Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

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Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

What hurts?

It’s a question doctors often ask their patients at some point during a medical exam. For those with mental disabilities, it’s not an easy question to answer.

“Our loved ones should be able to get the health care they need and deserve,” said Regina Daniel, whose son has a mental disability.

To address this issue, Henderson-based Touro University created a mobile clinic that will travel to the four Opportunity Village campuses — East Lake Mead Parkway, West Oakey Boulevard, West Craig Road and South Buffalo Drive — to provide health care services.

The mobile clinic will travel throughout the week and set up appointments for Opportunity Village’s OVIPs — how they refer to those who have mental disabilities.

“This is making a difference in the lives of the people we love,” Daniel said.

The mobile clinic launched Nov. 10 at the Englestad Campus, 6050 S Buffalo Drive.

Shelley Berkley, CEO and senior provost for Touro, said the college spent the last three years looking to address gaps in accessibility to health care.

“It doesn’t make sense to have people travel to you for their health care,” she said. “This provides care to the most vulnerable among us because all human beings need basic health care.”

She added the traditional brick-and-mortar clinic model can be inaccessible for some communities, which is why Touro considered a mobile unit.

The college created its first mobile clinic to do outreach in other vulnerable communities such as the homeless population and domestic violence survivors who are in shelters.

Berkley said outreach to people with mental disabilities was a logical next step.

“It seemed like it was the missing piece of the Opportunity Village puzzle,” she added.

Daniel’s child has gone to Opportunity Village for years. Daniel said it’s hard to for those with mental disabilities to find doctors and medical care.

Even if they find doctors, they are presented with other obstacles from unaccommodating waiting rooms to doctors who are nervous to treat patients.

“Sometimes, they don’t know what to do,” she said.

John Dougherty, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro, said this also serves as a learning tool for medical students.

“This gives the students an amazing educational experience to be able to deal with people unable to communicate what’s wrong,” he said.

While the mobile clinic is staffed with medical practitioners, it also has students who get to learn firsthand what it’s like to work with patients with special needs.

Vanessa Halvorsen, student body president at Touro University who will be working inside the clinic, said this is why she is pursuing a degree in medicine.

When she worked with people with mental disabilities at the Special Olympics, she realized something.

“One of the parents told me they feared if their child got a sprained ankle,” she said, “they were worried if they took them to a doctor, they wouldn’t know what to do.”

Since the same staff will rotate shifts, Dougherty said another benefit is that OVIPs at will get to be with some of the medical crew that comes to the campus.

Berkley said the university is already looking at creating another mobile clinic.

“We don’t need just one clinic,” Berkley said. “We need a fleet.”

High-Tech Approach to Anatomy at the School of Medicine

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UNLV’s new School of Medicine takes innovative approach to teaching human anatomy with interactive imaging technology.

Editor’s Note: The UNLV School of Medicine recently opened its enrollment process and in less than 10 days received more than 650 applications — more than half from Nevada residents or students who have ties to Nevada.

For generations, dissecting cadavers has been a seminal moment for medical students. It’s the way that human anatomy was brought to life, so to speak.

“I can still vividly see and smell the cadaver I worked on 46 years ago,” says Barbara Atkinson, founding dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. But she also found it limiting as a teaching tool. “I wanted to see so much more of the body than one small section. I wanted to see how the whole body fit together.”

UNLV School of Medicine students will learn anatomy using virtual anatomy tables, large interactive touchscreens. Primed with a library of clinical images — X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, pathology slides and all the other diagnostic tools at a physicians disposal — the virtual anatomy table can display body images in a wide variety of perspectives. It can show a specific organ and rotate it in three dimensions. It can offer a cross-sectional of the right half of a brain, explore a branch of the circulatory system or zoom-in to a tumor cell.

And unlike those cadavers, the table is fully interactive. Faculty and students control the image by simply touching or dragging one or more fingers across the screen.  A student can view successive horizontal sections of the body cavity and its internal structures by dragging three fingers down the table. In a similar way, students can virtually slice through an anatomical structure ‒ in essence, dissecting it.

Supplementing the images are lessons that guide the students through the anatomy, basic anatomical concepts, and descriptions of specific features. So when students display an anatomical structure, they can immediately identify what it is and what it does.

But perhaps most important, says Dr. Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs and education, the virtual anatomy experiences are built around challenging clinical cases, where understanding human anatomy is key to solving the clinical case.

An Improved Way of Learning Anatomy

Virtual anatomy presents several distinct advantages over the traditional approach to gross anatomy:

Realistic: It prepares students for how they will interact with anatomy as physicians. Cosgrove explains, “Today physicians use so many different imaging procedures to diagnose their patients. Virtual anatomy gives students a sense of anatomy as they will actually experience it once they are practicing physicians.”

Repetition: Students can virtually dissect the body and repeat the process as many times as needed. By comparison, once tissue is removed from a cadaver, it’s gone.

Visibility: Students can view anatomical structures in a many different perspectives and angles including 2D cross-section and 3D rotation, which make body structures easy to display, even the hard-to-find ones in tightly confined areas of a human cadaver.

A Multi-Station Anatomy Experience

Students will receive two hours a week of intensive anatomy experience during the school’s scientific foundation phase. In addition to working with the virtual anatomy tables, students will use anatomic models and skeletons to further their knowledge. They also will observe cadavers professionally dissected by Emilio Puentadura, associate professor in the UNLV physical therapy department.

In short, UNLV School of Medicine students will experience a state-of-the art approach to learning that will prepare them for medical practice with a sophisticated, three-dimensional understanding of the structure of the human body.

Cleveland Clinic Commitment to Training Expands Healthcare Access in Nevada

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After four years of medical school, becoming a doctor involves ongoing mentorship from more seasoned physicians during a residency and, for many, a fellowship as well. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has taken a leading role in providing graduate medical education (GME) in Las Vegas, training neurology residents from Valley Hospital and general medicine residents from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, including David Berg, MD (see sidebar).

In 2012, the center was accredited by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) for its fellowship in behavioral neurology. Aaron Ritter, MD, started in July 2014 as the center’s first fellow. Dr. Ritter has excelled and will be joining the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health staff.

Dr. Ritter praises Gabriel Léger, MD, CM, FRPC, Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship: “His knowledge base and passion for neurology are amazing. His patients truly appreciate his thoroughness. When I encounter a difficult case, I ask myself, ‘What would Dr. Léger do?’ ”

Of Dylan Wint, MD, Nevada based Energy Chair for Brain Health Education, Dr. Ritter says, “You can’t help but be influenced by Dr. Wint because of his ability to really listen and to address the patient’s concerns in a personal, collaborative way with honest, straightforward language.”

GME: Who benefits?
Although patients being seen by a resident or fellow may initially think they are not seeing the “real doctor,” the assessment can be more comprehensive than that of a staff physician because trainees are allotted more time to fully explore the patient’s complaints and concerns. Thorough diagnostic and therapeutic discussions occur between the mentoring staff (who also see the patient) and the trainee.

The presence of trainees enhances the environment of a medical practice. Trainees’ developing interest in their new field of study leads to more frequent exchanges with all staff, including advanced practice clinicians, nurses and support staff, which promotes teamwork and cutting-edge approaches.

A behavioral neurologist’s view
Dr. Ritter’s passion for behavioral neurology lies in the brain being the seat of behavior, with altered behaviors being driven by problems that may include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or another brain disease.

“Even though neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people, the medical community still does not adequately address the needs of patients afflicted with these diseases,” Dr. Ritter says. “The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health represents a major paradigm shift in how patients with neurodegenerative diseases are treated and their families are supported. While new treatments are desperately needed, current therapies can help ease many of the symptoms that are associated with these diseases.”

Perhaps that compassion is what prompted Cleveland Clinic to honor Dr. Ritter with its Excellence in Teaching Award for both 2015 and 2016. He was selected from among 1,800 Cleveland Clinic trainees.

 As of July 2016, Dr. Ritter and his mentors, Dr. Léger and Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Director Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, are the only fellowship-trained behavioral neurologists in Las Vegas.

What’s next for Las Vegas?
In addition to providing more than 95,000 patient visits since opening in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has added new physicians, who will in turn provide even more patient visits, thus exponentially increasing healthcare access for Nevadans.

