UNLV Becomes First Accredited School of Public Health in Nevada

By | Press Release, Recognition

School of Community Health Sciences now among 66 schools in the world recognized by the Council of Education for Public Health

The School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has been designated as the first accredited school of public health in Nevada by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). There are currently only 66 schools around the world with this distinction, recognizing its efforts to provide quality education and prepare students for impactful careers in public health after graduation.

“Following a comprehensive and rigorous review process, we are thrilled to be the first CEPH-accredited school of public health in the state,” said Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger, Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences. “This is a significant achievement for the School and a reflection of the hard work of faculty and staff to provide quality education and prepare students for impactful careers in public health after graduation. We remain dedicated to achieving academic excellence in collaboration with CEPH and the UNLV community.”

This announcement follows the School’s recent accomplishment of acquiring prestigious accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME) for its Master in Health Care Administration and Executive Master in Health Care Administration programs—the only CAHME-accredited programs in Nevada. The School’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and Policy program is also certified by the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

Previously, SCHS held CEPH accreditation for its Master in Public Health program in June 2013. Because the accreditation is transitioning from a CEPH program to a CEPH school of public health, the accreditation is retroactive and will be recognized from that date. Students who graduated from any SCHS program after June 2013 will be able to cite that they attended a CEPH-accredited institution. 

CEPH is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. (Learn more about CEPH accreditation and procedures at ceph.org.) 

For more information on the School of Community Health Sciences (or to enroll in one of our accredited programs), visit unlv.edu/publichealth. Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Fellowship Trained and Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Rachel Shirley

By | Press Release, Recognition

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired fellowship trained breast surgeon, Rachel Shirley, DO. She will see patients at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, NV 89144, located on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. 

As for Dr. Shirley’s patient philosophy, she says, “I believe it is important for patients to understand the treatment process but to also know all of their options regarding their breast cancer care. As this is a very difficult experience for both the patients and their families, I always strive to provide compassionate care while guiding them through this journey.”

Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Shirley completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Specialized fellowship programs in breast surgery are relatively new and offer specific training and management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast. She was also General Surgery Resident and Chief Resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. Dr. Shirley is board-certified in general surgery.

Dr. Shirley graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. 

CommonSpirit Health™ Name for Catholic Health Initiatives® and Dignity Health® Alignment

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CommonSpirit Health™ Chosen as Name for New System Being Created by the Alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives® and Dignity Health®

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health Team Up.

Two leading U.S. health systems – Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health – who announced a Definitive Agreement to combine their health ministries in December 2017, have chosen “CommonSpirit Health” as the name of their new organization. The two systems expect to complete the transaction by the end of 2018.

CommonSpirit Health was chosen because of its strong association with the two systems’ missions of service and positive resonance with the diversity of people served. It evokes the strategic vision and aspiration of the new ministry to advance health for all and make a positive change for the people and communities served; a belief that all people deserve access to high quality health and health care; and a passion to serve those who are sick and injured, including those who are most vulnerable.

The new name was selected after a comprehensive review of more than 1,200 names, which were evaluated for their association with faith-based health care, legal considerations, and consumer research.

Lloyd H. Dean, President/Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health, stated, “It was important that our name could provide a connection between all people: our employees, physicians, patients, families, and neighbors alike. CommonSpirit does just that.”

Kevin E. Lofton, Chief Executive Officer of CHI, said, “We appreciate how the manifestation of the Spirit is woven into so many messages—God’s gift of compassion, the calling to heal others, and serving the common good. Each comes together and is reflected in just one powerful word, CommonSpirit.”

Among the many reasons for selecting CommonSpirit Health, it was embraced for the following attributes:

  • As support for the mission of the new organization to contribute to the “common good” as a core tenet of Catholic social teaching;
  • In recognition of the power of a faith-based ministry as a healing force to serve all people in an inclusive and welcoming way;
  • As an expression of gratitude for the courage of the women religious who established their health ministries in the face of significant obstacles to meet the most pressing health needs of people and communities; and
  • In acknowledgement of providers and employees who hold a shared purpose and unyielding commitment to advance the health of the people and communities served.

