Sunrise Hospital Celebrates 60 Years of Patient Care in Las Vegas

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Local Institution Has Been Helping Valley Residents Since 1958

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center turns 60 this year. The facility on Maryland Parkway near Desert Inn Road has been seeing patients since 1958. From then until now, the hospital has celebrated a number of achievements, including opening the valley’s first children’s hospital.

“I didn’t think I’d be here for it,” said David Jost, facilities project engineer as he looks at memorabilia on a table.

“This is the oldest blueprint I could find from 1971.”

Items, including newspaper clippings, showcase the 60 year history of the hospital.

“That’s how far it’s grown from that, like a bunch of wings going out, single story to this multi-tower campus that we have now,” Jost said.

Lots of changes in six decades.

Jost as seen many of them during his 35 years working as an engineer.

“I was just looking to break into the electrical trade and they provided me an opportunity here after I did an interview and hired me on the spot and that’s what happened.”

Jost and other staff attended a diamond jubilee celebration at the hospital on Wednesday. An event highlighting the hospital’s accomplishments.

“Our founders brought the first CT scanner to town, brought the first cardiac program to town. Prior to that, folks had to leave and go to California for healthcare,” said CEO Todd Sklamberg, Sunrise Hospital.

Opening the children’s hospital also became another first in the valley.

“Now it’s the most comprehensive facility here, not just in southern Nevada but the entire state,” Sklamberg said.

While the event focuses on the medical campus’s past, there’s also a look to the future which includes building a new five-story tower.

“We’re also adding another 72 beds here at the hospital to meet the needs of the community both today and for the next 10 years,” Sklamberg said.

Jost proudly reflects on his time.

“I’ve been able to be involved in a lot of different projects, a lot of things, a lot of growth and it’s a big deal,” Jost said.

And he looks forward to being a part of the future accomplishments.

The hospital opened with less than 100 medical staff and 62 beds. Now, it boasts a medical staff of 1,400 and 690 beds on a 16-acre campus.

Governor Sandoval announces $3.3M in funding for new medical school programs

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Efforts to Help Keep More Nevadans Developing Skills In-State

Excellent healthcare for all Nevadans a top priority for Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval announced the funding of four graduate medical education residency and fellowship programs intended to grow Nevada’s physician workforce. The Governor accepted the recommendations of his Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force for distribution of $3,324,520 approved in the executive budget during the 2017 legislative session.

“Ensuring Nevadans have access to high-quality healthcare has been one of my top priorities in office,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Growing Nevada’s physician workforce is essential to meeting this goal and funding from this grant will help increase the number of physicians completing their graduate medical education in Nevada.”

According to the State Board of Medical Examiners, there are 175 licensed physicians per 100,000 residents in Nevada, compared to 261.8 per 100,000 nationwide. Within four years, today’s funding is expected to create 5 new residency and fellowship positions across Nevada in high-demand specialties, helping ensure more of Nevada’s medical students will remain in the State to practice medicine.

“Graduate Medical Education is an important part of Nevada’s strategy to grow its physician workforce and increase access to high-quality healthcare. We’re excited that these partnerships will provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art instruction for Nevada’s next generation of doctors,” said Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Currently, Nevada produces more undergraduate medical students than it has available residencies and fellowships. Additionally, Nevada currently lacks fellowships in some specialties that are of interest to students. As a result, many highly educated students are forced to leave the state for further training at a time when they are beginning real-world application of their advanced education. The GME Grant funding awarded today will assist the State in attracting, educating, and retaining more doctors for Nevada.

