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New technology available at St. Rose de Lima campus

New technology available at St. Rose de Lima campus

New medical technology unique to southern Nevada is helping paralyzed patients become independent and mobile again.

The three new pieces of robotic equipment are exclusive to the St. Rose de Lima campus in Henderson.  The state-of-the-art tools can improve the lives of those who use them, in part, by allowing people to stay in the valley to receive treatment.

"In the United States, there are only about 100 of these machines and in the world no more than 200. So, we have the newest, the best technology available in the United States right now," Dr. Tony Chin, with St. Rose Impatient Rehabilitation Facility, said.

That technology includes a robotic arm that helps patients achieve better mobility.

The purchase of the equipment is the first step to a large expansion of St. Rose's inpatient rehabilitation facility, which will be finished by January 1.

New Hours for Two Public Health Clinics

New Hours for Two Public Health Clinics

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering new hours at two public health centers, beginning in March.

The East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd. and the Henderson Public Health Center, 520 E. Lake Mead Pkwy. will both offer nursing services, immunization clinics and food handler safety training card processing from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

People seeking nursing, family planning or immunization services should arrive by 4:30 p.m. People seeking help for the food handling cards should arrive by 5:15 p.m.

The other public health clinics, including the main offices on Valley View Boulevard and the offices in North Las Vegas, open at 8 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on services, locations and hours for SNHD, go to snhd.info

Valley Health Promising Hospital at Henderson Site

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- Officials say an anchor tenant has committed to building a centerpiece hospital in a proposed health village being planned on a 170-acre former gravel pit in Henderson.

Valley Health System says it'll build its fifth Las Vegas-area acute care hospital on a 38.5-acre site at the northeast corner of the U.S. 95 freeway and Galleria Drive.

The overall site is currently vacant. Project designers call it Union Village.

They've told the Henderson City Council they're planning a first-of-its-kind integrated health village including a retail center, residential apartments, a senior care center and a cultural facility.

Costs have been put at more than $1.5 billion. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and take up to six years to complete.

Valley Health is a subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc.

City of Henderson Offering Life-Saving Device Loan Program

City of Henderson Offering Life-Saving Device Loan Program

The city of Henderson has created a loan program for a life-saving device for people using city parks and facilities for events.

The city will loan out automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, at no cost to organizers of gatherings and sporting events that use city facilities.

An AED is a portable electronic device that can detect cardiac arrest and deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

The city decided to launch the program after three mothers approached them with the idea. The women had started an organization known as Adam's Heart after one of their sons suffered sudden cardiac arrest during a soccer game.

An event organizer or coach can request the device when reserving the city facility at least three weeks before the event. Users must be 18 years and older and must finish a 30-minute training class.  

City of Henderson Offers Lighten Up Challenge

City of Henderson Offers Lighten Up Challenge

The city of Henderson is again hosting its Lighten Up Henderson weight loss challenge, starting in January.

The idea is to get residents to lose weight and get fit in the new year. People can sign up and weigh in at most of the city's recreation centers from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17.

Those who are part of the challenge can work out at any of the city's recreation fitness room. Memberships are $15 per month for unlimited access. There is also a buy-three-months-get-one-month-free offer, which is valid through Jan. 31.

To help people stay on track for their weight loss goals, individuals can provide weight loss updates to win incentive prizes. Prizes will be awarded for people who lose the most weight based on age and gender.

Participating centers:

Henderson and UNLV Partner to Eliminate Lead-Based Paint

Henderson and UNLV Partner to Eliminate Lead-Based Paint

UNLV and the city of Henderson announced partnership to rid homes of dangerous lead-based paint.

The city and the university have received a $2.3 million grant from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The school's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is working with the city's Neighborhood Services Division to find and eliminate lead-based paint from houses.

The grant will allow the team to address lead hazards in 80 homes and conduct assessments in another 50 homes over a three-year period.

The program is free to Henderson residents, both homeowners and renters, who meet the following criteria:

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations: