Las Vegas HEALS to Hold St. Patrick’s Day Themed Healthcare Happy Hour at DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center

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Happy Hour Event Registration Complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS, DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center and United Medical Partners have partnered up for the March Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Guests can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy cuisine and cocktails while also touring the brand-new multidisciplinary facility, located in Downtown Las Vegas.

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The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at DRIVEN NeuroRecovery Center located at 701 E. Bridger Ave., Suite 150, Las Vegas, 89101. Free parking will be available in the visitor parking garage located on 8th Street. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to 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.

Driven is a multidisciplinary center where individuals with disabilities can improve their physical, mental and emotional health, increase independence, and enhance their overall quality of life using a holistic approach to wellness. DRIVEN’s goal is to fill in the gaps in Southern Nevada and provide options for those with limited mobility.

“DRIVEN has been a vision of mine for several years and we are extremely proud to have this opportunity to share our new facility with the Las Vegas HEALS Community,” said Sam Schmidt, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Conquer Paralysis Now. “DRIVEN not only provides critically needed intensive rehabilitation and an open gym format for those with any neurological disorder, but it also strives to connect the disabled community with vital resources such as equipment, counseling, transportation, job placement and nutritional advice. This facility, the latest technology equipment inside of it, and the committed team members all combine to create a one of a kind environment not found anywhere else in Southern Nevada.”

“We are so excited and grateful for this affiliation with Las Vegas HEALS, connecting our facility to healthcare professionals and other related services around the valley,” said Brandi Kurka, Executive Director of DRIVEN. “With the prevalence of individuals with disabilities in our city, it is important to have a foundational network that connects people to all the services they need in order to efficiently improve their health. Between our accessible fitness equipment; activity-based training; and collaborations with in-house providers for accessible yoga and adaptive mobility needs, we target members’ health at the physical, mental, and emotional level.”

For more information on Sam Schmidt and DRIVEN, please visit:

Las Vegas HEALS Appoints Charles Perry as Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Experienced Healthcare Leader Leads Board Advancing Healthcare in Nevada

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced the appointment of Charles Perry to Chairman of the Board of Directors on January 24.

Charles Perry Chairs HEALS board.

Perry has dedicated nearly 50 years to the post-acute care field. He began as a general manager and administrator at North Mississippi Retirement Home, where he participated in skilled nursing and rehabilitative care delivery services. He also was one of the founding partners of Quality Care Inc., a small group of skilled nursing facilities located primarily in Texas. He relocated to Las Vegas and assumed management to the company’s leased facility in 1975.

Perry has served on the State’s Medical Care Advisory Committee and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Health Care Association and as chairman of its Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, as well as president from 1976-1978 and 1986-1992. Perry was then appointed as the Association’s executive director & CEO and served in that capacity until August of 2011. In 2012, he founded what was later named the Perry Foundation in order to improve the quality of care in Nevada’s post-acute and long-term care communities. He is currently chairman of the board.

As a past legislator, Perry has a solid understanding of the legislative process. He served as a lobbyist for the Nevada Health Care Association until 2017. He has also chaired the Las Vegas HEALS Legislative Task Force for 15 years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Charles as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has played an instrumental role on the executive committee over the years and has a true understanding of healthcare in Southern Nevada,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “His decades of experience combined with his stellar reputation in the industry will be invaluable assets to the organization.”

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare.The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way in 2018. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses for various events. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

Medical Travelers Will Navigate Las Vegas using Elon Musk’s The Boring Company – the Future of Transportation in Las Vegas

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New Technology Keeps City Ahead of Global Competition

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced a recommendation to select The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Upon approval by the LVCVA Board of Directors on March 12, the project would be another first for Las Vegas and have the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.

“The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” said LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill. “Our destination thrives on innovation and reinvention and The Boring Company’s concept allows us to continue providing the world-class experience our guests and clients have come to expect and move people in an efficient and cost-effective manner with advanced technology.”

Currently in the midst of an expansion, the Las Vegas Convention Center will span 200 acres when complete in time for CES in 2021. Conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end hence the need for an on-property guest transportation solution. In 2018, Las Vegas had more than 42 million visitors. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts more than 1 million convention attendees annually. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada carries approximately 12 million passengers per year within the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor.

“We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” said Steve Davis, president, The Boring Company. “Upon approval, it can be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, supporting the LVCVA’s expansion timeline.”

Founded by Elon Musk, TBC is a leader in innovative transportation technology. Its projects include a Research and Development (R&D) Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The R&D Test Tunnel represents a fully operational 1.14-mile Loop system that cost less than $10 million per mile including internal tunnel infrastructure.

The LVCVA’s TBC recommendation is a result of a multi-step process that started in 2018 with a request for information to gauge interest. A request for proposal was then issued. Interviews with the qualified respondents were conducted by an evaluation team who determined the recommended company. The evaluation team was comprised of representatives from the LVCVA, private organizations including a Las Vegas resort property, and consultants in transportation systems, and automated people-mover construction and operations industries.

Pending the LVCVA Board’s approval during their March 12 meeting, TBC and the LVCVA would determine specific design, construction and operational plans and negotiate a contract for final approval by the LVCVA Board in a subsequent meeting anticipated by June 2019. The potential project’s estimated fiscal impact is $35 to $55 million.

Tourism is the engine that drives Southern Nevada’s economy, and one of the greatest opportunities for continued growth is business travel. Through expanding and renovating the convention center coupled with innovations in efficiently and effectively moving locals and visitors within the destination, Las Vegas will not only retain its status as the No. 1 conventions city, it will ensure the economic future of the entire destination.

Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $58.8 billion in total economic impact, supporting 391,000 jobs and $16.4 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 41 percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

For a gallery of The Boring Company’s proposed Las Vegas Convention Center Loop conceptual designs and the Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion construction images and b-roll, click here.

Las Vegas as a Business Destination

  • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts 21 percent of convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada directly supporting approximately 8,600 jobs, paying $375 million in wages and salaries.
  • Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Center’s attendees generate nearly $2.1 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation are expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion.
  • The project will generate an additional $2.1 billion in economic activity during construction and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year.
  • Las Vegas hosts upwards of 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade show annually.
  • The destination boasts nearly 12 million square feet of meeting space including three of North America’s ten largest convention centers, in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business.
  • Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 24th consecutive year for hosting 47 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 13,800 local jobs and $2.1 billion in local economic impact.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosted 56 conventions in 2018 with a combined attendance of 1.3 million people

Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes New Members in January

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Business and Business Leaders Join HEALS to Advance Quality of Care

Professional Development and Networking Key Benefits of HEALS Membership.

Las Vegas HEALS (Health | Education | Advocacy | Leadership for Southern Nevada), the largest nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced that Nevada Cancer Coalition-Care Network Nevada, Vineyard Henderson, Connolly Care, Perl Mortgage, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty, Parker Lynch and Ajilon & Accounting Principles recently joined its’ membership ranks.

In addition, Cox Business, a member since 2017, has concluded a bronze sponsorship of Las Vegas HEALS for the 2019 membership year. As the commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business provides voice, data and video solutions, as well as managed services to more than 355,000 small and regional business nationwide, including those involved in the healthcare industry.

“We are excited to have Cox Business as a sponsor of Las Vegas HEALS. Cox Business has been a long-time partner to the healthcare industry providing technology infrastructure to better serve our patients. We are also thankful for the other companies who joined Las Vegas HEALS in January and look forward to an amazing 2019,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.

“We are excited to have Cox Communications as a sponsor of Las Vegas HEALS. Cox has been a long-time partner to the healthcare industry providing technology infrastructure to better serve our patients. We are also thankful for the other companies who joined Las Vegas HEALS in January and look forward to an amazing 2019,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization recently relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

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.



Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada

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Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada

In Conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada

Las Vegas HEALS, in conjunction with Governor’s Office of Economic Development, presented a special event to introduce how growing Research & Development (R&D) in Nevada will strengthen and diversify the state’s economy, and how healthcare R&D can support efforts to retain new generations of healthcare professionals. The event, held on March 7, 2019, highlighted unique opportunities for R&D in Nevada.

Those Who Attended
Hospital Executives, Economic Developers, Community Leaders, Businesses in R&D, Professional Sports Executives, Commercial Real Estate Industry, and the Healthcare Community were among those at the event.

2019 Event Program
Click the link below to download this year’s program.

Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada – Event Program

Panel Agendas & Participants

Thank you to all those who participated.

Panel 1 – Current and upcoming Nevada businesses discussed how their work in R&D and their products will help grow and diversify Nevada’s health economy beyond clinical delivery services.

Panel 2 – Nevada businesses highlighted strategies to grow a new health care workforce with the goal to strengthen health R&D infrastructure to improve health outcomes and drive economic development in Nevada.
Moderator: Dr. Saju Joseph

Panel 3 Diversification of Nevada’s health economy requires moving beyond clinical care delivery and its services. Unique opportunities for R&D in Nevada were presented, including their alignment to one of the state’s economic development priorities.
Moderator: Dr. Gillian Barclay

Ending Keynote

Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, presented Bridging Economic Development with Las Vegas’ Emerging Professional Sports Environment.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Breathe! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo Arrives February 19th

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Leaders and Entrepreneurs Unite to Inspire and Invigorate

Secrets to Success and a Richer Life from Southern Nevada Leaders in Business, Professional Sports, Investments and Health on February 19th and 20th

Arriving in Las Vegas on February 19th with a VIP reception, BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo panelists will challenge participants to strike a chord and blend success with happiness. The two-day event, that helps attendees perfect balance in their personal lives and careers, will be held at UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute. BREATHE! brings together thought-provoking perspectives from some of Southern Nevada’s most respected leaders including on the event’s full day of programming on February 20th starting at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Kerry Bubolz, President and COO of the Las Vegas Golden Knights
  • Brett Lashbrook, Las Vegas Lights Owner
  • Dave Levine, Business Entrepreneur and Investment Expert
  • Dray Gardner, Silent Savasana Yoga Founder
  • Jerry Nadal, Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President
  • Mary Beth Sewald, President/CEO of the LV Metro Chamber of Commerce

Balance Life and Work.

These in-demand business leaders join well-known executives uniting to share their thoughts on mastering success and reducing stress for a fuller life. As theologist, A.K. Reb Materi writes, “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo is for every professional who is juggling life and climbing the ladder of professional success.

Tuesday, February 19th includes the VIP Reception recognizing the philanthropic and professional prowess of LV Metro Chamber President and CEO, Mary Beth Sewald. All the proceeds from this evening event will benefit the Nevada Military Support Alliance, providing much needed financial assistance for our state’s soldiers, wounded warriors, veterans and military families, as well as funding toward the new Military and Veterans Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wednesday, February 20th will deliver a full day of information, panel insights, networking, and exhibitions moderated by Steve Schorr, anchor of “Under the Vegas Sun” and President/CEO of LV.NET

BREATHE! Health & Wealth Summit & Expo

  • VIP Meet & Greet Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 5:30PM-7:30PM
  • BREATHE! Summit & Expo: Wednesday, Feb. 20th, from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, 89154 Click here for a map.
  • Feb. 20th Summit – AM Session: 8:30AM-12 Noon / PM Session: 1:00PM-5:30PM Tickets: $60-$155 / Register at

Email for Exhibitor/Sponsor Information: Call: 1-800-392-0143 for more information

Clark County Medical Society Alliance Hosts 18th Annual Spring Fashion Show on March 19

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Highly Anticipated Event Bridges Local Autism Community with Local Medical Community Transitioning Families with Autism to Adulthood

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) is celebrating its 70th year of operation, and is hosting its annual Spring Fashion Show on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Event to be held on March 19th.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Spring Fashion Show is regarded as one of the premier philanthropic events in Las Vegas. Showcasing spring designs from the local favorite fashion store, VASARI located at Tivoli Village, the 2019 Spring Fashion Show will raise valuable funds for our autism community including Sunshine Nevada, UNLV Project FOCUS, and New Vista.

“We’re very excited for this year’s Spring Fashion Show,” said Kim Fonte, this year’s Spring Fashion CCMSA Co-President along with Sharlin Ahmed and Estela Hansen. “This will be CCSMA’s 70th year in operation and while this highly anticipated event allows us to further our mission to better the quality of healthcare in Southern Nevada, each year we’re particularly proud to work towards bridging our autism community with our medical community.   Those benefiting from our fund raising are three amazing organizations: Sunshine Nevada, UNLV Project FOCUS, and New Vista, who offer socialization, recreation, upper-education and housing.”

The CCMSA is a philanthropic organization steadfastly dedicated to its mission of building a healthier Southern Nevada, comprised of the spouses of physician members of the Clark County Medical Society.  CCMSA collaborates with community supporters to provide education, outreach, and support for programs and endeavors that directly improve healthcare in Nevada.

“Our organization has a long history of supporting various health related initiatives throughout Clark County,” said Michelle Volker, who is Co-Chairing the event with Ginger Allen. “We’re honored to continue this tradition by helping to bridge autism awareness/needs with our local medical community and raise funds to help transition families with autism to adulthood.

The 2019 Spring Fashion Show will be emceed by News3LV’s anchors, Dana and Kim Wagner.

Sponsors for the Spring Fashion Show include: HealthCare Partners, Nevada Heart & Vascular, Desert Radiology, West Pac Wealth Partners, Mary Thomas-Berkshire Hathaway, Achievable Behavior Strategies, Welltower, Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Valley Health System, Mercedes Benz of Henderson, Tour University Nevada. Fashion presented by Vasari.

Tickets for CCMSA Spring Fashion Show are $225 and can be purchased on the event website.

For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) was officially chartered with the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance (NSMAA) and the national affiliate of the American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA) in 1949. CCMSA is a nonprofit service organization comprised of spouses of members of the Clark County Medical Society and American Medical Association. Primarily a service organization, CCMSA focuses on health-related needs in the community, initiating their own projects or providing volunteer hours and monetary assistance to charitable organizations or groups.

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious National Award for Quality

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Selection of Top Hospitals 2018 Based on Surveys from Nearly 1,900 Hospitals

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious Award.

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group, this fall.

“When we opened on October 31, 2016, our team understood that our culture was based on keeping patients safe during every single patient interaction, which equates to hundreds of touch points during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director. “It begins with our environment and extends to our hands-on patient care, our analysis of big data to continually find ways to improve, the behind-the-scenes work by pharmacists and nursing staff to prevent medication errors, and ongoing education with our hospital team and medical staff on policies, protocols, technology and bundles (a series of particular steps) for better outcomes.

“To receive the Top General Hospital award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees and medical staff,” said Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest awards we can receive in our hospital’s young history.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Henderson Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally as one of 118 hospitals:

  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Henderson Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Henderson and other patients throughout Southern Nevada requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, and outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine services. The ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of the hospital’s emergency department, opened in November 2018. Henderson Hospital was also awarded an “A” hospital safety score by the Leapfrog Group in fall 2018.

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