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

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

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

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, 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:

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.

ON YOUR FEET! Cast Donates $25,000 to Keep Memory Alive

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Donation Done on Behalf of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

The ON YOUR FEET! cast donates $25,000*

Last night, Thursday, Sept. 6, Jason Martinez, who portrays Gloria’s father in ON YOUR FEET!, along with the full cast presented Mr. Larry Ruvo with a $25,000 donation to Keep Memory Alive in support of the Major José M. Fajardo Patient Services Program. The check was presented on behalf of Gloria & Emilio Estefan who started the Major José M. Fajardo Patient Services Program in honor of Gloria’s father José Fajardo who died of multiple sclerosis.

In addition to Mr. Ruvo, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts president and CEO Myron Martin, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, Drs. Le Hua, Carrie Hersh and Dietmar Cordes, along with Shaina Meyer, Sondi Facer and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health administrative director Erick Vidmar were also in attendance.

The donation will benefit Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders. Keep Memory Alive raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and by supporting the organization and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas

*Photo Credit Bryan Steffy for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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 for an application to display your research board. Space may be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.


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

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.

Roseman University of Health Sciences – Henderson Report – September 2018

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On the Henderson Campus you can feel the energy and excitement of the start of a new year of learning. The 2018-2019 academic year is now under way as we recently welcomed new students into our campus community and welcomed back returning students who will continue to learn, collaborate, and serve the public in pursuit of their chosen professions.

Returning students serve as an inspiration for new, first-year students in demonstrating the power of community service in enriching their educational experience. A great example is the College of Pharmacy’s Student Alliance. Over the course of three days in late June and early July, they volunteered at the 101st Lions Club International Health Fair at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. There, they provided blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. In all, students screened the blood glucose of about 415 individuals and found 142 (34%) to have out-of-range results. Likewise, the students screened the blood pressure of 471 individuals and found 218 (52%) to have above normal values. All of these individuals were provided information about their screening results and were encouraged to seek additional screening and care from their providers.

There are many student organizations in the colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental Medicine and University-wide that commit hours of service to local communities to help build awareness of common diseases and health risks, such as blood pressure and blood glucose, as well as cholesterol. They also conduct medication counseling, educate youth about dangers of misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and share valuable information on maintaining oral health. Additionally, these student organizations assist partner charities in our region in addressing the needs of the homeless, individuals battling cancer and at-risk youth and adults.

To strengthen the University’s commitment to educate and graduate students from underrepresented communities, the College of Pharmacy was recently awarded a grant from CVS Health to raise awareness of pharmacy careers and increase the number of Hispanic/Latino applicants to the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Originally awarded $25,000 for the endeavor, last month the grant award was expanded to $125,000. The College of Nursing is working to increase the availability of health care to underserved and rural communities in the region. A grant of $2.8 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) will help the College 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. You can read more about these grants in this issue of spectRUm.

I’d like to close this month’s Henderson report with my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the faculty and staff on campus who are dedicated to helping our students to succeed. They help us carryout our mission to educate new generations of professionals who will help advance health care. Let’s make the new academic year the best yet.

Roseman University of Health Sciences – Summerlin Report – September 2018

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Welcome to the September issue of spectRUm and Summerlin Campus happenings. Two significant events this past month are contributing to the growth of Roseman’s College of Medicine and our Summerlin Campus.

Roseman Medical Group (RMG), the College of Medicine’s clinical practice continues to grow.  RMG has added three support personnel, and, in addition to Dr. David Ginsburg, Dr. Elena Garcia, a Family Physician, began her practice in August and is now seeing patients at our Spring Valley office.  In late August, Dr. Chrissy Quartuccio-Curan joined the medical team, as well, holding several positions.  Dr. Quartuccio-Curan is a faculty member in the College of Medicine and is a practicing family physician in RMG and will begin seeing patients in this month. In addition to her roles in the College of Medicine and RMG, she serves as the Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program under Dr. Tom Hunt with our clinical partner, Valley Health System. We welcome these two new physicians to our medical group and look forward to more joining us in the near future.  Great for the community.  Excellent for the College of Medicine.  Transforming for Roseman.

We are also pleased to announce a collaborative effort with UNLV’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Buddadeb Dawn, Chair of Internal Medicine at UNLV School of Medicine, and his team of researchers have moved in to the Engelstad Research Building of the Summerlin campus. Roseman’s College of Medicine and UNLV School of Medicine, through the support of the two medical school deans, are interested in identifying collaborative activities between the two institutions. They have signed an MOU that can lead to further collaboration. This is a win for Roseman University and the College of Medicine, creating a partnership that is important for our higher education institutions, and is a win for our community demonstrating that medical educational institutions in this city are committed to collaboration.

Another Roseman University partner, Cure 4 The Kids, has taken residence in the Breakthrough Building and will begin providing patient care this week. The College of Medicine hosted a potluck lunch for the employees of Cure 4 The Kids in August to welcome them to the Summerlin Campus. You may read more regarding Cure 4 the Kids in Roseman’s announcement here.


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.