• Las Vegas Hot Air Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

    2012 Las Vegas Balloon Festival

    The “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue” Las Vegas Balloon Festival will be held this Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The events are free to attend unless noted, open to the public, weather-dependent and subject to change.

    Several hot air balloon companies will participate in balloon launches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and a Saturday evening “Glow.” Balloon rides will be available to the public daily (cost is $250/person; registration is onsite and space is limited).

    Community vendors and other balloon activities will be available at various dates and times with a health fair on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Festival proceeds from the balloon rides benefit “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue,” an organization of paid and non-paid professionals dedicated to saving lives through rescue, emergency medicine, and safety education.

    The Saturday afternoon health fair will also include free blood pressure checks, no cost flu and Tee-Dap vaccines for those over six months, on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, you’ll be able to check out the new operating rooms of the future, carnival rides and much more! Admission is free. The event benefits Friends of Metro Search and Rescue. For details, visit Southern Hills Hospital online, or check out this great CBS 8 video! See you there!

    (via Southern Hills Hospital’s blog )

  • Learn More About our Treatment Options

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    Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The American Heart Association describes this extremely common disease.

    – Receiving effective stroke care depends in large part on getting to the hospital before permanent brain injury is sustained. The National Stroke Association lists stroke warning signs.

    – Are you trying to get pregnant? WomensHealth.gov discusses the importance of preconception planning.

    – The third trimester of pregnancy can be a particularly exciting time for expectant mothers. The American Pregnancy Association explains fetal development during the third trimester of pregnancy .

    – Halloween is meant to be a fun and carefree night for children and parents alike. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discusses some important Halloween safety tips .

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers quality care and treatment options for patients in the greater Las Vegas region. If you would like to learn more about our services, or to inquire about a physician referral, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Be Safe This Halloween with These Tips from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

    Halloween is a yearly highlight for many children. Unfortunately, it also ranks among one of the top three holidays for emergency care visits. While scouring the neighborhood for candy is fun for kids and parents alike, spending the night at the ER is not. However, the following guidelines can help you ensure that your child’s night is filled with delicious treats instead of unwelcome tricks.

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    Confirm that your child’s costume allows for clear vision and unobstructed walking.

    Before heading out on Halloween night, be sure that your child can see clearly from behind his mask or makeup. Considering that many children go trick or treating in the dark, you want to be sure that your child has the best opportunity possible to see what’s around him. Also, double-check that his mask doesn’t have any sharp or pointy parts that could potentially poke him in the eye. Moreover, have your child walk around a bit before heading out into the neighborhood. If he can’t walk comfortably or is confined by his costume, he will suffer a higher risk of falling or tripping while outside.

    Don’t let your child run ahead of you or cross the street unsupervised.

    Children often become overly eager to get as much candy as possible while trick or treating. Sometimes, this translates into them running ahead of their parents and attempting to cross the street without looking for cars. If their costumes are dark, it may be virtually impossible for drivers to see them before it is too late. To avoid a circumstance such as this, discuss with your child ahead of time the importance of staying by your side while trick or treating.

    Inspect your child’s candy before he eats it.

    Be sure to remove any choking hazards or partially unwrapped candy from your child’s bag. It is also best to remove any homemade items and fruit. While your child may want to dig right in and begin eating all of his candy, it is best to limit his sugar intake. Try implementing a candy plan, where he is allowed to eat a certain number of pieces each day or week.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive pediatric and adult urgent care for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. Call us today at (702) 233-5300 to learn more about our emergency care services or to schedule an appointment.

  • Finding Support After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    Many women find themselves feeling alone upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Yet, as this video explains, the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program gives newly diagnosed breast cancer patients a support system through breast cancer survivors.

    The Reach to Recovery program pairs up a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient with someone who has survived the disease and is at least one year out from treatment. The partners can then communicate in person or over the phone to discuss the concerns that breast cancer patients have while in treatment. Moreover, the program pairs up each patient with someone who has gone through the same type of treatment to allow for a greater understanding between the women. Also, to ensure that each breast cancer patient receives informed advice from her partner, the American Cancer Society puts each survivor volunteer through a thorough training program.

    Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer? If so, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can help. We offer comprehensive breast cancer treatment options for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. For more information, call our Breast Center today at 1-855-445-2246, option 1.

  • Understand More About Women’s Health By Reading These Articles

    The more you know about your health and the conditions that can compromise it, the better able you will be to maintain your wellbeing and engage in beneficial lifestyle choices. To learn more about the medical concerns that can affect you and how a state-of-the-art medical facility like Sunrise Hospital can help combat them, please call (702) 233-5300.

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    – Just as each woman’s breast cancer diagnosis is unique, so too is her treatment plan. The National Cancer Institute breaks down the breast cancer treatment options available to patients.

    – Though breast cancer treatment is vital for your overall wellbeing, it can temporarily suppress certain aspects of your health. BreastCancer.org discusses how you can use nutrition to bolster your strength and recovery during breast cancer treatment.

    – Individuals who are diagnosed with brain cancer may benefit from neurosurgery, which can remove cancerous tumors. The National Institutes of Health provides an overview of brain cancer symptoms .

    – The American Cancer Society breaks down the different types of brain and spinal cord tumors .

    – The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to stop smoking. The American Lung Association details the effects of smoking on lung health .

  • Sunrise Hospital Offers Weight-Loss Surgery Programs


    Sunrise Hospital is now offering free Bariatric (weight-loss) Surgery education programs both at Sunrise Hospital and in Henderson at the Green Valley Library

    Through these free sessions, you can learn more about:

    • Bariatric Surgery options

    • Who is an appropriate candidate for surgery

    • What is involved in the surgery and recovery process

    Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Dave Macintyre, will present the program. He is triple fellowship trained in bariatric surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care and is a member of the acute care surgery team at Sunrise Hospital.

    Sunrise is offering sessions at the following locations and times:

    Sunrise Hospital Auditorium:

    Tuesday, October 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Lobby Level of Hospital
    3186 S. Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

    Green Valley Library:

    Thursday, October 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    2797 N. Green Valley Parkway
    Henderson, NV 89014

    These programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.
    To register, call (702) 233-5454.

    Take the time to learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Program at Sunrise Hospital.
    It could change your future. 

  • Staying Healthy Through Breast Cancer Treatment

    Because of advances in breast cancer treatment , the survival rate for this disease has been steadily increasing since 1990. Yet, while cutting-edge treatment is affording women their best possibility yet of beating breast cancer, treatment can still take a physical toll on patients. Both the kinds of treatment, including surgery and chemotherapy, and the frequency of them can contribute to bodily wear and tear. However, you can implement several lifestyle habits that will make your body strong during treatment and allow it to recover more quickly through it.

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    Sound Nutrition

    Good eating habits are important even when you are healthy, but they become crucial to your wellbeing while undergoing breast cancer treatment. Sound nutrition will supply the energy you need and replenish vitamins and minerals lost to treatment. Though you should consult with your doctor regarding your specific dietary requirements, be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

    Fitness Regimen

    Feeling weak, tired, or nauseated during breast cancer treatment is normal. As a result, it may make you feel less inclined to engage in regular exercise. Yet, for many breast cancer patients, physical activity can be a means to bolster energy reserves and boost the immune system. However, exercise needn’t be rigorous. Even daily 30-minute walks can improve your health. Breast cancer experts recommend that you discuss your fitness regimen with your healthcare team before beginning it, but with your doctor’s approval, maintaining an active lifestyle during breast cancer treatment can translate into numerous health benefits.

    Support Network

    Your emotional wellbeing can affect your physical health for better and for worse, which is why you should reach out to your friends and family while undergoing treatment. Having a support system to encourage and listen to you during this time can prove essential to your health and ultimate recovery.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive breast cancer treatment for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. We also provide a wide range of healthcare options for cardiovascular issues, neurological concerns, and more. For more information regarding The Breast Center, or to schedule an appointment, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.

  • Preparing for the Third Trimester of Pregnancy as a First-Time Mother

    You’ve reached the third trimester of pregnancy! At this point, more than two-thirds of your pregnancy is over, and you are just a few more months away from meeting your brand new son or daughter. No doubt your body has already surprised you by undergoing a myriad of changes during the course of your pregnancy. Now that you are nearing the end of it, you are bound to experience a few more, as the following examples demonstrate.

    Sleeping Difficulties

    Many women find that sleeping comfortably becomes increasingly difficult in the final months of pregnancy. During the third trimester , sleeping on your stomach or back is not recommended. In particular, sleeping on your back puts increased pressure on the veins in the lower back, which slow blood flow from the lower limbs back to the heart. At this point in your pregnancy, doctors advise that you sleep on your left side to facilitate blood circulation through your body and to your baby.

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    Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are bluish, bulging veins that may appear under the skin on your calves or inner legs during your third trimester. While varicose veins are sometimes only an aesthetic concern, they can become painful for pregnant women. If you are experiencing varicose vein discomfort, discuss with your doctor possible pain-relieving treatment methods or medication.

    Shortness of Breath

    Throughout the course of your pregnancy, your body attempts to make room for your growing baby. However, only so much room can be made. As a result, your expanding uterus may begin to press upon your other organs, including the lungs. Because of this, many women experience breathing difficulties during their final trimester of pregnancy.

    Baby Movement

    Your baby is growing a little bit bigger as each day of your pregnancy goes by. Yet, it has increasingly little space in which to move; therefore, you may notice decreased motion in the womb. One exception to this circumstance is that the baby will likely begin to turn in the final weeks of your pregnancy in preparation for birth.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers the highest level of care to expectant mothers and their babies. Our Sunny Babies program can help you find a physician, apply for Medicaid, and register for free childbirth classes. When your delivery date finally arrives, we offer many services, including large labor and delivery suites and breastfeeding support. Please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 to learn more.

  • An Introduction to Breast Cancer Treatment

    If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your healthcare team will design a treatment plan that caters to your specific situation and preferences. As this video explains, a breast cancer treatment plan takes into consideration several factors and can be administered in a variety of ways.

    After making a breast cancer diagnosis , your doctor will evaluate a number of aspects relating to your case. The first is the stage of cancer and if it is contained to the breast. Second, your doctor will determine the type of cancer and the prominence of estrogen, progesterone, or HER2/neu receptors in the cancer cells. Next, he or she will look at your age, general health, and status of your menstrual or menopausal cycle. Lastly, your doctor will consider whether this is your first cancer treatment. Based on these factors, you will be prescribed treatment that involves one or several of the following options: surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center administers quality medical treatment to patients in the greater Las Vegas region. To learn more about The Breast Center and the advanced technologies we bring to the fight against breast cancer, please call (702) 233-5300.

  • Life After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis: What Comes Next?

    Hearing that you have breast cancer can take a toll on your emotional wellbeing. Yet, with the many medical advances that the breast cancer community has seen over the past several decades, more women than ever are surviving this disease and going on to have long and healthy lives. Use this time to lean upon your personal support network, but also take advantage of the expertise and experience of your healthcare team to determine how to beat your breast cancer for good.

    Discuss your treatment options.

    Your breast cancer treatment plan depends upon several factors, including the location and type of cancer. Once your healthcare team has analyzed these components, they will prescribe treatment that may incorporate a combination of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapies. However, don’t forget that you play a large role in your treatment plan. Be informed regarding why your breast cancer team believes a certain type of treatment presents the best opportunity for surviving this disease. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, and if desired, inquire for a second opinion before beginning treatment.

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    Examine how you can implement lifestyle changes to aid treatment.

    No matter what type of breast cancer treatment you undergo, you can aid your treatment plan by engaging in certain lifestyle habits that will both facilitate the effectiveness of your medical care and bolster your ability to recover from some of its debilitating side effects. Discuss with your healthcare team what type of dietary plan you should have, as well as what type of fitness regimen would best suit your capabilities and needs.

    Evaluate how treatment will affect other aspects of your life.

    Right now, fighting your breast cancer will likely take center stage in your life. However, you will need to consider how to successfully manage your breast cancer treatment while maintaining your personal and professional life. This is where both your healthcare team and support system come into play. Determine with your doctors how to incorporate your treatment plan into your existing schedule; at the same time, talk to your friends, family, and coworkers about how they can help ease your responsibilities so that you can concentrate on getting well.

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas provides personalized breast cancer treatment for patients. To learn more about The Breast Center, including our unique approach to treatment, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.