Organizations Partnering to Improve Access to Eye Health in Southern Nevada

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Efforts Increasing Access to Early Eye Exams & Prioritizing Eye Health in Preventive Healthcare for Those in Need in the Community

By Frances-Lynn Jones, O.D.
President, Southern Nevada Optometric Society

We often hear the phrase “the eyes are the window to your soul” but in truth, the eyes are a window to your overall health. Our eyes contain fine blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues ­– potential issues within these delicate ocular areas often point to the first sign of disease elsewhere in the body. We know that dozens of serious diseases can be detected through a comprehensive eye exam. These diseases include Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, some autoimmune diseases, and certain types of cancers.

Frances-Lynn Jones, O.D. and friends.

Eye care professionals have long understood the important role comprehensive eye examinations play as a means of early disease detection and as part of a quality preventive healthcare plan – especially when started in early childhood. We believe that early access to routine, comprehensive eye exams is a foundational component of a child’s developmental and educational success. More is, and is becoming, known that when undiagnosed, vision issues can have an enormous impact on a child’s social, motor, cognitive and academic achievement.

Unfortunately, despite the prevalence of eye and vision problems in pediatric populations, access to routine eye care is a struggle for many Nevada families, and for that matter, families across the United States. Whether it be cost, physical access to eye care practices or even a lack of knowledge in understanding how to spot potential vision issues in children, all of these reasons create substantial barriers to helping children access they care they need. In addition, because children assume that how they see is “normal”, they are less likely to complain. It is common for children with undetected vision issues to struggle in school and other activities, often feeling isolated or at times, being labeled as having behavioral issues.

As an eye care provider, I know that we can change this paradigm and stigmatization – we can create better access and brighter futures for our area children. With timely diagnosis and treatment, many vision issues in children are correctable and/or treatable.

Recently, the Southern Nevada Optometric Society, as part of the Nevada Optometric Association, partnered with two eye care organizations to help area children receive much-needed access to eyecare in Clark County schools: The Vision Council’s recently launched consumer initiative, Vision Health Alliance, and the not-for-profit organization EyeCare4Kids™, dedicated to providing important eye care services through school-based, mobile clinics to low income, visually impaired children, and their underserved families.

Our mobile vision clinic held at Dr. C. Owen Roundy Elementary School gave dozens of children the opportunity of vision screening, an eye exam and if they need eyeglasses based on the results of those diagnostic tests, they could choose their frame with the eyeglasses ordered and delivered through an optometric lab – all at no cost. The Vision Health Alliance also provided 600 eye care kits for glasses and contact lens emergencies. The kits have been donated and distributed to the EyeCare4Kids provider network across Nevada. By bringing these services directly to our area schools, we are breaking down these critical, access to care barriers.

This is just one example of how the eye care community is helping to address access and equity in healthcare through strategic partnerships and investment, reflecting the Nevada Optometric Association’s mission to champion eye health as an important part of overall health.

We know that when eye health is prioritized and begins at the earliest ages, it sets future generations up for a lifetime of better health. My colleagues and are I are dedicated to educating families about the benefits of prioritizing eye health in their care planning. By partnering with our schools, along with our industry leaders and being present in our communities – no matter how large or small – we are part of the solution to improving healthcare access and equity, creating a brighter future for our children, their families and our communities.

To learn more about each of these organizations, please visit their websites: Nevada Optometric Association, EyeCare4Kids, and The Vision Council’s Vision Health Alliance.

MountainView Hospital Announces New Chief Medical Officer

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Domenic Martinello, MD, MBA, CPHQ, has accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer for MountainView Hospital. Dr. Martinello will play a vital role in developing strategies while working with physician leaders to advance our quality agenda for our patients and community.

Domenic Martinello, MD, MBA, CPHQ.

Dr. Martinello joins MountainView from Southern Hills Hospital, where he has been the CMO since April 2020. He is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with experience in trauma life support and also a certified professional of healthcare quality. His expertise is in emergency medicine, of which he has more than 11 years’ experience. Dr. Martinello has also served in various positions throughout his medical career, including Vice President of Medical Staff and EMS Medical Director.

