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UMC Faces Difficult Future

LAS VEGAS -- University Medical Center is at a crossroads, switching leaders at a time it faces a financial crisis to stay open. Hospital CEO Kathy Silver is retiring July 1 and one of her last tasks will be to figure out how Las Vegas will be affected if UMC closed.

UMC has southern Nevada's only level 1 trauma center. With the county's public hospital giving $246 million in care to those who can't afford to pay for it, finances are at a breaking point. UMC is also facing challenges with the new health care law and Medicaid funding.

"We've also got to face up to something called value based purchasing which is something that is going to give us a score based on the quality of service we provide and patient satisfaction. That is going to affect our reimbursement rate," said UMC COO Brian Brannman.

No-Cost Medical Services Available for Needy This Weekend

No-Cost Medical Services Available for Needy This Weekend

Free medical services will be available this weekend for those in need.

United Citizens Foundation (UCF) will hold a free health fair Saturday afternoon for the uninsured and needy families in Southern Nevada. The fair will be held at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Boulevard North, from 10 am to 6 pm.

The health fair will offer individuals and families the following medical services: blood pressure screenings; blood sugar screenings; vision screenings; skin lesion screenings; pediatric and vaccine services; breast cancer screenings and more. Free hygiene packs will be given out each hour.

Participants are encouraged to bring their old pill bottles for new prescriptions offering limited refills. No medication will be given at the fair, only refill prescriptions.

Health Fair Planned for Needy Families

Health Fair Planned for Needy Families

Las Vegas -- Families in need will get a chance to get critical health screenings this weekend. United Citizens Foundation is holding a free health fair for uninsured and needy families in Southern Nevada. The fair will be Saturday, May 7th at Cashman Center from 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening. Families will be able to get Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Vision Screenings. There will also be vaccine services and breast cancer screenings. Free hygiene packs will be given out each hour.

People will also get a chance to get a prescription refill. Medications will not be given out at the event, but you will be able to bring in old prescriptions to get a refill prescription. No narcotics will be prescribed. 

Parents get Phone Calls About Vaccinations

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to protecting  children from vaccine preventable diseases. It's hoped a new statewide safeguard might help parents remember to get their children immunized.

It's called "Reminder Recall" and it is an automated phone call that let's you know it's time for your child to get vaccinated.

There is also an immunization festival Saturday. The Southern Nevada Health District hopes these kind of things will get parents focused on the importance of vaccinations.

"They have a new system in Nevada called Web IZ, where doctors offices, when they get the vaccine, have to enter all this data in the computer and the health department can access it and see what vaccines they're missing and they call and say just so you know, your child is behind on some vaccines," said Dr. Laura Widenfeld, Sunshine Valley pediatrician.

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and its parent organization Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains are joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada will offer $10 STD testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia and $10 Rapid HIV testing at its health centers Tuesday and Friday. Local centers are:

Las Vegas

3300 E Flamingo Rd, #25

3220 W Charleston Blvd.

North Las Vegas

3940 Martin L.

Las Vegas Council Approves Sale of Land for Health Clinic

LAS VEGAS -- Construction is slated to start next month on a low-income health clinic that could create 80 jobs.

The Las Vegas City Council has approved the sale of a 2-acre site to Nevada Health Centers Inc. The 30,000-square-foot facility will feature a family practice, pediatric care and obstetrics/gynecological services.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Las Vegas Shriners Host Informational Reception and Celebration on April 9

After 85 years working to support the children of Southern Nevada, the Zelzah Shiners of Las Vegas invite community members to celebrate the life-changing work of Shriners Hospital for Children and the efforts of local Shriners at an informational reception and Western themed BBQ on Saturday, April 9. The Zelzah Shriners and representatives from the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Los Angeles will familiarize the community with the healthcare services offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children to hundreds of children in Southern Nevada.