Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital Receive National Honors for Delivering Superior Women’s Care
When it comes to superior women’s care, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital deliver… literally. Both hospitals announced a number of national Healthgrades honors, topping the list with the 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ and 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online healthcare information resource connecting almost one million patients daily with physicians and hospitals.

Both distinctions recognize Sunrise Hospital for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women during labor and immediately after delivery of their newborn, as well as women undergoing gynecologic procedures. In addition, Sunrise is honored by Healthgrades in 2019 for superior performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology and for the second year in a row, Labor and Delivery (2018-2019). The hospital is among the top five percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery in 2019. It is among the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2019 and Labor and Delivery for two years in a row (2017-2019).

Healthgrades designated Sunrise Hospital as a Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for five years in a row (2015-2019) and for C-Section Delivery three years in a row (2017-2019).

“Sunrise Hospital is a community dedicated to healing, which all starts with the exceptional care and outstanding outcomes our labor and delivery teams provide expectant mothers and their newborns,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, president and CEO, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Congratulations to our teams for their ongoing commitment to superior women’s care, quality, experience and outcomes.”

“The Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that are dedicated to providing quality care for expectant mothers and women who will undergo gynecologic procedures,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers who do their
homework by researching the quality of their local hospitals will make more informed healthcare decisions, and it could make a difference in terms of clinical outcomes.”

Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 15 individual states for years 2015 through 2017. During this time, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 119,203 patients1.

Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 33.4 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award[1].

Most recently Sunrise Hospital completed investment and enhancements in its Labor and Delivery services to enhance the birthing experience for expectant mothers. Upgrades included a warm and inviting entrance, portable wireless fetal monitors allowing expectant mothers to stroll around the unit, and baby warmers capable of weighing newborns and limit unnecessary lifting and moving about for the hospital’s tiny patients. New furnishings, communication whiteboards and 55-inch TVs were installed in each Labor and Delivery room, plus birthing peanut balls are provided for patients to accommodate labor contractions.

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Offers Behavioral Health for Older Adults
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital announced the opening of Transitions, a specialized inpatient program exclusively for people age 55 and older. Transitions in the only inpatient program in Reno that treats co-occurring conditions of mental health and Substance Use Disorder, specifically for this age group.

“As people age, they may be struggling with life-changing events such as retirement, divorce, onset of chronic illness, social withdrawal, lack of independence, or grief and loss,” said Novia Anderson, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Clinical Services at Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. “Happiness and quality-of-life should never have to be sacrificed. This program is designed to help older adults to transition through life’s journey with dignity.”

Tragically, Nevada has the highest elderly suicide rate in the nation according to America’s Health Rankings. In Nevada, there were 50 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people in the 75-84 age bracket, compared to the U.S. rate of 18.1 per 100,000. Nevada sees significantly more deaths by suicide per 100,000 for all age groups 55 and over.

“It is unfortunate that the health and well being of older adults is often overlooked,” said Steve Shell, CEO of Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. “We are proud to offer a safe and secure environment specifically for older adults that is comfortable, dignified and therapeutic.”

Common conditions treated include:

  • Anxiety, agitation, panic
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dementia-related behaviors
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital provides free and confidential assessments 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call for assessments and referrals is 775-393-2201. Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital is located at 6940 Sierra Center Parkway near Target in the Meadowood area of south Reno.

Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital opened its doors in March of 2018 and is the first facility of its kind to be built from the ground up in our community in more than 35 years. The hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs for psychiatric and addiction treatment for patients of all ages.

More information about Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital and its programs can be found at

MountainView Hospital Announces Expansion of its Emergency Room and Inpatient Rehabilitation departments
MountainView Hospital announced plans to expand its Emergency Room and Inpatient Rehabilitation departments to meet the continued growing demand from the Las Vegas community.

