MountainView Hospital Graduates First Students from Paramedic School
MountainView Hospital, a full-service teaching hospital in northwest Las Vegas, celebrated its first graduating class of Paramedics from the hospital’s Paramedic Institute. This is a first not only for MountainView, but the first paramedic graduates for HCA Healthcare.

Launched in late 2020, the MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute is currently the only hospital in Las Vegas, as well within HCA Healthcare, to offer an extensive education and training program for prehospital professionals throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

The inaugural cohort of paramedic provider students took part in a 57-week program that involved a stringent didactic regimen and hands-on clinical immersion. MountainView partnered with local Fire Departments and private EMS agencies in creation of the program. Students attending the institute were sponsored by each agency.

“This is truly a community effort. HCA Healthcare, along with our community partners are proving that great things happen when we leveraged individual assets together to achieve a common goal,” said Troy Tuke, RN, NREMT-P, MountainView Hospital Paramedic Program Director. “Our students are arriving in the field ready to work and take excellent care of the residents and visitors of the Las Vegas Valley.”

The first cohort included 19 students representing five EMS agencies including Clark County Fire Department, North Las Vegas Fire Department, AMR, Community Ambulance and Medic West Ambulance.

To graduate, students completed 57 weeks of a clinically immersive program, two didactic blocks with two clinical block rotations. Students also had to complete numerous industry certifications, including (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS), among others. Students also had to successfully complete the Southern Nevada Health District Protocol Exam and have a successful completion of an agency field internship.

Graduates scored well above the national average on measured metrics for a successful completion of the program.

“Congratulations to the first class of MountainView Hospital Paramedic Institute graduates; this is a significant step forward for caring for our community,” said Matthew Cova, MountainView Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “With our agency partners, we are able to provide a unique educational opportunity to support the education of medical professionals in our community.”

Since the first cohort, another 44 students from eight EMS agencies have started with the Institute, with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Henderson Fire Department and Mesquite Fire Department representing new agencies.

The need for paramedic schools in the Las Vegas great, as the Las Vegas Valley, much like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a Paramedic/EMS provider shortage. This has been exasperated by an aging workforce, COVID-19 and overall decline in interest in the paramedic profession.

MountainView Hospital is a regional leader in medical education and has been ranked as one of the nation’s Top Teaching Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group. MountainView is home to the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which includes more than 150 residents and fellows in numerous disciplines including emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, anesthesiology and OBGYN, physical medicine and rehabilitation. MountainView is also home to the MountainView Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program and a nurse residency program.

West Henderson Hospital Breaks Ground
Nevada Dignitaries and the project construction team will help The Valley Health System officially break ground on West Henderson Hospital on March 23, the company’s seventh acute care hospital in Southern Nevada.

The $385 million, 40-acre medical campus will initially include 150-beds, a 37-bay emergency department, surgical suites including heart and hybrid suites, endoscopy suites, cardiac catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab to treat heart rhythm disorders, an interventional radiology/special procedures lab to treat neurological diagnoses, and inpatient nursing care units. These areas will be supported by ancillary services including imaging, therapy, laboratory, and pharmacy, and support services such as engineering, food and nutrition services and environmental services. A medical office complex and parking garage are also configured onto the campus.

Las Vegas-based SR Construction is the general contractor for West Henderson Hospital and previously served as the general contractor for Henderson Hospital, Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center, and for multiple expansions and renovations of other facilities with The Valley Health System, continuing its 21-year relationship.

West Henderson Hospital’s anticipated opening date is mid-2024.

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium Announces 2022 Class of Medical Residents
Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium announced its 2022 class of Medical Residents during the annual national Match Day.

The match included residents for existing programs based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Residents also rotate at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

The announcement was made during the annual event called Match Day – when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. Matched residents filled in all open positions within the following programs:

• Anesthesiology
• Diagnostic Radiology
• Emergency Medicine
• Family Medicine
• General Surgery
• Internal Medicine
• Neurology
• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Psychiatry
• Transitional Year (dual programs at MountainView and Southern Hills hospitals)

The talented group of 110 new residents will join the 266 current residents based at MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Specifically this cycle, 82 new residents matched at MountainView and 28 new residents matched at Southern Hills. The new residents will begin July 2022.

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s program received a substantial amount of applications for a limited number of positions. To list a few, the Anesthesiology residency program received more than 1,000 applications for eight positions, Diagnostic Radiology received more than 400 for five positions, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the only program in Nevada, received more than 400 for seven positions.

The 2022 Main Residency Match® was largest on record in the organization’s history[i] with a record-high 39,205 total positions offered, the most ever, and 36,277 first-year (PGY-1) positions offered, as reported by the National Resident Matching Program®, which matches fourth-year medical students with hospital and universities to find the right “match” for their residency goals.

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). 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, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology Diagnostics, Neurology and four fellowship programs, Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Anesthesiology, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Gastroenterology.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.