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Pace Contracting Begins New Campuses For CCSD

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Las Vegas-based Pace Contracting Co. started work on two new campuses for the Clark County School District — projects totaling over $50 million.

One is a new 90,000-square-foot elementary school. The project will rest on 19 acres at North Lamb Boulevard and Kell Lane in North Las Vegas.

The second project, also an elementary school designed to hold 850 students, is in The Paseos village in Summerlin, along Antelope Ridge Drive…


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Lionel, Molasky Receive Justice Awards

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National Judicial College hosted a reception at Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on June 16 to present the Advancement of Justice award to attorney Sam Lionel and builder/designer Irwin Molasky.

The award is presented to those who have demonstrated dedication to improving justice in the judiciary. Both Lionel and Molasky have been generous donors to the judicial college for many years.


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Doctors Press For Higher Medicaid Payments

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Nevada doctors are getting an early start on lobbying state lawmakers for an increase in Medicaid Payments . Medicaid reimbursement rates during the 2017 legislative session.
The rates were last adjusted in 2001 and, doctors say, they make it difficult to break even on treating the growing pool of Medicaid patients.
Without an increase, the Nevada risks losing physicians to other states where reimbursements are higher, which could mean that tens…


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Making the Rounds with Founding Dean Dr. Barbara Atkinson

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Friends and Colleagues,

Last week I attended the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents’ meeting in Reno where three significant items were approved for the medical school. Each of these items will help us to accomplish our vision to create a center of excellence and innovation for medical education, patient care, and research.

Permanent location for medical school: The Regents approved an agreement with Clark County that

NSHE Regent James Dean Leavitt, JD

provides a permanent location for the medical school at 625 Shadow Lane. Once the agreement is approved by the Clark County Commissioners on June 21, nine acres for the site will transfer to UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV in return agreed to a 10-year agreement with University Medical Center to build the region’s first Academic Health Center.

New Autism Center: The Regents also gave us approval to open our first patient care center — the UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions. The Center will open in July in partnership with the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. The new center will provide a full-service medical home for diagnosis and treatment of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental diseases. We are thrilled to work with our community leaders to launch this amazing comprehensive patient care facility.

Medical school branding: The Health Science Systems Committee chaired by Regent James Dean Leavitt, JD, and vice chair Regent Mark Doubrava, MD, have played a crucial role in the founding of the medical school and who continue to help us achieve success, discussed branding for the state’s two medical schools.

The University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM) presented its brand research to identify a new name for the medical school as it moves its entire educational and clinical operations to Reno. The research unveiled its new brand as the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.
Following the Regents’ vote to change UNSOM’s name, I presented the UNLV School of Medicine’s marketing strategy as it relates to branding. Our consultant recommended a branding architecture for the school that identified our “nominal master brand” as UNLV, our “formal academic brand” as UNLV School of Medicine, and our “trade brand” as UNLV Medicine. We’re going to use “UNLV Medicine” for our clinical practice, student recruitment, and communications, such as social media. UNLV Medicine works especially well for our clinical practice because we’re going to offer a wide-range of services, including fully-integrated care with other specialties, nursing, physical therapy, dental medicine, public health, social services, etc.
Dr. Atkinson’s license plate

We’re working hard to ensure UNLV School of Medicine exudes excellence and innovation – two of our six core values — for guiding our curriculum, clinical programs and practices, and research. We want to produce the very best physicians and provide the very best care to our community through our clinical practices.

Best wishes,

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University Of Nevada School Of Medicine Begins New Identity By Adding Reno To Its Name

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As the UNLV School of Medicine prepares for its expected July 2017 debut, the state’s Reno-based medical school has begun crafting a new image to distinguish itself.

The first step: Changing its name.

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents on Friday voted to tweak the name of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which will be now known as the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine…

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CEO Of University Medical Center (UMC) Brings Public Hospital To Profitability

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 University Medical Center

At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling — who took over the top leadership spot at the end of 2014 — projects the hospital will be $35 million in the black.

While VanHouweling has led the turnaround — Sisolak said he’s “clearly effective” at finding ways to increase revenue — the 46-year-old CEO talks more about “team effort” than Steve Kerr, the coach of the Golden State Warriors.

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Las Vegas UMC Trauma Center Part Of Response To Mass Casualty Incidents

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UMC Trauma Center

As law enforcement worked to unravel the details of a mass shooting Sunday in Orlando, a nearby hospital was busy providing information through social media, securing its facilities and arranging a meeting area for victims’ families.

Pulse, the gay nightclub where the gunman opened fire, killing 50 people and injuring 53 more, is just a half-mile from Orlando Regional Medical Center, the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Florida.

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UNLV School Of Medicine: The Community And The Curriculum

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Dr. Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs and education, explained, “We want to educate physicians, and we want them to be well versed in the Las Vegas community. We want them to understand the people who live here, the hardships they face, and their social issues.

“Health care is not just about the body, it’s also about the social, economic, physical, and cultural environment of the person…

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Healthcare Providers, Insurers Join Forces

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Healthcare Providers

The healthcare industry is experiencing a significant shift in the relationship between insurance companies and health care providers, with many joining forces to provide patients with improved levels of care. This often includes partnerships to create new payment models with incentives to promote better quality of care at lower costs.

Recently, a group of the nation’s largest health care organizations and insurers announced they would collaborate through a new organization…

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Rare Osseointegration Procedure In US Promises Amputee ‘Chance At Quality Of Life’

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There’s a question that’s plagued Breckenridge, Minnesota, resident Anthony Reff for more than 10 years: Why him?

The pedestrian victim of a September 2005 car accident, Reff lost much of his right leg in a necessary amputation.

“I was severely injured,” he said. “I pretty much barely had a heartbeat when rescue got there.”


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