Carson Tahoe Health Creates Cancer Triage Line

Carson Tahoe Cancer Center, an affiliate of Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah recently added a nurse triage line to provide symptom management to established patients. The nurse triage line coordinates care between the patient, nurses, and physicians at the Cancer Center. “This allows us to support the patients and their caregivers, assess patient concerns over the phone, reduce unnecessary emergency department visits, and even guide patients towards seeking proper medical attention,” said Maria Sampang RN, OCN and AIC Nurse Manager at the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center. Uncomfortable symptoms can occur both during and after chemotherapy treatment and it is important to have these symptoms assessed and evaluated by an oncology team so they do not worsen. The triage line …


Q & A with New CEO Alan Garrett

Donor Questions What do you most want the community to know about you? I have a fundamental belief that everyone should have access to quality health care and I have pledged my entire career to non-profit healthcare. I’m excited to be in Northern Nevada and serving at Carson Tahoe. CTH is an organization everyone should be proud of. It is one of the best hospitals in Nevada (don’t take my word for it, ask the federal government). I am very family-centric and have been blessed with a best friend wife, amazing kids, and a loving and supportive extended family. I love the outdoors and in my free time, I explore and photograph natural places. I have a creative streak that …


Carson Tahoe Health Voted ‘Best Place to Work’

Carson Tahoe Health claimed 2nd place in the extra-large employer category at the 12th Annual Greater Reno-Tahoe Best Places to Work Celebration presented by Northern Nevada Human Resources Association on April 25, 2019. “At Carson Tahoe Health, a key aspect of our mission is to treat people professionally and compassionately, with dignity and respect,” says Larry Fagerhaug, Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer at Carson Tahoe Health. “While our goal is to always provide top-quality care, we also strive for our employees to find balance and quality of life, while making a difference.” Carson Tahoe Health was a finalist among 3 other prestigious organizations including Tahoe Forest System, Patagonia, and Charles River Laboratories. The winners were determined through an …


The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Whether dark, blonde, decaf, or espresso, your daily cup of coffee carries some unexpected health benefits. Just remember to enjoy your java in moderation. The debate has lasted for years: Is coffee actually good for you, or is it just a vehicle for cream and sugar? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Scientists have found many health benefits linked to coffee consumption, but it’s important to keep an eye on the amount you drink each day. Joe Pros In the early 1990s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled coffee a possible cancer-causing agent, but the agency has since changed its tune. In 2016, the IARC dropped coffee from its list of possible carcinogens after studies found the …


A How-To Guide for Fighting Obesity

Want to add years to your life? Learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, obesity can place people at a higher risk for many serious health conditions, such as breathing problems, certain cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mental illness, sleep apnea, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While weight loss and maintenance can be challenging, making your health a priority can lead to a longer, happier life. A little patience and the following science-backed advice from the CDC will help you get on the …