University Medical Center is now asking members of the public without COVID-19 symptoms, or exposure to a confirmed case of the disease, not to make an appointment at one of its large drive-thru testing sites.
Disruption at Rawson-Neal following the busing scandal has caused a backlog of psychiatric cases at local emergency rooms. Last week, University Medical Center declared an "internal disaster" due to the large volume of mentally ill patients. The state placed a psychologist at the hospital to help manage the influx. Is it enough? And how can the hospital help open beds for patients with physical problems?
University Medical Center has been struggling with its role as the "safety net" hospital for some years. The hospital is saddled with indigent care and emergency care that other hospitals will not do and has problems making money because of the administrative tangle of being a county operation. So what should happen with the hospital? Sell it? Subsidize it? Or even close it?
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley will face further scrutiny from the House Ethics Committee. The watchdog decided to formally investigate allegations that the Las Vegas congresswoman lobbied to influence the Administration's decisions about kidney medicine at UMC in ways that helped her husband's medical practice. She has also sponsored legislation that improves federal support for kidney services. So will this hurt Berkley's campaign for Nevada's US Senate seat?
The last decade for Las vegas has seen a boom in population. And, that growth was pobably a good thing for healthcare because more people coming in demanded more options. But, is Las Vegas a good place to be a nurse when the pay may not be as good or the hours are tough or the nurse to patient ration is high? We talk to a panel of nurses to better understand life in the valley's hospitals. We also look at how a nurses' struggles translates to patient care.
Jay Coates has seen some pretty amazing things at his job: a man with a giant metal pipe jammed in his neck. Another man mauled by a tiger. A boy speared on his bike handlebars. That's because Dr. Jay Coates is a trauma surgeon at the UMC Trauma Center. So what does it take to be a trauma surgeon? What's it like when you're faced with saving people on the brink of death? Dr. Coates joins us to share some of his harrowing stories. Rebroadcast
After several controversies and harsh criticism from the public and County Commission, UMC CEO, Kathy Silver announced her resignation from the county's only public hospital in May.
Brian Brannman, who served as COO under Silver was announced as her replacement on July 1. Brannman's experience in the medical field include stints as president and Commanding Officer of Navy Medicine West and Commanding Officer of Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. Brian Brannman steps into a position where his two predecessors battled massive budget problems and a County Commission that's struggled to find a way to make the hospital fiscally solvent while still providing indigent care for the public.
Brian Brannman joins us to discuss his vision for UMC's future.
The University Medical Center (UMC) hospital faced a lot of heat this year, between budget cuts and a Las Vegas Sun series criticizing its quality of care. A recent New York Times piece even triggered an investigation into what motivated its choice of heart implant companies. UMC's CEO, Kathy Silver, and Biotronik (the implant) company give their explanations, and talk about UMC's future.
As the Clark County Commission struggles with how to turn around the
fiscally struggling UMC, one idea that's come up is making the hospital a
world class teaching institute. To do that, the commission wants a greater
commitment from the state's medical school, which is located at the
University of Nevada, Reno. But, recent talks between the school and county
commissioners has resulted in some heated debate and commissioners aren't
convinced UNR is totally committed to helping UMC improve. We'll talk with a
Clark County Commissioner and the former chancellor of higher education
about the relationship between UMC and UNR.
A small company called Biotronik provides 95% of all pacemakers to UMC. So why does Biotronik hold the market on pacemakers, when the company only reaches 5% of the market nationally? Investigators claim the company hired UMC doctors as consultants, paying them $5,000 fees per month.
What happens when a surgery goes wrong? Las Vegas Sun reporter Marshall Allen takes us inside the hospital horror stories.
Who is at fault: the doctor? The hospital? Or are mistakes inevitable when it comes to life-and-death medicine? Have you had a bad experience under the knife? Whose fault was it? And where should surgeons focus on improvement?