Health District Encourages Parents to Get Children’s School Shots Early

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Give Kids a Boost event, Saturday, Aug. 11

The Southern Nevada Health District urges parents and guardians to beat the back-to-school rush by bringing their pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for mandatory vaccinations to one of its public health centers. This year, the first day of school for students in Clark County is Monday, August 13. For information, contact the Health District’s immunization clinic, (702) 759-0850 or visit the Vaccines for School page. For wait times, follow us on Twitter @SNHDinfo or visit our website, 

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), 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 Nevada School Requirements page.

Children entering 7th grade must be immunized against Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) 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 their children’s 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. An administrative fee and cost of vaccine may apply 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.

Between Monday, July 30, and Friday, August 17, the Health District’s Family Health Clinic at the 280 S. Decatur Blvd. public health center will be open Monday through Friday to offer children’s physicals and office visits as part of its back-to-school activities. The cost of the physical is $85. Clients who pay cash will receive a $35 discount. For additional information about the Family Health Clinic, call (702) 759-0850.

On Saturday, August 11, a special back-to-school immunization clinic is scheduled at the Health District’s main public health center, located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Only immunizations for children up to age 18 will be available. The Family Planning Clinic will offer oral and injectable birth control services as well as STD screenings on a walk-in basis. In addition, the Give Kids A Boost health fair offering family resources and information will be available for clients.   

The Health District is offering back-to-school immunizations at its following locations. Clients must arrive by 4 p.m. to receive services.

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Travel vaccines will be available 8 a.m. -3 p.m.; clients should expect longer wait times.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Closed daily 1 p.m.– 2 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.

Friday, August 10, 8 a.m.– noon and 1 p.m.– 4 p.m.

            By appointment only July 30 to August 17. Call (702) 759-1682.

Health District, Touro University Team Up for New Clinic

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A ribbon cutting for the Southern Nevada Health District’s Henderson Clinic at Touro University Nevada.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017  3 p.m.


Touro University Nevada, 874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson

                        (entrance is located at the Northwest corner of the building)


The Southern Nevada Health District will offer immunization services to the community and partner with the university to oversee the students’ health services clinic.


Representatives from the Southern Nevada Health District, Touro University Nevada, and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce will be available.

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Warm Springs Surgical Center Performs 1,000th Weight Loss Surgery Procedure

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Warm Springs Surgical Center based in Las Vegas, Nevada performs it’s 1,000th weight loss surgery procedure today.

Founded in late 2013, Warm Springs Surgical Center is a dedicated surgical facility used specifically for Blossom Bariatrics’ surgical weight loss procedure clients.

“It’s amazing to be able to say we have performed 1,000 bariatric surgery procedures at Warm Springs Surgical Center. I designed this program with patient safety and comfort in mind. Most of our procedures are done on an outpatient basis and it’s a fantastic alternative to having your surgery done at a hospital,” says Dr. Tom Umbach, owner of Warm Springs Surgical Center and surgeon at Blossom Bariatrics.

Warm Springs Surgical Center and Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada have been helping patients lose weight and keep it off since June 2008.

About Blossom Bariatrics:

Blossom Bariatrics is a surgical weight loss center located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Award winning board certified surgeon Dr. Thomas Umbach is recognized by Newsweek as one of the “Nation’s Leading Bariatric Surgeons” and by The New Economy as one of the “Best Healthcare Consultants,” and is a leader in the bariatric specialty. Dr. Tom is dedicated to helping individuals improve their health, and live more fulfilling lives by losing their excess weight. His weight loss surgery practice specializes in both advanced and traditional laparoscopic procedures. Visit for more information.

Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

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Touro University Mobile Clinic Making Its Rounds With Help From Opportunity Village

What hurts?

It’s a question doctors often ask their patients at some point during a medical exam. For those with mental disabilities, it’s not an easy question to answer.

“Our loved ones should be able to get the health care they need and deserve,” said Regina Daniel, whose son has a mental disability.

To address this issue, Henderson-based Touro University created a mobile clinic that will travel to the four Opportunity Village campuses — East Lake Mead Parkway, West Oakey Boulevard, West Craig Road and South Buffalo Drive — to provide health care services.

The mobile clinic will travel throughout the week and set up appointments for Opportunity Village’s OVIPs — how they refer to those who have mental disabilities.

“This is making a difference in the lives of the people we love,” Daniel said.

The mobile clinic launched Nov. 10 at the Englestad Campus, 6050 S Buffalo Drive.

Shelley Berkley, CEO and senior provost for Touro, said the college spent the last three years looking to address gaps in accessibility to health care.

“It doesn’t make sense to have people travel to you for their health care,” she said. “This provides care to the most vulnerable among us because all human beings need basic health care.”

She added the traditional brick-and-mortar clinic model can be inaccessible for some communities, which is why Touro considered a mobile unit.

The college created its first mobile clinic to do outreach in other vulnerable communities such as the homeless population and domestic violence survivors who are in shelters.

Berkley said outreach to people with mental disabilities was a logical next step.

“It seemed like it was the missing piece of the Opportunity Village puzzle,” she added.

Daniel’s child has gone to Opportunity Village for years. Daniel said it’s hard to for those with mental disabilities to find doctors and medical care.

Even if they find doctors, they are presented with other obstacles from unaccommodating waiting rooms to doctors who are nervous to treat patients.

“Sometimes, they don’t know what to do,” she said.

John Dougherty, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro, said this also serves as a learning tool for medical students.

“This gives the students an amazing educational experience to be able to deal with people unable to communicate what’s wrong,” he said.

While the mobile clinic is staffed with medical practitioners, it also has students who get to learn firsthand what it’s like to work with patients with special needs.

Vanessa Halvorsen, student body president at Touro University who will be working inside the clinic, said this is why she is pursuing a degree in medicine.

When she worked with people with mental disabilities at the Special Olympics, she realized something.

“One of the parents told me they feared if their child got a sprained ankle,” she said, “they were worried if they took them to a doctor, they wouldn’t know what to do.”

Since the same staff will rotate shifts, Dougherty said another benefit is that OVIPs at will get to be with some of the medical crew that comes to the campus.

Berkley said the university is already looking at creating another mobile clinic.

“We don’t need just one clinic,” Berkley said. “We need a fleet.”

Cleveland Clinic Commitment to Training Expands Healthcare Access in Nevada

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After four years of medical school, becoming a doctor involves ongoing mentorship from more seasoned physicians during a residency and, for many, a fellowship as well. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has taken a leading role in providing graduate medical education (GME) in Las Vegas, training neurology residents from Valley Hospital and general medicine residents from the University of Nevada School of Medicine, including David Berg, MD (see sidebar).

In 2012, the center was accredited by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS) for its fellowship in behavioral neurology. Aaron Ritter, MD, started in July 2014 as the center’s first fellow. Dr. Ritter has excelled and will be joining the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health staff.

Dr. Ritter praises Gabriel Léger, MD, CM, FRPC, Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship: “His knowledge base and passion for neurology are amazing. His patients truly appreciate his thoroughness. When I encounter a difficult case, I ask myself, ‘What would Dr. Léger do?’ ”

Of Dylan Wint, MD, Nevada based Energy Chair for Brain Health Education, Dr. Ritter says, “You can’t help but be influenced by Dr. Wint because of his ability to really listen and to address the patient’s concerns in a personal, collaborative way with honest, straightforward language.”

GME: Who benefits?
Although patients being seen by a resident or fellow may initially think they are not seeing the “real doctor,” the assessment can be more comprehensive than that of a staff physician because trainees are allotted more time to fully explore the patient’s complaints and concerns. Thorough diagnostic and therapeutic discussions occur between the mentoring staff (who also see the patient) and the trainee.

The presence of trainees enhances the environment of a medical practice. Trainees’ developing interest in their new field of study leads to more frequent exchanges with all staff, including advanced practice clinicians, nurses and support staff, which promotes teamwork and cutting-edge approaches.

A behavioral neurologist’s view
Dr. Ritter’s passion for behavioral neurology lies in the brain being the seat of behavior, with altered behaviors being driven by problems that may include dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or another brain disease.

“Even though neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people, the medical community still does not adequately address the needs of patients afflicted with these diseases,” Dr. Ritter says. “The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health represents a major paradigm shift in how patients with neurodegenerative diseases are treated and their families are supported. While new treatments are desperately needed, current therapies can help ease many of the symptoms that are associated with these diseases.”

Perhaps that compassion is what prompted Cleveland Clinic to honor Dr. Ritter with its Excellence in Teaching Award for both 2015 and 2016. He was selected from among 1,800 Cleveland Clinic trainees.

 As of July 2016, Dr. Ritter and his mentors, Dr. Léger and Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Director Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, are the only fellowship-trained behavioral neurologists in Las Vegas.

What’s next for Las Vegas?
In addition to providing more than 95,000 patient visits since opening in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has added new physicians, who will in turn provide even more patient visits, thus exponentially increasing healthcare access for Nevadans.

Due to the vibrancy of their GME experience in Las Vegas, both Dr. Ritter and Dr. Berg have chosen to hang their shingles here, thus improving access for those needing inpatient and neurology care. Their example shows why GME is critical to a city’s growth in healthcare: Seventy percent of physician trainees remain to practice in the city where they completed their GME.

Dr. Ritter predicts that the two new medical schools slated to open in Las Vegas — Roseman University College of Medicine and UNLV School of Medicine — and the resulting increase in GME positions will shape the growth of the medical community, adding new thinkers and fostering new opportunities to improve.

Asked why he and his wife, Susan, a primary care physician who also practices in Las Vegas, decided to stay after he completed training, Dr. Ritter replied, “There are unique opportunities in Vegas and a need for more doctors. It’s a small medical community interested in growing and collaborating.”

As for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, “It’s truly unique on a national level to have a stand-alone facility devoted to solving brain health problems,” he says. “We have the latest technology and clinical research studies.” Dr. Ritter, who has a passion for research, adds, “A major goal of this center is to find better treatment for these diseases. This is the kind of place that will contribute to finding the cure.”

Until then, we’ll keep training more physicians.

Nevada Health Care Association Expands Its Influence With New Inclusion Of Statewide Organizations

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LAS VEGAS – Daniel Mathis, president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association (NVHCA), announced the expansion of the association as it continues to improve the quality of health care in Nevada.

NVHCANVHCA has grown significantly over the past year starting with its conversion to a divisional structure. Under this new structure NVHCA continues to represent Skilled Nursing Facilities while now also representing the Nevada Assisted Living Centers (NVALC), the Nevada Speech Language Hearing Association (NSHA) and the Nevada Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (NALPN).

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