Carson Tahoe Unveils Latest Robotic Surgery Technology, the da Vinci Xi
Carson Tahoe Health (CTH) is excited to announce that the most advanced robotic surgical system, the da Vinci Xi, will be available at the Regional Medical Center beginning mid-November 2017. CTH will initially start by offering robot-assisted gynecological surgeries for qualifying patients, and will soon expand to minimally-invasive urology procedures within the next year. As the field of robotics has gained momentum and evolved as a medical school staple nationwide, obtaining this revolutionary technology also provides Carson Tahoe new recruitment opportunities and aids in securing future healthcare experts.

Designed with the latest robotic, computer, and optical innovations, the da Vinci Xi features a high-definition 3D (HD-3D) vision system, Intuitive Motion Technology, specialized ‘wristed’ instruments, and smart software that allow surgeons to operate with unparalleled precision, dexterity, and control. The system utilizes wireless capabilities and functions with ‘video-game-like’ motion controlled by the expertly trained surgeon. With its savvy visualization tools, coupled with a dynamic ‘moving bed’ that maneuvers patients into the ideal operating position, the da Vinci Xi facilitates easy access to even the most hard-to-reach areas inside the body. Additionally, the system and its movements are programmed to be entirely controlled by a surgeon, which translates into smaller, more defined hand movements for optimal results. Consequently, patients benefit from a quicker procedure time, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, minimal scaring, and less need for narcotic pain medications.

“Acquiring the latest generation of robotic technology aligns directly with our commitment to advancing healthcare and investing in the future of our community,” said Michelle Joy, Chief Operating Officer at Carson Tahoe Health. “Upon evaluating the newest research surrounding robotics and improved patient outcomes, we felt that now was the best time for us to invest in the da Vinci Xi.”

Kelly LeGrow Receives Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award
Kelly E. LeGrow, vice president of Brown & Brown Insurance of Nevada, Inc. received the 2017 Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award for her extensive work as a committed volunteer, supporter and advisor to the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. The award was presented during the recent 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event featuring Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles.

Nathan Adelson Hospice is Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice. Brad Garrett, stand-up comedian and actor, best known for his Emmy-winning role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” presented the award to her at the event.

“Hospice depends upon a lot of people that we have to go to when we have issues, when we have problems or when we have things we just need to deal with,” said Dennis Kennedy, of the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees. “When we have a problem that involves risk liability insurance we always go to Kelly. She is extremely valuable to the institution.”

For Second Time, MountainView Hospital Achieves Distinguished 3-Star Rating for Heart Bypass Surgery
For the second consecutive period, MountainView Hospital has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places MountainView Hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery 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 on a scale of no stars to three stars, using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

“Our goal at MountainView is to provide the highest-quality care to our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud that MountainView Hospital has achieved, for the second consecutive reporting period, a three-star rating, demonstrating that our capabilities in heart bypass surgery have resulted in long-term positive results.”

Historically, approximately 10%–15% of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from June 2016 to June 2017, and includes 179 participants.

“At MountainView Hospital, we strive to be the leader in heart care, with a comprehensive heart program based on the highest quality standards,” said Dr. Michael Wood, MountainView’s Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates Medical Director. “This achievement does not come easily; it reflects the hard, exacting work of our surgical and nursing teams and encompasses the dedication of the hospital to the entire patient care experience.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons.

“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 Database includes three components: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), and the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.3 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 Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Join Together to Create the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium
MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center have received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

Under the newly accredited Sunrise Health GME Consortium, existing programs Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, OB-GYN and Transitional Year will remain based at MountainView Hospital, with rotations at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for General Surgery and Emergency Medicine. The Family Medicine program will remain based at Southern Hills Hospital.

Combining the programs under one umbrella allows for more flexibility in the residency program and for residents to easily access all Sunrise Health facilities in Las Vegas for training.

“This is an important step for graduate medical education program development in Las Vegas,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “This will allow for easier access of our residents to all of the Sunrise Health facilities for the purpose of quality medical education and program development.”

As part of this announcement, new Assistant Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) were appointed for the market and for each facility in addition to a new Far West Division Director and Consortium Director of GME:

  • Dr. Ferenc Puskas, Assistant DIO, MountainView Hospital
  • Dr. Maureen Strohm, Assistant DIO, Southern Hills Hospital
  • Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Assistant DIO, Sunrise Hospital
  • Fran DeYoung, FWD Division Administrative Director of Graduate Medical Education
  • Daisy Rosado, Consortium Administrative Director

“I am excited that we are combining our efforts to provide the highest educational experience for our residents,” said Adam Rudd, Southern Hills Chief Executive Officer. “The consortium allows our residents to move throughout our system, experiencing the different dynamics of healthcare throughout the valley.”

The Sunrise Health GME Consortium at MountainView Hospital launched in 2015 and welcomed its first class of residents in 2016. Among its accredited graduate programs, Sunrise Health GME Consortium has residency positions based at MountainView and at Southern Hills. Additional programs are being explored that will help compliment the physician base currently in Southern Nevada.

Nevada currently ranks 48th in the nation in the number of physicians per capita, at 218 physicians per 100,000 of the population, according to a 2012 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The national average is 307. Historically there have not been enough residency programs to meet the demand of medical students graduating from Nevada’s medical schools. Providing residency programs to retain and attract new physicians is integral to increasing the physician base in the state.

Incline village community hospital welcomes new physician assistant
Incline Village Community Hospital is pleased to announce Sasha Musso, PA-C, is joining the team at Incline Health Center, 880 Alder Ave, Incline Village, on the 2nd Floor of Incline Village Community Hospital.

Sasha completed her training in Physician Assistant Studies at Idaho State University in 2015 and has been working in Chico, California. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has extensive experience in primary care with patients of all ages. She is accepting new patients and most insurance is accepted.