Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada’s Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation Receives Accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

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Touro houses the only simulation center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in Nevada. This initiates the process towards receiving full SSH accreditation, an honor awarded to fewer than 180 simulation centers worldwide.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) has awarded provisional accreditation to the Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation (Center) at Touro University Nevada (Touro), home of Nevada’s largest medical school and its only school of osteopathic medicine.

Touro is working towards earning full accreditation by SSH, a highly respected recognition held by fewer than 180 simulation programs around the world. Touro is only one of two simulation centers in the state of Nevada and is the only accredited simulation center in the Silver State.

Mona Shield Payne Photography/Touro University Nevada.

Touro’s Simulation Center is named for Michael Tang, a businessman, philanthropist, and one of the university’s most generous benefactors whose gifts fund transformational programs and initiatives like this one. As its name suggests, a clinical simulation center is an innovative instructional environment and learning laboratory that provides immersive simulation training for students, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, offering hands-on learning opportunities that significantly enhance their medical education.

The eligibility criteria for SSH provisional accreditation requires that centers be able to demonstrate established structures and processes as detailed online. All simulation centers must receive provisional accreditation before applying for full accreditation. Touro will spend the next two years working towards full accreditation, which includes presenting data and outcomes from the Center and compelling evidence that Touro’s students are receiving career-changing, hands-on experience through the Center’s state-of-the-art facility.

“The Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation is one of our proudest landmarks on campus. The innovative experience our students receive from using this facility is unmatched, not only in our state, but it rivals the best simulation centers around the world,” said Dr. Andrew Priest, Campus President and Provost, Touro University Nevada. “Through the Center, our students practice realistic medical and health care scenarios involving standardized patient actors, high-fidelity manikins, task trainers and other modalities. This critical, hands-on education better prepares our students for realistic patient scenarios after they graduate. We are so honored to have been awarded provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and look forward to continuing to demonstrate our worth to being included among the elite list of fully accredited simulation centers around the world.”

The Center’s groundbreaking facility is equipped with technologically advanced equipment features, including:

  • 200+ task trainers with various abilities including IV insertion, abdominal examination, intubation, birthing, EKG monitoring, eye and ear exams, heart, lung and bowel sounds, foley catheter placement, male and female health exams, and more
  • Six-bed multifunctional hospital unit with observation deck
  • 20 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) rooms
  • Two high-fidelity multifunctional hospital simulation rooms
  • Two simulation playback debriefing rooms
  • Four high-fidelity manikins
  • OptumCare Ultrasound Training Facility with nine beds
  • 75-seat lecture hall

“The Michael Tang Regional Center for Clinical Simulation provides our students with the unique opportunity to use the newest, state-of-the-art technology as they work to hone their skills as future physicians and health care professionals,” said Jose Noriega, Chief Information Officer, Touro University Nevada. “As medicine and technology simultaneously evolve, it is critical for our students to have access to the latest and greatest tools here at Touro. This accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare is a step in the right direction as we incorporate more cutting-edge technology into our students’ curriculum.”

Touro University Nevada (Touro) is Nevada’s largest school of medicine and largest school of physician assistant studies, fully accredited, and a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution. Opened in 2004, Touro was established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service throughout the state. Its mission is to provide quality education programs in the fields of healthcare and education in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity. Touro is home to more than 1,500 students in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical health sciences. The University’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center for the public that accepts all health insurance and the multi-disciplinary Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on Touro, visit or call 702-777-8687.

Paul Mazur, MD.

New Robotically-Trained Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joining Las Vegas Community

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Renowned Heart Program and Practice Welcome National Leader in Field

MountainView Hospital is pleased to announce Paul Mazur, MD, FACS has joined MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates.  Dr. Mazur is board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery and specially trained in robotic-assisted surgery.  Prior to joining the group, Dr. Mazur practiced in California for 16 years, serving as Chief of Surgery and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at a Watson Health Top 50 Cardiovascular Center.

Paul Mazur, MD.

