Tahoe Forest Health System Wins 2019 Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Award
Tahoe Forest Health System is proud to be recognized as the 2019 winner of the Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work award in the Extra-Large Business category. The recognition took place at the 12th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Celebration, presented by the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association.

“We are so honored to have won this award and were up against some very respected companies including Carson Tahoe Health, Patagonia and Charles River Laboratories,” says Alex MacLennan, Chief Human Resources Officer of Tahoe Forest Health System. Tahoe Forest Health System was one of four finalists in the Extra-Large Business Category. “Simply being a finalist was honorable, but we are so proud that our organization won this great award,” MacLennan added, who was present at the Celebration.

Best Places to Work is a contest that honors superior organizations where voices are heard, cultures are thriving and employees are engaged. It gives businesses the opportunity to learn the perception of employees about the workplace, and provides them with valuable information that can be used to improve day-to-day operations and workplace environment.

Winners are determined entirely on the basis of employees’ responses to the Employee Engagement Survey that measures key areas that make up an organization’s culture. These range from compensation and benefits to trust in leadership and employee engagement.

Southern Hills Hospital Announces Appointment of Alexis Mussi as New Chief Executive Officer
Southern Hills Hospital, an HCA Healthcare affiliated hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexis Mussi as the new Chief Executive Officer effective today. With this appointment, Alexis becomes the first female CEO of Southern Hills Hospital, and the only female CEO of a hospital in Las Vegas.

Alexis joined HCA in May of 2000 and has served in multiple senior leadership roles within HCA’s Far West Division. In December of 2015, she was named Chief Operating Officer of Southern Hills Hospital where she oversees the operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services Department and other areas of the facility. In the 3 years Alexis has been COO, Southern Hills Hospital has grown from 134 beds to 252.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed running the operations of our facility for the past three years. I am ready to step into the role as the CEO and to continue to work with our talented employees, physicians and volunteers at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center,” said Alexis Mussi, CEO, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “As a premier provider for care, we will continue to expand and offer new services to our growing community in Southwest Las Vegas, NV.

Prior to Southern Hills, Alexis served in various positions at Mountain View Hospital including Vice President of Operations. She also worked as the Market Director of Physician Relations for Sunrise Health system, and the Director of Physician’s relations at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Under Alexis’ leadership each hospital saw tremendous growth. At Southern Hills alone she oversaw more than 45 million dollars in construction projects. Most recently she helped manage the construction of the first free standing ER in the state, and was instrumental in the opening of the Pavilion, the first behavioral health unit in all of Southwest Las Vegas. Alexis’ commitment to Southern Hills has also helped bolster employee engagement and grow surgery volume.

In addition to her dedication to HCA’s Far West Division, Alexis is a Leadership Las Vegas Graduate for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. She’s also been awarded the 2018 Heroes with Heart Award from the Trauma Intervention Program and is a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Society.

Alexis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Communication from Arizona State University, and earned her Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“I am very excited to have her in this role,” said Brian Cook, President of HCA’s Far West Division. “Alexis is not only admired around Southern Hills Hospital but well known throughout the healthcare community here in Las Vegas. I am certain under her leadership Southern Hills Hospital will flourish, and continue to provide outstanding care to the community. We are happy that Alexis, her husband, Chris and daughters, Gianna and Isabella, will remain in Las Vegas and continue to be part of the Far West Division.”

Carson Tahoe Health Acknowledged as a ‘Best Place to Work’
Carson Tahoe Health claimed 2nd place in the extra-large employer category at the 12th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Celebration presented by Northern Nevada Human Resources Association.

“At Carson Tahoe Health, a key aspect of our mission is to treat people professionally and compassionately, with dignity and respect,” says Larry Fagerhaug, Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer at Carson Tahoe Health. “While our goal is to always provide top-quality care, we also strive for our employees to find balance and quality of life, while making a difference.”

Carson Tahoe Health was a finalist among 3 other prestigious organizations including Tahoe Forest System, Patagonia, and Charles River Laboratories. The winners were determined through an employee survey composite score. Based on the survey, Carson Tahoe has nearly 90 percent of its workforce either highly engaged or moderately engaged.

In addition to high employee engagement, Carson Tahoe boasts exceptional benefit plans, a re-investment in staff members and continuing education, as well as a positive, enriching culture – not to mention the drop-dead gorgeous views of Sierra Nevada.

“We are honored to have received this award for being one of the Best Places To Work in Northern Nevada,” Fagerhaug said. “Our employees work tirelessly to ensure our patients get the best care our region has to offer, and we thank them for their dedication every day, every step of the way.”

MountainView Hospital Earns Two Distinguished 3-Star Ratings for heart surgery procedures
MountainView Hospital has earned two distinguished three-star ratings from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR) procedures and mitral valve repairs and replacements with coronary artery bypass graft procedures (MVRR+CABG). The three-star ratings, which denotes the highest category of quality and is the highest rating available, places MountainView Hospital among the elite of all heart surgery centers in the United States and Canada.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“MountainView Hospital takes great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud of our capabilities to serve this community with the most advanced technology and outstanding staff.”

For isolated mitral valve procedures, only 10 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. For MVRR+CABG procedures, only 8 percent of participants that were scored received a three-star rating. The latest analysis of data for valve surgery covers a 3-year period, from January 2016 to December 2018, and 992 participants.

“At MountainView Hospital, we have built a true comprehensive heart program with a philosophy based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “Our aim has been to build a comprehensive cardiovascular surgery center of excellence, and not just be a hospital that performs cardiac surgery.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). It is the most comprehensive and largest database in the world of cardiac surgery data.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS ACSD houses more than 6.1 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,700 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90% of groups that perform heart surgery in the US. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates (CVSA) provides a unique model for Las Vegas for providing cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery care. MountainView Hospital has built a team unparalleled for heart care in Nevada, consisting of three board-certified surgeons, four mid-levels, 24-7 coverage in-house and dedicated intensivists.

The procedures and depth of services available also distinguishes MountainView Hospital for its unique, comprehensive cardiac surgery program. MountainView offers the full spectrum of interventions for structural heart diseases to recovery through in-patient rehabilitation and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.