Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Hosts “Trauma Strong” Celebration for Patients from Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting

By | Press Release

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center welcomed back past patients from the Route 91 Harvest Festival mass casualty incident to celebrate their survival, reconnect with their care team and remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy. More than 50 survivors and their family members were joined by hospital leadership, care team members, physicians, first responders and other community partners who played an integral role in care delivery the night of October 1, as well as in the days that followed.

“We gather together today to commemorate the spirit of our community, the strength of our survivors and the commitment of the caregivers and responders involved in what was the largest mass shooting casualty incident in modern American history, said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.  “You are the testimony for what it means to be “Vegas Strong”, he added.

Dr. Chris Fisher, Medical Director of Trauma Services at Sunrise Hospital, said, “All of us assume when the unexpected happens, there will be someone there to care for you. What we do not realize is the training, education and team development that occurs far before that event ever happens,” he added, “This is why trauma centers are so vital to the health of any community. Sunrise Hospital takes that mission very seriously.”

The event brought greetings and words of encouragement to survivors and appreciation to first responders for their heroic acts from members of Nevada’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senator Dean Heller, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Representative Dina Titus.

Musicians On Call’s artists, Ivy and the Wall, returned to Sunrise Hospital following their 2017 emergency response performance here in the aftermath of the shooting. Once again, Jonathan and Cassandra Lawson brought the healing power of music to our patients and caregivers to commemorate the 1-year anniversary. In April 2018, Musicians On Call officially launched a regular Bedside Performance Program here at Sunrise Hospital.

Survivors received a bracelet made of black onyx – a stone symbolizing the experience of grief that also assists the wearer during the emotional process of mourning and recovery. The orange jasper accent symbolizes strength and healing.

Video testimonials featured at the event include:

Dwayne Taylor, a Sunrise Hospital care team member with tremendous qualifications and military background that were instrumental in the role he serendipitously played the night of October 1. Taylor was called into action just one-day shy of his official start date at Sunrise Hospital.

Todd and Lori Kammer, Sergeant Todd Kammer and his wife Sheriff Deputy Lori Kammer with the LA County Sheriff’s office, attended the festival together off-duty. Lori recalled how Todd carried her to safety after she was injured. The Kammer’s returned to Sunrise Hospital this summer to reunite with the care team.

Rosemarie Melanson, the last patient discharged from Sunrise Hospital in mid-November 2017, and her family shared their ongoing experience. After more than a dozen surgeries over the course of the past year, she is still on the long road to recovery attempting to regain her life back. 

The event closed with a check presentation by Las Vegas Metro Police Department Lt. Erik Lloyd representing the Injured Police Officers Fund. The check, made out to the Kids Foundation of Sunrise Children’s Hospital for $35,000, was one of several given to community organizations following the unprecedented response to October 1. The donation was originally announced in July 2018. The amount was revealed today. 

“October 1 was an unprecedented event in the history of Las Vegas, of the nation and in the lives of everyone. The tragedy leaves an indelible impression, but what is most unprecedented and everlasting is the goodness that remains,” said Sklamberg.


Clark County Medical Society Hosts Stop the Bleed Training in Recognition of 1 October Tragedy

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The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) will host two Stop the Bleed training courses in recognition of the first anniversary of the 1 October mass shooting on Monday, September 24.

The event, which will take place at the Clark County Medical Society offices at 2590 E. Russell Road, will consist of a Basic Stop the Bleed training for the general public as well as a Stop the Bleed Instructor course for medical students and physicians in order to help grow the number of course instructors in our area.

Stop the Bleed training empowers the public to help in life-threatening situations by teaching basic bleeding control techniques. According to their website,, Nevada’s current 152 instructors have already trained over 3,000 people.

“In the event of a tragedy like 1 October, this kind of training can make the difference between a patient making it to the hospital or not,” said CCMS Treasurer and trauma surgeon Dr. Deborah Kuhls. “We’ve already put thousands of people through this course, but to grow that number we need more instructors.”

Physician members of the Clark County Medical Society saw firsthand the incredible response of the general public to the shooting as civilians transported hundreds of wounded to local medical centers in their personal vehicles. By offering the Stop the Bleed Instructor course, the medical society aims to expand the number of people who receive this vital training by creating a larger base of qualified teachers.

“We are really excited to offer the instructor course to our physicians and medical students,” Dr. Kuhls said. “The medical students alone nearly filled up the entire instructor course as soon as we opened registration, so we know there is a huge demand for this kind of programming.”

For more information about the Clark County Medical Society, or to register for the Stop the Bleed course, go to


Health Care Leaders to Speak at 2018 Nevada Health Care Forum in Las Vegas

By | Healthcare Events, Press Release

11th Annual Conference Scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Organizers of the Nevada Health Care Forum, the largest gathering of healthcare professionals in the state, will host dozens of the nation’s leading healthcare executives and experts to address the issues and changes affecting Nevada and the nation’s health care systems. The 11th annual conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Enclave Event Center in Las Vegas.

Featured speakers for this year’s event include:

            ·       Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., National President and CEO of MGMA, and author of Back to Balance: The Art, Science and Business of Medicine, will present a unique prescription for fixing America’s health care woes, based on her thirty years of experience as a physician and industry leader.

·       John Gorman, Founder & Executive Chair of The Gorman Health Group, will discuss the outlook for Medicare and Medicaid in Year 3 of the Trump Administration.

·       J.D. Kleinke, medical economist & author, will outline how organizations can avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities associated with the long overdue computerization of American medicine in his presentation: American Medicine 2.0 – the Revolution will be computerized.

·       Kevin Riddleberger, MBA, MS, PA-C, will discuss personalized health care beyond the traditional brick and mortar.

Key panels and discussions at this year’s forum include:

·       Industry leaders panel discussion on the “National State of Health Care.” 

           Time: 8:45 am to 9:45 am. Room: Madrigal

·       Disaster Preparedness: The role in disaster preparedness and response efforts for natural or man-made disasters, pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks.

           Time: 1:35pm to 2:35pm.   Room: Madrigal

·       “Health Care Issues Impacting the State of Nevada.”

           Time: 3:55pm to 4:55pm.   Room: Madrigal

Each year, hundreds of Nevada’s health care leaders gather at the Nevada Health Care Forum to attend panels and discussions about relevant industry topics from prestigious speakers. Attendees span a wide variety of interests and professions related to the health care industry, including providers, employer group and health plan/insurance executives, government officials, students, members of the media and consumers.

“This year’s forum promises to be enlightening and thought-provoking as the pace of our health care services, systems and patient care continues to accelerate. Anyone invested in the future of health care in Nevada and beyond is encouraged to attend and gain important insights from a wide range of knowledgeable speakers,” said Todd Lefkowitz, SVP Population Health Management, P3 Health Partners and member of the Nevada Health Care Forum steering committee. For more information and registration, visit

Primary Care Suicide Prevention Webinar Series

By | Events, Notice

Join HealthInsight and the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for a Primary Care Suicide Prevention Webinar Series – where we will deliver four, bite-sized learning sessions aimed at teaching primary care providers best practices and tools they can use to detect patients at risk for suicide attempts and effective brief interventions they can employ to help their patients and reduce the risk of suicide.

Session are as follows. All sessions held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. MT/11:30 to noon PT.

  1. Suicide Prevention in Primary Care – Screening and Assessment : Sept. 26, 2018
  2. Brief Interventions to Mitigate Suicide Risk – Safety Planing: Oct. 10, 2018
  3. Counseling on Access to Lethal Means: Oct. 24, 2018
  4. Caring Contacts, Patient Education and Other Patient Engagement Strategies: Nov. 7, 2018

Register once and attend all four events, or get access to recordings of sessions you can’t attend:

Southern Nevada Health District Increases Access to Care Through Expansion of Services

By | Press Release

Family Health Care Center offers primary care services

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering expanded primary care services at its Family Health Care Center inside its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Family Health Care Center will provide medical care for adults and children when they are sick, as well as preventive care services, including annual adult physicals and well-child check-ups for children up to 18 years of age. Clients will be able to access services to manage chronic conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. For appointments call (702) 759-1800. Additional information about clinic hours, available services, and more is available at

“This expansion of Health District services is a continuation of our mission to promote the health of the community by providing low-cost, accessible care to underserved Clark County communities,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

In keeping with its mission to increase access to care, the Health District opened a Dental Health Clinic earlier this year. Dental health services are provided on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only and include dental screenings, fluoride varnishes, and sealants. More information about services, clinic hours, and fees are available on the Health District website at The Health District is also providing additional access to immunization services with its Mobile Clinic at four locations in Southern Nevada. Locations and hours of operation are available at

From April through June of this year, a collaboration with the Nevada State Oral Health Program, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, and community leaders in rural counties allowed the Health District to work with its partners to provide mobile services in Nye, Esmeralda, and White Pine to further its goal of expanding access to care beyond the borders of Clark County. This successful initiative provided dental services to 129 clients and vaccines to 57 clients. Services were provided to insured and uninsured clients. When surveyed, clients identified a lack of insurance and lack of ability to pay their copay or deductible as a barrier to accessing services. Residents in these areas with insurance also identified having a lack of access to a health care provider as a barrier to receiving vaccines. This outreach initiative was funded through a Title XX grant.

