Las Vegas HEALS to Host 7th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’

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Community Leaders in Healthcare Honored on October 25 at Four Seasons

Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada), a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, will recognize a group of deserving honorees as part of the 7th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards” for their outstanding contributions to the Southern Nevada community.

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon, circa 1905, the award will recognize physicians of good standing in their professional and personal life, who have demonstrated achievements of exceptional leadership, and management proficiency to enhance strategic and operational effectiveness of healthcare delivery in their practice/community. The candidates sought should be worthy of recognition from colleagues as the best in their field, individuals who ignite and inspire continued possibilities for healthcare excellence. The candidates can be physicians and non-physicians.

Nominations are open now through Friday, July 27, and can be emailed to: Entries submitted on behalf of a healthcare group will be limited to one recipient per organization.

Past recipients have included the following healthcare leaders: Dr. Joseph Adashek, Dr. Chowdhury Ahsan, Dr. Mary Ann Allison, Dr. Howard Baron, Ms. Shelley Berkley, Dr. Charles Bernick, Dr. Joel Bower, Dr. Dale Carrison, Dr. Jim Christensen, Dr. Michael Ciccolo, Mr. Bob Cooper, Dr. Michael Crovetti, Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, Dr. Mitchell Forman, Dr. Oscar Goodman, Jr., Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. Anashu Shah, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, Dr. Troy Watson, Dr. Dyland Wint, and Dr. Carolyn Yucha.

“This annual gala will be a very special event this year as Las Vegas HEALS celebrates its 15-year anniversary,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “We are looking forward to honoring a group of individuals who set a higher standard for the healthcare community in Southern Nevada. Their contributions to our community are well deserving of recognition.”

The 7th annual gala will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Individuals interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Las Vegas HEALS at 702-952-2477 or visit the Gala page for more information.

About Las Vegas HEALS

Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare 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.

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Las Vegas HEALS Hires John Burke as Vice President of Memberships

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Burke charged with overall membership, sponsorship development and strategic planning

John Burke named vice president of memberships for Las Vegas HEALS.

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, today announced the hiring of John Burke to serve as vice president of memberships. In his new position, he will be responsible for overall membership and sponsorship development, as well as strategic planning for the organization to ensure that all programs will continue to deliver value to its members and partners.

Burke brings more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry to his new position at Las Vegas HEALS. He spent over 10 years in the medical staffing industry working with hospital CEOs and healthcare executives, addressing workforce shortages in the areas of nursing and allied health. Burke then became CEO of Instep Recovery for 5 years, working with adult and adolescents offering various levels of addiction services. In this role he worked closely with the behavioral health sub-committee of the Southern Nevada Forum. Most recently Burke served as vice president of Assurity Labs in Las Vegas, overseeing a team of five regional reps.

“We are proud to have a professional of John’s caliber join our team,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “He has worked with many Las Vegas organizations in the past and has a stellar reputation in the industry. We could not be happier to have him on board.”

Burke has been a resident of Las Vegas for the past five years and is a presidential member of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Burke is passionate about giving back to the community and enjoys coaching basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

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.

Nursing Board to Move Licensing Process to the Cloud

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Nevada Nurse Portal is expected to be available June 4

The Nevada State Board of Nursing is transitioning to a cloud-based system that will allow all applicants to complete their initial and renewal applications online through the Nevada Nurse Portal.

Because of this upgrade the Board of Nursing will no longer accept new or renewal paper applications for nursing licenses effective Friday, May 25, 2018.

It is anticipated that the Nevada Nurse Portal will be available Monday, June 4, 2018.

There will be down time in the application system between May 25 and June 4.

Further details for new nursing license applicants and for renewals can be found in the letter from the Board of Nursing on the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance blog site or call 1-888-590-6726.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and Roseman University of Health Sciences Announce Partnership

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to Become Independent Division of Roseman University

Since 2007, hundreds of children have been treated for childhood cancer at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Cole Thow is among those patients. Now 11-years-old, Cole has finished his treatment for Medulloblastoma.

Two local nonprofit organizations, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and Roseman University of Health Sciences, have formally agreed to a partnership to create a one-of-a-kind collaboration in the State of Nevada. Effective June 1, 2018, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation will become an independent division of Roseman University of Health Sciences.

“The impact and strength of our medically based organizations are already substantial, yet our partnership will make our organizations stronger, providing additional benefits to the surrounding community,” said Renee Coffman, president of Roseman University. “This unification is an unprecedented opportunity for both our organizations to benefit from each other’s strengths, abilities and expertise as we collaborate in our shared missions focused on education, research and patient care.”

“This is the kind of partnership we always dreamed of,” said Annette Logan-Parker, CEO and President of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “The incredible resources of Roseman University will help us accelerate our long-range plans to create a medical center of excellence focused on childhood cancer bringing an increasing amount of treatment options to Nevada’s children.”

Beginning in June, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation will move its operations to Roseman University’s Summerlin campus at One Breakthrough Way, located at Town Center Drive and the 215 Freeway. The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Charity Care Program, which provides treatment to patients with or without medical insurance, and regardless of ability to pay for treatment, will continue.

Logan-Parker says, this important partnership helps Cure 4 The Kids Foundation achieve two very important long-range goals. It will give Cure 4 The Kids Foundation providers and medical staff greater access to academic research, an in-house laboratory, clinical trials and educational programs as they relate to pediatric medical treatment. While Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has always provided access to important clinical trials through our partnership with Children’s Oncology Group, and will continue to do so, having additional direct, in-house access to the laboratory and staff at Roseman University of Health Sciences will benefit patients even more. Secondly, the partnership allows Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to continue with its strategic plan to expand into a larger location and state-of-the-art building, which until now has been cost prohibitive.

There are many other benefits

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation will relocate all its operations to Roseman University’s Summerlin campus at One Breakthrough Way, located near Town Center Drive and the 215 Freeway.

Medical Education collaboration – Roseman University students pursuing degrees in dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing and healthcare business administration will benefit from clinical experiential opportunities with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation physicians to fully understand the real-world demands of medical treatment.

Public Awareness and Education – Cure 4 The Kids and Roseman University and its student organizations have a long history of developing community events, learning events, outreach and support to increase public awareness of important healthcare issues affecting children.

Medical Center of Excellence – By partnering with Roseman University of Health Sciences, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is better positioned to add possible new patient treatment specialties in the future, tapping into a shared network of clinical affiliations with various southern Nevada hospitals and physician groups.

Discussions about collaboration between two of Southern Nevada’s premier nonprofit medical industry organizations began in earnest in early 2017. Over the course of several months and through hours of thoughtful conversations, an agreement was approved by the Board of Directors of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Board of Trustees of Roseman University of Health Sciences. The partnership allows the two local organizations to mutually benefit from the resources and specialties of the other as both entities work to meet the needs of a growing community.

About Cure 4 The Kids
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada, and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation, and its required unannounced inspections, ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, once it becomes accredited. More than 5,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

UNLV Secures $11.4 Million Grant from National Institutes of Health

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Funding from National Institutes of Health will support human genetics research, develop pipeline of scientists working to make Nevada a leader in personalized medicine.

UNLV was recently awarded an $11.4 million federal grant to build Nevada’s first center of excellence in personalized medicine. (UNLV Creative Services)

The five-year award marks the first time UNLV will lead a project funded through the NIH’s competitive Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program. It’s also the first COBRE program in the nation focused exclusively on personalized medicine.

Led by faculty in UNLV’s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, the program will bring together local and regional partners, including the university’s School of Medicine and health sciences programs, to grow human genetics research and related infrastructure and mentor early career professionals in this emerging field.

As the program matures, organizers will leverage this foundation to expand or launch clinical services and education programs in genetics in Nevada.

“Society is progressing beyond ‘trial and error medicine’ into a new data-driven era where a person’s genetic makeup is used to improve accuracy in medical diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment,” said Martin Schiller, UNLV life sciences professor and lead researcher on the grant. “This program will give us the means to further investigate the impact of personalized medicine and its potential for modern medicine, and to explore the potential for expanded clinical and educational services in Nevada.”

Personalized medicine is based on the concept that a person’s unique genetic makeup – their DNA – already encodes the blueprint for effective treatment and disease prevention. Over the next five years, scientists from UNLV and partner institutions will advance research in personalized medicine by doing things like decoding genes to better predict disease susceptibility, and by finding ways to more easily sift through myriad treatment options and fine-tune drug dosages.

A mentoring panel for new scientists made up of university and industry experts will also be established, and the program will fund roughly a dozen pilot research grants aimed at creating a pipeline of scientists and universities working to make personalized medicine in Nevada a reality.

