Select Medical and Dignity Health Celebrate Opening of New Rehabilitation Hospital

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New Facility to Serve Henderson and Greater Las Vegas Area

Select Medical and Dignity Health announced the official opening of Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture partnership between the two health care providers.  The 60-bed hospital is expected to begin admitting patients later this month. In celebration of the opening, Dignity Health and Select Medical hosted an invite-only ribbon cutting event today, April 11, at 2930 Siena Heights Drive in Henderson, Nevada.

Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospital Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Phyllis Sikora opend the event with a blessing of the new hospital.  Select Medical President and CEO David Chernow and Dignity Health Senior Vice President of Operations Nevada Eugene Bassett offered remarks, followed by tours of the new hospital.

Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital will serve the needs of patients in Henderson and the greater Las Vegas area requiring care resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation and neurological disorders, among other conditions.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican
As the community’s only not-for-profit, 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 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit their website at

About Select Medical
Select Medical is one of the largest operators of critical illness recovery hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and occupational health centers in the United States based on the number of facilities.  As of December 31, 2018, Select Medical operated 96 critical illness recovery hospitals in 27 states, 26 rehabilitation hospitals in 11 states, and 1,662 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical’s joint venture subsidiary Concentra operated 524 occupational health centers in 41 states. Concentra also provides contract services at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics. At December 31, 2018, Select Medical had operations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Select Medical is available at

HEALS’ Healthcare Happy Hour April 11 at New Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital

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Visit New Rehabilitation Hospital On Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus

Las Vegas HEALS and Dignity Health have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour to celebrate the grand opening of Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital located on the Siena Campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican on Thursday, April 11. Guests can enjoy cuisine and cocktails while touring the newest state-of-the-art facility specializing in rehabilitative care.

The event will take place on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 2930 Siena Heights Drive in Henderson. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by calling 702.952.2477 or using our registration form on the right of this page. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“As the spouse of a paraplegic, I am excited to help bring quality rehabilitative care to our valley,” said Stacie Wichman-Roch, Dignity Health Acute Care Director of Business Development. “Years ago, when my husband was injured, we were offered an out-of-state option, which was not good for our family. When we decided to stay locally and received mediocre care, a seed was planted in me then to one day be able to change that and carry that mission with me today.”

The Dignity Health Rehabilitation Hospital is a 60-bed, all-private-room medical rehabilitation hospital. The hospital unites Select Medical’s highly regarded medical rehabilitation expertise with Dignity Health’s world-class, compassionate clinical care. Patient-focused programs and services have been specially designed to help restore strength, mobility, and independence as patients heal and recover from stroke, brain injury, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, amputation, and orthopedic conditions. The hospital’s multi-disciplinary care team will be working closely with each patient to design and implement a specialized program that will help patients return to a fuller, more productive life.

“The next Healthcare Happy Hour event will be an exceptional one, as we will be celebrating Dignity Health’s brand-new rehabilitation facility in Henderson,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Every time a top-of-the-line medical facility opens up in Nevada, it brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of being a globally recognized destination for health & wellness travelers.”

Register for Healthcare Happy Hour.

About Las Vegas HEALS

Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities. Join Las Vegas HEALS.

Touro University Nevada Uses Actors to Train Students

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Actors Help Students Learn Diagnostics

Vegas Inc. recently featured the innovative teaching methods employed by Touro University Nevada to train the next generation of healthcare providers in the community by using professional actors to simulate patient diagnostic scenarios:

A few times each week, Beverly Washburn and Kerstan Szczepanski are being examined by students at Touro University Nevada.

Inside one of the exam rooms in Touro’s Objective Structured Clinical Experience lab, Washburn complains about certain symptoms or asks for prescription drugs. It’s up to the student to properly assess the situation. Washburn isn’t really ailing; she is a standardized patient, an actor helping Touro students hone their craft.

Read the full story in Vegas Inc., and learn more about Touro University Nevada.

Las Vegas HEALS Appoints Dr. Gillian Barclay to Executive Committee

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Dr. Barclay Brings Year of Medical and Policy Expertise to HEALS

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced today that it recently added Dr. Gillian Barclay to its Executive Committee. She was also appointed co-chair of the Las Vegas HEALS Legislative Task Force.

Gillian Barclay Las Vegas HEALS

Dr. Gillian Barclay

Dr. Barclay is currently the Industry Specialist in Healthcare for the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She is a member of expert groups at the National Academy of Medicine within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She also is an expert reviewer for national and global initiatives that develop and scale digital technology for community and global development. She has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and Hunter College at the City University of New York. She also been published in peer-reviewed literature and has been a frequent presenter at conferences internationally. She earned a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy and completed her residency at New York Hospital. Her undergraduate degree was earned at the University of the West Indies.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Barclay to the Las Vegas HEALS Executive Committee,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “She has been a member of our Board of Directors since the beginning, and we are thrilled to appoint her to another Las Vegas HEALS committee. Her experience in the healthcare industry is invaluable, and we know that she will help us move forward in achieving our goals.”

The Executive Committee is dedicated to advancing healthcare quality and perception in Southern Nevada through providing time, resources and leadership for the efforts of Las Vegas HEALS. There are several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way in 2018. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses for various events. Las Vegas HEALS recently partnered with GOED on the “Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada” conference.

LVRJ: Health Care R&D Growing in Las Vegas

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently wrote on medicine and R&D in Las Vegas, after the completion of Las Vegas HEALS presentation of Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada, a special event to introduce how growing Research & Development (R&D) in Nevada will strengthen and diversify the state’s economy, and how healthcare R&D can support efforts to retain new generations of healthcare professionals

From the story.

Las Vegas’ move toward becoming the “sports capital of the world” will bring more health medicine, medical device and pharmaceutical companies to town, said Zach Miles, the associate vice president for economic development at UNLV.

“The local economy is taking advantage of a lot of medical devices and genetics and research that can take place within that industry,” he said. “I think the momentum (in health care research and development) will increase even more.”

Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said the growing sports sector provides opportunities in a wide array of industries, including sports health, nutrition, training and even athletic equipment.

“Sports brings an opportunity in a critical mass in order to be great in sports-related health care, and I think we’re on the road to that,” Hill said. “We have the critical mass of sports care teams here to do that with. And I’m excited about that future.”

Read the full story in the RJ.

American Medical Response Appoints Donna Miller Director of Nevada Operations

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Companies Look to Provide Integrated Ground and Air Medical Transportation Solution to Create Better Patient Outcomes

Miller leads new, combined efforts.

AMR and MedicWest in conjunction with AirMed announced today that Donna Miller, Founder and President of Las Vegas based Lifeguard International‐Flying ICU, and most recently Market Development Director for AIrMed, will become the Regional Director of American Medical Response, Nevada operations as the companies focus on providing an integrated ground and air medical transportation solution to create better patient outcomes, strong community relationships and a more complete business model.

“This is an exciting transition for me as it brings together my experience working in hospital, pre‐hospital and medical transport and allows me to build on the exceptional reputation and high‐level of quality service that AMR, MedicWest and AirMed have built in Southern Nevada. Service to our community is our top priority and this will allow us to further strengthen our life saving capabilities,” said Miller.

Miller brings more than 20 years of demonstrated successful experience in healthcare. She is an EMS Certified Registered Nurse and a Certified Medical Transportation Executive. She has played key roles in the local and national medical transportation industry in her role with Lifeguard International‐Flying ICU, most recently AIrMed. She currently serves in multiple healthcare related consortiums including, the State of Nevada, EMS Advisory Committee, the Nevada Nurses’ Association and the Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) coalition.

“We are excited to have someone with Donna’s experience and demonstrated ability to help us to implement and roll‐out an integrated approach to medical transportation in the Southern Nevada market. She is a unique and dedicated individual who brings a wealth of local and national experience to this important role in our service to the Las Vegas community,” said Steven Dralle, President, AMR South Region.

“While we are sad to lose Donna from our AirMed team, we are excited for what her new role will allow our combined entities to accomplish for our Nevada‐based partners. She has been a key figure in the air ambulance community in Las Vegas for more than 20 years and we look forward to carrying forward her legacy as well as expanding our product offerings to our hospital partners,” said Denise Treadwell, President, AirMed.


ABOUT American Medical Response

American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non‐ emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department,, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, For more information about AMR, visit and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.


AirMed International is one of the leading air medical transport companies in the world, with over 20,000 total missions and counting. AirMed offers unparalleled medical care and bedside‐to‐bedside transportation on a worldwide basis and boasts some of the most experienced air medical crews in the industry. Chosen as a preferred operator for many of the top hospitals around the globe, as well as a contracted carrier for the U.S. Department of Defense, AirMed operates its own fleet of fully customized and permanently configured aircraft. AirMed provides worldwide services from multiple bases strategically located across the globe. With accreditation from both CAMTS and EURAMI, AirMed is able to deliver a seamless transport experience to our customers regardless of location.

AirMed International has been in operation since 2003 and in March of 2014 was acquired by Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), headquartered in Lewisville, TX. AMGH is the largest independent provider of emergency air medical services in the world and is an industry leader in aviation safety with standards that exceed FAA and other regulatory agency minimums for training and aircraft equipment.

ABOUT Global Medical Response

Global Medical Response, Inc. is the industry‐leading air, ground, specialty and residential fire services and managed medical transportation organization. With more than 35,000 employees, we deliver compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency and patient relocation services, in the United States, the District of Columbia and around the world. Care is delivered through American Medical Response, Air Medical Group Holdings and Rural Metro Fire. For more information, visit

Las Vegas HEALS to Hold St. Patrick’s Day Themed Healthcare Happy Hour at DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center

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Happy Hour Event Registration Complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS, DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center and United Medical Partners have partnered up for the March Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Guests can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy cuisine and cocktails while also touring the brand-new multidisciplinary facility, located in Downtown Las Vegas.

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The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center located at 701 E. Bridger Ave., Suite 150, Las Vegas, 89101. Free parking will be available in the visitor parking garage located on 8th Street. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to or calling 702.952.2477. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

Driven is a multidisciplinary center where individuals with disabilities can improve their physical, mental and emotional health, increase independence, and enhance their overall quality of life using a holistic approach to wellness. DRIVEN’s goal is to fill in the gaps in Southern Nevada and provide options for those with limited mobility.

“DRIVEN has been a vision of mine for several years and we are extremely proud to have this opportunity to share our new facility with the Las Vegas HEALS Community,” said Sam Schmidt, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Conquer Paralysis Now. “DRIVEN not only provides critically needed intensive rehabilitation and an open gym format for those with any neurological disorder, but it also strives to connect the disabled community with vital resources such as equipment, counseling, transportation, job placement and nutritional advice. This facility, the latest technology equipment inside of it, and the committed team members all combine to create a one of a kind environment not found anywhere else in Southern Nevada.”

“We are so excited and grateful for this affiliation with Las Vegas HEALS, connecting our facility to healthcare professionals and other related services around the valley,” said Brandi Kurka, Executive Director of DRIVEN. “With the prevalence of individuals with disabilities in our city, it is important to have a foundational network that connects people to all the services they need in order to efficiently improve their health. Between our accessible fitness equipment; activity-based training; and collaborations with in-house providers for accessible yoga and adaptive mobility needs, we target members’ health at the physical, mental, and emotional level.”

For more information on Sam Schmidt and DRIVEN, please visit:

Las Vegas HEALS Appoints Charles Perry as Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Experienced Healthcare Leader Leads Board Advancing Healthcare in Nevada

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced the appointment of Charles Perry to Chairman of the Board of Directors on January 24.

Charles Perry Chairs HEALS board.

Perry has dedicated nearly 50 years to the post-acute care field. He began as a general manager and administrator at North Mississippi Retirement Home, where he participated in skilled nursing and rehabilitative care delivery services. He also was one of the founding partners of Quality Care Inc., a small group of skilled nursing facilities located primarily in Texas. He relocated to Las Vegas and assumed management to the company’s leased facility in 1975.

Perry has served on the State’s Medical Care Advisory Committee and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Health Care Association and as chairman of its Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, as well as president from 1976-1978 and 1986-1992. Perry was then appointed as the Association’s executive director & CEO and served in that capacity until August of 2011. In 2012, he founded what was later named the Perry Foundation in order to improve the quality of care in Nevada’s post-acute and long-term care communities. He is currently chairman of the board.

As a past legislator, Perry has a solid understanding of the legislative process. He served as a lobbyist for the Nevada Health Care Association until 2017. He has also chaired the Las Vegas HEALS Legislative Task Force for 15 years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Charles as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has played an instrumental role on the executive committee over the years and has a true understanding of healthcare in Southern Nevada,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “His decades of experience combined with his stellar reputation in the industry will be invaluable assets to the organization.”

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare.The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way in 2018. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses for various events. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

Easterseals Nevada Hires Lisa Manning as New CFO

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Easterseals Nevada (“ESN”) announced that Lisa Manning has been named Chief Financial Officer for the organization.

Lisa Manning joins Easterseals.

Manning, who assumed the position in January, has over 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant and over a decade of experience as a CFO. She prominently served as the CFO/COO of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where she was responsible for overseeing the development of the center’s $80 million campus, including the famous Frank Gehry building in downtown Las Vegas and the expansion of critical healthcare services in Southern Nevada.

“It is always so rewarding to bring sound business and financial principles to the non-profit community that supports future sustainability without compromising the organization’s mission,” said Manning.

Manning earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from University of Washington. In 2017, she was named CFO of the Year by Southern Nevada’s Financial Executives Institute.

“On behalf of Easterseals Nevada and the patients, clients and families we serve, I’m honored to welcome Lisa to our organization,” said Christine Zack, President and CEO of Easterseals Nevada. “We were fortunate to recruit a seasoned CFO and healthcare executive to oversee the critical financial planning and analysis involved with the expansion and innovation of our services throughout the state. Lisa’s reputation in the community as a respected leader and CFO has already enhanced the prestige of our operations and mission. I am excited to collaborate with Lisa to further the growth of Easterseals Nevada.”