The funding is broken up between the four programs:

  • Valley Health – $961,955
  • Critical Care Medicine – $80,00
  • Critical Care Surgery Fellowship – $1,560,179
  • Geriatrics Fellowship – $722,346

About the GME Task Force: On March 11, 2014, Governor Sandoval issued EO 2014-07 establishing a GME Task Force to develop recommendations for state funding of GME in the 2015 legislative session. The Governor accepted the recommendations and included $10 million for GME in his executive budget in the 2015 session, which was approved by the Legislature. In 2015, the Governor issued EO 2015-30, reestablishing the GME Task Force and charging it with providing recommendations on how to best distribute the $10 million allocated by the Legislature towards improving GME in Nevada. The Task Force developed a Request for Proposals and solicited applications from accreditor-approved GME programs or sponsoring institutions, evaluated the proposals and made recommendations to the Governor for funding. In 2016, the State awarded $10 million in grant funding to ten recipients. In 2017, the Legislature again funded the Governor’s recommendation of $10 million to grow the physician

workforce. The first $5 million was awarded in June to eight applicants. The remaining $1,675,480 will be awarded next spring following a competitive application process. The Task Force is staffed by the

Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. More information can be found at http://osit.nv.gov.

Roseman University Introduces Roseman Dental

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University Increases Services and Maximizes Patient Recruitment Efforts

Since opening in 2009, the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine’s Orthodontic Clinic at the Henderson Campus has helped thousands of patients of all ages reimagine their smiles by providing affordable, high-quality orthodontic treatment.

Roseman Dental sets up for future growth

Last month, the University completed construction of a new dental clinic, located adjacent to the Orthodontic Clinic, to offer general and advanced dentistry. In 2019, the clinic will serve as the home of a new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. In the meantime, the clinic is already providing dental care to patients, and the added services allow patients to access all of their dental needs in one convenient location.

With the expanded services, and additional residency dental programs planned for both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses in the coming years, the Roseman University Marketing Office has implemented a plan to reintroduce all of the College of Dental Medicine clinics under the name Roseman Dental. This allows the University to maximize patient recruitment efforts with consistent messaging and brand identity, bolster referral opportunities between clinics, and to create scalability for future growth.

Next week, a new Roseman Dental Website will be unveiled at rosemandental.com. The Website will serve both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses with campus-specific pages appearing in the Nevada and Utah markets via geotagging. The single Website allows the Marketing Office to manage fewer sites, eliminating redundancy, while also creating an opportunity to implement a more aggressive and targeted digital marketing campaign to recruit patients.

Additionally, fresh photos and videos featuring residents, faculty and patients from both campuses are being used to create new promotional videos, television commercials, print advertisements, brochures and other marketing materials to be rolled out in the New Year.

The College of Dental Medicine social media channels have also been revamped. The Roseman Dental clinics in Henderson can now be found at @RosemanDentalNV and the South Jordan clinics can be found at @RosemanDentalUT on Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, the clinics at both campuses will be managed through a single account at @RosemanDental.

The Orthodontic Clinic was established as the first clinical practice of the College of Dental Medicine and offers care through the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) residency program. The program enrolls 10 residents per year and up to four interns. The residents are all dental school graduates and licensed dentists, and are paired with expert board certified or board eligible orthodontic faculty to provide the best care for clinic patients.  The clinic offers an array of orthodontic treatments that include two-phase treatment, traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign®, retainers, and more.

The new Roseman Dental general dentistry clinic in Henderson, along with the dental student, AEGD and urgent care clinics in South Jordan offer a range of services, including dental examinations and x-rays, extractions, tooth sealants, root canals, dental fillings, teeth cleaning, periodontal procedures, dentures, crowns, bridges and implants. Treatment is provided at the Henderson clinic by faculty and resident dentists who are licensed Nevada dentists. Treatment at the South Jordan campus is provided by student dentists enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, under the supervision of faculty members who are licensed Utah dentists, or AEGD residents who are also licensed Utah dentists.

Roseman Dental clinics are an affordable option for dental needs, offering treatment at rates that are typically lower than at a traditional dental or orthodontic office. Dental insurance is not required for treatment and payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit cards. The clinics accept Medicaid for procedures that are covered under that plan. Insurance is accepted. For questions regarding insurances or to schedule an appointment, please call 702-968-5222 (Henderson, Nevada) or 801-878-1200 (South Jordan, Utah).