The Emergency Room expansion will include the addition of 12 new “vertical treatment” bays, and eight private exam rooms. Construction of the 15,000-square-foot addition will begin this fall and will be complete by fall 2020. The expansion will bring the total ER treatment spaces at MountainView Hospital to 62 patient spaces.

Additionally, the MountainView Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation expansion will add 18 beds to the current 36-bed unit. The 15,000-square-foot expansion will be on the fifth floor of the hospital’s 3150 Medical Office Building, directly below the current rehab department on the sixth floor. Construction on the rehab expansion also is expected to begin this fall and is expected to be complete by fall 2020.
The ER expansion will cost approximately $12.7 million, while the rehabilitation expansion will cost approximately $10.6 million.

“Patients continue to seek out MountainView Hospital for their care along the continuum, whether it is for emergency room needs or inpatient rehabilitation for long-term recovery needs,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The continued demand for MountainView’s patient care reflects that patients are seeking out the highest quality care available to them.”

The MountainView Hospital Emergency Room has seen several expansions over the past several years, as it has grown to meet the needs of the surrounding community. Most recently, the ER underwent an expansion in 2018 that included adding a dedicated CT for the department and the completion of an expanded helipad to accommodate two helicopters. An expansion in 2013 of the Emergency Room doubled its capacity, allowing the hospital to be further accessible to patients and community.

MountainView Hospital is a rated by The Leapfrog Group an A safety grade (Spring 2019), as well as a Top Teaching Hospital recognition for 2018.

Carson Tahoe Health Creates Cancer Triage Line
Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, an affiliate of Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah recently added a nurse triage line to provide symptom management to established patients. The nurse triage line coordinates care between the patient, nurses, and physicians at the Cancer Center.

“This allows us to support the patients and their caregivers, assess patient concerns over the phone, reduce unnecessary emergency department visits, and even guide patients towards seeking proper medical attention,” said Maria Sampang RN, OCN and AIC Nurse Manager at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center.

Uncomfortable symptoms can occur both during and after chemotherapy treatment and it is important to have these symptoms assessed and evaluated by an oncology team so they do not worsen. The triage line is answered by an infusion center nurse who will assess symptoms and provide resources for symptom management.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Rashes
  • Skin Irritation
  • Mouth Sores
  • Pain
  • Constipation

If patients are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended they call 911 or go directly to an emergency room.

  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrolled or heavy bleeding
  • Loss of consciousness, numbness or tingling of extremities or face
  • Sudden paralysis
  • Eye pain or loss of vision

Since launching in late May, the nurse triage line has responded to an average of 3 – 5 calls per day, seeing great results.

“So far we have had great feedback from the patients using the new triage line,” Sampang said. “We’ve had patients compliment us on our prompt responses and how they were able to take charge of their health just by us improving our availability.”

Not only does the triage line help patients feel they can more easily manage their care, but it also can save them money.

“We are continually aware of our patient’s needs, and one of those is trying to reduce healthcare costs by keeping people out of the hospital,” said Jared Carter, Director of Carson Tahoe Cancer Center. “Our goal at Carson Tahoe Health is to treat the whole person, encourage overall wellness, and truly be a resource in our community outside of the facility’s walls.”

The Carson Tahoe Cancer Center Nurse Triage Line’s hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Patients can reach the triage line directly by calling (775) 445-7978. For more information, please visit

Tahoe Forest Health System Orthopedic Program Recognized for Fragility Fracture Patient Care
Tahoe Forest Health System (TFHS) is proud to announce they have received an Own the Bone Star Performer designation for the 2020 year, an achievement reserved for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care.

Tahoe Forest Health System achieved an exceptional compliance rate on the 10 prevention measures outlined by the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), including: educating patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, falls prevention, limiting alcohol intake, and quitting smoking, recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing, discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment (when applicable), and providing written communication to patients and their physicians regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations.

Through participation in AOA’s Own the Bone program and recognition as an Own the Bone Star Performer, Tahoe Forest Health System has demonstrated a commitment to helping patients understand their risk for future fractures and the steps they can take to prevent them.