Paul Mazur, MD, FACS

Dr. Mazur specializes in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery, including cardiac valve repair and replacement utilizing minimally invasive and transcatheter techniques, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery.  His extensive training, medical expertise and surgical experience allow for a number of benefits to his patients including smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay.

Dr. Mazur is practicing and accepting new patients at MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, conveniently located on the hospital campus at 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 260.  He is on the medical staff at MountainView Hospital.

“With Dr. Mazur’s arrival, we will be able to offer our great patient-centered care to more of the Las Vegas Valley and the communities we serve,” said Hiral Patel, MountainView Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “By recruiting an expert physician, we are offering more access to care and comprehensive services close to home to meet the needs of our community, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Mazur.”

Dr. Mazur is joining three established physicians and five advanced practice providers at the clinic.  He is also now part of a distinguished heart program that has received top scores for quality and patient care including most recently a 3-star ranking for its Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program.

Dr. Mazur and the practice offer comprehensive cardiovascular surgical patient management using the latest techniques, technology and equipment.  The practice is part of HCA Healthcare’s MountainView Hospital which is nationally ranked in the region for heart care, offering the latest advancements and uniting experts in the field.

“My goal is to serve the community by delivering the most advanced, most compassionate cardiovascular surgical care with the very best outcomes” said Dr. Paul Mazur.  “I look forward to uniting my advanced training and expert techniques to work collaboratively with my colleagues and the hospital to care for the community”.

To learn more about the outpatient practice, please visit  Dr. Mazur is currently accepting new patients.

To learn more about the heart program visit

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.

Dignity Health Community Health Improvement Grants Awards $350,000

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Nevada’s only faith-based, not-for-profit hospital system, recently announced it is awarding more than $350,000 in Community Health Improvement Grants to six southern Nevada non-profit collaborations.

“The Community Grants Program is one way Dignity Health puts its mission and values into practice,” said Sister Katie McGrail, O.P., Chair of the Community Grants Committee. “We are able to work collaboratively with community partners who share our goal of serving the vulnerable and underserved. Sharing Humankindness is a big task and we can’t change the world by ourselves.”

The Dignity Health Community Grants Program continues a more-than-30-year tradition, awarding funding to local programs and organizations addressing some of the greatest health needs in our community, emphasizing prevention, engaging diverse community stakeholders, and building upon existing services in the community.

Across Dignity Health, the Community Health Improvement Grants program has awarded $91 million to nearly 3,800 health improvement projects since 1991. Grants are funded by contributions from member hospitals and are used to deliver services, strengthen service systems, and improve the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations.

Sister Katie added, “Dignity Health is proud to support those who are supporting our community and our neighbors. We are fortunate to have so many committed groups in southern Nevada working with us to address important issues, like access to care and the needs of our vulnerable seniors. We are grateful for all the applications we received and congratulate this year’s grant recipients.”

Organizations selected to receive 2023 Dignity Health Community Grants include:

$100,000 Program: Health, Hope, and Housing
Lead Agency: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

Provide comprehensive case management services to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada apartment residents in need, connecting low-income residents, especially senior residents, with essential community services, medical care, and mental health care.

$100,000 Program: JFSA Senior Transportation
Lead Agency: Jewish Family Service Agency

Provide a variety of options to meet the unmet transportation needs of seniors/disabled adults in the Las Vegas valley, incorporating three types of transportation to meet clients’ specific needs and circumstances.

$83,304 Program: LGH Programming Increased Access & Transportation
Lead Agency: Living Grace Homes, Inc.

Increase access and transportation to services that ensure safe maternal outcomes for young women aged 14-24 in Clark County, providing stable programming, classes, and transportation to mental health, obstetric, pediatric, and other health-related appointments.

$27,000 Program: Roseman Medicare Call Center
Lead Agency: Roseman University of Health Sciences

In collaboration with Dignity Health’s Medicare Assistance Program and the State of Nevada’s Aging and Disability Services Division, this project will train pharmacy and nursing student volunteers to provide free, unbiased Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved counseling to Medicare beneficiaries regarding cost effective plan selection and federal and state assistance programs.

