Members in the News: March 2019
Southern Hills Hospital Opens New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit
Southern Hills Hospital celebrated the ribbon cutting and opening of the Pavilion, an 80-bed inpatient unit dedicated to behavioral health treatment for patients age 13 and older, making it the only facility to offer behavioral health services in southwest Las Vegas.
Spanning over 45,000 SF, the $30 million-unit features industry-leading technology. This includes real-time patient tracking systems, laser curtains between beds in adolescent rooms and alarms on top of doors to detect weight. This technology helps create a safe environment of care for patients and employees. Four outdoor patient recreation areas, offer the ability to receive therapy in a comforting outdoor environment.
“With Nevada’s rapid population growth, there was an unmet need for behavioral health services which results in a backlog in emergency rooms or in individuals going without proper care, “ said Adam Rudd, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “By expanding behavioral health services, we are providing the community with the convenient, close to home access they need. This shows our commitment to our community and to the care and the improvement of human life.”
Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion added 66 beds to the existing 14 senior beds for a total of 20 adolescent beds, 40 adult beds and 20 senior beds. The senior unit is Alzheimer’s disease certified by The Joint Commission. Common conditions treated range from, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. The additional of Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion, created more than 100 new jobs.
Later this year, Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion will open an outpatient clinic to offer continuum of care. Additionally, the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is awaiting approval of a psychiatric residency program.
“Mental health disorders may not be something that we visibly see every day, but they are present,” said Rudd. “With access to appropriate care, we hope this will help prevent injuries and help to save lives.”
Carson Tahoe Health Names Next CEO, Alan Garrett
Carson Tahoe Health’s Board of Directors appointed Alan Garrett as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2019, replacing Ed Epperson who retired December 31, 2018. A seasoned healthcare executive with diverse experience and a progressive leadership style, Garrett will assume day-to-day control of the Carson Tahoe Health system.
Having served in financial, operational and executive leadership positions over the past three decades, Garrett brings significant experience working with healthcare systems and hospitals to his new position as CEO. In previous roles, Garrett was known as an inspiring, visionary and results-driven leader, a reputation he hopes to carry on at Carson Tahoe Health.
From Chino Hills, California, Garrett’s experience in healthcare started in 1989 when he joined United Western Medical Centers as the Corporate Director of Finance and Accounting. In 1991, he entered the St. Joseph Health System as the Executive Director of Finance for St. Joseph Hospital. In five short years, he climbed to the top financial role of that facility as its Chief Financial Officer.
In 2005, Garrett had the opportunity to expand his skill set beyond the realm of financial oversight becoming the Chief Administrative Officer over St. Joseph Health’s Physician Enterprise, a non-profit medical practice foundation comprised of nearly 800 providers across five clinics and several urgent care centers.
Before accepting the position at CTH, Alan served in a dual role as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary Medical Center, a 212-bed facility in Apple Valley, California, and as Regional Vice President for St. Joseph Hoag Health, Irvine, California.
“As a leader, I value listening to others and providing collaborative, inclusive opportunities for people to contribute and participate in organization initiatives,” Garrett said. “I believe in fostering an environment where people feel cared for and valued.”
After decades of overseeing the evolution of Carson Tahoe Health, CEO Ed Epperson retired on December 31, 2018, leaving a legacy of caring, healing, innovation and accomplishment.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as the CEO of Carson Tahoe Health for the past 17 years,” Epperson said. “I am incredibly proud of everything our team has accomplished. From establishing the regional medical center in its current, beautiful location and introducing a number of innovative, healthcare advancements to building an organization that is poised to ensure our community is a healthy place to live well into the future. The Board and I are confident that Alan is the right person to build on this momentum.”
Michelle Joy, who currently serves as Carson Tahoe Health’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is serving as Interim CEO until Garrett arrives in April. Joy joined the Carson Tahoe Health System in January 2015, bringing over 20 years of healthcare management experience, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
American Medical Response Appoints Miller Regional Director, Nevada Operations
AMR and MedicWest in conjunction with AirMed announced today that Donna Miller, Founder and President of Las Vegas based Lifeguard International‐Flying ICU, and most recently Market Development Director for AirMed, will become the Regional Director of American Medical Response, Nevada operations as the companies focus on providing an integrated ground and air medical transportation solution to create better patient outcomes, strong community relationships and a more complete business model.
“This is an exciting transition for me as it brings together my experience working in hospital, pre‐hospital and medical transport and allows me to build on the exceptional reputation and high‐level of quality service that AMR, MedicWest and AirMed have built in Southern Nevada. Service to our community is our top priority and this will allow us to further strengthen our life saving capabilities,” said Miller.
Miller brings more than 20 years of demonstrated successful experience in healthcare. She is an EMS Certified Registered Nurse and a Certified Medical Transportation Executive. She has played key roles in the local and national medical transportation industry in her role with Lifeguard International‐Flying ICU, most recently AIrMed. She currently serves in multiple healthcare related consortiums including, the State of Nevada, EMS Advisory Committee, the Nevada Nurses’ Association and the Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) coalition.
“We are excited to have someone with Donna’s experience and demonstrated ability to help us to implement and roll‐out an integrated approach to medical transportation in the Southern Nevada market. She is a unique and dedicated individual who brings a wealth of local and national experience to this important role in our service to the Las Vegas community,” said Steven Dralle, President, AMR South Region.
“While we are sad to lose Donna from our AirMed team, we are excited for what her new role will allow our combined entities to accomplish for our Nevada‐based partners. She has been a key figure in the air ambulance community in Las Vegas for more than 20 years and we look forward to carrying forward her legacy as well as expanding our product offerings to our hospital partners,” said Denise Treadwell, President, AirMed.
The Howard Hughes Corporation® Names The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®
The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community and Las Vegas Ballpark®, announced today a multi-year partnership designating The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of the Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®. Currently under construction at Downtown Summerlin®, Las Vegas Ballpark is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
“We are excited to partner with the Las Vegas Aviators and the Las Vegas Ballpark during this inaugural season,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System, which includes six hospitals in Las Vegas and Henderson. “The importance of being active, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying time outdoors contributes to a healthier community. We are pleased to be part of the Las Vegas Ballpark’s family and look forward to rooting for our hometown baseball team in April.”
“The Valley Health System has been a long-time supporter of our Triple-A baseball team,” said Don Logan, President and COO of the Las Vegas Aviators. “Their commitment to wellness, prevention and healthy living matches our own—as a sports team and as individuals—and we are proud to have The Valley Health System as our Official Founding Healthcare Partner.”