Specialty Hospital Edges Out Competition On Matters Of Safety

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Horizon receives SHARP re-certification

In light of recent headlines depicting improper procedures in outpatient and specialty medical centers such as reusing needles in order to cut costs, Horizon Specialty Hospital took a firm stance on safety by earning Nevada's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program through OSHA's (SHARP) re-certification this past Tuesday, April 14th.

"We have a commitment to our patients and staff that their wellbeing comes first, and we will continue to fulfill this obligation by exploring every option that allows us to augment our health and safety programs," said Frank Bellinger, CEO of Horizon. "We're thrilled to have received the SHARP re-certification. It was an enlightening process and truly exciting to see the results of everyone's hard work and dedication."

The SHARP certification provides public recognition for employers with model safety and health programs and awards them by granting a two-year exemption from OSHA's general scheduled inspections.

The process starts with a comprehensive consultation visit during which the project manager identifies potential hazards, assesses the adequacy of any written safety and health programs and assesses the effectiveness of the employer's program management and assists the employer in identifying and correcting the root causes of any hazards found during the consultation visits.

During the year following the consultation, additional training and assistance is made available in order to help the company meet all safety and health requirements. A second visit is then conducted to verify the achievement of all safety and health elements required under the program. If these requirements are met, the company is recommended to receive the SHARP certification.

To date, Horizon is the only Long Term Acute Care hospital in the state of Nevada to receive SHARP certification.

About Horizon Specialty Hospital
Horizon Specialty Hospital is an acute care facility for patients who require extended hospitalization and frequent physician observation and care. Patients admitted to Horizon Specialty Hospital benefit from an interdisciplinary team consisting of a physician, ACLS certified registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified wound nurse, licensed physical and occupational therapists, a speech-language pathologist, ACLS certified respiratory therapists, a registered dietitian, licensed social workers, medical consultants, RN case managers and a licensed pharmacist.

The interdisciplinary care team provides personalized treatment plans for all patients so that they may improve and move on to the next appropriate level of care whether that is skilled nursing, home health services or to their own home. Horizon Specialty Hospital offers cardiopulmonary services, diagnostic studies, wound care, nutritional support, physical, occupational and speech therapies and nursing.

For more information call 702-382-3155 or visit Horizon at 640 Desert Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106.


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Lisa King
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