UMC Celebrates Burn Center’s 50th Year with Large Reunion

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University Medical Center is celebrating 50 years as the state’s first and only burn center.

A large reunion took place Friday between burn survivors and hospital staff at at Texas Station hotel and casino in North Las Vegas.

Nearly 200 people attended.

When the Lions Burn Care Center first opened in 1968, it started with only four hospital beds. It’s grown significantly since then, serving a population now of 2 million people across the valley.

A former patient who was treated for a flesh-eating bacteria attended the event to thank the staff.

“I’m the only quadruple amputee in the world that is a head coach of a softball team. And the way I do it, the way I handle it, it’s pretty amazing. Within five minutes of talking with a girl, they don’t see the limitations. They don’t see the physical limitations, they don’t see missing hands, they don’t see missing feet, they see Coach Eddie. That is why I am able to go back and do what I do,” said Eddie Garcia, former UMC burn center patient.

UMC shared they are one of fewer than five hospitals in the entire nation as a burn center, verified by the American Burn Association as well as the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

Flu Vaccine Available at the Southern Nevada Health District

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If it’s not too early to order a pumpkin spice latte, then it’s not too early to protect yourself and your family from the flu! The beginning of fall means that flu season is just around the corner, and the Southern Nevada Health District is offering the injectable quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine as well as the high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and older at its public health centers. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance with no copay. For more information, visit the Immunization Program’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic at (702) 759-0850.

The Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine annual flu vaccine for people age 6 months and older without any contraindications. Flu shots are especially recommended for people who are at a higher risk of flu complications including pregnant women; people over the age of 65; or anyone with a chronic medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or respiratory conditions. Because babies younger than 6 months old cannot receive a flu vaccine, people who care for them should also be vaccinated.

There are several different flu vaccines approved for use in the United States for the 2018-2019 season. Any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate vaccine can be used, and this includes individuals with a history of egg allergy of any severity. Anyone who has questions about which flu vaccine is appropriate should contact his or her health care provider. For additional information about flu shot recommendations, visit the CDC’s  Get Vaccinated page.  

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., Las Vegas

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.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m.

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Stephen DelCasino, Jr., PA-C

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Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Stephen DelCasino Jr., PA-C. as its newest health care provider.

DelCasino is a certified physician assistant who has been practicing most recently with Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. “PA DelCasino’s experience and certification as a first assist for the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as his expertise in nerve blocks makes him a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada.

DelCasino attained his medical training at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants and a member (Fellow) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with fourteen providers and four 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: www.usonv.com

 

Roseman University and ACS Hosting Cancer Research Symposium

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Roseman University and the American Cancer Society Host Cancer Research Symposium in Summerlin

Roseman University of Health Sciences and the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer chapter for Southern Nevada will host a first-ever cancer research symposium at Roseman’s Summerlin campus on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The symposium features presentations by Michael Melner, PhD, the American Cancer Society’s Director of Molecular Genetics and Thomas Graeber, PhD, the Director of UCLA’s Metabolomics Center. Melner will be presenting an overview of American Cancer Society funding opportunities, processes, and best practices in securing funding. Dr. Graeber will speak about his work as a cancer researcher and share his perspectives on the methods and infrastructure required to execute top quality research, as well as how to build Nevada’s cancer research community.

Melner is responsible for three Peer Review Committees in the Extramural Grant department of the American Cancer Society. Graeber was the 2017 recipient of the Society’s prestigious Giants of Science Passion Award. He is also faculty at UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology.

The Nevada Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer is reaching out to institutions and companies to advance medical research within the Silver State, and Roseman has stepped forward to partner with them.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences:

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of a College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and a healthcare-focused MBA program. The University will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine once it becomes accredited. More than 5,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Mark Winkler, MD – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Mark Winkler, MD

Mark Winkler, MD

Partner/Radiologist – Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI)
Medical Advisory Board, Cannon Medical Systems

Dr. Mark L. Winkler is a founding partner and diagnostic radiologist at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI). He earned three honors degrees from Brown University, and completed his internship at Stanford University Medical Center and his residency at University of California, San Francisco. He was one of the first MRI-trained fellows in the world. Before he relocated to Las Vegas, Dr. Winkler was the clinical director of the MRI Research Facility at UCSF and a neuroradiologist at San Francisco General Hospital.

Throughout the years, Dr. Winkler has worked tirelessly on improving MRI sequencing with each generation of scanners. He has been sought after by companies such as Toshiba Medical and Cannon to consult on MRI systems and contributed to the design and continuous improvement of both the Cannon Medical Celesteion PET/CT scanners and Toshiba and Cannon CT Scanners. These unique partnerships and Dr. Winkler’s passion for cutting-edge technology have propelled SDMI to being one of the most prestigious out-patient radiology practices and has allowed Las Vegas to consistently have access to top-of-the-line equipment.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Rupesh J. Parikh, MD – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D.

Rupesh J. Parikh, M.D.

Medical Oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

Dr. Parikh’s philosophy of taking care of the patient first and the disease second has helped him become highly regarded both locally and nationally, recently culminating in his role of Practice President at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

As a young boy, Dr. Parikh was often sick. It was at that young age that he knew he wanted to be a doctor and help people, just as his doctors helped him. Since joining Comprehensive Cancer Centers in 2005, Dr. Parikh has been on the frontlines in the fight against cancer – he has been developing new pathways and targeted therapies to help improve Nevada’s cancer statistics. Dr. Parikh treats hundreds of patients annually and is the principal investigator for many of Comprehensive Cancer Center’s trials. He is working tirelessly to ensure that no one needs to leave Las Vegas for cancer care, because the best care can be found right here in Nevada.

