Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Named First and Only Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in Nevada

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Center Honored for Advancements in Both Clinical Care and Research

On Friday, Oct. 19, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was honored by the Parkinson’s Foundation by being designated as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, the first and only in the state of Nevada.

Lou Ruvo Center Parkinson’s Award.

Following a tour of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s state-of-the-art facilities, Sean Kramer, vice president and chief development officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation and Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, a real estate firm based in Miami, and supporter to the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network expansion, presented Zoltan Mari, MD, director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, Angie Ruvo Chair; Camille and Larry Ruvo, co-founders of Keep Memory Alive and Allison Herman, Parkinson’s Foundation board director, with a commemorative plaque to officially welcome them to the Center of Excellence global network.

Dr. Mari graciously accepted the plaque, saying “we are humbled by this recognition and will use it to continue making advancements in both clinical care and research so that our vision for a cure can one day become a reality.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network is comprised of 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States and serve more than 145,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams – neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals – who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in PD.

During the event, guests also heard from Mr. Tony Cox, a patient living with PD, who spoke about how the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has helped him and his wife, who also serves as his caregiver, navigate through the challenges of the disease by providing excellent patient care and free educational resources. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Governor Brian Sandoval sent well wishes to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 19 as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Day in both Las Vegas and the state, respectively.

Mr. Ruvo closed out the ceremony with a champagne toast, thanking everyone for attending and sharing his excitement for the future, stating “with this recognition, what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas, it benefits the rest of the world.”

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. 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 Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

Photo credit: Denise Truscello for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Roseman University and ACS Hosting Cancer Research Symposium

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Roseman University and the American Cancer Society Host Cancer Research Symposium in Summerlin

Roseman University of Health Sciences and the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer chapter for Southern Nevada will host a first-ever cancer research symposium at Roseman’s Summerlin campus on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The symposium features presentations by Michael Melner, PhD, the American Cancer Society’s Director of Molecular Genetics and Thomas Graeber, PhD, the Director of UCLA’s Metabolomics Center. Melner will be presenting an overview of American Cancer Society funding opportunities, processes, and best practices in securing funding. Dr. Graeber will speak about his work as a cancer researcher and share his perspectives on the methods and infrastructure required to execute top quality research, as well as how to build Nevada’s cancer research community.

Melner is responsible for three Peer Review Committees in the Extramural Grant department of the American Cancer Society. Graeber was the 2017 recipient of the Society’s prestigious Giants of Science Passion Award. He is also faculty at UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology.

The Nevada Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer is reaching out to institutions and companies to advance medical research within the Silver State, and Roseman has stepped forward to partner with them.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences:

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of a College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and a healthcare-focused MBA program. The University will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine once it becomes accredited. More than 5,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals in Nevada to Unveil New Names and Brand

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals Becomes Encompass Health on October 1

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson and HealthSouth Desert Canyon Rehabilitation Hospital will unveil their new names and brand as part of their Company’s name change and rebranding initiative. Beginning Oct. 1, the inpatient rehabilitation hospitals will be known respectively as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Desert Canyon. They will continue to provide the same high-quality, post-acute care for patients overcoming a variety of major illnesses and injuries.

“Our new Encompass Health brand reflects more than the change of our name. It reinforces our commitment to working together to continuously improve the care we provide our patients,” said Michael Ward, CEO of Encompass Health Las Vegas. “With a focus on clinical collaboration and strengthening relationships, we will continue to play an important role in making a difference in the lives of our patients.”

“I’m incredibly proud of how dedicated our staff is in serving our community, and we’ve built a reputation for delivering high-quality care and exceptional patient experiences,” said Sam Billig, CEO of Encompass Health Henderson. “We have consistently exceeded all benchmarks in patient satisfaction and have been highly effective in clinical outcomes. This rebrand is simply a way to emphasize our commitment to our patients and community.”

