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Valleywide health news, April 23-30, 2015

JOB FAIR PLANNED AT SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL

Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, is set to host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 in the main hospital lobby. The fair will focus on hiring certified nursing assistants, unit coordinators, patient transporters, technicians, environmental service workers and other entry-level positions.

Interested applicants should fill out an online application and also bring copies of their resume. On-the-spot interviews will be conducted.

Visit: jobs.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

BLOOD DRIVES PLANNED ACROSS VALLEY

UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620. The locations include:

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 25 at the Centennial Hills YMCA, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code CHYMCA

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Hope Central Ministry, 3665 N. Nellis Blvd. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code HOPECENTRAL

For Nevada Donation Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at Family Medicine, 6045 S. Rainbow Blvd., or from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Aliante Library, 2400 Deer Springs Way. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code NVBLOODDONATIONDAY

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 26 at the Kohl’s at The Galleria mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: galleriamall

From noon to 4 p.m. April 26 at TJ Maxx Montecito, 7040 N. Durango Drive. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: TJMAXXMONTECITO

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Smith’s, 7130 N. Durango Drive. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: smiths332

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Slater Hanifan Group, 5740 Arville St., Suite 216. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: SHG

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 28 for the UNLV Air Force ROTC on Alumni Walk at UNLV, 3505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: unlv

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 for UNLV Alpha Epsilon Delta on Alumni Walk at UNLV, 3505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: unlv

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 for UNLV Alpha Epsilon Delta on Alumni Walk at UNLV, 3505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code: unlv

FRIENDS OF PARKINSON’S PLANS MEET AND GREET

The nonprofit Friends of Parkinson’s is set to hold its Parkinson’s Meet and Greet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 at Bahama Breeze, 375 Hughes Center Drive. The event allows board advisers, community supporters, Parkinson’s disease care partners, family and friends to gather, share information and lend support. Email friendsofparkinsonslv@gmail.com or call 702-381-4141.

SILVER SYRINGE AWARD CEREMONY PLANNED

The 17th annual Silver Syringe Award Ceremony is planned at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Immunize Nevada’s ceremony recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to protect Nevadans from vaccine-preventable diseases. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with National Infant Immunization Week.

Visit immunizenevada.org/silversyringe.

YMCA PLANS HEATLHY KIDS DAY

The YMCA of Southern Nevada has scheduled its Healthy Kids Day for April 25 at all locations. That day, it hosts a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

Planned activities include games, exercise classes and art to get parents and kids thinking ahead to the summer months, how they’re going to keep moving and learning during the school gap and encouraging them to develop healthy habits now. The event is free to all community members, whether a Y member or not. Families can sign up for Y Summer Day Camp and swim lessons and enter to win a free child’s bicycle and helmet.

Call 702-877-9622 or visit lasvegasymca.org.

KEEP MEMORY ALIVE FUNDRAISER PLANNED

On April 25, painter Vladimir Kush and Quincy Jones recording artist Tommy Ward will combine their talents to raise money for Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, at the inaugural Sights and Sounds event. Planned from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Kush Fine Art Gallery inside the Forum Shops at Caesars, the event is to raise funds and awareness for brain health through live painting and musical performances. Visit keepmemoryalive.org.

SUSAN G KOMEN GROUP SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR RACE

The Southern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is seeking volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Race for the Cure race day and race packet pickup, set for April 27 to May 1. Volunteers are required to complete an online Volunteer Release Form, or print and fax to 702-877-2455 or return by mail to the Southern Nevada Affiliate office at 4850 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 25, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

There are to be two opportunities to attend a Race Day Volunteer Orientation: from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. April 25 or from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 27 in Exhibit Hall A at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The race is set for May 2.

The 2015 race volunteer contacts are Shannon Sweeney and Tonya Carpenter at 702-822-2324.

SMITH’S FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT HEALTH FOUNDATION

Smith’s has begun its fourth annual fundraising campaign to benefit the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation Charity Care Program. Through May 17, Smith’s customers are invited to join store associates in fundraising efforts throughout Southern Nevada by making a donation at the check stands and in return be thanked with coupons. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network’s partnership with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, visit supportstrose.org.

ST JUDE OPENS LAS VEGAS FIELD OFFICE

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has opened its first Las Vegas field office ​at 1635 Village Center Circle, Suite 270. St. Jude survival rates have risen for the most aggressive of childhood cancers. The new office will lead fundraising efforts for Nevada and Utah. An open house is planned later in the year. Visit stjude.org​.​

BLOODMOBILE AND HEALTH CENTERS PLANNING BLOOD DRIVE

A blood drive for UBS Bloodmobile and the Nevada Health Centers Mammovan is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Hope Central Ministry, 3665 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite 7. All donors are to receive two admission tickets to “Defending the Caveman.” Schedule at unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code HOPECENTRAL or call 702-233-9620.

BLOOD DRIVES PLANNED ACROSS LAS VEGAS VALLEY

The American Red Cross plans to host blood drives across the Las Vegas Valley. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

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 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, 3186 S. Maryland Parkway

From 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. April 25 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 E. Harris Ave.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.

From 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. April 28 at Nevada Career Institute, 3231 N. Decatur Blvd, Suite 119

Henderson

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Green Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road

From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1500 Amador Lane

From 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at St Peter the Apostle Church, 204 S. Boulder Highway

From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 29 at Nevada State College, 1125 Nevada State Drive

FREE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SEMINARS PLANNED

Free weight loss surgery informational seminars are planned at 10 a.m. May 2 and 30 and 6:30 p.m. May 12 and 21 at the Surgical Weight Control Center, 3802 Meadows Lane. Anyone considering weight loss surgery, including gastric sleeve, lap band or gastric bypass, or who would like to learn more about the various surgeries, is invited to attend an upcoming seminar presented by Dr. Jim Atkinson or Dr. Darren Soong. All surgeries are performed at Desert Springs Hospital. Registration required by calling 702-313-8446.

FREE SEMINAR FOR KNEE/HIP SURGERIES SCHEDULED

A free seminar for surgical options for knee and hip pain is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. May 12 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive.Dr. Ronald Hillock is set to discuss various options for coping with knee and hip pain with special attention to procedures for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement.

Registration is required by calling 702-388-4888.

PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION PLANNING FUNDRAISER

The American Parkinson Disease Association of Southern Nevada, Emeritus at Las Vegas, and Spotlight Senior Services Las Vegas have announced their upcoming fundraiser event, Shake, Rattle, and Roll, set from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 24 at Emeritus at Las Vegas, 3025 E. Russell Road. Tickets are $25 per person and include wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, followed by a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the APDA of Southern Nevada.

Emeritus at Las Vegas is an assisted living and memory care community serving 90 seniors. The Spotlight Program, developed by Customized Marketing Solutions LLC, provides a resource program and support system for professionals who assist senior adults.

Email apdasouthernnevada@gmail.com.

DESERT SPRINGS HOSPITAL PLANNING WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM

Desert Springs Hospital is planning a program for people seeking weight-loss options from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 near the main lobby of the hospital at 2075 E. Flamingo Road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults (approximately 78.6 million) are overweight. In Nevada, an estimated 25 percent to 29 percent of adults are obese. Other medical conditions related to obesity include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

The event is set to feature three guest speakers throughout the morning: Dr. James Atkinson, from 9:45 to 10:05 a.m. discussing surgical treatments for obesity; Dana Trippi, from 10:05 to 10:25 a.m. discussing medical treatment options for obesity; and Physician Assistant Tammara Beeghly, from 10:25 to 10:45 discussing functional medicine. This option focuses on lifestyle modification and weight management.

Vendors who specialize in weight-loss products will be available to discuss their products before and after the speakers.

RSVPs are limited to the first 200 attendees; call 702-369-7560 to RSVP.

APRIL 25 IS STATEWIDE BLOOD DONATION DAY

Gov. Brian Sandoval recently signed a proclamation declaring April 25 as the statewide blood donation day. The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood April 25. Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component and are always needed by hospitals.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MEETING SET FOR APRIL 25

An Affordable Care Act enrollment and informational meeting is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Library.

A certified enroller from Nevada Health Link is set to answer questions about signing up for health insurance.

Visit mypubliclibrary.com or call 702-492-7252.

APRIL IS STD AWARENESS MONTH

April is STD Awareness Month, and the Southern Nevada Health District encourages valley residents to discuss their sexual health with their health care providers and their partners. Each year, it is estimated that there are 20 million new sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Information, testing and treatment is available at the health district’s Sexual Health Clinic, 400 Shadow Lane, Suite 106.

Call 702-759-0702.

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

HOSPITAL HONORED FOR NEWBORN HEPATITIS B PROTECTION METHODS

Spring Valley Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition and the Southern Nevada Health District for achieving the highest reported rate in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection during 2014.

The hospital is listed in the coalition’s Birth Dose Honor Roll at immunize.org/honor-roll/birthdose, which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. The hospital immunized 90 percent of its newborns in 2014 and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.

Visit www.springvalleyhospital.net.

CENTENNIAL HILLS HOSPITAL RECEIVES TOP MARKS FOR INFECTION PREVENTION

Centennial Hills Hospital was one of 37 hospitals nationwide and the only one in Nevada to receive recognition from Consumer Reports magazine for preventing surgical-site infections, bloodstream infections stemming from central lines and infections stemming from the use of urinary catheters during a hospital stay.

POWER OF LOVE GALA TO BENEFIT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE

Keep Memory Alive’s 19th annual Power of Love Gala is set for June 13 to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave. The event is set to feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and friends and include live auctions, wine and cocktails, and cuisine by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Tickets are on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. Call 702-263-9797 or email events@keepmemoryalive.org.

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB MEETS 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.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP PLANS 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 Wesneday 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.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS TO BE OFFERED FRIDAYS

Free blood pressure checks are set to be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Southern Nevada Health District’s main facility, 330 S. Valley View Blvd.

Visit southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

SOUTHWEST MEDICAL ASSOCIATES TO HOST WEIGHT MANAGEMENT GROUP

The HEW/Weight Management Support Group is planned from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays at the Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West, 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 105. Discuss nutrition and exercise and get tips for weight loss.

To register, call 702-877-5356.

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL TO HOST STROLLER STRIDES CLASS

A new Stroller Strides Fit4Mom class is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center at 653 N. Town Center Drive.

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms do with their babies. Activities include power walking/jogging and intervals of strength and body toning exercise using exercise tubing, a stroller and the environment. The class is taught by certified fitness instructors with specialty training in the pre- and postnatal woman. Instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to engage and entertain the babies.

Registration is required. To enroll, visit lasvegas.fit4mom.com.

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