Doctor Talks Health Care, Baseball, Wine And Music

By | Recognition

Dr. Bard Coats recently transitioned into the role of market president at HealthCare Partners Nevada, a health care organization with 310 primary care providers, more than 1,700 network specialists and approximately 100 primary care locations in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Boulder City and Mesquite. HealthCare Partners Nevada serves more than 230,000 Nevadans.

Read more in VegasInc.

MedLion Founder Sees Future In Direct Primary Care

By | In The Media, Innovation

From an office off Rampart Boulevard, Dr. Samir Qamar is building what could become a paradigm shift in American health care.  Qamar gave up being a concierge doctor to the rich and famous in Monterey, Calif., to become the driving force behind MedLion, the nation’s largest direct primary care company.  The idea is straightforward — a patient has a family practice doctor on retainer.

Read more in the Las Vegas Business Press.


Gap In Senior Care Facilities Being Filled

By | Developments

Several projects are on the drawing boards or are underway across the Las Vegas Valley that will help fill the gap in senior care facilities.   Some large-scale centers that have been put on paper are progressing. The latest addition to the Valley Health System’s arena of hospitals, Henderson Hospital at Galleria Drive and Gibson Road in Henderson, is pegged to come on line next October.

Read more in the Las Vegas Business Press.


Southern Nevada Healthcare Community Salutes Its Own

By | Events

Six Honored at Las Vegas Heals Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Southern Nevada celebrated its vibrant medical sector by honoring six of its leading practitioners during the Las Vegas Heals Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

Saluting the award-winning doctors at the Thursday, Oct. 29, event were nearly 500 healthcare, business, and political leaders who filled the Four Seasons ballroom. There were cheers and tears as emotional recipients thanked families and colleagues and recounted their work to improve patient care in Southern Nevada.

“The honorees demonstrate the high caliber of medicine practiced  in our community — and the high-caliber individuals providing that care,” said Las Vegas Heals CEO Doug Geinzer. “These individuals exemplify ‘inspired excellence’ and embody the ‘warmth, sympathy, and understanding’ called for in the Hippocratic Oath.”

The award winners were:

    Dr. Joseph Adashek, founder of Desert Perinatal Associates

    Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, a UnitedHealthcare medical director and immunization advocate

Dr. Mitchell Forman, founding dean of Touro University Nevada

Dr. Oscar B. Goodman Jr., oncologist and researcher for Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada.

Dr. David Steinberg, managing partner of Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging

Dr. Dylan Wint, director of the Education Department at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

“These medical professionals are taking leadership roles in positioning
Las Vegas as a globally recognized home to healthcare excellence,” said Florence Rogers, president and CEO of Nevada Public Radio, who served as emcee for the fourth annual awards ceremony.

Geinzer provided a brief recounting of the recent history for the
heallthcare industry in Southern Nevada, starting from the depths that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that crippled tourism and revealed the community be a “one-horse town built on gaming.”

That realization led to the founding of Las Vegas Heals with its
mission to promote healthcare through education and advocacy. The organization’s leadership has contributed to today’s dynamic healthcare sector that includes development of medical schools at UNLV and Roseman University and a half-billion dollars of ongoing
hospital construction.

The awards are dedicated to the memory of Dr. Roy W. Martin, a
pioneering Las Vegas doctor and the city’s first chief surgeon who set up practice months after the town’s 1905 founding.

Las Vegas HEALS Hosts 4th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards”

By | Awards, Events, Recognition

At last night’s fourth annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards” banquet, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada) honored six local physicians for their outstanding contributions to the community as Las Vegas continues to position itself as a world-class destination for healthcare services.

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon circa 1905, the award ceremony recognized six  physicians who ignite and inspire continued possibilities for healthcare excellence:

Joseph Adashek, MD, FACOG – Desert Perinatal Associates
Rutu Ezhuthachan, MD – United Healthcare
Mitchell Forman, DO, FACOI, FACP, FACR – Touro University
Oscar B. Goodman, Jr., MD, PhD – Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada & Roseman University of Health Sciences
David Steinberg, MD, FACR, FACNM – Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging
Dylan Wint, MD – Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health


“This year’s class continues to exemplify high quality and innovative care that our healthcare community provides in Southern Nevada,” said Ann Lynch, president of Las Vegas HEALS.  “Each year’s class demonstrates a large cross section of physicians who elevate the care and education provided in our community.”

Past recipients have included doctors Howard Baron, Joel Bower, Jim Christensen, Michael Ciccolo, Jeffrey Cummings, Senator Joseph Hardy, Flip Homansky, Florence Jameson, Yevgeniy Khavkin, J.D. McCourt, Russell Nevins, Benjamin Rodriguez, Steven Thomas, and Nicholas Vogelzang.

