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Cancer Treatment Comes Back to UMC

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Cancer Institute and University Medical Center have joined forces to open up brand new state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility.

The 13,000 square foot facility will resume the cancer treatments that were suspended in 2008 due to budget cuts. That's mostly outpatient chemotherapy.

But with the new facility, new services such as radiation therapy are slated to begin in 2011. The facility will also serve as a training ground for residents in doing their oncology rotations.

When it comes to the patients, the director of the Nevada Cancer Institute, Dr. Jack Ruckdeschel, says the facility is now totally integrated.

"Patients, when they come here, again, totally transparent to them they go from our facility and our physicians. They go to UMC for x-rays and blood tests and they go back over here and back and forth and to the patient, they're just in one facility," he said.

Eggs Sold in Nevada Added to Recall List

CARSON CITY, Nev.  -- Eggs sold to a speciality market with stores in California and Nevada are being added to a nationwide recall.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said Wright County Egg has added eggs packaged under the Cardenas Markets label to the recall because of potential Salmonella contamination.

Cardenas Markets has stores in California and Las Vegas. Officials say the eggs were packaged in 60-egg cases. They add that Cardenas was notified at the time the voluntary recall was issued Aug. 13, and any eggs in stores or in distribution at that time has been quarantined, returned or destroyed. 

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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.

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.

Officials Urge Back to School Shots Earlier Rather than Later

LAS VEGAS -- With all of Clark County's schools going to a nine-month calendar this year, local health officials are urging parents to get their children's immunizations now and avoid long lines later.

There are more low-cost options than ever for getting those required back to school shots. A number of vaccinations are required for pre-schoolers, middle-schoolers and even college students who plan to live in the dorms.

Back to School Immunization Clinics and Info.

"Families come to the Boys and Girls Club because they trust us," said Jim Richards, Boys and Girls Club president.

"So when we offer things like immunization clinics they come because they don't feel there is some ulterior motive for getting them in the door."

Free Health Clinic Proposed in West Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS  -- "We're in a crisis. The people of Nevada and Las Vegas are crying out," said Dr. Florence Jameson.

Jameson, a long-time practicing OBGYN in Las Vegas, believes the answer to this call for help is in volunteerism. That's why she founded Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. It is a network of local doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who opened their first free health clinic for the uninsured at Tropicana and Pecos in January. "We knew there was a need, but that need is immense," Dr. Jameson said.

The demand is so immense, the group is already planning to open a second, larger clinic in West Las Vegas. Dr. Jameson believes the new clinic could handle as many as 30,000 patients a year. It is located near a residential neighborhood at MLK and Madison.

Court Victory Bittersweet for Hepatitis C Victim

LAS VEGAS -- The battle is far from over for Henry Chanin and his wife, Lorraine.

Even though the couple was awarded $505 million in the valley's first hepatitis C civil lawsuit, it could be years before they see a penny. They say the case was never about money.

Chanin is a man who likes to keep to himself so being part of a largely publicized trial was not easy for him. He is relieved it is over. For him, the case was never about lining his pockets, he wanted to make sure the drug companies changed their ways to prevent others from contracting a dangerous disease.

For the past four years, Chanin and his wife, Lorraine have lived a life of precaution.

"It was really frightening to come home unannounced one day and see her changing the sheets on our bed wearing gloves because I had a rash and I had been bleeding," Chanin said.