“We work hard to both educate patients and to keep our patients safe,“ says Harry Weis, Chief Executive Officer, TFHS. “We are grateful for the recognition of our exceptional orthopedics team and program and we thank our community for continuing to trust us with their health and well-being.”

What can patients do to protect their bones?

  • Get adequate calcium and vitamin D, either through diet or supplements, if necessary.
  • Engage in regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise.
  • Prevent falls around the home and be careful of stairs, railings, clutter, etc.
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.

Have you or a loved one had a broken bone over age 50? Talk to your health care provider and get a bone density screening to determine if osteoporosis might be the cause and learn additional steps you might need to take to prevent future fractures.

For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System’s orthopedic program and treatment options, please contact the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine clinic at (530) 587-7461, or visit

Six Valley Health System Hospitals Earn Honors for Severe Heart Attack Care
The six hospitals of The Valley Health System have been honored by the American Heart Association (AHA) with its Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks (ST-elevated myocardial infarction, aka STEMI).

Honors include:
Centennial Hills Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD

Desert Springs Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center SILVER

Henderson Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center SILVER

Spring Valley Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD

Summerlin Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD

Valley Hospital – Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center GOLD and Mission Lifeline® NSTEMI Bronze Award

Each hospital earned its award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

Additionally, Valley Hospital also earned the NSTEMI Bronze Award for its quality improvement for patients with a partial blockage, called non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Once diagnosed, NSTEMI treatment differs from those of STEMI patients. According to the American Heart Association, treatment strategies may include continued medications to impede blood clot formation along with a procedure to examine the inside of the heart.*

According to the American Heart Association, coronary heart disease accounted for approximately 13 percent of deaths in the United States in 2016, equating to 363,452 deaths. Between 2006 and 2016, the annual death rate attributed to coronary artery disease (CAD) declined 31.8% and the actual number of deaths declined by 14.6 percent.**

“Our cardiac response teams have worked diligently since the mid-2000s to improve the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of heart attack patients,” said Dan McBride, MD, Chief Medical Officer for The Valley Health System. “Desert Springs and Valley hospitals were the first to become accredited chest pain centers in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

“Time lost is heart muscle lost, so we’ve incorporated many partners in our care process, including first responders, hospital emergency, cardiac and follow-up teams, interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who are vital to the treatment and recovery of patients,” said Dr. McBride.

The hospitals’ work also extends to the southern Nevada community by providing education on heart attack signs and symptoms and partnering with area EMS agencies to provide hands-only CPR demonstrations at the hospitals and various community events. Hands-only CPR is a life-saving technique for someone who collapses suddenly from cardiac arrest. The immediate application of hands-only CPR by family members, coworkers or bystanders is critical to the person’s survival. According to the AHA website, every minute CPR is delayed, a person’s chance of survival decreases by up to 10 percent. +

“We commend the hospitals of The Valley Health System for their awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”




Nevada Students Invited to Help Raise Awareness about Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention
SilverSummit Healthplan is sponsoring the OpiEnd Youth Challenge poster contest to help raise awareness about opioid misuse and abuse prevention. Nevada students between 9 and 14 are invited to learn about opioids and the harm opioid abuse can cause, then are challenged to design a poster that helps to raise awareness of the issue. Winning students can receive national and state level prizes by joining SilverSummit Healthplan in the battle against opioid abuse.

Poster submissions will be judged at both the state and national levels with monetary prizes to the winner’s school or club, and a savings bond to the winning student entrant. The national winner will receive $5,000, with $3,000 for second place, and $1,500 for third place.

Nevada judges will choose the winning poster from among the state’s submissions based on judging criteria, and the school or non-profit organization that helped the student apply will receive a $1,000 prize from SilverSummit Healthplan.

Full details are available at The site also includes downloadable information sheets about opioids and guidance on designing a poster. The deadline for entry is November 1.