$20,000 Program: Increasing Direct Reach and Impact
Lead Agency: Southern Nevada Senior Law Program

Provide at-risk older adults with advanced directive needs through education on the power of attorney of healthcare and assistance in completing these documents for both the social and economic benefit of our clients and the community and ensuring there is equity in the opportunity to access to the clinics by providing free transportation.

$20,000 Program: Senior/Disabled Transportation and In-Home Care
Lead Agency: Lend A Hand of Boulder City

Boulder City senior clients who are unable to transfer to/from volunteer vehicles will be provided safe and appropriate transportation to medical appointments, procedures, and necessary errands, as well as in-home care and respite for caregivers.

Dignity Health Grants awards range from $20,000 to $100,000; applicants must be a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The Community Grants Program uses specific funding criteria to ensure that its charitable resources strategically address significant health needs in ways that demonstrate accountability for impact.

Total 2023 Community Grant amount: $350,304.

Additional information on the Community Grants Program is available on the Dignity Health website.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently celebrated 75 years in southern Nevada, marking the anniversary of the arrival of the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital on June 27, 1947. As Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in all its endeavors. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health currently operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada and is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at

A Message from UNLV’s Dean Kahn: Looking Ahead

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As I near my third anniversary as dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, I can’t help but think about how much we have done – and how much more we want to accomplish. Needless to say, the opening last fall of the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building, courtesy of a public-private partnership spearheaded by the nonprofit Nevada Health and Bioscience Corporation, was a huge achievement, a gift that will keep on giving as it supports the advancement of medical education and medical care in Southern Nevada. Our school now has its first permanent building, one that anchors the ever-growing Las Vegas Medical District.

Our mission in 2023 is what it has always been – to care for our community. That is accomplished through excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community engagement. What turns a mission statement into a reality is what you will continue to see in the next year: the continued development of strategic partnerships; the building of necessary facilities; the engagement with the community; the development of research that addresses the needs of the community; and the increasing access to care through our clinics and beyond.

Our mission, of course, is a challenge that will never grow old, one that must be addressed every second, every minute, every day, every year. It is an enduring purpose – to be a genuine worker on behalf of humanity. That we’re looking forward, even as we address the immediate challenges of compassionate care and evidence-based medical education, can be seen in why we’re working so aggressively this year to augment, through donors, grants, and partnerships, the $40 million for an ambulatory care clinic and $30 million for a pathology lab that the state and city have provided.

An ambulatory care clinic will help change the paradigm of care in Southern Nevada. It will provide coordinated care to patients, including mental and behavioral health, all in one place. The pathology lab will accelerate the delivery of critical test results from the medical school campus to our main teaching hospital, University Medical Center (UMC), strengthening our relationship and providing valuable training opportunities for young doctors performing original research.

Today, with the other health science schools and faculty, we are developing the region’s only academic health center, where our community can get coordinated evidence-based care, and where, using technology, including telehealth and mobile clinics, we will bring care to the community rather than have patients come to us.

We’re fortunate. The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, what we’re part of, is all about making a difference. We have the opportunity to play a large role in building a better healthcare world in Southern Nevada. It is an honor that we can never take lightly.

May your new year be a healthy one,

Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA
Dean, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Vice President for Health Affairs, UNLV

BMA Issues Bold Recommendations to Strengthen Protections for Seniors, Maintain Transparency in Medicare Advantage

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Alliance calls on CMS to adopt a comprehensive approach to Medicare Advantage audits, including auditing every plan every year and applying future audit changes prospectively

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) prepares to issue Medicare Advantage rulemaking for 2024 and beyond, Better Medicare Alliance unveiled a groundbreaking set of recommendations designed to build upon the success of Medicare Advantage and improve the value of the program for seniors.

