Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Pays Tribute to 10 Years with Time Capsule Event

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Healthcare Leader Celebrates 10 Years in Nevada with Special Event

On Thursday, July 11, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health celebrated 10 historic years in Nevada with a commemorative time capsule event to recognize the tremendous impact the center has made over the past decade, thank the Las Vegas community for its unwavering support, and honor the future of health care and brain disease research.

Nearly 300 patients, caregivers and community leaders gathered at the reception to compose personalized messages that were included in the community time capsule, cementing their experiences and hopes for the future of brain disease for years to come. Additional items sealed in the time capsule included:

  • A commemorative coin from Mayor Carolyn Goodman
  • Forward thinking statements from each of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health physicians on the future of brain disease research and treatment
  • A plaque from the center’s grand opening celebration in 2009
  • A Team Ruvo t-shirt symbolizing that the future of brain disease will not be a “one size fits all” treatment, complete with signatures of Cleveland Clinic staff and event attendees
  • A congratulatory letter from Touro University Nevada

Following the reception, John Katsilometes, famed entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal kicked off the program by welcoming Former Mayor of Las Vegas and long-time supporter of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Oscar Goodman to the stage to discuss the influence that the center has made on Nevada’s health care industry, referencing that, “Las Vegas will be known as the city where the cure took place.”

Continuing the program, Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., director of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, showcased the achievements in clinical research and treatment over the past decade, and was followed by presentations from Jean Georges, caregiver and one of the first volunteers for the center, Tina Dortch, patient at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and a special message on behalf of Camille and Larry Ruvo thanking the Las Vegas community for its support of their mission during the 10-year journey.

Las Vegas Raiders owner and newlyappointed Keep Memory Alive Board Member Mark Davis spoke on his excitement to be a part of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the future of world class health care in Las Vegas. He then congratulated both the center and the entire Las Vegas community on this milestone achievement and surprised the crowd with a $25,000 outright donation to Keep Memory Alive, fundraising arm of the center.

Dr. Sabbagh closed the presentation with forward-thinking objectives for the next 10 years of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as well as hopeful achievements in the health care industry sharing, “And if the answers to these diseases are going to happen, they’re going to happen here in Las Vegas because of you, because of the support from the community.”

The program concluded with a ceremonial sealing of the time capsule by Dr. Sabbagh, Oscar Goodman, Jean Georges, Tina Dortch and Mark Davis.

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.

 

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes New and Renewing Members in May

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Nevada’s Healthcare Advocacy Group Welcomes New and Renewing Sponsors

Las Vegas HEALS (Health | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), the largest nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced AMG Specialty Hospital, Ready Responder Nevada, Alliance Mental Health Specialists, Innovative Pain Care Center and First Legal recently joined its’ membership ranks.

The following companies joined Las Vegas HEALS at the sponsorship level in May:

  • Cross Country Mortgage: Stakeholder Sponsorship – With a nationwide footprint, CrossCountry Mortgage is one of the largest privately held mortgage lenders in the country, with the soul of a small company. Clients receive direct access to a dedicated team of mortgage professionals with local market knowledge and expertise. While leveraging technology for maximum efficiency, the company is powered by human beings to meet the needs of today’s high-touch consumer experience – matched by industry leading incentives.
  • Easterseals Nevada: Basic Sponsorship – Comprehensive Cancer Centers has been treating patients in Southern Nevada for more than 40 years. Comprehensive has grown with the community and developed a practice that offers medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary medicine, cancer genetic counseling, and clinical research. The multi-specialty practice strives to recruit the best providers, invest in state-of-the-art technology and offer the latest treatments and services.

The following companies renewed their membership in May: Comagine Health, Silver State Health Insurance, Holland & Hart, Desert Perinatal Associates, UMP Urologicals, Strategic Wealth Design, Guardian Elite Medical Services, SR Construction

The following companies renewed their membership at the sponsorship level in May:

  • Encompass Health Rehabilitation: Stakeholder Sponsor – As a national leader in post-acute, Encompass Health 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.

“We’re grateful to our new and renewing members for their continued support and commitment to improve the quality of health in Southern Nevada,” stated Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.  “It is wonderful to see so many new organizations opening or expanding in Las Vegas, and we are always thrilled when these organizations join the membership ranks of Las Vegas HEALS.”

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.

Umbach Presents Need for Third Medical School in Southern Nevada

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Tripp Umbach Shares Plans at ‘Taking Medical Education and Healthcare Transformation to the Next Level’ Forum

Roseman University College of Medicine hosted a Town Hall titled, “Taking Medical Education and Healthcare Transformation to the Next Level,” presented by Tripp Umbach, regarding the need for a third medical school in southern Nevada. Tripp Umbach’s reputation is well-known in the healthcare education sector of Las Vegas. Recently, the group engaged in key stakeholder interviews, collected data, reviewed historical surveys, and examined public and government sources on behalf of Roseman. Read the full story in Nevada Business.