“Personalized medicine is revolutionizing how we individualize care for patients, and this effort will position UNLV to play a central role in the growth and development of this emerging field,” said Mary Croughan, UNLV Vice President for Research and Economic Development. “Creating a strong, nationwide biomedical research and mentorship network will also bring creative new ideas to Nevada and support innovation that will move our region’s healthcare infrastructure forward.”

The center of excellence is the latest in a series of important steps at UNLV over the past several years to advance personalized medicine in the Silver State. The news was covered locally by Fox 5 as well as by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 2015, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine at UNLV. Formed initially through seed funding from the State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, the institute draws scientists from throughout the campus together to improve individual and community health in Nevada through research and technology commercialization, education, and workforce training. Research activity from the institute has generated two start-up companies within the past two years.

The institute’s efforts to swiftly sift through massive amounts of health data were bolstered in 2015 when UNLV partnered with data company Switch to acquire the Intel “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which ranks among the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers.

This is just the second program in Southern Nevada to be funded through the NIH COBRE initiative. In 2015, a Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health-led partnership with UNLV was formed to address the complexities Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Collaborative Effort Needed to Combat Doctor Shortage in Nevada

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This piece was created by Las Vegas HEALS and posted in Healthcare Quarterly

Nevada’s economy is growing at a healthy pace, especially when looking at where the Silver State was a decade ago. More than 250,000 new jobs have been created in the state since the recession, a number that will be increasing with the dozens of new projects across the state, including the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium and the $4 million Apple shipping and receiving warehouse in downtown Reno. But despite these promising job growth numbers coming to the state, there is still work to be done. The need for doctors in the state of Nevada is a very real problem, and because of the state’s low reimbursement rates, it’s an issue that won’t be going away anytime soon.

This real problem has dismal numbers, with the state ranking 48th in the country for physicians per capita. Nationally there are about 251 physicians for every 100,000 people, whereas the state of Nevada has just under 200. Las Vegas ranks poorly in the number of specialists and subspecialists, ranging from endocrinologists to oncologists, pediatrics to geriatrics. This problem in Nevada is due to several factors, including population growth, an increase of people with insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect, a lack of graduate medical education (GME), and poor doctor reimbursement rates.

Graduate Medical Education

Having the opportunities for graduate medical education as well as seats in the classroom is key in fixing the doctor shortage problem in Nevada. According to Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the health care community, “we have doctor shortages across all areas, it’s not just in one particular specialty. An area that compounds the problem is that, as a region, we didn’t have significant academic medicine present until recently, but it’s growing now and will create more doctors for our future.”

Touro University, Nevada’s largest medical school, recently expanded its medical school from 135 students to 181 students due to its large number of applications; and UNLV’s medical school will be welcoming its second class of 60 students in July. Even with the graduate medical education expansion, including having residencies in almost every valley hospital, the state is lacking in graduate medical education opportunities, so that poses the question: Where will all these medical students go once they graduate?

“The challenge we have in the state is not the number of medical schools or medical students, it’s the lack of residency programs which are commonly known as graduate medical education,” said Shelley Berkley, Touro University chief executive officer and senor provost. “Our students who graduate from medical school have to leave the state in order to satisfy their 3-year residency requirements.”

A residency is a stage of graduate medical training for new doctors in which they practice medicine under the supervision of a hospital or clinic. The average residency lasts three years, and the students practice in their chosen specialty, such as emergency medicine or pediatrics. States typically have 40 residents per 100,000 people, but Nevada has somewhere between 12 and 14 residencies per 100,000. Funding for graduate medical education comes out of the Medicare fund from the federal government. A number of years ago, Congress put a cap on graduate medical education in order to attempt to balance the federal budget. For growth states such as Nevada, this action proved to be devastating, as there was no funding to create additional residency spots and no place to obtain additional funds. Fast forward to two legislative sessions ago, Governor Brian Sandoval announced that $10 million will be distributed throughout the state to expand graduate medical education opportunities.

“The legislature and Governor Sandoval have been helpful in providing resources to help create residency programs in the state, but it is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Berkley. “If we want to actually keep young future doctors from leaving town and leaving the state, we have to provide a dramatic increase in residency programs to keep them here. What is so troubling is that national statistics demonstrate that 70 percent of doctors end up practicing where they do their residency, so unless the student has strong ties to Nevada, if they are forced to leave in order to satisfy their residency requirement, 70 percent are not coming back. So right now, we are educating a whole lot of future doctors to practice someplace else.”

