• Las Vegas Hot Air Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

    2012 Las Vegas Balloon Festival

    The “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue” Las Vegas Balloon Festival will be held this Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The events are free to attend unless noted, open to the public, weather-dependent and subject to change.

    Several hot air balloon companies will participate in balloon launches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and a Saturday evening “Glow.” Balloon rides will be available to the public daily (cost is $250/person; registration is onsite and space is limited).

    Community vendors and other balloon activities will be available at various dates and times with a health fair on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Festival proceeds from the balloon rides benefit “Friends of Metro Search and Rescue,” an organization of paid and non-paid professionals dedicated to saving lives through rescue, emergency medicine, and safety education.

    The Saturday afternoon health fair will also include free blood pressure checks, no cost flu and Tee-Dap vaccines for those over six months, on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, you’ll be able to check out the new operating rooms of the future, carnival rides and much more! Admission is free. The event benefits Friends of Metro Search and Rescue. For details, visit Southern Hills Hospital online, or check out this great CBS 8 video! See you there!

    (via Southern Hills Hospital’s blog )

  • Tips for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

    With Halloween approaching, it is a good time to take a look at your family’s health and be aware of some of the seasonal illnesses that can ruin your festivities this time of year. Using a few simple steps for extra safety this Halloween can help your family enjoy the holiday without requiring a trip to the emergency room. Here are some guidelines to help you promote good health this holiday season:


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    Offer healthy alternatives to candy: Kids look forward to Halloween because they know it means that there will be plenty of candy to enjoy after attending parties or trick-or-treating. However, it is important to keep candy consumption limited so that kids maintain good nutrition through the holiday. Offer some candy, but make sure there are healthy snacks available throughout your festivities to supplement nutritional value.

    Supervise trick-or-treaters: When your kids want to go trick-or-treating, make sure that you are there to watch them and keep them safe on their journey through the neighborhood. You might also have a designated parent or babysitter supervise kids while they are out on Halloween night. This supervision is important, because adults are more aware of surroundings and potential dangers like traffic and other travel hazards.

    Inspect children’s costumes for safety: Before your child leaves the house in costume, you should make sure that his or her costume does not pose any potential hazards. Any swords or knives should be made from flexible rubber, and makeup should be spot tested before application to ensure that it is not irritating to your child’s skin. Use reflective tape on your child’s costume if he or she will be trick-or-treating, and make sure your child has warm clothing to keep covered so that he or she doesn’t come home with a cold.

    For more tips to ensure a safe Halloween and emergency care for holiday accidents, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas by visiting our website or calling (702) 731-5437. You can also use our iTriage Symptom Checker App to determine what type of care is needed when accidents and illnesses do arise

  • More Tips on Breast Cancer

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers breastfeeding classes along with help preparing for childbirth and the early stages of your child’s life through our Labor & Delivery Unit. Explore all of our services and learn how we can be a part of your pregnancy by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.

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    – See how your reproductive history plays a role in your breast cancer risk at Cancer.gov.

    – Check out ACOG.org to get a look at how to perform a breast self-exam.

    – MedlinePlus offers this interactive guide to breast lump biopsies so you can prepare for your procedure.

    – Visit BreastCancer.org to learn about genetic counseling before breast cancer surgery.

    – Read the stories of women who have struggled with breast cancer during pregnancy at Cancer.org.

  • Helping Your Child Get Through an Asthma Attack

    Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions among children, and it is important to know how to respond to an asthma attack when your child has one. If a fast-acting inhaler is not available, there are some ways to help your child to return to steady breathing, such as belly breathing, which is discussed in this video. In this demonstration, you can see the proper method for belly breathing to relax and promote proper respiration in a child with asthma.

    For more tips on respiratory health for children and emergency care for asthma, visit Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. Contact us for a complete look at our services by calling (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.

  • Find More Information To Help Your Child Grow Up Strong And Healthy

    If you are concerned about holiday health and safety, Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers helpful services to keep your family well through all seasons. Learn about how we can help you manage your family’s health by visiting us online, calling (702) 731-5437, or using our interactive patient services, such as H2U classes and our iTriage Symptom Checker App for your phone.

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    – The American Diabetes Association offers information on the carbohydrate content of popular varieties of Halloween candy .

    – See some strategies for creating a safe trick-or-treating outing at CDC.gov.

    – WomensHealth.gov can help you understand the health benefits of breastfeeding .

    – Learn about the nutritional guidelines for infants at USDA.gov.

    – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you understand breast cancer with this helpful guide.

  • Breastfeeding: Best for Mom and Baby

    When you are pregnant, it is important to decide how you will choose to feed your newborn. Your doctor will probably recommend breastfeeding over the use of formula. This is because there are many health benefits that breastfeeding offers, and these simply cannot be replaced using prepared formula. Breastfeeding not only provides your baby with complete nutrition, but it has health benefits for you too.

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    Why your baby prefers breast milk

    One of the most amazing qualities of breast milk is its changing nutritional content. Hormones in your body will change the contents of your breast milk, so it evolves to meet the changing nutritional needs of your growing child. Babies who are breastfed for at least the first year of life have greater immune health during and beyond infancy, they are less likely to become obese later in life, and they have a lower risk for common childhood illnesses and infections. Plus, the act of breastfeeding requires closeness and bonding for you and your baby, and this is important for sound mental development.

    How breastfeeding improves your health

    According to the National Cancer Institute, women who breastfeed have a lower risk for breast cancer later in life. When you breastfeed for a longer period of time, the risk for hormone receptor positive and negative cancers continues to go down. There are immediate health benefits to breastfeeding as well, and these include reduced post-pregnancy weight, lower risk of postpartum depression, and lower cost for feeding your child. Breastfeeding is completely free financially speaking, it burns calories, and it helps you build a strong sense of closeness with your newborn baby.

    At Sunrise Children’s Hospital , we offer breastfeeding classes along with help preparing for childbirth and the early stages of your child’s life through our Labor & Delivery Unit. Explore all of our services and learn how we can be a part of your pregnancy by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.

  • Breast Cancer Treatment Options

    A breast cancer diagnosis can be tough for you and your family to face, especially if you are not familiar with the treatment options that may help in your fight against this disease. After your initial diagnosis, your oncologist will discuss all available treatment options with you to customize a plan that is best fit for your condition. Some of the therapies that may be included in your treatment are discussed in further detail below.

    • Surgery: There are several types of surgery that may be utilized in breast cancer treatment. If the cancer has not spread and is isolated to a small section of the breast, a surgery called lumpectomy can be performed to remove only the cancerous tissue and some of the breast tissue around it. Cancer in later stages may require mastectomy, which is the removal of the entire breast and, in some cases, the lymph nodes.

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    • Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams of light to shrink and eventually eliminate cancer cells. When used for breast cancer, radiation therapy can be external or internal, depending on the needs of the patient. If a lumpectomy has been performed, internal radiation therapy may take place through a special tool that is placed in the cavity of the breast. External radiation is typically a better option for women who are not having surgery.
    • Medication: Chemotherapy is the most common type of medication used in cancer treatment. It can be taken orally or intravenously, and it is designed to eradicate rapidly growing cells such as cancer cells. Hormonal therapy is another method using medication, and it is specifically designed for breast cancer treatment. Most breast cancers are estrogen sensitive, and hormone therapy can treat these by blocking estrogen in the body.

    If you are facing a breast cancer diagnosis, you can explore all your treatment options with the HCA Hospitals in the Las Vegas area. Sunrise Children’s Hospital can offer support for you and your family as you work through your treatment, so contact us today on our website or at (702) 731-5437.

  • Why Choose Sunrise Children’s Hospital for Your Child’s Healthcare

    When your child needs emergency care for an illness or injury, choosing a pediatric emergency center can help you provide your child with the best possible care to get better quickly. As you can see in this video, Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas has the largest pediatric emergency room in the area, and we are always there for your family. We offer the care you would drive hours to get in a convenient location just minutes from your home.

    Get a look at all the services offered by Sunrise Children’s Hospital and other HCA Hospitals in the Las Vegas area by calling (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website. We are committed to offering superior healthcare services and health education to improve our whole community.

  • What Expectant Mothers Should Know if They Are Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

    A common misconception about breast cancer is that it only affects older women over the age of 50. While this age group is the one most affected by breast cancer, it is possible for younger women to be diagnosed with this disease. One of the most troubling times when this diagnosis can arise is during pregnancy; this type of diagnosis is rare, but it does happen in about one in 3,000 pregnancies according to the American Cancer Society. Here are some important facts to help you cope with breast cancer if you have been diagnosed during your pregnancy:

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    • Treatment will vary depending on the trimester: Breast cancer diagnosed early on in pregnancy will typically be treated with mastectomy, which is the total removal of the breast. This treatment is preferred because it does not require radiation follow-up as lumpectomy does. Later in pregnancy, carefully selected chemotherapy drugs may be used for treatment. These drugs are not safe at the earliest stages of pregnancy, but they have been proven safe for use during the second and third trimesters. Cancer diagnosed later in the third trimester may not be treated until after labor is induced so there is no risk to the baby during treatment.
    • Breastfeeding may still be possible: If chemotherapy is not currently being used and the breasts are still able to produce milk, there is no reason that you cannot breastfeed your baby. Of course, it is still important to discuss this with your doctor before you begin breastfeeding.
    • The odds are in your favor: In previous cases where mothers have been diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy, babies have been born healthy and happy to mothers overcoming the disease. Treatment will be designed specifically for your needs as an expectant mother, and your baby’s health will remain a priority throughout your cancer care.

    For complete, personalized care to help you carry out a full-term pregnancy after a cancer diagnosis, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437. As part of the HCA Health System, we are connected to a vast network of the finest physicians and treatment technologies, so we can deliver the comprehensive care you need in this tough situation.

  • The Breast Center at Sunrise, Southern Hills Hospital and Red Rock Radiology at MountainView Hospital Offer $75 Digital Screening Mammograms

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    With approximately one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, it is likely that we all know someone affected by this disease. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a month dedicated to educating women about breast cancer and the importance of routine breast health checkups. The best way to reduce the risk is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a healthcare professional and monthly self breast exams.

    To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Breast Center at Sunrise, Southern Hills Hospital and Red Rock Radiology at MountainView Hospital are offering $75 digital screening mammograms for women who may be uninsured or underinsured. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your annual mammogram. This special program is available now through October 31, 2012. Program participants must be at least 40 years old. If you have insurance, check with your provider. You may find out that your mammogram is fully covered.

    To schedule your annual mammogram or take advantage of the special $75 screening mammogram program, call the location nearest you:

    The Breast Center at Sunrise
    3006 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite 250
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    1-855-445-2246, option 1

    Southern Hills Hospital
    9300 W. Sunset Road
    Las Vegas, NV  89148

    Red Rock Radiology
    7130 Smoke Ranch Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89128