Strategic Report Outlines Path to Boosting Healthcare Economy in Clark County

A new report shows how medical and wellness tourism offer new market opportunities in Las Vegas that can diversify our economy, provide jobs, and spur new economic growth in the tourism and healthcare sectors.

As tourists continue to flock to Las Vegas in record numbers, the “Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan For Medical & Wellness Tourism” seeks to provide a unified vision to guide Las Vegas’ medical and tourism sectors through specific growth initiatives that will bolster our regional economy.

LVGEA-LOGO“This is about taking what our community already does well and collaborating to forge new and unexpected economic opportunities in medical and wellness tourism,” said Tom R. Skancke, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. “We want Las Vegas to better compete in the global economy, and this strategic plan accelerates that effort in the realm of healthcare and tourism.” ​

For more than a year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas HEALS, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas collaborated with 147 business, community, and nonprofit organizations to craft this shared working document that will serve as a guide to growing our economy through medical and wellness tourism.

LV HEALS LOGO“Las Vegas has everything it takes to succeed in this effort.  This plan provides a roadmap to become the most globally recognized destination for medical and wellness travel.  We are excited about the opportunities and eager to share this strategy with our local, regional and global strategic partners,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.

news_logo_unlvStowe Shoemaker, Dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration UNLV added, “We are excited to share our knowledge of the art, science, and business of hospitality and gaming to help those in the medical community to make the patient feel not like a number, customer, or patient, but instead a loved family member.

Traditionally, global medical tourism has featured low-cost treatments in foreign countries and expensive, high-quality care at domestic medical providers. This plan offers a third way that capitalizes on Las Vegas’s unique assets in tourism, wellness, and customer service.

LVCVA logo“I think there is an assumption that wellness is only defined by things like cholesterol check-ups and executive physicals; that’s the medical aspect of it,” said Cheryl Smith, the LVCVA’s medical and wellness tourism manager and co-author of the report. “But there’s a proactive side, prevention. Our spas contribute to overall health and well-being, stress reduction, and rejuvenation. We offer unique treatments brought here from around the world so it’s a great destination for visitors to experience wellness differently then perhaps they can at home.”

In order to achieve this strategy, our region must grow its medical capacity by supporting the growth of medical education and research, bolstering graduate medical education and clinical trials, and developing ways to recruit more medical meetings, more top-grade medical professionals and specialized medical tourism concierge professionals.

In addition to growing our region’s medical capacity, the report outlines key opportunities in medical and wellness tourism:

Key Opportunities:

Health and wellness meetings and education: position Las Vegas as the global destination for continuing (post-degree) medical and health care education
Medical tourism: Introduce Las Vegas as a medical tourism destination with the intention of positioning Las Vegas as the premier medical tourism destination in the United States and world by 2020
Spa and wellness tourism: Attract more visitors to Las Vegas to participate in health and wellness services and activities, specifically spa and wellness services and outdoor recreational activities
Wellness travel agents and medical facilitators: Identify the role of wellness travel agent and medical facilitators and further identify resources for finding them and introducing Las Vegas in their list of client offerings
Packaging and bundling of services: Explore bundling and package-pricing medical and wellness services Clinical trials: Position Southern Nevada as a global destination for clinical trial research and grow the existing clinical trial industry in the region with an eye toward driving medical tourism through innovative and emerging treatments

This strategic plan was released at the Monthly Medical Mixer of Las Vegas HEALS August 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Oquendo Surgical Training Center.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Inpatient Rehab Facility Debuts New Robotic Equipment; Provides Recovery Care for Neurological Illness Formerly Only Available Outside of Nevada

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Rose de Lima campus’ Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) was proud to host members of the news media, local dignitaries and former patients this morning to showcase its newest equipment, exclusive to St. Rose in the State of Nevada and surrounding states.   Purchasing the new robotic equipment – Hokoma LokomatPro, Armeo Power and Erigo – is just one more step toward providing a premier, world-class inpatient rehab institute in southern Nevada.

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“St. Rose is now the leader in the field of neurological rehabilitation in Nevada with the availability of this robotic technology,” said Dr. Tony Chin, medical director of the Rose de Lima campus’ IRF. “The precise kinetics required in repetitive motion therapy to reestablish function to the human body can be achieved faster with these robots.  Members of our community who need this type of rehabilitation will no longer have to leave the state for their care.”

