SimonMed Imaging Hosting October 22 Healthcare Happy Hour

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Event Registration Complimentary for Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS and SimonMed Imaging have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Guests can enjoy cuisine and cocktails while mingling with Dr. Travis Snyder and Dr. Cheryl Jane as they celebrate the grand opening of SimonMed’s new southwest location. with other healthcare professionals.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at SimonMed’s new southwest location located at 8530 W. Sunset Rd., Suite 120, Las Vegas. Healthcare Happy Hour registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by registering through this link Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“The next Healthcare Happy Hour event will be an exceptional one, as we will be celebrating SimonMed Imaging’s brand-new location in the southwest,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Las Vegas HEALS’ Happy Hours are a great way for professionals in the healthcare industry to network with their peers and learn about new happenings in their industry.”

About SimonMed Imaging

Get to know more about SimonMed Imaging, through an Inside Medicine appearance by Maurice Maharaj and Dr. Travis Snyder:

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.

UNLV Alumna Making Nevada a Healthier Place

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School of Integrated Health Sciences Alumna of the Year Anne Lindsay focuses on nutrition, obesity, and eating disorders among women and children

Anne Lindsay’s commitment to improving public health and wellness stretches back more than three decades. After receiving her first bachelor’s degree in ergonomics and physical education from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1982, the UNLV School of Integrated Health Sciences Alumna of the Year made the trek to the desert and enrolled at UNLV, where in 1988 she earned her master’s degree in exercise physiology. While pursuing that degree, Lindsay became a research assistant and later a UNLV adjunct faculty member, positions she held from 1986 to 1994.

At the same time, Lindsay launched a career with the singular mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle in both children and adults. In addition to working for several YMCA locations in Southern California for 11 years, including serving as senior physical director, Lindsay was the health promotion director at the Nevada National Security Site from 1990 to 1997. From there, she started HealthWorks, her own health and wellness business. Her clients included both the Florence McCl

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Roseman’s ‘Future of Medicine’ Symposium Set for Oct. 24

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Event Presented by Tripp Umbach and Roseman University of Health Sciences

The “Future of Medicine Symposium” brings together nationally-recognized leaders in medical education from across the country to share their vision and passion regarding the transformation of academic medicine as it interfaces with population health, technology, policy, and practice.

The program serves as a springboard for Roseman University’s plans to bring a private MD-granting medical school to Las Vegas.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Roseman University Summerlin Campus
One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135


Dr. Renee Coffman
Co-Founder and President, Roseman University of Health Sciences

Paul Umbach
Founder and Senior Principal, Tripp Umbach

Dr. Roberto Vargas
Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Inter-Professional Education, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Doug Miller
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Medical College of Georgia

Dr. Pedro Greer (Keynote Speaker)
Chair, Department of Humanities, Health and Society, Associate Dean of College of Medicine Community Engagement, and Professor, University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University


Promo Direct Official Sponsor for Henderson Chamber, Las Vegas HEALS

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Promo Direct Sponsors HEALS, Henderson Chamber.

Promo Direct , #1 rated promotional products store, has become an official sponsor for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) and Las Vegas HEALS. The sponsorship deal involves free supply of promotional products and apparel that can be used by HCC and Las Vegas HEALS to gain more visibility and show appreciation to attendees at events. In return, Promo Direct stands to gain quality advertising and networking benefits among members of both these organizations.

HCC and Las Vegas HEALS are well-established organizations with a varied target audience based in Southern Nevada. Both these organizations command immense respect and trust among members.

Las Vegas HEALS is a coalition of medical and wellness industry professionals and organizations. The coalition is devoted to improving the quality and access of healthcare and to communicating industry developments to the people of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas HEALS has close to 275 member companies and 35,000 member employees.

HCC is a private and non-profit organization committed to the growth and well-being of the business community in Southern Nevada. The organization has over 1,800 member companies and provides companies with legislative representation, advertising, business development training and networking opportunities. Members of HCC are focused on promoting the commercial, civic and industrial development of Southern Nevada.

Promo Direct is home to more than 9,000 promotional products and apparel items. Promo Direct has won numerous national and local awards with its award winning website Promo Direct’s state-of-the-art 7,500 sq. ft. factory in Henderson, Nevada performs screen printing and embroidery for clothing merchandise.

The impact of Promo Direct’s wide appeal can be gauged by the customer reviews present on the company’s Trustpilot page. The company has also won the prestigious PPAI Technology Award for the best eCommerce Website .

About Promo Direct
Launched in 1991 by technopreneur Dave Sarro, Promo Direct has grown from strength to strength over the years. The company is powered by a team of marketing and creative experts spread across the world. Their collective goal has been to provide quality promotional products and apparel at the best prices.

Nevada Healthcare Forum Starts on October 8

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Nevada Healthcare Forum Addresses Changing Impact of Healthcare at Leader’s Conference in Las Vegas Starting October 8th

Conference begins October 8.

The Nevada Healthcare Forum (NVHCF), the largest gathering of healthcare professionals in the state, will host its 12th annual forum to address the changes affecting the nation’s healthcare systems. Hosting many of the industry’s leading healthcare executives, in addition to state and federal officials, this year’s forum will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

This year’s event will highlight and address the national impact of healthcare reform, and the evolution of changes in health care from health and wellness, enhancements in technology, consumer engagement, healthcare quality and implementation of significant health care policies and strategies. The one-day forum includes keynote speakers, panels, and discussions about relevant topics from a diverse range of industry experts.

NVHCF is proud to provide several exciting key presentations for attendees this year, including:

  • U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada’s 3rd District, will present a “A Congresswoman’s Perspective on Healthcare”
  • Marc Harrison, MD, President and CEO at Intermountain Healthcare, will provide his unique insight into Population Health Management
  • Thomas E. Jackiewicz, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Keck Medicine of USC, will discuss “Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Healthcare Transformation: How Keck Medicine Made it to #16”
  • Donna Hartley, Owner or Hartley International and Survivor, Speaker and Author, will deliver her inspirational speech, “Turn Your Challenges into Opportunities”

Key panels and discussions at this year’s forum include:

  • Industry leader’s view of the “National State of Health Care.”
  • Health care issues impacting the “State of Nevada.”
  • Value-Based Care Government Programs
  • Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery
  • Access in the New Era of Medicine

Each year, hundreds of Nevada’s health care leaders gather at the Nevada Healthcare Forum to attend panels and discussions about relevant industry topics from prestigious speakers. Attendees span a wide variety of interests and professions related to the health care industry, including providers, employer group and health plan/insurance executives, government officials, students, members of the media and consumers.

The public is invited to attend the 12th Annual Nevada Healthcare Forum. Please click here for more information, and click here to register.

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Roseman Hosts 20th Anniversary Community Launch

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Roseman Holds Special Event to Mark 20th Academic Year Anniversary

Roseman University is hosting an exclusive reception on Tuesday, October 8 beginning at 4:30 pm, and wanted to make sure this special event is known to the members of Las Vegas HEALS.

Roseman is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this academic year, and this reception will honor important partners who have contributed to the success of its students and programs over the past two decades.

Please join the Roseman team at the Henderson campus at 11 Sunset Way to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, program tours, the camaraderie of other community leaders, and a special unveiling at 5:00 pm.

To RSVP, please just click here or on the invitation to RSVP on this page.

UNLV School of Medicine Team Visits Oquendo Center

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UNLV School of Medicine’s Multi-Specialty Resident Cadaver Lab & Product Training Session Provides Valuable Surgical Experience at Oquendo Center

Inside the Oquendo Center, a large medical event space near McCarran International Airport, eight human cadavers lay on individual operating tables, each one surrounded by an array of surgical equipment.

Simulation lab coordinator Adnan Mohsin helps resident with suturing.

Soon, nearly two dozen faculty physicians would begin demonstrating surgical procedures on the cadavers. At one table, plastic surgeons began a thorough dissection of a leg, on another table, general surgeons removed a gallbladder. Pretty routine stuff really, except that every single move the surgeons made was being watched ever so closely by surgical residents who, after observing, would be asked to perform the procedure themselves.

“They really get a lot from it,” says Adnan Mohsin, who for most of the year is the simulation lab coordinator for the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, where residents can practice surgical procedures on “virtual” surgery devices.

Today, Mohsin is in charge of the UNLV School of Medicine’s Multi-Specialty Resident Cadaver Lab and Product Training Session, a once-a-year event that requires months of planning and careful coordination to get ninety-five physicians in the same place at the same time.

Operating on human cadavers generously donated to science is extremely helpful to young surgeons because it’s as realistic as it gets.

“In the Sim Center, using our virtual surgery devices, we only have rubber. This is seeing and dealing with real human tissue in a complex environment without the risk to patients,” Mohsin says. “The residents can ask questions and learn so much because there’s no time limit and no risk to patients.”

Seventy-seven residents with varying degrees of surgical experience all got a turn at the cadaver tables — OB/GYN’s, plastic surgeons, general surgeons and acute care fellows. Everyone, regardless of year or experience level, was able to observe an operation, assist, and finally complete a procedure themselves.

