Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican adds Mayo Clinic “Telestroke”

Mayo_Clinic_logoHenderson, Nev.  – Southern Nevada residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic “telestroke” program that is now available at all three campuses of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican (Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín). A recent agreement between St. Rose and Mayo Clinic in Arizona means the service featuring a portable, self-propelled robot has begun in southern Nevada. This service will compliment and augment the already robust certified stroke centers at all three campuses and Dignity Health is the first to partner with Mayo on this project in Nevada.

In telestroke care, the use of a telestroke robot located in a hospital lets a stroke patient be seen in real time by a neurology specialist at Mayo Clinic located in Phoenix. The Mayo stroke neurologist, whose face appears on the screen of the robot, consults with emergency room physicians at the sites and evaluates the patient.

Patients showing signs of stroke can be examined by the neurologist via computer, smart phone technology, portable tablets or laptops. In addition to assessment of the patient, the neurologist can view scans of the patient’s brain to detect possible damage from a hemorrhage or blocked artery.

“Excellent, capable emergency physicians at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican can ring the telestroke hotline and be instantly connected with Mayo Clinic’s stroke experts,” said Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., Professor of Neurology, and medical director of Mayo Clinic Telestroke. “Urgent and immediate virtual care can be provided to patients – collaboration between stroke neurologists and physicians at the remote sites has resulted in 96 percent accuracy in diagnosing stroke.”

Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican stated, “Our mission is to provide quality health and wellness services where the patient, family and community come first.  This newly formed partnership with the Mayo Clinic is another step towards achieving that mission.  In collaboration with the stroke neurologists and our Emergency Department providers, immediate, life-saving interventions can begin shortly after the patient enters the ED.  This new service affords the patient care in a collaborative setting and will ultimately save lives. We are very excited to be able to offer this service to the communities we serve.”

Mayo Clinic was the first medical center in Arizona to do pioneering clinical research to study telemedicine as a means of serving patients with a stroke, and today serves as the “hub” in a network of 16 other “spoke” centers, with most in Arizona. To date, more than 1,500 emergency consultations for stroke have taken place between Mayo Clinic stroke neurologists and physicians at the spoke centers.

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 Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and their more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is a member of the Dignity Health network of 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.

Corks & Kegs Event to Raise Money for Health Care

Las Vegas, Nevada – Experience live music and all-you-can-responsibly enjoy wine, beer and spirits for a good cause at the second annual Corks & Kegs wine and craft beer- tasting fundraiser for the NVHCA Perry Foundation on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Silverton Casino Hotel.

Proceeds from Corks & Kegs will help support the Nevada Health Care Association’s Perry Foundation’s commitment to improving the quality of care in Nevada’s nursing homes and post-acute care facilities by providing continued education for health care professionals.

In 2014, The Perry Foundation awarded more than 1,000 Continuing Education Units to Licensed Administrators, Executive Directors and nurses throughout Nevada. In addition, they have provided hundreds of hours of in-services for health care facilities and communities. As a contributing result of these actions, Nevada’s national ranking improved drastically in the “Nursing Home Report Card” as reported by the Families for Better Care. Nevada moved up 17 spots in one year – from 43rd to 26th in 2014. This ranking makes Nevada the nation’s “most improved” state when it comes to improvement in long-term health care.

The Perry Foundation also awards the top three performing nursing homes in Northern Nevada as identified utilizing the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) 18 quality measurements. These Endeavor Awards will be presented in a special VIP event preceding Corks & Kegs.

The Southern Nevada community can help these statistics get even better by supporting the Perry Foundation’s events and, in turn, supporting their mission to keep improving care.

Raji Venkat, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician, to Provide Care for Dignity Health Medical Group Patients

VenkatRajiLAS VEGAS, NV –  – Dignity Health Medical Group (DHMG), affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system, welcomes Dr. Raji Venkat, internal medicine physician, to practice at its Henderson location.  The primary care clinic is located at 10001 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 101 and is currently accepting new and returning patients, with most insurance accepted.

Dr. Venkat is a board-certified internal medicine physician and has been practicing in Nevada since 1999. Venkat did her residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and was previously an assistant professor there, 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. Venkat serving patients at our clinic.”

The doctors at the Dignity Health Medical Group clinics are currently comprised of internal medicine, rheumatology, 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.

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.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian 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.

 

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Announces Relationship with Sound Physicians

Henderson, NV – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican announces it will centralize its hospitalist program through an agreement with Sound Physicians, beginning in spring 2015.  Sound Physicians, a leading hospitalist organization focused on driving improvements in quality, satisfaction and financial performance of inpatient healthcare delivery, will provide hospitalist services at all three of St. Rose’s southern Nevada campuses.

Sometimes called an ‘inpatient physician,’ a hospitalist is a physician who focuses exclusively on the care of hospitalized patients. This coverage is provided to patients who do not have a regular primary care physician or when a physician elects to have a hospitalist provide inpatient services.

Achieving top quality and length-of-stay measures is very important to St. Rose, and these measurements are highly affected by having a strong hospitalist program. The goals of the agreement with Sound Physicians includes having a hospitalist physician in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week at each of the three St. Rose campuses, reducing emergency room congestion, decreasing a patient’s length of stay and readmission rates, and improving patient and physician satisfaction. The result of these goals will include better clinical outcomes and patient safety.

“Every day, we try to identify what our hospitals can do to make the patient experience better and more productive,” said Robert Pretzlaff, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “Patient care and safety continue to be our highest priorities at St. Rose. We are very excited about this relationship.”

“We’re excited to partner with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to support its mission of improving inpatient quality,” said Robert Bessler, M.D., CEO of Sound Physicians. “We look forward to leveraging our performance management expertise and strong physician leadership to drive improvements in quality, efficiency and satisfaction.”

A targeted start date for the Sound Physicians group is April 1, 2015, and these physicians will serve all three campuses of St. Rose – Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín.

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 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. 

About Sound Physicians
Sound Physicians is an innovative physician services organization with a proven record of improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance for hospitals and post-acute centers nationwide. Sound’s patient-centered approach, web-based workflow platform, experienced leadership team, and more than 1,750 providers drive breakthrough results throughout the acute episode of care. www.soundphysicians.com

The College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Assessment

Roseman logoLAS VEGAS  – Stephanie Wragg, Ph.D. has been appointed Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Assessment and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences for the College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences. She began her role on January 5.

“I’m enthusiastic about the talent Dr. Wragg brings to Roseman, with her vast experience in curriculum development and her work with our accrediting body,” said Dr. Mark A. Penn, dean of the College of Medicine. “She offers Roseman a wealth of knowledge and experience in medical education.”

Prior to joining Roseman, Wragg served as associate dean of curriculum and evaluation at Central Michigan University’s new College of Medicine. There she was responsible for curriculum development, and evaluation and assessment of students, faculty, and the program. The College of Medicine was successfully launched in August 2013.

Over the past decade, she has also served as associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, assistant dean of medical curriculum and faculty development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and curriculum coordinator at the Medical College of Georgia. Wragg was also director of Women in Medicine and Science for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) from 2009 to 2011.

Additionally, Wragg has held numerous faculty appointments in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and medicine, and is a member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

“I’m excited to be part of the team building Roseman University’s College of Medicine,” said Wragg. “We have a great opportunity to create a medical education program based on the innovative mastery learning model pioneered at Roseman.  Ultimately, our goal is to graduate professionals who will train as residents in Southern Nevada and remain to practice medicine and improve the health of our communities.”

Wragg earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She earned a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and pursued post-doctoral training at the University of Oxford.

About Roseman University
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, the Las Vegas master-planned community of Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The University is currently developing an allopathic medical school based at its Summerlin campus. Roseman’s research endeavors include cancer, diabetes and obesity, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, adult stem cell and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse and depression. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

$1.4 Million Grant to Expand Clinical Social Work Education & Research

UNLV-186UNLV School of Social Work professors Ramona Denby-Brinson and Joanne Thompson and their team of collaborators have been awarded a $1.4 million Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant.

The award is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

The purpose of the three-year project is to work with local and state public and behavioral health partners to develop and expand clinical social work education with the goal of producing more than 100 highly competent practitioners who can intervene on behalf of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youths who are at risk of or who have developed behavioral health disorders.

The project has a strong research component and will utilize multiple innovative methods, including geodemographic recruitment, youth- and family-informed teaching models, mentoring groups, field site environmental scans, and clinical, cultural, and linguistic self-assessments/self-efficacy measures.

“We truly consider this to be good news for all of the children, youth, and families in our community that struggle daily with mental health challenges,” says Denby-Brinson. “We are excited to be able to prepare additional, advanced-level social workers who will have the skills and specialized training necessary to intervene on behalf of this vulnerable group.”

The three-year project will increase number of practitioners working with children at risk for behavioral health issues.

Anthem Commits Nearly $1 Million to Nevada Health-Improvement in 2014

LAS VEGAS—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada’s work to improve health and strengthen local communities continued in 2014, as the company directed nearly $1 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to health-improving causes, organizations and programs in Nevada.

Anthem“We know that as our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents”

“Anthem is committed to transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions, and that extends directly to our work in communities throughout Nevada,” said Mike Murphy, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. “We’re proud to support the organizations and programs that are working to help our friends and neighbors live their healthiest lives possible.”

Through its State Health Index – a compilation of public health measures – and Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem and its foundation work to identify the health issues impacting our local communities and then direct charitable support and volunteer efforts toward improving those areas.

Major areas of focus for Anthem in 2014 included promoting active lifestyles and working to reduce the devastating impact of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease on Nevada children, adults and seniors.

“We know that as our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents,” Murphy said. “What’s not changed is our commitment to serving our members and advancing health in Nevada. It is a true honor to work with so many great people and organizations and we look forward to doing so again in the year ahead.”

2014 SUMMARY:

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD IN NEVADA COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Grant Programs in Nevada: Nevada communities benefit from grants made by Anthem and Blue Shield’s parent company foundation to national and local organizations:

  • American Heart Association – Hands Only CPR Tour
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Triple Play Program
  • OASIS – CATCH Healthy Habits
  • March of Dimes – CenteringPregnancy
  • American Cancer Society – Change Grant Program
  • American College of Sports Medicine Foundation – American Fitness Index & Technical Assistance Program
Community Events & Sponsorships
  • Immunize Nevada
  • American Heart Association – Heart Ball, Go Red for Women, Heart Walk
  • American Lung Association – Scale the Strat, Lung Force Walk/Run
  • JDRF – Hope & Health Symposium, Walk at UNLV, Annual Gala
  • Nevada Business Magazine – Healthcare Heroes
  • Three Square Food Bank
Associate Volunteerism Through the company’s Dollars for Doers Program, associates are able to turn their volunteer hours into contributions for the charities which they support. Anthem associates volunteered more than 145 hours to Nevada nonprofits in 2014.
Associate Giving Anthem associates’ contributions made through the company’s year-round Associate Giving program are backed by a 50 percent match from the Anthem Foundation, bringing the total paid out in 2014 to more than $24,000.

The charities in this year’s program were:

  • American Cancer Society;
  • American Heart Association;
  • American Red Cross;
  • Community Health Charities;
  • Feeding America;
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and
  • United Way

ABOUT ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD FOUNDATION

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Touro University Nevada Appoints Dr. Raymond W. Alden III as Provost

LAS VEGAS – Touro University Nevada (TUN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D., as Provost at the Henderson campus.

Dr. Alden comes to TUN from Northern Illinois University where he currently serves as Vice President for International Affairs. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Northern Illinois University from 2006 to 2013. Alden has strong ties to Southern Nevada having served in various capacities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1997 to 2006. From 2000 to 2006, he was Executive Vice President and Provost at UNLV and also served as Dean of the College of Sciences (1997-2000) and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He also held academic positions at Old Dominion University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Florida.

Ray AldenAlden received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida; and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences in Biology, minor in Chemistry from Stetson University. He also served for six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Alden will start as Provost at Touro on April 1.

“I look forward to joining the leadership team of Touro University Nevada,” said Raymond W. Alden III, Ph.D. “I have been impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, and friendliness of the faculty and staff of Touro, as well as by the synergies between the academic, clinical, and research programs. There is a high degree of flexibility and innovation in responding to the needs of the students, the community, and the State. Nevada clearly needs the high quality health care and education professionals that TUN produces. This dynamic young institution is clearly ‘on the rise’ and it will be exciting to be part of its growth and development.”

Established in 2004, the university is home to more than 1,300 students in a wide range of degree programs including the state’s largest medical school, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education. Many of these programs are the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the newly expanded Touro Health Center.

“I am absolutely delighted that Ray Alden has agreed to come to Touro University Nevada as Provost,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “Dr. Alden knows our community and is a great leader in higher education. His experience and commitment to graduate education and research will help Touro continue to meet the needs of Nevada. As Touro grows, Dr. Alden will assist me in guiding our programs to address the health care and education needs for the state.”

About Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to more than 1,300 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its affiliate Touro University Nevada, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: http://www.touro.edu/media/.
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Victoria VanMeetren Joins the College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences

LAS VEGAS  - The College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria VanMeetren, RN, BS, MBA as special advisor to the dean for community engagement.

“The College of Medicine has a strong commitment to community engagement as we continue to develop our curriculum and clinical programs centered on the needs of Southern Nevada’s diverse communities,” said Dr. Mark Penn, founding dean of the College of Medicine. “Ms. VanMeetren is a tremendous resource, bringing extensive leadership experience, health care expertise and active involvement in the local health care community.”

“Roseman University is a truly innovative institution, and the College of Medicine has a remarkable vision for the future of medical education in Nevada. Its ongoing development is a truly venerable endeavor that will help to further elevate the quality of health care in our region,” said VanMeetren. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help leverage Roseman’s significant strengths to further advance curricular and clinical aspirations and engender support among its most important audiences.”

Before joining Roseman, VanMeetren was CEO of the San Martin campus of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals from 2006 to 2014, serving in the role during the hospital’s construction and growing operations. During her tenure, the hospital received J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Inpatient Award in 2011. The San Martin Campus also received certification as a stroke hospital, as well as for its chest pain and headache programs, through The Joint Commission. Under VanMeetren’s leadership, the hospital was also ranked number one by U.S. News & World Report in the specialty areas of neurology and neurosurgery.

Previously, she served in a variety of administrative roles for Dignity Health and was responsible for development of a medical office building, two ambulatory surgical centers, a rehabilitation center, urgent care clinic, and the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, Siena Campus.

VanMeetren is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and is co-chair of its Health Care Policy Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Nevada State College President’s Advisory Council, a member of the Las Vegas Medical District Advisory Council, serves on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board as a member of the Intelligence Subcommittee, and serves as an advisor to the Board of Nevada Hand. VanMeetren speaks routinely to audiences about changes in health care with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and mentors students in the health care field.

About Roseman University
Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, the Las Vegas master-planned community of Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The University is currently developing an allopathic medical school based at its Summerlin campus. Roseman’s research endeavors include cancer, diabetes and obesity, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, adult stem cell and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse and depression. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.