“This is a dynamic time for our agency. As our community grows and evolves, our agency will continue to grow and evolve to best serve its needs,” said Dr. Iser.

Roseman University of Health Sciences – Henderson Report – September 2018

By | News

On the Henderson Campus you can feel the energy and excitement of the start of a new year of learning. The 2018-2019 academic year is now under way as we recently welcomed new students into our campus community and welcomed back returning students who will continue to learn, collaborate, and serve the public in pursuit of their chosen professions.

Returning students serve as an inspiration for new, first-year students in demonstrating the power of community service in enriching their educational experience. A great example is the College of Pharmacy’s Student Alliance. Over the course of three days in late June and early July, they volunteered at the 101st Lions Club International Health Fair at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There, they provided blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. In all, students screened the blood glucose of about 415 individuals and found 142 (34%) to have out-of-range results. Likewise, the students screened the blood pressure of 471 individuals and found 218 (52%) to have above normal values. All of these individuals were provided information about their screening results and were encouraged to seek additional screening and care from their providers.

There are many student organizations in the colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental Medicine and University-wide that commit hours of service to local communities to help build awareness of common diseases and health risks, such as blood pressure and blood glucose, as well as cholesterol. They also conduct medication counseling, educate youth about dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and share valuable information on maintaining oral health. Additionally, these student organizations assist partner charities in our region in addressing the needs of the homeless, individuals battling cancer and at-risk youth and adults.

To strengthen the University’s commitment to educate and graduate students from underrepresented communities, the College of Pharmacy was recently awarded a grant from CVS Health to raise awareness of pharmacy careers and increase the number of Hispanic/Latino applicants to the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Originally awarded $25,000 for the endeavor, last month the grant award was expanded to $125,000. The College of Nursing is working to increase the availability of health care to underserved and rural communities in the region. A grant of $2.8 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) will help the College to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current Registered Nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care settings. You can read more about these grants in this issue of spectRUm.

I’d like to close this month’s Henderson report with my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the faculty and staff on campus who are dedicated to helping our students to succeed. They help us carryout our mission to educate new generations of professionals who will help advance health care. Let’s make the new academic year the best yet.

Roseman University of Health Sciences – Summerlin Report – September 2018

By | News

Welcome to the September issue of spectRUm and Summerlin Campus happenings. Two significant events this past month are contributing to the growth of Roseman’s College of Medicine and our Summerlin Campus.

Roseman Medical Group (RMG), the College of Medicine’s clinical practice continues to grow.  RMG has added three support personnel, and, in addition to Dr. David Ginsburg, Dr. Elena Garcia, a Family Physician, began her practice in August and is now seeing patients at our Spring Valley office.  In late August, Dr. Chrissy Quartuccio-Curan joined the medical team, as well, holding several positions.  Dr. Quartuccio-Curan is a faculty member in the College of Medicine and is a practicing family physician in RMG and will begin seeing patients in this month. In addition to her roles in the College of Medicine and RMG, she serves as the Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program under Dr. Tom Hunt with our clinical partner, Valley Health System. We welcome these two new physicians to our medical group and look forward to more joining us in the near future.  Great for the community.  Excellent for the College of Medicine.  Transforming for Roseman.

We are also pleased to announce a collaborative effort with UNLV’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Buddadeb Dawn, Chair of Internal Medicine at UNLV School of Medicine, and his team of researchers have moved in to the Engelstad Research Building of the Summerlin campus. Roseman’s College of Medicine and UNLV School of Medicine, through the support of the two medical school deans, are interested in identifying collaborative activities between the two institutions. They have signed an MOU that can lead to further collaboration. This is a win for Roseman University and the College of Medicine, creating a partnership that is important for our higher education institutions, and is a win for our community demonstrating that medical educational institutions in this city are committed to collaboration.

Another Roseman University partner, Cure 4 The Kids, has taken residence in the Breakthrough Building and will begin providing patient care this week. The College of Medicine hosted a potluck lunch for the employees of Cure 4 The Kids in August to welcome them to the Summerlin Campus. You may read more regarding Cure 4 the Kids in Roseman’s announcement here.


ER at Blue Diamond Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

By | Developments, Press Release

The ER at Blue Diamond, a freestanding emergency department which will be built on the northwest corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron, held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, to celebrate the kick-off of construction. The facility will begin seeing patients in June 2019.

The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will enable patients to access their private health information online, in a secure fashion. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

“The ER at Blue Diamond aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. If needed, patients will be transferred to the hospital for any necessary medical procedures, surgeries or inpatient medical care.

In addition to breaking ground on the ER at Blue Diamond, Spring Valley Hospital recently added another 72 private rooms in August 2018. The hospital’s total bed count is now 364.


HealtHIE Nevada Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

By | Press Release, Recognition

HealtHIE Nevada, a statewide health information exchange that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data, announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC’s HIEAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Security and privacy are extremely important for operating a health information exchange and in building trust with our participants and patients,” says Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “We are thrilled to report that we scored 97 out of a possible 100 points on our assessment which is a testament to the dedication and skills of our entire team.”

Through EHNAC’s comprehensive third-party review, HealtHIE Nevada was evaluated in areas of privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources as it relates to health information exchange (HIE) policies and procedures. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“The amount of protected health information (PHI) and data exchanged electronically within and between healthcare organizations is undoubtedly increasing. As such, there has become a heightened need for all organizations touching this data to have the utmost privacy, security and safeguard procedures in place,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Having met the highest standard for privacy and security as it relates to consent, authorization, authentication, access and audit procedures throughout the HIE entity, with its EHNAC HIEAP designation, customers and business partners can have confidence and trust in HealtHIE Nevada’s ability to manage their data with integrity and effectiveness.”

Clark County Medical Society Members Recognized Among “Best Doctors in America”

By | Press Release, Recognition

The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) proudly recognizes 49 physician members who were included in the Best Doctors in America List, an annual list published by Best Doctors that includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians.

Best Doctors, a global benefits provider founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, conducts a biannual peer-to-peer poll to identify doctors whom other doctors recognize as the best in their respective fields.

“It is always great to see our physicians being recognized for the great work they do by a national peer-to-peer survey organization,” said CCMS President Dr. Jeffrey Roth. “Congratulations to all the outstanding CCMS members who made the list.”

The Clark County Medical Society is a professional membership organization of over 1,500 doctors in Southern Nevada and works to serve physicians and their patients through education, community outreach, and advocacy.

“We are very proud of the doctors we serve and the work they do to keep our community healthy,” CCMS Executive Director Alexandra P. Silver said. “It’s really an honor to get the opportunity to work with these incredibly talented physicians through their membership in the Clark County Medical Society.”

Members of the Clark County Medical Society who were featured include: Dr. Carlos Fonte, Dr. Cres P. Miranda, Dr. Charles Allen Rhodes, Dr. Douglas A. Thomas, Dr. W. Reid Litchfield, Dr. Donald L. Kwok, Dr. Gregory Kwok, Dr. Jerome Frank Hruska, Dr. Gary R. Skankey, Dr. Eugene L. Spec, Dr. Mark Charles Handelman, Dr. Jerrold Schwartz, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, Dr. Fadi Braiteh, Dr. Souzan E. El-Eid, Dr. Russel Gollard, Dr. Edwin C. Kingsley, Dr. James Delfino Sanchez, Dr. Nicholas J. Vogelzang, Dr. Zvi Sela, Dr. Derek A. Duke, Dr. Jeffrey Lee Cummings, Dr. Luis L. Diaz, Dr. Paul D. Bandt, Dr. Jocelyn Ivie, Dr. Florence N. Jameson, Dr. Kirsten B. Rojas, Dr. Bruce S. Shapiro, Dr. Mark Doubrava, Dr. Emily L. Fant, Dr. Walter (Russ) Schroeder, Dr. Robert C. Wang, Dr. Doug J. Fife, Dr. Jonathan Strauss, Dr. Ruben J. Acherman, Dr. William Evans, Dr. Abraham Rothman, Dr. Ricardo Samson, Dr. Craig T. Nakamura, Dr. Goesel M. Anson, Dr. Michael C. Edwards, Dr. Julio L. Garcia, Dr. Michael A. O’Hanlan, Dr. Terence G. Banich, Dr. Annabel E. Barber, Dr. John J. Fildes, Dr. Arthur Fusco, and Dr. Sheldon J. Freeman.