The Hocoma LokomatPro, Armeo Power and Erigo are exclusive to the Rose de Lima campus in Nevada and work in concert together to help patients become independent and mobile again. The LokomatPro is a robotic harness that hovers over a treadmill so patients can walk safely during their rehab sessions. The Armeo Power is a robotic arm and hand therapy tool that, through repetitive motion, helps the patient achieve mobility and better use of their arms. The Erigo is used in early rehabilitation of a severe neurologic disorder with both robotic mobilization and electrical stimulation to get the patient to the place where they could use the LokomatPro standing up. The purchase of this equipment is the first step to a large expansion of the IRF, which will be finished later this year. The IRF will expand from 28 beds to 38 beds by January 1, 2015.

“Introducing this new technology to the southwestern United Sates is incredibly exciting,” said Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Dr. Chin is pushing the limits of what local rehab facilities have been able to provide to its patients and we are very proud of what the IRF has been able to accomplish. We look forward to the years ahead when the Rose de Lima IRF can truly be called a world-class institute.”

For more information about the IRF at the Rose de Lima campus, please go to: http://www.dignityhealth.org/las-vegas/services/inpatient-rehab-facility.

 

Summerlin Hospital Hosts 2014 Sculpture Collection

The staff at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center is helping to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Las Vegas Chapter by displaying 10 sculptures that were designed by Summerlin-based sculptor Dorit Schwartz, and painted by professional local artists. The artists give “life” through their one-of-a-kind vision.

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The sculptures, which debuted at The Smith Center earlier this year, are now on display within the Healing Garden, the front entrance, and the surgery entrance at Summerlin Hospital.

“We are pleased to host these beautiful works of art,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO/Managing Director of Summerlin Hospital. “The artists’ interpretations are all different, all stunning and provide an uplifting addition to our Healing Garden.”

To view the sculptures in person, visit Summerlin Hospital at 657 Town Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89144. To view the art online, visit http://stjudelasvegas.org/hearts-of-las-vegas/2014-collection/

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Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Appoints Executive Director of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada To Board of Directors

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) has appointed James Kilber, executive director of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN), to its board of directors. Kilber has been involved with and supported the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation throughout the past seven years.

James Kilber - CCCN“We are honored to have James join our team on the board,” said Jeff Gordon, president and CEO of NCCF. “James is a wonderful and well-respected leader in the medical field in the state of Nevada and possesses the heart and passion to help us meet the ever-increasing needs of the many children, families and adults diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses that we lovingly serve.”

“For the past seven years my family has worked with Jeff Gordon and NCCF at the annual Klip It for Kidz event,” said Kilber. “We have grown to love and respect this organization because we have seen first-hand the value NCCF brings to our community and we’ve become attached to the children and their families. As a father of four healthy children, I am truly honored, humbled and blessed to be a member of the NCCF board.”

As executive director of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada since 2007, Kilber has been responsible for recruiting 17 new physicians including renowned researchers and investing $10 million in diagnostic and treatment technology supporting patients with cancer in the Southern Nevada. Also in 2007, CCCN and NCCF launched the first ever Klip It for Kidzevent, which has raised more than $200,000 for more than 25 programs offered by NCCF. In addition, CCCN supports numerous initiatives on behalf of the non-profit including the Annual Gala, Camp Cartwheel and the Governor’s Black Tie Invitational.

With over 20 years of service to our community, NCCF has provided financial, psychological and educational support services to more than 2,800 children diagnosed with critical illnesses in Southern Nevada since its inception in 1993. The foundation has served more than 8,000 parents and siblings of critically-ill children, receiving more than $11 million in monetary donations and support. NCCF has seen immense growth in its span of programs – from just one program at the time of its inception, to the more than 45 currently in operation, at no cost to patients and their families. The foundation now has two locations in Southern Nevada – its main location for pediatric services and The Caring Place dedicated to adult services.

For additional information about NCCF and its programs, visit www.nvccf.org or call 702-735-8434. Follow NCCF on Facebook and Twitter.

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Southern Hills Hospital Announces Stephanie Miller as Assistant Administrator

Southern Hills Hospital is proud to announce the promotion of Stephanie Miller to Assistant Administrator, effective immediately. As the Assistant Administrator, Miller oversees day-to-day operations of the Environmental Services, Dietary, Imaging, Linen, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy and Physical Medicine, as well as is the Ethics & Compliance Officer (ECO) for the hospital.

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Southern Hills Hospital  is proud to provide our employees the professional growth and development that are critical in any organization,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “With Stephanie Miller’s knowledge and experience, I look forward to seeing her thrive as a hospital administrator.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity at Southern Hills Hospital,” said Stephanie Miller, Assistant Administrator. “I am excited to work with our team in this role to consistently find ways to improve the quality of healthcare in our community.”

Miller was Southern Hills’ Director of Laboratory, Respiratory Therapy and Physical Medicine since 2006, and was the Chief Technologist before that time. Miller is an inaugural member of the Southern Hills Hospital team when it opened in 2004.

Miller earned her Master of Business Administration in 2002 and her bachelor’s in Molecular Biology and Medical Technology from the University of Wyoming in 1995. She is a published co-author of Cycle DNA Sequencing from a Gel Band that was released in “Biotechniques” in 1995.

To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit SouthernHillsHospital.com.

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Robert Pretzlaff, M.D., named Chief Medical Officer of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

Robert Pretzlaff, M.D. has been selected as Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s chief medical officer, providing oversight of the medical staff functions at three hospitals. Dr. Pretzlaff has served in many healthcare leadership roles, most recently as the Associate Director, UC Davis Health System faculty practice group, and as Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. Prior to joining St. Rose, Dr. Pretzlaff was instrumental in developing a partnership with Dignity Health to create a Pediatric Hospitalist Program.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn addition to a master’s degree in business administration from California State University – Sacramento, Dr. Pretzlaff holds a M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine, a master’s degree in biology from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Michigan State University. Dr. Pretzlaff completed his pediatric residency at the University of Michigan and his pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC at the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Pretzlaff is a very accomplished physician, teacher, leader, and mentor, and we at St. Rose feel he is the perfect fit for this position,” said Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “We are so pleased that he is onboard.”

Dr. Pretzlaff worked for many years at an academic medical center and most recently focused his research on medical decisionmaking in the critical-care environment and communication between providers and patients.  Clinically, his interests include the use of extracorporeal life support and improving the quality and safety of patient care.  In recent years, Dr. Pretzlaff has taken on increasing leadership roles and earned his MBA. “My career has progressed in a way where I feel that physicians need to take an active role in improving the ways in which we deliver care, and becoming the CMO for St. Rose is a great way to do that,” said Dr. Pretzlaff.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian cheap generic cialis Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.

 

Christopher Mercado, M.D., family medicine physician, to provide care for Dignity Health Medical Group patients

Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG), affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system, welcomes Dr. Christopher Mercado to practice at its southwest location.  The primary care clinic is located at 7190 S. Cimarron Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113 and is currently accepting new and returning patients with most insurance accepted.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA graduate from the University of Nevada, School of Medicine, Dr. Mercado is a board-eligible family medicine physician.  Mercado is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Nevada Academy of Family Physicians.

“The physicians who care for Dignity Health Medical Group patients share the vision of treating patients the way they would want their own loved ones treated,” said Stephen Jones, MD, Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, “so they do their best to ensure that each patient experience is warm and friendly, with a touch of humankindness. We are pleased to have Dr. Mercado serving patients at our clinic.”

The doctors at the Dignity Health Medical Group clinics are currently comprised of internal medicine, family practice and pediatric physicians, as well as two specialized pediatric endocrinologists. The credentials of all of these individuals reflect a tremendous depth of professional experience. For services not offered by Dignity Health Medical Group, the physicians have formed strong working relationships with local specialists, ensuring patients receive the best possible care at all times.Internal medicine physicians diagnose and treat common health problems, coordinate medical care for patients, manage medications, promote healthy lifestyles and focus on disease prevention.

Dignity Health Medical Group offers same-day appointments at its three clinic locations.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 616-5801 or visit www.dhmgnv.com.

Elham Taherian, M.D., Adult Rheumatology Physician, to Provide Care for Dignity Health Medical Group Patients

Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG), affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system, welcomes Dr. Elham Taherian to practice at its northwest location.  The primary care clinic is located at 8689 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 105 and is currently accepting new and returning patients, with most insurance accepted.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Taherian is a board-certified rheumatology physician.  Taherian did her residency through the University of Nevada School of Medicine and her fellowship at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Taherian was previously an assistant professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, teaching residents and medical students.

“The physicians who care for Dignity Health Medical Group patients share the vision of treating patients the way they would want their own loved ones treated,” said Stephen Jones, MD, Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, “so they do their best to ensure that each patient experience is warm and friendly, with a touch of humankindness. We are pleased to have Dr. Taherian serving patients at our clinic.”

The doctors at the Dignity Health Medical Group clinics are currently comprised of internal medicine, family practice and pediatric physicians, as well as two pediatric endocrinologists. The credentials of all of these individuals reflect a tremendous depth of professional experience. For services not offered by Dignity Health Medical Group, the physicians have formed strong working relationships with local specialists, ensuring patients receive the best possible care at all times.Internal medicine physicians diagnose and treat common health problems, coordinate medical care for patients, manage medications, promote healthy lifestyles and focus on disease prevention.

Dignity Health Medical Group offers same-day appointments at its three clinic locations.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 616-5801 or visit www.dhmgnv.com.

Susan Ritter, M.D., Family Practice Physician With Focus in Integrative Medicine, to Provide Care for Dignity Health Medical Group Patients

Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG), affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system, welcomes Dr. Susan Ritter to practice at its Henderson location.  The primary care clinic is located at 10001 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 203 and is currently accepting new and returning patients with most insurance accepted.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA graduate from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Ritter is a board-certified family practice physician.  Ritter did both her residency and fellowship through the University of Arizona. Dr. Ritter will complete a two-year fellowship in January with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, under the direction of Andrew Weil, MD, with a focus on enhanced knowledge and skills in nutritional health, botanicals and dietary supplements, mind-body medicine, and complementary and alternative practices.

“The physicians who care for Dignity Health Medical Group patients share the vision of treating patients the way they would want their own loved ones treated,” said Stephen Jones, MD, Chief Physician Executive for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, “so they do their best to ensure that each patient experience is warm and friendly, with a touch of humankindness. We are pleased to have Dr. Ritter serving patients at our clinic.”

The doctors at the Dignity Health Medical Group clinics are currently comprised of internal medicine, family practice and pediatric physicians, as well as two specialized pediatric endocrinologists. The credentials of all of these individuals reflect a tremendous depth of professional experience. For services not offered by Dignity Health Medical Group, the physicians have formed strong working relationships with local specialists, ensuring patients receive the best possible care at all times.Internal medicine physicians diagnose and treat common health problems, coordinate medical care for patients, manage medications, promote healthy lifestyles and focus on disease prevention.

Dignity Health Medical Group offers same-day appointments at its three clinic locations.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 616-5801 or visit www.dhmgnv.com.

UNLV School of Nursing, Valley Health System Expand Dedicated Education Unit Program

Students get enhanced clinical training through focused learning with staff nurses and lower instructor-to-student ratio. Partnership began at Summerlin Hospital in 2012, expands to Spring Valley Hospital this fall.

UNLV School of Nursing students will gain clinical experience working in The Valley Health System hospitals. (Geri Kodey/UNLV Photo Services)

UNLV School of Nursing students will gain clinical experience working in The Valley Health System hospitals. (Geri Kodey/UNLV Photo Services)

Students at the UNLV School of Nursing will have more opportunities for hands-on clinical experiences this fall when The Valley Health System expands the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) program to a second hospital.

Students in the DEU program partner with dedicated staff nurses each semester and assist in caring for the nurses’ assigned patients. Unlike other clinical programs that have instructor-to-student ratios of one to eight or more, the staff nurses in the DEU mentor one to two students.

The UNLV School of Nursing and The Valley Health System opened the first DEU in Southern Nevada during spring 2012 at Summerlin Hospital. The second will open this fall at Spring Valley Hospital. These are the only DEUs in the state and both are available to UNLV students only.

The UNLV nursing program comprises four semesters of 15 consecutive weeks. Students in their second and third semesters spend one 12-hour shift in the DEU every other week. Students in their fourth semester may spend as many as three 12-hours shifts each week. School of Nursing faculty work with the staff nurses in the DEU to ensure the students receive the appropriate level of instruction and training.

In addition to opening the new unit, The Valley Health System made a three-year gift to the university that will help the School of Nursing hire one full-time faculty member who will focus on the DEU.

“Our partnership with The Valley Health System made the DEU a reality and helps better prepare future nurses for their profession,” said Carolyn Yucha, dean of the School of Nursing. “Staff nurses appreciate the assistance and the opportunity to ready students for the realities of health care, which translates to enhanced attention for current and future patients.”

The DEU program also provides hiring managers with a first look at prospective employees, and nurse leaders within the hospitals are able to recommend updates or improvements to our curriculum, Yucha added.

Karla Perez, vice president of Acute Division for United Health Services, Inc., which owns The Valley Health System, also appreciates the benefits of the DEU model.

“We see multiple benefits with our UNLV partnership,” Perez said. “Nurses are considered the backbone of a hospital and the DEU gives students an opportunity to hone their clinical skills, understand the needs of patients and families, and learn the dynamics of working in a hospital. The opportunity to work directly with staff nurses and interact with other health care professionals such as physicians, physical, occupational and speech therapists, respiratory therapists, lab techs, and dieticians is invaluable.”

More than 250 nursing students, representing more than 25,000 hours of direct patient care education, have refined their skills in the DEU since it opened.

###UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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