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Health news and events around the valley, Aug. 20-26, 2015

Bloodmobile drives planned across valley

UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620 or visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter the code specific to the location, listed below. The locations include:

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Enter sponsor code palacestation.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 at Village Square, 9200 W. Sahara Ave. Enter sponsor code villagesquare.

From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at YWS/JBA, 5005 W. Patrick Lane. Enter sponsor code ywsjba.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Enter sponsor code gibsonlibrary.

From 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Grouchy John’s Coffee, 8520 S. Maryland Parkway. Enter sponsor code grouchyjohns.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. Enter sponsor code chlibrary.

From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Enter sponsor code flamingolib.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Enter sponsor code saharawest.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave. Enter sponsor code sunriselibrary.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd. Enter sponsor code tivolivillage.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Alexander Library, 1755 W. Alexander Road. Enter sponsor code alexanderlib.

From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at St. Viator Catholic Church, 2461 E. Flamingo Road. Enter sponsor code viator.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Cannery, 2121 E. Craig Road. Enter sponsor code cannery.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, 3925 Paradise Road. Enter sponsor code delfriscos.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. Enter sponsor code aliante library.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Tivoli Village, 440 S. Rampart Blvd. Enter sponsor code tivolivillage.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at Emerald Island Casino, 120 Market St. Enter sponsor code emeraldisland.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St. Enter sponsor code cambridge.

American Red Cross blood drives scheduled around the valley

The American Red Cross encourages residents to donate. Blood drives are planned continually across the valley. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, on a regular basis. To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Upcoming donation opportunities are:

Las Vegas

From 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 20 at Danville Services, 9139 W. Russell Road, Suite 110.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at Smith’s, 3602 E. Bonanza Road.

From 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

Henderson

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 N. Valle Verde Drive.

North Las Vegas

From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Battle of the Badges, North Las Vegas Fire Department Administration Building, 4040 Losee Road.

From 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Battle of the Badges, 2250 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

Hospital job fairs planned at two locations Aug. 21 and 25

The Summerlin Hospital Job Fair is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at the hospital’s main lobby, 657 N. Town Center Drive. The hospital is hiring experienced registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, operating room technicians, emergency department technicians and monitor technicians. Interested nurses should have a minimum of one year of experience.

The Spring Valley Hospital Job Fair is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the hospital’s conference room B, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000 are available for certain registered nurse positions within all Valley Health System hospitals. Nurses must have at least three years of experience in the area for which they are applying: OB (which includes labor and delivery, post-partum, antepartum and nursery), cardiovascular OR, emergency and intensive care unit, to qualify for the sign-on bonus. The bonus is available through Sept. 20.

Benefits may include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; 401(k) participation; tuition reimbursement; weekend bonus; shift and weekend differentials (partial listing). Benefits may vary depending upon employment status and specific position. Benefits become effective at various dates during employment. Employees covered under Collective Bargaining Agreements may have other eligibility requirements or limitations.

Free Healthy Heart Day celebration scheduled at Spring Valley Hospital

A free Healthy Heart Day is set from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. Dr. Nauman Jahangir is set to lecture at 11:30 a.m. regarding heart health; lunch is included. Cholesterol screenings ($5 charge), blood pressure screenings, a hands-only CPR demonstration, a heart health information question-and-answer session, a heart health nutrition demonstration, refreshments and giveaways are also planned. Registration is required by calling 702-388-4888.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy seminar planned for Aug. 27 at Spring Valley Hospital

A free What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? seminar is set from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be an important part of wound care treatment, spending time in a pressurized chamber to help the blood carry more oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs to help with healing. Learn more about this process, along with the types of medical issues it can help treat. Registration is required by calling 702-388-4888.

Las Vegas HEALS Opens Nominations for Inspired Excellence in Health Care Awards

Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada) is accepting nominations for its annual Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards. This annual award ceremony recognizes health care individuals who inspire continued health care excellence.

Nomination forms can be found at lasvegasheals.org/nominate. The nomination process will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 28. This year’s award gala is set for the Four Seasons Hotel on Oct. 29.

Artisan Craft Festival set to host blood drive

An Artisan Craft Festival Blood Drive is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the grand ballroom in the Suncoast, 9090 Alta Drive. The first 68 will receive a special gift bag, and all who donate are to receive two for one rides at the Adventure Dome sponsored by Circus Circus. Visit artisancraftfestival.com, email info@artisancraftfestival.com or call 702-466-7683.

Addiction treatment center accepting applications for art contests

Local addiction treatment center Solutions Recovery Inc. is accepting applications for two art contests to will highlight the 12 steps of recovery. The paintings are to be featured in the organization’s Wellness Campus publication and be officially presented during an unveiling ceremony at Solutions Recovery’s 10-year anniversary event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24.

Solutions Recovery will select 12 contestants total, with six artists participating in each of the contests. Each artist will be tasked with painting a mural portraying one of the 12 steps of recovery on an outdoor wall at the Solutions Recovery Wellness Campus, 2975 S. Rainbow Blvd. Artists will pick their recovery step on a first-come, first-served basis, and they are free to interpret their step however they choose, using any painting style they prefer.

Each contest will provide a $500 prize to the painter of the winning mural and a $150 prize for the second-place mural. Artwork will be judged on originality, design and significance to the specific step.

To apply, email Jessica Kantor at jkantor@solutions-recovery.com.

Organization to look at patient behavior for drug use warning signs

The HealthInsight Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to begin work on increasing the identification of patients with depression or alcohol use disorder in primary care settings, while also improving care transitions for behavioral health conditions.

The HealthInsight organization, which serves Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah, was one of six nationally to be awarded this behavioral health task order and will work on improving behavioral health outcomes over the course of the project, which is scheduled from June to July 2019. Visit healthinsight.org.

Fibromyalgia group meets second, third Thursdays

The Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group of Southern Nevada is scheduled to meet during lunch and evening sessions the second and third Thursday of the month. Lunch meetings are set from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fiesta Henderson buffet, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Evening meetings are planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180. Visit fmfriends.org.

Breast cancer empowerment group set to meet monthly

A free Breast Cancer Empowerment/Support Group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion with the goal of helping to empower and support women. RSVP by calling 702-233-7155.

Better Breathers Club set to meet monthly

The Better Breathers Club is set to meet the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. This educational and social support group is for people with lung disease, their loved ones and caregivers. A light lunch and snacks are planned. Call Henry Clay at 702-835-9898.

Free STD testing available

Free weekly STD screenings are available at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and the Richard Steele Boxing Facility. Visit snhd.info/sexual-health-clinic.

Stroke support group planning monthly meetings

The Stroke Support Group is set to meet at various times monthly:

From 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, 702-233-7061.

From 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive, 702-629-1309.

From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the South Magna Conference Center, south of the Desert Springs Hospital main entrance, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, 702-369-7560. Recommended parking is off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.

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