UNLV School of Medicine Dean John Fildes at the Multi-Specialty Resident Cadaver Lab & Product Training Session.

UNLV School of Medicine Dean John Fildes, a veteran trauma surgeon, and Dr. Daniel Kirgan, an accomplished surgical oncologist recently named chair of the school’s surgery department, were on hand to observe, and both doctors came away impressed with the efficiency of the operation.

Surgery chair Dr. Daniel Kirgan watches as Dr. Jennifer Baynosa demonstrates a surgical technique.

“It’s important that our people get the most hands-on experience and soak up as much as they can during this training opportunity,” Dr. Kirgan said. “There is no such thing as a dumb question here. Being a good surgeon demands a thorough understanding of the entire process.”

Since the training session would last exactly five hours, the faculty physicians worked quickly, pausing only to explain their movements and instruct residents who surrounded the tables. All this, while dozens of residents in an adjacent room practiced intracorporeal suturing techniques, using long instruments to tie delicate knots – just as they would during laparoscopic surgery. Meanwhile, a few feet away, more residents crowded around a table to practice bowel and bladder repair techniques.

“This is a valuable education experience for our residents,” says Dr. Kate Martin, UNLV School of Medicine Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. “Getting the opportunity to gain competence in minimally invasive, robotic surgical techniques, through the use of a workshop like this, provides our trainees with the skills they need to be the best physicians in their future practices — many we hope will remain right here in Southern Nevada.”

The training event is in partnership with Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, the manufacturer of surgical sutures and wound closure devices. This is the second year the UNLV School of Medicine has used human cadavers. Pig cadavers were previously used. Feedback from this year’s event has been very positive.

“The residents were extremely happy, particularly those on non-operative rotations.” Mohsin said. “It’s a good way to kick the dust off…especially for the newer residents.”

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings Wins Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s Prestigious Melvin R. Goodes Prize

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ADDF Recognizes Dr. Cummings’ Significant Contributions Toward Advancing Clinical Research for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, a world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher and leader in clinical trials, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery. The prize, awarded by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), recognizes leading researchers developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The Melvin R. Goodes Prize includes a $150,000 award and will support Dr. Cummings’ research into rasagiline, an FDA-approved Parkinson’s drug that has been shown to improve cognition and holds promise for slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings Wins Prestigious 2019 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery.

Dr. Cummings is a neurologist and clinical trialist involved in the development of new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders. He is Research Professor of the Department of Brain Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Director of the Center for Neurodegeneration and Translational Neuroscience at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Cummings is Professor of Medicine (Neurology) in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is also the Founding Director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Mary Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, and the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA.

Previous research has shown that rasagiline could be a viable therapeutic option for people with Alzheimer’s disease. “Rasagiline has neuroprotective properties, offering a novel approach to Alzheimer’s drug therapy,” said Dr. Howard Fillit, founding executive director and chief science officer of the ADDF.

Drs. Fillit and Cummings share an interest in repurposing drugs, which is application of an already approved drug to treat another disease/medical condition, as a means of accelerating treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Cummings recently completed an ADDF-funded repurposing trial of rasagiline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, which showed positive results.

In the phase two, double-blind placebo controlled study, rasagiline met its primary target and increased metabolism in the frontal regions of the brain compared to placebo. Additionally, consistent trends toward improvement in cognitive, functional and quality of life measurements were observed in patients on active treatment. These findings indicate that significant changes can be anticipated in larger studies, and final analyses of other biomarkers, supported by the Goodes Prize, will support advancing rasagiline into a larger trial that will confirm its effects on cognition.

“I am honored to receive this recognition and support from the ADDF and generous philanthropists like Mel and Nancy Goodes, whose determination to find new treatment options for Alzheimer’s and related dementias is pushing innovative ideas forward and bringing hope to patients,” said Dr. Cummings. “In a time when drug development is moving beyond amyloid, our initial findings with rasagiline are promising and I look forward to further investigation made possible by the Goodes Prize.”

In addition to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings’ Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery win, he was recently awarded the Alzheimer’s Association AAIC Lifetime Achievement Awards last summer. Dr. Cummings’ work in Southern Nevada earned him a Las Vegas HEALS Inspired Excellence in Healthcare award in 2014. You can learn more about his work in this video:

The Melvin R. Goodes Prize is named in honor of the courage, legacy and research advocacy of Mr. Goodes, former Warner-Lambert CEO and Chairman and honorary member of the ADDF’s Board of Governors. It was created thanks to the generosity of Mr. Goodes and his wife, Nancy, who is also on the ADDF’s Board. The Goodes Family Foundation committed $750,000 to fund the Goodes Prizes for 10 years, and the ADDF matched that contribution. Each year, the Goodes Prizes is awarded to a professionally active researcher in academia or industry who has pursued novel research and made a significant and lasting impact in Alzheimer’s drug discovery. A Selection Committee that includes leaders in the field nominates candidates for consideration and chooses a winner based on past achievements and proposed future research.