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

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Burkhead, Resh and Parent Add Talents to Healthcare Advocacy Organization

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced today that it recently welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Dan Burkhead, president of the Clark County Medical Society
  • Dr. Bill Resh, Managing Partner of Nevada Heart & Vascular
  • Derek Parent, Vice President of Cross Country Mortgage

“We are excited to announce these three 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.”

Dr. Burkhead has been in practice in Las Vegas since 1999 and he opened the Innovative Pain Care Center in 2001. The clinic has grown to include 7 practitioners, with offices throughout the entire Las Vegas valley. He currently serves on several boards and committees devoted to solving the prescription opioid abuse epidemic, including the Governor’s Committee, as well as working with the Attorney General and the DEA within the State of Nevada. Dr. Burkhead has been an active member of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) since 2002, and now serves as its president.

Dr. Reshcurrently serves as Nevada Heart Vascular Center’s president and managing partner since it was founded in 1998. After attending medical school at the University of Southern California, he performed his residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of California, Irvine. His areas of expertise include: Cardiac Arrhythmia Management, Ablation Procedures, and Defibrillator/Pacemaker Implantation. Dr. Resh has also sat on the executive boards and been Chair of Medicine at several of the local Las Vegas hospitals.

Parent is a seasoned mortgage professional at CrossCountry Mortgage who is passionate about making a difference in his community. Derek brings his unparalleled expertise and twenty plus years of experience to his clients, who include first-time home buyers and local heroes such as the valley’s beloved veterans, police, firefighters, teachers, and medical workers. As a dedicated member of the Las Vegas business community, Parent is committed to elevating 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.

VA Hospital Gets NEW CEO

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CEO Sees New Opportunities for North Las Vegas VA Hospital

For the new director and CEO of the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, a sense of duty and service goes back generations.

William “Bill” Caron, who just finished his second week at the helm of the North Las Vegas VA facility, is an Air Force veteran who began his medical career as a physical therapist at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Read the full story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Roseman University – Summerlin Report – Summer 2019

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Greetings from the Summerlin Campus. In the months of May and June, two significant events are placing Roseman University of Health Sciences in Nevada’s healthcare spotlight.

First, on May 15th President Renee Coffman and I, in my role as Dean of the College of Medicine, were invited to attend a legislative session where state Senators Joe Hardy and Marilyn Dondero-Loop introduced us to the legislative body. Dr. Hardy presented and read a Proclamation signed by five legislators from both parties and both chambers, recommending that the citizens of Nevada “are encouraged to provide philanthropic support for the development of the College of Medicine at Roseman University….” The Proclamation recognized Roseman University for its excellence in healthcare education as a private, non-profit university. In addition, it stated, “Roseman University of Health Sciences is commended and supported in their efforts to serve the great State of Nevada by establishing an accredited medical school that provides excellence in education, comprehensive patient care, and research.” It was encouraging to hear the legislators highlight the need for another college of medicine and applaud Roseman University for pursuing this worthy endeavor for Southern Nevadans and their healthcare needs.

Roseman University has accomplished significant milestones in its 20-year history, and this Proclamation is testament to its on-going focus to continue to be a significant healthcare educational leader in Nevada. Over the years, our university has provided healthcare education for students in the professions of nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry providing an excellent foundation for the concept of creating a medical school. Considering the upcoming 20th anniversary of our university and its accomplishments, the College of Medicine would be a major capstone for the university, fulfilling the final requirement necessary to establish an Academic Health Center. We are grateful for the recognition and efforts of our legislators regarding this very important moment in the history of our university.

Second, Tripp Umbach is currently conducting research regarding the need for a third medical school in southern Nevada. Tripp Umbach’s reputation is well-known in the healthcare education sector of Las Vegas. Recently, they have again engaged in key stakeholder interviews, collected data, reviewed historical surveys, and examined public and government sources for the purpose of presenting a Town Hall on the Summerlin Campus the morning of June 19th (8:30 – 10:00 AM). They will update the university and the community regarding southern Nevada’s healthcare needs. This event will be a time of information and Q & A, highlighting  how Roseman University can fit in the continually evolving healthcare narrative of Southern Nevada – as they bring on another medical school. Community leaders and media members will be present. If you would like to attend on the Summerlin Campus, please respond to Jennifer Haley at jhaley@roseman.edu or call 702-802-2869.

In this season of celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Roseman University these are two more reasons to be thankful for the opportunity to work with our community, in the service of healthcare.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

NV Indy: Incremental Health Policy Changes Highlight 2019 Legislative Session

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Nevada Indy: ‘A lot of little things’: Incremental health policy changes favored over sweeping reform in 2019 legislative session

Lawmakers this session took patients out of the middle of negotiations between providers and insurance companies over out-of-network hospital bills in a landmark bill decades in the making and codified the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions amid ongoing threats at the federal level. Read the full story in the Nevada Independent.