Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Joins International Clinical Trial Investigating Treatment Approaches for Relapse-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is now recruiting participants for a new, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis treatment trial, DELIVER-MS. The purpose of the global, multi-center study, led by Cleveland Clinic, is to compare the benefits and risks of two common treatment approaches for multiple sclerosis to determine which is the better course. The first option uses a highly-effective treatment early in the disease state whereas the second is a more standard escalation approach, which uses moderately effective medications and escalates as needed. This is the first time the two approaches have been compared in a head-to-head trial.

“Patients and their doctors are faced with the dilemma of adopting one of two treatment approaches when managing relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Both options have their share of risks and benefits, and we’re hoping that our research findings will illuminate the most beneficial choice for patients moving forward,” said Carrie Hersh, D.O., MSc, staff neurologist at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and site-principal investigator and study steering committee member. “Cleveland Clinic remains dedicated to putting our patients first and the results of the DELIVER-MS trial will be a valuable resource in helping us better understand how to give the best care possible.” 

In the three-year study, 800 participants will be enrolled and divided into two sub-groups: randomized clinical trial and observational. Participants in the randomized clinical trial will be categorized to either the early highly-effective treatment approach or the standard escalation approach. 

DELIVER-MS is funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with research driven by Cleveland Clinic. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is working in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio to conduct the study. Daniel Ontaneda, M.D., clinical director of the brain donation program at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Treatment and Research in MS serves as the principal investigator for DELIVER-MS.  

“DELIVER-MS will help shape the treatment philosophy of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis,” said Dr. Ontaneda. “The results will be applicable to a wide range of patients looking to start currently available and future therapies. The long term study results at ten years will further help neurologists and people with MS make informed decisions on initial treatments.”

Men and women ages 18 to 60 who have been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, are early in their disease course, and have not yet started a disease modifying therapy will be eligible to participate. Additionally, interested participants must be able to show evidence of new MRI lesions or have had relapses over the past 12 months, be able to walk independently or with assistance, and be eligible and willing to follow-up at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health during the course of the study.

For more information about DELIVER-MS, including how to enroll, contact Nicolette Harmon at (702) 701-7972. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and other ongoing trials, visit CCF.org/BrainHealthTrials.

 

The Howard Hughes Corporation® Names The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®

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New Stadium in Summerlin Set to Open for 2019 Season

The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community and Las Vegas Ballpark®, announced today a multi-year partnership designating The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of the Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®. Currently under construction at Downtown Summerlin®, Las Vegas Ballpark is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

“We are excited to partner with the Las Vegas Aviators and the Las Vegas Ballpark during this inaugural season,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System, which includes six hospitals in Las Vegas and Henderson. “The importance of being active, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying time outdoors contributes to a healthier community. We are pleased to be part of the Las Vegas Ballpark’s family and look forward to rooting for our hometown baseball team in April.”

“The Valley Health System has been a long-time supporter of our Triple-A baseball team,” said Don Logan, President and COO of the Las Vegas Aviators. “Their commitment to wellness, prevention and healthy living matches our own—as a sports team and as individuals—and we are proud to have The Valley Health System as our Official Founding Healthcare Partner.”

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative place making, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.

About Las Vegas Ballpark®

Las Vegas Ballpark, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Las Vegas Ballpark provides a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. 

About the Las Vegas Aviators®

The Las Vegas Aviators have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2019 campaign will mark the 37th season in the Silver State as a proud member of the Pacific Coast League and the inaugural season in the new Las Vegas Ballpark. The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 36 seasons previously at Cashman Field. The Aviators are also in their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.

 

An Update from Roseman University – Henderson

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Welcome to the March edition of spectRUm. The Henderson Campus is excited to usher in the spring season after a colder than usual winter, which even brought snow and ice to the Las Vegas Valley last month.

Today, starting at 2 p.m., the Henderson Campus will host its 5th Annual Roseman University Research Symposium, featuring 60 presentations and exhibits showcasing research conducted by faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, residents, and students from all of Roseman’s colleges and programs. Additionally, researchers from Touro University Nevada and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will exhibit.

Roseman University’s Research Symposium offers the public an opportunity to learn about the amazing variety of research endeavors happening in Southern Nevada. It also offers students and faculty researchers from different healthcare professions the opportunity showcase and share ideas in a celebration of collaboration in scientific discovery. A panel of judges will present awards for the top research projects.