“We could not be more excited for this rebrand, and the opportunities it provides us in highlighting the successes of our hospital and the bright future ahead of us,” said Peggy Nelson, CEO of Encompass Health Desert Canyon. “The Encompass Health brand represents everything that we love about our hospital, and we are honing in on our mission of helping patients by providing the best possible care.”

Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corporation launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018 and will be transitioning its 129 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 272 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico through 2019. All of the Company’s post-acute care service locations in Nevada will migrate to the Encompass Health name and branding on Oct. 1 to follow suit with the Company’s name change.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas is a 79-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation. Serving patients throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the hospital is located at 1250 S. Valley View Blvd. and on the Web at www.healthsouthlasvegas.com.

About HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson is a 90-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout Henderson and Las Vegas, the hospital is located at 10301 Jeffreys St, Henderson, Nevada 89052 and on the Web at www.hendersonrehabhospital.com.

About HealthSouth Desert Canyon Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Desert Canyon Rehabilitation Hospital is a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout greater Las Vegas, the hospital is located at 9175 West Oquendo Road and on the Web at www.healthsouthdesertcanyon.com.

About Encompass Health
As a national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 129 hospitals and 272 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum. Driven by a set of shared values, Encompass Health is the result of the union between HealthSouth Corporation and Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit encompasshealth.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Roseman Event On How Plants Boost Immune Systems

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The Power of the Plant (No, not that plant): Immune Boosting Supplements

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Roseman University Summerlin Campus
One Breakthrough Way
Las Vegas, NV 89135

(Light dinner provided)

Presented by Dr. Manas Mandal
Supplements seem to be growing in popularity, but unregulated by the FDA, many continue to feel uncertain of their claims. This flu season, supplements were heavily marketed, think Zicam and Oscillococcinum among others. What is the efficacy of these supplements? Increasingly, consumers are reading about the benefits of various supplements like curcumin and fish oil to address a host of healthcare ailments, like inflammation, cholesterol, mood, immune and metabolic function. Who produces these supplements? Which are worth considering? What kinds of research exists to validate their claims? What risks exist in taking them? Dr. Manas Mandal, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Researcher, will walk us through the divergence of over the counter and prescription medications, and supplements, and attempt to answer some of the difficult questions that exist.

Register Now.

3rd Annual Future of Nursing in Nevada on October 6

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This year’s event theme is “NevadaNursesStrong”

The Nevada Action Coalition (NAC) remains the driving force for transforming healthcare through nursing in our state. Recognizing that important work is currently being done, and the goal of long-term sustainable change, the NAC continues to lead the way to improve the health of Nevadans.

To support NAC’s important work and to honor nurses in Nevada, the 3rd Annual Future of Nursing in Nevada black-tie event will be hosted on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino.     This year’s event theme is “NevadaNursesStrong”. Doors will open at 5pm and Registration will begin at 5:30pm. Cocktails and Silent Auction will be from 5:30pm – 7pm. Dinner will be served at 7:15pm and the program will be underway by 8pm.

Synopsis of the event:

  • Any nurse (RN/LPN) can be nominated (see attached Nomination Form – Part 1)
  • We award in eighteen (18) Future of Nevada Nurses
  • Nurses on Boards, Nevada Nurses Strong Responders and Professional Progression Accomplishments will be
  • Individuals will be notified that they have been nominated, a congratulatory email is sent to them along with information on how to complete the process and details of the
  • The Nominator or the Nominee then submits a Nomination Questionnaire – Part 2 for judging, which is done by a committee of nursing
  • Forms can be uploaded by following directions on this page
  • Winners will be announced the evening of the event

All funds raised from “Future of Nursing Awards Celebration” will support both nursing scholarships and the work of the Nevada Action Coalition.

We trust that you will honor a nurse with your sponsorship; promote this event throughout your organization and consider appointing a liaison to attend the planning committee monthly meetings. A member is available to visit your facility and provide a quick presentation.

To nominate someone for award consideration, click here, to get started.

