Obesity is a public health problem in America, and has led to increased rates of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. For individuals living with obesity, there are more concerns beyond health factors, as obesity can have serious social and psychological implications as well. In order to help fight the problem of obesity, bariatric surgery has become more widely available to patients with significant weight loss needs. The decision to get this type of surgery should not be taken lightly, which is why Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers comprehensive patient education on the subject for potential surgical candidates. Below is an overview of what will be discussed in our educational seminars.
- Choices for surgery: There are multiple bariatric surgery options available, each with different benefits for patients. Gastric bypass is a well-known type of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach and intestinal tract to limit the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed within the body. A recently developed alternative to this procedure is gastric banding, which can be reversed if necessary. The gastric banding procedure uses a device to make the stomach pouch smaller without altering the intestinal tissue.
- Candidacy for surgery: Some basic qualifications will need to be met by patients before they are considered for surgery. For example, patients must be over the age of 18, have a BMI higher than 40, and be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. Even patients who meet these conditions may not be right for surgery, so it is important to participate in discussions about what exactly the surgery entails.
- Details of surgery: Common questions about surgery, like how long procedures take and what is involved in recovery, will be covered in weight loss surgery education, and time will be dedicated to individual questions that may not be discussed in this general information session.
Find out about upcoming weight loss community education from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center by contacting us on our website or calling (702) 233-5300. Our educational seminars are free to attend, so there is nothing holding you back from changing your outlook on weight loss.
Because lung cancer tends to go undiagnosed until the later stages of the disease, it is among the most fatal types of cancer. Patients will typically not notice symptoms that would prompt a chest CT scan or X-ray until the lung cancer has progressed significantly, so knowing your risk factors is important for early identification. There are some critical indicators that may lead you to consider seeing a doctor about lung cancer screening, and these are listed below for your self-assessment to determine lung cancer risk.
- Advancing age: Lung cancer is typically not seen in younger individuals, so screening becomes more important for patients between the ages of 55 and 74. If you are in this age group, being vocal about your cancer concerns with your doctor can guide you to the right types of screening and preventative measures.
- Exposure to smoke: Individuals who smoke or have regularly smoked cigarettes are at the highest risk for lung cancer. The disease is seen in non-smoking individuals, but these cases are not as common. You can determine how much smoking has affected your cancer risk by calculating your “pack years” from your smoking history. Multiply the number of packs you smoked per day by the number of years you smoked. If the total is over 20, it is a major concern for lung cancer.
- Cancer history: If you have never been diagnosed with cancer and you have a high risk because of the other factors listed above, lung cancer screening will help you maintain good health and reduce the worry of this potentially devastating condition. A family history of lung cancer is another reason to consider screening for yourself, as there are genetic factors that can increase your risk.
At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , we are working to make lung cancer screening available to all adults in need with affordable, low-risk CT scans from our radiology department. Our radiologists are board certified, and screening is performed by those who specialize in the field of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 or visit our website to schedule your screening with us.
Sunrise Hospital and MountainView Hospital are excited to announce the opening of two full-service Walgreens patient pharmacies within the hospitals. Walgreens opened at MountainView late in 2011, and Sunrise will be unveiling its new Walgreens pharmacy on Sept. 24, 2012, with an open house.
Sunrise Hospital and MountainView Hospital, which are part of the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals, have partnered with Walgreens to provide patients, family members and visitors the conveniences of an on-site, full-service pharmacy.
Sunrise Hospital is hosting an official ribbon cutting and open house September 24 to celebrate the new pharmacy location. Pharmacy features at the new Walgreens include:
- Personalized service from an experienced pharmacy staff
- Refill reminder and automatic refill services to help patients with medication adherence and therapies
- Specialty pharmacy medications and patient education tools
- Financial assistance programs and manufacturer co-pay assistance
WHERE: Sunrise Hospital, main lobby
WHEN: Monday, September 24 at 10 a.m.
WHAT: Ribbon cutting with media tours, interviews, photo opportunities available
Walgreens Pharmacy at Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Located in the main lobby of Sunrise Hospital
Phone: (702) 836-3134
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walgreens Pharmacy at MountainView Hospital
Located inside the Medical Office Building, Suite 170
Phone: (702) 256-2059
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
About Sunrise Health:
Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest. Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic, imaging and surgical centers. Specialty services include a suite of the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of certified Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.
For more information about Sunrise Health visit www.SunriseHealthInfo.com .
Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at 702.233.5300. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.
- Personalized service from an experienced pharmacy staff
Breast cancer is a major concern in women’s health. Many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not feel sick, even if the condition is advanced. In this video, you can hear one woman’s story about being diagnosed with stage three metastatic breast cancer. She also discusses her treatment and how she felt along the way. She explains that her cancer treatment was like a war on the disease that she realized was easier to fight with the support of others.
At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , we can offer support throughout your breast cancer treatment with advanced oncology services, patient education, and support groups. Learn more about these services on our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.
Sunrise Hospital and Health to You (h2u) are offering the following upcoming education classes free to the community:
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Join Dr. Gabriela Gregory, M.D., Neurologist at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, as she educates attendees on the signs, symptoms and treatment options for those at risk for a stroke.
Tuesday, September 25
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunrise Hospital Auditorium
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Heart Murmurs and Valve Disease
Join Dr. Nauman Jahangir, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, as he educates attendees on heart murmurs and treatment options for heart valve disease.
Tuesday, October 2
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunrise Hospital Auditorium
3186 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (702) 233-5454.
Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™’ Recognition from The Joint Commission
Sunrise Health System’s Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital were named two of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Both hospitals were recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, such as, but not limited to, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
“Sunrise Hospital is pleased to receive this recognition from The Joint Commission,” said Todd Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Sunrise and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “Being a Top Performer is another affirmation of the excellent care our staff and physicians provide to the community, as the time and dedication that we invest every day at our hospital is simply part of our culture and mission.”
“I’m extremely proud that Southern Hills Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Top Performer designation two years in a row,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO at Southern Hills Hospital. “Delivering the highest quality patient care and consistently focusing on patient safety are the priorities of our hospital. Thanks to the efforts of our staff, physicians and specifically our Quality Management Department, which reviews our compliance measures daily, this honor was achieved as a team.”
Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital are two of only 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Sunrise Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Southern Hills Hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year. The list of Top Performers increased by 50 percent from its debut last year and represents 18 percent of more than 3,400 eligibly accredited hospitals reporting data.
Additionally, this is the second year in a row that Southern Hills Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer. Southern Hills Hospital is only one of 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Last year, Southern Hills Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for it achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures ™ met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. A 95 percent score means that a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, giving aspirin at arrival for heart attack patients or giving antibiotics one hour before surgery.
“When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent results,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sound and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s healthcare system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of patients.”
In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Sunrise Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website ( www.qualitycheck.org ). The Top Performer program will be featured in the October issues of The Joint Commission Pers
pectives and The Joint Commission: The Source.
About Sunrise Hospital
Chosen as the top hospital in Nevada by U.S. News and World Report and voted as the Best Hospital in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive y
ears, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center—featuring stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorder treatments, a Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department, a CARF accredited inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Orthopedics, Gamma Knife and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery and wound care. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.233.5454 .
About Southern Hills Hospital:
Ranked the safest hospital in Nevada by Consumer Reports and awarded an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by the Leapfrog Group, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a new behavioral health unit for ages 55 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, OB-GYN, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience. The Joint Commission recognized Southern Hills Hospital as a “ Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™” for 2011 and 2010, and the hospital was voted as “Best Hospital” runner-up in the Best of Las Vegas Readers’ Poll. Southern Hills Hospital is the first institution in the state of Nevada to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a leading hospital in cardiology through their compliance with the “Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure” program. In addition, Southern Hills Hospital is a home to award-winning spine physicians from the Nevada Neurosciences Institute. The hospital is also a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.
Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702.880.2700.
Living with diabetes is an ongoing challenge that will require you to understand the components of proper nutrition for optimal health. When you do eat the right foods and know what to avoid, you can significantly reduce your risk for diabetes-related health complications and keep your condition in check so that managing medication and blood sugar is not a problem. Here are some basic tips for designing a diet to reduce your health issues associated with diabetes and get you started on a healthier lifestyle:
- Identify the right carbohydrates: You might think that carbohydrates are completely off limits for a diabetes-friendly diet, but carbohydrates are actually an important component of a balanced diet that will keep your blood sugar stable. The key to eating carbohydrates is making the right choices. For instance, whole grains, sweet potatoes, oats, and high fiber cereals all consist of complex carbohydrates, which digest slower and therefore do not cause spikes in blood sugar.
- Diversify your fruits and vegetables: Eating for good health does not mean that you have to limit yourself to a select few foods. In fact, choosing a diverse array of foods will give you the full spectrum of nutrients that you need to stay healthy. You can get the most variety out of produce by choosing several different colors and textures when you buy fruits and veggies. Stick to fresh varieties so that you can always get the fullest nutrition from what’s in season.
- Eat more good fats: The term “good fat” may sound like an oxymoron, but it describes foods that are good for heart and circulatory health. Good fats can be found in fish, olive oil, and nuts. These foods are not only good for your heart, but they take longer for the body to digest because of their fat content.
For more helpful guidance on living with diabetes, explore the free classes available from Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center for diabetes management. Contact us for more information on these classes by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 or visiting our website.
Our emergency room is never closed to you or your loved ones. Furthermore, our ER wait times are 30 minutes or less on average, which is consistently far below the national average. For added convenience, you can take advantage of our free ‘Text ER’ service to evaluate wait times for Sunrise, Sunrise Children’s, and our other Las Vegas-area facilities before you even leave home—simply text “ER” to 23000 and respond with your zip code. You will then receive the wait times of the hospitals nearest you. You can also visit our websites at SunriseHospital.com and SunriseChildrensHospital.com to check the average ER wait times. With this vital information, you can make the best possible decision for you and your family. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
Autoimmune diseases are conditions that cause the immune system to attack healthy cells in the body, and these diseases are often misdiagnosed. With this video, you can get a brief education on autoimmune diseases and hear some patient experiences with these conditions. Autoimmune diseases are more common in women than in men, and they often occur in those with a family history of such conditions.
To learn more about autoimmune diseases and how to live with these conditions, explore the services of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center . We are dedicated to the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies to help our patients fight difficult conditions like autoimmune diseases and maintain healthy lives. Get more information about us on our website or call (702) 233-5300.
Sunrise Hospital is now offering free Bariatric (weight-loss) Surgery education programs both at Sunrise Hospital and in Henderson at the Green Valley Library! At these free sessions you can learn about weight-loss surgery options, who is an appropriate candidate for surgery, and the recovery process, among other things. Find out all about the sessions in the graphic below!
The programs are all free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call (703) 233-5454 today!
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