry, Kim and Tom on their new and expanded roles. Join me as well in sending our sincere best wishes for both Gene and Teressa, thanking them for the time they dedicated to our healing mission with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican.

Tahoe Forest Health System Chief Information and Innovation Officer Named to Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review recently recognized 71 community hospital CIOs in 2019. Jake Dorst, Chief Information and Innovation Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System, was named with this designation.

Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT department leaders to develop long-term technology strategy and oversee EHR implementation, as well as support telehealth, data-gathering, cybersecurity and more.

Those who lead a community hospital or health system IT department and functions face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings—often across broad geographies using limited resources.

Under Mr. Dorst’s leadership, Tahoe Forest Health System successfully transitioned to a single EHR platform and modernized its patient care infrastructure to become a mobile-first network.

Mr. Dorst received this designation previously in September 2018. His dedication to advancements and innovation in the industry also earned him a spot in the 2018 and 2019 Becker’s Hospital Review list of Hospital and Health System CIOs to Know. He has been on both lists since 2015.

The professionals on the Becker’s list of 71 are set apart by the outstanding recognition they’ve earned and exciting new projects they’re piloting. Many individuals on this list are members of the Health Information Management Systems Society, and their workplace has earned CHIME’S Health Care’s Most Wired designation.

Henderson Hospital Receives Second Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Henderson Hospital was awarded a second, consecutive ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group when its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade was unveiled earlier this month. The designation recognizes Henderson Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

The second ‘A’ grade follows The Leapfrog Group’s earlier recognition of Henderson Hospital as one of only 35 Top General Hospitals in the United States in December 2018. The Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

“Since opening our doors in October 2016, we have created a culture of patient safety and a commitment to high-quality outcomes for our patients,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “I’m very proud of our entire team for earning this second consecutive ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group. Earning this award is directly attributed to the hard work of our hospital staff and medical staff, and their focus on providing safe, high-quality health care, each hour of each shift of each day.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Only 32 percent of the 2600+ hospitals across the United States was awarded an A in the Spring 2019 update of grades. To see the hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

Clinicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Reach Minimally Invasive Milestone in Treating Aortic Stenonis
Clinicians on staff at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center successfully achieved a milestone by completing 500 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR) since beginning the program in 2012. That is when Sunrise Hospital’s clinicians performed the first TAVR procedure in Nevada. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent heart valve condition effecting aging patients.

Led by Interventional Cardiologists and Cardiovascular surgeons – the Sunrise Heart Center team replaces the patients’ damaged aortic valves through a small incision in the skin. Performed in our Hybrid OR, TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic valve stenosis can cause a patient to feel faint, weak or lethargic as the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body.

During the procedure, a hollow tube is inserted into the femoral artery through a leg incision. The new heart valve is compressed and inserted through the tube, then pushed up to the aortic valve where it is expanded. The new valve pushes aside the diseased valve. The existing valve holds the new valve in place.

“Patients with a degeneration of the aortic valve or who have had significant damage to the heart can lead a higher quality of life after having a TAVR,” said Dr. Nayab Zafar “What started as a glimmer of hope for a few hopeless patients is now available to the masses because of TAVR’s success as a less-invasive heart treatment delivering improved outcomes.” Dr. Zafar adds that the TAVR procedure was formerly used when patients’ heart valve disease was deemed inoperable or very high risk. Now TAVR is a good option for treating patients with intermediate risk.

“Placing the first TAVR in a beating heart to reclaim quality of life for the first patient in Nevada and the 500th patient is exemplary of our commitment to advanced heart therapy,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our Heart Center team of clinicians who put their whole heart into caring for our community and for people across the region.”

MountainView Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
MountainView Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

MountainView Hospital earned the 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.

“MountainView Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

MountainView Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize MountainView Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.