Punching Back: Sparring With Parkinson’s Disease To Take Back Control

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

When you think of boxing, who comes to mind? Marciano? Mayweather? Probably not a Parkinson’s patient. But new advancements show that individuals afflicted with this progressive disorder of the nervous system, marked by a decline in the brain’s production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, can box their way to an improved quality of life.

Read more in DAVID News.



Promoting Las Vegas As A Medical And Wellness Destination

By | Healthcare Tourism OPM, In The Media

While gambling, dining and shopping are popular reasons for visiting Las Vegas, several organizations have partnered to bolster the city’s reputation as a destination for medical and wellness tourism.

In 2014, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Las Vegas Health Education Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) developed a strategic plan for medical and wellness tourism.

Read more in the International Medical Travel Journal.

Time to Fill Open Healthcare Positions Highly Elevated

By | Editorial, Health Care Employment

Recent indicators show that the average unemployment level in healthcare is now 3.2%, lower than other industries.  With an average time to fill at 44.7 days, healthcare employers have been turning to third-party agencies, increasing their overall cost of labor.  “New job creation and the need to fill existing roles as more healthcare professionals reach retirement age is creating a challenging recruiting environment, especially for clinical roles like physicians and nurses,” said Bryan Bassett, Managing Director of Health eCareers. “Although the number of professionals actively in the job market appears static, the increased availability of positions is making job seekers more selective.”

Read the entire report.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health To Study CTE

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and several universities will share millions of federal research dollars to develop new methods to diagnose Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in living patients     .

The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the $16 million grant as part of a long-term study of former NFL and college football players.

Read more at knpr.org.


Switch, Hospital Association Team Up On Initiative To Improve Health Care

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Patients needing health care in Nevada’s rural counties soon will have an easier time interacting with their doctors online, thanks to an agreement announced today between the Nevada Hospital Association and data company Switch to operate a new statewide fiber network.

The Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative will connect data centers in Las Vegas and Reno with hospitals, health care facilities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private businesses across the state.

Read more in VegasInc.


Local Researchers Welcome Clinton Proposal To Spend $2 Billion To Battle Alzheimer’s Disease

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposal to spent $2 billion a year to battle Alzheimer’s disease was welcomed Tuesday by Las Vegas researchers who say effective treatments are desperately needed given the growing number of elderly affected by the disease.

The Clinton campaign consulted Cummings before it released the proposal. In reviewing the plan, Cummings said some of his ideas were included.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Strong Ahead Of Deadline

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, In The Media

Enrollment through the state’s health insurance exchange was robust ahead of a key deadline.

More than 72,600 Nevadans signed up for a Nevada Health Link plan between Nov. 1 and Saturday, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

That’s more than double the 35,000 enrollees who had selected a plan by this time in 2014, though last year’s sign-up session didn’t begin until Nov. 15.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Postdocs Embrace The PRACTICE’s Mission

By | Healthcare Innovation OPM, Mental Health, Recent Releases

What would you say the “polio of our era” is?

Here’s a hint: It’s not a viral or bacterial affliction.

It’s the looming crisis in children’s mental health. That’s the warning from Dr. Jay Fisher, head of pediatric ER at University Medical Center. Dr. Fisher expressed his concern in a May 2015 article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

That’s scary in a state ranked worst for providing access to mental health care for youth. In fact, Southern Nevada has been historically underserved when it comes to mental health across the board. The state currently ranks 50th for number of psychiatrists per capita, and 47th for psychologists per capita.

However, UNLV is making big strides in addressing these needs through The PRACTICE, an accessible, on-campus mental health clinic. Short for Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education, The PRACTICE, which opened in 2012, is a collaboration between the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts.

A community mental health training clinic, The PRACTICE offers affordable mental health services to anyone in the community. It also is a training and research center for faculty and students from both colleges.

The PRACTICE is addressing local mental health gaps by bringing in some of the best and brightest in the field, like postdoctoral scholars Jeremy Gallas and Jared Grant. The two came on board at The PRACTICE in August, thanks to fellowships funded by a gift from the Eleanor Kagi Foundation, a Lynn M. Bennett Legacy.

Gallas, who works mainly with children’s and women’s services, as well as family therapy, was sold on UNLV because of its diversity — along with the diversity of needs The PRACTICE is serving.

“I liked working in a college counseling center, but I missed the diversity of a community counseling center, working with kids and family. I’ve also done group work.  I see The PRACTICE as being a combination of all that,” he says.

“I was unaware of how underserved the area is until I spoke with [The PRACTICE director] Dr. Michelle Paul. It’s really an added benefit to do the work I love in a place where it’s so needed.”

Grant primarily works with groups dealing with depression and anxiety. He was compelled to come to UNLV by The PRACTICE’s scope in the community.

“What really stood out to me is how committed The PRACTICE is to reaching the community. They see a need and really want to make a difference,” says Grant. “It really felt like something I needed to be a part of.”

The impact of individuals like Grant and Gallas could help shape The PRACTICE — and Southern Nevada — for a long time.

“There are a lot of postdoctoral jobs where you go in and everything is already done and established. You just learn how they do what they do,” Gallas says.

“What’s unique about this fellowship is that we get to be part of building something up.”

Read more in UNLV Foundation.

NHA And Switch To Partner On Statewide, High-Speed Fiber Broadband Network

By | Innovation, Recent Releases

The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) and Switch announced today an agreement to operate a new state-wide fiber network to provide carrier-grade broadband services to area hospitals, healthcare facilities, non-profits, government agencies and private businesses. Switch will become the operator of the network upon completion of construction in mid-2016.

The project, also known as the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative (NBTI), is the result of a federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program Grant awarded to the NHA. This will be the first all-fiber broadband connection between Reno and Las Vegas and will connect to Switch’s massive carrier gateways on each end of the network.  This exciting initiative will provide a foundation for economic growth, job creation and the delivery of technology services to both metro and rural Nevada for decades to come.

“We are delighted to have Switch, the developer of world-class SUPERNAP data centers and one of the largest telecom gateways in the world, as a partner on this project,” Bill Welch, President and CEO of the NHA, said. “We are excited about the possibilities that this network brings to healthcare in Nevada and eagerly await its completion.”

“This network is a game-changer for Nevada hospitals, schools and underserved rural communities.  The current demand is immense and Switch is committed to extending our technology ecosystem to all parts of Nevada,” said Executive Vice President of Connectivity at Switch Chris Donnelly.

The grant funds are part of a program administered by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access and adoption across the country. Project completion is scheduled for mid-2016 pending regulatory approval.

Find out more information by visiting Nevada Hospital Association.

St. Rose Medical Staff Donates To Local Charities

By | Recognition

$20,000 in donations made to local charities.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s medical staff is spreading humankindness this holiday season by making donations to local nonprofits that go above and beyond in supporting those in southern Nevada and serving overseas. Each hospital campus’ medical staff committee chose a nonprofit and notified them of the award last week. The donations include:

  • Safe Nest – $10,000 to fund holiday and scholarship activities for domestic violence victims;
  • Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation – $5,000 to help fund the shipping costs for 500 care packages to deployed military members in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season;
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada – $5,000 to fund a full, free community meal for a day.

“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican and its medical staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in our community,” said Dr. Gary Mono, vice president for medical staff affairs for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “We are very proud to announce these donations and grateful for everything these charities do for those in need every day.”

Read more at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican.