Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Recognized for Public Relations Campaign
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital was recently honored by the Public Relations Society of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter. The community’s newest hospital was recognized at the annual Silver Spike Awards for its grand opening event and overall public relations and marketing campaign.

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital officially opened its doors to patients in March 2018. The hospital specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment and was the first facility of its kind to be built from the ground up in our community in more than 35 years. The modern, state-of-the-art, 124-bed facility is located at 6940 Sierra Center Parkway near Target in the Meadowood area of south Reno.

ER at Aliante Opens to the Public
MountainView Hospital’s ER at Aliante opened in late October. ER at Aliante is North Las Vegas’ first, community hospital-based emergency room. The ER is located at 7207 N. Aliante Parkway, just north of I-215.

The 24-hour facility operates as a fully-integrated department of MountainView Hospital, while serving patients in a convenient, off-site location.

The new ER is designed to meet the needs of the community of North Las Vegas and its rapidly growing population. It allows residents to seek emergency care in their neighborhood.

“MountainView Hospital has long recognized the need for emergency services in North Las Vegas at a convenient, neighborhood location, and we are proud to offer the ER at Aliante as an extension of our hospital’s emergency department,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “With this new facility, we can offer an additional option for community members to receive high-quality health care closer to home and provide the community with an ER to meet their needs.”

The 11,000-square-foot building includes 12 patient rooms and is staffed by board-certified ER physicians and nurses, with a wide range of on-call hospital specialists.

The ER is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. ER at Aliante accepts vehicle ambulance services and walk-in patients, and is fully equipped to provide emergent and urgent care, in addition to ancillary services. The facility offers a fully functional lab and blood bank, a pharmacy and a full spectrum of radiology services, including CT scan, X-ray and ultrasound. The ER serves adult and pediatric patients.
ER at Aliante adheres to the same regulatory and accreditation standards as traditional emergency departments. The facility provides all of the services available at on-site ERs, with the exception of trauma care and medical services or patients transported by air ambulances. Patients who require hospital admission will be transported to an affiliated hospital that meets the required level of care.

Southern Nevada Quilter Creates “Above and Beyond” Quilt in Memory of #1October
Upon entering the main lobby at Valley Hospital, one’s eyes are automatically drawn to the bright and commanding presence of a 14’ x 8’ wall hanging created by quilter Lois DeGiulio.

“I wanted to visibly demonstrate my appreciation, admiration and respect for the first responders of 1 October while honoring the victims and their families,” she explained.

Over the course of 11 months, she developed the concept, met with Valley Hospital administration to share her vision and identify the right location, travelled to find the right fabric, cut and pieced together over 1,200 fabric pieces, spent three months sewing and quilting, and handed it over for professional matting, framing and site installation. It was delivered to the hospital in time for a special remembrance ceremony on October 1, 2018.

“I wanted to create a feeling of the expanse and power of the Las Vegas skyline,” said Lois. “I chose bright colors for the buildings to create a sense of positivity, showing the brightness after the darkness. The sky is a deep, dark blue filled with twinkling stars to indicate a positive future and acknowledge the many human ‘stars’ responsible for the recovery of the people and Las Vegas. Scattered throughout the night sky are 58 quilted hearts in honor of victims.”

Quilters might recognize Lois’s use of the French Braid technique, which she chose to represent the intertwining of Las Vegas residents, visitors, business and organizations who came together to help one another in the minutes, hours, days and weeks following the shooting.
Entitled “Above and Beyond,” the quilt’s meaning is featured on a plaque adjacent to the framed piece:

Dedicated to
Our heroes who gave of themselves tirelessly on that night and for so many days and weeks…their efforts went so far above and beyond
The lives lost…their souls rose above the Las Vegas sky
Their families and loved ones…their hearts rose above the Las Vegas sky

“This is truly a masterpiece,” said Claude Wise, CEO of Valley Hospital. “Lois’s quilt serves as a memorial to everyone who was affected by the tragedy, and I’m thankful she chose Valley Hospital for this gift.”

Added Tina Sprague, Administration, “To see the quilt in person is breathtaking. As the focal point of our main lobby, you can take time to understand the thought process and incredible detail of Lois’s vision. It’s a stunning gift to our community, and a true honor to have it in our hospital.”

Renown Health Nationally Recognized for Healthcare Technology
As one of only 400 health networks in the country to be awarded the Most Wired recognition, Renown Health is demonstrating its commitment to improve the quality of care given to patients through the use of healthcare IT. This national honor is based on the work Renown’s information technology and contact center teams have done to enhance patient experience and access.

