Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

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Annual Balloon Festival benefiting The Public Education Foundation

Southern Hills Hospital, Vegas Balloon Rides, Greenspun Media, Davis Amusements Cascadia, Silverton Casino Hotel, Findlay Chevrolet and Mix 94.1 are proud to bring back the Balloon Festival to Southern Nevada. Southern Hills Hospital hosts the Balloon Festival, a community event that has grown larger each year. Along with hot air balloon morning launches and passenger rides, there will be tethered balloon rides, kids’ arts and crafts activities, evening glow shows, amusement rides and carnival games. On Saturday, Oct. 21, a health fair will feature a Southern Hills’ Kangaroo Heart Clinic for kids, and community health partners including massage, flu shots, blood pressure checks and more!

The fundraising event benefits Nevada high school students interested in the healthcare field through the Southern Hills Hospital High School to Healthcare Scholarship program and The Public Education Foundation. Thanks to sponsor and vendor support, Southern Hills Hospital has awarded $84,000 to 21 Nevada high school seniors since 2014. The students receive $1,000 per year for four years toward their college education.

Special thanks to Gold Sponsors: ATM Electric, Coldwell Banker, Hospitality Renovation Services; and Silver Sponsors: Brown & Brown Insurance Nevada, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, HSS Security, MountainView Hospital and Sunrise Hospital.

The Balloon Festival is free to attend unless otherwise noted, and the daily event schedule varies (weather permitting). For details, visit

WHEN:             Friday, Oct. 20                5 to 11 p.m.

                             Saturday, Oct. 21            6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

                             Sunday, Oct. 22              6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Schedule varies daily; info subject to change; event is weather dependent. 

WHERE:          Southern Hills Hospital, 9300 W. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148

OTHER:           To arrange media rides and/or interviews, contact Joyce Goedeke at 702.290.8991 or

To schedule a hot air balloon ride during the Balloon Festival, visit and or call Vegas Balloon Rides at 702.553.3039. Balloon passenger rides are specially discounted for the event at $200/person.

MEDIA             Joyce Goedeke, Vice President of Marketing/ Public Relations, Southern Hills Hospital

CONTACT:       702.290.8991 or (# # #)

About Southern Hills Hospital

Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services with two ER locations, a behavioral health program, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic and spine unit, OB-GYN, Level II NICU, diagnostic imaging, oncology and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.

In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at The Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine. Additionally, Southern Hills Hospital is building an 80-bed psychiatric facility that will treat adolescents through adults, expected to open in 2018. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. 

Southern Hills Hospital

9300 W. Sunset Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89148

Twitter: @SHHospitalLV

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican 4th Annual Blessing of Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Ambulances, Helicopters and Fire Trucks for the Feast of Saint Michael

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The 4th Annual Emergency Medical Services Blessing will take place on Friday, September 29 from 11 am – 1 pm in honor of the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of those who defend the community, including police and EMS personnel.  The annual event is non-denominational and open to those of all faiths. Blessings will be provided to emergency personnel and their rigs to reach all those who will be transported in the year to come.

Who:               Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus                    

What:             4th Annual Blessing of Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Ambulances, Helicopters and Fire Trucks

When:             Friday, September 29, 11 am – 1 pm                   

Where:           Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus
8280 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113
Ambulance Entrance, near ER (follow Ambulance Entrance signs)

Photo and interview opportunities are available. Please contact Jennifer Cooper at 702-809-9511 or Stacey Escalante at 702-466-7029 on the day of the event.

Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson, MD

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Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Jeffrey Wilson, M.D. as its newest urologist.

Jeffrey Wilson, M.D. is a board-certified urologist who has been practicing independently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the last three years. “Dr. Wilson’s skills in robotic surgery as well as his experience in treating large and complex kidney stone issues are a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada. 

After attaining his medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Wilson completed his residency at The Ohio State University Department of General Surgery and the Department of Urology.

Dr. Wilson participated in multiple city-wide cancer care case presentations while in Pittsburgh, all of which were surgeries he performed and selected by a panel of oncology experts for their complexity. All of them were performed robotically.

Dr. Wilson is certified by the American Board of Urology and has given numerous presentations on urological issues.

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with thirteen providers and three convenient locations. The practice has been serving Southern Nevada since 1996, and is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced and comprehensive care to its patients. USONV is the only urologic cancer provider in Nevada offering the full array of the Calypso® System, the da Vinci Surgical System and the MRI Fusion System for the treatment of prostate cancer. For more information:


Nevada Hospital Association Announces 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

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The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) confirmed its Board of Directors for 2017 – 2018 at the NHA Annual Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Spa on September 7. Board members include:

·         Robert Freymuller, Board Chair, CEO with Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

·         Jason Bleak, Board Vice Chair, CEO with Grover C. Dils Medical Center

·         Alan Olive, Immediate Past Chair, CEO with Northern Nevada Medical Center

·         Chris Bosse, Treasurer, Vice President of Government Affairs with Renown Health

·         Bill M. Welch, Secretary, President/CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association 

·         Sam Billig, Director, CEO with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson

·         Susan Davila, Director, CEO with Desert View Hospital

·         Leonard Freehof, Director, CEO with Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center

·         Helen Lidholm, Director, CEO with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

·         Tom Mangione, Trustee, Southern Hills Hospital Medical Center

·         Erik Olson, Director, CEO with Renown Regional Medical Center

·         Melodie Osborn, Nurse Executive, Renown Health

·         Adam Rudd, Director, CEO with Southern Hills Hospital Medical Center

·         Steve Shell, Director, CEO with Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

·         Todd Sklamberg, Director, CEO with Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

·         Mason VanHouweling, Director, CEO with University Medical Center

“We are delighted to welcome these new officers and directors to the NHA Board, each of whom has an impressive, proven track record in Nevada,” Bill Welch, President and CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association, said. “They will provide invaluable guidance and direction to our members over the next year.”

About the NHA

The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing Nevada’s acute care hospitals along with psychiatric, rehabilitation and other specialty hospitals as well as health-related agencies and organizations throughout the state. Allied with the American Hospital Association, the NHA is an independent organization headquartered in Reno, Nev.


Momentum Building for Health Higher Ed in Southern Nevada

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Touro University

As we welcome the newest group of medical students to the 14th class at Touro University Nevada, I want to welcome the first class to the new medical school at my alma mater, UNLV. We are excited to work together as we help expand access to health care in our great state.

Exciting things are taking place at Touro, inside and outside of the classroom. Thanks to the research of two of our medical students, Graham Lambert and Charles Cullison, a new law was passed during the recent legislative session to strengthen marijuana DUI testing.

Touro celebrated the graduation of nearly 300 new physicians, health care professionals and educators during our spring commencement. Since 2004, it has graduated more than 3,400 professionals, with nearly 1,000 of them licensed to practice and teach in the state.

Our students make a difference in the community, which follows the Touro mission: to serve, to lead, to teach. Our mobile clinics provide basic health care services to Southern Nevada’s most underserved populations, from an existing partnership with Opportunity Village to new ones with Veterans Village II, U.S. Vets and Village of Hope.

On Aug. 4, students and faculty from our College of Osteopathic Medicine will participate in their day of service as part of new student orientation. They’ll spend the day volunteering and making meaningful connections through service.

It’s a wonderful time to be a part of the Touro family, and we look forward to many more exciting things to come.

Shelley Berkley is CEO and senior provost for Touro University’s Western Division, including its campuses in Nevada and northern California.

Roseman University

We believe 2017 is our “Year of Breakthroughs” for Roseman University’s planned College of Medicine, having intensified efforts to prioritize clinical-practice development, increase and diversify philanthropic support, and strengthen our research program. We continue to develop relationships and share our mission, vision and values.

This year, we launched our DiscoverMed program, an immersive experience for high school students designed to stimulate interest in the biomedical sciences. As a result, we received a $35,000 grant from The Del E. Webb Foundation to expand the number of schools and students participating.

Our physician faculty are committed to providing outstanding services, and we welcome area physicians to partner with us to provide patient-centered care.

One of our researchers recently received a Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities award from the National Cancer Institute to investigate prostate cancer’s disparate impact on African-Americans in Nevada.

We continue to receive philanthropic gifts to support development of the College of Medicine, including a recent anonymous $500,000 donation.

Faculty and staff are volunteering. We recently provided no-cost physicals at a health fair in Logandale, with partners from the Valley Health System. Every month, we select a nonprofit agency to support, such as Opportunity Village, Three Square to Catholic Charities.

If we continue to make progress as planned, we will be looking to have our first class begin in 2019.

Dr. Mark Penn is founding dean of the College of Medicine at Roseman University.

Touro University Nevada to Expand Physician Class Size and Generate Even More Future Health Care Providers

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The American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) granted Touro University Nevada unanimous board approval on August 26 to substantially expand its class size, thus the institution will continue leading the state of Nevada as its largest medical school.  

“Touro’s presentation to the COCA board to expand and welcome additional students was met with resounding approval. This change in class size will increase the medical education pipeline and will have a positive impact on providing future health care providers for the entire state,” said Dr. John Dougherty, Dean of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Touro’s program has longstanding success in curriculum development, community partnerships, national board scores, and residency placement which played a key role in the expansion approval from the board.”

For more than a decade Touro University Nevada had been the only medical school based in Southern Nevada, a community with more than two million residents, working to continuously address the physician shortage and quality of care. Each year the campus, located in Henderson, receives 5-6,000 applicants for its medical program, of which 3,500 are qualified under the university’s admissions standards. With only 135 positions to fill, many highly qualified applicants have been turned away.

“Touro University Nevada has been leading the way for medical education in Southern Nevada since 2004,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division. “We went before the accrediting commission to ask for the class size increase in an effort to further our commitment to address physician shortages throughout the entire state. Having met the criteria and receiving the Commission’s unanimous approval is an extraordinary success for our campus and all Nevadans.”

Currently, the state of Nevada is ranked last in the country for primary care physicians and last for the majority of surgical specialties. Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s request for growth of the approved class size was directly in response to this ranking and the increased demand for physicians-in-training in the community.

Established in 2004, Touro University Nevada is home to more than 1,400 students in a wide range of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education. Many of these programs were the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Touro Health Center.

For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

Former NBA Player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams Teams up with Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities for Specialized Clinic

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The Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities at Touro University Nevada is teaming up with former NBA player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams once again to host a free basketball clinic for local children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Many children with developmental disabilities have never had the opportunity to participate in team sports so this free clinic provides a safe and fun environment for them to learn educational tools like teamwork while developing core basketball skills.

Split into two sessions during the day, Williams and his team will work alongside Touro University Nevada student volunteers, and clinicians to teach attendees a variety of basketball drills, tactics and teamwork fundamentals. All children participating in the clinic will receive lunch, a t-shirt, mini basketball and a backpack filled with healthy snacks and other items.

The Touro Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities opened in 2008 as a state-of-the-art facility designed with the special needs of children with developmental disabilities in mind. The facility offers multiple evidence-based therapy services for children 18 months to 12 years; as well as diagnostic neuropsychological evaluations for children 18 months to 17 years.

TUNCOM Students Give Back to the Community During “Day of Service”

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Organizing books, making lunches, and sanding trash cans aren’t the typical activities medical students find themselves doing during their first week of school. At Touro University Nevada, however, it’s how 135 new students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine spent their final day of orientation as part of the university’s first “Day of Service.”

As part of Touro’s mission – to serve, to lead, to teach, the new students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time at HopeLink, Spread the Word Nevada, the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, the Henderson Heritage Senior Center, and Opportunity Village where they helped make a difference in the community.

Dr. John Dougherty, Dean of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, said giving back to the community is a central focus of the osteopathic philosophy, which encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.

“You can sit in the classroom and teach about the physical body and mind, but when it comes to spirit, you have to get them out of the classroom,” he said. “Having opportunities like this helps them begin to grasp the concepts associated with that third tenant of the osteopathic philosophy. They’re helping to make a difference in the lives of the individuals who will benefit from their service.”

James Alexander, a first-year osteopathic medical student from Reno, spent his day painting candy canes and cleaning up the miniature golf course at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. While the northern Nevada native is still getting acclimated to life in Southern Nevada, volunteering with his new classmates allowed him the opportunity to improve his new community while forging important friendships that will benefit him along the way.

“This experience helped put me in the mind frame of what we are doing here at Touro,” Alexander said. “It’s helping me assimilate in a way I never imagined. I’m looking forward to more opportunities where we can volunteer.”

First-year student Nima Jahromi, a Virginia native who traveled more than 3,000 miles to attend medical school at Touro, echoed the sentiment.

“I think volunteering is a great way to start my medical journey,” he said. “This just shows you what Touro is really about. It keeps the bigger picture in mind that experiences like these will help us become more well-rounded physicians. I really love this community feeling.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice Holding Two Events in October to Benefit Programs

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Nathan Adelson Hospice is having two fun-filled events this fall, each benefiting programs for patients and their families.

Oct. 12 Wine Tasting at Gaudin Porche

Oct. 20 Concert at The Smith Center

Fall Events Include Wine Tasting and a Concert

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest nonprofit hospice in Nevada, is gearing up for its annual fun fall fundraisers to benefit quality programs that help patients and their loved ones.

Bring your friends to this fun event.

The 18th Annual Food and Wine Tasting Extravaganza will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 in the showroom of Gaudin Porsche, 6800 Redwood St., in Las Vegas. All proceeds at this event will go toward the hospice’s Pediatric Program and Families in Need Program. Community members and supporters are invited to sample a variety of delectable wines and cuisine from some of Southern Nevada’s most notable restaurants, while enjoying music and a silent auction. Event attendees must be 21 years of age or older. VIP tickets are $150 per person, which includes the VIP Reserve Experience pre-reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The VIP reception will feature wines from Johnson Brothers of Nevada and a variety of cheeses from Murray’s Cheese. General admission tickets to the event are $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-938-3910 or online by clicking here.

Former Eagles’ lead guitarist Don Felder headlines

The 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the concert, which is presented by Bill and Susan Walters, support The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at Nathan Adelson Hospice. The program improves the quality of life for the hospice’s patients and loved ones and eases emotional and physical discomfort. Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, will be headlining the event, and multiple members of the Southern Nevada medical community will be performing. Performers will include: Alan Arnold, M.D.; Linda Woodson, M.D.; Nancy Hsiao, M.D.; and Alter’d Ego band members David Miller, M.D., Ken Woloson, Esq., Phronsie Markin, Larry Tindall, Doug Kralowetz, Tim Mendoza, along with featured guests Ed Kingsley, M.D., Ira Spector, and June Sigman, M.D. Musical numbers will range from soul to rock‘n’roll to pop. News 3 Las Vegas anchor Dana Wagner will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and actor/comedian Brad Garrett will also make a special appearance. In addition, Kelly LeGrow of Brown and Brown Insurance of Nevada will also receive the annual Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award during the evening. Ticket prices vary from $39 to $175 per person. To purchase tickets, call The Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 or visit the Smith Center’s website. More information is also available by calling Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702.938.3910.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for almost 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit.

Health District Offers Flu Shots

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Flu shots available

Tis the season! The calendar is rolling into flu season and the Southern Nevada Health District is now offering flu immunizations at its clinics. This year, the Health District is offering the quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccine as well as the high-dose immunization for people age 65 and older. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance. For more information visit the Immunization Program’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic, (702) 759-0850.

The Health District encourages everyone 6-months and older to get flu vaccinations. Some health care practices and pharmacies in the Las Vegas Valley are already offering flu vaccines to patients or patrons. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu vaccinations prevented 71,000 flu hospitalizations during the 2015-16 influenza season. In addition, the CDC estimates that the vaccine prevented 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 5 million illnesses during the same flu season.

The Health District is offering flu shots at its clinics. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule.

Although everyone should receive a flu vaccine, it is important that anyone who is more susceptible to complications from flu get vaccinated, including people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or respiratory conditions. In addition, pregnant women and people who care for babies younger than two months old should also be vaccinated.

People who have allergies to any of the flu vaccine’s components, who have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), or are feeling ill should talk to their doctor before getting a flu shot. More information is available on the CDC website at

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