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November 29, 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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Health District program connects new mothers with nurses
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
Nurses with the program have assisted 373 first-time mothers and their respective children.
Growing demand at MountainView Hospital prompts $90 million expansion
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
MountainView Hospital is embarking on a $90 million expansion that will unfold over the next 18 months and significantly increase the hospital’s patient capacity ...
Longtime lawmaker chosen to lead Nevada anti-bullying office
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
An Arizona state senator will lead a new Nevada Department of Education office focusing on preventing bullying and cyberbullying, officials announced ...
Nevada Health Co-Op to close, leaving thousands to find new insurance
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
The Nevada Health Co-Op, a consumer-owned and operated health plan created under the Affordable Care Act, is going out of business, state officials announced ...
Las Vegas couple reflect on decade in exile from Hurricane Katrina
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015
When the television meteorologist caught his attention, Conrad Davillier was fastening his tie for Sunday Mass at his home in Diamondhead, Miss., about an hour northeast of ...
Family hopes daughter’s journey to recovery after hit-and-run will inspire others
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
Eight-year-old Brazyl Ward has come a long way since a motorist struck her almost two years ago while she was trick-or-treating on Halloween. The soon-to-be third-grader spent the summer ...
‘It’s tragic’: Tonopah’s only hospital closes
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
The Nye Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in a 100-mile radius, closed at noon today, leaving rural residents worried about how they will ...
Residents uneasy about how nearby medical district might take shape
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
A close-knit neighborhood just south of Charleston Boulevard near Rancho Drive has banded together to rally against the redevelopment of an adjacent parcel of ...
Las Vegas venture’s twist on yoga is gaining steam
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Steps away from the dinging slot machines, a serene silence fell over 200-some people sprawled out on yoga mats inside a Red Rock Resort nightclub ...
The doctor is online
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
Once a year, Bell Welch would pile his family of four into the car, drive four-plus hours west from Reno and spend the night in the Bay Area. It was the only way ...
From tipsy to smashed: How alcohol affects your body
Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
You sip a martini, and it tastes great. So you sip it again. And again. You keep drinking and, soon enough, you’ve got a buzz. What’s happening inside your body?
Engelstad Family Foundation gives $200,000 to Freedom House
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
Freedom House has received a $200,000 donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation to expand services ...
‘A hospitality feel’: Designing the new Henderson Hospital
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
Months before construction crews moved dirt, a group of hospital employees toured the styrofoam landscape to test the design of the new facility — right down to the comfortableness of ...
Native Nevadan appointed to lead state health division
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
A longtime state employee has been appointed to lead the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health ...
Wettest day of the year: Thunderstorm dumps heavy rain, causes havoc
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Intense storms brought rain, lightning and winds in excess of 60 mph to the Las Vegas Valley Thursday afternoon, causing traffic-snarling car accidents, mass power outages and flooding at multiple ...
Southern Hills Hospital names chief executive officer
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Southern Hills Hospital has named Adam Rudd — a hospital executive from South Carolina — as its chief executive officer, effective Sept. 7. Rudd comes to Las Vegas from ...
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation given $50,000 donation
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, which provides funding and access to medical treatment for children facing life-threatening diseases, received ...
Public invited to comment on Family Court hearing master candidates
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Now is the public’s chance to vet candidates for a hearing master position for the Family Court Division. The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court ...
Hospitals hosting Valley Health System job fairs
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
The Valley Health System is hosting a series of job fairs this month ...
Man killed Friday by Metro identified
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
The man killed Friday by Metro Police officers has been identified as 24-year-old Abel Correa ...
Report: Nevada spending on tobacco prevention falls short
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Nevada only spends about 3 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for anti-tobacco initiatives — among the least in the nation, according to a new report by ...
First medical business opens in Las Vegas Medical District
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
“This is really the next story of Las Vegas,” said David Steinberg, managing partner of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging.
Las Vegas ranks in bottom half of best places to live
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Las Vegas could learn a thing or two about good living from Austin, Texas, Raleigh, N.C., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Those are the best large cities to live in, according to ...
Teen birth rates highest in Las Vegas’ poorest neighborhoods
Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
Teen birth rates in some of Las Vegas’ most economically depressed neighborhoods are quadruple the national average and more than 13 times higher than in the valley’s most affluent regions ...
Ruvo Center seeks participants for Alzheimer’s study
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is looking for people with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer's disease to participate in ...
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus to hold open house Saturday
Thursday, July 30, 2015
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus is hosting an open house Saturday to show off its new five-story tower. The preview party will be held from ...
Consumer Reports ranks Centennial Hills as best hospital in region at avoiding infections
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Centennial Hills Hospital is a local leader in preventing potentially-deadly infections.
Law enforcement discusses Islamic State threat in Las Vegas with interfaith group
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Homegrown extremists influenced by the Islamic State remain a top security concern, law enforcement officials told community members ...
A step-by-step guide to complaining to your landlord
Monday, July 27, 2015
By law, your apartment or rental home must be kept safe and in a condition that provides reasonable comfort for the average person, meaning it has running water, working toilets and bathing facilities, heating, electricity and other requirements. Rental properties that violate housing and health codes are not considered habitable, and your landlord must make repairs. How do you go about getting him or her to do so? The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada suggests following these steps ...
How dinner can feed relationships with senior citizens
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mealtimes last nearly twice as long (43 minutes on average) when seniors share meals with others than when they eat alone (22 minutes). The Sunday Dinner Pledge is an online commitment people can make pledging to eat dinner with their elderly relatives at least once a month ...
Health care outside the male and female checkboxes
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Jackson Nightshade is counting down the days until open enrollment for government-subsidized health insurance begins again in November. The 28-year-old ...
Desert Springs Hospital launches new cardiac program
Friday, July 24, 2015
Desert Springs Hospital has opened a cardiac rehabilitation unit to strengthen patients’ heart muscles and help them adopt healthier lifestyles. Called “Phase II” cardiac rehab, the personalized program ...
Calls to Rape Crisis Center climb 12 percent in six months
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Rape Crisis Center says it needs volunteers to meet the demands of an increasing number of hotline calls and in-person visits. The nonprofit received ...
Renovations begin for Health District building set to open this year
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A vacant Target in a half-empty shopping complex near Meadows Mall will be buzzing with activity in a few months — this time as the new headquarters for the Southern Nevada Health District.
Southwest Medical to offer free immunizations for children
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Southwest Medical is offering free immunizations and sports physicals for children and high school students Aug. 1 at ...
23 percent of Nevada children live in poverty
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Nearly 1 in 4 of Nevada’s youngest residents were living in poverty in 2013, according to the most recent data in a new report released today.
Las Vegas’ smallest sovereign nation
Southern Paiutes have cultivated land and business in the valley for centuries
Monday, July 20, 2015
Just north of downtown, sandwiched between Ewing Brothers Towing and Main Street, lies a sovereign nation. The 31-acre plot of land belongs to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, which ...
What’s on the menu in jail
They’re not exotic, but Clark County inmates’ meals are a far cry from bread and water
Monday, July 20, 2015
The kitchen staff at the Clark County Detention Center generates about 9,000 hot meals daily – breakfast, lunch and dinner – for roughly 3,000 inmates. Inmates receive ...
Nevada’s doctor shortage affects Clark County
Monday, July 20, 2015
Nevada politicians, educators and health care workers point to Nevada’s doctor shortage as one of the state’s most pressing concerns. It creates long waitlists for patients ...
Nonprofit aims to fill void left by shuttered organics program
Friday, July 17, 2015
Curious where you can find local organic products? Basin and Range Organics, a nonprofit recently formed during a meeting of organic growers and industry leaders in Nevada, hopes to ...
Henderson Hospital foundation pouring signals advance of Union Village
Friday, July 10, 2015
The facility is being built on 30 acres of the planned Union Village health care complex, which will anchor a 170-acre mixed-use development at ...
Flood insurance 101: What you need to know when water strikes
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Floods are one of the top three weather-related hazards Nevada residents will face. The National Weather Service already issued several flash-flood warnings this week when rain water swept through the northwest valley and flooded roads near the Linq ...
Acting commissioner appointed for state Division of Insurance
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Amy Parks, chief insurance counsel and hearing officer for the Nevada Division of Insurance, will serve as acting insurance commissioner following the departure of Scott Kipper last week. Bruce Breslow, Nevada's director of ...
Men topple nursing walls in Nevada and nationwide
Health care field becoming more popular, especially for those changing careers
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Nursing programs in Southern Nevada have seen a growing number of men. Last year, 35 men enrolled in UNLV’s College of Nursing, more than double the number of male nursing students in 2009. Female enrollment, on the other hand, while still the majority, dipped from 130 in 2009 to 109 last year ...
1 person killed in 2-vehicle crash in western Las Vegas Valley
Saturday, July 4, 2015
One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in the western Las Vegas Valley, according to Metro Police.
2 seriously injured in crash involving RTC bus, car, truck
Friday, July 3, 2015
Two people suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision that caused a pickup truck to slam into an RTC bus Friday in the northeast valley, according to Metro Police.
Clark County director of Department of Family Services to resign
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Facing public criticism, Lisa Ruiz-Lee, director of Clark County's Department of Family Services, sent a letter to her staff Wednesday announcing her resignation. "The decision to leave was mine and it was not ...
Nevada still hopes to have patient-dumping case dismissed
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As far as San Francisco is concerned, a lawsuit pushing back against Nevada’s one-time practice of busing mentally ill patients to California will be moving forward. But Nevada is saying not so fast. The Supreme Court ...
Health District app shows restaurant grades, violations
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Attention Las Vegas foodies: The Southern Nevada Health District has launched an app that might help you decide where — or where not — to dine. The app ...
$5 swim lessons offered at 3 Las Vegas community pools
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
As the summer swim season reaches its peak, three Las Vegas public pools are offering $5 swim lessons for ...

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