Due to the vibrancy of their GME experience in Las Vegas, both Dr. Ritter and Dr. Berg have chosen to hang their shingles here, thus improving access for those needing inpatient and neurology care. Their example shows why GME is critical to a city’s growth in healthcare: Seventy percent of physician trainees remain to practice in the city where they completed their GME.

Dr. Ritter predicts that the two new medical schools slated to open in Las Vegas — Roseman University College of Medicine and UNLV School of Medicine — and the resulting increase in GME positions will shape the growth of the medical community, adding new thinkers and fostering new opportunities to improve.

Asked why he and his wife, Susan, a primary care physician who also practices in Las Vegas, decided to stay after he completed training, Dr. Ritter replied, “There are unique opportunities in Vegas and a need for more doctors. It’s a small medical community interested in growing and collaborating.”

As for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, “It’s truly unique on a national level to have a stand-alone facility devoted to solving brain health problems,” he says. “We have the latest technology and clinical research studies.” Dr. Ritter, who has a passion for research, adds, “A major goal of this center is to find better treatment for these diseases. This is the kind of place that will contribute to finding the cure.”

Until then, we’ll keep training more physicians.

Desert Radiology Ranked Number 21 in Top 100 Radiology Practices in U.S.

By | Press Releases, Recent Releases, Recognition

Desert Radiology, celebrating 50 years of serving Las Vegas, is among the fastest growing healthcare providers in southern Nevada. Ranked number 21 in the top 100 radiology practices in the country for 2015 by Radiology Business Journal, Desert Radiology continues to grow their business and reduce costs, while maintaining the highest standard of care.

The practice currently has 65 board certified, USA trained physicians, and over 350 personnel providing technical and administrative support. They are the exclusive provider for a large cancer center, a group of multi-specialty medical centers and several other facilities throughout Nevada, as well as providing services for 15 hospitals throughout Nevada, Texas and New Mexico. Desert Radiology performs over 1.3 million procedures annually in their seven imaging facilities, including their newest Southwest location which opened in September.

The highly trained group of radiologists at Desert Radiology includes physicians with a variety of specialties, who have received training at top institutions. Some of the specialties include nuclear medicine, women’s imaging, PET imaging and neuroradiology, amongst many others. The diverse staff has been trained at institutions such as UCLA, Northwestern, Emory, University of Michigan and other prominent universities. All the physicians are members of the American College of Radiology and many have other affiliations with professional organizations such as the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Nuclear Medicine and the Society for Pediatric Radiology.

The team at Desert Radiology reflect the highest standards of care by providing their patients with the most advanced radiology procedures and diagnostic imaging available. They are proud to offer Genius 3D Mammography™ which detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. In addition to the 3D and traditional mammograms, Desert Radiology performs DEXA Bone Density scans, CT and Ultrasound guided biopsy, 3T MRI, Ultrasound and X-Ray imaging among other services on the most up-to-date equipment on the market. For patient convenience, X-Rays are performed on a walk-in basis at most of our facilities and do not require an appointment. Some facilities offer extended hours to help patients who need care outside of regular business hours.

Desert Radiology also offers an array of interventional and vascular services at their dedicated interventional clinic, Desert Vascular Institute. Their interventional radiologists specialize in minimally invasive image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for cardiovascular conditions as well as a broad range of services for patients with cancer, pain, diabetes, liver, kidney, and other conditions.

In 2016 Desert Radiology is celebrating 50 years of serving their community and looks forward to continuing to provide the highest level of care possible. They provide full diagnostic and interventional radiology services, operating seven conveniently located facilities, including their woman’s imaging center located in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District.  For more information on Desert Radiology, please contact them at 702-759-8600 or visit

Sunrise Health System Launches Emergency Medical Response Tool to Help Improve Heart Attack Patient Outcomes

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For the first time in Nevada, the cloud-based LIFENET® System is coming online to further reduce time to treatment.

Southern Nevada emergency medical services (EMS) personnel respond to nearly 11,000 chest pains calls each year. For the first time, now EMS and hospital care teams will use a secure Internet connection to work together more efficiently to respond to those heart emergencies. That’s because Sunrise Health System is launching a new system that provides faster treatment for patients in Las Vegas and the surrounding region who experience the most dangerous type of heart attack.

