More than 30 Southern Nevada hospitals and medical centers offer high-quality care from physicians and medical professionals. New hospital development over the past several years has afforded health care centers the opportunity to incorporate the latest technology into their facilities. While finding health care providers in a new city can feel overwhelming, the following information was designed to help ease the burden for new residents.
Finding a Doctor
There are several ways to find a doctor who fits the needs of you and your family. Consider the following points when looking for physicians:
- Check your health plan. If your employer offers health insurance, visit your company’s human resources office. Most members of health plans must choose physicians within their plan.
- Family, friends and co-workers are a good resource for finding a physician. Ask what people like best and least about their doctors.
- Determine how important location is to you. Also, evaluate if gender and age are an important consideration.
When searching for a physician, make sure the doctor is board certified. All U.S. board-certified physicians are listed with the American Board of Medical Specialties. Visit abms.org or call 866.272.2267. The American Medical Association provides information about U.S. licensed physicians at ama-assn.org.
Research potential doctors through the State of Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, at medboard.nv.gov. This site can help you verify that a medical doctor, physician assistant, or practitioner of respiratory care has a state medical license.
For additional information, you can call the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners at 888.890.8210 (toll-free from within the state of Nevada) and press “0.”
Nevada State Medical Association
Clark County Medical Society
Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association
Staying Healthy in a Desert Climate
You may have heard that it’s a “dry heat” in Las Vegas, and with that comes relief from humidity, but also some additional factors to take into consideration during the peak summer months of April-August.
Dehydration in a desert climate can be a serious concern. In humid climates, perspiration stays on the skin. In the desert, perspiration evaporates from skin almost immediately, leaving a person with no indication of how much salt and water has been lost. You may not even feel thirsty, but you can’t always rely on thirst as an indicator of fluid loss.
When outdoors, consume at least three to four quarts of fluid per day, preferably water. When engaging in physical activity, increase fluid intake to four to six quarts. Be aware that sodas, coffee, tea, and alcohol can contribute to dehydration, so drink these beverages in moderation.
If you become light-headed, the Clark County Health District recommends stopping all activity and moving to a cool or shaded area immediately. Should dehydration set in, soaking in a tub of tepid water and drink plenty of fluids, especially sports drinks, which will replace electrolytes.
In addition to dehydration, people living in desert climates may experience swelling of the feet and ankles, usually after prolonged periods of walking or sitting. Elevating the legs may bring some relief. Later, as you become acclimated to the climate, the swelling will most likely disappear altogether.
Many people assume they are escaping allergens when they move to a desert climate. However, many residential and commercial areas of the city have been heavily landscaped, often with plants and trees not indigenous to the desert environment. As such, some people find their allergies follow them to the desert. If you’re prone to these types of problems, consult your physician and take great care in selecting the plants and trees you use around your home.
Avoid the Sun
Minimize your sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun is highest in the sky. Seek shade whenever possible and reapply sun block every 90 minutes, or immediately after swimming. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun (this includes in cars). Be sure your pets are also protected against the sun, and have plenty of water and shade, and are not left in cars.
Keeping Children Healthy
Teach children how to live in Las Vegas’ unique climate. A well-balanced diet is a simple way to keep your kids healthy. Encourage them to eat fruits and vegetables and make the food pyramid a regular part of your meal planning. Encourage your children to drink plenty of water. Kids of all ages should be aware of the risks associated with living in the desert climate and should know that fluids are the key to staying hydrated.
Keep children out of the direct sun during the hottest parts of the day to avoid overheating. Make sunscreen application part of your child’s everyday routine. Nevada sunburns can be extremely dangerous, but they can be avoided by applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
Avoid strenuous exercises during the hottest part of the day (between noon and 4:00 p.m.) and stay in areas that are cool, well-ventilated, or air-conditioned. Outside playtime should be reserved for the cooler morning or evening hours. Visit the dentist every six months to support good oral hygiene. Teach proper brushing, flossing and fluoride rinse techniques.
Some of the finest and most advanced medical centers are members of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and are located throughout the Valley, so you can get the attention you or your family member needs without having to drive long distances.
Boulder City Hospital
901 Adams Blvd. Boulder City, NV 89005
Centennial Hills Hospital
6900 N. Durango Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89149
Desert Springs Hospital
2075 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89119
1050 W. Galleria Dr. Henderson, NV 89011
3100 N. Tenaya Way Las Vegas, NV 89128
Nevada Health Centers
Multiple locations throughout the Valley
North Vista Hospital
1401 E. Lake Mead Blvd. North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center
9300 W. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89148
Spring Valley Hospital & Medical Center
5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118
St. Rose Dominican Hospital Rose de Lima Campus
102 E. Lake Mead Dr. Henderson, NV 89015
St. Rose Dominican Hospital San Martín Campus
8280 W. Warm Springs Rd. Las Vegas NV 89113
St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus
3001 St. Rose Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89052
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
653-657 Town Center Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89134
Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Sunrise Children’s Hospital
3186 South Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89109
University Medical Center (UMC)
1800 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102
V.A. Southern Nevada Healthcare System
6900 N. Pecos Rd. North Las Vegas, NV 89086
Valley Hospital Medical Center
620 Shadow Lane Las Vegas, NV 89106