Past Awardees
2018: Michela Gallagher, PhD
2017: Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD
2016: Daniel Martin Watterson, PhD
2015: Frank M. Longo, MD, PhD

Melvin R. Goodes joined Warner-Lambert Canada as manager of new product development in 1965 and quickly rose through the ranks to become CEO and Chairman Worldwide in 1991. Under his leadership, Warner-Lambert became a major player in the prescription drug industry, bringing Lipitor to market in 1996. Lipitor, a highly effective statin, was the world’s best-selling drug, with more than $135 billion in sales. Early in his tenure as CEO, he spearheaded the development of Cognex, the first drug approved by the FDA for Alzheimer’s disease. In 2010, Mr. Goodes made headlines with a landmark speech revealing his early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and pledging to apply all his efforts to speed up the search for new therapies. Since this speech, he and his wife Nancy have become strong ambassadors for the ADDF, inspiring hope among Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers, physicians, and researchers.

Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s, employing a venture philanthropy model to support research in academia and the biotech industry. Through the generosity of its donors, the ADDF has awarded over $115 million to fund more than 590 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 18 countries. To learn more, please visit their website.

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes Five New Members to its Board of Directors

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New Directors Bring Decades of Experience, Excellent Reputations in Healthcare

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Bard Coats, President Emeritus of HealthCare Partners Nevada
  • Dr. Fermin Leguen, Chief Medical Officer/Director of Clinical Services at Southern Nevada Health District
  • Karen Rubel, Chief Executive Officer at Nathan Adelson Hospice
  • Eric Schmacker, President and Chief Executive Officer at SilverSummit Health Plan
  • Michael Ward, Chief Executive Officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Bard Coats

Dr. Coats currently serves as President Emeritus for HealthCare Partners Nevada. Before joining HealthCare Partners Nevada in 2011, Dr. Coats spent much of his medical careers as a practicing general internist in Northern California and as CMO of a large integrated health system in the Sacramento area. He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and has held various leadership roles with PacifiCare, Saint Mary’s Health Plans, and was Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare’s Southwest and Pacific regions from 2003 – 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oklahoma City University, his M.D. at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, and his Executive MBA at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Fermin Leguen

Dr. Leguen is the Chief Medical Officer/Director of Clinical Services at Southern Nevada Health District. He previously worked as the Medical Executive Director for the State of Florida Department of Health in Pasco and Hernando counties where he oversaw the delivery of clinical services at seven locations. He also spent ten years as a medical executive director and epidemiology director of the Miami County Health Department. Dr. Leguen graduated from John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Karen Rubel

Ms. Rubel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Nathan Adelson Hospice. She joined the organization in 2007 as the Vice President for Development. In addition to Ms. Rubel’s ongoing efforts managing programs, she has overseen several major construction projects. In 2008, she finalized funding efforts to build an Adult Day Care in Henderson on land donated to Nathan Adelson Hospice. Prior to working for the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, she served as Director of Advancement for the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas. Ms. Rubel earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University, and an M.A. in Administration from Dominican University in Illinois.

Eric Schmacker

Mr. Schmacker is the President and CEO of SilverSummit Health Plan and has over 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare and hospital administration. Most recently he served in the Baptist Health System in San Antonio Texas which is part of Tenet Healthcare. While at Baptist, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, and as the Chief Operating Officer at North Central Baptist Hospital. Mr. Schmacker earned his Ph. D in Health Service Research, Management and Policy from the University of Florida; a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University; and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and New York.

Michael Ward

Mr. Ward joined Encompass Health as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to working for Encompass Health, he lived in London and worked for InTouch Health as Managing Director. He oversaw the development and creation of healthcare networks using InTouch Technologies within countries throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Ward oversaw the company’s business development and operations throughout these countries. He received his Bachelor of Science in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2004 and a master’s in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University in 2006.

“We are excited to announce these five new additions to our Board of Directors,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “They bring decades of experience with excellent reputations in the industry and will help us move forward in achieving our goals to improve the quality of healthcare in southern Nevada.”

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 is located in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The office is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses to bring healthcare industry leaders together on a regular basis.

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.

Learn how you can join HEALS and connect with the healthcare community.