The LIFENET® System from Physio-Control is a cloud-based data network that can help shorten the critical period between the patient’s arrival to the hospital and the start of life-saving medical care – an interval known as door-to-balloon time. The faster patients receive treatment the more likely they are to have a positive outcome. With the LIFENET System, Sunrise Health Systems’ member hospitals – they include MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital – can help improve patients’ chances for survival.

“Sunrise Health System is fully committed to making sure a patient with a heart-related emergency can get immediate access to enhanced heart care – even before he or she reaches our doors,” said Daniel Llamas, Sunrise Health Systems’ Emergency Medical Services director. “Having this capability helps our community of first responders meet our shared goal which is to save more lives.”

The most serious form of heart attack poses the biggest threat to the heart muscle and can result in a patient’s death or serious disability. The heart attack is stopped with the insertion of a balloon catheter, called angioplasty, or the placement of a stent, a small mesh tube, within the patient’s blocked artery. Both procedures are designed to open the artery and restore blood flow. Studies show that minimizing this time is key to improving patients’ chances for survival.

About Sunrise Health  

Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic, imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include a suite of the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital, women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers. For more information on Sunrise Health, visit

About the LIFENET System

LIFENET is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform that provides EMS and hospital care teams with innovative tools for quick, reliable access to critical patient and device data, resulting in improved patient care, ongoing process improvement and greater operational efficiency.

Accessing LIFENET through a secure Internet connection, paramedics send a patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) data to hospital care teams, which are then able to quickly identify critical heart attack patients, determine where to route them for care and have staff prepared before the patient arrives – reducing time to treatment. Hospital teams can also engage with remote clinicians for decision support through a dedicated LIFENET iPhone application.

LIFENET is administered by Physio-Control and works quietly in the background, allowing paramedics, physicians and nurses to focus on treatment decisions and patient care. In addition, by speeding communication among members of the care team, LIFENET helps the team save critical time in delivering treatments. Today, LIFENET is making a difference for whole communities as increasing numbers of medical professionals turn to LIFENET to give critical heart patients their best possible outcomes.

About Heart Attacks

The most critical form of heart attack is called STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction) and affects close to 400,000 people every year in the U.S. alone, according to the American Heart Association. In STEMI heart attacks, coronary arteries experience a total blockage, causing various sections of the heart muscle to die. In contrast, non-STEMI, or NSTEMI, heart attacks are the result of a partial arterial blockage. To determine if a patient is experiencing a STEMI, medical teams look at the results of the patient’s ECG reading: if the ST segment of the reading is elevated, the patient has suffered a STEMI heart attack.

Studies show that when door-to-balloon time is 90 minutes or less, patients experiencing a STEMI heart attack have significantly better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. LIFENET can play a key role in reducing door-to-balloon time, ensuring that patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.

About Physio-Control

Physio-Control, Inc. is part of the medical division of Stryker Corporation and is the world’s leading provider of professional emergency medical response solutions that predict or intervene in life-threatening emergencies. The company’s products include LIFEPAK® monitor/defibrillators, LIFEPAK® and HeartSine® automated external defibrillators, the LIFENET® System, HealthEMS® electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) software, LUCAS® 2 Chest Compression System, TrueCPR coaching device, and more.

Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas Welcomes New Administrative Director, Erick Vidmar

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Vidmar will oversee operations for Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health andCleveland Clinic Urology, Las Vegas

Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas welcomes Erick Vidmar as the new administrative director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) and Cleveland Clinic Urology, Las Vegas. Vidmar brings more than 10 years of administrative experience since joining Cleveland Clinic in 2006 and most recently worked in regional operations as the director of ambulatory operations for Cleveland Clinic’s Strongville Family Health and Surgery Center and Brunswick Family Health and Emergency Department.

“I am excited to continue with the Cleveland Clinic because I believe in their mission to be the world’s leader in patient experience, clinical outcomes, research and education,” said Erick Vidmar, administrative director of Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas. “In addition to striving to improve the lives of those diagnosed with brain disease, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is committed to finding cures and treatments for these horrific diseases and I look forward to contributing to the Center’s advancement.”

Vidmar received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from The Ohio State University before completing Cleveland Clinic’s Administrative Fellowship program. In addition to working in regional operations, Vidmar previously worked as an administrator for medicine and family medicine at Cleveland Clinic at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit

Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide video interviews and B-roll.

MassMedia Names Georgeann Pizzi Partner

By | Advancements, On The Move

MassMedia Corporate Communications, a full-service provider of public relations, advertising and marketing communications, today announced that it has named Georgeann Pizzi as partner.

Pizzi, who has been with MassMedia for more than seven years, serves as a Senior Vice President where she plans and executes strategic communications campaigns that include media buying and public relations, social media and special events for many of the firm’s top clients. She also manages and trains members of the account team, assisting in the career development of the agency’s staff.

Georgeann’s strategic thinking and work ethic make her an indispensable resource at Mass Media, said Paula Yakubik, MassMedia¹s managing partner. Her abilities and campaign-management skills have been instrumental in leading MassMedia¹s emergence as an integrated marketing company with a diverse client roster of local, regional, national and international industry leaders including Southwest Gas, HealthCare Partners Nevada and McDonald’s. Her insights and leadership qualities are rare assets.

Pizzi came to MassMedia in 2009 as an assistant account executive. Her determination and tireless effort ensured her promotions: first to account executive, then account supervisor and finally to vice president in 2013. Before joining the firm, she gained extensive experience in event management, social media and other marketing roles in the hospitality and gaming industries, including serving in brand marketing at the M Resort. Named the 2011 Advertising Executive of the Year by the Las Vegas Business Press, Pizzi is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor of Science in business marketing.

Serving on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Committee, Pizzi also leads MassMedia¹s community outreach initiatives. Over the years, beneficiaries of these initiatives have included: Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, Reading Week at Edna Hinman Elementary School, Spread the Word Nevada, and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Thanksgiving food drives.

About MassMedia

Founded in 1997, MassMedia Corporate Communications is a full-service public relations, advertising, and marketing agency whose knowledge, strategic insights and innovative programs have developed brands, communicated messages, and influenced consumers for a variety of clients, products and services across the nation. The firm¹s clients include HealthCare Partners, ABQ Health Partners, Southwest Gas, PENTA Building Group, Colliers International ­ Las Vegas and Pisanelli Bice PLLC. To learn more about MassMedia Corporate Communications, please visit, and follow the company on Facebook and on Twitter at @MassMediaCC.


Now Serving: Catholic Charities to Unveil Expanded Kitchen and Food Pantry

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Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) is pleased to announce the Food For Life Celebration, which will include the unveiling of their expanded food service programs and a special free community meal for men, women and children in need, Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. More than 100 volunteers and staff will prepare and serve 1,200 meals.

Congresswoman Dina Titus, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Joe Heck and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller are scheduled to attend the unveiling and community meal.

The Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry redesign includes a 3,090-square-foot expansion and new fixtures for food storage, display and distribution. The Meals on Wheels kitchen has been consolidated into the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility kitchen, adding 3,778 square feet of kitchen space. The food service expansion will allow more than 600 clients to be removed from the Meals on Wheels waiting list and increase the number of food pantry clients to 1,000 each week, a 33 percent boost over current levels.


Deacon Thomas Roberts

President & CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

Jun Lao

Executive Sous Chef, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada


Oct. 26, 2016
9 – 9:30 a.m.: Ribbon cutting/unveiling of remodeled kitchen and food pantry

9:30 – 10 a.m.: Media tour of kitchen/food pantry

10 – 11 a.m.: Free community meal to be served to clients by more than 100 volunteers

11 -11:45 a.m.: Additional media tours of kitchen/food pantry available


Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
1501 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89101


Media will have the opportunity to capture photos and obtain b-roll of the grand opening and free community meal. Interview opportunities are available with Deacon Roberts, Chef Lao and special guests.



Evan Korn

Additional Event Information 

Additionally, CCSN will announce the winner of the Food For Life Challenge, which featured three Southern Nevada food journalists – Debbie Hall, Al Mancini and Mitchell Wilburn – creating meals from scratch based on the food donations available in the kitchen. Each Thursday throughout the month of October, their menus were served to CCSN clients during the free community meal and rated based on taste, creativity and presentation.

The Food for Life Celebration will also be the official kickoff for CCSN’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. It is the Las Vegas Valley’s largest turkey giveaway, and CCSN is hoping to raise 4,000 frozen turkeys and assorted desserts and fixings to ensure our community’s less fortunate have the Thanksgiving they deserve.

To learn more about Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada’s suite of programs, or to make a donation, please visit


For 75 years, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada  has been to serve those in need – the most vulnerable, regardless of race, religion or creed. Today, through the support and generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities continues to operate programs, often with shoestring budgets, to meet the incredible needs of so many, in so many areas. These five categories – Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services, and Homeless and Housing Services – are providing a wide range of human services and support, from infants to seniors. Programs such as the Emergency Shelter, Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition and Adoption Services are lifelines for those in need. A community resource that offers help and hope and restores a sense of dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of the more than 100,000 clients we serve every year.


Elysian Developers Celebrate Beginning Construction for Rehabilitation Center in Henderson

By | Developments

The Calida Group, LLC, known for its Elysian Living projects in Las Vegas and Henderson, is a leading developer and operator of multifamily, mixed-use real estate. The Horizon Ridge Rehabilitation Center is The Calida Group’s first development in senior living, as they saw an opportunity to diversify into an area with overwhelming need throughout Las Vegas. The Calida Group currently has plans for up to six senior rehabilitation facilities in Las Vegas. The development of the slated rehabilitation center will be located just south of St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus, touting renderings and plans on the active construction site.

The Calida Group was founded by Douglas Eisner and Eric Cohen in 2007, and is a leading developer and operator of multifamily, mixed-use real estate properties and senior housing with more than 13,000 units developed or acquired.  The Calida Group challenges the perception of apartment living by developing designs and creating experience-driven amenities that seamlessly fit into residents’ fast-paced lives. Led by the core question “What do residents desire?”, The Calida Group differentiates themselves from the competition through thoughtful design and services, offering a chic, fun and urbane environment not found at other luxury apartment home communities.

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Expands Services to Fund Adult Cancer Patients in Financial Crisis

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The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation asks for community support and donations for ORION Cancer Foundation its newest program funding adult cancer patients living in Southern Nevada

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The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) announces the addition of an existing local grant program into its services for ADULTS diagnosed with cancer. The ORION Cancer Foundation Program provides financial grants to eligible adults living in Southern Nevada, unable to afford the basics of daily living while undergoing treatment for cancer. Applications and funding information are available at and at

The ORION Cancer Foundation, established in 2012 in honor of former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan and First Lady Carolyn O’Callaghan, both cancer survivors and well known for their compassion for those in need, was formerly facilitated by Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. The program is now entirely managed and facilitated by NCCF’s licensed professionals.  

Jeff Gordon, NCCF president and CEO, said, “ORION has become a perfect fit and most desperately needed service to the adult programs NCCF already provides at The Caring Place.” 

In September 2011, NCCF expanded its services with the addition of a local foundation into its programs which provides healing arts to adults diagnosed and touched by cancer. The Caring Place serves as a complement to medical treatment by providing services including Reiki, reflexology, yoga, stress management, massage, support groups and various other services for adults touched by cancer. NCCF now offers more than 45 pediatric and adult programs and services at no cost for critically ill children, caregivers and adults touched by cancer living in Southern Nevada.

“As ORION grows and donations increase, we hope that patient funding will grow as well,” said Gordon.  “If approved, an adult cancer patient may receive up to $1,500 in funding during a calendar year but we offer them hope also. We tell them about The Caring Place where we work to improve the quality of life for adults fighting cancer. No one should have to fight this disease alone,” said Gordon.

NCCF asks for donations to provide support and hope to adults fighting a daily battle against cancer in the community. The full percentange of donations to the ORION program will be used to provide direct financial assistance to adults in cancer treatment. For more information, please call the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit or You can also follow the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NVCCF.

About the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation:

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, renal disorders, blood and immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. In 2011, NCCF incorporated The Caring Place, (founded by Dr. Mary Ann Allison, a CCCN physician), which provides emotional, mental and physical assistance to adults with cancer, into its breadth of programs. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702.735.8434 or visit them at for pediatric services, for services for adults touched by cancer, and for financial grants for adults in cancer treatment.