Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Now Recruiting for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Trial

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International EARLY trial enrolling men and women ages 60 – 85 with normal memory function are encouraged to enroll by calling 855-568-7886

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Details: 855-568-7886

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is now seeking eligible participants to enroll in the multicenter Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial, EARLY.

The global research clinical trial measures the effectiveness and safety of the investigational drug JNJ-54861911 to determine its ability to prevent Alzheimer’s-associated memory loss in those at risk for developing the disease due to amyloid plaque buildup in the brain. Evidence of this buildup in people with normal memory function has been linked to an increased risk for the development of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

Men and women ages 60 to 85 with normal cognitive function and not currently being treated for memory issues are needed to complete the five-year, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. In addition, those interested must be willing to take an investigational drug not yet approved by regulatory agencies and must have a reliable trial partner to accompany them to appointments. Participants are selected based on their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which will be determined in the first part of the study by assessing the buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain.

“Having the technology to identify individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease and now with a medication that could potentially alter its course has opened up the possibility of preventing dementia,” said Charles Bernick, M.D., associate director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “This is an exciting new approach and I would encourage anyone within the eligible age group, particularly if Alzheimer’s runs in your family, to be proactive and consider participating in the EARLY study.”

Once participants are deemed eligible, they will continue to the second part of the study focusing on treatment. Throughout the treatment portion, participants will receive either an investigational drug or placebo to take via oral tablet for a period of four and a half years while participating in a variety of assessments such as questionnaires, interviews, blood tests and MRI scans during regularly scheduled visits at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. After the treatment period, participants will then complete the third and final portion of the study during a single follow-up appointment taking place one to four weeks after the last dose of medication.

For more information about the EARLY Study, including how to enroll, call 855-568-7886 or email For more information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and other ongoing trials, 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

Southwest Medical Associates’ Nilesh Neil Gokal, M.D. on Being a Physician

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Nilesh Neil Gokal, M.D. Southwest Medical Associates

By Nilesh Neil Gokal, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician
Southwest Medical Associates

I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a physician.

My oldest sister underwent nearly 20 surgeries on her spinal cord before she was 12 years of age. We were always in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, and one particular surgeon truly helped her. To this day, his smiling face is etched in my memory. He left an impression, and was a big impetus for me wanting to go into the medical field.

After medical rotations and residencies in both New York City and New Jersey, I found myself drawn to the loving rapport that family practice physicians build with their patients. Being a provider for a patient and his or her parents, and later children and later grandchildren, was both engaging and lovingly magical to me.

As I began working in the field, it wasn’t what I envisioned. I went through two practices in four years. While they were both wonderful opportunities, it wasn’t the experience I was looking for. I almost gave up looking for that magical job I had imagined. Now one year later, I can truly say that magic is back, thanks to the team at Southwest Medical Associates.

Yes, the compensation package they offered me was quite attractive. A great salary, educational reimbursement, incredible immediate, long-term and retirement benefits and a chance to stay in Las Vegas.

But what I got has been so much more.

I love the team medicine approach at Southwest Medical. Patients are assigned to primary care providers and care teams, based on their needs and preferences. It allows us as physicians to establish a long-lasting relationship with our patients and oversee their total care. How cool is it that I can be talking to my diabetic patient about proper nutrition, and have access to nutritionists and other specialists at my fingertips? Case managers, behavior health support, physical therapists and countless specialists become part of my team. These are resources I can access quickly, and all this truly makes a difference in my patient’s outcomes.

Other resources include our senior lifestyle centers. As a family physician, many of my patients are elderly. Our lifestyle centers are a great resource to our aging population. The vast opportunities for socialization can greatly impact their health. I see it daily.

In addition to the enormous amount of resources, innovation is constant around here. I’m enjoying the daily huddles with our team, discussing goals, new ideas we would like to implement, or sometimes a difficult case and talking about the best way to approach it. People listen, and changes are quickly made, all to benefit the patient.

What I’ve seen in my first year with Southwest Medical is a company that cares, both about our people and our patients. The amount of support and resources I receive is unmatched, allowing me to learn and grow, and provide the absolute best all-around care to my patients. Every day is exciting. When you are part of a company whose mission you not only align with but truly believe in, it makes a tremendous difference.

I love living and working in Las Vegas. We have an aging population in need, so I see a lot of resources beginning to open in our neighborhoods. I’m also excited about the new UNLV School of Medicine, something that will greatly impact our community for the better.

I’ve heard in the past that Las Vegas, while a world-class city in many ways, is not the type of place to raise a family and isn’t a tight community. I think with recent events we’ve disproven that to the world. We are indeed a strong community and I’m proud to call it my home.

For more information, visit us on the web.

What Happens in Vegas, Doesn’t Have to Stay in Vegas: The Ecuador Neurology Project

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By Brent Bluett, DO
Staff Neurologist
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

This past July I had the incredible opportunity to represent Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health internationally by participating in the Ecuador Neurology Project (ENP). I was truly honored to be selected as one of six neurologists participating in the ENP this year and was in good company with fellow colleagues from wonderful organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Washington University and University of Alabama at Birmingham. The experience allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, while also giving me the chance to advance the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s mission to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems and education of those who serve.

Developed to increase the knowledge of Ecuadorian medical providers and provide expert neurological consultation to under served patients in public hospitals, the ENP began as an annual program in 2012 and is partially sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology.

Each year, six neurologists representing various organizations and handpicked by the ENP committee travel

The Ruvo team presents on sub-specialty areas.

to Guayaquil, Ecuador to teach local physicians, residents and medical students about their neurologic sub-specialty. Over the course of three days, each ENP volunteer gives presentations on their area of expertise at adult and pediatric hospitals and then sees patients with local neurologists in a “grand-rounds” setting, to impart clinical skills and knowledge.

On the first day, my group traveled to the Luis Vernaza General Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in Latin America founded in 1564. While there, I along with the other two adult neurologists on the trip, gave a presentation on our areas of sub-specialty, which included information on clinical practice and research. As a Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders specialist, I gave two presentations titled “Update on Parkinson’s disease” and “When it’s not Parkinson’s disease –the other movement disorders.” These presentations focused on the clinical diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease and conditions which resemble Parkinson’s, in order to increase accuracy of diagnosis and treatment.

After our presentations, the mayor of Guayaquil presented us with honorary diplomas and we had the opportunity to meet other public officials. The highlight of the day was seeing patients in the hospital – each with a rare case and in desperate need to either diagnose their condition or find treatment. After I was able to diagnose one of the patients with a rare movement disorder, the patient’s husband told me “all of the money in the world could not buy the satisfaction of finally knowing what my wife’s condition is.”

The Ruvo team visits a pediatric hospital in Ecuador.

On the second day, my group traveled to the city’s pediatric hospital, where three of the pediatric neurologists presented on their sub-specialty. After the presentations, we saw more patients in the hospital, which was again, an intrinsically rewarding experience, augmented by how grateful the patients and their families were.

For me, the experience was also educational as it allowed me to see a different patient population with rare neurological conditions alongside experts in those neurologic sub-specialties. Sitting in on these appointments granted me the opportunity to observe different approaches to diagnosis and disease management, helping to make me a more dynamic professional.

The remainder of the trip was spent seeing patients in the Luis Vernaza outpatient clinic, followed by sightseeing in Guayaquil. Many of the neurologists who volunteer for the ENP use the opportunity to travel in Ecuador and beyond in South America and I was fortunate enough to do so with my family. At the conclusion of the program, we explored the Amazon Rain Forest and the beautiful Galapagos islands – an experience, along with the ENP, that I will never forget.

I was inspired to apply to participate in the ENP program so that I could make a difference. We are all familiar with the saying “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but that doesn’t have to be the case. Amazing work takes place in the Las Vegas Medical District that can change the world and it’s with programs like the ENP that our reach can be felt in places that need it the most.

From beginning to end, it was an incredible journey that allowed me to do what I love, while helping others in need. I highly encourage those who are interested to consider volunteering for this truly outstanding project. For more information about the ENP, including how to enroll, please visit the American Academy of Neurology website.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Receives $7,000 Donation

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Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced today that The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee contributed an initial $7,000 grant to the nonprofit hospice for grief and loss counseling services related to the Oct.1 shooting tragedy in Las Vegas.

Following the tragedy, Nathan Adelson Hospice announced it would offer free grief counseling and bereavement services to anyone affected by it; including the wounded, first responders and family members of those killed or wounded. The hospice immediately started a community grief support group, which is open to any member of the Southern Nevada community struggling to cope after the shooting.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous gift that The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has given us,” Fisher said. “The donation will allow us to continue extending much-needed counseling and support services to the entire local community.”

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee raised the grant money through the Music City Cares Fund, which gives 100 percent of donations to nonprofit organizations providing immediate and long-term care for Las Vegas shooting victims. The fund received donations from country music stars Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris. All proceeds made from the Kings of Leon Oct. 5 concert in Las Vegas were also donated to the fund. The Starbucks Foundation included the Music City Cares Fund in their mobile application for several days for users to donate as well.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for nearly 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.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, visit

Hands Together: Volunteers in Medicine’s Annual Fundraiser Set For November 4

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Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a nonprofit dedicated to providing free health care services to low-income, uninsured Southern Nevadans, will host its ninth annual dinner fundraiser, Hands Together, Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Palazzo Ballroom inside The Palazzo. All proceeds will help fund VMSN’s medical services and programs.

This year’s Hands Together honoree is Dr. Tony Marlon, former chief executive and founder of Sierra Health Services, and a longtime supporter of VMSN’s core mission to serve Southern Nevada’s less fortunate.

Through the generosity of community partners, donors, and more than 650 volunteers, VMSN provided over $5 million in healthcare services at the Paradise Park and Ruffin Family clinics this past year. Additionally, VMSN provided:

  • 8,000 primary and specialty medical care appointments to approximately 2,700 men, women and children
  • More than $1 million in free diagnostic testing
  • More than $3.1 million in free medications

Last year, as part of its pledge to provide “holistic healthcare,” VMSN added a dental program and social and behavioral health intervention programs to its list of services.


Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

6 — 9:30 p.m.


Palazzo Ballroom

3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109


Individual tickets cost $325 and can be purchased by visiting


Evan Korn


(516) 510-6014

Floragraph Finishing Event Memorializes Life-Saving Donation

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Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries of Las Vegas and Nevada Donor Network will honor the memory of local two-year-old Logan Leone at the 129th Rose Parade® January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. Family and friends will pay a special tribute to Leone by decorating a custom Floragraph, a portrait made of floral and natural materials, to be featured on the Donate Life float at the 2018 Rose Parade®. The Floragraph portrait is a way to honor Leone and raise awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. The two-and-a-half-year old’s liver, kidneys and heart valves saved the lives of several other individuals.

Leone, lovingly known as “Smash” because he smashed everything in his path, passed away at the young age of two. Despite his adventurous nature, he was well-mannered and always sure to say “please” and “thank you.” Leone’s infectious smile will be remembered by everyone who met him. While his parents held him in their arms as they said their final goodbyes to their beloved son, they made the selfless decision to save others through organ, eye and tissue donation. Their courageous act of love for their son has saved several lives, including a toddler who was in desperate need of a liver. Leone’s family will never truly understand what a great impact donation has made on the lives of others, but they’re grateful for this honor and know that their son’s legacy will be remembered forever.

The Floragraph finishing event will be held at Lone Mountain Park at Gazebo B-99 on November 9th at 1:00 P.M.

WHAT: Donate Life Rose Parade® Floragraph Finishing Event Honoring Logan Leone

WHO: Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries of Las Vegas, Nevada Donor Network, friends and family of Logan Leone

WHERE: Lone Mountain Park, 4445 N. Jensen, Las Vegas, NV 89129 (B-99 Gazebo, Northern Area of Park)

WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.


1.            Joe Ferreira, Nevada Donor Network CEO/President

2.            Glenn Abercrombie, Dignity Memorial Palm Mortuaries and Cemeteries of Las Vegas, General Manager

3.            Brett Leone and Samantha Leone (Logan’s Parents)

CONTACT: Christina Hernandez, Nevada Donor Network, 702-796-9600

Vegas Strong Legal & Financial Toolkit Now Available from Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

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Toolkit provides up-to-date information and tips for those affected by Oct. 1 shooting tragedy

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of the Vegas Strong Legal & Financial Toolkit for victims, survivors and families to easily access information about legal and financial topics stemming from the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.  The range of civil topics include which hospitals are waiving the patient’s portion of a medical bill, how to pay for funeral expenses, tips for those who worked the festival and more.  The toolkit will be continuously updated by Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit legal organization that has been a part of the Las Vegas community since 1958.

“We recognize many victims, survivors and families are dealing with grief and shock and are not ready now to deal with the myriad of civil legal issues that will arise in the days, weeks, and months to come,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “That’s why the Vegas Strong Legal & Financial Toolkit will be such a great resource for them, providing basic information on the first steps to take in dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy. This is in addition to the one-on-one counseling and legal representation our office is providing for civil legal aid issues.”

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada are collaboratively offering support, counseling and free legal assistance to individuals touched by the Oct. 1 tragedy.   People needing extended representation will be assisted by one of Legal Aid Center’s dedicated staff attorneys or one of the many attorneys who have volunteered to help.  The State Bar of Nevada has committed to working with bar associations around the country to find free legal resources in the states where concert attendees live for a consultation or legal representation.  Legal Aid Center is accepting all requests for legal assistance from the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center as well as referrals from other nonprofit organizations working with those affected by the tragedy. 

For more information or to request an appointment, call (702) 386-1598, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, send an email to, or visit Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada does not accept clients who wish to pursue personal injury, wrongful death, or negligence type claims.

About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada      

Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit for more information.


Henderson Hospital to Break Ground on Freestanding ER in South Henderson

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What:              Groundbreaking of the freestanding ER for Henderson Hospital

When:              9 a.m. on October 31, 2017

October 31 is also the one-year anniversary of the opening of Henderson Hospital.

Where: Northeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive

Features:  The freestanding emergency room will feature eight treatment rooms with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Henderson Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

Misc: Henderson Hospital opened on October 31, 2016.

Special activities for October 31, 2017

* First case performed in new ambulatory surgery center, located in the medical office building adjacent to Henderson Hospital
* Freestanding ER groundbreaking at 9 a.m.
* Blood Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henderson Hospital
* Health Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. at Henderson Hospital
* Trunk or Treat from 4 to 6 p.m. at Henderson Hospital

About Henderson Hospital

Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, the 120-bed hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an ambulatory surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Henderson Hospital
Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Valley Hospital Las Vegas

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and State Bar of Nevada Announce Free Legal Assistance to Victims and Their Families

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Legal community joins forces to provide free legal assistance for civil matters to those affected by the Oct. 1 shooting

The horrific events following the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival will leave more than just emotional scars.  Many people will face a multitude of civil legal issues in the coming days, weeks and months. To help victims and their families deal with these matters, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada have joined forces to provide pro bono legal services covering guardianship, immigration, employment issues, debt relief, probate, jurisdiction issues and other areas.

“In the midst of our mourning and heartache, we realize victims and their families will soon face a myriad of civil legal issues.  We do not want individuals to face these issues alone and without legal guidance. That is why we have been working closely with the State Bar of Nevada and our pro bono attorneys to bring needed legal services to our community,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “We have seen an overwhelming humanitarian response to our call to action. Our staff at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, along with a host of pro bono attorneys, are ready now and for the tough times ahead, to assist victims where they need help. We are grateful and humbled to serve the community in this unprecedented time of need.” 

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc., a local nonprofit law firm, is accustomed to working with volunteer attorneys in the community through its Pro Bono Project.  Additionally, several of Legal Aid Center’s staff attorneys and paralegals have been present at the Family Assistance Center since last week to provide guidance to those with legal problems stemming from the Oct. 1 shooting.

 Kimberly Farmer, executive director of the State Bar of Nevada, echoes Buckley’s comments. “Numerous attorneys in Southern Nevada have come together to offer support and free legal assistance to the hundreds of individuals affected by this tragedy.  The State Bar of Nevada office is prepared to work with organizations from other states to identify legal assistance for out-of-state victims since many of the festival attendees were visiting from other places,” she said.  “We have been receiving numerous offers from local attorneys who are ready to volunteer in areas ranging from probate to insurance matters.  We anticipate legal needs will continue for the unforeseeable future, and we are so proud that our legal community is ready, willing and able to help.”

Examples of civil legal issues victims may face include: guardianship over an orphaned child, custody orders, help when debt collectors call on past due accounts because a household provider has been unable to return to work due to traumatic injury, property and probate matters, and assistance for out-of-state visitors needing help finding an attorney in their own jurisdiction. 

   Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada have established a triage system to help individuals connect with an attorney.  Those affected may call (702) 386-1070, ext. 0, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance.

About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit for more information.

About State Bar of Nevada

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Cleveland Clinic Provided $809 Million in Community Benefit in 2016

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Cleveland Clinic provided $809 million in community benefit in Ohio, Nevada and Florida in 2016, a 17 percent increase over 2015.*

Community benefit is a measure of a hospital’s investment in its community through outreach programs, medical education, research, financial assistance, coverage of Medicaid shortfalls, and subsidized care.

“As a non-profit academic medical center, we are a community asset with no owners, investors or stockholders,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “Any and all operating surplus is invested back into the health system to support new research and education initiatives and to cultivate a healthier population by promoting access to healthcare and encouraging healthy behaviors and lifestyles in our communities.”

Cleveland Clinic calculates community benefit conforming to the IRS Form 990 guidelines. Community benefit includes activities or programs that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance generalizable knowledge and relieve government burden. Cleveland Clinic’s 2016 totals marked the highest level of community benefit in its reporting history.

“Cleveland Clinic is committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of the populations we serve,” said Steve Glass, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our community benefit efforts support our founding principles: better care of the sick, educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, and funding medical research that leads to advanced treatments and cures.”

The primary categories for assessing community benefit include financial assistance, Medicaid shortfall, subsidized health services, outreach programs, education and research:

Financial assistance — $86.2 million

Financial assistance is the amount of free or discounted medically necessary care provided to those patients unable to pay some or all of their bills. Cleveland Clinic’s financial assistance policy provides free or discounted care to patients with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level and covers both hospital care and our employed physician services.

Medicaid shortfall — $328.5 million

The Medicaid program, which provides healthcare coverage for low-income families and individuals, is funded by state and federal governments. In many states, including Ohio, Medicaid payments have not been sufficient to cover the costs of treating Medicaid beneficiaries. In 2016, Cleveland Clinic experienced a 35 percent increase in Medicaid shortfall compared to 2015.

Subsidized health services — $19.6 million

Subsidized health services are clinical services provided to meet the needs of the community despite creating a financial loss. Subsidized health services within Cleveland Clinic include pediatric programs, psychiatric/behavioral health programs, obstetrics services, chronic disease management and outpatient clinics. Excluding financial assistance costs and Medicaid shortfalls,

Outreach programs — $38.1 million

Cleveland Clinic’s outreach programs are designed to serve the most vulnerable and at-risk populations as identified in our comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessments.

Programs range from free wellness initiatives, health screenings, clinical services and education to enrollment assistance for government-funded health programs.

In 2016, some highlights included: 

  • Wellness initiatives in the areas of disease/injury prevention and behavioral change, including tobacco cessation, nutrition improvement, exercise, substance abuse, child safety, teen parenting and domestic violence. Programs were provided to schools, faith-based organizations, community centers, and collaborating cities and counties.
  • Health fairs provided thousands of people with free health screenings, including the Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Fair, Celebrating Sisterhood, Tu Familia and neighborhood preventive health fairs.
  • Cleveland Clinic provided no-cost clinical and wellness services to under- and uninsured families at community sites, including Langston Hughes Health & Education Center and our pediatric mobile unit. Laboratory and vision services were donated to Cleveland-area organizations.
  • Collaborative initiatives with community nonprofit organizations and local governments addressed critical population health issues, including the opioid epidemic and infant mortality.

Education — $272.3 million

Cleveland Clinic takes pride in a wide range of high-quality medical education that includes accredited training programs for residents, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. By educating medical professionals, we ensure that the public is receiving the highest standard of medical care and will have highly trained health professionals to care for them in the future.

Research — $64.0 million

Research into diseases and their cures is an investment in people’s long-term health. From a community benefit standpoint, research includes basic, clinical and community health research, as well as studies on healthcare delivery. Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute is continually bringing medical advances into patient care and to the medical world through the development of new techniques, devices and treatment protocols. Over 1,900 scientists and support personnel, including 179 principal investigators, are providing research at Cleveland Clinic. 

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. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 51,000 employees are more than 3,500 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2016, there were 7.1 million outpatient visits, 161,674 hospital admissions and 207,610 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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*Figure includes outreach programs, medical education, research, subsidized care