Source: Roseman University of Health Sciences

Touro University Nevada Welcomes Dr. Wolfgang G. Gilliar as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Award-Winning, Internationally Recognized Academic Leader Joins Touro Team

Touro University Nevada named the internationally recognized Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar as its new Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will begin his tenure as Dean on Jan. 2, 2019.

Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar

“I feel tremendously honored to have been selected as the next dean of TUNCOM,” said Dr. Gilliar. “Nothing could be more rewarding than preparing the physicians of the future by bringing the biological and science concepts of medicine together with a social and cultural mission. Through its expansion and recent innovations, TUNCOM stands poised to become a leader in this enhanced form of medical education as we develop joint health education skills with the various health professions.”

Prior to joining Touro, Dr. Gilliar served as Dean and Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine for more than five years. He previously served as Professor and Chair of NYIT’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, as an adjunct Assistant Professor for Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and as Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliar was also the Director of the Acute Brain Injury Unit at Tufts University’s Greenery Rehabilitation Center in Boston.

Dr. Gilliar is an award-winning and internationally recognized academic leader in medical education. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Educational Consortium.

Dr. Gilliar was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Medical Schools of New York. He has served as Chair of AACOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Medical Education Transition and member of the ACCOM Ad Hoc Committee on Governance. In addition, he served as the Inaugural Chair of the Advanced Test Items Committee for the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and was a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of State Government Affairs Telemedicine Workgroup Affiliate.

Overseas, Dr. Gilliar was instrumental in introducing a three-year Osteopathic Manual Medicine Curriculum to the German Society of Osteopathic Medicine which has become recognized throughout Europe. Throughout his accomplished career, Dr. Gilliar has received numerous awards, including the Educator of the Year Award(2012) bestowed by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

“I am delighted that Wolfgang is joining us at Touro as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “He brings an extensive and diverse background in osteopathic medical education. He is a respected national leader within the medical community and I know that he will help strengthen Touro’s position as the leading medical educator in Nevada and in the country.”

Source: Touro University News

Las Vegas HEALS Re-energizes Task Force to Address Healthcare’s Workforce Challenges

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Task Force to Form Recruitment, Retention and Education Subcommittees

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, human resource leaders of area healthcare organizations convened for a Lunch & Learn series delivered by the recently relaunched Workforce Task Force of Las Vegas HEALS. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Packham, Nevada’s top expert on Healthcare Workforce matters. Dr. Packham delivered a one-hour presentation highlighting several of his reports and findings on physician, nursing, and allied health shortages in Nevada (click here for PowerPoint presentation).

John Packham

The Task Force has had success in the past when it assisted in doubling the nursing programs in Nevada as well as created the Healthcare 2020 Program, which developed nurse residency programs in southern Nevada. The Task Force also attended nursing career fairs in cities across the country. At the meeting, the group discussed its upcoming goals for 2019 by its’ newly appointed Task Force leaders.

Meeting Summary:

  • The Board of Directors recently appointed new Task Force Leaders
    • Jim Andres – Vice President of Human Resources for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and 20+ year executive recruitment veteran
    • Andrew Priest – Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada
    • Carolyn Yucha – Retired Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing
  • Three new subcommittees will be formed
    • Recruitment – How to attract them (healthcare professionals) here
    • Retention – How to keep them here
    • Education – How to grow them here
  • The Task Force’s future plans
    • Develop a job board for healthcare employers to post jobs
    • Recruit from medical meetings being held in Las Vegas
    • Partner with Hiring Our Heroes to attract exiting military veterans to the area
    • Develop retention programs in partnership with the Customer Service Excellence Awards hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Create a directory of all the nursing and allied health schools in southern Nevada

The Task Force will meet monthly in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus Auditorium – adjacent to the Las Vegas HEALS office. Moving forward, lunch will be sponsored each month. A big thank you goes to our October lunch sponsor, Fingerprinting Express (FE). FE offers livescan fingerprints, background checks, notary and passport/visa photos. Founded in 2003, their Culture To Care™ program has offered discounted fingerprint fees for teachers, volunteers, nonprofits and military – totaling over $500,000.  FE is getting people back to work and licensed faster than traditional screening methods through the implementation of proprietary efficiencies and exclusive systems. FE is an approved fingerprint vendor for Nevada boards and divisions, including healthcare.