Las Vegas HEALS’ Chief Executive Officer Doug Geinzer said, “Las Vegas is home to numerous top physicians who provide world-class care.  Last night, we celebrated six doctors who continue to raise the level and inspire the delivery of high quality healthcare. A particular highlight of the event was a personal story shared by Dr. Joey Adashek about compassion and caring. ”

The 4th annual gala took place on Thursday, October 29. at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Florence “Flo” Rogers, President and CEO of Nevada Public Radio, served as mistress of ceremonies.


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Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation To Honor Supporters And Children With Critical Illnesses At “22nd Annual Profiles Of Courage Gala” Saturday, Nov. 21

By | Events, Events OPM, Recent Releases

The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation invites the community to join in support of critically ill children and adults touched by cancer in Southern Nevada

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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2015) – The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) presents its 22nd Annual Profiles of Courage Dinner Gala and auction proudly honoring the children they serve and supporters of the foundation. The gala will be held at Bellagio Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6p.m. All proceeds benefit NCCF’s Project ARK (Aids & Resources for Kids), the psychological, emotional, educational and financial support services for families of children suffering from cancer and life threatening illnesses, as well as NCCF’s adult services program, The Caring Place, providing healing arts and wellness programs for adults touched by cancer.

“We look forward to this event which highlights the people and companies who support our efforts in this community year after year,” said Jeff Gordon, NCCF president and CEO.  “We are fortunate to provide more than 22 years of service in our community to critically ill children and adults touched by cancer who embody courage and hope as they fight a daily battle against disease. We are proud to honor and serve them.”

NCCF will honor several “heroes,” children who are in the NCCF programs, for their strength and courage. Awards include:

  • “The Special Angel:” Given to the family of Luis Margarito whose spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of all those that he touched before losing his battle against cancer.
  • “Children of Courage:” Dace Davis, age five, and Victoria Godkin, age 15, will both receive this award for demonstrating bravery and courage through the challenges of battling critical illnesses and providing strength to those around them.
  • “Student of the Year:” Demetrio DiSalvo, age seven, will receive this honor for his commitment, perseverance and dedication to his education during his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • “Sibling of the Year:” Douglas Compson, age 16, is brother to Steven who was diagnosed as a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, Douglas has become Steven’s partner in dealing with the challenges he has faced with his diagnosis. Douglas is active in NCCF events, workshops and volunteering.
  • “Family of Courage:” Paul Moran Family – Paul Moran and his family will receive this award together for their strength, resilience and courage in their fight against the cancer with which Paul was diagnosed.

Other awards for the evening include:

  • “Community Angels:” Chart-topping pop artist Britney Spears in partnership with and Tony Hsieh will be honored for their continued support and donations to fund a future building site in the Southern Nevada community to encompass both the pediatric and adult services provided by Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
  • “Volunteers of the Year:” Justin Cook will be honored for his service to NCCF and Camp Cartwheel. Meagan Henderson will also be honored for her service to developing and participating in NCCF teen programs and activities.  Also, Lucinda Hoye will be honored for her support of adults touched by cancer and her volunteer efforts at The Caring Place.
  • “Healthcare Professional of Year:” Toni Mullan, RN, will be honored for her service, care and time she shares as a member of the medical staff at NCCF’s Camp Cartwheel each year.

Major sponsors for the event include PENTA Building Group, Southwest Specialty Contractors, Component West, Bombard Electric, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and Scientific Games.

Tickets for the 22nd Annual Profiles of Courage Gala are $250 per person.  For more information, please call the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit You can also follow the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @NVCCF.

About the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation:

Servicing the Southern Nevada community for more than 22 years, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1993, which offers over 45 programs and services including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation’s mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit them at for pediatric services and for services for adults touched by cancer.



Founding Dean Of Touro Med School, Other Doctors Honored

By | Recognition

Dr. Mitchell Forman has held his share of prestigious positions, none more important than being the founding dean of the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine.  But the 35-year-specialist in rheumatic disorders will end his career as it began: treating patients.  Forman has witnessed revolutionary change in his field since graduating from medical school in 1971, advances that make his work increasingly rewarding.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Report: Nevada Leads Nation In Cutting Rate Of Uninsured Children

By | In The Media, Recognition

Nevada saw the sharpest decline of any state in the rate of uninsured children from 2013 to 2014, according to a report released Wednesday.

