• A Look at Some Diet Myths

    New diet trends sweep the country every year, but how effective are they? Should you eat more nuts? Are you getting enough fiber? With National Nutrition Month approaching in March, it is important that you are getting everything you need to make your body healthy.  In this video, dietician Ali Miller takes a look at some popular diets and explains some of the common myths about dieting. For example, skipping meals is always a counterproductive move, and can even raise your risk of heart disease. Instead of skipping a meal if you’re in a hurry, eat a handful of nuts or berries or a cup of healthy yogurt.

    Southern Hills Hospital  provides state-of-the-art medical care to the Las Vegas community, including emergency care services. Visit our website today to read more about the services we provide, and call (702) 880-2100 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • Find the Shortest ER Wait with Southern Hills Hospital’s Text ER Program

    Those who need urgent care or emergency room services generally expect to wait a while before being seen by a doctor. However, there’s an efficient way you can take control of your health. With Southern Hills Hospital’s texting program, you can find the average emergency room wait times for Sunrise Health System hospitals. All you need to do is text “ER” to 23000 and submit your zip code as a reply. You’ll automatically receive the average ER wait times from Southern Hills Hospital and other Sunrise Health hospitals in the Las Vegas area.

    If you choose to take advantage of this innovative program. You could also visit the website of Southern Hills Hospital to view updates of the average ER wait time.


    Southern Hills Hospital is pleased to bring the latest technological innovations in the healthcare field to residents of Las Vegas. If you have any questions about our hospital or emergency services, you can call (702) 880-2100.

  • 2014 Diet Trends that May Boost Your Heart Health

    Although most people diet to lose weight, the best diets are those that not only help you shed pounds, but also improve your overall health. In 2014, consider trying some new diet trends to benefit your heart health. It’s a good idea to visit your local hospital and consult your doctor before trying a new diet or exercise routine – particularly if you have a medical condition. Additionally, explore the health resources available at your local hospital.

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    Try Periodic Fasting
    It’s common knowledge that starving oneself isn’t healthy and tends to lead to rebound weight gain. Following a very low calorie diet can even cause cardiovascular problems, such as heart arrhythmias, and may result in a visit to urgent care due to electrolyte imbalances. However, a surprising new diet trend endorses fasting – just not every day. Proponents of periodic fasting point to studies that show it may improve your heart health overall wellness by lowering cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, and improving blood sugar control. One fasting diet recommends following a 500 calorie diet every other day and eating whatever you please on the non-fasting days. Another fasting diet proposes a very low calorie diet on two non-consecutive days each week. If you decide to try it, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor first to make sure you won’t suffer any adverse health effects.

    Revisit the Red Meat Stigma
    Red meat has long been linked to cardiovascular problems such as heart disease. However, some nutrition experts claim that red meat can actually be healthy for your waistline and your heart – as long as you choose very lean cuts of meat. This is because it’s rich in nutrients such as alpha lipoic acid, which may help reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. Just remember to  eat plenty of colorful veggies  along with your steak.

    Residents and visitors of the Las Vegas area are invited to explore the comprehensive healthcare services available at Southern Hills Hospital Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100 to find a physician or get free nurse advice. Or, visit us on the Web to learn more about our services, including  emergency care, maternity care, and stroke care.

  • Heart Health Memory Lane: Take a Look Back on Anti-Smoking PSAs

    Many people are aware of the 1964 report from the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health, which stated conclusively that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and chronic bronchitis. But did you know that researchers in Germany in 1930 had already drawn these conclusions based on statistical correlations? In fact, public awareness about this monumental health problem had already begun growing in 1952, when Reader’s Digest published a groundbreaking article on the dangers of tobacco.

    When you watch this video, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how anti-smoking awareness campaigns have evolved over the years. These vintage public service announcements strongly link tobacco to heart disease and cancer.

    Las Vegas-area residents can get help with smoking cessation at Southern Hills Hospital, a full-service, award-winning hospital. Call our facility at (702) 880-2100 or explore our healthcare services online.

  • Be Heart Healthy: Diet Myths Busted!

    Each year, dieters try new methods of finally shedding pounds for good. Unfortunately, many of those methods are unproven. For example, did you know that the commonly held belief that eating at night will make you gain weight isn’t exactly true? In actuality, eating at night will make you gain weight if   it increases your total daily calorie intake. As long as you stick to the right number of calories per day, it doesn’t matter if you eat some of them at night.

    While grocery shopping, you may have noticed that many products say, “No high-fructose corn syrup.” This is in response to the widely held belief that high-fructose corn syrup is worse for your health and will make you gain more weight than regular sugar. In fact, there aren’t any scientific studies to substantiate this. Still, if you are trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to cut down on your total sugar intake.

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    For more surprising health information, Las Vegas-area residents are invited to click through the blog of Southern Hills Hospital. Or, you can call us at (702) 880-2100 and speak with our Consult-A-Nurse  healthcare referral line .

  • Things You May Not Know About the Human Heart

    February is American Heart Month , a designation intended to promote a healthy lifestyle and for ensuring strong cardiovascular health. Take a few minutes to read through some surprising facts about your heart and how it works.

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    It’s Not Located on the Left Side of Your Chest
    Most people assume the heart is located on the left side of the chest, and it certainly seems that way because the heartbeat is detectable in that area. However, your heart is actually in the center of your chest, with a lung on either side. It feels as though it’s on the left side because it leans slightly to the left, causing the heartbeat to be detectable there.

    It Circulates Six Quarts of Blood Each Day
    The average human has about six quarts of blood in his or her body. The total volume of your blood circulates throughout your body three times during each minute. This means that in just one day, your  blood travels an astonishing 12,000 miles !

    Laughter Really Is Good for Your Heart
    Laughter helps your heart by dramatically increasing blood circulation. It accomplishes this by relaxing and expanding the lining of your blood vessels. If you’re feeling stressed, consider watching a comedy to reduce your blood pressure.

    Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real
    Broken heart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is indeed a real medical concern. In response to severe stress – such as bereavement or divorce – a rush of stress hormones can temporarily overwhelm your heart, causing chest pain and shortness of breath.

    Southern Hills Hospital features an accredited Chest Pain Center, which provides emergency care 24/7 to residents of the Las Vegas area. Our hospital is fully equipped with the latest technology for fast diagnoses and swift treatment in the event of a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. In addition to emergency care, our hospital offers orthopedic services, maternity care, and geriatric psychiatric assessments including outpatient and inpatient treatment for grief and loss if you are suffering from broken heart syndrome. Contact us at (702) 880-2100 for more information.

  • Southern Hills Hospital Announces Andrea Davis as Senior Vice President of Operations


    Davis promoted from Associate Administrator/Ethics & Compliance Officer

    LAS VEGAS (Jan. 31, 2014) – Southern Hills Hospital is proud to announce the promotion of Andrea Davis to Senior Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. Davis plays a key role in Southern Hills Hospital Administration, and, with this change, it recognizes her dedicated efforts for her vast responsibilities. Davis manages and oversees day-to-day operations of the Emergency Department, Surgical Services, Cardiac Services, Environmental Services, Dietary, Linen, Imaging, Respiratory, Lab and Physical Medicine, as well as handles ethics and compliance for the hospital.

    “Southern Hills Hospital recognizes internal talent, and our team believes that it is critically important to allow our employees to be successful,” said Kimball Anderson, CEO of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “We are incredibly fortunate to have Andrea Davis in our organization, and I’m confident she will flourish in this role.”

    “I am honored to serve in this new role at Southern Hills Hospital,” said Andrea Davis, Senior Vice President of Operations. “I look forward to the opportunities in advancing quality healthcare throughout the Southern Nevada community.”

    Prior to her Senior Vice President of Operations position, Davis was the Associate Administrator/Ethics and Compliance Officer (ECO) at Southern Hills. She also served as a Sunrise Health System Market Director, focusing on Senior Care Strategies, where she developed and deployed tactics that encouraged improved geriatric-focused care. Davis has been with Sunrise Health System’s parent company HCA (NYSE:HCA) since 2009, when she started as the Director of Physician Services at Southern Hills Hospital.

    To learn more about the hospital and its services, visit SouthernHillsHospital.com