“Sustaining and Strengthening Medicare Advantage: Policy Recommendations to Maintain Accountability and Support Beneficiaries,” calls for a comprehensive approach to Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) audits – including auditing every plan every year, better identifying and treating beneficiaries’ needs using in-home health risk assessments (HRAs), giving beneficiaries the information and support they need to choose the right plan based on their unique needs, and realizing the full potential of supplemental benefits to improve senior health.

“Policymakers are weighing important decisions about the future of more than 29 million Americans’ Medicare Advantage coverage. With these recommendations, we are offering new solutions to inform an even more transparent, accountable Medicare Advantage that continues to provide exceptional value for beneficiaries and taxpayers alike,” said Mary Beth Donahue, President and CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance. “Medicare Advantage delivers a 94% satisfaction ratenearly $2,000 in average annual consumer savings, and lower per-beneficiary government spending – and still we know there are opportunities to further strengthen this vital part of the Medicare program. These recommendations offer a necessary path forward.”

Recommendations include:

  • Audit every Medicare Advantage plan annually: CMS should conduct RADV audits of all Medicare Advantage plans annually, just as it already does for health plans offered on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, to increase program oversight and ensure that arbitrary decisions about which contracts are audited do not disproportionately impact some organizations more than others. Ensuring parity with ACA auditing practices would support stability for beneficiaries and increase confidence in CMS’s Medicare sustainability efforts.
  • Changes should be prospective, not retroactive: Changes to audit methodologies should be applied prospectively, not retroactively. A retrospective application of audit changes currently under consideration at CMS would invalidate actuarial assumptions made by health plans over more than a decade and threaten the care that seniors rely on today.
  • Implement best practices for in-home HRAs: As an integral part of Medicare Advantage’s unique care coordination model, in-home HRAs are primarily used for preventative care and to assess the overall health of beneficiaries, document diagnoses, and identify gaps in care and unmet needs based on the information collected. BMA believes that in order to ensure all in-home HRAs are high-quality and delivering value to the beneficiary, CMS should codify a robust set of best practices for these evaluations. Doing so would ensure that plans apply consistent criteria in how they conduct in-home HRAs, prevent the use of sub-standard in-home HRAs that are not providing clinical value, and promote access to holistic primary care.
  • Ensure beneficiaries receive accurate information about their Medicare choices: Accurate marketing of Medicare Advantage plans is essential for beneficiary education, choice, and trust in the Medicare program.BMA calls on CMS to enhance guidance to improve Medicare Advantage plans’ oversight of third-party marketing organizations (TPMOs). BMA further supports continued improvements to beneficiary decision-making support tools.
  • Deliver coordinated supplemental benefits to meet beneficiaries’ medical and social needs: As Medicare Advantage plans continue to incorporate new supplemental benefit flexibilities into their strategies for providing holistic care for beneficiaries, BMA recommends that plans and policymakers work together to ensure that Medicare Advantage provides coordinated supplemental benefits rather than cash benefits to ensure beneficiaries are accessing services that will meet their health needs. BMA further supports efforts to ensure health plans tailor member benefits for best health (e.g., promote and provide access to nutritional foods) so that beneficiaries receive services that align with their care plans and provide support and guidance to beneficiaries on accessing and using member benefits to increase uptake.

Health policy leaders applauded the recommendations, including:

“Policymakers need not accept a false choice between protecting seniors’ Medicare Advantage coverage and identifying opportunities to further strengthen the program’s high bar of transparency and accountability. Better Medicare Alliance’s recommendations offer a path for our leaders to accomplish both goals,” said Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and Chair of the Better Medicare Alliance Board of Directors. “Seniors will appreciate the calls for added oversight of third-party marketers and better tools to understand their supplemental benefits, while lawmakers will appreciate the roadmap for a rigorous and fair-minded audit process.”   

53% of Medicare-eligible Latinos today choose enrollment in Medicare Advantage. With that strong vote of support from our community also comes a unique responsibility for Medicare Advantage health plans and providers. In these recommendations, Better Medicare Alliance is bringing diverse stakeholders around the table to drive meaningful solutions that support seniors and ensure continued accountability of Medicare dollars,” said Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, MACP, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association and Member of the Better Medicare Alliance Board of Directors.

