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Rankings Released on Las Vegas Hospitals

LAS VEGAS -- New Medicare hospital rankings are out and Las Vegas finds itself missing nearly every nationwide average for patient care. After a year of patient surveys, the federal Health and Human Services Department made public their findings.

It's eye opening to see what problems patients pick out in local hospitals, from how attentive nurses are to the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Saint Rose - Sienna Hospital in Henderson leads the pack as the best local hospital.

"We ask our staff to do hourly rounding where we check on a patient every hour; some of the advantages to this are patients shouldn't have to use a call light," said VP and COO Teressa Conley, St. Rose Sienna Hospital.

Saint Rose Sienna Hospital was one of only two hospitals in the Las Vegas area that beat nationwide averages for patient care.

New Henderson Health Clinic Focuses on Nerve Pain

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is a hot spot of people suffering from nerve damage and that has enticed one doctor to open a new clinic in Henderson.

Dr. Tim Tollestrup of the new Neuropax Clinic is tackling diabetes and carpal tunnel syndrome. He says there is a nerve damage problem unique to Las Vegas. It involves casino blackjack dealers who are injured from the repeated motion of dealing up to a 700 hands an hour. Casino dealers are just one group of people facing repetitive nerve pain. He also points out Las Vegas retirees who make up a larger than national average number of diabetes cases. Shirley Clucas describes the debilitating pain she faced.

"A sharp pain just like a knife going through your foot and ankle. It would happen in the night several times," said Shirley Clucas, a diabetic patient.

Allergy Sufferers Find Relief in Shot Therapy

LAS VEGAS -- The windy weather is making allergy sufferers miserable as it blows pollen around the valley. Instead of enjoying the warm weather, allergy sufferers are sneezing, itching their eyes and battling fatigue.

There's relief and not just in form of pills. More people are opting for allergy shots. One local specialist says allergy shots are becoming more popular. Life is much different for Shawn Vogann than it was just a few years ago. His asthma and allergies were so bad he'd wind up in the hospital five or six times a year.

"You can't breathe. You can't get enough air in and flu like symptoms sometimes," said Vogann.

A windy day would force Vogann to stay indoors hiding from the pollen in the air. That misery continued until he started getting allergy shots. He then began to notice a difference in a matter of weeks.

Operation Medicine Cabinet to Collect Unused Prescriptions

LAS VEGAS -- In an effort to curb prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse, there will be a  one-day event to dispose of all old or unused medications that may be in your home.

Operation Medicine Cabinet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20th at the Las Vegas Sports Center, 121 E. Sunset Road, which is at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sunset Road. People are encouraged to drop off unused or old prescriptions as well as over-the-counter medication. No questions will be asked.

Click here for information on how to properly dispose of drugs.

"Our goal is to ensure that unwanted medications don't end up in the wrong hands," said Sgt. Paul McCollough, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Narcotics Division.