Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces $100 Million Anniversary Endowment Campaign

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Release, Uncategorized

Capital campaign will raise funds to safeguard the center’s growth and support its mission in perpetuity

After a decade of neurological achievements, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas is launching a $100 million endowment campaign to support long-term sustainability and serve its mission to deliver world-class treatment and research of brain disease. 

In conjunction with its milestone 10th anniversary, funds raised support continued growth of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to meet the ever-changing landscape of neurological care, including:

  • Flexibility to advance clinical programs for those impacted by brain disease
  • Capacity to pursue cutting-edge research and clinical trials
  • Resources to attract the world’s top clinicians and scientists
  • Ability to offer community education and patient and caregiver support services at no cost
  • Infrastructure to train neurological leaders of the future

“A decade of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was made possible through generous donors who believed in our mission, and now we are calling on them again to help us set our sights on long-term sustainability,” said Larry Ruvo, founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Insurance reimbursement rates do not fully support the amount and quality of care we provide, so we are fueled by the power of philanthropy. We truly believe that what happens in Las Vegas will change the world and ask the public to be a part of it by donating to our cause.”

Since partnering with Cleveland Clinic in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, supported by philanthropy from Keep Memory Alive, has earned a global reputation for diagnosing and treating devastating brain diseases while integrating research and education at every level. To date, it has:

  • Facilitated more than 165,000 patient visits
  • Conducted 70 clinical trials to advance new therapies toward FDA approval
  • Published 525 scientific papers advancing neurological research
  • Provided 41,000 support service visits to patients and families at no cost
  • Spent 55,000 hours training the next generation of medical professionals

A complete list of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s no-cost caregiver support services and upcoming educational events open to the community can be found at

“We’ve made great strides in both the research and treatment of brain disease that have changed the medical landscape in Las Vegas and beyond. While we are immensely proud of what we have accomplished thus far, we are hopeful of what we can do in the future and will use this endowment to turn our vision into a reality,” says Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., director of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “The funds secured will be used to support new research, hire brain health leaders, and fund comprehensive patient and caregiver support services.”

Las Vegas has been a supportive environment, with the community engaging to drive awareness of Nevada’s expanding healthcare climate. Recently, Vegas PBS’ “The Power of Love: The Story of Lou Ruvo and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health” won a Gold Telly Award for best original documentary. The prestigious award honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

For more information about the endowment and other opportunities to support Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit or email

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 and

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

UNLV Nursing Expanding, Earns Grant from Governor’s Office of Economic Development

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Release

UNLV Nursing will use grant funds to develop continuing education and advanced training programs in
high-need areas for Nevada nurses; school also growing undergrad programs to meet statewide need.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Pads for Pēds Announce Partnership, First Endowment

By | Grants/Endowments, Philanthropy/Giving, Press Release

Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces a new partnership with Walker Charities and their Pads for Pēds program to bring Apple iPad® “Lending Libraries” and digital entertainment tools to Las Vegas pediatric patients. A philanthropic organization that is assisting children in hospitals across the nation, the library comprises computer tablets with protective cases and charging stations that pediatric patients may use during their hospital stay.

Recently, the Pads for Pēds collaboration with Sunrise Children’s Hospital brought two new Apple iPad® ‘Lending Libraries’ to pediatric patients. The new computing gear includes ten tablets, cases and charging stations. The partnership supplies a pipeline of donations to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in offering comfort, diversion and education for young patients. The organizations intend to work together in the coming years to bring additional tools to Sunrise Children’s Hospital to aid in their joint goals.

“Through the donation from Pads for Pēds, we can help make our pediatric patients still feel like kids during their hospital stay by providing technology they relate to and look forward to using,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful for the donation and using this collaboration to improve healing.”

Pads for Pēds was born from a Walker experience that provided a single Apple iPad® to an ailing boy in Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota. Founders Brian and Diane Walker felt strongly that many more children and families could be touched through use of these amazing devices, so they sought to find ways to collaborate with great children’s hospitals across the country. To date, Pads for Pēds has delivered more than 125 tablets and related support equipment to their partner hospitals, now including Sunrise Children’s Hospital.

Tablets and digital gaming devices give patients distraction from their pain. Studies have shown Apple iPad® and other electronic devices help patients retain focus so that anxiety is often reduced. These studies found comparable anxiety reduction with the use of Midazolam, a common sedative. In addition to distraction and entertainment, Apple iPad® can be used for health education of patients and family and provide children the opportunity to connect via video chat and messaging. Partner hospitals are also finding even more ways to improve patient experiences with these emerging technologies.

Benefitting hospitals include Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Children’s Minneapolis, Portland Shriner’s, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. Pads for Pēds is preparing to add additional children’s hospital partnerships during 2019. Since inception, all foundation funding has been privately provided. The group now seeks new corporate sponsorships and additional private donations. Charity updates and paths to donations can be found on Facebook at or on their website at



Roseman University College of Nursing Awarded $2.8 million Grant

By | Featured, Grants/Endowments, Press Release, Recognition

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.” 

Ronald McDonald House Charities to Award a Record 269 Scholarship Recipients!

By | Awards, Charity Organizations, Grants/Endowments, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Las Vegas, McDonald’s owner/operators of Greater Las Vegas, and local community partners are proud to announce the RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Program recipients for 2017. More than $369,000 will be awarded in 2017 on behalf of RMHC, McDonald’s, and local community partners. 150 high school seniors and another 119 college students who were previous recipients, have been chosen to receive various scholarships offered through the RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Program.

“We know that a number of these students would not have the chance to go to college if it weren’t for the support they’re receiving from these scholarships,” says Alyson McCarthy, Executive Director of RMHC of Greater Las Vegas. “This program allows us the opportunity to help make a student’s dream of higher education come true.”

The RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.1 million in scholarships to students in Clark and Nye counties since the program began in 1999.

Local McDonald’s owner/operators help raise funds for the scholarship program by donating proceeds from every Las Vegas Review Journal newspaper sold at participating McDonald’s restaurants and by hosting “Eggs for Education,” an annual in-store fundraising event each spring. McDonald’s has contributed more than $2.1 million to the local RMHC Scholarship Program.

“Paying for college can be tough and very expensive. In today’s economic climate, really good students, whose parents may be financially strapped, are facing the prospect of having to put their college dreams on hold indefinitely,” said Eva Martin, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator.

RMHC of Greater Las Vegas has also partnered with several local community organizations in an effort to offer a wider scope of scholarship opportunities. The following partners have contributed more than $65,000 towards the 2017 program:

100 Black Men of Las Vegas Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. MLK The Village Foundation, LJP The Links Inc., Las Vegas Chapter Hispanic Educators Association of NV Hannah Brown Foundation Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. James and Eva Martin Charitable Trust

Scholarship recipients were chosen based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, and future career goals. A committee made up of McDonald’s owner/operators, RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Board Members, and a diverse group of community leaders review and score the applications and make final recommendations to the RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Board of Trustees.

Applications are available online in October. For more information, please visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Believing that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of Greater Las Vegas creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community. We fulfill our mission by providing a home-away-from-home at the Ronald McDonald House® for families who travel to Las Vegas to receive critical medical treatment for their children, and manage programs that service the immediate needs of children and families in our community. For more information on RMHC of Greater Las Vegas, visit

Nathan Adelson Hospice Receives $10,000 Donation From NV Energy

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced today that the NV Energy Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to help fund the Uncompensated Care Program at the non-profit hospice.

The Uncompensated Care Program provides comprehensive and compassionate hospice care for the uninsured and underinsured in Southern Nevada. Every year, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides approximately $1 million in unreimbursed services and care to patients with the support of generous donations from companies such as NV Energy.

“We are very grateful for the support in helping to improve the quality of life for patients and their families,” Fisher said. “Generous donations like this help thousands of community members in a variety of ways.”

The financial contribution will allow the program to keep the patient in a community-based setting and prevent unnecessary treatments and hospitalizations. It offers an interdisciplinary approach to care coordination including physical, emotional, spiritual, and social service needs.

Nathan Adelson Hospice has designed special programs and services for patients and their families to ensure their needs are met, many of which are supported by donations and grants:

  • Complementary therapies that include symptom-relieving creams, aromatherapy, pet therapy, massage, Reiki, and art therapy.
  • Camp Erin is an annual bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one.
  • The Meal Delivery Program delivers meals to homecare patients and their caregivers through a partnership with Three Square, the Southern Nevada Food Bank.
  • The Nathan Adelson Hospice Transportation Program ensures patients and families timely transportation.
  • The Families in Need Program helps patients and families who need support with everyday necessities, ranging from household supplies to assistance with utility bills to obtaining non-perishable food items.
  • Pet Peace of Mind is a program that utilizes volunteers to help patients and/or caregivers with their pets by providing transportation to veterinary and grooming appointments.
  • The Hispanic/Latino Program strives to provide the most culturally competent care to Latino patients and their families by ensuring properly trained interpreters, bilingual staff and volunteers, materials that are transcreated for Latino populations, Spanish grief support groups and community partnerships to increase access to hospice care to a traditionally underserved population.
  • The “We Honor Veterans” program strives to ensure the special needs of veterans are met through respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment.
  • Comprehensive pediatric program for ages of newborn-18.
  • The Jewish Hospice accreditation provides resources to better serve Jewish patients who are terminally ill.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for nearly 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

Cleveland Clinic Gets $1 Million Donation Multiple Sclerosis

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Releases, Recent Releases, Uncategorized

The Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) has received a $1 million donation from the Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation to establish the Samson Chair for MS Research. Dr. Le Hua, director of the Mellen Program for MS at CCLRCBH is the inaugural Chair holder and will use the funds to accelerate crucial MS research initiatives using advanced imaging provided by CCLRCBH’s new Simens Skyra T-3 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.

“With 4,000 Nevada residents living with MS, it is critical that we continue to make strides in advancing our knowledge and treatment of this life-robbing disease,” said Hua. “The Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation has been an unwavering supporter of the Cleveland Clinic throughout the years as well as a leading advocate for advancing medical research. Their generous contribution to our MS program is invaluable and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish over the next several years.”

A core part of the gift will be used to help facilitate novel MRI imaging to better understand MS. Utilizing the CCLRCBH’s new MRI machine, Hua and her team use an innovative quantitative imaging technique to measure brain water and tissue to reveal the nature of MS lesions, which are considered hallmarks of the disease and are monitored for use in developing a diagnosis. Hua believes quantitative MRI has wide potential application in the field for future multi-center studies to understand MS and in clinical trials to determine the effects of treatment.

Additionally, the Chair will support research initiatives already underway, including studies aimed at understanding the impact of aging and MS, health and wellness in MS care and promoting participation in clinical trials to provide cutting-edge treatment to patients.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at Follow us at

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit

Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide video interviews and B-roll.


City National Awards $10,000 to Touro University Nevada’s Scholarship Program

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Releases, Recent Releases

Participating in City National’s scholarship donation are (l-r) medical student Kenneth Snyder, Touro CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley, City National’s Chief Market Strategist Paul Stowell, and medical student Oksana Petrechko.

City National Bank, Nevada’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, and its equipment finance affiliate First American Equipment Finance, today announced that they have awarded Touro University Nevada with a $10,000 donation to help fund scholarships for students who need financial aid.

“City National’s support of our scholarship program has helped many of our students receive much needed funding for their medical education,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and senior provost of Touro University Nevada.  “City National has also been a strong supporter of a number of other programs at Touro including our annual gala, our alumni reception, and much more. They are wonderful corporate partners who share in our mission to help educate tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.”

Touro College and University System is the parent of Touro University Nevada.  Touro College and University System was established in New York City in 1970 by Bernard Lander, PhD, LHD, as a Jewish-sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education primarily to enrich the Jewish Heritage, and serve the larger American community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions, located primarily in Nevada, California and New York.

“With the cost of a college education continually going up there are an increasing number of young people who can’t afford to pursue their professional dreams without some financial assistance,” said Scott Aney, Nevada regional executive for City National.  “Touro is a great medical school that is filling a real need in our community.  City National is so proud to be a part of this institution of higher learning and the wonderful programs it offers to students and our community.”

Touro University has been a client of First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank company, for 15 years.  Touro has financed equipment, real estate improvements and software, and has been working with City National on a number of special programs for its students, faculty and alumni. The bank also installed an ATM on campus three years ago, and last year Paul Stowell, chief market strategist for City National, was appointed to Touro’s advisory board.

About Touro University Nevada (TUN)

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to nearly 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

About City National

With $47 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 73 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $58 billion in client investment assets.

City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 36 other countries.

For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at

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Governor: ‘A Moment In History’

By | Education, Grants/Endowments, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

Calling it “a moment in history for this university and this state,” Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 514 into law today in the UNLV Student Union. The bill, along with other measures approved during the 2015 Legislative Session, provides funding to start up the UNLV School of Medicine and to build Hospitality Hall for the Harrah Hotel College. It also provides additional funding for the William S. Boyd School of Law and to launch the International Center for Excellence in Gaming Regulation.

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