“Our roughly 360 physician groups across the country know how important Medicare Advantage is to many of the 90 million-plus patients that our groups serve,” said Susan Dentzer, President and CEO, America’s Physician Groups“In this issue brief, Better Medicare Alliance has offered forward-thinking proposals for ensuring the integrity of Medicare Advantage even as it serves a growing share of the Medicare-eligible population.  Our organization’s motto is ‘Taking Responsibility for America’s Health,’ and by the same token, it’s imperative that Medicare Advantage be responsible for both enrollees’ health and the appropriate use of taxpayer dollars.  We look forward to working with BMA and the nation’s policymakers to advancing and finetuning these proposals so that Medicare Advantage is even more responsible and accountable for the costs and high quality of enrollees’ care.”

“Better Medicare Alliance’s recommendations will better position the program to continue delivering transparent affordable coverage seniors and the disabled deserve,” said Joel White, President of the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

To read the full report, click here.

Valley Health System

Six Valley Health System Hospitals Earn ENERGY STAR Certification

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Hospitals Outperform Similar US Buildings on Measure of Energy Efficiency

Six Valley Health System hospitals recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance, earning ratings between 92 and 100%. Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Valley hospitals implemented a variety of energy-efficient measures over the past five years including the installation of LED lighting and recommissioning HVAC systems to upgrade to current design standards, to earn this specialty certification.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Cindy Jacobs, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25% of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account the occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance at six hospitals, especially Desert Springs and Valley hospitals, which are both over 50 years old,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President, Acute Care Division for Universal Health Services, who oversees all Nevada hospitals.

“Our Facilities teams have worked diligently over the past five years to increase our energy efficiency.  Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations,” said Perez. “All of our hospitals are served by NV Energy, and they source some of their power from Hoover Dam. In southern Nevada, every little bit of conservation helps our community.”

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35% less energy, cause 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all 50 states have earned the ENERGY STAR. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, outpatient therapy and home health services.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
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Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and HCA Healthcare Acquire Burn and Reconstructive Center from Largest Burn Care System

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Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has acquired The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital, a dedicated and comprehensive burn and wound center treating both adult and pediatric patients in Southern Nevada and neighboring communities.

The center, formerly part of the Burn & Reconstructive Centers of America, is now under new ownership currently employing three renowned physicians specializing in general surgery, critical care surgery, trauma surgery and plastic surgery as well as eight advance practice providers including physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  The center is located on the campus of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at 3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89109 since its introduction to the community in 2019.  The center is currently accepting new patients.

The established board-certified surgeons include Burn Medical Director at Sunrise Hospital, Jay E. Coates, Jr., DO, FACOS, FACS, Allan D. MacIntyre, DO, FACOS, and Jeroen Balledux, MD.  The physicians are experienced in comprehensive patient management using the latest techniques for burn and wound care.  The clinic is part of the larger network, HCA Healthcare, joining four hospitals, free-standing emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, urgent care clinics and other care sites in the community.

“By employing a team of highly skilled and specialized providers 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 Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “The three surgeons and comprehensive care team are leaders in their field, and we are lucky to have them in our community.”

The center is equipped to treat many conditions and provide treatment for all burn types including the most complex to simple.  Burn types include; chemical, electrical friction/road rash, frostbite, inhalation, radiation, thermal and treatment for hand and upper extremity injuries.  The center also treats many different types of wounds including skin and soft tissue disorders.  At The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital, 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.

“I look forward to continue to serve our patients with the most advanced, compassionate care,” said Dr. Coates. “I could not be more pleased to continue to provide the same level of elite burn and wound care that we’ve been providing since 2019 when we began offering this much needed service.  I look forward to using my extensive background and training to unite with my colleagues.  We are providing better access to more comprehensive services to meet the needs of this community and the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Coates.

