New Imaging Technology at Centennial Hills Hospital Helps Reduce Radiation, Provide Precise Stent Placement during Heart Procedures

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New Imaging Technology at Centennial Hills Hospital Helps Reduce Radiation, Provide Precise Stent Placement During Heart Procedures

Interventional cardiologists at Centennial Hills Hospital now use ARTIS icono technology to reduce patients’ radiation doses and provide the precise placements of stents to reduce potential complications.

Interventional cardiac procedures are used to treat heart attacks and heart disease using less invasive methods. Examples include percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or angioplasty, to restore blood flow to a coronary artery; balloon angioplasty to improve blood flow to the heart; atherectomies to open up hard blockages in the arteries; and implanting stents to keep newly opened arteries from closing back up.

Reducing Radiation Doses
To better protect patients, the ARTIS icono technology features an OPTIQ imaging chain which automatically selects the lowest radiation dose for the patient based on the physician’s preferred image quality during a cardiac interventional procedure.

Software Provides Pathway to Precise Placement
The CLEARstent Live advanced guidance software provides real-time verification of the undeployed stent, ensuring that it is properly positioned within the artery and reducing the motion of the beating heart. With this technology, heart procedures may take less time and reduce the amount of contrast dye a patient may receive. This can be a critical factor for patients with certain medical conditions, like kidney disease.

“Patients benefit from these major technology upgrades through reduced radiation, reduced procedural time and accurate, precise placement of stents that will re-open blood flow to their hearts,” explained James Lally, MD, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the cardiac cath lab at Centennial Hills Hospital. “In turn, this helps the heart pump enough blood to carry a constant supply of blood to the brain and other vital organs.”

“Our goal is to continually provide advanced cardiovascular care to help our patients and our community,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO of Centennial Hills Hospital. “Whether it’s a major technology investment, our continued accreditation for chest pain care, or our ability to save someone’s life, we are offering high-quality heart care, close to home.”

About Centennial Hills Hospital
Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 336-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

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  • As of March 3, 2021, there have been 489,600 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County. (325,120 first doses and 164,480 second doses.)
  • Eligibility was expanded this week to include all the remaining categories within the Frontline Community Support Group and to the Frontline Supply Chain & Logistics Group. In addition to people in these occupation categories, groups currently eligible to receive the vaccine include people 65 years of age and older, health care workers, and those in the public safety and security frontline group.
  • Beginning next Tuesday, March 9, hours of operation will be expanded at Health District COVID-19 vaccination sites.
  • The Health District’s 280 Decatur clinic reserves appointments for people 70 years of age and older and those with mobility issues. Beginning March 9, the clinic will have appointments starting at 7 a.m. The Las Vegas Convention Center Site and Cashman Center hours of operation will also expand, with the last appointments available at 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. respectively.
  • The Southern Nevada Health District has not received its first shipment of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. It is important to note that Janssen is the pharmaceutical company manufacturing the vaccine and is owned by Johnson & Johnson. When people begin receiving this vaccine, their vaccine card will read “Janssen” not “Johnson & Johnson.” The Health District will refer to the vaccine as “Janssen” following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.
  • The Janssen vaccine has proven to be safe and highly effective vaccine for preventing serious illness and hospitalizations, in addition to preventing illness.
  • The data for the Janssen vaccine is not comparable to the other vaccines. Vaccines can only be compared in head-to-head clinical trials, which did not occur. The Janssen vaccine was found to be 89 percent effective at preventing severe disease, and in trial, 100 percent effective at preventing death.
  • All the authorized vaccines are more than 50 percent effective in preventing COVID-19. A vaccine with at least 50 percent efficacy is found to have a significant impact on disease – both for the individual receiving the vaccine and at the community level.
  • The Janssen vaccine can be a good option for those individuals and groups that may not come back for a second dose.
  • Decisions on how to best use the vaccine will also be based on how many doses will be available and the allotments the Health District receives.
  • What is most important is that all three vaccines that are currently authorized for use have been found safe and effective. The best vaccine for someone to get is the one that is available to them.