Member human resource leaders and educators interested in joining the Workforce Task Force should contact Pam@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Members interested in sponsoring a future lunch can reach out to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramps Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramping Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

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Preview Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Thomas & Mack Center – Cox Pavilion
Preview Las Vegas is the Vegas Chamber’s signature annual trade show and economic forecasting conference; featuring more than 100 local business and government exhibitors, 2,000+ attendees, an information-packed speaker series and complimentary lite bites from some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants.  Learn More

 

NEW! Early Bird Ticket Pricing
(Through Dec. 31)
$45/Chamber Member or $50/Non-Member

 

 

Early Bird Exhibitor Booth Pricing
(Through Nov. 30)
$1,125/Single Booth or $1,650/Double Booth

CommonSpirit Health™ Name for Catholic Health Initiatives® and Dignity Health® Alignment

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CommonSpirit Health™ Chosen as Name for New System Being Created by the Alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives® and Dignity Health®

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health Team Up.

Two leading U.S. health systems – Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health – who announced a Definitive Agreement to combine their health ministries in December 2017, have chosen “CommonSpirit Health” as the name of their new organization. The two systems expect to complete the transaction by the end of 2018.

CommonSpirit Health was chosen because of its strong association with the two systems’ missions of service and positive resonance with the diversity of people served. It evokes the strategic vision and aspiration of the new ministry to advance health for all and make a positive change for the people and communities served; a belief that all people deserve access to high quality health and health care; and a passion to serve those who are sick and injured, including those who are most vulnerable.

The new name was selected after a comprehensive review of more than 1,200 names, which were evaluated for their association with faith-based health care, legal considerations, and consumer research.

Lloyd H. Dean, President/Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health, stated, “It was important that our name could provide a connection between all people: our employees, physicians, patients, families, and neighbors alike. CommonSpirit does just that.”

Kevin E. Lofton, Chief Executive Officer of CHI, said, “We appreciate how the manifestation of the Spirit is woven into so many messages—God’s gift of compassion, the calling to heal others, and serving the common good. Each comes together and is reflected in just one powerful word, CommonSpirit.”

Among the many reasons for selecting CommonSpirit Health, it was embraced for the following attributes:

  • As support for the mission of the new organization to contribute to the “common good” as a core tenet of Catholic social teaching;
  • In recognition of the power of a faith-based ministry as a healing force to serve all people in an inclusive and welcoming way;
  • As an expression of gratitude for the courage of the women religious who established their health ministries in the face of significant obstacles to meet the most pressing health needs of people and communities; and
  • In acknowledgement of providers and employees who hold a shared purpose and unyielding commitment to advance the health of the people and communities served.

With the selection of a new name, the organization will develop a visual identity to convey the story and strength of the new $28.4 billion health care system. Dignity Health and CHI previously announced that the new ministry will follow a “house of brands” strategy, retaining the names of local facilities and services in the communities where they are located.

CHI and Dignity Health signed a definitive agreement to join their ministries on Dec. 7, 2017. Since then, the organizations have been planning integration efforts for the new system. On Oct. 16, the Board of Stewardship Trustees for CommonSpirit Health was selected and announced.

Further information is available at: AdvancingHealthCareTogether.org.

About Catholic Health Initiatives
Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where we provide care. One of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 100 hospitals, including two academic health centers; major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; living communities; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2018, CHI provided more than $1.14 billion in financial assistance and community benefit for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Financial assistance and community benefit totaled approximately $2.1 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated operating revenues of $15 billion in fiscal year 2018, has total assets of approximately $20.5 billion.

About Dignity Health
Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a multi-state network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 40 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY 2018, Dignity Health provided $2.1 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at DignityHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

A4M and MMI Announce Agenda for 26th World Congress in Las Vegas

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The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and Metabolic Medical Institute (MMI) announce agenda for their largest annual event, welcoming thousands of clinicians and exhibitors to the 26th World Congress in Las Vegas

Agenda for the 26th Annual World Congress in Las Vegas at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort, marks 26 years of redefining modern medicine through advanced education surrounding anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

World Congress: December 13-15

Thousands of participants will gather to further their knowledge and understanding of preventive, personalized medicine at the three-day conference, taking place from December 13-15 at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. The World Congress will provide up to 24 continuing education credits in anti-aging and integrative medicine through educational sessions and interactive lectures. The conference boasts an Exhibit Hall that hosts hundreds of companies, with products ranging from aesthetic devices and equipment to high-tech medical products. Vendors include all facets of Integrative Medicine, including compounding labs and testing, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals, companies that specialize in CBD services, and high-grade supplements. The event additionally hosts advanced educational opportunities through the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine modules: recently accredited for the second year through the Royal College of General Practitioners. Oral and Written exams will also be conducted for healthcare professionals pursuing their Anti-Aging board and diplomate certifications.

In addition to four keynote presentations, the Congress will feature 70 speakers and lectures, 16 learning tracks, sponsored workshops, and product theater presentations. Pre-conference workshops on December 12th offer delegates the opportunity for further advanced education, surrounding some of the most pertinent and relevant topics in modern healthcare: “Achieving Longevity with Restorative Hormone Therapy,” “Breakthroughs in Peptide Therapy,” “Cannabis in Medicine,” and “A Branding Facelift: How to Market Your Aesthetics Practice.”

Prominent, influential, notable leaders will deliver keynote presentations that are not to be missed. Business executive, entrepreneur, and thought-leader Naveen Jain will focus on the most recent innovations in the landscape of modern healthcare, highlighting his transformative business & technological breakthroughs that are improving healthcare delivery across the globe. Pamela Wible, MD, known as ‘Physicians’ Guardian Angel,’ will deliver a lecture titled “Finding Your Bliss: Beating Physician Burnout,” coupled with a panel session and Q&A surrounding the imminent complications of mental health, and the rapidly growing trend of burnout among physicians. Biogerontologist and cell biologist Valter Longo, PhD will deliver an address on the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD): an increasingly popular scientific breakthrough based on research that restriction of protein, calories, and sugar may reduce genetic markers associated with cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Renowned clinician and expert in the applied science of longevity Peter Attia, MD will focus on an approach to longevity rooted in reverse engineering. Dr. Attia’s keynote will include the latest clinical research surrounding strategies to increase lifespan, including the elusive mTor signaling pathway, coupled with tactics to enhance health span rooted in data from centenarian populations. These keynotes represent the continual effort to redefine and reshape the realm of medicine, and will inspire attendees to commit and contribute towards a new century of wellness and longevity.

Back by popular demand, returning to this year’s World Congress is Dave Asprey: Silicon Valley investor, notable entrepreneur, author of New York Times bestseller “The Bulletproof Diet,” and biohacker. As an inventor not only in the burgeoning field of technology but also the landscape of biohacking, Asprey was one of the first innovators to apply experimental biohacking techniques designed to enhance human performance—and has helped spearhead an entirely new movement of personal wellness. Joining the World Congress faculty for the first time are world-renowned speakers Terry Wahls, MD and Ben Greenfield. Academic, clinician, researcher, and multiple sclerosis patient Dr. Wahls will deliver a powerful story of personal recovery and triumph in the effective application of diet & therapeutic lifestyle changes, and illuminate the impact of nutritional interventions in treating progressive health problems & chronic disease. Human performance consultant, biohacker, and immersive journalist Greenfield will review key biomarkers for achieving peak male health, coupled with the most effective practices for optimizing biological variables for men’s fertility & longevity.

Overall, the conference offers an exciting and unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the constantly evolving industry of healthcare: the optimal platform for its delegates to establish new business and networking contacts, receive extensive education specifically engineered to enhance practices and patient care, and socialize with medical professionals from a wide array of disciplines and fields. The 2018 World Congress is rooted in a cutting-edge agenda engineered to push boundaries, while focusing on entrepreneurial opportunities in integrative medicine, the application of technology in healthcare, the critical trend of physician burnout and its impact on mental health, and the most cutting-edge clinical breakthroughs in longevity.

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About the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine & Metabolic Medical Institute:Established in 1992, A4M is the leading nonprofit medical society dedicated to the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases associated with aging. The organization is comprised of over 26,000 members from 120 nations across the globe, and is dedicated to educating medical and public health professionals and practitioners on the most progressive and innovative clinical research, in addition to cutting-edge scientific technologies. Metabolic Medical Institute is the entity that houses and contains all advanced medical education, available to healthcare practitioners and allied health professionals.

 

Healthcare Happy Hour Celebrates Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40th Anniversary

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Las Vegas HEALS Next Healthcare Happy Hour to be Held at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40th Anniversary Open House

Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members

Las Vegas HEALS and Nathan Adelson Hospice have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour as the hospice celebrates its 40th anniversary of caring for Southern Nevada. Guests will be able to tour the hospice that is known for patients being given the best possible experience and care at the end of their life’s journey.

The event will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 4141 Swenson Street in Las Vegas. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and networking with professionals. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org 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.

“We are excited that Las Vegas HEALS members are joining us at this milestone event for our organization,” said Carole Fisher, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “It has been a tremendous privilege for Nathan Adelson Hospice to care for so many in our community over the last 40 years. As we look towards the next 40 years, we will continue to grow with our community and rededicate ourselves each day to our vision, and to make sure no one ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. Today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care and has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in the nation seven times in the last decade. Nathan Adelson Hospice is proud to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and part of the We Honor Veterans program. Nathan Adelson Hospice is the only hospice in Southern Nevada accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

“We are honored to help celebrate Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40-year anniversary at the next HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Our events are a great way to bring members of the Southern Nevada healthcare industry together, and Nathan Adelson Hospice is a great community partner.”

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. Learn more at www.LasVegasHEALS.org.

Mission Statement for Athlete Brain Safety Announced at Ruvo Brain Center

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Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition Announces Mission Statement during Second Meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

On Monday, Nov. 5, the Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition, an organization of like-minded leaders in professional sports in southern Nevada dedicated to advancing brain health safety, reconvened for a second meeting at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to announce its mission statement and next steps.

Professional Sports Brain Health Coalition

Following remarks from Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Governor Brian Sandoval, and retired Oakland Raider Linden King, Associate director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Primary Investigator of the Professional Athletes Brain Health Study Dr. Charles Bernick unveiled the coalition’s mission statement, which is: “To advance brain safety for those exposed to head impacts in sports and across society.” The resources and expertise of the member organizations will be leveraged to pursue the group’s specific goals of promoting research, education, and advocacy on issues regarding brain health in sports.

This  first-of-its-kind coalition melds the recent expansion of professional sports in Las Vegas and the ongoing work of the Cleveland Clinic with brain health in sports. Now, various professional sports are collaborating to increase our knowledge, translate that knowledge into policies and practices and help empower younger generations to make informed decisions about the sports they play and the impact that may have on brain health.

Dr. Sabbagh concluded his remarks, saying: “It is our hope that with this coalition, we will play a hand in transforming Las Vegas from a gambling city to a brain health city.”

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

Photo credit: Denise Truscello for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health