This year’s podium presenters will be College of Pharmacy Class of 2019 students Chanyis Taylor on “Evaluation of CXCR4 Targeting Drugs on Cancer Cell Behaviors” and Vy Dang on “Cryptococcal Neoformans Menigoecephalitis in HIV/AIDS.” Also, College of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Marife Aczon-Armstrong will present “International Clinical Immersion for Undergraduate Nursing Students: The Concept of Service Learning.”

The Keynote Speaker for the Research Symposium is Dr. David R. Powell, senior vice president, metabolism research from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Joining us all the way from Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Powell will present on the topic “Sotagliflozin as an Adjunct to Insulin for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes.”

I encourage anyone interested in learning more about locally conducted research projects to attend. I’d also like to thank our Organizing Committee, Dr. David Rawlins, Dr. Christopher So, Dr. Susan Nguyen, Dr. Jene Hurlbut, Kristi Singer and Rachael Thomas for their hard work in making this event possible.

While I mentioned it in last month’s report, let me again offer an invite to attend the debut of Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series at the Henderson Campus. Sponsored by Nevada Health Link, the first in the series of events will feature the Roseman University College of Medicine’s Dr. David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and a neurologist with Roseman Medical Group presenting, “40 in a million—ALS diagnosis, treatment and the future of the disease.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7 pm and will feature a light dinner. Please register to attend for free by visiting speakers.roseman.edu.

Eucharia Nnadi, RPh, JD, PhD
Chancellor – Henderson Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

An Update from Roseman University – Summerlin

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Welcome to this update from the Summerlin Campus. In this edition I am pleased to highlight some great progress with our College of Medicine. The College of Medicine campaign slogan, Breakthrough in Medicine! was born from the concept that the path to accreditation for the College of Medicine will be accomplished in a series of breakthroughs including: philanthropic donations, clinical partnerships, and College of Medicine medical clinics.

Through an anonymous donation in 2017, the College of Medicine received $500,000 to be used specifically for the operations of medical clinics, and on February 28th the College of Medicine hosted the Open House for its first medical clinic next to Spring Valley Hospital on Rainbow Blvd., through the efforts of Roseman Medical Group, or RMG.  The event was attended by many community friends and supporters who have come alongside us over the past several years. It was heartwarming to see so many that have become encouragers and champions for our College of Medicine. It takes times to make acquaintances, to see them grow into friendships and partnerships. As we enjoyed the evening with this amazing community we found ourselves grateful for their interest, their well-wishes and words of encouragement, and their tangible support. President Coffman and four Roseman University board members attended the ceremony, and we received:

  • A Proclamation from our County Commissioners: Michael Naft, Justin Jones, Tick Segerblom, James Gibson, Lawrence Brown III, and Lawrence Weekly; Michael Naft joined us in person at the event to present the Proclamation.
  • A Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation from United States Representative Susie Lee, who represents Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District; Gabriella Everett, from the Congresswoman’s office, attended the event and read the certificate.
  • A Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation from United States Representative Dina Titus, who represents Nevada’s 1st Congressional District; Cassandra Munoz from her office presented the certificate.
  • A hearty Congratulations from Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman;
  • And, a personal video expressing congratulations and gratefulness to RMG, from United States Representative Steven Horsford, who represents the 4th Congressional District.

The evening culminated with the traditional ribbon-cutting to mark the occasion.

The Spring Valley clinic now includes two neurologists, three family physicians, and one pediatric nephrologist. In a few months an additional family physician will join the team at the clinic. It is the goal of the College of Medicine to expand its services to include other primary care and medical specialties over time. More sites across the valley are being evaluated for expansion over the next year.

In the just first 20 years of its existence, Roseman is realizing the dream of its founders:  a university of needed health-education colleges and programs, clinics to serve the community, and a developing College of Medicine which will open the door to achieving a significant goal in the university’s Strategic Plan – an Academic Health Center.

I thank the organization, HEALS, and Doug Geinzer for their support of this event, as well as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and Sallie Doebler for helping us with the ribbon cutting.

Please visit   https://rmg.roseman.edu/   to learn more about this first medical practice for Roseman University’s College of Medicine.

If you would like to see more photos from this auspicious event please see Roseman’s website and social media, and, as always  @RosemanMedicine  on Twitter for the most current College of Medicine news.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

Summerlin Hospital Receives Centurion Service Group’s Financial Sustainability Award for Responsible Medical Equipment Management

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–  Among the U.S. top hospitals for increasing the life-time value of medical equipment

–  Acknowledged for reducing environmental harm

Summerlin Hospital has received the Financial Sustainability Silver Award, 2018, from Centurion Service Group, which annually recognizes the top U.S. hospitals for Financial and Environmental Sustainability in responsible equipment management.

The awards presentation, held February 7, 2019, honored Summerlin Hospital’s Supply Chain Operations team, which is responsible for coordinating the disposal and/or re-purposing of used medical equipment, such as pumps, rehabilitation equipment, and biomedical equipment. Items are sent to Centurion Service Group, which then auctions off the equipment for use in other medical settings.

“The equipment is still in good condition, but is no longer needed,” explained Joe Love, director of Supply Chain Operations for Summerlin Hospital. “Through this partnership with Centurion, we know equipment can be effectively reused elsewhere.”

Used medical equipment poses several logistical and financial challenges. Disposing of used medical equipment in landfills represents a complete loss of investment in the equipment, and the potential for a negative environmental impact. This has become a growing problem that leading hospitals today are aggressively addressing.

“We are very proud of our Supply Chain Operations team for their commitment to financially responsible asset management,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO/Managing Director of Summerlin hospital. “We want to be good stewards of our resources, and providing equipment for an extended life is an excellent example.”

About Centurion Service Group

Centurion Service Group (www.centurionservice.com) helps hospitals and surgery centers obtain fair market value for medical equipment. Used medical equipment is sold through the world’s largest medical equipment auction house, reaching thousands of domestic and international buyers. Centurion helps hospitals make room for new technology and frees important financial resources that can be used to improve patient care. The outcome reduces environmental harm by keeping equipment out of landfills, making it available for affordable resale to communities the world-over. 

About Summerlin Hospital

Summerlin 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 the master-planned community of Summerlin, the 485-bed hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular care, women’s health, comprehensive maternity services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a children’s medical center, oncology care for adults and children, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, acute inpatient rehabilitation, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services for adults and children.

 

Southern Hills Hospital Opens New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

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Southern Hills Hospital celebrated the ribbon cutting and opening of the Pavilion, an 80-bed inpatient unit dedicated to behavioral health treatment for patients age 13 and older, making it the only facility to offer behavioral health services in southwest Las Vegas.

Spanning over 45,000 SF, the $30 million unit features industry-leading technology. This includes real-time patient tracking systems, laser curtains between beds in adolescent rooms and alarms on top of doors to detect weight. This technology helps create a safe environment of care for patients and employees.  Four outdoor patient recreation areas, offer the ability to receive therapy in a comforting outdoor environment.

“With Nevada’s rapid population growth, there was an unmet need for behavioral health services which results in a backlog in emergency rooms or in individuals going without proper care, “ said Adam Rudd, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “By expanding behavioral health services, we are providing the community with the convenient, close to home access they need. This shows our commitment to our community and to the care and the improvement of human life.”

Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion added 66 beds to the existing 14 senior beds for a total of 20 adolescent beds, 40 adult beds and 20 senior beds. The senior unit is Alzheimer’s disease certified by The Joint Commission. Common conditions treated range from, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. The additional of Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion, created more than 100 new jobs.

Later this year, Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion will open an outpatient clinic to offer continuum of care. Additionally, the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is awaiting approval of a psychiatric residency program.

“Mental health disorders may not be something that we visibly see every day, but they are present,” said Rudd. “With access to appropriate care, we hope this will help prevent injuries and help to save lives.”

 

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Two Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired advanced registered nurse practitioners Katelyne Atijera, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, as well as Dulce Novakovic, MSN, BSBA, APRN, FNP-C to join the healthcare practice.

Atijera is certified in Basic Life Support and ONS Chemotherapy Biotherapy. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association and Nevada Nurses Association. Prior to joining Comprehensive, she worked as a registered nurse in Las Vegas. Atijera graduated with her B.S. in nursing from Nevada State College in Henderson and received her M.S. in nursing on the family nurse practitioner track from Purdue Global University in Davenport, Iowa. Atijera will see patients at Comprehensive’s Henderson treatment center at 10001 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 108, Henderson, Nevada 89052.

Novakovic has certifications in Basic Life Support and Chemotherapy. She is currently a member of the Philippine Nurses Association in Nevada. Prior to joining Comprehensive, Novakovic worked as a registered nurse case manager in Las Vegas. She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. with a B.S. in nursing and her M.S. in nursing on the family nurse practitioner track from Chamberlain University. Novakovic will see patients at Comprehensive’s Summerlin Medical Center II treatment center at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Patient Engagement at the Forefront of openDoctor Partnership With Steinberg Diagnostic

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SDMI continues to fulfill its mission of an ‘Exceptional Patient Experience’ with scheduling automation

As the first in Las Vegas to partner with openDoctor, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI), a leading outpatient radiology practice, continues to be at the forefront of technology.

openDoctor’s industry-leading platform will interface with SDMI’s RIS system to automate patient calls, proactively communicating with patients. After an initial rollout in what is forecasted to be a long-term partnership, the service will be fully deployed for real-time online scheduling capabilities. The service will be fully deployed at all eight SDMI locations across all modalities such as CT, MRI and mammography.

SDMI was founded on the principle of practicing great medicine by putting patients first. “We have upheld these principles since our start in 1988,” says Dr. David Steinberg, SDMI CEO. “SDMI is consistently the first to introduce new technology to southern Nevada and that doesn’t stop at the equipment in their facilities. Through regular workflow analysis and staff education, SDMI is able to identify patient needs and implement innovative options like openDoctor.”

“We look forward to seeing how this partnership with openDoctor can help patients interact digitally with our practice, all while providing the type of back-office automation required to compete in today’s market,” says Rachel Papka, chief health informatics officer, SDMI.

“Consumer awareness of digital health tools is now at an all-time high, combined with strong consumer expectations for the convenience offered in everyday industries,” says Joseph Marino, CEO of openDoctor. “The changing healthcare landscape, like declining reimbursements and increasing pricing transparency, are forcing outpatient centers to better cater to healthcare consumers while reducing administrative costs. We are excited to provide a solution to tackle these current challenges for SDMI.”

About Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers:

In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in southern Nevada. Through the experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice so with his son Dr. David Steinberg and Dr. Mark Winkler as his partners, Dr. Leon opened the first SDMI office in 1988. Their standards of excellence in patient care and technology have brought national and international recognition from the medical imaging and health care communities. Today, that commitment to deliver top-notch care wrapped around a positive patient experience has never been stronger. With more than 30 years under their belt, the number one priority in this family-owned business is to make sure that we treat every patient like a beloved member of our family.

About openDoctor:

openDoctor is a cloud-based platform bridging the gap between complex scheduling environments of healthcare organizations and a consumer-friendly online experience. The openDoctor white-labeled solution helps healthcare systems and radiology practices maximize patient engagement through real-time online scheduling, appointment reminders, digital registration, online payments and other digital tools.

Sunrise Health Systems is Proud to be Part of HCA Healthcare, a World’s Most Ethical Company for 10th Consecutive Year

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Recognition honors those companies who recognize their critical role to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world

Sunrise Health System, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, is part of a leading health system that has been recognized for a 10th consecutive year as one of Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies. The Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, honors companies who distinguish themselves through integrity, corporate character, and marketplace trust. HCA Healthcare, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 1,800 sites of care in 21 states and the United Kingdom, is one of 29 companies worldwide to be honored 10 times.

“The 2019 Most Ethical Companies recognition is indicative of the shared culture at HCA Healthcare’s Las Vegas hospitals, otherwise known as Sunrise Health System,” said Brian Cook, president and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s Far West Division. “The care teams at our facilities all hold true to a high standard of ethical business practice which is a cornerstone of our operations.”

Sunrise Health Systems has a long history of investing in Las Vegas. In 2018, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $440 million. In addition, the hospitals use an innovative process for assessing the effectiveness of compliance efforts and its 5500 member workforce all take code of conduct training annually as part of a robust ethics and compliance program. 

In 2019, Ethisphere Institute recognized 128 honorees spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. HCA Healthcare is one of only seven healthcare providers honored on this year’s list. The full list of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

 

 

UNLV Nursing Expanding, Earns Grant from Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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UNLV Nursing will use grant funds to develop continuing education and advanced training programs in
high-need areas for Nevada nurses; school also growing undergrad programs to meet statewide need.