Cleveland Clinic ranked no. 2 hospital in nation by U.S. News. 

Cleveland Clinic – a Top 5 mainstay in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings for 18 consecutive years – has climbed to No. 2 in the U.S., while retaining its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for the 22nd successive year.  In all, 13 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally, including nine in the Top 3 nationwide.

The Neurology and neurosurgery program, of which Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health here in Las Vegas is a part, ranked No. 6.

“I’m incredibly proud of this organization,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Cleveland Clinic President and CEO. “It is a group of people that have come together to deliver absolutely world class care. We couldn’t have done it without everybody’s participation. The recognition is justly deserved and I’m very proud of the organization and everybody who works here.”

Cleveland Clinic is one of just 20 hospitals nationwide to earn a place on U.S. News’ 2016-17 Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that place “an emphasis on safe, efficient and appropriate delivery of care from birth to the end of life.”

Additional details from the hospital rankings include:

  • With this year’s No. 2 overall ranking, Cleveland Clinic has been ranked among the country’s Top 5 hospitals for 18 consecutive years.
  • Since 1995, no hospital has ranked higher in heart care than Cleveland Clinic.

U.S. News analyzed nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide, with just 3 percent earning a national ranking in even one category. Using objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more, the rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care.

The rankings are available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook.

Photo: Courtesy of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

UMC becomes Southern Nevada’s only hospital to offer CPET.

UMC recently became the only hospital in Southern Nevada to offer cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), providing community members and local physicians with a valuable new resource supported by cutting-edge technology. In the past, many patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions traveled outside of Nevada to have this test performed, but the technology is now available at UMC, in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District.

This test is used to guide treatment for heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), cystic fibrosis and other conditions. Perhaps most importantly, the test plays a key role in determining whether a patient would serve as a candidate for an artificial heart, left ventricular assist device or heart transplant.

“At UMC, we are committed to providing our patients and their physicians with the advanced tools they need to promote successful medical outcomes,” said UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling. “Our expertly trained team members look forward to improving lives throughout the community by utilizing this test to guide important treatment decisions.”

Incorporating a specialized exercise bike linked to an advanced console with multiple monitors, UMC’s state-of-the-art CPET equipment provides physicians with a wealth of data related to patients’ cardiac and respiratory function during exercise, including oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production. The test involves the use of a 12-lead electrocardiogram, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor and a breathing mask with a flow sensor.

Following a basic history and physical, in addition to a pulmonary test, the exercise portion of the test typically takes five to 15 minutes, depending on the patient’s physical abilities. UMC recently began offering the test, and the hospital has received incredibly positive feedback from patients.

The data provided by the CPET can also play a key role in managing disease processes for patients with heart failure, COPD, cystic fibrosis and a variety of other conditions. This includes information that helps physicians identify dietary needs and exercise programs for their patients.

CPET appointments are typically available within one week. For more information about UMC’s CPET equipment, or to schedule an appointment for your patient, please call 702-383-3770.

Photo: Courtesy of UMC


UNLV School of Medicine – connecting to the community and the curriculum.

William lives in a high-crime neighborhood. Julia doesn’t own a car and has few public transportation options. Michael lost his job two years ago and now is homeless. Ever since her husband died, Andrea, a retiree, has spent most of her time at home alone.

Are these health-related issues? While we think of crime, homelessness, housing, transportation, poverty, unemployment, and loneliness as social and economic issues, they all can affect your health. So much so that the UNLV School of Medicine is addressing these issues in its curriculum.

Connecting with the community will be an important part of school’s curriculum.

Dr. Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs and education, explained, “We want to educate physicians, and we want them to be well versed in the Las Vegas community. We want them to understand the people who live here, the hardships they face, and their social issues.

“Health care is not just about the body, it’s also about the social, economic, physical, and cultural environment of the person. We want our students to understand that when they see a patient to take these factors into consideration.”

The school’s approach also is aimed at turning the physicians into proud Nevadans. Currently, Nevada ranks 48th out of 50 states in doctor-to-patient ratio, with a lack of sufficient doctors in almost all medical specialties. Dr. Barbara Atkinson, founding dean, said, “We want our students to fall in love with our community so they will stay and complete their residency and eventually practice here.”

Connecting the students with the community begins immediately with a six-week course called Immersions EMT/Population Health. All students are required to become certified by the end of the course as emergency medical technicians (EMTs). After certification, students will participate in EMT calls, gaining first-hand knowledge of the medical and social issues in Las Vegas.

Other community-focused courses include:

  • 18-month-long Nevada Community Service where students spend two hours each week learning about community health topics.Then students will get first-hand experience by volunteering in an organization of their choice four hours each month.
  • Phase 2 Nevada Community Service, year-long with emphasis on clinical management of special populations and their families.
  • Nevada Community Medicine, month-long course devoted to a different topic relevant to public health.
  • 12-week-long Research Project which can be on a bench science or community-based topic.

Dr. Laura Culley, associate dean for health policy and community affairs, sees the need for students to connect with their communities as being increasingly important in the training of physicians. “We are entering a new phase of medicine, one in which we are taking medical care to communities that previously have not had it. Medicine more than ever will be a social responsibility and to be a good doctor in the coming decades you will need to be community-minded and community-focused.”

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Republished from UNLV School of Medicine News Center/Business & Community/June 10, 2016/By ED ORT

Photo: Courtesy of Vegas Roots. Community-based nonprofit Together We Can runs the Vegas Roots Community Garden, which grows food and teaches health, gardening, and nutrition classes to Southern Nevadans. It is one of 80 community agencies at which UNLV Medical School students will volunteer as part of their Nevada Community Service I course work.

Health District: protect yourself from West Nile mosquitoes.

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2016. The individual, a female over the age of 50, was hospitalized with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has since been released. The Health District cannot provide additional information regarding this individual. There was one reported West Nile case in 2015. Additional updated information is posted on the Health District website: West Nile Surveillance.

The Health District and the CDC advise everyone to take the following steps at home or if traveling:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
  • Treat clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items.
  • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See product information to learn how long the protection will last.
  • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
  • Do NOT use permethrin products directly on skin. They are intended to treat clothing.

For more information on eliminating breeding sources, visit the CDC’s Controlling Mosquitoes at Home page for a list of tips.

The Vector Surveillance Program has identified West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the 89027, 89032, and 89117 ZIP codes in 2016. Additionally, a horse in the 89021 ZIP code has tested positive for West Nile virus. Horses, like people, are susceptible to the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile positive mosquitoes have been identified throughout Clark County each year since 2004.

“A confirmed case of West Nile virus in a Southern Nevada resident is an important reminder to everyone to take preventive measures against mosquito bites whether they are at home or traveling,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Health District.  “Everyone can take simple steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sources around the home to protect themselves and their families.”

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread from person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. In some cases the virus can cause severe illness and even death.

Ongoing surveillance by the Health District has not detected Aedes albopictus or Aedes aegypti, the species known to spread the Zika virus as well as chikungunya and dengue. For information about prevention tips, visit the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance page.

In addition to Zika, West Nile virus, and St. Louis Encephalitis, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for Western Equine Encephalitis, which is occasionally identified in Clark County. Residents can report green swimming pools and standing or stagnant water sources to local code enforcement agencies. Contact information for local jurisdictions’ code enforcement is available on the Health District website.

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Steinberg Diagnostic (SDMI) is focusing on the way a patient feels.

The healthcare industry is focusing like never before on the way patients feel (emotionally) while undergoing tests, treatments and more. It’s a welcome change, for most individuals, and with more and more patients in the driver’s seat of their healthcare choices, it’s never been more important for a provider to ensure that their staff is aligned with delivering an exceptional patient experience.

According to Las Vegas resident Fred Locker, he didn’t realize what an impact this type of care would make when he came to Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) for what he thought would be a simple MRI. “They literally saved my life,” stated Locker.  “It was when I went for my first brain scan that I discovered SDMI really cares about you.  It feels like being attended to by a family member”

Fred is a three time cancer survivor and as a result has had more than his fair share of medical imaging.  When he began having severe headaches, his doctor recommended an MRI of the brain.  Diagnosed soon after with brain cancer, Fred attributes his success in beating cancer to the care and attention he received from his radiologist at SDMI.

Dr. George Momii, an SDMI Radiologist since 1992, recalls the case.  “We knew right away the situation was urgent, and sent him to the ER with his MRI images where he could receive the immediate diagnosis and treatment that he needed.”

All the radiologists at Steinberg have a similar commitment to care.  “I know I speak for all the radiologists” added Momii, “That we thoroughly enjoy practicing our specialty, diagnostic imaging.  It’s so incredible to get feedback like this from a patient, and know that we have had a positive impact on their lives and their outcomes.”

So often, patients are coming to a radiology provider like SDMI for answers.  Timely and accurate findings with personalized attention that makes you feel like a loved family member – and that’s what patients are looking for. Excelling equally in both areas is what distinguishes SDMI.

For more information, please view SDMI’s website.

Photo: Provided by SDMI – Fred Locker.