• Staying Prepared for a Visit to the ER

    Chaos can occur when a sudden illness or injury calls for a trip to the ER. When you plan ahead for this event, you can ensure the best possible experience for you or your loved one.

    This video offers some tips for a potential ER visit. To avoid treatment delays, have an already filled out document that lists all pertinent medical information available for the triage staff. Should the hospital decide to admit you or your loved one, you might also want to prepare an overnight bag that contains personal hygiene products and a fresh change of wardrobe.

    Southern Hills Hospital strives to provide a positive emergency care experience for each of our patients. If you live in the greater Las Vegas area, call (702) 880-2100 or browse our website to learn more about the healthcare options we provide.

  • How Seniors Can Stay Healthier for Life with Better Nutrition

    Elderly Couple Enjoying Healthy meal

    When older age brings on health-related problems, it becomes more important to make good nutrition a lifestyle cornerstone. As the following reasons demonstrate, eating wholesome foods can both minimize and prevent major medical concerns that often afflict senior citizens. To learn more about how nutrition can increase quality of life during older adulthood, contact Southern Hills Hospital .

    Reduce Arthritis Flare-Ups

    Did you know that what you eat could affect your joints? If you suffer from arthritis, it might be time to take a look at your normal dietary behaviors . Some foods can increase inflammation around deteriorating joints, so to reduce arthritic pain and stiffness; you may want to make some changes to your meals and snacks. Dishes that contain high amounts of sugar can increase arthritis symptoms, so restrict your consumption of sweet treats. If you must satisfy a craving, opt instead for fresh fruit. To facilitate greater joint function, increase your intake of vegetable greens and beans.

    Control Diabetic Complications

    A healthy diet is imperative to proper diabetes management. Without taking the necessary steps to control your blood glucose levels, diabetic complications such as neuropathy and vision loss can quickly develop. To enjoy a healthy life with diabetes, avoid letting your blood glucose levels spike. Keep your diabetes under control by creating a dietary plan that emphasizes wholesome ingredients, including fresh seafood, brown rice, and produce. For instance, if you need a crunchy snack, grab carrot sticks instead of potato chips. When you want a savory meal, make it with whole grain products instead of white potatoes or white rice.

    Lower the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Do you worry about your cognitive health as much as your physical wellness? Then use your eating habits to ward off older age concerns such as Alzheimer’s disease. Research indicates that a diet centered on vegetables, fruits, nuts, seafood, and whole grains can improve your chances against developing this form of dementia.

    If you are dealing with arthritis, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease, Southern Hills Hospital offers healthcare services that can help to control your symptoms. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system can put you in touch with a nurse to discuss your health concerns. You can also call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 880-2100 to make an appointment with a healthcare expert.

  • What Are the Best Foods to Fuel Your Physical Activity?

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    Exercise is fundamental to good health. Did you know, though, that you could weaken your workout efforts without good nutrition? The meal choices you make prior to working out can largely impact how much energy you have while exercising and how well you can accomplish your physical activity goals. When your body is in motion, it relies on carbohydrates to feed its activity. Fresh fruit, including bananas, can provide you with the energy reserves you need to work out at a high level. Grain products, such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread, can also give your body the carb resources it requires during physical activity. In addition to eating the right foods, don’t forget about the right beverages! Prior to exercising, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated throughout your sweat-inducing workout.

    Southern Hills Hospital encourages Las Vegas area residents to make good nutrition a constant part of their lives. To increase healthy diet awareness, our hospital offers regular nutrition classes. To sign up for our next “Lunch & Learn” class , call (702) 880-2100

  • Trans Fats, Added Sugars, and Salt: Why Are They So Bad for You?

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    Physicians, nutritionists, and other healthcare experts often stress the importance of eating a diet that is low in fat, sugar, and salt. Yet many people continue to consume these ingredients, as they don’t understand why they are detrimental to health. Southern Hills Hospital hopes to broaden nutritional awareness among our Las Vegas patients so that they can make informed decisions about their eating habits for their health and that of their families.

    Knowing the Facts

    Salt is a common ingredient in meals both for taste and preservation purposes, but it contains high levels of sodium, a substance that can raise blood pressure levels. High blood pressure weakens the arteries that bring oxygenated blood to cells in the body. Trans fats contain unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol that can collect and accumulate in the bloodstream. In fact, the detrimental effects of trans fats have prompted the FDA to take steps to ban it. Recent studies indicate that excessive sugar consumption can contribute to high cholesterol as well.