A toll-free, 24/7 phone line is available for triaging patients for consultations, referrals and transfers.  For patients and general inquiries during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the clinic line is (702) 961-7552. To learn more about The Burn and Reconstructive Center of Sunrise Hospital, please visit:

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital:
Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital offer 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 serves as Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, which is located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Occupying the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.  Together, both facilities offer a full range of services for both children and adults.

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.

Health District and Partners Observe World AIDS Day

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The Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) participated in the commemoration of World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1. Scheduled events were aimed at raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, while also remembering those who have died of the disease. This year’s theme is Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV, aimed at encouraging people to unite globally with the goal of eliminating disparities and inequities that create barriers to HIV testing.

In the past 40 years, more than 32 million people around the world, including 700,000 in the United States, have died from AIDS-related illnesses. In Clark County, more than 11,000 people are living with HIV and 441 were newly diagnosed in 2021. People who are at risk of HIV but do not have it can take a daily pill called PrEP, which is highly effective at preventing HIV. SNHD has prescribed PrEP to more than 1,411 patients.

According to, two oral medications are approved for daily use as PrEP:

  • Truvada® is for all people at risk for HIV through sex or injection drug useGeneric products are also available.
  • Descovy® is for sexually active men and transgender women at risk of getting HIV. It has not yet been studied for HIV prevention for receptive vaginal sex.

Apretude®, a long-acting injectable form of PrEP, is administered by a health care provider every two months instead of daily oral pills.

In Southern Nevada, SNHD is focused on four areas to:

    • Diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible.
    • Treat people with HIV rapidly and effectively to reach sustained viral suppression.
    • Prevent new HIV transmissions by using proven interventions, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and syringe services programs (SSPs).
    • Respond quickly to potential HIV outbreaks to get prevention and treatment services to people who need them.

District Health Officer Dr. Fermin Leguen said, “While great strides have been made since AIDS was first identified in the U.S. in 1981, it remains a significant public health challenge. By raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, we can help people understand their risk of contracting the virus, the ways of preventing its spread, and how to seek treatment if they test positive.” Dr. Leguen added that wearing a red ribbon is an excellent way of showing one’s support on World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day Events: Dec. 1, 2022

  • SNHD’s Office of Disease Surveillance and Stigma Reduction Team will collaborate with The Center and the local community to help end the stigma associated with people living with HIV. The Center, located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, will host a Community Health Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be speakers from 1:30 – 3 p.m. including District Health Official Dr. Fermin Leguen, Dr. Lealah Pollock of the University of California San Francisco and Well Project Program Manager Ciarra Covin. Also speaking will be community member Maria Montes, who will discuss her passion and purpose in her HIV advocacy efforts.
  • SNHD and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will offer Rapid HIV testing at Boulevard Mall, 352 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Testing will be offered in the SNHD L2A Mobile Testing Unit, parked near the main entrance of the mall.

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.

Las Vegas HEALS November Advertising Opportunities

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Did you Know?

There are two ways we can help you spread the word about your company or program through Las Vegas HEALS?


Advertise with us in our Healthcare Magazine! We have reasonable pricing for ads. Our goal is to help you consistently deliver your message to the Las Vegas Healthcare community. Keep your company name or program up front and center.     *Special pricing for HEALS members is available for ads.


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Send us human interest editorials about how your company, organization, or program has helped someone in Las Vegas. Tell us about how your program is changing the face of healthcare in our community. . Perhaps you’d like to tell us about what makes HEALS valuable to you.  We always look for content and love featuring our members and their accomplishments.

What better way than through a great article. *Please accompany every editorial article with high-resolution photo(s).

November’s issue highlights   “Palliative Care Awareness Month”

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Thank you for your continued support of Las Vegas HEALS as we continue to expand on innovative ways to bring our healthcare community together!