Second Doses and Eligible Groups

  • If people do get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, it is important for them to get their second dose within the recommended timeframes.
  • The first dose of the vaccine starts building protection from the virus that causes COVID-19. The second dose is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer. While there has been information that first doses can provide a significant level of protection, there is not enough information to say how long that protection will last without the second dose.
  • People may also be hesitant to get the second dose of the vaccine because they hear the side effects may be more pronounced. Some people do experience more side effects after their second shot. However, these are normal signs that the body is building an immune response against the virus. The most commonly reported side effects include pain at the injection site, fever, chills, tiredness, or a headache. These typically resolve within a day or two.
  • Second dose appointments are available on the Health District website for people who were vaccinated at a Health District or partner clinic.
  • It is recommended that the second dose of vaccine should be administered as close to the 21- (Pfizer) and 28-day (Moderna) intervals as possible. The vaccines are not interchangeable.
  • The state call center is available to answer questions and assist those who may need help making an appointment. The call center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-800-401-0946.
  • For the sites of current Health District and partner PODS (points of distribution) go to

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 Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

RMHC Las Vegas Received $250,000 Grant from Englestad Foundation

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Families staying at the Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House, as well as children receiving dental treatment aboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, are feeling the love from the Engelstad Foundation, who recently awarded Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas® with a $250,000 grant. The majority of the grant will be used to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families at the Ronald McDonald House, with the remainder being used to provide dental services and education to children from low-income families throughout Nevada.

Since 2012, the Engelstad Foundation has donated more than $1.7 million dollars to Ronald McDonald
House Charities© of Greater Las Vegas. All of that tender loving care has impacted the lives of more
than 105,000 children and their families.

For 23 years now, families in medical crisis who must travel to Las Vegas have sought comfort under the
roof of what’s fondly called The House That Love Built — so that they may remain by their children’s
hospital bedside and directly engaged in their little’s one’s medical treatment.

“At the Ronald McDonald House, we firmly believe the best medicine any sick or injured child can have
is the love and support of their family,” said Alyson McCarthy, CEO of RMHC of Greater Las Vegas. “The

Engelstad Foundation makes that possible by providing critical grant funding to help cover the actual
costs of housing, meals, transportation, as well as other basic needs, so our families can focus on what’s
most important – the recovery of their children in the hospital.” Since opening its doors in 1998, the
House has served 5,352 families for a total of 65,978 nights.

“Families facing medical crises find comfort in Ronald McDonald House Charities’ various programs,”
said Kris Engelstad McGarry, Trustee of the Engelstad Foundation. “Through these lifelines, families can
stay close to their children as they receive critical pediatric care. Ronald McDonald House Charities’
mission to improve the health and well-being of children in our community is commendable and we are
proud to support it.”

The Englestad Foundation also supports the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a state-of-the-art mobile
dental unit that travels throughout the state to provide critical dental services to uninsured children
from low-income families in Nevada’s rural communities and inner-city neighborhoods of Las Vegas.

“Dental issues that are left untreated can become very serious medical issues,” said McCarthy. “The
Care Mobile often provides the only access to quality dental care for these children who live in frontier
communities, where no dentists reside.”

In 2020, Care Mobile staff provided $498,000 in dental treatment to more than 800 children across the

“I’m so grateful to have been able to bring my daughters here,” said the mom of two Care Mobile
patients. “My 6-year-old really needed dental care, and it was affecting her daily life, but we could not
find a doctor that would see her without health insurance.”

The Engelstad Foundation also provided funding to help build Las Vegas’ first and only hospital-based
Ronald McDonald Family Room. This “mini-house,” is located right on the grounds of Sunrise Hospital,
so parents with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can grab something to eat or drink,
take a nap, shower, or just relax for a few minutes away from the critical care environment.

Cleveland Clinic Celebrates Its Centennial Year, Starting With Founders Day on Feb. 26

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Cleveland Clinic Celebrates Its Centennial Year

Health system marks 100 years of patient-centered care and innovation; 11 years in Nevada

On February 26 in 1921, four physicians hosted a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the opening of their group practice, unveiling a new model of care based on cooperation between clinicians.

On Founders Day, and throughout the year, Cleveland Clinic celebrates its 100-year history with virtual events, digital experiences and community initiatives to honor our rich history and celebrate what is to come.

The foundation of Cleveland Clinic’s 100 years of patient-centered care began with the hospital’s physician founders. After caring for wounded soldiers in World War I, Drs. Frank Bunts, George Crile, William Lower and John Phillips believed in teamwork to serve the welfare of patients. Their credo was “to act as a unit,” which became a founding ideal for Cleveland Clinic. One hundred years later, the organization remains a team of teams focused solely on the patient.

“At Cleveland Clinic, we serve a true and noble purpose to care for others,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. “Our mission of ‘caring for life, researching for health and educating those who serve’ evokes the past, present and future of patient care. Our innovative culture and commitment to the patient experience have gone hand-in-hand with our dedication to research and education. Our history shows that, and it will continue into the future.”

What started as a unique group practice 100 years ago has grown into a global organization with locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Abu Dhabi, and soon London. Today, Cleveland Clinic’s 70,000 caregivers deliver compassionate and exceptional care to more than two million patients worldwide.

Remaining committed to innovation and research, Cleveland Clinic has led the way in developing hundreds of new life-saving medical advances, technologies and procedures. Among Cleveland Clinic’s many pioneering breakthroughs are coronary artery bypass, face transplant, minimally invasive organ removal, targeted epilepsy surgery, brain tumor treatments, cancer genetics, surgery to cure diabetes and artificial organs research.

At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, clinician scientists are pioneering the last medical frontier: the brain. With more than 5,800 lives currently in its care, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a leader in the research, treatment and education of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative brain diseases including Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Frontotemporal and Lewy Body dementias and has earned multiple designations of excellence. Since opening in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has:

  • Facilitated more than 220,000 patient appointments
  • Conducted more than 100 research studies
  • Opened the nation’s first Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center in conjunction with Maria Shriver
  • Received a $3.3 million grant from The National Institute on Aging at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish  Nevada’s first and only Nevada exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (NVeADRC)
  • Provided more than 60,000 visits to its no-cost caregiver and community education, support and therapeutic services

Caring for the community is also a long-standing priority at Cleveland Clinic. As an anchor institution – a major employer and provider of services in the communities we serve – the health system is committed to helping create the healthiest community for everyone through programs and actions to heal, hire and invest for the future.

Looking to the future, Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to continue the legacy from the past 100 years to create an even better place for patient-centered care here and in locations around the world.

For more information including a timeline of the top moments in Cleveland Clinic history, visit

Health Care Quarterly Announces 15th Annual Health Care Headliners

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Winners Announced for Excellence in Wide Range of Medical and Care Expertises

Vegas Inc’s Health Care Quarterly is thrilled to release its highly anticipated list of recipients for its 15th annual Health Care Headliners awards. The accolades highlight medical practitioners throughout Southern Nevada who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional health care to the local community.

As local medical professionals have gone to exceptional lengths to provide top-of-the-line health care during a time of unprecedented circumstance, Health Care Headliners has chosen to recognize 10 runners-up alongside the winners for their unparalleled dedication to the health and safety of the community.

Honorees were evaluated based on their impact, dedication and achievements in 10 different categories including Community Outreach, Dentistry, Education, Emergency Services, Innovation, Lifetime Achievement, Manager/Administrator, Nursing, Physician and Research/Science. 

This year’s Health Care Headliners honorees include:

Community Outreach: Amy Runge, MEd, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager and COVID-19 Testing Site Manager for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Runner-up: Raquel Cruz-Juarez, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Dentistry: Terri Chandler, RDH, Founder and Executive Director of Future Smiles
Runner-up: Christina Demopoulous, DDS, MPH, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at UNLV School of Dental Medicine

Education: Michael Daubs, MD, Professor and Chair of Department of Orthopedics at UNLV School of Medicine; Chief of Orthopedics for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada; and Medical Director at OptumCare Orthopedics and Spine
Runner-up: Joshua J. Goldman, MD, Assistant Professor of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UNLV School of Medicine

Emergency Services: Zdenka Prus, MA, LCPC, Mobile Assessment Supervisor at Seven Hills Hospital
Runner-up: Clarence Dunagan, MD, Chairman of the ER and previous Chief of Staff at MountainView Hospital

Innovation: John Brosious, MD, Plastic Surgeon and Director and Founder of Gender Surgery Program at the UNLV School of Medicine
Runner-up: Holly Lyman, Director of Community Health at Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Lifetime Achievement: Warren Wheeler, MD, Senior Medical Director of Palliative Care at Nathan Adelson Hospice
Runner-up: Mary Bondmass, Ph.D., RN, CNE, Associate Professor in Residence at UNLV School of Nursing

Manager/Administrator: Jeffrey Murawsky, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Director at SilverSummit Healthplan
Runner-up: Mike Mikich, Senior Regional Vice President of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at OptumCare

Nursing: Tamara Saldana, RN, Manager of Clinical Services and Quality at Cure 4 the Kids Foundation
Runner-up: Bobbi Ready, MBA, MSN, RN, Executive Director for On Demand Medicine at Southwest Medical Associates

Physician: Angelica Honsberg, MD, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at UNLV School of Medicine
Runner-up: Helga F. Piszio, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist/Eye Surgeon at New Eyes

Research/Science: Jennifer Vanderlaan, Ph.D. MPH, CNM, FNP, Assistant Professor at UNLV School of Nursing
Runner-up: Anu Thummala, MD, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers

The full list of the 15th installation of Health Care Headliners honorees and runners-up is available online and in print today, Thursday, February 25, along with detailed profiles of the winners. For more information about Health Care Headliners or the latest Vegas Inc news, please visit VegasInc, Facebook and Twitter.

About Health Care Quarterly
Health Care Quarterly, Southern Nevada’s premier health care publication, is a special publication of Vegas Inc, published four times a year. The only publication of its kind in Southern Nevada, Health Care Quarterly contains contributions direct from medical experts on latest treatments, industry news and advice to better navigate the complex world of health care.

About Vegas Inc
Vegas Inc is a weekly business-to-business publication geared for professionals. Each week, readers are enticed with a 360-degree approach to business coverage as Vegas Inc explores the city’s most pressing topics ranging from gaming, tourism, finance, entertainment and real estate to health care, dining and social media. Regular weekly features include in-depth stories, interviews and profiles displayed through a well-written, eye-catching format. Vegas Inc is available on Thursdays inside Las Vegas Weekly. For more information on advertising or details on subscriptions, visit

Nathan Adelson Hospice Names Cheryl Johnston as Clinical Manager for Pahrump Location

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Nathan Adelson Hospice today announced the promotion of Cheryl Johnston to clinical manager for its Pahrump office. In her new role, Johnston will oversee home care, triage, continuous care and transition care teams, promote excellent patient care through effective leadership, continue to develop a culture of safety, excellence and exceed operations and quality metrics. 

“We’re very grateful for Cheryl’s commitment to Nathan Adelson Hospice. She has become an integral part of our Pahrump team,” said President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice Karen Rubel. “We believe she is the best choice to lead our team in Pahrump. She has such strong ties to the community and will continue to ensure our patients and their families receive the highest quality care.” 

Johnston joined the Nathan Adelson Hospice team in 2012 as a graduate student, obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV) and was officially hired as a licensed social worker in 2014 for the Pahrump team. Throughout her time with the hospice, Johnston has been instrumental in the ‘We Honor Veterans’ program by providing Veteran-specific training to staff along with implementing internal processes to ensure excellent care to the Veteran population using the hospices services. Johnston is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in trauma and disaster relief, and acts as a Visiting Lecturer to UNLV’s School of Social Work by providing education regarding Veteran care, end of life care, aging and trauma. 

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. 

Local Family Receives Once-in-a-Lifetime Care From Las Vegas Raider Marcus Mariota and Truman Orthodontics

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Motiv8 Foundation Partners with Local Orthodontist to Provide Care for Las Vegas Children in Car Accident

Las Vegas Raider Marcus Mariota and his charity, Motiv8 Foundation are partnering with local Las Vegas Valley business to give two Las Vegas children a chance at a brighter smile. Truman Orthodontics is donating complete orthodontic care to 11 year-old Joshua and eight year-old Jacob Harmon. Both boys were in a terrible car accident in 2020 and the recovery process included a stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas. With the boys on the mend, Dr. Zach Truman decided it was time to get their dental care in order by donating his services to the boys.

“At Truman Orthodontics, we continuously strive to give back to our community. We found that Motiv8 Foundation shares our values in making its community a better place,” says Dr. Truman.

This means a lot to the Harmon family, who has had to heal their children through the pandemic. Joshua is in middle school and currently is an A and B student. Jacob attends elementary school. He is in third grade and enjoys helping others. Now, it’s him that will be receiving help, thanks to Truman Orthodontics and Mariota, who heard of the story and quickly mobilized his Motiv8 Foundation and Dr. Truman to get the children care.

“I hope that in receiving full orthodontic care, the boys will be able to better concentrate on school, staying healthy and enjoying a nice smile,” says Mariota.

The family will be presented with orthodontic care and will get a chance to meet Mariota, Dr. Truman and receive their initial consultation on Monday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Truman Orthodontics offices, located in Henderson in a COVID-19 safe environment.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, media and photo opportunities will be available by appointment.

Truman Orthodontics is located in Henderson, NV and offers complete orthodontic care, from youth to adult, including braces and Invisalign. Dr. Zach Truman is a Las Vegas native, graduating from Clark High School before going on to Southern Utah University, Temple University and St. Louis University and returning to Nevada. Truman Orthodontics has been serving the Las Vegas and Henderson communities since 2004. For more information about Truman Orthodontics, visit their website.

The Motiv8 Foundation aims to create and support economic and educational programs and athletic activities to provide an alternative outlet for youth of troubled neighborhoods and backgrounds. The Foundation’s programming centers around the tools for success that will allow more children to fully matriculate through grade-school and eventually attend college. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota grew up seeing the positive power of sport first-hand, which fueled his personal mission to use his platform as a professional athlete to create change. Driven by this mission, he established the Motiv8 Foundation during his rookie year (2015) to promote and support a healthy mind and body among youth. For more information, visit the organization’s website.

WGU Holding Winter Virtual Graduation Ceremony on Saturday

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WGU is holding its Winter Virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the feeling of joy and accomplishment that come with completing this important milestone.

While the transition to a virtual setting will no doubt feel different, it provides the opportunity to experience the impact of  WGU’s unique higher education model on students from all walks of life and potentially for graduates, family and colleagues who are seeking new education opportunities.

Saturday’s ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. PST/10:30 a.m. MST/12:30 p.m. EST and will stream live at During the ceremony, graduates and guests will use the hashtag #WGUgrad to share on social media how they’re celebrating.

COVID-19 First Dose Walk-Ins Now Open to People Age 65-Plus

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People 65 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Clark County, and the Southern Nevada Health District has added walk-in opportunities at Cashman Center and Desert Pines High School COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people in this group to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as clinic capacity.

Cashman Center, 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Exhibit Hall B, Las Vegas, NV 89101

500 walk-in slots are available each day beginning today, Thursday, Feb. 18, Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday Feb. 20 starting at 8 a.m. until clinic capacity is reached.

Walk-ins for Pfizer second dose vaccine are available today through Saturday at Cashman for individuals who received their first dose at a Southern Nevada Health District or community partner clinic:

Desert Pines, 3800 E. Harris Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89110

300 walk-in slots are available today Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 starting at 9 a.m. until clinic capacity is reached.

In addition, walk-ins for Pfizer second dose vaccine are available today and Friday, Feb. 19 at the Desert Pines High School clinic for individuals who received their first dose at a Southern Nevada Health District or community partner clinic:

People who received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine and had their appointments rescheduled due to the vaccine shipment delays, will still receive their second doses within the timeframes recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is recommended that the second dose of vaccine should be administered as close to the 21 and 28 day intervals as possible. However, based on current guidance, second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be administered up to six weeks after the first dose. The vaccines are not interchangeable.

Updated information regarding vaccine distribution is available at For the sites of current Health District and partner clinics, go to

People with questions or who need assistance making appointments, can call the COVID-19 helpline at (1-800) 401-0946. The line is staffed seven days per week from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

In addition, vaccine is currently available for people age 70 and over, those in the health care workforce, public safety and security, and frontline community support groups. Additional information about the groups that are currently eligible is available at For the sites of current Health District and partner clinics, go to

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 Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Touro University Nevada Administers More Than 400 COVID-19 Vaccines on Campus

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As the world looks toward the vaccine to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis, Touro University Nevada’s students and faculty are on the frontlines making it happen.

More than 400 COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the university on Jan. 17, as students from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the event together as part of COVID-19 “strike teams.”

“This was an incredible learning opportunity for our students to be at the forefront of this significant moment,” said Dr. Phil Tobin, Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. “From the onset of the pandemic, our students have been eager to get out there and help in any way they could. This event brought students from all programs together. They are united against a common issue and are forming close bonds. As we look to round the corner of COVID-19, they can say that they had a direct impact in getting this virus under control.”

Students and faculty volunteers vaccinated those in the Tier 1 category, including those who are at least 70 years old, in addition to Touro’s clinical students and faculty. In total, 425 vaccines were administered.

“This pandemic has been devastating for so many people around the world, but our students have always been willing and able to use their experience and education to improve the situation,” said Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I am so grateful to see our students collaborating for the common good. This vaccine is a symbol of hope for those who have been looking for something to give them hope. Once again, our wonderful students demonstrate that keeping the flame of optimism alive is a key charge to being a good physician and healthcare provider.”