    Finding Healthy Substitutes

    Many people find it difficult to eliminate salt, sugar, and trans fats from their diets because they can enhance the taste of their meals. However, many nutritious alternatives can please palates and bolster health. Spices such as garlic, cumin, thyme, basil, oregano, and black pepper can provide a flavorful addition in lieu of salt. Instead of using granulated sugar in meals, opt for unsweetened applesauce or honey. To avoid foods with trans fats, resist purchasing prepackaged baked goods and fast food. Make cookies and French fries at home with olive oil and grapeseed oil.

    Monitoring Your Health Stats

    Even with healthy ingredient substitutes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can present with no obvious symptoms. That is why getting regular screenings for these conditions can help to prevent more serious health conditions in the future. With these at-home and in-office measures, the dangers of salt, sugar, and trans fats can be largely alleviated.

    Healthy eating habits are key for individuals of all ages. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to increase your nutrition, or if you want to set up a blood pressure or cholesterol screening, Southern Hills Hospital can help. Call us at (702) 880-2100 to schedule an appointment at our Las Vegas facility.

  • Tips and Tricks for Managing Your Nutrition

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    Good nutrition is largely a matter of excellent preparation. When you plan your meal and snack options, you can avoid the unhealthy food choices that often sabotage a wholesome diet. For instance, if you have little time to make nutritious dinners for your family during the workweek, use your weekends to prep your meals. Take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to cook and freeze your dinners so that come Monday night, you’re not calling for a pizza delivery or Chinese takeout. Keep in mind how tempting the vending machine at work can be when a food craving calls. To avoid eating high-calorie and high-fat candy bars or potato chips, take healthy snacks with you to work. A small bag of nuts or container of fresh fruit makes a nutritious snack alternative when hunger hits.

    Looking for more healthy eating suggestions? Then sign up for the Health to You program at Southern Hills Hospital. To start your H2U subscription, call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 880-2100.

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


    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 www.SunriseHealthInfo.com .

    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.

  • How to Avoid Long Waits In the ER

    You go to the ER when you have a pressing health problem, but depending on the hospital, you might have to wait close to an hour to get medical attention. This video reports on how you can get the swift professional care you need.

    To bring greater awareness of the ER wait time problem across the United States, the organization ProPublica has created an application that you can use to check on average emergency room wait times anywhere in the nation. So before an accident or illness occurs that necessitates ER help, you can determine ahead of time which hospital you should use.

    Southern Hills Hospital is happy to provide our patients with up-to-the-minute ER wait times on our website. For more information about the services that our Las Vegas hospital offers, call (702) 880-2100.

  • What Are the Leading Causes of Visits to the ER Among the Elderly?

    The elderly often must contend with serious health conditions that young adults rarely experience. These medical crises frequently necessitate  emergency room care  for millions of senior citizens each year. Southern Hills Hospital encourages senior residents of the greater Las Vegas region to take the necessary precautionary measures to avoid the situations that most often lead to ER visits. In the event that an injury or illness demands emergency room attention, our emergency department offers capable care that caters to the needs of our elderly patients.

    Nurse with male patient in UK Accident and Emergency

    Upper Respiratory Infections

    Upper respiratory infections frequently are the cause for senior trips to the ER . Pneumonia in particular can lead to serious health complications in seniors. The immune system can deteriorate with age, which can make it more difficult for a senior to successfully ward off the infection that causes pneumonia. Seniors who get pneumonia might also have existing medical conditions that complicate efforts to overcome their infection.


    Age often plays a role in cardiovascular health. A lifetime of eating high-cholesterol foods, avoiding physical activity, and overlooking early risk factors can make seniors more susceptible to the effects of heart disease. When the arteries become weak from years of high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, the chance of suffering a blood clot to the brain or a blood vessel rupture inside it increases. As a result, seniors may need emergency room care for stroke events more frequently than young adults.


    Emergency room specialists often see seniors enter their facilities because of falls. With age, a person may become less stable when in motion. A lack of exercise can weaken muscles. Osteoporosis can debilitate bones. Cataracts and glaucoma can impair vision. These are some of the factors that can lead to an accidental fall that demands emergency room care.

    Southern Hills Hospital offers comprehensive emergency room care that addresses the special needs of our senior patients. Call (702) 880-2100 to speak with an associate about the specialized services that our hospital provides the elderly residents of Las Vegas. Our iTriage Symptom Checker can help families alert our staff to impending ER visits as well.