Special Olympics Nevada Hosts Home Run Derby and Car Show

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SONV is hosting a home run derby competition at Power House Batting Cages & Agility. Prizes will be awarded to the top batters including awards for highest velocity hit, farthest hit and most pitches hit in each age group. All batters will receive a certificate of participation. Also taking place at this event is a car show. Awards for the car show include SONV athlete’s choice, Power House Favorite, Best in Show and North Pole Santa’s favorite. 

This event is open to the public, however registration is required to participate. The cost for individual batters is $25; youth league teams (ages 17 & under, up to 10 players) can participate for $200; and adult league teams can participate for $300 (up to 10 players). It is $10 per car to participant in the car show.

To register for the home run derby, the car show, or to donate to this event, please click www.sonv.org. 

Media are invited to attend. 

10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021

*Car show check in ends at 9:30 a.m.

Power House Batting Cages & Agility 4482 N. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130

The home run derby will help support SONV through fundraising and public awareness, while enhancing the quality of life for SONV athletes with intellectual disabilities. In addition to supporting the organization’s sports, education, athlete leadership training, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, donations raised during the event will assist SONV in its efforts to establish an independently run chapter in Nevada. While all fundraising dollars support athletes in Nevada, SONV is currently under the umbrella of Special Olympics Northern California.

About Special Olympics Nevada 

SONV is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education, leadership, and athlete health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 2,694 athletes who compete in more than 14 competitions in 7 sports annually. Within the Community Sports Program and the Schools Partnership Program, SONV is encouraging the growth of Unified Sports®, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. In a typical year, SONV impacts more than 21,283 students by promoting inclusion on school campuses. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering screenings and services free of charge. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization was able to convert its programing to virtual platforms to keep people with intellectual disabilities healthy and safe. SONV relies on the support of 1,670 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. More information may be found by visiting www.sonv.org and following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @SONevada.

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Henderson Hospital Earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

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Honor Marks Fourth Consecutive Award as a Top Hospital

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group for the second consecutive year; it had previously been named a Top General Hospital in 2018 and 2019.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of this award is the affirmation that our residents are learning best practices and the foundation for high-quality health care during a historical era in our world’s health history – the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “What they have learned during their residency will remain with them through the rest of their medical careers.

“To consistently maintain quality and patient safety outcomes and meet the strict criteria of The Leapfrog Group over a four-year span, when our hospital is only five years old, is truly an awesome achievement of our employee and medical staff’s commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients,” said Kaufman.

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, Henderson Hospital received a Top Teaching distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 46 Top General
  • 23 Top Rural
  • 72 Top Teaching

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Henderson as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Henderson Hospital has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the southern Nevada community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of acute care and specialty 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 III neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. It is accredited as an Advanced Primary Heart Attack Center, an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and as a bronze-level Geriatric Emergency Department (GEDA), and is certified by The Joint Commission for Total Hip and Knee Replacement surgery. Henderson Hospital has also been honored by The Leapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital in 2018 and 2019; a Top Teaching Hospital in 2020; and earned the “A” Patient Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group during its last seven award cycles. The hospital opened in 2016.

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.

Nurses Complete OCN Examination at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers nurses Madelyn Watkins, Bianca Carreira, Lydia Ferguson, Lacy Mitchell, Becca Rowe, Justin Jagusch and Nabil Salama recently passed nursing examinations. All seven completed the Oncology Nursing (OCN) examination, signifying a depth of knowledge that enables quick recognition of problems and initiation of evidence-based action, well beyond an entry-level understanding.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update – December 3, 2021

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The Southern Nevada Health District is providing a weekly summary of COVID-19 data and new or updated information about COVID-19 clinics and resources.

Omicron Variant

The Southern Nevada Health District conducts ongoing surveillance for variants. To date, no cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in Clark County. The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants is to get vaccinated, get a booster when eligible, wear a mask in public indoor settings, practice good hand hygiene, and for people to stay home and get tested if they are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had contact with a confirmed or suspected case.

Studies are underway to learn more about Omicron. Preliminary information indicates that no unusual symptoms are associated with the Omicron variant, and that people who are fully vaccinated are possibly less likely to experience serious illness or require hospitalization.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Report

COVID-19 Booster Doses:

Booster doses are available to all adults 18 years of age and older. People age 18 and older who have completed their initial series with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines six months ago or more after the initial series is complete or adults 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months after their first vaccine can get a booster at Health District clinic locations. The booster dose can be the same vaccine originally received or a different vaccine. COVID-19 boosters are safe, effective and free.