With the selection of a new name, the organization will develop a visual identity to convey the story and strength of the new $28.4 billion health care system. Dignity Health and CHI previously announced that the new ministry will follow a “house of brands” strategy, retaining the names of local facilities and services in the communities where they are located.

CHI and Dignity Health signed a definitive agreement to join their ministries on Dec. 7, 2017. Since then, the organizations have been planning integration efforts for the new system. On Oct. 16, the Board of Stewardship Trustees for CommonSpirit Health was selected and announced.

Further information is available at: AdvancingHealthCareTogether.org.

About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. One of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 100 hospitals, including two academic health centers; major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2018, CHI provided more than $1.14 billion in financial assistance and community benefit for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled approximately $2.1 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15 billion in fiscal year 2018, has total assets of approximately $20.5 billion.

About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a multi-state network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 40 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY 2018, Dignity Health provided $2.1 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at DignityHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Spring Valley Hospital Awarded Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission

By | Certification, Press Release

Spring Valley Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in August 2018. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Sepsis can be a life-threatening medical emergency, caused by the body’s excessive response to an infection. If not treated quickly and effectively, sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, amputation or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 178 Nevadans died from sepsis in 2016*. Nationally, sepsis accounted for over 200,000 annual deaths according to a July 2016 article in Critical Care Medicine.** The illness gained greater recognition when actress Patty Duke died in March 2016 from complications related to sepsis after her spleen ruptured.

Sepsis can be caused by bacterial infections – anything from a urinary tract infection to a nicked cuticle – but also by more serious diagnoses like pneumonia, kidney infections or bloodstream infections. “The infection generates the sepsis,” explained Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. “The risk of death by sepsis increases when treatment is delayed, so much of our work focuses on the early recognition and treatment of sepsis in the emergency and inpatient settings.” 

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with consensus-based national standards; the effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Among the key initiatives in place at Spring Valley Hospital are ongoing education of the early recognition of sepsis in patient care settings and ongoing review of the key metrics associated with the early recognition of sepsis. These include rapid turn-around time on lactic acid levels that indicate the extent of the sepsis, early blood cultures to identify the infection source, and swift administration of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Quick identification and treatment of sepsis with antibiotics and intravenous (IV) fluids can save lives, decrease the severity of the illness, reduce the patients’ hospital length of stay, and increase the patients’ chances of going home instead of to an extended care facility.

To recognize the signs of sepsis, learn the TIME acronym:
T          Temperature – Is higher or lower than normal
I           Infection – May have signs or symptoms of an infection
M         Mental Decline – Might be confused, sleepy or difficult to waken or rouse
E          Extremely Ill – Severe pain, discomfort, “I feel like I might die.”

“We are proud to receive the Sepsis Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Freehof.  “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”  

** https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4911271/



LVMPD Abuse Neglect and Sunrise Hospital Discuss the Dangers of Co-Sleeping

By | Press Release

Today, November 8th, 2018, Lieutenant Leon Desimone from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) Abuse Neglect Section and Dr. Kelly Kogut, Medical Director, Children’s Surgery at Sunrise Children’s Hospital discussed the dangers of co-sleeping with infants. So far this year, detectives have investigated 23 sleep related deaths.  Five of those deaths came in the month of October.  These deaths affect the families of the deceased, friends and often are the cause of broken relationships. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (also called AAP) recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing. Room-sharing may lower your baby’s risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. SIDS is the unexplained death of a baby younger than one-year-old. Bed-sharing may put your baby at risk for SIDS and other dangers, like suffocation. 

During co-sleeping or bed-sharing, a baby can be hurt by: 

• Getting trapped by the bed’s frame, headboard or footboard

• Getting stuck between the bed and the wall, furniture or other objects

• Falling off the bed

• Being suffocated by pillows, blankets or quilts or from laying facedown

• Having another person roll on top of him


ABC’s of safe sleep:

                Alone – A baby should always sleep alone.

                Back – A baby should always sleep on their back.

                Crib – A baby should always sleep in a crib.


ER at Green Valley Ranch Opens November 12, 2018 at 7:30 a.m.

By | Press Release

ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of Henderson Hospital, will begin seeing patients at 7:30 a.m. today.

