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November 28, 2015

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Jackie Valley

Health Care Reporter

Jackie has lived in northwest Indiana, South Carolina, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. A Cleveland girl at heart, she graduated from Kent State University, where she was the student newspaper editor. She completed a Dow Jones copy editing internship at the Virginian-Pilot in summer 2009 and a year later joined the Sun, where she now covers health care.

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On mental health, do Clark County schools make the grade?
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015
When Helen Melendez browses photos of her daughter, Claudia, two versions of her oldest child stare back. First, the happy-go-lucky Claudia: Her artistic, kind-hearted daughter ...
Santa to visit children with special needs at mall
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
Santa Claus will be making a stop Sunday morning at Meadows Mall to visit children with special needs. Santa knows everything, including ...
MountainView Hospital opening wound care and hyperbaric center
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
MountainView Hospital announced it would be opening a wound care and hyperbaric center next week. The center, located on the first floor of hospital’s medical office building, will allow ...
Convoy of Hope giving event returns to Las Vegas
Friday, Nov. 20, 2015
Need a haircut, new shoes or a Thanksgiving meal...
How Nevada struggles to help children battling mental illness
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
The first in a five-part series on children's mental health in Las Vegas that explores the frayed safety net in Nevada. This week, a mother battles with bureaucracy on behalf of her son. It's a struggle that has weighed on the family for years — has seen more than 30 medical professionals and received a mishmash of diagnoses. No matter what the doctors come up with, she worries ...
Monument honoring victims of Armenian genocide to be dedicated at Sunset Park
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
An Armenian Genocide Memorial Monument will be dedicated Saturday morning at Sunset Park during a ceremony featuring dance performances and remarks from political leaders.
The Armenian-American Cultural Society of Las Vegas spearheaded ...
Big tasks remain for founding dean of UNLV medical school
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Dr. Barbara Atkinson admits retirement didn’t really suit her — at least the first time. When UNLV officials sought her help in crafting the region’s first public medical school, she didn’t hesitate to ...
UNLV names Atkinson founding dean of medical school
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, who has spent the last 18 months shaping the region's first public medical school, has been named founding dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. University officials announced ...
State rate increase for autism therapy doesn’t satisfy advocates
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
After outcry from parents and advocates about the proposed reimbursement rate for providing autism therapy, Nevada Medicaid has increased the rate — but ...
Veterans Day appreciation event set for North Las Vegas
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
A Veterans Day appreciation event featuring a car show, barbecue and variety stage show will be held Wednesday at the North Las Vegas VA Medical Center. The free event, which is open to the public, will run from ...
Couple burglarized Laughlin school, stole CCSD van, police say
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Metro Police are searching for suspects who burglarized a Laughlin elementary school and stole a school district minivan. Using surveillance video, officers determined ...
Woman killed in west valley crash had run red light, police say
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
A 45-year-old Jean woman died Thursday after a crash involving a small Regional Transportation Commission bus at Fort Apache and Desert Inn roads ...
Kids can predict when Mojave Max will emerge, win big prizes
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Question: When will Mojave Max emerge from his burrow? It’s that time of year again for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to make their best guess. The ...
Fire at east valley apartment building does $50,000 in damage
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
A fire at an east valley apartment building this afternoon caused about $50,000 in damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department. Firefighters responded ...
Cheese and smiles pair well
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
Think your job is cool? What if you could call yourself a certified cheese professional? The designation exists. Kristin Sande, co-owner of Valley Cheese and Wine in Henderson, is the only certified cheese professional in Southern Nevada. Sande’s love of cheese — the gooey, the hard, the pungent and the creamy — started at a young age. She enthusiastically shares her knowledge with customers …
Potential Medicaid privatization affecting elderly, disabled worries advocates
Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Marsha Rodriguez considers the home caregiver who visits her five days a week a lifeline. Rodriguez, 72, suffers from a hereditary protein deficiency that makes it difficult ...
Event offers help navigating Affordable Care Act
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Nevada Health Link is hosting a health fair Sunday to kick off this year’s open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at ...
Henderson Hospital, set to open next year, names CEO
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015
Sam Kaufman, the chief executive officer of Desert Springs Hospital, will lead Henderson Hospital when it opens ...
Parents of children with autism decry proposed therapist wages
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Parents are worried that the proposed reimbursement rate is too low to attract and retain skilled providers.
Reid to Latin Chamber: Cortez Masto is 'right person' to succeed me
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid used his visit Friday to the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce luncheon to lob praise on Catherine Cortez Masto, the Democrat hoping to succeed him in ...
$1 million grant to Roseman University aims to help veterans pursue nursing careers
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Roseman University of Health Sciences recently received a $1 million grant that stands to help veterans and boost the region's nursing workforce ...
New free clinic downtown aims to help ‘working poor’
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
The nonprofit on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its second free clinic in the Las Vegas Valley. Called the Ruffin Family Clinic, an ode to major benefactors Phil and Oleksandra Ruffin, it’s located near ...
Free HIV testing offered Saturday in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
Free HIV testing will be offered Saturday at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada as part of National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ...
Local authors writing new chapter for Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
Since it was founded in 2002, the Vegas Valley Book Festival has presented more than 800 authors and speakers, and has produced or sponsored more than 500 readings, workshops, book signings and events.
Survivors of sexual assault speak out at UNLV event
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
One by one, the survivors climbed three steps, walked nervously toward the microphone on the makeshift stage in UNLV’s Pida Plaza on Wednesday night and began speaking. For some, tears came before words. “It’s bittersweet to be here today,” said ...
Centennial Hills Hospital adding 36 rooms
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Centennial Hills Hospital will build out its fourth floor, adding 36 inpatient beds as part of a $9.7 million project. The hospital will have 226 total inpatient beds when the expansion is completed later next year. The transformation ...
In last year, Lake Mead dropped below 10 million acre feet for first time
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
The ongoing drought continues to take a toll on the main supply of water for Las Vegas. For the first time since the 1930s, Lake Mead ended the "water year" below 10 million acre feet of storage, according to John Fleck, a writer in residence at the University of New Mexico's Water Resources Program. Fleck, who's writing a book about the Colorado River, discovered the milestone after compiling data from the Bureau of Reclamation, he said. A "water year" runs from ...
Police say felon posing as doctor claimed to have cured STDs, been a porn actor
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Rick Van Thiel, who was arrested last week for allegedly practicing medicine without a license, described himself as a man of many talents on websites advertising ...
Las Vegas patients pay among country’s lowest rates for women’s health procedures
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
According to new study of nationwide health costs.
Walgreens offering flu shots at Las Vegas senior centers
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Staff from Walgreens pharmacies will be providing flu shots at two Las Vegas senior centers this week. Cash and certain types of insurance will be accepted at ...
Reid touts need for tighter gun control, calls Republicans ‘puppets’ of NRA
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Sen. Harry Reid delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor today in which the minority leader called for background checks to curb gun violence. Reid said he has started reaching out to senators and discussing ...
Nevada to pay San Francisco $400,000 to settle patient-busing scandal
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Nevada has agreed to pay San Francisco an approximately $400,000 settlement related to the Silver State's practice of busing mentally ill patients to California. The tentative settlement, which includes attorney fees, could be ...
New road rules take effect in school zones
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Be extra cautious when driving near a school: the law just got stricter. A new law went into effect Thursday prohibits drivers from making U-turns or passing other ...
Outside gaming expo, table-game dealers push for smoke-free casinos
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Las Vegas dealers who picketed Tuesday morning outside the Global Gaming Expo say they can handle the occasional drunken customer or angry gambler losing bets. But there’s another ...
State to medical marijuana patients: Don’t freak out over delays to get your cards
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015
If you recently applied to obtain a medical marijuana card, bad news: It could take months for the state to process your application. The state medical marijuana registry grew 25 percent over ...
Two Las Vegas Valley hospitals recognized for quality, patient satisfaction
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
Two local hospitals — Southern Hills and MountainView — have been recognized with a 2015 HealthInsight Quality Award for their performance in ...
Internal medicine residency program at MountainView Hospital is accredited
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
MountainView Hospital announced today accreditation of an internal medicine residency program — another step forward in the region’s drive to produce and keep more doctors here.
The first batch of residents will ...
New medical school focus on community-based training
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
When Barbara Atkinson arrived in Las Vegas a year ago as the planning dean of UNLV’s new medical school, she spent her first months meeting community members. She wanted their help: How to keep newly-minted doctors in town?
Free balance and memory screenings offered at Lou Ruvo Center
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015
In honor of National Fall Prevention Day today, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is hosting free balance and memory screenings ...
Cancer sucks for pets, too
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
Oncology cases have been climbing at a local veterinary clinic, and many owners are willing to pay the price, even if their dog is uninsured. Dr. Andrew Vaughan suspects longer lives, bad breeding practices and more play a role in pets contracting cancer. And cancer-related surgeries can cost several ...
With flu season coming, Health District offering shots
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
It’s almost that time of year again — flu season. The Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering the flu vaccine Monday at all of its public health centers. The vaccine is $41, and the ...
Two more in Clark County sickened in salmonella outbreak
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
A multistate salmonella outbreak potentially linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico has sickened two more people in Clark County, bringing the total to six in the county and ...
Health District opening new Men’s Health Center
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
Men seeking reproductive health services in the Las Vegas Valley will have a new place to turn. The Southern Nevada Health District announced ...
Nevada won’t reopen health care enrollment stores this year
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange will not operate brick-and-mortar enrollment stores during this year's sign-up period for government-subsidized health insurance. "It wasn't fiscally prudent to walk in that direction," Bruce Gilbert, executive director ...
Drought is taming wild horses in Southern Nevada
Monday, Sept. 14, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management rounded up more than 200 wild horses. Some were euthanized, others sent to Utah for rehabilitation and adoption. They can’t survive on their own in the drought-stricken desert, BLM officials say ...
‘I could see flames through the windows’: Passengers describe fire on McCarran flight
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
As British Airways Flight 2276 was hurtling down the runway at McCarran International Airport today on its way to London's Gatwick Airport, passenger Roy Dunk heard what he thought ...
Division of Insurance announces 2016 health care insurance rate hikes
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
The Nevada Division of Insurance has announced a rate increase for health insurance in 2016. Rates for small businesses and their employees will increase 5 percent next year, while ...
Federal grant means big changes in children’s mental health services
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
A nearly $11 million federal grant will transform how Nevada cares for children with mental health issues, according to state officials who cheered the award.
Nevada gets $10.8 million grant for childhood mental health services
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services has been selected to receive a nearly $11 million federal grant to expand mental health services for children and tweak the delivery model, officials announced today. The goal of the grant ...
Partnership gives cancer patients access to cutting-edge clinical trials
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has announced a partnership with a nationally known cancer center based in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and CCCN have entered ...

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