If you have any questions, concerns or need additional information, please email:

FONNevadaNursesStrong@nvactioncoalition.org

Nevada Health Care Forum Addressing Changing Impact of Health Care

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Changing Impact of Health Care Discussion Slated for Forum in Las Vegas on October 9

The Nevada Health Care Forum (NVHCF), the largest gathering of health care professionals in the state, will host its 11th annual forum to address the changes affecting the nation’s health care systems. Hosting many of the industry’s leading health care 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. 9, at Enclave event center in Las Vegas.

This year’s event will highlight and address the national impact of health care 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 four new and exciting key presentations for attendees this year:

  • Halee Fischer-Wright, M.D., National President and CEO of MGMA, and author of Back to Balance: The Art, Science and Business of Medicine, will present a unique prescription for fixing America’s health care woes, based on her thirty years of experience as a physician and industry leader.
  • John Gorman, Founder & Executive Chair of The Gorman Health Group, will discuss the outlook for Medicare and Medicaid in Year 3 of the Trump
  • D. Kleinke, medical economist & author, will outline how organizations can avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities associated with the long overdue computerization of American medicine in his presentation: American Medicine 2.0 – the Revolution will be computerized.
  • Kevin Riddleberger, MBA, MS, PA-C, will discuss personalized health care beyond the traditional brick and mortar.

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 ”
  • Disaster Preparedness: the role in disaster preparedness and response efforts for natural or man-made disasters, pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks
  • Technology: major IT implementation and its impact on clinical outcomes
  • Personnel: leadership and employer trends in health care

Each year, hundreds of Nevada’s health care leaders gather at the Nevada Health Care 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. More than 350 people attended the forum last year. Past speakers have included governors, U.S. senators and representatives, executives of prominent health care companies and policy leaders.

“The Nevada Health Care Forum provides a valuable opportunity to learn more about our health care issues from some of the most respected industry experts our nation has to offer,” said Todd Lefkowitz, member of the Nevada Health Care Forum steering committee. “This year’s forum promises to be exciting and thought-provoking as the pace of our health care services, systems and patient care continues to accelerate. Anyone invested in the future of health care in Nevada and beyond is encouraged to attend and gain important insights from a wide range of knowledgeable speakers.”

The public is invited to attend the 11th Annual Nevada Health Care Forum. For registration information and prices, visit the event website.

For more information, please follow the Nevada Health Care Forum on its Facebook page or follow its Twitter account, @NVHealthForum.

About the Nevada Health Care Forum

The Annual Nevada Health Care Forum brings together Nevada’s health care leaders covering a broad section of the industry, including providers and provider executives (physicians, nurses, allied health providers); hospital, post-acute care facility and ancillary care provider executives, academia, employer group and health plan/insurance executives, government officials, students, media and consumers of health care. Past speakers include governors, U.S. Senators and Representatives, CEOs of large hospitals, medical groups and other health care companies, professional health care industry executives, policy leaders and more.

The Forum’s Host and Affiliate Organizations include The Nevada Chapters of the American College of health care Executives (ACHE), health care Financial Management Association (HFMA), health care Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Nevada Medical Group Management Association (NVMGMA), in conjunction with the Clark County Medical Society, Case Management Association of Las Vegas, Las Vegas HEALS, Nevada Advanced Practice Nurses Association, Nevada Health Information Management Association, Nevada Nurses Association, Nevada State Board of Nursing, Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and Washoe County Medical Society.

The public is invited to attend. Registration is now open. For registration information and prices, visit the event website.

Roseman Hosts American Cancer Society Research Symposium

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Overview of American Cancer Society Funding Best Practices

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 | 11 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Roseman University of Health Sciences
Summerlin Campus
One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV 89147

Michael Melner, PhD, Director of the Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of Cancer program in the Extramural Grants department at the American Cancer Society, will present an overview of ACS funding opportunities, processes, and best practices in securing American Cancer Society funding.

We will also hear from Thomas Graeber, PhD, Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Director, UCLA Metabolomics Center. Dr. Graeber will speak about his work as a cancer researcher and the outlook for basic science and personalized medicine guiding future therapeutic advances. He will share his perspective on the methods and infrastructure required to execute top quality research and explore ways we can build Nevada’s cancer research community.

Following the presentation, local research projects will be displayed at an informal networking reception.

Please contact Denise Keegan at denise.keegan@cancer.org for an application to display your research board. Space may be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Schedule

11 a.m. – Registration and welcome reception with light snacks
Noon – Opening Comments by Renee Coffman PhD, RPh
12:30-3:30 p.m. – Presentations by Dr. Michael Melner and Dr. Thomas Graeber
4-5 p.m. – Research showcase and reception

To attend, please RSVP to Dr. Coffman at rcoffman@roseman.edu.

Michael Melner, PhD
Michael Melner, PhD, has served as Director of the Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of Cancer program in the Extramural Grants department of the American Cancer Society since 2006. Dr. Melner is responsible for three Peer Review Committees: DNA Mechanisms of Cancer, RNA Mechanisms in Cancer, and Tumor Biochemistry and Endocrinology. His research interests have been primarily in reproductive endocrinology, examining signal transduction and the molecular mechanisms of transcriptional regulation.

Dr. Melner received his PhD in endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia in 1980 and served as a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University for three years. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine from 1983-1987, an Associate Professor at Oregon Health Sciences University and the Oregon National Primate Center from 1987-1993,and then a Professor at Vanderbilt University from 1993-2006.

Dr. Melner has published 75 papers in scientific journals and served as an editor for the journal Endocrinology for five years and an associate editor for the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology for two years. He has also served on Peer Review Committees for the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. At the American Cancer Society, Dr. Melner also serves as liaison between the research department and the California and New England Divisions. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing on the bullet-hard sandstone of the Southeast.

Thomas Graeber, PhD
Thomas Graeber, PhD, is Director, UCLA Metabolomics Center, and Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology. Dr. Graeber received his B.S. in Physics from UCLA and his PhD in Physics/Cancer Biology from Stanford University, where he studied the role of p53 in hypoxia-induced apoptosis. He did postdoctoral fellowships in signal transduction and in bioinformatics and proteomics, investigating oncogenic autocrine and kinase signaling. He is a member of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging, a Research Fellow in Computational Molecular Biology for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and an American Cancer Society Research Scholar.

Dr. Graeber takes an interdisciplinary “systems biology” approach that merges biology, chemistry, mathematics and computation/bioinformatics to understand how cancer cells communicate with their environments, process nutrients, and evade therapies. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify new ways to diagnose and treat cancer on a cellular, patient-specific level.

With numerous publications, Dr. Graeber’s work is funded not only by the American Cancer Society, but also W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the UCLA Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Prostate Cancer, a Metabolism Theme Award from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, including support from the Hal Gaba Director’s Fund for Cancer Stem Cell Research. He also received the American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Passion Award in 2017.

HEALS Partners with Blue Heron For Healthcare Happy Hour on September 13

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Luxury Marquis Seven Hills Home Hosts September’s Healthcare Happy Hour

Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members

Las Vegas HEALS and Blue Heron, a Southern Nevada-based design/build firm, have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour at Marquis Seven Hills, a notable, innovative Blue Heron development in Seven Hills. Guests can enjoy cuisine and cocktails while also touring the extraordinary custom home, designed by the award-winning Blue Heron design/build team.

The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1320 Villa Barolo Ave. in Henderson. Event registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by emailing their RSVP to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org or calling 702.952.2477. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“Our show homes are the perfect place for top notch events, such as these Healthcare Happy Hours,” said Blue Heron Founder Tyler Jones. “We’re happy to host this event to allow professionals to network in an amazing environment.”

Founded in 2004, Blue Heron is a design/build firm specializing in custom homes and boutique communities in Southern Nevada. It is the Las Vegas leader in implementing energy efficient technology and ultimate green building methods in all its homes. Blue Heron’s uncompromising commitment to quality and the originality of its designs has truly distinguished it among custom home builders in the Las Vegas Valley. Years of innovative experimentation with desert contemporary design concepts have resulted in the unmistakably unique Vegas Modern™ signature style now known synonymously with Blue Heron homes. Blue Heron Principal Tyler Jones oversees the firm, which employs several notable designers and architects. Under his leadership, Blue Heron has won numerous design awards and has achieved the “Platinum” LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and the “Emerald” certification by the National Green Building Standard.

“This next Healthcare Happy Hour at Marquis Seven Hills will be a real treat for Las Vegas HEALS members and other guests,” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “This top-of-the-line luxury home will serve as a unique backdrop for members to mingle with fellow healthcare professionals.”

Register now.

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.

 

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Finalist for LVGEA Innovation Award

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Region’s Leading Cancer Treatment Center Finalist for Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s Innovation Award

Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) is one of three finalists for Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s (LVGEA) Innovation Award. According to the LVGEA, the Innovation Award recognizes businesses or community organizations “whose groundbreaking achievements in product and service development, technology and infrastructure, research and development, or public policy have significantly impacted the economy of the greater Las Vegas area.”

Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, is being recognized for its diverse lines of service, locally and globally renowned physicians, advanced research capabilities and its ability to open and enroll patients on clinical trials quickly – and in some cases the first cancer center to open a trial in the country or the world. In terms of its impact on the local economy, Comprehensive employs 571 Southern Nevadans. Today the team boasts more than 50 medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pulmonologists and advanced practice providers. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. In 2017, more than 2,200 patients traveled to Las Vegas from out-of-state for treatment at Comprehensive for its various treatment options and advanced research capabilities.

As one of three finalists, Comprehensive Cancer Centers will be honored at LVGEA’s 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Mariposa Ballroom inside the Aria Resort & Casino, alongside fellow companies and individuals helping further community and economic growth in Southern Nevada.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Roseman University College of Nursing Awarded $2.8 million Grant

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Funds Set to Boost Primary Care Nursing Workforce in the Region

Roseman University of Health Sciences

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) has awarded $2.8 million to Roseman University’s College of Nursing to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current Registered Nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care settings. 

Roseman’s College of Nursing will implement a Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) training program in order to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues; even the distribution of the nursing workforce; improve access to care; and improve population health outcomes. 

The training programs will be implemented at both the Roseman University Nevada and Utah campuses and the surrounding communities within rural and underserved areas thereby supporting the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020.

Undergraduate nursing students will be provided with in-depth information and knowledge concerning community-based primary care initiatives; chronic disease prevention strategies; healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved populations; rural healthcare; mental health and substance abuse conditions; childhood obesity; and the need for inter-professional healthcare collaboration. 

According to Dr. Jené Hurlbut, Roseman College of Nursing professor serving as project director and principal investigator, students identified as RNPC undergraduate students will receive clinical training within the fundamentals of nursing and community mental health nursing blocks. The training will occur at facilities that are located in areas that are designated medically underserved with a focus on primary care. Additionally, RNPC students will have an opportunity to complete their practicum in an underserved primary care setting.

The Roseman College of Nursing has clinical affiliations with William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely, Nevada, Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and a partnership with the Utah Center for Rural Health who will facilitate clinical experiences in rural areas of Utah, yielding graduates ready to practice in community-based primary care teams that impact rural and underserved populations. It is anticipated that additional clinical affiliation agreements will be added in both Nevada and Utah to further support the increase in RNPC students in coming years.

Hurlbut says, Roseman College of Nursing will collaborate with county health departments and other health organizations that support inter-professional team competencies to be able to offer a robust array of training for practicing RNs. These professional development trainings will address primary care competencies, leadership training, healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations, chronic disease prevention, and various mental health topics. 

“The provision of healthcare is changing from an exclusive acute care focus, to one that encompasses a community and primary care context.  Nursing education needs to reflect these trends and prepare graduates to meet the future demands of healthcare, including those of underserved and rural populations,” said Hurlbut. “It is exciting that the HRSA grant will allow us to create a sustainable model that can be shared with other nursing education programs.”