The freestanding emergency department, located on the southeast corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center Drive in Henderson, will provide 24-hour emergency care every day of the year. It is staffed with the same medical personnel and equipped with the same diagnostictechnology available in Henderson Hospital’s emergency department, including an on-site laboratory, CT scanner and imaging equipment.

“We are excited to extend our hospital into the Green Valley community,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson Hospital. “We can care for the same types of emergencies and illnesses our hospital-based ER handles. Now through March are historically very busy times for area emergency departments, and we’re pleased we’re opening in time to help alleviate some of the longer wait times people may experience.”

ER at Green Valley Ranch is the first freestanding emergency department in The Valley Health System. A second facility, ER at Blue Diamond, an extension of Spring Valley Hospital, will open in summer 2019. 

The address for ER at Green Valley Ranch is 2581 St. Rose Parkway, Henderson, NV. 

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. In Fall 2018, the hospital received an “A” grade by Leapfrog for its patient safety outcomes.



Henderson Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By | Press Release, Recognition

Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Henderson Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes are the foundation of our culture,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “This ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog validates our hard work, and is a direct reflection of both our hospital staff and medical staff’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Henderson that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see the hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

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, and advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine.



A4M and MMI Announce Agenda for 26th World Congress in Las Vegas

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The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI) announce agenda for their largest annual event, welcoming thousands of clinicians and exhibitors to the 26th World Congress in Las Vegas

Agenda for the 26th Annual World Congress in Las Vegas at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort, marks 26 years of redefining modern medicine through advanced education surrounding anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

World Congress: December 13-15

Thousands of participants will gather to further their knowledge and understanding of preventive, personalized medicine at the three-day conference, taking place from December 13-15 at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. The World Congress will provide up to 24 continuing education credits in anti-aging and integrative medicine through educational sessions and interactive lectures. The conference boasts an Exhibit Hall that hosts hundreds of companies, with products ranging from aesthetic devices and equipment to high-tech medical products. Vendors include all facets of Integrative Medicine, including compounding labs and testing, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals, companies that specialize in CBD services, and high-grade supplements. The event additionally hosts advanced educational opportunities through the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine modules: recently accredited for the second year through the Royal College of General Practitioners. Oral and Written exams will also be conducted for healthcare professionals pursuing their Anti-Aging board and diplomate certifications.

In addition to four keynote presentations, the Congress will feature 70 speakers and lectures, 16 learning tracks, sponsored workshops, and product theater presentations. Pre-conference workshops on December 12th offer delegates the opportunity for further advanced education, surrounding some of the most pertinent and relevant topics in modern healthcare: “Achieving Longevity with Restorative Hormone Therapy,” “Breakthroughs in Peptide Therapy,” “Cannabis in Medicine,” and “A Branding Facelift: How to Market Your Aesthetics Practice.”

Prominent, influential, notable leaders will deliver keynote presentations that are not to be missed. Business executive, entrepreneur, and thought-leader Naveen Jain will focus on the most recent innovations in the landscape of modern healthcare, highlighting his transformative business & technological breakthroughs that are improving healthcare delivery across the globe. Pamela Wible, MD, known as ‘Physicians’ Guardian Angel,’ will deliver a lecture titled “Finding Your Bliss: Beating Physician Burnout,” coupled with a panel session and Q&A surrounding the imminent complications of mental health, and the rapidly growing trend of burnout among physicians. Biogerontologist and cell biologist Valter Longo, PhD will deliver an address on the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD): an increasingly popular scientific breakthrough based on research that restriction of protein, calories, and sugar may reduce genetic markers associated with cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Renowned clinician and expert in the applied science of longevity Peter Attia, MD will focus on an approach to longevity rooted in reverse engineering. Dr. Attia’s keynote will include the latest clinical research surrounding strategies to increase lifespan, including the elusive mTor signaling pathway, coupled with tactics to enhance health span rooted in data from centenarian populations. These keynotes represent the continual effort to redefine and reshape the realm of medicine, and will inspire attendees to commit and contribute towards a new century of wellness and longevity.