Population growth and low reinbursement

Low reimbursement rates are another reason that Nevada can’t seem to retain doctors. “Doctors are in high demand wherever you go in the country — there are shortages, it’s not just in Nevada. However, when these students get out of medical school, most are saddled with somewhere between $175,000-$225,000 of student loan debt,” said Geinzer. “Medical school garners the highest level of school loans, so these doctors have to earn a good living, therefore they need to be reimbursed at adequate levels or they can’t pay their student loans. Doctors can earn 20 percent more in the neighboring Southwest states, which will allow them to service their student debts a lot quicker.”

There is a common myth that all doctors’ wages come easily to them, and they spend their days on the golf course. However, doctors’ salaries are based on how much they get reimbursed from the insurance companies for services they perform, and those reimbursement rates vary by state. A doctor’s compensation is directly tied to reimbursement, and Nevada is one of the worst reimbursed states in the country, with Medicaid being the provider with the lowest reimbursement rates. In 2013, Gov. Brian Sandoval expanded Medicaid, and the number of enrollers in the state doubled from 320,000 Medicaid utilizers to 650,000. As supportive as the medical community has been about this expansion, the state’s reimbursement rates did not go up, so doctors are seeing triple the number of patients using the payer that reimburses the least in the state, Geinzer noted.

Todd Sklamberg, chief executive officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, said, “within the state of Nevada, Medicaid reimburses acute care hospitals across the state at 57 percent of our cost, not our charges, but the cost to provide care. Since 2001, there has been one increase in 2015, so over the last 17 years there has only been one rate increase. If you assume an inflation rate of 3 percent annually, our costs in this timeframe have gone up by almost 50 percent with no increase in the reimbursement. Sunrise Hospital specifically gets reimbursed half our cost — it’s a challenge.”

On the private practice end of the spectrum, the low reimbursement rates affect the level of care that patients receive due to the lack of doctors in primary care. “One of the things that happens with low reimbursement rates is physicians in primary care tend to see more patients per hour than they can easily accommodate,” said Dr. Howard Baron, president-elect of the Nevada State Medical Association. “What ends up happening is when physicians are overbooked in their primary care clinic, they end up making referrals to specialists for things that may have been able to stay in primary care in other states. Primary care doctors don’t have enough time per patient to do extended visits to take care of things that are more medically complex. With the influx of patients, the specialists get overwhelmed with problems that don’t always require specialty care, and then that drives up the cost and time for the patients, and also decreases the satisfaction of the service, so it’s a whole vicious cycle.”

Medical professionals agree that something has got to give in Nevada when it comes to reimbursement rates. “If we don’t get the reimbursement part of the equation right, we’re going to find ourselves in a place where our taxpayer dollars are going to be supplementing training doctors to go to other states to work, which is not what we want to happen,” said Geinzer.

The Future of Health Care in Nevada

Although health care has faced challenges in Nevada for years, significant efforts are being made to fix the problem including bringing top-of-the-line medical entities to the state, such as the new VA hospital, Roseman University and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Medical professionals also believe that just by starting the discussion on this topic, changes can be made. “I think having the conversation is a huge start, putting it out there really helps,” said Cleveland Clinic Administrative Director Erick Vidmar. “Bringing players in the market, like the Cleveland Clinic and others, have improved the quality of care provided in Nevada. As we improve quality, people will recognize that quality costs additional money so that will help drive reimbursements up and attract new providers.”

The doctor shortage is not just a Nevada problem. By 2030, studies predict a shortage of more than 100,000 doctors in the United States. Nevada needs to be committed to fix this problem by continuing to fund additional graduate medical education opportunities so the state can produce more homegrown doctors. The reimbursement rates also need to be improved as a way to recruit and retain doctors to the state.

“It has to be a collaborative effort to find a solution to improve reimbursement rates,” said Las Vegas HEALS Chairman of Board of Directors Bob Cooper. “It is a complex, challenging issue, but it’s one that needs to be addressed in order to improve health care for the future. Our organization’s goal is to start this serious conversation as soon as possible with our members and key stakeholders.”

Dr. Robert M. Lowe, M.D., Ph.D. Opens Kids Arthritis Care Clinic

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Dr. Robert M. Lowe, M.D., Ph.D. opens the first clinic of its kind in Nevada dedicated solely to the care of children with rheumatologic (autoimmune) conditions.

Dr. Robert Lowe, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert M. Lowe is the Founder and Medical Director of the Juvenile Arthritis & Rheumatology Care & Research Center (also known as Kids Arthritis Care), the only dedicated pediatric rheumatology clinic in the state of Nevada. The clinic houses a child-only infusion center so that pediatric patients may receive their medications in a safe and comfortable environment.

Dr. Lowe is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Medicine, and is the only board-certified pediatric rheumatologist permanently based in the State of Nevada. He is credentialed with Sunrise Hospital, University Medical Center, and Summerlin Hospital.

Dr. Lowe opened his clinic in June of 2017 to fill a void in Nevada, a state with an alarming shortage of pediatric subspecialists. Dr. Lowe’s current patients regularly express past frustration in trying to receive timely pediatric rheumatology care without leaving the State of Nevada. Dr. Lowe hopes to eventually expand his clinic to draw patients from surrounding states with similar shortages of board-certified pediatric rheumatologists. The State of Nevada, by itself, could easily support five full-time pediatric rheumatologists, and Dr. Lowe plans to recruit other board-certified pediatric rheumatologists to the area.

Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Dr. Lowe served for five years on the faculty of the University of Alabama in Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama, in the division of Pediatric Rheumatology where he split his time between caring for kids with rheumatology (autoimmune) conditions and performing basic and translational research to improve our understanding of childhood lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. Dr. Lowe spent several years in Washington State, where he received his medical degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Molecular and Cellular Biology, with a concentration in autoimmune disease, from the University of Washington.

Dr. Lowe has made a commitment to providing training and educational experiences to parents and other medical professionals. He hosts a Blog on the clinic website, where he answers commonly asked questions related to autoimmune conditions in children. Questions are also answered on his

Facebook page. He routinely accepts invitations to speak to doctors, medical organizations, and parent groups, and is creating training videos designed to help families learn how to safely perform injections. He is also in the process of writing several books toward the goal of promoting widespread understanding of pediatric arthritis and other autoimmune conditions affecting children. He hopes that this heightened awareness will also attract other doctors into the pediatric rheumatology profession, and there are fewer than 350 board-certified and practicing pediatric rheumatologists in the United States.

Dr. Lowe’s ultimate goal and vision is to provide the best collaborative, comprehensive and complete care for children with complex and misunderstood medical conditions. His model is to work closely with his patients’ other treating professionals, including their primary care pediatrician and any other pediatric specialists treating the child. Dr. Lowe believes that a collaborative approach is the best way to promote complete and long-term remission in rheumatology patients.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lowe, please visit the clinic’s website, or call (702) 686-9239.

Las Vegas HEALS Partners with Touro University for May Healthcare Happy Hour

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May 16 Event Registration Free for Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS and Touro University have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Touro University will welcome guests into its new Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation and the Chantal and Stephen J. Cloobeck Regional Center for Disaster Life Support. These two state-of-the-art centers will have a profound impact on health care education and the community by providing opportunities for interdisciplinary, team-based, hyper-realistic training for health care providers and first responders.

The next Healthcare Happy Hour will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at 874 American Pacific Drive in Henderson. This networking event will include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and remarks by Doug Geinzer of Las Vegas HEALS and Shelley Berkley of Touro University Nevada. Event registration is free for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to or call 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.

“Touro is delighted to showcase our two new regional Centers at this month’s Healthcare Happy Hour, said Shelley Berkley, chief executive officer and senior provost of Touro University. These Centers demonstrate Touro’s dedication to providing our students with the knowledge and proficiency needed to be successful. The Centers also will be a resource for health care providers, first responders, and others in the community who can utilize these environments for training.”

The Michael Tang Center incorporates simulated technology to enhance the education for students from Touro’s medical school and other health care programs. The Center features anatomage tables, sim-men, surgical cut suits, ultrasound machines, and heart and lung simulators. Healthcare Happy Hour attendees will be able to experience this technology first hand. The Cloobeck Center, which will become Southern Nevada’s only National Disaster Life Support Foundation-certified facility, will offer cutting-edge training and disaster management courses for health care providers and first responders. Training in the Cloobeck Center will feature classroom instruction, table top exercises, and mass casualty disaster simulated scenario-based training, which will be showcased at Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour.

“This event will be a very special one, as Touro University will be showcasing its two new state-of-the-art disaster life support centers,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “It is Las Vegas HEALS’ goal for our state to be a globally recognized destination in the medical tourism industry, and every time we open another top-of-the-line medical entity to the state, it brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

Inside Medicine

Touro’s Shelley Berkley was recently a guest with Doug on Inside Medicine, where she discussed community involvement. Watch the video:

Roseman Medical Group Opens First Practice Site in Spring Valley

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Practice Includes New ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic to Serve Southern Nevada

Roseman Medical Group, the medical practice of Roseman University College of Medicine, has opened its first location, adjacent to Spring Valley Hospital at 5380 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 120 in Las Vegas.

Roseman University’s New Location in Spring Valley.

The practice is currently offering neurology services led by David Ginsburg, MD. Dr. Ginsburg and his medical team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the nervous system and neuromuscular disorders. With Dr. Ginsburg serving as medical director, the practice also houses southern Nevada’s second clinic serving patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The Roseman University ALS Clinic at Roseman Medical Group will provide evidence-based, multidisciplinary ALS care and services in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on hope and quality of life.

Dr. Mark Penn, Founding Dean of the College of Medicine explained, “Long-term plans for the Roseman Medical Group practice include expansion into primary care and a variety of medical specialties staffed by College of Medicine faculty physicians and other healthcare professionals.”

Roseman Medical Group Staff.

“We are delighted to have Dr. David Ginsburg as Roseman Medical Group’s first practicing physician and as a professor on our faculty,” said Dr. Bruce Morgenstern, Roseman University College of Medicine vice dean for academic and clinical affairs. “Practicing in southern Nevada since 1994, he brings with him remarkable history of exceptional patient care and clinical research in neurology, with emphasis in neuromuscular diseases like ALS.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. Although there is currently no cure and no life-prolonging treatments for the disease, a recently FDA-approved medication has been demonstrated to slow the decline of various physical activities.

“We are very excited to have a second clinic in Las Vegas,” said April Mastroluca, executive director of the ALS Association Nevada Chapter. “Southern Nevada ALS patients and families will now have another option for ALS care in Las Vegas. We are grateful to Dr. Ginsburg, Roseman University and our clinic team for making this possible.”

Roseman’s Dr. David Ginsburg, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine.

Mastroluca adds, research has shown that multidisciplinary care, or, the practice of having physicians and other healthcare professionals collaborate to provide the most comprehensive treatment plan for patients, helps people with ALS have better quality of life—and actually prolongs life in most cases. The ALS Association Nevada Chapter has a long history supporting multidisciplinary care in Nevada as well as offering monthly support groups, an equipment loan closet, and respite care grants for caregivers of ALS patients.

“Our ALS Clinic is aligned to meet needs of patients and their families by providing all services in one convenient location at one time rather than having them travel to multiple locations at different times,” said Ginsburg.

Ginsburg received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Pittsburgh in 1988. Later, he completed his residency in neurology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and a subsequent fellowship in clinical neurophysiology. This provided him with an extensive background in neurodiagnostic testing with Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Electromyography (EMG), and exposure to a large number of patients with neuromuscular disease. This training eventually led to him to lead local multidisciplinary clinics for the Muscular Dystrophy Associationœ and ALS.

About Roseman Medical Group
Founded in 2017, Roseman Medical Group is the medical practice of Roseman University College of Medicine. At Roseman Medical Group and the College of Medicine, PATIENTS are at the center of its VALUES and are the reason we strive for excellence in providing patient-centered care, conducting research and educating the next generation of physicians. For information, visit their website.

About The ALS Association Nevada Chapter
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people living with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified and recognized treatment centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit their website.

Town Hall: The New Face of Healthcare in Southern Nevada

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At the recent Town Hall on February 27 entitled “Meet the New Face of Healthcare in Southern Nevada,” and hosted by the city of Las Vegas and Clark County Medical Society, members of the Las Vegas Medical District came together to discuss the future of medicine in our community to an audience of more than 150 stakeholders. Presenters shared updates on their respective programs and profiles of the students enrolled in these programs to paint a robust picture of those who will soon shape the practice and delivery of healthcare in Southern Nevada.

Read more on the LVMD website.