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Jackie Valley


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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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 ...
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 ...

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