Before joining HCA Healthcare, Dr. Martinello was a partner and owner of the Greater Newburyport Emergency Physicians. In this role he oversaw business operations, the corporate budget and managed physicians and staff.

Dr. Martinello earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nevada Medical School of Medicine in Reno. During his residency, he became the Chief Resident for Emergency Medicine at the Maimonides Medical Center, and was name Resuscitation Resident of the Year. Dr. Martinello also has his Master’s in Business Administration from UMASS Amherst Isenberg School of Management.

Beyond serving the community, Dr. Martinello served the country as well. He was an infantry soldier with the Massachusetts National Guard and was also a combat medic for the Nevada National Guard.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital Launches Minimally Invasive Robotic-Assisted Lung Biopsy Procedure

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Comprehensive Lung Program Provides Opportunity to Screen and Diagnose Early-Stage Lung Cancer When It’s Most Treatable

MountainView Hospital has launched a new procedure to aid in the detection of lung cancer with the use of the ION robotic-assisted bronchoscopy platform. This minimally invasive procedure extends the reach of the bronchoscope deep into all 18 segments of the lungs – often difficult in traditional bronchoscopy – in order to sample and detect lung cancer sooner.

Dr. Vishisht Mehta Operates New Technology at MountainView Hospital.

The new procedure compliments MountainView Hospital’s Incidental Lung Nodule Detection program. Through this program, the hospital is using innovative technology to detect suspicious lung nodules by analyzing CT exams that were performed as part of routine care, for the presence of incidental lung nodules which could represent a malignancy. Nurse navigators then reach out personally to patients to ensure continued follow up care, and treatment if needed.

Additionally, as part of the multidisciplinary platform focused on early-stage cancer detection, MountainView Hospital offers a Low Dose CT Lung Screen Program for proactive identification and treatment of at-risk patients.

Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy uses an ultra-thin catheter and integrated vision probe that provides the physician direct vision to reach all parts of the lung. The catheter can move 180 degrees in all directions and the biopsy needle is flexible. Additionally, shape-sensing technology provides precise location and shape information throughout the whole biopsy process.

A lung biopsy is normally done when a small mass or nodule is discovered. A physician will often monitor the nodule, although sometimes a lung biopsy is ordered when it is a suspicious nodule. Biopsy involves obtaining a tissue sample from the suspicious area and examining the cells under a microscope to determine if cancer or another disease is present.

Dr. Vishisht Mehta of Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) was the first physician to use the new robotic device at MountainView for patient biopsies. Dr. Sapna Bhatia and Dr. George Tu of CCCN also perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopic lung biopsies at MountainView Hospital. Dr. Arnold Chung, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with MountainView Cardiovascular Surgery also will utilize the robotic device for biopsies.

“Being able to offer a new approach for lung biopsies is an important part of detecting lung cancer early allowing better outcomes for patients,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Hospital chief executive officer. “We hope this, combined with our lung nodule biopsy detection program and our low-dose CT screenings will positively impact lung cancer survival rates in our community.”

MountainView Hospital Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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MountainView Hospital is pleased to announce that Carl H. James has joined the hospital as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. James joins MountainView from HCA Healthcare’s Regional Medical Center, where he served as the CFO since 2019.

Mr. James has 20 years of experience in healthcare operations and finance. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. James served as Vice President and CFO for O’Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital, a part of Verity Health System. Prior to that, Mr. James served in various capacities in Community Health Systems, including as regional director and controller.

In each of his positions, Mr. James had the opportunity to work with various teams in order to standardize systems, support growth initiatives and improve efficiencies.

Mr. James received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Southern New Hampshire University and his Master’s degree in business administration from California State University – Monterey Bay.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Sunrise Health System Hospitals Offering $75, 3D Digital Screening Mammograms

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Mammogram Special Available October 1 – 31, 2021

As part of breast cancer awareness month, Sunrise Health System Hospitals are highlighting the importance annual mammograms for women 40 and over and offering $75, 3D digital screening mammograms for patients without health insurance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your annual mammogram and put your health first. This special program is available October 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Program participants must be at least 40 years old. No doctor’s order required for screening mammograms. If you have insurance, check with your provider. You may find out that your mammogram is fully covered.

With approximately one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, it is likely that we all know someone affected by this disease. It is important to take time to educate women about breast cancer and the importance of routine breast health checkups. The best way to reduce the risk is through a combination of regular mammograms, routine breast exams by a healthcare professional and monthly self-breast exams.

Our facilities have introduced heightened precautions and protocols to ensure your mammogram is conducted in a safe place.

Sunrise Health System Hospitals’ locations and mammography offerings the month of October:

Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital
3006 S. Maryland Pkwy., Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89109
To schedule a 3D mammogram at the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital, call 1-855-445-2246

Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital, the only Accredited Beast Center in Southern Nevada by the National Accreditation Programs for Breast Centers (NAPBC), offers 3D digital mammograms for superior breast cancer detection rates. Click here to learn more about the October mammogram special and the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital. Mammography patients will receive a small gift in October for joining the fight against breast cancer. One per customer; while supplies last.

Red Rock Radiology

A Department of MountainView Hospital
7130 Smoke Ranch Road

Las Vegas, NV 89128

To schedule a 3D mammogram at Red Rock Radiology, call 702-962-7775


Red Rock Radiology, a department of MountainView Hospital
, is one of the few imaging centers in Las Vegas to offer computer-aided detection (CAD), 3D mammograms. Studies have shown that using CAD can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated.

Southern Hills Hospital
9300 W. Sunset Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89148
To schedule a 3D mammogram at Southern Hills Hospital, call 702-916-7253

Southern Hills Hospital is one of the few imaging centers in Las Vegas to offer computer-aided detection (CAD), 3D mammograms. Studies have shown that using CAD can help detect breast cancer earlier, when it can be more easily treated. Mammography patients will receive a small gift in October for joining the fight against breast cancer. One per customer; while supplies last.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of southern Nevada, its surrounding region and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. Sunrise Hospital is home to Nevada’s first Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only Commission on Cancer NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit sunrisehospital.com or facebook.com/SunriseHospital.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

3186 South Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including most recently The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A for fall 2018, and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

About Southern Hills Hospital

Opened in 2004, Southern Hills Hospital continually provides acute care services while addressing the growing healthcare needs of the community. In 2018 Southern Hills Hospital opened an 80-bed psychiatric unit that treats adolescents through adults. In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at the Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This Hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine. For more information on Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center, visit southernhillshospital.com or https://www.facebook.com/southernhillshospital/

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Boosts Nevada’s Economy by $48.9 Million

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Economic Activity Supports Families, Neighborhoods and Community Life in Nevada

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health contributed $48.9 million to Nevada’s economy in 2019, according to Cleveland Clinic’s most recent economic and fiscal impact report released today.

“In just 12 years, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has developed into a powerful economic generator in Nevada,” said Erick Vidmar, the center’s administrative director. “Cleveland Clinic’s contributions to the communities in which it serves extend beyond the world-class care of neurological diseases for patients to the support of our state and local economies to benefit all Nevadans.”

In 2019, more than 300 jobs generating approximately $22 million in wages and earnings were directly and indirectly attributed to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center’s economic activity was accountable for $5.7 million in federal income taxes and $2.5 million in total state and local taxes paid by employees and vendors.

Households supported by Cleveland Clinic spent more than $20 million on goods and services, and the organization purchased $6.3 million of goods and services from Nevada businesses. In addition, patients visiting the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health spent an estimated $1 million in Nevada.

“Caring for the community is a priority at Cleveland Clinic,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO and President. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, we are proud of our impact on the physical and economic health of our neighborhoods and embrace our role as an anchor institution.”

Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to create the healthiest community today and for future generations through actions and programs to heal, hire and invest for the future. The health of every individual affects the broader community.

The health system invests in local businesses through the purchase of goods and services. That investment helps cities and neighborhoods thrive through tax revenues that support critical health services and infrastructure.

Every three years, Cleveland Clinic produces an economic impact report, which is a comprehensive look at how the health system affects the economy of a region. This year’s report is based on 2019 data. The previous report, based on 2016 data, showed that the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health added to the Nevada economy by $47 million.

The report is the result of an economic analysis completed by Silverlode Consulting utilizing IMPLAN, a widely used economic impact modeling system.

To learn more, view the full report here: clevelandclinic.org/economicimpact

About Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic – now in its centennial year – is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 70,800 employees worldwide are more than 4,660 salaried physicians and researchers, and 18,500 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 19 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2020, there were 8.7 million total outpatient visits, 273,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 217,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

About the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which opened in 2009, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body, frontotemporal and other dementias; Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple system atrophy and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. With locations in Cleveland, Ohio; Weston, Florida and headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, the center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Nevada location. Clevelandclinic.org/Nevada.

MountainView Hospital and HCA Healthcare Open Sixth Specialty Practice in Las Vegas

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Highly-Skilled Surgeons Join Team Continuing to Raise Bar of Quality Care in Southern Nevada with Opening of New Oncology-Focused Specialty Practice

MountainView Hospital is pleased to announce that it has opened Las Vegas Complex Surgical Specialists, a surgical oncology and colon & rectal surgery practice dedicated to treating complex cancers as well as colorectal diseases and disorders.

The practice currently employs two dual board-certified surgeons and is located on the campus of MountainView Hospital. The clinic is in the medical office building adjacent to the hospital at 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 510, Las Vegas, NV 89128 and is accepting patients.

Dr. Garrett Friedman, Colorectal Surgery and Dr. Matthew Selleck, Surgical Oncology

Established surgeons, Garrett Friedman, MD, FACS, FACRS, board-certified in general surgery and colon & rectal surgery and Matthew Selleck, DO, FACS, FSSO, board-certified in general surgery and complex general surgical oncology offer comprehensive patient management using the latest equipment and techniques including minimally invasive procedures such as robot-assisted surgery for faster recovery time, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions and minimal scarring. The clinic is part of the larger network, HCA Healthcare joining six established outpatient practices, four hospitals and other care sites in the community.

“By employing a team of highly skilled and specialized surgeons with access to superior technology and state of the art techniques, we will be able to continue to raise the bar of the quality of care that is delivered to our community,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The two renowned surgeons are leaders in their field, and we are lucky to have them join us at MountainView.”

The practice is equipped to treat many conditions both benign and cancerous, complex to simple, with surgical and non-surgical approaches. Patients have access to the most comprehensive and supportive personalized care plans with the physicians and care team working to achieve the very best outcomes.  A full list of services can be found here.

“I look forward to serving my patients with the most advanced, compassionate care,” said Dr. Garrett Friedman. “I could not be more pleased to launch a practice that provides seamless care for patients in our community.  I look forward to using my extensive background and training to unite with my colleague, Dr. Selleck.  We are providing better access to more comprehensive services to meet the needs of this community.”

“As a native of Las Vegas, it means so much to be home to serve this city with personalized patient-centric care”, said Dr. Matthew Selleck.  “I look forward to providing specialized care to treat some of the most complex disorders and diseases including cancer.  With my advanced training in cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, the practice along with MountainView Hospital will be the only facility in Las Vegas offering this innovative treatment to treat and remove cancer cells surgically.”

Both Dr. Friedman and Dr. Selleck are now accepting new patients.  Appointments can be made by calling the office at (702) 962-2300.  To learn more about Las Vegas Complex Surgical Specialists, please visit:   www.ComplexSurgicalSpecialists.com.

About MountainView Hospital
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and integrated cardiology clinic, and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way,
Las Vegas, NV 89128

About HCA Healthcare in Las Vegas
Comprised of Southern Hills Hospital, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Sunrise Children’s Hospital and MountainView Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare. HCA Healthcare is committed to providing the finest quality healthcare in Las Vegas, the system includes more than 32 access points for the community, from hospitals, primary care and specialty care clinics, urgent care centers, outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgery centers, as well as free-standing emergency rooms. The system’s respected Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education Consortium offers innovative approaches to residency training in an extraordinary, collaborative environment for more than 200 residents in our community.

Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic Marks First Anniversary with NIH Grant to Study Effects of Gender and Sex in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Grant Expands Research Program Aimed at Understanding Why Women More Likely Impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and How to Reduce Risk

Jessica Caldwell, Ph.D., director of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic, has been awarded a grant expected to total $1.8 million from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the interactive effects of gender and sex on biological processes in Alzheimer’s disease.

The four-year grant will examine how gender-linked stress exposure and estrogen may interact to impact memory, inflammation in the body, and brain activation and connectivity in women at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

“We know that gender and sex, indexed by stress exposures and estrogen, promote changes in the brain, which may facilitate Alzheimer’s pathology in women at risk for the disease,” said Dr. Caldwell. “This project is an opportunity to better understand these mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease risk and how we might implement the appropriate risk reduction approaches to benefit women.”

Dr. Caldwell anticipates data from this study will provide evidence linking greater lifetime gender-based stressor exposures to poorer verbal memory in women at risk for Alzheimer’s, as well as processes likely to contribute to sex and gender disparities in the disease. She hopes that findings will help to inform development of interventions targeting stress and inflammation to reduce Alzheimer’s risk.

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement has helped fund Dr. Caldwell’s sex-based research since 2016, providing the seed money to build the data infrastructure to apply for this grant, as well as to establish The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic – the nation’s first prevention center designed specifically for women located inside the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Alzheimer’s research, particularly studies examining the role of a woman’s biology, genetic make-up and lifestyle in developing the disease, is critical in helping us understand why women are at the epicenter of this epidemic,” said Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and the visionary behind The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center.

“We’ve only scratched the surface on investigating these connections, and more funding is needed to advance the effort,” continued Shriver. “This award from the NIH is a true testament to the importance of investing in clinical research, as it will position us one step closer to understanding the myriad gender-specific factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s and why the disease discriminates against women, especially women of color.”

Since opening its doors in summer 2020, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic has welcomed women from 40 states across the country and received honorable mention in Fast Company’s list of 2021 World Changing Ideas.

This project is supported by NIH grant award 1R01AG074392-01.

For more information about The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic visit WomenPreventAlz.org or email womenpreventalz@ccf.org

About The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic: 
The Women’s Alzheimer’sMovement Prevention Center at Cleveland Clinic is a one-of-a-kind, three-year pilot program specific to women for Alzheimer’s disease prevention located within Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. Building on peer-reviewed science indicating that up to 40% of all Alzheimer’s cases might be preventable through risk-reduction strategies, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Center combines the latest science on prevention with a woman’s medical history, habits and biological risks to create a customized, sustainable plan for lifestyle modifications that can reduce her individual risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM), is the visionary behind The Women’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Center, which is a collaboration between WAM and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. For more information, visit womenpreventalz.org.  

About Cleveland Clinic: 
Cleveland Clinic – now in its centennial year – is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 70,800 employees worldwide are more than 4,660 salaried physicians and researchers, and 18,500 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 19 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2020, there were 8.7 million total outpatient visits, 273,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 217,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org. 

About the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health: 
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which opened in 2009, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body, frontotemporal and other dementias; Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple system atrophy and other movement disorders; and multiple sclerosis. With locations in Cleveland, Ohio; Weston, Florida and headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada, the center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Nevada location. Clevelandclinic.org/Nevada.

About Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM): 
Founded by Maria Shriver, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness about women’s increased risk for Alzheimer’s and to educating the public — women and men — about lifestyle changes they can make to protect their brain health. Through annual campaigns and initiatives, WAM raises funds to support women-based Alzheimer’s research at leading scientific institutions around the country.WAM’s goal is to make this center the first of many clinics around the world that address the specific needs of women, including addressing the needs of women of color, to help reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s.

Intermountain Healthcare Provider Honored by Mattel for Frontline COVID Work

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Dr. Cruz’s Work as Physician and Leader in Advancing Equality Celebrated

Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz, an Intermountain Healthcare provider who works at our Blue Diamond myGeneration clinic, is one of six women in healthcare worldwide chosen by Mattel to honor COVID-19 Frontline Workers. Mattel reached out to Dr. Cruz after she and several fellow providers went viral for their #IAmNotAVirus campaign against Anti-Asian and Asian-American hate this past spring.

Intermountain Healthcare’s Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz.

Dr. Cruz was, at that time, living in Southern California where animosity towards Asians and Asian-Americans was occurring. She had been working as a hospitalist and an assistant professor of medicine when she teamed up with other doctors to create the video that addressed anti-Asian violence related to the pandemic. The video was shown on national media.

As an Asian-American, Dr. Cruz has encountered ethnocentric and racist sentiment while she was living in California. On more than one occasion, she’s had patients refuse to be seen by her because they wanted someone with more experience or a different background, or who have inquired about her background in intrusive and judgmental ways.

“Words do matter. Individuals need to think twice before saying hurtful things,” says Dr. Cruz. Her activism and her role as a health and wellness influencer on Instagram got the attention of Mattel, which created a life like replica of her and five other women who worked to battle COVID-19 during the spring and fall of 2020. Mattel reached out to her because of her activism and Dr. Cruz began working with them to create a Barbie doll based on her likeness that would inspire girls to become future doctors.

“I am one of two women in the U.S. who were chosen for this honor,” says Dr. Cruz. The other woman is Amy O’Sullivan, an emergency room nurse who treated the first COVID-19 case in Brooklyn, NY.  Sarah Gilbert, who led the creation of the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine and Dr. Jacqueline Goes de Jesus, a Brazilian biomedical researcher who worked on a team that sequenced the genome of a COVID-19 variant, were also chosen by Mattel to be part of this doll line. At this time the dolls are not for sale and have been made as a one-of-a-kind collection, though many people have shared their interest in purchasing the dolls.

Dr. Cruz was recently interviewed on CNN about this honor where she spoke about the process and the joy of receiving the doll from Mattel. “Never in a million years did I ever think this could happen to me. It means so much to me as a minority, as a woman, and as a healthcare worker.”

Southern Nevada Health District Releases Community Health Assessment

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The Southern Nevada Health District worked with multiple partners and individuals to conduct an in-depth analysis of the community’s health-related needs and strengths as well as resources available to address and improve health outcomes in Clark County. The result, the 2020-2021 Community Health Assessment (CHA), is now available on the Healthy Southern Nevada website.

The CHA provides an overview of health information and helps to identify populations who may be at increased risk of poor health outcomes. Through the course of the assessment process, common themes emerged from the feedback provided by the community participants. Identified priority areas include: Access to Care (cost, availability, knowledge of services); Transportation; Chronic Disease; Mental Health; Funding; and Community Safety. The assessment process also includes a review of 67 health indicators, and of those, 51 are reviewed by ZIP code. The core health indicators include demographic and socioeconomic status, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, mental and behavioral health, health care access, environmental health, crime and overall wellness score. The five ZIP codes identified with the highest health burdens are: 89101, 89106, 89030, 89169, and 89115.

Key assessments within the CHA include: Community Themes and Strengths; Forces of Change; Local Public Health System Assessment; and Community Health Status Assessment. This framework, known as Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as a community-driven strategic process for gathering data. Each assessment provides a process to review key areas and indicators within the community.

The 2020-2021 Community Health Assessment is designed to inform the public, stakeholders and organizations about the current health status of Clark County residents and provide guidance for making shared decisions for improving the public health status of the community.

Findings from the CHA are used to identify strategic priorities and the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This plan will guide Health District and community partner activities and interventions through the next three to five years.

The Health District and community partners will meet to determine Community Health Assessment priorities and begin working on the Community Health Improvement Plan in October.