Dr. Parikh is also very involved in the Southern Nevada medical community. He currently is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Touro University and Clinical Assistant Professor for the UNLV School of Medicine. He sits on the Medical Executive Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Pharmacy & Therapeutic Committee at the Dignity Health St. Rose Hospitals in Southern Nevada. He also serves as Chief of Staff for Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican’s Siena and Rose de Lima campuses.

He is the recipient of numerous notable awards include: Patients’ Choice Award from 2008-2018; Most Compassionate Doctor Award from 2010-2018; and was named America’s Top Oncologist by the Consumer Research Council of America. The health informational website, HealthTap.com, also recognized him as on of the top oncologists in the United States.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Eddy H. Luh, MD, FACS – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Eddy H Luh, MD, FACS

Eddy H Luh, MD, FACS

Vascular Surgeon – Las Vegas Surgical Associates

Dr. Eddy H. Luh, a Vascular Surgeon at Las Vegas Surgical Associates, is one of only a handful of board-certified vascular surgeons in Las Vegas. Dr. Luh is an advocate of promoting endovascular procedures in treatment of vascular disease and has brought many innovative techniques in regard to vascular surgery to Las Vegas. He has given multiple talks and has been involved in physician training sessions both in Las Vegas and abroad for new and innovative procedures and products.

Dr. Luh has remained at the forefront of treatment of venous disease not only in our community but also worldwide. He has served as the chief of surgery and a member of the medical executive committee at Valley Hospital since 2008. Dr. Luh is one of the original board members of Premier Physicians Insurance Company and remains active on the board today. He has served on the Well Health Quality Care Assurance Board and the Claims Committee at PPIC, along with the credentialing committee for Valley Health System.

Dr. Luh has been a clinical assistant professor for the UNSOM and is currently an adjunct clinical professor for Touro University. He was recognized in 2012 by Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance and contributions to its Graduate Medical Education program. Dr. Luh has helped out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, various sporting events and was honored as a Vegas Hero at a Vegas Golden Knights hockey game.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS

Deborah A. Kuhls, M.D., FACS

Professor, Trauma & Critical Care – UNLV School of Medicine
Medical Director, Trauma Intensive Care Unit – UMC

Dr. Deborah Kuhls, a professor of trauma and critical care in the UNLV School of Medicine, is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in general surgery and critical care. She is program director of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program and medical director of University Medical Center’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit. She was on duty at UMC on the night of October 1, 2017, when Las Vegas had the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Dr. Kuhls is the president of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Injury Prevention and Control Committee, UNLV School of Medicine’s representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Women in Medicine, and is treasurer of the Clark County Medical Society.

In 2016, she was nominated by the American College of Surgeons and won the prestigious National Safety Council Surgeons Award for Service to Safety. In 2015, she received a Presidential Citation for outstanding contributions to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Kuhls has traveled around the world to share her expertise with other medical professionals. One such location was Thailand, where she mentored doctors on how to develop a trauma center. These doctors found her guidance so valuable she was inducted as an Honorary Fellow by the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

David Marlon – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

David Marlon, MBA, MS, LADC, CAD

David Marlon, MBA, MS, LADC, CAD

Vice President – American Addiction Centers
Founder/President – Solutions Recovery, Inc.

David Marlon is 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. In 2016, Marlon secured the sale of Solutions Recovery to American Addiction Centers and changed his title from President to CEO.

Prior to forming Solutions Recovery, Marlon worked in the insurance industry. He has more than 20 years of experience serving as Chief Operating Officer, President, and Vice President of Sierra Health Services subsidiaries, and more than 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Solutions Recovery.

In the community, David has always been an active participant. Over the years, he has formed several nonprofit organizations which combat substance abuse by providing education and awareness on addictive behavior, preventative methods, and the economic, physical, and social consequences of substance abuse. He has served on the Governor’s Substance Abuse Working Group, the Governor’s Rural Meth Action Team, the Board of Directors for HELP of Southern Nevada and the Board of Directors for the 10,000 Kids Foundation. In 2017, David was elected President of the State of Nevada Association for Addiction Professionals, an affiliate of NAADAC. He has been honored with the Mayor’s Commendation and just recently received the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada’s Vanguard Award.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Lindsay T. Hansen, M.D., – 2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Honoree

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2018 Inspired Excellence Awards Honoree

Lindsay T. Hanson, M.D.

Lindsay T. Hansen, M.D.

Chairman, Department of Medicine – Summerlin Hospital
Medical Director – El Jen Convalescent Hospital & Plaza Regency

Dr. Lindsay Hansen has been a pillar of the medical community in Southern Nevada for the past 20 years. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1991 and started a private practice in Las Vegas in 1997. He has been at his current location in Summerlin in 1998 where he specialized in internal medicine. Dr. Hansen has also been serving as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center since 2009. In addition, he has been the Nevada Delegate for the American Medical Directors Association since 2001.

Dr. Hansen serves as a mentor to many healthcare providers and is the Medical Director for the following healthcare facilities: El Jen Convalescent Hospital and Retirement Center; Marquis Plaza Regency; Creekside Hospice; Hospice del Sol; and Odyssey Hospice. He also donates his time to serve on the Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators. As a member of this board, Dr. Hansen has been able to shape the leadership for today’s long-term and post-acute caregivers.

2018 Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards