Health District Identifies First West Nile-Positive Mosquitoes of the Season

By | Press Release

Reminds Southern Nevadans to Fight the Bite

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program identified the first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the season in the 89122 ZIP code. To date, there have been no human cases of West Nile illness reported. Updated information on positive mosquito submission pools and mosquitoes that are tested in Clark County is posted on the Health District’s website. 

“As we continue through monsoon season, it is important to remind Southern Nevadans to take steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sources to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “Community members can do their part by ensuring their homes are free of standing water, using insect repellent appropriately, and reporting mosquito activity to our agency.”

Mosquitoes acquire West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread from person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe illness and even death. In 2017, the Health District reported three cases of West Nile virus. For information about prevention tips, visit the Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance page. 

The Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program is continuing its surveillance to identify the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are capable of transmitting Zika, chikungunya, and dengue. Unlike mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and are most active at dawn and dusk, Aedes mosquitoes are more aggressive during the day. They are known to breed near homes, in smaller water sources, and primarily bite humans. Since they were first identified in 2017, the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been found in the 89130, 89131, 89031 and 89032 ZIP codes.

In addition to Zika, West Nile virus, and St. Louis Encephalitis, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for Western Equine Encephalitis, which is occasionally identified in Clark County. Residents can report green swimming pools and standing or stagnant water sources to local code enforcement agencies. Contact information for local jurisdictions’ code enforcement is available on the Health District website. 

Residents are urged to report all mosquito activity to the Health District, particularly day-biting mosquitoes. Mosquito activity can be reported to the Mosquito Surveillance Program at (702) 759-1633.

Mosquito Control 

  • Check your yard for water-filled containers weekly or after every use of sprinklers or rain.
  • Throw away or recycle water-holding containers that are not needed.
  • If storing boats, old appliances, containers, or other large objects, they should be covered, turned over, or placed under a roof that does not allow them to fill with water.
  • Clean and scrub bird baths and pet-watering dishes weekly and dump the water from overflow dishes under potted plants and flower pots.
  • Fill tree holes and other cavities in plants with sand or soil.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds,

“green” swimming pools, and accumulated sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

  • Check for hidden bodies of water such as wells, septic tanks, manholes, clogged drains, etc.
  • Call the Health District to report mosquitoes

Prevent Mosquito Bites

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or 2-undecanone. Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
  • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
  • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
  • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without tears or holes.
  • If you are outdoors in a mosquito-infested area, place mosquito netting over infant carriers.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.

For more information on mosquito surveillance activities in Southern Nevada, access the Southern Nevada Health District website. For additional information on eliminating breeding sources, access the CDC’s Controlling Mosquitoes at Home webpage.


Henderson Hospital Opens Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

By | Developments, Press Release

Henderson Hospital, which opened in late 2016, has added an eight-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to serve newborns that may be born prematurely and/or may have needs and conditions that require additional, specialized medical care.

“We’re excited to open,” said Joanna Bacon, RN, Director of Women’s Services for Henderson Hospital. “Our team has been preparing for months, and we want expectant parents and families to be confident that, should their baby need more specialized care than our well newborn nursery provides, they will be able to remain at Henderson Hospital for these advanced services.”

The Level II NICU, which can care for babies born at 32 weeks gestational age and above who require advanced medical care for conditions related to prematurity or a variety of other circumstances, is staffed with full-time neonatologists, neonatologist nurse practitioners, NICU-trained nurses, respiratory therapists and lactation consultants, along with adjunct medical specialists capable of dealing with neonatal patients.

“We want parents to be reassured their baby will receive excellent care in our NICU,” said Sam Kaufman, the CEO of Henderson Hospital. “As a parent, I understand how frightening it can be if your baby needs a higher level of care or needs to stay at the hospital after mom is discharged. Our commitment is to provide the best medical care for all babies who are entrusted to us.”

The NICU increases the Henderson Hospital bed count to 138. In addition, an outpatient Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center will begin accepting patients this summer. Later this year, the ER at Green Valley Ranch will open at the corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center, and the third floor will add another 28 private rooms for medical surgical patients.

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, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Cummings Honored at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association presented the AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor three individuals who have made significant scientific contributions and demonstrated lifelong commitments to progress against Alzheimer’s and dementia. The awards were presented during the plenary session on Tuesday, July 24, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018 (AAIC 2018) in Chicago.

This year’s honorees are Jeffrey L. Cummings, M.D., Sc.D., from the Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University; Ann C. McKee, M.D., from VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine; and John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Cummings is the recipient of the Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Research. A world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher and leader of clinical trials, he is the founding director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio. Cummings is a Professor of Medicine in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Cummings is the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH/NIGMS-funded Center for Neurodegeneration and Translational Neuroscience. And he was the founding director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. His research interests include clinical trials, developing new therapies for brain diseases, and the interface of neuroscience and society.

Cummings Honored by Las Vegas HEALS with Inspired Excellence Award

Dr. McKee is the recipient of the Henry Wisniewski Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Research. She is director of Neuropathology for VA Boston Healthcare System and Professor of Neurology and Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine. McKee is also director of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center and Associate Director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. She was the first scientist to report a link between motor neuron disease and CTE. Dr. McKee created the “McKee criteria” by defining the criteria on the changes in the brain for the diagnosis of CTE and establishing the novel staging system for the condition.

Dr. Trojanowski is the recipient of the Khalid Iqbal Lifetime Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Research. He has been on the faculty of The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania since 1981 where he is currently a professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of the NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Director of the NINDS Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Center, Co-Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Director of the Institute on Aging. His research focuses on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and related disorders. Dr. Trojanowski has made several discoveries of the major disease proteins in these disorders, and that aggregation and cell-to-cell spread of these disease proteins is a common mechanism underlying each of these conditions. His research has helped identify targets for potential drug therapies and treatments.

“Each of these researchers has made lasting contributions to help accelerate the progress towards finding the underlying causes, treatments and preventions for Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., chief science officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “Their impressive commitment to scientific research to help people living with these diseases now, and to find treatments and preventions for the future, is what we are honoring at AAIC.”

The AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards are named in honor of Henry Wisniewski, M.D., Ph.D., Khalid Iqbal, Ph.D., and Bengt Winblad, M.D., Ph.D., the co-founders of the conference now known as the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. These awards honor significant fundamental contributions to Alzheimer’s research, either through a single scientific discovery or a body of work.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating the global effort to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and to recognizing the efforts of researchers who further our understanding about this devastating disease. As the worldwide nonprofit leader in funding Alzheimer’s research, we continue to directly fund cutting-edge research with approximately $160 million accelerating advances in 21 countries around the world.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®)

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is the world’s largest gathering of researchers from around the world focused on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s research program, AAIC serves as a catalyst for generating new knowledge about dementia and fostering a vital, collegial research community.

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About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit or call 800.272.3900.

National Parkinson’s Foundation Names Cleveland Clinic a Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Care

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Cleveland Clinic Designation Includes Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the addition of three new Centers of Excellence to its global network: Cleveland Clinic; Medical University of South Carolina; and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Cleveland Clinic designation includes its main campus in Ohio as well as locations in Las Vegas, Nevada; Weston, Florida and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

“The Center of Excellence designation recognizes the leaders in providing high-quality Parkinson’s care,” said John Lehr, president and chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “The Parkinson’s Foundation will continue to expand our reach across the country to ensure that every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease has access to treatments that will improve their quality of life today.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network comprises 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States, which serve more than 120,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams of neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals, who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in Parkinson’s disease.

“At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the incredible work of our team transcends the Las Vegas community,” said Larry Ruvo, co-founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Cleveland Clinic’s dedication to providing unparalleled patient care and world-class research is further magnified by the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence designation, and we are honored to receive this recognition.”

Every Center of Excellence designation is awarded based on a rigorous application and peer-review process with the following criteria:

  • Must see at least 700 unique patients with Parkinson’s disease annually
  • Conduct research relevant to Parkinson’s and/or conduct clinical trials for Parkinson’s
  • Provide exemplary team care, including a neurologist with training in movement disorders, nurse, social
  • worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech-language pathologist
  • Promote access to wellness programs for patients
  • Facilitate educational events for patients and families

“Our team at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health continues to forge a strong and innovative path in Parkinson’s disease research. The recognition of our systematic, holistic approach is yet another sign of our commitment to improving the quality of life for families affected by this debilitating disorder,” said Marwan Sabbagh, MD, FAAN, CCRI, Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair for Brain Health and Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “I look forward to building on this momentum and continuing to foster an environment that enhances research in a multidisciplinary setting to conquer neurological diseases.”

“This recognition reflects the tireless and dedicated effort of our entire team across the Cleveland Clinic health system,” says Zoltan Mari, MD, Director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Ruvo Family Chair. “We will carry this designation with pride and it will re-energize us to reach even greater heights in providing compassionate care, offering the latest in research and clinical trials, and continuing to reinvent how we treat Parkinson’s disease.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation brings the Centers of Excellence together annually for a “Center Leadership Conference” to provide updates on care and research initiatives. Every center must recertify after five years to ensure requisite standards of care. For a full list of Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence visit their website.

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

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit and

About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit their website, or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Desert Springs Hospital ER Team Undergoes Disaster Preparedness Training in Alabama

By | Press Release

Eight months after helping to care for more than 100 patients during the #1October mass shooting in Las Vegas, five members of the Desert Springs Hospital emergency department journeyed to the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL, the nation’s premier all-hazard training center, for additional disaster education in May.

“With our proximity to the Las Vegas Strip, McCarran Airport, and UNLV, we want as many tools and resources at our disposal in case we have another situation where we need to provide quick care to a large number of emergent patients,” said Stacey Helton, RN, director of Emergency Services at Desert Springs Hospital. 

Brooke Backer, RN, ER bedside educator; David Barrett, RN, ER Clinical Supervisor; Travis Legrand, RN, ER manager; John Kay, EMT-P, and Joanne McCready, RN, ER; traveled to Alabama for the five-day curriculum of courses and hands-on skills training. The team was involved in both mass casualty incidents (MCI) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) events.

“The training was specific to my profession as an ER nurse,” said Brooke Backer, RN, Emergency department bedside educator. “We learned everything from triage tools to putting on a hazmat suit correctly to decontaminating casualties to setting up transport. Everything we learned is vital if one of these events occurred in Las Vegas.” 

Days were long, beginning at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast and classes running from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. “On the last day, we had a mock CBRNE/MCI event – Hurricane Chuck, which hit land and could potentially affect the chemical plants, rail lines and highways. There was also a fault line, which could lead to earthquake activities. Meanwhile, the hotels were full of evacuees, so we were expected to possibly see and treat a very large number of people,” said Brooke. “This event really tied our training together to show what we learned and what to expect during an actual event.

“Personally, this was one of the most memorable and educational experiences I’ve had in my 12-year nursing career,” she continued. “I’m excited to educate our Desert Springs Hospital team, and I was also encouraged by two CDP instructors to apply to teach future Emergency Management Operations classes.”

Undergoing the training was physically demanding and intense for her team, said Stacey, “but each of our staff returned with a renewed purpose in training the rest of our team to become more prepared for whatever may come through our doors. My goal is that Desert Spring Hospital’s emergency department will serve as the disaster preparedness training team for other ERs in The Valley Health System. In the event of a true crisis, we must pull together and be prepared.”


Valley Hospital Celebrates Graduate Medical Education

By | Education, Press Release, Uncategorized

June 28 White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Residents, Fellows

60 Percent of Graduating Class to Remain in Las Vegas

On June 28, 2018, Valley Hospital welcomed a new class of 24 medical residents and four Fellows with a traditional White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony is considered a rite of passage in the journey toward becoming a physician.  It marks the medical student’s transition from the study of preclinical health sciences to clinical service.  As part of the Ceremony, short white coats of a medical student are discarded and long white coats of a physician are officially presented.  The long white coat is the symbol of physician clinical service.

Since 2006, Valley Hospital has offered physician residencies and fellowships for physicians-in-training after they complete medical school, known as graduate medical education. Valley Hospital has watched its physician graduates open or join private practices, work as hospitalists, continue their medical training with the military, or enter fellowships for further specialized training.

Valley Hospital offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery, along with Fellowships in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

“A residency program not only trains new physicians, but it introduces them to their network of referring physicians and future patients,” said Elaine Glaser, CEO of Valley Hospital. “A 2017 report from the American Association of Medical Colleges showed that 54.5 percent of physicians who completed residency training from 2007 through 2016 are practicing in the state where they completed their residency program.* That’s an important statistic as the local healthcare community works to recruit and retain physicians to meet Southern Nevada’s growing demand for providers.”

Statistics from Valley Hospital’s graduating class include:

Overall, 60 percent of Valley Hospital’s graduating residents and fellows will remain in Las Vegas to work in private practice, as hospitalists, in outpatient clinics, and with local Fellowship opportunities at Valley Hospital (Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Two of four graduating Fellows (50 percent) are entering private practice in Las Vegas with specialties in gastroenterology or pulmonary/critical care.

Nearly 40 percent of the graduating Residents have been accepted into Fellowship Programs.

With its second graduating class, the orthopedic surgery residency maintains its 100 percent Fellowship acceptance rate with graduates being accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship, in Philadelphia, PA and the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Beacon Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH.

Other Valley Hospital residents have been accepted to out-of-state fellowship programs in:

  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
  • Kaiser Permanente Southern California Nephrology Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Endocrinology & Metabolism Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ

“I’m proud that our program has developed outstanding physicians who have been accepted to well-known fellowships,” said Glaser. “It speaks to the quality of our physician leadership, faculty and program.”


Hubbard-Alexandre Earns Specialized Designation as Certified Neonatal Therapist

By | Certification, Press Release, Recognition

Tiny patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Centennial Hills Hospital will benefit from the expertise of physical therapist Wendy Hubbard-Alexandre, who earned the designation of Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT) by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists on April 30, 2018, and specializes in the care of premature infants.

Wendy joins the select ranks of approximately 180 physical, occupational and speech therapists worldwide who have earned the designation. She is one of approximately 50 physical therapists worldwide, and one of two in Nevada; both of whom work for The Valley Health System in Las Vegas.

According to Wendy, pre-term and other high-risk infants who begin their lives in the NICU have higher rates of disability, which are often evident before the babies leave the hospital. “Early therapy interventions can make a positive, long-term impact,” explained Wendy. With her neonatal physical therapy skills, Wendy performs activities (interventions) targeting functional limitations, ensuring the baby has developmentally appropriate sensory and motor experiences, educating the family and medical staff, and serving as an integral part of the NICU care team.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association all recognize therapy that occurs in the NICU as an advanced area of practice. Neonatal Therapy National Certification ensures that therapists who work in the NICU have met minimum standards set by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board and endorsed by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.  

To earn the designation, Wendy has a minimum of 3,500 hours of direct practice in the NICU, taken a minimum of 40 hours of education related to the NICU, received 40 hours of mentored experiences and achieved a passing score on the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Exam.  This has given Wendy the distinction of Certified Neonatal Therapist, which is valid for five years. Her work as a Certified Neonatal Therapist is described to families and other members of the medical team, and featured after her signature on medical documentation.

The Certified Neonatal Therapist designation is less than two years old; it was first announced in September 2016 and the application process became effect in November 2016. 

Centennial Hills Hospital has offered neonatal intensive care services since 2009 and cared for its first set of triplets in June 2018.

Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital Receives Donation from Injured Police Officers Fund

By | Press Release

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital announce today that the Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a cash donation from the Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF). The gift is one of several presented in an unprecedented act of charitable giving. The Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital is a component fund of the Nevada Community Foundation.

Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital was among 27 agencies receiving cash gifts – all a part of a “pay it forward” gesture. Generating cash from the sale of a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake donated last October by Barrett Jackson’s President Steve Davis, IPOF immediately became the receiving charity when the car sold in live auction. Barret Jackson donated the vehicle to the Injured Police Officers Fund because the charity pledged to give some of the proceeds to agencies and organizations serving as first responders. Jeff and Paulette Carpoff made the winning bid at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction on October 21, 2017.

“We have spent the last six (6) months selecting worthy organizations as the recipients of this generous, and much appreciated donation,” said Lieutenant Erik Lloyd, president of the Injured Police Officers Fund. “There are so many deserving first responder organizations and we made every effort to donate to those in our community that are on the frontlines of law enforcement, rescue and safety in Nevada.”

In acknowledging the gift, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Todd P. Sklamberg, said, “We are fully committed to being excellent stewards of this amazing goodwill gift by the Injured Police Officers Fund. We are honored to stand side-by-side with all first responders as members of a community dedicated to healing.”


Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Donates Over $500,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice Palliative Care Program

By | Philanthropy/Giving, Press Release

As more and more attention is drawn to palliative care in America, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation (EPWFF) continues to be a leader in supporting services for those dealing with chronic illness with a generous donation of $568,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program (EWPCP).

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing care to Southern Nevada, Nathan Adelson Hospice is an industry leader in palliative care and its principles. The EWPCP was founded in 2007, and has helped an estimated 16,000-plus individuals both at home and in facilities.

The goal of the EWPCP is to improve the quality of life for patients and their family members facing the debilitating physical, emotional, and social issues associated with an advanced illness. This program provides a unique and innovative interdisciplinary approach to care coordination across settings.

“The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation is known for both their generosity and their vision,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO, Carole Fisher. “Continuing their commitment to this crucial and still often-misunderstood program helps ensure everyone in our community has access to the dignity and care needed during the end of their journey.”

Only months after former First Lady Barbara Bush brought attention to her own situation by choosing to seek palliative care after her terminal diagnosis, palliative care and its benefits have begun to be topics among the general public.

The (EPWFF) donation will decrease unnecessary suffering and improve the quality of life for our community’s most fragile by providing:

•             Expert management of pain and other symptoms

•             Guidance for patients and their families in developing a personal, patient-centered plan of care based on true understanding of disease management and progression, treatment choices, and the right to advocate one’s personal interpretation of quality of life

•             Coordination of care with health care providers, insurance companies and other community resources

•             Emotional support and clinical guidance for patients and families

•             Opportunities for families to better understand decision-making challenges and communicate their choices to their loved ones before a healthcare crisis

•             Team-based planning

•             Assist with transition to hospice care when the patient’s prognosis is limited and life expectancy is less than 6 months


Las Vegas HEALS Adds Three New Directors to Board

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Diane Fearon, Dave Marlon, and Alexandra Silver’s Extensive Experience Counted on to Advance HEALS’ Agenda

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced today that it recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Diane Fearon, Dave Marlon, and Alexandra Silver.

“These new additions to our Board of Directors are invaluable,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “They bring decades of experience with excellent reputations in the industry and will help us move forward in achieving our goals to improve the quality of healthcare in southern Nevada.”

Diane Fearon

Diane Fearon is the vice president for philanthropy and strategic partnerships at Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest nonprofit hospice in southern Nevada, caring for an average of 450 hospice and palliative care patients daily. Prior to her joining the senior leadership team, she served as the Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) director at HealthInsight Nevada. ATOP is a four-year, $17 million grant funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

David Marlon Las Vegas HEALS Board of Directors

David Marlon

David Marlon currently serves as the American Addiction Center (AAC)’s regional vice president of Nevada, overseeing all treatment operations in the state, including Solutions Recovery and the Desert Hope Treatment Facility. Prior to joining AAC, Marlon was the president and co-founder of Solutions Recovery, Inc., an alcohol and drug treatment center that is accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 2005, he has delivered treatment to hundreds of people struggling with chemical dependency and mental illness.

Alexandra Silver

Alexandra Silver currently serves as executive director for Clark County Medical Society. With more than 20 years in operations, program management, and event planning in the nonprofit and private sector as well as numerous years of nonprofit leadership experience, Silver has brought success to the long-standing organization with her remarkable guidance. The Clark County Medical Society advocates for physicians and their patients in southern Nevada, encouraging the delivery of quality healthcare within the community.

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization recently relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

Las Vegas HEALS announced the addition of David Marlon to its Board of Directors. Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare.