Las Vegas HEALS to Host 6th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards”

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LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada) will honor its most diverse honorees as part of sixth annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards” for their outstanding contributions to the Southern Nevada community.

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon circa 1905, the award ceremony will recognize the following healthcare leaders as those who ignite and inspire continued possibilities for healthcare excellence:

Chowdhury H. Ahsan, MRCP, M.D., Ph.D., FSCAI – University Medical Center
Mary Ann K. Allison, M.D., F.A.C.P – Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
The Honorable Shelley Berkley – Touro University Nevada
Anashu Shah, M.D. – Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging
Troy S. Watson, M.D.  – Desert Orthopaedic Center
Carolyn Yucha, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, CNE – University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“This year’s class continues to raise the bar for healthcare in Southern Nevada by improving the quality of care through innovation,” said Ann Lynn, president of Las Vegas HEALS. “These individuals highlight the diversity that exists in our healthcare community who elevate the care, education, and workforce in our community.”

Past recipients have included healthcare leaders Dr. Joseph Adashek, Dr. Howard Baron, Dr. Charles Bernick, Dr. Joel Bower, Dr. Dale Carrison, Dr. Jim Christensen, Dr. Michael Ciccolo, Mr. Bob Cooper, Dr. Michael Crovetti, Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, Dr. Mitchell Forman, Dr. Oscar Goodman, Jr., Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Flip Homansky, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, and Dr. Dylan Wint.

Las Vegas HEALS’ Chief Executive Officer Doug Geinzer said, “Las Vegas is home to healthcare leaders that are passionate about education, research, and the delivery of care. This year’s event, which also celebrates 15 years of Las Vegas HEALS, highlights individuals who continue to raise the bar and want to make our community better every day.”

The 6th annual gala will take place on Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Individuals interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Las Vegas HEALS at 702-952-2477 or click here for more information.

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 and wellness communities, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and enhance the delivery of high quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 28,000 health care professionals. Recent initiatives have included the release of the Las Vegas Regional Strategic Plan for Medical & Wellness Tourism, the expansion of graduate medical education, and the issue of reimbursement rates.

Media Contact: Douglas Geinzer
(702) 604-5627

Why Ransomware Cyberattacks Are The Greatest Threat

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Have You Met The Dark Overlord? – Why Ransomware Cyberattacks Are The Greatest Threat To Your Practice That You’re Not Worried About – and How To Play Defense

Even for the most ardent luddite, it’s hard to avoid talk these days of “ransomware.” But for the uninitiated, Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system’s screen or by locking the users’ files unless a ransom is paid.1 As for why you’re hearing about it, that’s because it’s the fastest growing cybersecurity threat over the past two years. Ransomware exploded in 4Q14, when the necessary source code was published as “open source” and ransomware-as-a-service became available. These dramatically lowered the difficulty in getting started, and with little chance of associated arrest – the significant financial gains available from these types of attacks were simply too good for cybercriminals to pass up.

Since that time, ransomware payments have amounted to over one billion dollars per year, and those are just the payments that are reported. If that number doesn’t impress you, remember it is the result of an average ransom demand of under $700.2 That’s the “evil genius” of ransomware, they ask for just enough money that it’s not worth the hassle and delay of trying to fight it. What’s more, for small businesses, the threat level is critical. These businesses lack the resources, the security and the multi-layer defense programs to help protect themselves. And it’s only escalating.

For ASCs, this threat is multiplied by their liability under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Cybercriminals that can lock up a system’s data can also access it without restriction, including any and all “protected health information” (“PHI”) under the HIPAA. This threat has become so prevalent that in June, the HHS Office for Civil Rights released new HIPAA guidance on ransomware reinforcing activities required by HIPAA that can help organizations prevent, detect, contain, and respond to threats, and confirmed that paying the associated “ransom” will not protect these institutions from HIPAA enforcement3 – which can lead to fines of $50,000 per compromised medical record.

Cybercriminals target medical facilities because of the legacy software that many of these institutions employ. Old software suites and the old operating systems they often run on are dramatically easier to exploit, and the regulations associated with the maintenance of electronic medical records lead many of these companies to suffer old software for much longer than they should. The cost of updating is usually prohibitive and the array of options is dizzying. As a result, many ASCs rely on their belief that small, private institutions like theirs are simply not a target. They are wrong.

* On June 1, 2016, approximately 13,000 patient records were compromised by ransomware The Ambulatory Surgery Center at St. Mary in Langhorne, Pa.4

* Athens (GA) Orthopedic Clinic, which includes an outpatient surgery center, experienced a ransomware attack of about 397,000 current and former patients that was discovered June 28, 2016.5

Cybersecurity experts also warn of the special vulnerability of ASCs:

“Same-day surgery facilities may have an increase in vulnerability, due to the volume of patients, the increased mobility of the clinicians, and the level of security in place,”

* Ellen M. Derrico, MBA, a marketing/market development executive in healthcare and life science technologies and an independent consultant in West Chester, PA

“Critical medical equipment, such as what you would find at an ambulatory surgery center, is generally at risk due to the sensitive nature of the applications on that equipment … the applications often preclude traditional antivirus, anti-malware software, or normal patching timetables.”

* Erik Rasmussen, JD, cyber practice leader with Kroll’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice

For many years, HIPAA compliance has been relegated to an administrative status somewhere below obligatory continuing education requirements, and is often little more than a budget line item. However, this is an increasingly outdated way of looking at this critical practice element. Major liability insurance carriers are beginning to offer cybersecurity insurance, but also require a minimum level of security to even qualify, at any premium. Most legacy EMR/EHR systems simply aren’t adequate and COTS anti-virus software is woefully ineffective.

Forward-looking ASC administrators should seek out professional advice from a dedicated cybersecurity firm. NOTE: This is not asking your “IT guy” if he has software. Experts predict that the majority of private medical facilities will be targets of this type of malware, and the costs of these attacks exponentially outpace the cost of even the most exhaustive protection structures. In other words, an ounce of real protection will save you pounds and pounds of cure.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Names Rosamari McNulty as Vice President for Employee and Volunteer Solutions

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Rosamari McNulty Nathan Adelson HospiceCarole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced today that Rosamari McNulty has been promoted to the position of vice president for Employee and Volunteer Solutions at the state’s largest non-profit hospice.

 McNulty has been with Nathan Adelson Hospice since 2009. Prior to her promotion, she was the senior director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services for the hospice. Her new role and responsibilities include implementing systems for employee growth and performance with specific focus on employee satisfaction and engagement, along with increasing the depth and breadth of volunteer participation in the organization.

 Prior to joining the hospice, McNulty was the director of Human Resources for University Health System at the Clinical Practice of the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine, where she oversaw all human resources, training and development activities. McNulty has 20 years of experience in the human resources field and served as an adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix, and the director of Human Resources for Lake Mead Hospital Medical Center.

 McNulty earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also a certified Development Dimensions International Trainer, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

 McNulty is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and serves on the United Way of Southern Nevada Women’s Leadership Council as an executive committee member at large. She also co-chairs the Volunteerism Committee there. She was a past board member for the Southern Nevada Human Resources Association, where she served as the Hospitality chairperson and the Best Places to Work chairperson for two years.

 About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for almost 40 years, is the largest 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.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

 The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

Nevada Small Business Person of the Year: Dr. Eva D. Littman

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Before Dr. Littman founded Red Rock Fertility in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas community had to travel to California and elsewhere to get the appropriate care. When she opened the center, she wanted to make sure that the Las Vegas community as well as the international community, had access to not only personalized physician care, but also the highest standard of fertility care that could be offered.

Red Rock Fertility CenterDr. Littman says that what drives her is “the challenge – the challenge of being able to take situations that others have failed at, and to succeed.” It is not only challenging to own and run a small business but to encounter obstacles in her work every day in reproduction is truly miraculous. As the founder of this small business, she has worked hard to produce high pregnancy success rates in Las Vegas, throughout the US and abroad. Dr. Littman truly is passionate about accepting and overcoming challenges. She often takes cases with less than five percent chance of pregnancy. She is motivated by being able to make people’s dreams come true after they’ve almost given up hope.

Red Rock Fertility is a modern, boutique-style fertility practice. With a team oriented approach to healthcare, they ensure that their patients receive the highest quality of care and in turn, high success rates. They offer a full range of services and treatments, including In Vitro Fertilization. The practice was founded in 2008 by Dr. Eva Littman and has grown to be one of the most successful fertility centers on the West Coast. The Red Rock team prides themselves on specializing in challenging cases and helping patients that other doctors have deemed as having a slim chance on conceiving.

Red Rock Fertility purchased a new building at 9120 W. Russell Road in Southwest Las Vegas in December 2014. The two-story, 12,500-square-foot building was purchased with an SBA 504 loan from TMC Financing. TMC Financing provided $1.7 million of the project’s $4.7 million total cost.

In the first week of May, Dr. Littman will join winners from all 50 states and US territories in Washington, D.C. for the announcement of SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year. The applicants are judged based on the history of the company, their business plans, analysis of growth, and how they have overcome adversity.

Click here to view the full list of winners.

Southern Hills Hospital Welcomes New Vice President of Human Resources Jennifer McDonell

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Southern Hills Hospital welcomes new Vice President of Human Resources Jennifer McDonell to its administration team. McDonell comes to Southern Hills with extensive experience in labor relations, recruitment and benefits administration.

“Southern Hills Hospital hires the best of the best, and we are confident that Jennifer McDonell is an excellent fit for our leadership team,” said Adam Rudd, Southern Hills Hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Jennifer understands the critical balance of caring for our employees and ensuring they have what they need to take care of our patients.”

“I am incredibly honored to join the Southern Hills Hospital team,” said Jennifer McDonell, Southern Hills Hospital Vice President of Human Resources. “I am grateful for the professional experience that I have had in my career thus far, and am excited to apply it in a healthcare setting where we are truly in the business of caring for people.”

McDonell most recently served as the HR Director for government contractor supporting the United States military. She was responsible for supporting employee relations in a union environment, recruitment, benefits administration, coaching and counseling. Prior to that, McDonell worked for 12 years at Jewish Senior Life in Rochester, NY as the HR Director.  

To learn more about Southern Hills Hospital and its services, visit

About Southern Hills Hospital

Voted the Best Hospital in Las Vegas in 2015 and a Best Hospital Winners’ Circle Award recipient in 2016, Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services, a behavioral health (geriatric psychiatric) inpatient and outpatient program serving ages 50 and older, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic and spine unit, OB-GYN, Level II NICU, diagnostic imaging and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.

In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at The Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. Additionally, Southern Hills Hospital is building an 80-bed psychiatric facility that will treat adolescents through adults, expected to open in 2018. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. 

Southern Hills Hospital

9300 W. Sunset Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89148

Twitter: @SHHospitalLV

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