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    The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2014) — After undergoing on-site evaluations and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals – Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital – have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Sunrise Health was the first system of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Las Vegas.

    In order to receive re-certification, the Sunrise Health System hospitals were evaluated by The Joint Commission — the leading healthcare accreditation and certification organization in the United States — using standards for stroke from the recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association. This includes an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and performance measurement and improvement activities.

    “We are proud to achieve this distinction again from the Joint Commission,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Along with our Accredited Chest Pain Centers, both our heart and stroke care programs at all three hospitals provide optimal care for patients needing emergent care.”

    The Certified Stroke Centers at each Sunrise Health Hospital offer diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. A trained Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Stroke Team is ready. The hospitals of Sunrise Health were first certified as primary stroke centers in 2009.

    According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    About Sunrise Health:

    Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.

    For more information about Sunrise Health, visit

    Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.


    How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) Affect Patients?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is nothing short of life-changing for patients and their families. Patients with TBIs often need around-the-clock care and many never fully recover. The stress on patients and their caregivers can be tremendous.

    Watch this video to hear from a TBI patient, Josh, who injured during a drunk driving accident. He doesn’t remember the first year of his recovery. He has regained some of his abilities but remains dependent on his mother for most things.

    A head injury should always be taken seriously. If you or someone you love experiences such an injury, go to the emergency room at MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas right away for urgent medical care. We offer emergency care, a stroke center, and in-patient rehabilitation. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    What Is a Concussion?

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Concussions have recently made headlines as part of the national debate on football safety, but it is not just NFL players who are at risk. Concussions can happen to anyone, and the impacts can be serious. If you happen to suffer a head injury, it’s important that you go to the hospital so you can be evaluated for a concussion. Here are some facts on concussions that you need to know:

    Concussions Explained

    A concussion is a minor form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It usually occurs when something strikes the head or the head slams into something. Concussions can happen while you’re playing sports, during a car accident, or even during a fall. When the brain is jarred in such a collision, the way it functions is compromised. These changes are usually temporary, but can last for weeks. In rare instances, concussion symptoms can last indefinitely.


    The symptoms of a concussion vary depending on the severity of the injury. Possible signs include confusion, headache, drowsiness, and the general sense that you’re not thinking clearly. Some people may see flashing lights or stars. Nausea, vomiting, headaches, and balance issues are also possible. With severe concussions, seizures, unconsciousness, and muscle weakness may occur. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, seek immediate medical care in an ER. Note that some people with concussions don’t experience any symptoms at all or experience symptoms for hours or even days after the initial injury. For this reason, you should always consult with your doctor after a head injury.

    Diagnosis and Treatment

    To diagnose a condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam and check your reflexes. He or she may also order an EEG, head CT, or brain MRI to confirm the injury and check for bleeding. If you have a severe concussion, you will be admitted to the hospital. For a mild concussion, you will need to refrain from activities that could lead to further brain injury, like playing sports, until your symptoms go away.

    MountainView Hospital’s emergency room and neurologists are ready to treat any kind of brain injury. Our Las Vegas hospital is also home to a stroke center, heart hospital, robotic surgery center, and more. Find out more about our full-service medical facility by calling (702) 233-5474 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    Heart & Vascular Care at MountainView Hospital

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Heart disease is the single greatest threat to Americans. To reduce the number of lives lost to heart disease, more attention must be paid to preventative measures and sophisticated treatment. MountainView Hospital is dedicated to helping victims of heart disease with world-class heart and vascular care.

    MountainView Hospital has developed a top-quality Cardiac Surgery Program that operates in the tradition of the nation’s greatest cardiovascular institutes. We have earned accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, and we’re the only hospital in the Las Vegas area to offer on-site Cardiac Rehabilitation. We also have a dedicated clinical coordinator, who is responsible for pre-operative education, discharge care, follow-up appointment scheduling, and much more. If you seek heart and vascular care at MountainView Hospital, you will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion.

    If you have any questions about heart disease, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. Our Las Vegas heart hospital saves thousands of lives every year. Visit our website to get a better idea of our services.


    MountainView Hospital Nutrition Heart Class

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death among American men and women. Even so, millions of people still make unhealthy choices every day. If you’d like to learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease, consider attending a nutrition heart class at MountainView Hospital.

    Our nutrition heart class lasts from noon to 1 PM, giving you a great opportunity to eat your bag lunch while you learn about important health matters. During the class, our registered dieticians will discuss how to read food labels and select foods that are good for your cardiovascular health. They’ll also answer all your questions on how cholesterol, alcohol, salt, sugar, and other substances affect your heart. We offer our free nutrition heart class once every six months, with the next one coming up on Wednesday, April 9.   

    For more information on the nutrition heart class and other educational seminars, call MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5474. Though our goal is to prevent serious health issues from occurring, we’re fully equipped to provide emergency care at our Las Vegas heart hospital.


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