• Knowing the Signs of Skin Cancer

    Approximately 20 percent of Americans will experience skin cancer. This video discusses the ABCDE’s of this disease.

    Asymmetry is one sign of skin cancer. If a mole lacks regularity, have a physician examine it. Irregular borders are also cause for concern. Moles with uneven edges should undergo a dermatologist evaluation. Moles colored red, purple, or blue may point to skin cancer as well. Also, consider the diameter of a mole; a doctor should inspect those larger than a pencil eraser. Moles that evolve with respect any of the aforementioned characteristics may signal skin cancer, so be sure to visit a dermatologist should a mole change in appearance.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides cancer care services for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. To schedule an appointment for a mole evaluation, call (702) 233-5300.

  • July 28th Is World Hepatitis Day

    First aid kit

    Did you know that approximately two billion people have been exposed to the hepatitis B virus? This disease and hepatitis C are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. To combat these life-threatening illnesses, July 28 has been designated World Hepatitis Day. This global initiative, along with the efforts of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , aims to bring greater hepatitis awareness to Las Vegas area and the world.

    What Causes Hepatitis
    Both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are viral infections that cause damage to the liver. Hepatitis C results from blood-to-blood contact between a healthy individual and an infected person. Hepatitis B may be contracted from an infected individual through multiple fluids, such as blood, semen, and saliva. Activities that may present a risk of hepatitis B infection include using tainted tattooing equipment, sharing razors and intravenous needles, and engaging in unprotected sexual activities.

    Who Is at Risk for Hepatitis
    Individuals who practice any of the aforementioned activities may be at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Healthcare professionals strongly urge anyone who suspects that he may have been exposed to either virus to seek medical attention. Testing for hepatitis B and hepatitis C is crucial for both the wellbeing of the infected person and anyone who comes into contact with that person. With early detection and treatment, individuals with hepatitis B or hepatitis C can receive the care they need to delay or potentially eradicate the effects of their infection and prevent the spreading of either disease.

    Why Greater Hepatitis Awareness Is Necessary
    Given the ease with which hepatitis B and hepatitis C can spread and the billions of people who already have hepatitis, it’s crucial that individuals become more aware of these diseases. With the help of initiatives such as World Hepatitis Day, an end to the devastating effects of hepatitis is possible.

    Could you be at risk for hepatitis B or hepatitis C? Call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center today at (702) 233-5300 to schedule an appointment for testing. Our Las Vegas healthcare facility provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for an extensive array of medical needs.

  • Sunrise Hospital Opens Newly Renovated Cath Lab

    Heart Center at Sunrise

    The Heart Center at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newly renovated Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Please join us for an open house:

    Tuesday, July 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Located on the first floor of Sunrise Hospital (signage will be provided, please enter through the main lobby)

    3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Interview opportunities will be made available.   

    About Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center:
    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 years, 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 and multiple sclerosis, 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 and most comprehensive children’s hospital.

  • How You Can Protect Your Skin from the Sun This Summer


    Las Vegas offers plenty of outdoor activities for people young and old. Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center encourages physical activity both indoors and outdoors—but if you prefer your fun under the sun, you must take the necessary precautions to avoid skin damage. Especially during the intense Las Vegas summers, protecting your skin is crucial.

    Don’t stop at one application of sunscreen
    Many people acknowledge the important role that broad-spectrum sunscreen plays in skin cancer prevention . Fewer individuals realize that sunscreen must be applied multiple times during the course of a day spent outdoors. If you intend to enjoy an afternoon at the pool, be sure to put on a second and even third application of sunscreen while you’re there. Outside activity that lasts more than two hours requires additional sunscreen coverage. Sports like swimming and running demand more frequent applications to replace lotion that has been sweated or washed off.

    Relax indoors during the middle of the day
    Sunburn happens quickly when the sun is directly above, and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is the prime time for the sun to produce the most damage. When possible, stay out of the sun’s way during the late morning and early afternoon.

    Wear a wide-brimmed hat wherever you go
    Skin cancer often develops on the parts of the body most commonly exposed to the sun. Though your arms, back, and legs may have a layer of clothing over them to block UVA and UVB rays, your scalp, face, and neck may have no such barrier. As an added means of protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are outdoors.

    The cancer care unit at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers skin cancer treatment for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. Visit us today if you have a mole that shows any of the ABCDE’s of skin cancer: asymmetry, uneven borders, strange coloring, large diameter, or evolving appearance. For more information on our services, call (702) 233-5300.

  • What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?