Back by popular demand, returning to this year’s World Congress is Dave Asprey: Silicon Valley investor, notable entrepreneur, author of New York Times bestseller “The Bulletproof Diet,” and biohacker. As an inventor not only in the burgeoning field of technology but also the landscape of biohacking, Asprey was one of the first innovators to apply experimental biohacking techniques designed to enhance human performance—and has helped spearhead an entirely new movement of personal wellness. Joining the World Congress faculty for the first time are world-renowned speakers Terry Wahls, MD and Ben Greenfield. Academic, clinician, researcher, and multiple sclerosis patient Dr. Wahls will deliver a powerful story of personal recovery and triumph in the effective application of diet & therapeutic lifestyle changes, and illuminate the impact of nutritional interventions in treating progressive health problems & chronic disease. Human performance consultant, biohacker, and immersive journalist Greenfield will review key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, coupled with the most effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men’s fertility & longevity.

Overall, the conference offers an exciting and unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the constantly evolving industry of healthcare: the optimal platform for its delegates to establish new business and networking contacts, receive extensive education specifically engineered to enhance practices and patient care, and socialize with medical professionals from a wide array of disciplines and fields. The 2018 World Congress is rooted in a cutting-edge agenda engineered to push boundaries, while focusing on entrepreneurial opportunities in integrative medicine, the application of technology in healthcare, the critical trend of physician burnout and its impact on mental health, and the most cutting-edge clinical breakthroughs in longevity.


About the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine & Metabolic Medical Institute:Established in 1992, A4M is the leading nonprofit medical society dedicated to the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases associated with aging. The organization is comprised of over 26,000 members from 120 nations across the globe, and is dedicated to educating medical and public health professionals and practitioners on the most progressive and innovative clinical research, in addition to cutting-edge scientific technologies. Metabolic Medical Institute is the entity that houses and contains all advanced medical education, available to healthcare practitioners and allied health professionals.


Healthcare Happy Hour Celebrates Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40th Anniversary

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Las Vegas HEALS Next Healthcare Happy Hour to be Held at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40th Anniversary Open House

Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members

Las Vegas HEALS and Nathan Adelson Hospice have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour as the hospice celebrates its 40th anniversary of caring for Southern Nevada. Guests will be able to tour the hospice that is known for patients being given the best possible experience and care at the end of their life’s journey.

The event will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4141 Swenson Street in Las Vegas. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and networking with professionals. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org or calling 702.952.2477. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“We are excited that Las Vegas HEALS members are joining us at this milestone event for our organization,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “It has been a tremendous privilege for Nathan Adelson Hospice to care for so many in our community over the last 40 years. As we look towards the next 40 years, we will continue to grow with our community and rededicate ourselves each day to our vision, and to make sure no one ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only 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. Today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care and has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in the nation seven times in the last decade. Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and part of the We Honor Veterans program. Nathan Adelson Hospice is the only hospice in Southern Nevada accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

“We are honored to help celebrate Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40-year anniversary at the next HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Our events are a great way to bring members of the Southern Nevada healthcare industry together, and Nathan Adelson Hospice is a great community partner.”

About Las Vegas HEALS

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. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities. Learn more at www.LasVegasHEALS.org.

Mission Statement for Athlete Brain Safety Announced at Ruvo Brain Center

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Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition Announces Mission Statement during Second Meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

On Monday, Nov. 5, the Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition, an organization of like-minded leaders in professional sports in southern Nevada dedicated to advancing brain health safety, reconvened for a second meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to announce its mission statement and next steps.

Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition

Following remarks from Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Governor Brian Sandoval, and retired Oakland Raider Linden King, Associate director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Primary Investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study Dr. Charles Bernick unveiled the coalition’s mission statement, which is: “To advance brain safety for those exposed to head impacts in sports and across society.” The resources and expertise of the member organizations will be leveraged to pursue the group’s specific goals of promoting research, education, and advocacy on issues regarding brain health in sports.

This  first-of-its-kind coalition melds the recent expansion of professional sports in Las Vegas and the ongoing work of the Cleveland Clinic with brain health in sports. Now, various professional sports are collaborating to increase our knowledge, translate that knowledge into policies and practices and help empower younger generations to make informed decisions about the sports they play and the impact that may have on brain health.

Dr. Sabbagh concluded his remarks, saying: “It is our hope that with this coalition, we will play a hand in transforming Las Vegas from a gambling city to a brain health city.”

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 http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

Photo credit: Denise Truscello for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health