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Free Health Screenings Offered at Open House

LAS VEGAS -- Mountain View Hospital's Health To You (H2U) program will be holding an open house and offering free health screenings.

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.

MountainView Hospital Announces $34 Million Expansion

LAS VEGAS -- MountainView Hospital has announced a $34 million expansion and renovation. The project will begin in early 2011.

The expansion will expand the emergency room to add 20 more beds, a brand new triage area to help patients be quickly assessed, a new ambulance entrance, and new equipment. A renovation will be also made to the 72-bed surgical unit.

"Despite difficult economic times and increased competition, we are committed to meeting the needs of our community and will continue to innovate and grow. Through this expansion we will be able to provide additional space, services and technology to care for our patients," said CEO Will Wagnon, MountainView Hospital.

First Lady Promotes Healthy Lifestyles in Nevada

LAS VEGAS --  First Lady Michelle Obama promoted healthy lifestyles among women and children Tuesday in Nevada and tried to help breathe life into the re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling him "one of my favorite people in the world."

"Over the years, he has been a tireless advocate on behalf of women," Obama told about 1,600 people in a keynote address to a women's summit in a downtown Reno convention hall.

The Nevada Democrat, facing trouble in the polls in his bid for a fifth term in November, has been a leader on such things as health care reform for women, protection from domestic violence and equal pay for equal work, she said.

Obama then headed south to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas to talk with children and support the "Let's Move Outside" initiative, urging outdoor activity with children.

Hep C Victims Watched Court Case Closely

LAS VEGAS -- Michael Washington watched last week's hepatitis C jury verdict with great interest. In 2007, he was the first hepatitis patient genetically linked to Doctor Dipak Desai's endoscopy clinic.

For three years in a row, Washington's court date to hold somebody liable for the virus he contracted has been pushed back. He's glad Henry Chanin has justice, but wonders if he'll still be around to ever have justice of his own.

Washington's retirement years are one long struggle with the seemingly unstoppable health decline of hepatitis C. Washington was one of several patients who contracted hepatitis C from the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada in 2007. Investigators say syringes were re-used by Doctor Desai's staff.

A jury awarded hepatitis C patient Henry Chanin $500 million from drug companies Teva and Baxter Pharmaceuticals, a verdict Washington's attorney Ed Bernstein followed closely.

I-Team: Commission Considers Board to Oversee UMC

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County commissioners took another step Wednesday to transform University Medical Center into a full-fledged teaching hospital. But once again, commissioners took no action to relinquish any oversight of hospital operations.

Commissioners talked about a proposal to appoint an operating board to oversee UMC -- a group of professionals with hospital, medical and business expertise.

Commissioners took no action, expressing their reluctance to give up control.

Currently the commissioners serve as the UMC board of trustees and some critics suggest politicians should not be running the hospital.

The trustees considered a proposal to appoint an 11 member advisory board made up of insurance providers, medical professionals and labor, just to name a few. As proposed, the board would oversee the hospital's budget, planning and policy decisions, all subject to commission approval.

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.