Nevada Donor Network Awarded $15 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Funds from State of Nevada to Establish Nevada Transplant Institute

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Amount is one of the largest ARPA allocations awarded to a single nonprofit in the state to date  

Nevada Donor Network (NDN) is pleased to announce it has been awarded $15 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds from the State of Nevada, one of the largest amounts awarded to a single nonprofit organization by the Interim Finance Committee to date.  The funding will support the creation of the Nevada Transplant Institute (NTI), which will collaborate with NDN, academic institutions, hospitals, payers, transplant centers and community healthcare providers in a singular, dedicated network to expand transplantation programs and services throughout Nevada.

“I want to personally thank Governor Steve Sisolak and the members of the Interim Finance Committee for supporting our vision with this monumental funding of our groundbreaking initiative. This giant leap will help Nevada achieve greater equity and access for those waiting for a second chance at life and health through organ donation and transplantation by improving our healthcare infrastructure,” said Nevada Donor Network President and CEO Joe Ferreria.

The NTI will elevate all healthcare in Nevada and serve to correct health disparities in access within the diverse populations in desperate need of transplantation related services. This funding will go towards NDN’s $35 million ‘End the Wait’ capital campaign launched in 2019, which is raising the funds necessary to expand upon the current kidney transplant program at University Medical Center and create a first-of-its-kind liver transplant program in Nevada. Specifically, the $15 million award will support the first phase of NTI’s initiative by:

  • Funding the required liver transplants in order to gain certification as a program by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Funding the necessary infrastructure modifications and improvements in Las Vegas and Reno to deploy the statewide NTI, which will also include a strategy to reach rural areas of Nevada.

Once fully funded, Nevada Donor Network Foundation (NDNF), in partnership with NDN, will recruit qualified physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to Nevada to expand transplantation services for the state. It is estimated that within 12 months this program will be fully operational and self-sustaining by month 25. Nevada residents in need of advanced liver care including transplantation will no longer have to seek life-saving care in surrounding states, which will alleviate the financial, physical, and emotional burden for critically ill patients and their families.

“Right now, more than 90% of recovered organs are sent out of state and all Nevadans in need of transplants other than kidneys must seek care at transplant centers outside of Nevada, creating undue financial and emotional hardships for patients and their families,” said Nevada Donor Network Foundation President Steven Peralta. “The Nevada Transplant Institute will allow us to better serve heroic organ donors, their courageous families and the potential recipients who wait for the gift of life and health in our community.”

Currently, all transplant centers across the country are affiliated with hospitals, hospital systems or universities which are beholden to financial and governing restraints by the parent institution, which can lead to organ rationing or missed transplantation opportunities, especially impacting culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations. Conversely, NTI’s strategy for the development of a robust transplantation ecosystem is predicated on establishing Las Vegas and Reno as regional healthcare destinations while recognizing the need to enhance the economic vitality of the region’s healthcare sector. The NTI will be a network of hospitals, providers and payers working together to partner with existing hospital systems and infrastructure while leveraging healthcare services that are currently available and in place throughout the state.

The American Rescue Plan Act was instituted by the federal government to change the course of the pandemic and deliver immediate and direct relief to families and workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis through no fault of their own. The city of Las Vegas received $131 million in funding to support causes, issues and groups who have been most impacted by the pandemic.

For more information on the Nevada Transplant Institute and the “End the Wait” capital campaign, please visit

About Nevada Donor Network 

Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than 3 million people in the state of Nevada and over 100,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. We work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve

turned loss into hope.  At Nevada Donor Network, we encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit

About Nevada Donor Network Foundation

Nevada Donor Network Foundation is a federally designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of developing a full-scale transplant institute to expand organ transplant capabilities in the state of Nevada. Founded in 2019, Nevada Donor Network Foundation was born from a dream to “End the Wait” for hundreds of Nevadans and thousands of Americans on the national organ transplant list by expanding Nevada’s current kidney transplant program and creating a new liver transplant program. Through Nevada Donor Network Foundation’s $35 million capital campaign to “End the Wait,” Nevada residents will no longer have to seek life-saving care in surrounding states; they will have the ability to be evaluated locally, transplanted locally and cared for locally. Nevada Donor Network Foundation works alongside Nevada Donor Network, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit