Ever Gone To Urgent Care And Found Out You Were Sicker Than You Thought? No Problem.

Carson Tahoe Health Passport Program makes your journey to care easier. Carson Tahoe Health’s Passport Program was implemented nearly a year ago to allow patients in need of a higher level of care to bypass duplication of wait times and to streamline the registration process. “If you arrive at one of our Clinics at Walmart or one of our Urgent Care facilities, and it’s determined that you need a higher level of care, our staff will call the Emergency Department (ED) to let that Care Team know that you’re headed their direction,” said Kitty McKay, Carson Tahoe Health Mission Integration Director. “You will be given a ‘passport’ to help identify you and simplify your experience upon arrival.” This unique program …


Carson Tahoe Health & Carson Rotary Celebrate Labyrinth Anniversary & Community Partnership

Today marks 13 years since the opening of the outdoor Labyrinth located at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center. The unique space was made possible through a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Carson City. In 2006, under the leadership of past president Rafael Cappucci, the Rotary Club contributed $75,000 to build the Labyrinth, and gave another $200,000 in support of the Cancer Center project over a four-year period. “We are truly grateful to our dedicated community partners,” says Alan Garrett, President & CEO of Carson Tahoe Health. “Although I’m new to the community, it’s evident how much the Rotary Club has given to our region, and specifically, to Carson Tahoe. Collaborations such as the one we have with the …


Don’t Overlook Primary Care (Even When You’re Healthy)

The times of traditional healthcare are over. Younger generations, an increasing use of technology, and a fast-paced lifestyle are just several pieces to the new (and complicated) healthcare puzzle. In a recent survey through the Kaiser Family Foundation, 26 percent of adults said they didn’t have a family care provider. Of those, nearly half (45 percent) were 18 to 29-year-olds. It’s no secret that millennials (dare I say it – everyone has a varying perception) do not access care in the same way their predecessors do. The old way was simple – a family shared one primary care physician (PCP) – this was your family doctor. Now – people establishing care: Want care fast; Have a plethora of research at …


Dr. Lorrel Toft named to cardiovascular clinical faculty & appointed in partnership between UNR Med and Carson Tahoe Health

Following a collaborative recruitment between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Carson Tahoe Health, Lorrel Toft, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardiovascular critical care physician and researcher, has been recruited as an associate professor for UNR Med’s Department of Internal Medicine as well as a cardiologist on staff with Carson Tahoe Health. Dr. Toft’s appointment comes as both healthcare partners collaborate to improve patient care and community well-being, as well as increase research opportunities for health professionals and scientists. In her new roles, Toft will utilize her experience in clinical, educational and research settings while expanding community cardiac care. She will serve as a full-time faculty member at UNR Med while providing integrated clinical activities with the Carson Tahoe …


The Real, Scary Facts of Vaping

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has recently swept across our nation in what the FDA is calling an epidemic, with several deaths and hundreds of possible cases of severe lung injury being attributed to this new fad. And, despite the warnings, these devices have become extremely popular, especially among teens. In the last five years, the use of e-cigarettes has grown dramatically, sparking a national concern. Physicians, parents, and the Trump Administration are just a few of the many groups now sounding the alarm on vaping. What are E-cigarettes? E-cigarettes are devices that operate by heating a liquid solution to a high-enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol, which is then inhaled. Typically, the solution contains nicotine (though …