    Chronic blocked sinuses can be a frustrating and painful condition for sufferers. When more conservative measures are unsuccessful at alleviating the pressure and discomfort that accompanies this problem, balloon sinuplasty may provide a solution. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to open obstructed sinus passages. With the help of an endoscope, or small camera, a physician inserts a catheter into the nostril and guides it to the area experiencing the blockage. He then inflates the balloon, which causes the sinus passageway to open. Balloon sinuplasty can be an effective remedy for many individuals with ongoing sinus problems. Though anesthesia may be given in some cases, this procedure frequently produces little to no discomfort for patients.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers balloon sinuplasty for Las Vegas area residents. If your chronic sinus congestion is interfering with your quality of life, we can help. Call (702) 233-5300 to set up a consultation for treatment at our hospital.

  • Las Vegas Ophthalmologist Gives the Gift of Sight to Patients in the West Indies

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to recognize Dr. Steven Leibowitz, Board Certified Ophthalmologist and recent recipient of the Senior Honors Award from the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA Medical Center.

    Dr. Leibowitz, who recently completed his fifth medical mission, is no stranger to the Caribbean Islands of the British West Indies. While most Americans frequent the area for leisure, Dr. Leibowitz has made it his “home away from home” for philanthropic reasons.

    At the time of his residency with Harvard University’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, there were no Ophthalmologists in St. Lucia. Today, there are four Ophthalmologists in the area; however they are unable to perform complex surgical procedures for the treatment of conditions such as Grave’s Disease and other tearing issues. Dr. Leibowitz personally funds all of his medical missions.   

    “Through these missions, I am able to share my knowledge with local Ophthalmologists and teach them techniques for complex medical procedures that they were previously unable to perform,” said Dr. Leibowitz.

    Dr. Leibowitz is the Medical Director of the Center for Graves Disease at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Sunrise is the only hospital in Las Vegas to offer treatment for Graves Disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the eyes and orbits. The most common symptoms include inflamed or bulging eyes, swelling of the eyelids, weight loss and an increased thyroid. Side effects from this activity may result in an increase in your metabolic rate and may affect a person’s physical appearance and mood.

    Dr. Leibowitz specializes in surgery of the eyelids, tear ducts and orbital surfaces. He is one of only two members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Nevada. Dr. Leibowitz is a member of an International Thyroid Eye Disease Study Group, ITEDS, to develop new medical treatments to avoid the orbital complications of Grave’s Disease.  One day a week he travels to UCLA, where he teaches residents and fellows at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA to perform ophthalmic plastic surgery.

    To learn more about the Center for Graves Disease at Sunrise Hospital or for a physician referral, call (702) 233-5454 or log onto www.SunriseHospital.com .

  • Are You Smarter Than a Scam Artist?

    Senior Couple Walking In Park

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides the Health to You, or H2U, program to local residents. The goal of H2U is to encourage participants to become proactive about their healthcare. This means taking preventative measures to protect one’s health from avoidable conditions and becoming better educated about healthcare options. Given the large senior community in Las Vegas, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center wants to provide our elderly patients with the tools they need to ensure their physical and financial wellbeing. On June 11, we hosted a free class called “Are You Smarter Than a Scam Artist?” This informative event taught participants about healthcare fraud. Senior citizens frequently fall victim to healthcare abuse, but with the information presented in this class, they were able to learn the warning signs of fraud and how to combat it.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers many informative classes on a regular basis. To find out more about these events, call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5300 or visit our website. Patients can also take advantage of our iTriage application when heading to our emergency care center.

  • Nevada Citizens and Visitors Prepare for Impending Record Breaking Temperatures Through Tuesday


    (via Nevada Department of Public Safety )

    The National Weather Service reports a high confidence level in a prolonged and
    potentially historic heat wave occurring from Friday, June 28th through at least Tuesday, July 2nd throughout Nevada. Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect from 11:00 a.m. Friday through 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Residents and visitors can expect temperatures to reach forecasted levels ranging from 100 to 117 degrees
    through July 2nd, with potential to tie or break all-time record highs throughout the state.
    Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition. Pets are also at risk for heat-related illness, if left unattended. Residents and visitors are encouraged to:
    • Remain inside during the hottest hours of the day, if possible.
    • Dress in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing.
    • Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day.
    • Stay hydrated; do not wait until thirsty.
    • Avoid leaving pets in vehicles or in unprotected outdoor spaces. Provide plenty of water.
    • Curtail outdoor activities for vulnerable populations.
    • Check on at risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice per day.
    • Know what to do in a heat emergency to recognize signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    • Check your local television broadcasts or radio stations for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
    For more information on safety during this type of heat event, please access information from the following sources: