Back-To-School Shots Available at Health District Clinics

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The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to bring their kindergartners and 7th graders for their mandatory school vaccines before the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 9. The Health District’s immunization clinic is giving away free backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the first 500 kids at our clinics starting Monday, July 12. All Health District immunization clinic services are available by appointment only at this time. Appointments can be made by calling (702) 759-0850.

The Health District offers back-to-school immunizations as well as the backpack giveaway at the following locations.

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite D1, Las Vegas
  • Henderson Clinic, 2020 E. Horizon Dr., Suites A & C, Henderson
  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

A back-to-school immunization clinic, sponsored by Immunize Nevada, will be held from

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at this clinic for students age 12 and older.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolling in school: chickenpox (varicella), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (DTaP and Tdap), quadrivalent meningitis, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Parents who recently moved to Nevada should note hepatitis A vaccination is required in the state. Immunizations that were up-to-date in other states that do not require hepatitis A vaccination might not be current in Nevada. For a list of immunization requirements for school, visit Immunize Nevada’s  School Vaccinations page.

Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) as well as Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis) in the form of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The meningitis vaccine is also required for 8th through 12th grade students who are new to the Clark County School District. A booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate and the meningococcal B vaccines are recommended for teens who are 16 to 18 years old. College freshmen younger than 23 years old who are enrolled at a Nevada college or university and living in a dormitory are required to receive the meningococcal vaccine. The Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis), meningococcal B, and quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccines are all available at the Southern Nevada Health District.

Parents vaccinating a child at a Health District clinic should bring immunization records. Parents who cannot locate immunization records should contact their health care provider. If their children were immunized in Nevada, parents can also visit Nevada WebIZ, a statewide immunization registry, at or call Nevada WebIZ at 1 (877) 689-3249. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child; however, written consent must be provided to the Health District from the parent or guardian at the time of service. Administrative fees and cost of vaccines may be applied depending upon insurance status.

The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule. For information, contact the Health District’s immunization clinic at  (702) 759-0850 or visit the Vaccines for School page. For wait times, follow us on Twitter @SNHDinfo or visit our website,

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.

Heart Disease May Negatively Affect Athletes

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Las Vegas Heart Associates’ Physician Leading Author of Study

In May, the American College of Cardiology published an Expert Analysis on Non-Ischemic Myocardial Fibrosis in Athletes.  A local sports cardiologist, Alfred Danielian, MD, FACC, FASE, was featured as the leading author of the analysis providing valuable input relating to athletes and their training.

Non-ischemic myocardial fibrosis is a serious heart condition that can cause heart failure, irregular or abnormal heart rhythms and may even result in death.  The disease affects the muscular tissue of the heart causing an accumulation of scar tissue as a result of the disease. If enough scar tissue forms, this accumulation may be detrimental to the heart. Dr. Danielian and the co-authors of the analysis reported the following:

  • Prolonged, high-intensity exercise may cause cardiac fibrosis, even in the absence of predisposition to cardiac disease.
  • The prognostic significance of myocardial fibrosis in an otherwise healthy athlete remains controversial.
  • Findings of focal scar at the right ventricular hinge points in asymptomatic athletes is of uncertain clinical significance.

As a nationally recognized sports cardiologist, Dr. Danielian has an extensive background in evaluating and assessing many different types of athletes from recreational, collegiate, semi-professional, and professional levels.  Dr. Danielian is active in the athletic community providing important and up-to-date information for the community through his active role on the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

To learn more about the practice and physicians, please visit their website.

About Las Vegas Heart Associates
Las Vegas Heart Associates is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada community.  The practice offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care with two convenient locations in the valley.  The specialists at Las Vegas Heart Associates are highly trained in General, Interventional, Structural, Vascular, Nuclear and Sports Cardiology as well as Echocardiography and Electrophysiology.  To schedule an appointment call (702) 962-0020 for the Southern Hills location or (702) 962-2200 for the MountainView location.

Donald Pearson Joins Las Vegas HEALS Board to Help Drive Process of Improving Healthcare for Southern Nevadans

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Pearson Returns to Las Vegas After Graduation from United States Naval Academy and Service in United States Marine Corps

Having moved with his family to Nevada as a young child, and later returned to the community after many years living outside of the state, Donald Pearson is proud to live in Las Vegas and call it home for his family.

When Donald was eight years old, his mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Unable to find the required care in Las Vegas, and wanting to receive the best medical treatment and assurance that she would be able to continue to raise Donald and his sister, his mother was forced to seek treatment out-of-state. Despite enduring these family health challenges at a young age, Donald maintained hope that one day Las Vegas would be the pinnacle of excellence when it came to healthcare for his family and loved ones.

As Donald and his wife Arianna raise their family in Las Vegas, he finds himself reflecting on his childhood experience with his mother’s cancer. He now takes comfort in knowing that if a healthcare crisis arises his family doesn’t have to leave their home, as with the progress made in recent years Las Vegas healthcare now has their backs. Donald was overjoyed to accept a Board of Directors position with Las Vegas HEALS, to help drive its mission to continue the improvement of healthcare in Southern Nevada.

Donald attended Faith Lutheran for both middle school and high school. It was there that he met his wife, Arianna. After high school graduation, Arianna attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing and Donald accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy on a football scholarship.

After graduating from United States Naval Academy in 2016 Don was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Donald and Arianna got married and moved to their assigned duty station in Miami, Florida where he served as a Financial Manager responsible for all resources allocated in support of Marine Corps activities in Central and South America. Although it never felt like home, Donald appreciated that in Florida he found his love for finance and complex problem solving.

During Donald’s time in Miami, he and Arianna became parents to a beautiful baby girl, Chanelle. The couple pledged to one day return to Las Vegas to be part of the community and raise their family there. Upon completion of Donald’s military service, at the rank of a Marine Captain, the Pearson family fulfilled that promise and their dream of moving back to the city they loved.

Professionally, Donald is a member of WestPac Wealth Partners as a Wealth Management Advisor specializing in financial planning for medical professionals, both individual practitioners and medical groups at large. Education is at the very heart of his practice and he believes in empowering those who make the biggest impact on our community with the very best financial resources.

He is a lifelong learner and understands the value that a good coach can bring. Donald is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Retirement Income Certified Professional®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Wealth Management Certified Professional® and has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Donald has embraced his love for teaching and tutors college undergrad and post-graduate students in finance as well as aspiring Financial Advisors in their preparation for earning their securities licensing.

Outside of marrying his 7th grade sweetheart and being a father to a fifth generation Las Vegan, his proudest achievement is being a part of the Naval Academy football team that boasted a 4-0 record against Army and finished in the NCAA Top 25 rankings in both his Junior and Senior seasons.

Donald and Arianna’s family has been in Las Vegas for four generations. His father in-law owns and operates the Omelet House, a Las Vegas landmark founded in 1979. With community ties deep and strong, Donald is ecstatic to give back to the place he calls home through Las Vegas HEALS and his family’s other community service efforts.

United Health Foundation Publishes 2021 Health Disparities Report

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The United Health Foundation released the inaugural America’s Health Rankings Health Disparities Report, which highlights the constant and changing contours of disparities across race and ethnicity, education, gender and geography across the country. This unique report paints a comprehensive portrait of health inequities by focusing on 30 measures of health as well as on several subpopulation groups.

Here in Nevada, the 2021 Health Disparities Report finds:

  • A 64% increase in food insecurity in households headed by an adult with a high school education between 2003-2007 and 2015-2019 from 9.8% to 16.1%.
  • A 28% decrease in unemployment in civilians living in non-metropolitan areas between 2005-2009 and 2015-2019 from 8.0% to 5.8%.
  • A 13% increase in low birthweight in Hispanic infants between 2003-2006 and 2016-2019 from 6.7% to 7.6%.
  • A 28% decrease in infant mortality in African American infants between 2003-2006 and 2015-2018 from 13.4 to 9.6 deaths (before age 1), per 1,000 live births.

Additionally, Nevada saw an increase in income equality since 2011, although the ratio is still lower than the national ratio. Other health disparities that are identified in the report include: a major decrease in avoiding care due to cost for African American adults, and an increase in physical inactivity in Hispanic adults.

Click on this link to read the complete: 2021 Health Disparities State Summaries.

COVID-19 Update – July 2, 2021

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COVID-19 Update

  • The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of 2,005,236 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Clark County as of July 2. The total number of vaccinations initiated is 1,150,695; the number of vaccinations completed is 946,421.
  • Upcoming vaccination clinics are scheduled at the following locations and additional information is available at
    • Fade’Em All Barber shop, 7760 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Saturday, July 3, 12 p.m.-2 pm.
    • Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, Wednesday, July 7-Saturday, August 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., lower level
    • CSN North Las Vegas and West Charleston campuses, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
    • Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
  • The Health District continues to sequence samples of positive COVID-19 test results to identify variants of concern. To date, the Alpha B.1.1.7 (UK) variant is the dominant variant with 731 cases; the Delta B.1.617 variant has been identified in 269 cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases identified with variants of concern is 1,132.
  • The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) reported three Delta-Plus cases to the Southern Nevada Health District last week; these cases were sequenced by the NSPHL.
  • Unvaccinated people attending Fourth of July celebrations and gathering are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection and spreading the virus. It is recommended they:
    • Continue wearing masks in public places and in gatherings with unvaccinated friends and family members and maintain a safe social distance both indoors and outdoors until fully vaccinated.
    • Practice frequent handwashing, especially after being in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • Visit the CDC’s website for additional guidance for unvaccinated people to celebrate holidays and special events:
  • COVID-19 testing is available at the Southern Nevada Health District Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.; CSN North Las Vegas, West Charleston, and Henderson campuses, Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Testing is recommended for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. In addition, unvaccinated people who have participated in activities that put them at a higher risk of infection, including events with limited masking and social distancing. COVID-19 testing information is available: and Nevada Health Response:

More information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at

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.

Desert Radiology Recognized by Nevada Business Awards

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Company Recognized for Widespread Impact Through its Philanthropic Service Organization

After launching a groundbreaking philanthropic service group, Desert Radiology — an official Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence that has served Southern Nevada for more than 55 years — announced it received the Others First Award in the Philanthropy and Giving category at Nevada Business Magazine’s 2021 Nevada Business Awards.

The award recognizes the business’ ongoing practice culture of giving back through numerous volunteering and fundraising initiatives. Desert Radiology provides these efforts through its DR Do-Gooders program, a philanthropic service organization designed to unite and energize employees with outreach opportunities.

“Our team at Desert Radiology not only works hard to support our patients’ health — we also strive to promote a vibrant community by giving back,” said Corrie Riccadonna, director, marketing & provider relations of Desert Radiology. “This award marks a fantastic achievement by our team members who volunteer hundreds of hours and take part in something bigger than themselves. We applaud all of our DR Do-Gooders team members for helping us succeed in putting others first, and we look forward to supporting and caring for our community for many years to come.”

Desert Radiology took a dramatic step to aid the community in 2016, when it pivoted from promoting its services to supporting Southern Nevadans in need. With this goal, the company stopped all conventional advertising and redirected the saved ad dollars into creating DR Do-Gooders.

The DR Do-Gooders team supports numerous nonprofits across the Las Vegas Valley, including Opportunity Village, the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen of Nevada and the City Impact Center. The group’s largest events include a Back-to-School Backpack Drive that provides hundreds of backpacks and additional supplies to students in need, and a Dry Bottoms diaper drive that collected tens of thousands of diapers for hundreds of Las Vegas families.

At least 70 to 80 DR Do-Gooders team members volunteer for each of the group’s outreach efforts.

For more information about Desert Radiology, visit

About Desert Radiology
Founded in 1966, Desert Radiology has grown to be the largest radiology practice in Nevada and is ranked among the top 25 practices in the country on the Radiology Business Journal’s Radiology 100.  With an emphasis on high-quality, prompt diagnostic care and innovative technology, the practice’s specialized team of over 80 board-certified radiologists serves more than 40,000 patients every month through its 11 facilities across Las Vegas, Henderson and Pahrump. Through 55 years of service, Desert Radiology maintains longstanding key relationships with 11 hospitals, a large cancer center, a group of multispecialty medical centers and many other facilities in Southern Nevada.  Designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, Desert Radiology prides itself on being a valued community partner to its patients and many local nonprofit organizations.  The practice is the exclusive provider of radiology services to multiple Las Vegas professional sports teams including the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, and Las Vegas Lights FC.  For more information, visit, or on Facebook at


Klothes 4 Kids Holds Back to School Drive for Children in Foster Care

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Non-Profit Accepting Clothing, Shoes and School Supplies for Children of All Ages

Back to school is just around the corner and Klothes 4 Kids is helping foster children in Clark County prepare for a successful academic year. From now until August 30, Klothes 4 Kids is accepting brand new clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies for school-aged children from the community:

Children (New Only)   Teens (New Only)   School Supplies  
Girls’ underwear: sizes 4, 6, 10, 12, 2-4T, 5

Boys’ underwear: sizes 6-8, 10, 12, 14, 2-4T, 5

Children’s socks – sizes 13 and up

Nightgowns and pajamas

Pants: skinny and straight-leg jeans, khakis

Boys’ and girls’ shorts

Tops: long and short sleeve


Sports bras (all sizes)

Nightgowns and pajamas

Pants: skinny and straight-leg jeans, khakis

Tops: long and short sleeve


Teen underwear and socks (all sizes)




Scientific Calculators

Pens (black ink)


Markers/crayons/colored pencils


Paper (loose, college-ruled)


“Children in foster care are given trash bags to put their belongings in. Trash bags were made for just that, trash, and no child should feel as if they are worthless and disposable,” said Nijel Murray, founder of Klothes 4 Kids. “This is why Klothes 4 Kids takes special care in how we deliver clothing to children. Each child receives a new duffel bag packed with new clothing and supplies.”

Donations can be mailed or dropped off at Clemco Postal, 8414 W. Farm Road. Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Klothes 4 Kids is also accepting monetary donations, which can be made through its website,  For any businesses that would like to hold in-house drives, please contact Shon Murray at

About Klothes 4 Kids  

In 2017, at the age of 14, Nijel Murray founded Klothes 4 Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization that provides children and teens living in foster care with duffel bags filled with new clothes, shoes, and necessities. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Welcomes 2021 Class of Medical Residents and New Class of Fellows

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The Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium Welcomes 2021 Residents and Fellows to Sunrise Health System

The new class includes residents in Anesthesiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Transitional Year based at MountainView Hospital, and Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Transitional Year based at Southern Hills Hospital. This is MountainView’s sixth and Southern Hill’s fifth incoming class of residents, with the first program launch in 2016.

Sunrise Health GME will also welcome its third class of fellows into two fellowship programs: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellowship and Gastroenterology Fellowship, and its first class of fellows into the Addiction Medicine fellowship program. Additionally, the inaugural class of Critical Care Anesthesiology fellows will be joining the consortium.

“We are delighted to welcome this year’s class of residents,” says Fran DeYoung, Sunrise Health GME Consortium Designated Institutional Official. “By rotating through the three HCA Healthcare campuses in Las Vegas, all with unique and diverse dynamics, our residents will encounter an abundance of opportunities that will refine and train them.”

The incoming class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium residents includes:

·         Anesthesiology: 16

·         Diagnostic Radiology: 5

·         Emergency Medicine: 11

·         Family Medicine: 8

·         General Surgery: 14

·         Internal Medicine: 24

·         Obstetrics/Gynecology: 4

·         Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 6

·         Psychiatry: 4

·         Neurology: 3

·         Transitional Year at MountainView Hospital: 13

·         Transitional Year at Southern Hills Hospital: 13

The fellowship class of Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium includes:

·         Addiction Medicine: 1

·         Critical Care Anesthesiology (inaugural class): 3

·         Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism: 2

·         Gastroenterology: 3

“The new residents are joining our campuses at a crucial time that presents many opportunities for growth and comprehensive learning, as MountainView, Sunrise and Southern Hills Hospital continue to meet the needs of our community,” said Jesus Medrano, HCA Far West Division VP of Graduate Medical Education.

This year, Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium’s programs received a significant number of applications for a limited number of positions, even while facing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To list a few, the Anesthesiology residency program received over 1,100 applications for 16 positions, Diagnostic Radiology received over 500 for five positions, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation received over 350 for five positions. The Anesthesiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation programs are the only programs of their kind in Nevada.

MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine and General Surgery Residency Programs from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), welcoming its first residents in 2016. Since that time, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center received approval from the ACGME to join forces under the Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium.

With programs based at MountainView and Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, the Sunrise Health Consortium welcomes 121 new residents as well as nine fellows. Following the incoming classes at both locations, there will be 255 Sunrise Health GME Consortium residents.

SNHD COVID Update 6.25.21

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Today, the Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 257,961 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 740 cases since yesterday. The Health District is also reporting an additional three deaths, bringing the total to 4,483. The community’s COVID-19 7-day test positivity rate is also on the rise, and these factors serve as a reminder for the public that the pandemic is not over. It is important to continue to take steps to protect themselves and others, including getting fully vaccinated and getting tested.

In Clark County, 1,937,809 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, 1,113,464 doses have been initiated, and 913,545 have been completed. More than 60 percent of adults 18 years of age and older in Clark County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 54 percent of those eligible (people 12 and older) have received at least one dose. More information about vaccination rates in Clark County is available at

“As our community began the process of reopening, this increase in cases is not unexpected. However, it is preventable,” said Dr. Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “There are many preventive measures people can do to protect themselves from COVID-19 and to help keep the virus from spreading. People who are not vaccinated should continue to wear face masks, or better yet, make an appointment to get the vaccine or stop by one of the many locations that accept walk-in patients.”

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, free and conveniently available at Health District and partner pop-up clinics as well as pharmacy locations throughout the valley. Current clinic location information and registration links are available at Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic information can also be found online at The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.

Based on the information currently available, the vaccines that are authorized offer protection against the new variants that are circulating. In addition to decreasing a person’s risk of getting seriously ill or being hospitalized, getting fully vaccinated is important to our efforts to stop new variants from spreading in the community.

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are not fully vaccinated and are close contacts of someone who has COVID-19 should get tested. Current COVID-19 testing site information is available at Community testing locations can also be found on the Nevada Health Response website at

More information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at

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.