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    How Does Deep Brain Stimulation Help Parkinson's Patients?

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    While no cure has yet been discovered for Parkinson’s disease, your local hospital may offer various surgical treatments to help manage the symptoms. Usually, physicians recommend trying medications first because of the risks involved with any type of surgery. However, if your symptoms are not well managed with medications, you might consider exploring surgical treatments at your local hospital. One of those treatments could be deep brain stimulation.

    How It Works

    During this procedure, electrodes are placed in the brain, along with various other components. These devices transmit electrical impulses continuously to certain key areas of the brain involved with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These electrical impulses can prevent you from experiencing symptoms such as muscle tremors. The device is similar to a pacemaker, which is commonly used to keep the heart functioning properly.

    What the Benefits Are

    Deep brain stimulation offers numerous benefits over other surgical techniques for Parkinson’s disease. These include procedures such as thalamotomy and pallidotomy, both of which involve destroying parts of the brain that play a role in the development of Parkinson’s symptoms. With deep brain stimulation, these areas of the brain are preserved and the procedure is potentially reversible. This type of treatment is also adjustable; you might return to your local hospital to have a neurologist customize the settings for your needs.

    What to Expect from the Procedure

    During deep brain stimulation, the neurosurgeon places the stimulating electrode lead into an area of the brain called the internal globus pallidus or into the thalamus. An impulse generator is implanted in the chest. The two devices are connected by a wire. The neurologist can program the impulse generator with the use of a computer that transmits radio waves. Additionally, you can easily turn the impulse generator on or off with the use of a special magnet.

    Patients with Parkinson’s disease can find comprehensive management resources at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, including deep brain stimulation. For more than 50 years, our hospital has proudly served residents of the Las Vegas area with comprehensive stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services. We encourage new patients to call (702) 727-1567 or visit us on the Web. 

    How Are Potentially Fatal Brain Aneurysms Treated?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    A brain aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bulges abnormally. If the blood vessel ruptures, it results in bleeding in the brain—a life-threatening condition known as hemorrhagic stroke. One common treatment method is surgical clipping, which involves the placement of a very small metal clip on the bulging area to halt blood flow, preventing bleeding. Surgical clipping is an invasive method that requires the removal of a section of the skull to access the area.

    Another method is endovascular coiling, which involves inserting a catheter into an artery elsewhere in the body. The catheter is gently guided to the aneurysm and a wire coil is inserted into the area to cause blood clotting. Unfortunately, these methods may not work well for giant aneurysms. Some hospitals may have new technology available to treat these aneurysms. It’s known as the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED). This minimally invasive technique enables the diversion of blood flow from the aneurysm.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to offer state-of-the-art stroke care to our patients in the Las Vegas area, including the latest PED technology. Our Level II Trauma Center provides life-saving treatment for patients with complex and life-threatening aneurysms. Contact us at (702) 727-1567 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center First in Las Vegas to Receive Knee, Hip, and Spine Certification by the Joint Commission

    Last updated 7 days ago

    LAS VEGAS, NV (APRIL 7, 2014) – The FLEX Program at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for disease-specific care in the areas of knee, hip, and spine by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety. The certification recognizes Sunrise’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards.

    "We are making a significant investment in the quality, patient-centric care that we provide throughout the region. This certification through the Joint Commission provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Achieving Southern Nevada’s first combined knee, hip, and spine certified program is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center underwent three rigorous on-site reviews in March 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Sunrise for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    "In achieving Joint Commission certification, Sunrise has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with knee, hip, and spine conditions,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Sunrise for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”


    About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high-quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada and its surrounding region.  As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip, we care for patients from all over the world. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 16 years, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is the region’s healthcare leader. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.  Together, we offer a full range of services for both children and adults. 

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital

    3186 South Maryland Parkway

    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call (702) 233-5454.

    About The Joint Commission:

    Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory, and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


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

    Last updated 9 days 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.

    Discouraging Cigarette Use with the "Real Cost" Campaign

    Last updated 9 days ago

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched its first national public education campaign targeting kids who already smoke or are at risk of picking up the habit. Targeting the next generation of smokers in this manner may help reduce the total overall number of smokers—and smoking-related deaths—in the coming years.

    The public education ads use visually compelling imagery to explain how smoking prematurely ages a person. When you watch this video, you’ll see some sample TV and print ads that call attention to wrinkles and discolored teeth caused by smoking. One of the TV ads compares cigarettes to a bully that takes away a child’s lunch money and interferes with his social life.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to be a tobacco-free facility and campus to improve the wellness of patients visiting our hospital. Las Vegas-area residents can contact our hospital at (702) 727-1567 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

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