Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Congresswoman Susie Lee visited Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center Tuesday to meet with residents, and discuss mental health services in Nevada. Lee represents Nevada's third congressional district in the House of Representatives, Southern Hills Hospital falls within her District.
"We are honored that Congresswoman Lee spent her morning with us at Southern Hills Hospital," said Alexis Mussi, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Hills Hospital. "It is important for us to show her the quality of care that we provide in her district and for us to work together on legislative opportunities to further advance healthcare in our community."
Congresswoman Lee's first stop was to meet with residents from Southern Hills Hospital. The GME program is a part of Sunrise Health GME consortium, which also includes Mountainview Hospital. Congresswoman Lee expressed concern about the physician shortage in Nevada, and asked residents what drew them to Las Vegas.
"I was motivated to come to Las Vegas after learning about the primary care provider shortage," Chief resident Dr. Kristina Laguerre told the congresswoman.
Residents also discussed challenges including, prior authorization and student loans.
"It was a great opportunity for our residents to voice their opinions to Congresswoman Lee," Administrative Director of GME at Southern Hills Hospital Pam Livingston said. "We believe our residency programs are a vital part of shaping Nevada's future doctors and the future of healthcare, and we're thankful to have been able to show that to the congresswoman."
Following Congresswoman Lee's meeting with residents, she hosted a community mental health roundtable. About 30 people from various organizations including Southern Hills Hospital's behavioral health unit the Pavilion, UNLV, and local lawmakers, came together to discuss challenges for mental healthcare providers. Topics discussed included Medicaid reimbursements, difficulty for providers getting licensure, and inadequate networks. Attendees also talked about how new technology including telehealth, could improve patient access across Nevada.
One way Southern Hills Hospital is addressing mental health concerns is through our behavioral the Pavilion. This 80 bed state of the art unit which opened in February 2019, treats a variety of mental illnesses for ages 11 and older.
Following the community discussion, Congresswoman Lee and county commissioner Justin Jones received a tour of the Pavilion.
"It was great that after discussing the topic of mental health, we were actually able to show the congresswoman what mental healthcare looks like," said Jennifer Riedel Vice President of Behavioral Health at the Pavilion. "Southern Hills Hospital has seen the need for more mental healthcare access, which is a huge reason we opened the Pavilion. We're thankful the congresswoman expressed interest in helping us further our mission to provide mental health services to our community."
Find out more information on our behavioral health unit, The Pavilion.
Congresswoman Lee meets with Southern Hills Residents.
Congresswoman Lee hosts community discussion on mental health.