Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors Appoints New Member
Tahoe Forest Health System is pleased to welcome Robert E. Barnett as the newly appointed member of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors. A resident of Olympic Valley, CA, Mr. Barnett fills the vacant seat, effective October 1, 2021.

Prior to moving to Olympic Valley 6 years ago, Mr. Barnett served as a trial lawyer for 45 years with an office in Fairfield, CA, and a practice that covered San Francisco to Sacramento, and Napa to Stockton. Mr. Barnett’s practice included extensive medical legal work where he handled over 6,000 personal injury cases with close scrutiny to medical care. Mr. Barnett is now actively involved in projects and groups that focus on building the Tahoe community. Mr. Barnett is a graduate of Occidental College where he received his Economics degree with honors. He received his Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley Law.

Mr. Barnett’s appointment to the Board of Directors seat will be effective through December 2022. Learn more about the members of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board at www.tfhd.com.

Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Earn National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals have received a total of six American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in the Mission: Lifeline and the Get With The Guidelines programs, the Siena Campus and the San Martin Campus of St. Rose Dominican applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

Dignity Health Nevada Market President Jon Van Boening said, “Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events. The Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

This year, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals received the following Achievement Awards:

Target: Stroke Honor Roll
These hospitals, in addition to their achievement of Gold or Silver, are recognized for 75% or higher performance in Time to IV thrombolytic therapy in 60 minutes or less.
• Siena Hospital

Target: Stroke Honor Roll – Elite
These hospitals, in addition to their achievement of Gold or Silver, are recognized for 75% or higher performance in Time to IV thrombolytic therapy in 60 minutes or less.
• San Martin Hospital

Get With The Guidelines: Gold Plus Achievement
These hospitals are recognized for two or more consecutive calendar years of 85% or higher adherence on all achievement measures applicable and 75% or higher adherence with additional select quality measures in stroke.
• Siena Hospital
• San Martin Hospital

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™
A national honor roll program for hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines® (HF, Stroke) to reinforce evidence-based guidelines with hospitals that qualify for a Silver level or higher achievement award in the related Get With The Guidelines module. These hospitals must be able to demonstrate at least 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months (calendar year) for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score” measure in the selected module.
• Siena Hospital
• San Martin Hospital

“We are pleased to recognize Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Las Vegas to Host First Southern Nevada Veterans Creative Arts Competition
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 76, will co-host the first Southern Nevada Veterans Creative Arts Competition on June 25, 2022, at Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 Brush Street, Las Vegas, NV 89107.

The event, which will celebrate and showcase the works of local artists and musicians, is open to Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system; and entrants can compete in more than 130 categories including art, creative writing, dance, drama, and music. Veterans may exhibit their artwork and original writings or perform musical, dance or dramatic selections in a live stage show performance. A comprehensive list of categories and guidelines can be found in the 2021 handbook at https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021-NVCA-Competition-Handbook-FINAL.pdf (NOTE: While this document lists the requirements for this year’s competition, an updated version will provide further guidance for the 2022 competition).

VASNHS is encouraging Veterans enrolled in VA health care locally to participate. Entrants must be enrolled to receive care at a VA medical facility before entering a local competition. Veterans are only permitted to enter through one VA facility competition each year, and only one entry is allowed per category.

Deadline to register for the Southern Nevada Veterans Creative Arts Festival is May 1, 2022, and all artwork entered must have been completed after April 1, 2021. Winners will be eligible to compete in the 2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival against Veterans from other VA medical facilities across the nation. VASNHS will provide more information and updates on the Southern Nevada Veterans Creative Arts Competition via the web and social media in the near future. In the meantime, Veterans who are interested in participating and have questions may contact John Archiquette at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, via email at vhalaspao@va.gov.

MountainView Hospital and Sarah Cannon Join Forces to Create Nevada’s First Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
MountainView Hospital and Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, announced today a collaboration for a new treatment option, blood and marrow transplant (BMT) services, to Nevada. Patients with blood cancer and blood disorders no longer have to leave the state for this specialized treatment option.

Patients with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma may be recommended by their physician to undergo a blood and marrow transplant, which is sometimes referred to as a stem cell transplant or bone marrow transplant. Prior to this new program at MountainView Hospital, 100 percent of these patients had to leave the state to seek these services, which can be a barrier to receiving the most appropriate care. The first transplant at MountainView Hospital was performed this summer.

“We are pleased to fill a critical gap in Nevada’s cancer care infrastructure by bringing this needed service to our state,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to working with our community oncologists to keep their patients in Nevada for this specialized care.”

Per year, approximately 100 Nevada residents had to leave the state to obtain blood and marrow transplant care in another state which can create financial burdens and stressors to the patient and family/caregivers. In bringing this complex care to the Nevada community, cost and burden to patients can be reduced while providing the most cutting-edge services close to home.

Two transplant and cellular therapy veterans lead the program at MountainView Hospital – Dr. Delva Deauna-Limayo as the as BMT clinical program medical director and Dr. Shahram Mori as the transplant and cellular therapy clinical program medical director.

The Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at MountainView Hospital is part of the Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Network, offering patients convenient, community-based access to complex blood cancer care including acute leukemia, blood and marrow transplantation, clinical trials and innovative therapies. The Network performs approximately 1,200 blood and marrow transplants per year across its eight FACT/JACIE accredited programs in the United States and United Kingdom.

“Sarah Cannon is proud to bring state-of-the-art cancer close to home for those facing cancer. By partnering with MountainView Hospital, we are doing just that, bringing sophisticated offerings to patients in Nevada and the surrounding areas. Not only will blood cancer patients now have access to blood and marrow transplant services and a multidisciplinary care team, they will be able to do so with their support system of family and friends close by,” said Fred LeMaistre, MD, Senior Vice President, Sarah Cannon Market Operations and Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers.

MountainView in collaboration with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada physicians recognized the need for blood and marrow transplant services several years ago and designed its south tower oncology unit to include a dedicated blood and marrow transplant unit. The clinical team includes a comprehensive group of transplant professionals, including transplant physicians, transplant nurse coordinator, inpatient and outpatient transplant nurses, pharmacist, social workers, case managers and a registered dietitian.

During blood and marrow transplantation, blood-forming stem cells from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood or peripheral blood are infused into the patient to restore the body’s ability to produce blood and immune cells. Prior to the procedure, patients receive high doses of radiation and/or chemotherapy to treat the underlying disease and prepare for the transplant.

A patient’s own stem cells can be used during a transplant – a procedure known as an autologous transplant – or they can receive donor stem cells, known as an allogeneic transplant. Initially, the new Sarah Cannon Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program at MountainView Hospital will perform adult autologous transplants.

Patients and physicians who want to learn more about MountainView’s new program can call (702) 962-2106.