weather icon Mostly Clear

Desert View Hospital issues annual community report

Officials at Desert View Hospital are touting their accomplishments over the past year as they look forward to 2015.

The hospital has published its Annual Report to the Community for 2014, which will be mailed to every address in Pahrump.

Extra copies will also be available at the campus.

Among some of the highlights contained in the report, the hospital received a 90 percent overall patient satisfaction rating.

“This past year has been full of successes and changes for Desert View Hospital,” said Kelly Adams, Chief Executive Officer at DVH. “It is with pleasure that we present some of our accomplishments in 2014.”

One of the most notable changes was in the hospital’s emergency department.

Additionally, Adams said a new group of emergency room physicians arrived at the hospital in August, all of whom are board-certified in emergency medicine.

“That led to a reduction in the number of patients who left the department without being seen, and allowed for more efficiency throughout,” he said. “It’s been a tremendous success.”

Other recent changes included the addition of two new primary care physicians at Mountain Valley Physicians Group.

The hospital also saw an overall increase in services rendered to the community, including surgery, cardiology, mammography and in-patient volume.

Meagan Kowalski, Desert View’s marketing director, noted that additional women’s services are also part of the increase in services provided.

“Woman’s Health Association of Southern Nevada came out and partnered with us,” she said. “They operate on Wednesdays out of our Mountain Valley Clinic. It obviously expanded those services in Pahrump since it was limited before then.”

There were also significant clinical achievements in 2014, including critical care training for nursing staff.

Cardiopulmonary Manager John Foresee was named Rural Respiratory Therapist of the Year, and overall patient satisfaction at Desert View Hospital increased to 90 percent, according to Adams.

The report also served to briefly announce some of the hospital’s future plans, including the addition of a vascular surgeon.

This year, the hospital has plans to also expand its outpatient physical therapy services to an off-site location, and will add a second Mountain Valley Physicians Group clinic on Highway 160.

“We look forward to continuing to increase our services for you in 2015,” Adams said.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
RAM event: Free medical clinic needs your help

Next weekend, Remote Area Medical will be bringing its pop-clinic to the valley for the eighth straight year and members of the local host group committee are urging the public to get involved by donating their time to this life-changing event.

USO Benefit Show set to be the best yet — here’s how to get a ticket

The Nevada Silver Tappers are well-known for their patriotic routines and their generosity to the veteran community and this October, these elements will combine into two nights of fantastic fundraising with the annual USO Benefit Show.

How a Soroptomist scholarship helped a Pahrump mom of 3

Embarking on an educational path as an adult can be challenging and for those acting as head-of-household, it can be all the more difficult.

A Smoky Valley curtain call: Youth theater debuts a Disney classic

Andrew Sweeney played multiple roles as the prince, the beast, Monsieur D’Arque and the baker. “My favorite part of BATB JR was getting to be part of the team and meeting all the other cast members,” he said. “I didn’t feel nervous because we were very prepared for the performance.”

Peek inside this senior-living community’s gardens (GALLERY)

Spring Mountain Apartments, a low-income senior living community in Pahrump, has a brand new community garden to enjoy thanks to a partnership with two of the valley’s major nonprofit organizations, the NyE Communities Coalition and the Master Gardeners with the University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension.

1,000-plus cats and dogs spayed/neutered

In just seven months’ time, Tails of Nye County has managed to spay or neuter over 1,000 stray cats and personal pets in the Pahrump area with the help of funding from the Nye County American Rescue Plan Act Grant Program.

Want to seek public office? 2 seats up for appointment on Beatty Town Advisory Board

The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to submit letters of interest to fill two seats on the Beatty Town Advisory Board that are up for reappointment after the end of the year. Letters of interest can be submitted to the Beatty Town Office. What you need to know.

Lakeview Golf Course on the upswing

Lakeview Executive Golf Course will remain under the operation of CourseCo for another five years, following renewal of a management contract with the town of Pahrump. Here’s how the troubled course turned itself around.