“The importance of this award is the recognition that we not only applied important technologies but we as an organization adopted and are using the technology overcoming massive barriers,” said Ron Fuschillo, MBA, Renown Health vice president and chief information officer. “Through our strategic implementation of new technologies, we are able to achieve better outcomes for our patients and transform the way healthcare is delivered.”

Renown was recognized for the second year in a row as a Most Wired system by the American Hospital Association for leading the way in automating and integrating clinical, patient safety, and administrative functions to improve the quality of care given to patients. Making the Most Wired list places Renown among the top 400 health systems in the country for Information Technology capabilities and effectiveness.
“Renown is proud to embrace new technologies to elevate the health and care of the communities we serve,” Fuschillo said.

MountainView Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
MountainView Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes MountainView Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest patient 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 grades issued through the Leapfrog Group are a national comparison among hospitals meeting specific patient quality and safety standards.

“Earning an A Hospital Safety Grade is a testament to the commitment to our culture of patient safety that every team member is a part of at MountainView Hospital,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The grade A recognizes that MountainView, as a busy, acute-care teaching hospital, has achieved the highest ranking in patient safety and harm reduction strategies.”

“The Leapfrog grade translates a lot of quality data into an easily recognizable score. It considers many quality measures and condenses them down to a single letter grade so our community can know our commitment to patient safety,” said Todd Isbell, Chief Nursing Officer.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like MountainView Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“Our vision is to be the premier provider of exceptional care; this is one step on that journey,” Bradshaw said. “Achieving a letter grade score for a six-month period is not good enough. We have to work hard to maintain this rating for the months and years to come.”
MountainView Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades.

ER at Green Valley Ranch Opens 
ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of Henderson Hospital began seeing patients in November. The freestanding emergency department, located on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, will provide 24-hour emergency care every day of the year. It is staffed with the same medical personnel and equipped with the same diagnostic technology available in Henderson Hospital’s emergency department, including an on-site laboratory, CT scanner and imaging equipment.

“We are excited to extend our hospital into the Green Valley community,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We can care for the same types of emergencies and illnesses our hospital-based ER handles. Now through March are historically very busy times for area emergency departments, and we’re pleased we’re opening in time to help alleviate some of the longer wait times people may experience.”

ER at Green Valley Ranch is the first freestanding emergency department in The Valley Health System. A second facility, ER at Blue Diamond, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, will open in summer 2019.

Henderson Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. 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 commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes are the foundation of our culture,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “This ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog validates our hard work, and is a direct reflection of both our hospital staff and medical staff’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Henderson that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

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. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades.

Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission
Spring Valley Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in August 2018. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Sepsis can be a life-threatening medical emergency, caused by the body’s excessive response to an infection. If not treated quickly and effectively, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputation or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 178 Nevadans died from sepsis in 2016*. Nationally, sepsis accounted for over 200,000 annual deaths according to a July 2016 article in Critical Care Medicine.** The illness gained greater recognition when actress Patty Duke died in March 2016 from complications related to sepsis after her spleen ruptured.

Sepsis can be caused by bacterial infections – anything from a urinary tract infection to a nicked cuticle – but also by more serious diagnoses like pneumonia, kidney infections or bloodstream infections. “The infection generates the sepsis,” explained Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “The risk of death by sepsis increases when treatment is delayed, so much of our work focuses on the early recognition and treatment of sepsis in the emergency and inpatient settings.”

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with consensus-based national standards; the effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Among the key initiatives in place at Spring Valley Hospital are ongoing education of the early recognition of sepsis in patient care settings and ongoing review of the key metrics associated with the early recognition of sepsis. These include rapid turn-around time on lactic acid levels that indicate the extent of the sepsis, early blood cultures to identify the infection source, and swift administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Quick identification and treatment of sepsis with antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids can save lives, decrease the severity of the illness, reduce the patients’ hospital length of stay, and increase the patients’ chances of going home instead of to an extended care facility.

To recognize the signs of sepsis, learn the TIME acronym:
T Temperature – Is higher or lower than normal
I Infection – May have signs or symptoms of an infection
M Mental Decline – Might be confused, sleepy or difficult to waken or rouse
E Extremely Ill – Severe pain, discomfort, “I feel like I might die.”

“We are proud to receive the Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Freehof. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”