In 2013, the state had a rate of 14.9 percent, or about 98,509 uninsured children, the report says. That represents a 35 percent drop in uninsured children, and a 5.3 percent decrease in the rate, the largest percentage dip in all states.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Mayor Goodman Joins Westcare Nevada And Other Officials For Ribbon-Cutting Event At New Community Triage Center/Community Involvement Center In Las Vegas

By | Developments

New 22,000 Square-Foot WestCare Facility to Aid in Relief of Mental Healthcare Access & Care During Crisis Situations

(LAS VEGAS) — It’s no secret that the mental healthcare sector in southern Nevada is often overwhelmed by the number of people seeking immediate crisis services verses the number of available facilities to meet this need. WestCare Nevada today announced a facility designed to combat some of that strain: the WestCare Community Triage Center and Community Involvement Center. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 22,000 square-foot renovated building took place on Oct. 28 at the building, located at 323 N. Maryland Parkway near 13th Street.

The center is divided into two sections – a crisis portion and a community resources area – and will provide a variety of services. Among the services are: prevention education; outreach; outpatient counseling; substance abuse outpatient treatment; mental health services; and assessment intake. The Community Triage Center provides safe, medically supervised detoxification services and triage services for people with mental health issues.

WestCare President and CEO Richard Steinberg said the new Community Triage Center will help alleviate much of the overcrowding that hospital emergency rooms experience when first responders bring individuals there who need immediate mental health attention. Rather, the new center will allow paramedics and police officers a place to transport individuals seeking mental crisis help. Following assessment, WestCare professionals will then either intake the patient or direct and facilitate the patient’s relocation to other facilities.

“We are always looking for new ways to serve the community and underserved populations,” said Steinberg. “This new facility will be open to anyone who is battling addiction and mental health issues. We are proud to be a light in the dark for those who are suffering.”

WestCare Nevada is partially funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Nevada’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency, Clark County, City of Las Vegas, the Veteran’s Administration, Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

About WestCare

WestCare Foundation was founded more than 40 years ago in Las Vegas with the goal of “uplifting the human spirit.” The non-profit provides a variety of programs across the continuum of health and human services. Every doorway into a WestCare program is designed, not only to lead to solutions for the presenting issue, but also to be a first step toward identifying other potential complicating and co-occurring factors impacting the life of individuals as a whole. WestCare’s trauma-informed, person-centered continuum of care spans 17 states and two U.S. territories and is recognized for clinical excellence, coordinated access and collaborative innovation.

Addressing the issues of substance abuse, mental health disorders, homelessness, domestic violence, criminal justice, HIV/AIDS, and Veterans support, WestCare offers services such as: outpatient and residential treatment; women and children’s programs; education/prevention efforts; emergency shelters and transitional living services; Veterans programs; mental health services; and community triage centers.  For more information, visit

17th Annual HeART Of Giving Gala Raises More Than $300,000 For Families Who Depend On The Ronald McDonald House

By | Recognition

Las Vegas, NV (October 27, 2015) – RMHC rock’d the night away at their Black and White, Rock the Nite event! Every once in a while, the stars align and the magic happens. That was the case with our 2015 HeART of Giving Rock “n” Roll Gala. The October 17th event, held at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center, honored Southwest Medical Associates for their ongoing impact they make on our community. The evening kicked off with cocktails, appetizers, and the Ryan Whyte Maloney Trio playing rock music in the tented, outdoor garden. That was followed by a live indoor concert by Reckless In Vegas, a special performance by 15 year old break-dancer Bailrok, a gourmet dinner by the Master Chef Gustav E. Mauler, and a live auction. The entire evening had a fantastic vibe! With 310 people attending, the event raised over  $300,000 for our Ronald McDonald House families. Congratulations to the RMHC Board and Staff for an amazing night, and our sincerest thanks to all who supported the evening’s tremendous success.

We would like to acknowledge our fabulous 2015 HeART of Giving Presenting Sponsors: The Greater Las Vegas McDonald’s Owner Operators Association and Lexus of Las Vegas. Special thanks also goes to our Platinum Sponsors: Capital One and Southwest Medical Associates. And, our deep appreciation for our loyal Gold Sponsors: Bank of Nevada, CareMeridian, Cox Communications, Lotus Broadcasting, The Private Bank by Nevada State Bank, NV Energy, Robertson+Partners, Southwest Gas Corporation, Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Vector Media.

We would also like to give special recognition to our event volunteers and our in-kind donors, which include Southern Wine and Spirits of Southern Nevada, CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings, MGM Resorts Event Productions, Keep Memory Alive Event Center and MGM Resorts Events Productions. Don’t stop believing that we could ever do this without your generous love and support!

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