COVID-19 Pediatric Doses

As of December 1, more than 16,200 children between the ages of 5 and 11 have received their initial COVID-19 vaccine dose in Clark County.

The Pfizer BioNTech pediatric vaccine is available at the Health District’s main public health center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. and its community clinic sites. Health District and community partner clinic listings and appointment access is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are accepted.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect children from getting COVID-19. Children may be at lower risk than adults of becoming seriously ill, but it is still possible. The vaccine is safe, effective and free.

Current Vaccine Update:

As of December 3, 2021:

  • Total Doses Reported Administered: 2,900,052

Total Doses Reported Initiated: 1,518,282

  • Percent initiated vaccination:
    • Overall: 65.49%
    • 18 years and older: 79.45%
    • 5 years and older: 67.9%
  • Total Doses Reported Completed: 1,253,968
  • Overall: 54.09%
    • 18 years and older: 66.56%
    • 5 years and older: 55.78%

Additional vaccination information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

COVID-19 after Vaccination

As of December , the Health District has received reports of 11,487 fully vaccinated individuals testing positive for COVID-19. In Clark County, the current number of cases of COVID-19 in people who are fully vaccinated represents 123 cases out of every 10,000 fully vaccinated people. The Health District is reporting a total of 218 deaths that have occurred in fully vaccinated Clark County residents. This represents 2 deaths per 10,000 fully vaccinated people. Among unvaccinated people, the number of cases of COVID-19 is 2,824 out of every 10,000 unvaccinated individuals and the number of deaths is 51 per 10,000 unvaccinated people.

The Health District’s COVID-19 breakthrough infection reports are available at: www.snhd.info/covid-breakthrough.

COVID-19 Cases

As of December 2, there have been 345,652 cases of COVID-19 reported in Clark County. The Health District is also reporting the seven-day moving average of new positive cases as of November 29, is 301.2 cases. The seven-day  A total of 6,227 Clark County residents have died from COVID-19.

The number of cases COVID-19 among children age four and younger is 7,815 as of December 2. The number of cases in children between the ages of 5 and 11 is 17,430.

The Health District encourages people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 to get tested. Testing location information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-testing. Information on self-testing kits is available on the Health District website.


Variants of the virus that cause COVID-19 are tracked by the Health District, throughout the United States and globally by public health organizations. The virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing, and the best way to reduce the spread and slow the emergence of new variants is to get vaccinated. More information about variants, including classifications and definitions, is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/index.html.

The CDC continues to learn about COVID-19 variants and reports them as follows: Variants Being Monitored (VBM), which may include variants previously designated as Variants of Interest (VOI) or Variants of Concern (VOC), and Variants of High Consequence (VOHC).

As of November 24, the Health District is reporting the following variants being monitored (VBM) in Clark County:


Variant Being Monitored Count Percent
Alpha 946 59.8
Beta 9 0.6
Epsilon 228 14.4
Gamma 230 14.5
Eta 0 0.0
Iota 72 4.6
Kappa 0 0.0
Lambda 5 5.8
Mu 91 5.8
Total 1581 100.0


As of December 2, the Health District is reporting the following variants of concern (VOC) in Clark County:

Variant of Concern Count Percent
Delta 6593 95.9
Delta Plus 279 4.1
Omicron 0 0.0
Total 6872 100.0

In the past 30 days, the Health District identified the following variants in Clark County:

Variant (Past 30 days) Count Percent
Alpha 0 0.0
Beta 0 0.0
Delta 90 72.6
Delta Plus 34 27.4
Epsilon 0 0.0
Gamma 0 0.0
Omicron 0 0.0
Total 124 100

Clinic Locations

COVID-19 vaccine clinic hours at the Health District’s 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center are Monday and Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Expanded hours at the main public health center are Monday and Friday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clinic information and additional resources are available on the Health District’s website at www.snhd.info/covid.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 5-11

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The holiday season also means flu season, and both have officially arrived in Clark County. The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting seven confirmed hospitalized cases of influenza, and while flu activity in the state is minimal so far, it typically increases in the community around the holidays. During National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 5-11, the Health District is urging everyone to get vaccinated.

Getting a flu vaccine is especially important this season as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. People can receive their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations at the same time. Both vaccines are available at the Health District, at pharmacies, and health care provider offices throughout Clark County.

The Health District offers flu vaccine at its public health centers Monday through Friday. Walk-in clients are accepted at its 280 S. Decatur Blvd. immunization clinic. Appointments are required at the Health District’s other clinic locations. For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit the Flu Vaccine Clinic page.

While the previous flu season (2020-2021) was mild — the Health District reported six flu deaths and 50 hospitalizations — likely due to COVID-19 mitigation measures such as mask wearing, increased participation in remote work and school, and social distancing, it is possible the 2021-2022 influenza season could become more active since many of these activities have been eased as businesses and schools are reopened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu vaccination prevented approximately 7.5 million flu illnesses, 3.7 million flu-associated medical visits, 105,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 6,300 influenza-associated deaths during the 2019-2020 flu season.

“Flu season is always unpredictable with regard to how severe it is and the number of illnesses it causes,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “There’s still plenty of time to get vaccinated before the holidays. National Influenza Vaccination Week is the perfect time to remind Southern Nevadans about the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for people who are older or have medical conditions that put them at a higher risk for serious illness.”

Southern Nevada Influenza Surveillance Snapshots and Influenza Reports by Age Group are posted to the Health District’s website throughout the flu season, and available at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/news-info/statistics-surveillance-reports/influenza-surveillance/.

All influenza vaccines in the United State for the 2021-2022 flu season are quadrivalent, which means they provide protection against four different flu strains. The CDC recommends any licensed, age-appropriate vaccine for people 6 months of age and older and without contraindications. For people over the age of 65, there are flu vaccines developed especially for this population. Any age-appropriate flu vaccines are acceptable options if the vaccines designed for seniors are not available. Getting a flu vaccine should not be delayed. It takes about two weeks to develop sufficient protection against flu after getting vaccinated. People with questions about which flu vaccine is right for them should contact their health care providers. The CDC has information about the flu vaccine on its  Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine webpage.

Southern Nevada Health District Flu Clinic locations:

  • Main Public Health Center

280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m.

Walk-ins accepted from 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center

2950 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0850. 

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Public Health Center

220 Horizon Dr., Henderson, NV 89015

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0850.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center/ Jimmie Hughes Campus

150 Yucca St., Suites 3 &4, Mesquite, NV 89027

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

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-1682

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

LVGEA Brings Six Companies And More Than 550 Jobs to Southern Nevada

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Six companies will bring more than 550 jobs to Southern Nevada, in part due to incentives approved by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) board of directors and supported by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).

Design Factory, Envases, Evanesce, Pūrtec, Rapid Response Monitoring Services, and Saratoga Food Specialties will relocate to or expand in Southern Nevada, adding 556 regional jobs in the next five years.

“Southern Nevada should be proud of these companies and the success of the region’s business growth in 2021,” said Jared Smith, COO of LVGEA. “LVGEA, our partners, and the companies we support have broken the regional record for assisted new jobs this year, and we predict continued growth in 2022.”

LVGEA focuses on assisting existing regional companies, recruiting new companies, and championing resources to get our citizens into high-quality jobs, according to Smith.

“Step number one is having companies like these that offer competitive pay and career pathways for the people who need them,” he added.

In 2021, the GOED Board approved a total of 42 companies for incentives in the state including 30 relocating or expanding in Southern Nevada.

GOED works closely with the LVGEA and other redevelopment agencies across the state to ensure that businesses can get the incentives they need to expand.

“I would like to welcome these new companies to Nevada and commend those who are expanding,” said Governor Steve Sisolak, who chairs the GOED Board. “We are moving Nevada forward.”

Since January 2019, 75 companies have received abatements like these and are expected to create more than 11,340 jobs by 2026, the governor added. These companies are making a $2 billion capital investment and will generate more than $1 billion in new net tax revenues over the next decade.

“We have had a very productive year coming out of the pandemic,” said GOED Executive Director Michael Brown. “The companies that are choosing Nevada are making a major investment in our state. I am also encouraged by the quality of the jobs they are creating.”

Design Factory — 13 jobs, $27.34 average wage, Information & Communication Technologies

The Design Factory is a trade show exhibit production company looking to expand its Southern Nevada operation. This company was approved for the creation of 10 jobs in the first two years of operation, with the potential for 13 jobs within five years of operation.

“Design Factory Las Vegas is thrilled to continue designing and building creative brand experiences for companies attending trade shows and conventions in our world-class facilities that are expanding every day. With the support of the LVGEA and Governor’s office in relation to the expansion of our own operation locally, we know Las Vegas is ready for a BIG comeback and we will be a part of that in a big way,“ said Chris Harvey, Owner of Design Factory.

Envases — 150 jobs, $23.90 average wage, General & Advanced Manufacturing

Envases is a packaging manufacturing facility. This company was approved for the creation of 73 jobs in the first two years of operation with the potential for 150 jobs within five years of operation.

Evanesce — 114 jobs, $24.19 average wage, General & Advanced Manufacturing

Evanesce is an innovative packaging material manufacturer seeking to establish a facility in the City of North Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 54 jobs in the first two years of operation, with the potential for 114 jobs within five years of operation.

“As a complete solution to replacing single-use plastics and expanded polystyrene foam in food packaging, Evanesce is excited to bring our second U.S. manufacturing facility to North Las Vegas,” said the company’s founder and CEO Douglas Horne. “Our Nevada facility allows us to serve our growing customer base in the Western U.S. and rapidly expand the production of our American-made, sustainable food packaging solutions.”

Pūrtec — 75 jobs, $33.52 average wage, General & Advanced Manufacturing

Pūrtec provides water treatment equipment and services including deionized water and soft water services, and reverse osmosis systems. With the incentives approved by GOED, the Las Vegas-based company plans to expand its operations in the region and create 25 jobs in the first two years of operation, with the potential for 75 jobs within five years of operation.

“Pūrtec solves a problem humans deal with daily — keeping indoor environments safe,” said Ray Edwards, CEO and Co-Founder at Pūrtec. “Using data to automate indoor disinfection, we’ve built the world’s most intelligent healthy building technology by eliminating the guesswork of returning safely to built spaces. The incentives from the Nevada Governor’s Office in partnership with the LVGEA will support our production capabilities in our Las Vegas headquarters and allow us to expand our network coverage into larger commercial customer spaces, such as the Las Vegas Convention Center,” said Edwards.

Rapid Response Monitoring Systems — 148 jobs, $22.19 average wage, Back Office

Rapid Response Monitoring Services is a national security and alarm monitoring company pursuing a contact support center in Southern Nevada. The company has offices in Syracuse, New York, and Corona, California, and will expand its operations with a third location in Henderson, Nevada. The company plans to hire and train people who were laid off from the hospitality industry. Rapid Response Monitoring Services was approved for the creation of 118 jobs in the first two years of operation, with the potential for 148 jobs within five years of operation.

“We are an out-of-state company that has found an employer-friendly market to bring jobs and growth to the state of Nevada. We are in the business of saving lives and we hope the Henderson community will support our efforts and passion by joining and partnering with Rapid now and for the years ahead,” said David Pida, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Rapid Response Monitoring Systems.

Saratoga Food Specialties (Smithfield Foods) — 56 jobs, $20.02 average wage, General & Advanced Manufacturing

Saratoga Food Specialties is a leading agricultural products manufacturing company looking to expand its operation in the City of North Las Vegas. This company was approved for the creation of 56 jobs in the first two years of operation.

“We’re delighted to deepen our roots in the North Las Vegas community and grow our great workforce in Nevada,” said Jim Bejna, Vice President of Operations for Saratoga. “This most recent expansion is a testament to the extraordinary growth of our business and the incredible support we have received from local government and community partners.”

About Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the economy in Southern Nevada through connectivity, community development, and strong business recruitment, retention and outreach. As Southern Nevada’s regional development authority, the LVGEA’s vision is to help residents thrive in a global economy by fostering a more prosperous, diverse and connected regional economy. To learn more, visit lvgea.org.

LVGEA has been designated as one of eight Regional Development Authorities (RDA) in Nevada by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) for 2021-2022. Each RDA receives oversight and major financial support from GOED.

Ronald McDonald House to Build 2nd House in Las Vegas

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas is excited to announce the Home for Now Hope for Tomorrow capital campaign to build a second Ronald McDonald House in the Las Vegas valley.

“For more than 23 years, the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House has provided a ‘home away from home’ to families with sick or injured children,” said Alyson McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas. “While the average length of stay is 11 nights, a third of our families stay longer than a month. Our second House will provide longer-term independent living spaces for families to call home while their child is in the hospital.”

The new House will feature eight patio homes, increasing capacity by 67% for nearly 3,000 additional nights each year. The building will also include an outdoor play area, a courtyard, a multi-purpose room for activities and relaxation, parking, and an office for RMHC staff.

RMHC Las Vegas has selected Grand Canyon Development Partners, NOVUS Architecture, and Builders

United to design and develop the Ronald McDonald House at O’Bannon.

“We are overjoyed to offer our services to help Ronald McDonald House Charities bring this new campus

to the Las Vegas Valley,” said Grand Canyon Development Partners President and Founder Sam Nicholson. “The wonderful work this organization provides the community has helped countless families, and now with the expansion plans, even more can benefit from their services.”

The new facility will be located one block away from the current House, at the corner of Edmond and O’Bannon streets in Las Vegas. It will sit on one acre of land that was generously donated by neighborhood resident John Paul R. Kernahan.

Design and construction of the Ronald McDonald House at O’Bannon is estimated at $4 million. To date, the charity has received more than $2 million in donations, including donation of the land valued at

$500,000, as well as a $500,000 donation from Jeunesse Kids. The charity is encouraging the community to support this new home for families with sick children. For more information on how to support this project through a donation or a naming opportunity, visit https://rmhlv.org/capital-campaign/.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities:

Believing that every child deserves a comfortable and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education, and well-being of children in our community. We fulfill our mission by providing a “home away from home” at the Ronald McDonald House® for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children and manage programs that service the immediate needs of children and families in our community. For more information on RMHC of Greater Las Vegas, visit www.rmhlv.org.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Encourages Kindness for the Holidays

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Follow Advent Kindness Calendar and Discover Health Benefits of Kindness

Performing simple acts of kindness can make you feel good, but can they improve your health? This holiday season Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican offers a modern take on an ancient holiday tradition.

The Advent Calendar dates back almost 200 years and is a special way many families count down the days to Christmas. A traditional calendar features a small window for each date, behind which would be a small treasure – a picture, a gift, or a chocolate.

St. Rose Dominican hospitals honor the tradition by creating an updated version with a modern twist. The Advent Kindness Calendar is posted on Social Media and suggests small acts of kindness followers can perform each day to help brighten the season for friends, family, and coworkers.

Each day, from December 1 through December 24, St. Rose Dominican hospital Facebook channels will post a small act of kindness and ask followers to carry it out during their day. Daily acts of kindness are quick, simple, and spread the spirit of the season.

-Share a smile with someone you don’t know
-Send a positive text message to a friend or family member
-Sort through your old towels and donate them to a local animal shelter
-Reconnect with a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time

But beyond putting a smile on someone’s face, performing a simple act of kindness can also put a boost in your step. Recent medical writings indicate sharing acts of kindness can produce positive health benefits. A recent Mayo Clinic article explains that:

-Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood.
-It can decrease blood pressure and stress levels.
-Kindness can increase a person’s sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood, and enhance relationships.
-Physiologically, kindness can positively impact the brain, boosting neurotransmitters that give you feelings of satisfaction and well-being.
-Endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer, can also be released.

People who give of themselves in a balanced way tend to be healthier and live longer. And there’s yet another important symptom of Kindness. It can be contagious.

As we enter the season of Advent, St. Rose Dominican invites southern Nevadans to join us and follow our Advent Kindness Calendar. Make someone’s day, every day until Christmas. And enjoy the medical benefits of practicing Humankindness. It’s a win-win.

Find the Advent Kindness Calendar on theirDignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital Facebook pages:

Siena Hospital

San Martin Hospital

Rose de Lima Hospital

Together, we hope to make the holiday season merry and bright for everyone around us.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only nonprofit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at strosehospitals.org. Dignity Health was recently recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-In-State Employers 2020, as one of the top ten best employers in Nevada.

Nathan Adelson Hospice Hosts 3rd Annual ‘Luminaries of Love’ Lighting Ceremony at Downtown Summerlin®

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Nathan Adelson Hospice, the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Nevada, will host its 3rd annual “Luminaries of Love” lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at Downtown Summerlin®. Participants are invited to donate and personalize luminary bags to honor those who have passed and those still living, who bring light to our lives.

The tradition of the luminary became popular throughout New Mexico, Utah and Nevada as a visual tribute of honor and love and has spread to communities across the nation as they emulate this radiant Southwestern tradition.

“We are grateful to get together again to continue this annual tradition and host a comforting ceremony for our community,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice’s President and CEO Karen Rubel. “The grieving process is never easy, especially during the holidays, and we are here to let people know they are a part of a community with others who have experienced similar feelings. This thoughtful time of reflection allows everyone to remember the joy and light loved ones brought to their lives.”

After the lighting ceremony, the luminaries will continue to memorialize loved ones at both Nathan Adelson Hospice inpatient unit locations through early January. Donations from the personalized luminaries help provide dignified and compassionate care to the terminally ill and their families.

To donate and reserve a luminary bag, visit www.nah.org/events, or call 702-796-3141.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is that no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. For more information, visit www.nah.org.