Mike Willden Retires and Reflects on Four Decades of Healthcare Service

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Former Chief of Staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval Talks to Nevada Indy

Mike Willden

Mike Willden is considered one of the most knowledgeable civil servants in Nevada — when he spent his final day on the clock last Friday as former Gov. Brian Sandoval’s chief of staff, he ended a 45-year career with the state.

Willden hasn’t decided on his next steps, but at 63, he said he’s not yet ready to retire. He sat down with The Nevada Independent on Tuesday to field questions on the origins of Nevada’s healthcare and welfare systems and where he thinks it should go under Gov. Steve Sisolak’s leadership.

Read the full story in the Nevada Independent.

Clark County Medical Society Alliance Fashion Show Set for March 19

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Event Benefits Organizations Connect Families with Expert Organizations

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance is having their 18th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon to support another great healthcare related cause, Autism Spectrum Disorder, on March 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

The event works to bridge the local Autism Community with the local Medical Community in transitioning families with Autism to adulthood. Donations are supporting three organizations; Sunshine Nevada, UNLV Project FOCUS, New Vista offering socialization, recreation, upper-education and housing.

About the Fashion Show

The Fashion Show presenter is Vasari at Tivoli Village who will be showcasing their spring collections at luncheon held at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Four Seasons Las Vegas
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 632-5000
Map Link: Directions

Tickets & Sponsorships

Individual Tickets are $225.00
Table of 10 is $2,250

Click here for tickets.

Sponsorships opportunities available at the Platinum, Gold & Silver Levels. Contact Clark County Medical Society Alliance at for more details:

Clark County Medical Society Alliance
2590 E. Russell Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

E-mail: ccmsa.info@gmail.com

Nathan Adelson Hospice Names April Stewart as Chief Nursing Officer

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Stewart Responsible for Nursing Operations Leadership, Direction and Administration

Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice, today announced April Stewart, RN and CHPN, has been promoted to the position of Chief Nursing Officer for the nonprofit hospice.

April Stewart, Chief Nursing Officer for Nathan Adelson Hospice.

In her role, Stewart will be responsible for providing leadership, direction and administration of nursing operations to ensure compliance with the organization’s strategic plans and objectives, in order to maintain high-quality, cost-effective hospice and palliative services.

Prior to this promotion, Stewart was hired as the Director of Palliative Care for Nathan Adelson Hospice. In that role, she led the palliative care team and served as project manager for the implementation of new palliative care software and worked with the Nathan Adelson Hospice team and product engineers as they built it. She played a major role in the expansion of the home-based palliative care program.

She also stepped in as the Interim Admissions Clinical Manager where she was responsible for clinical oversight of the admission team members. She partnered with the business development team to foster relationships with healthcare providers and the community, in order to support patients in need of hospice services.

Stewart began her medical career as a triage nurse and took on various leadership positions, including hospice patient care administrator and later hospice executive director. Of her 14 years of healthcare experience, 12 have been in hospice care. Prior to her healthcare career, she was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. Most recently, Stewart was Executive Director and Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Remita Health, where she provided oversight for seven locations and clinical operations for the multi-site hospice agency.

Stewart earned her Associate’s Degree in the Science of Nursing from Maric College in San Diego, CA. She holds memberships in several organizations, including HPNA, the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. She holds a certification in hospice and palliative nursing and is an active community volunteer.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice has been providing hospice care and palliative medicine for over 40 years. The oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada cares 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 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.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.

UNLV Attains Tier 1 Research Status

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University joins the ranks of just 120 institutions nationwide classified by Carnegie as “very high research activity” – or R1 – the gold standard for university research metrics

UNLV advances research efforts.

NLV’s drive to rise among the nation’s top public research universities took a major step forward this week when it was elevated to R1 “very high research activity” status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

R1 is the gold standard for university research classifications, and out of 4,000 institutions nationwide, UNLV now is one of just 120 with the distinction. UNLV had been classified as “high research activity,” or R2, in Carnegie’s last update in 2015.

The news comes as UNLV continues to press forward on its Top Tier Initiative, a campuswide strategic plan to join the ranks of the nation’s top public universities in research, education, and community impact by 2025. This plan includes earning the top classification by Carnegie.

“This achievement is validation of the commitment and efforts of many individuals, and a step along our journey for UNLV to be the very best it can be,” said UNLV President Marta Meana. “Reaching the highest Carnegie classification is years in the making and will have a wide-ranging impact from recruitment of top faculty and students, to broadening our research efforts, to attracting new businesses that will boost economic growth in our state. This is a proud day for UNLV and the community, and we will continue our meaningful work in Southern Nevada and beyond.”

According to Carnegie’s classification website, data from the National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation (NSF) surveys is pulled to determine the classifications. The organization calculates research activity in a variety of categories, including but not limited to doctoral degrees granted, NSF-reported research expenditures, and the number of post-doctoral and non-faculty researchers.

NSF-reported research expenditures are on the rise at UNLV, from $42 million in fiscal year 2015 to $66 million in 2017. The university has also grown its doctoral programs across the disciplines and is awarding more doctoral degrees overall, moving from 124 research doctoral degrees in 2013-14 to 162 degrees in 2017-18.

“We could not have reached this major milestone of our Top Tier strategic plan without all the hard work, dedication and ongoing collaboration among our college deans, chairs, faculty, and staff,” said UNLV Provost and Executive Vice President Diane Chase. “It is a testament to the spirit of our UNLV faculty, staff and students whose creativity and innovation drive so much of our research.”

UNLV becomes the first institution in Nevada to earn Carnegie’s highest distinction, and joins eight other universities as new arrivals for 2018: Dartmouth College, Oklahoma State University, Drexel University, Mississippi State University, Binghamton University, the University of Colorado, Denver, the University of Auburn, and the University of Alabama.

The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for classifying the research activities of colleges and universities in the U.S. for more than 40 years. The first classification was published in 1973, nearly 20 years before UNLV awarded its first Ph.D. in English in 1991.

UNLV’s first Carnegie designation was earned in 1987, when it was classified as a “Comprehensive I” institution, recognizing its offering of graduate education through master’s degrees. Seven years later, UNLV was reclassified as a “Comprehensive Master’s-granting University,” with more than 40 master’s degrees, and earned a ”Doctoral/Research University-Intensive” designation in 2000.

Since 2000, UNLV has greatly expanded its graduate degree programs campuswide, which includes a School of Dental Medicine and the Boyd School of Law, both firsts for Nevada, and a School of Public Health. UNLV awarded 171 professional practice degrees – in law and dental medicine – last year, with those numbers expected to rise with the 2017 launch of the UNLV School of Medicine.
About UNLV

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff that is recognized as “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada.

Source: UNLV

Sunrise Hospital Celebrates 60 Years of Patient Care in Las Vegas

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Local Institution Has Been Helping Valley Residents Since 1958

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center turns 60 this year. The facility on Maryland Parkway near Desert Inn Road has been seeing patients since 1958. From then until now, the hospital has celebrated a number of achievements, including opening the valley’s first children’s hospital.

“I didn’t think I’d be here for it,” said David Jost, facilities project engineer as he looks at memorabilia on a table.

“This is the oldest blueprint I could find from 1971.”

Items, including newspaper clippings, showcase the 60 year history of the hospital.

“That’s how far it’s grown from that, like a bunch of wings going out, single story to this multi-tower campus that we have now,” Jost said.

Lots of changes in six decades.

Jost as seen many of them during his 35 years working as an engineer.

“I was just looking to break into the electrical trade and they provided me an opportunity here after I did an interview and hired me on the spot and that’s what happened.”

Jost and other staff attended a diamond jubilee celebration at the hospital on Wednesday. An event highlighting the hospital’s accomplishments.

“Our founders brought the first CT scanner to town, brought the first cardiac program to town. Prior to that, folks had to leave and go to California for healthcare,” said CEO Todd Sklamberg, Sunrise Hospital.

Opening the children’s hospital also became another first in the valley.

“Now it’s the most comprehensive facility here, not just in southern Nevada but the entire state,” Sklamberg said.

While the event focuses on the medical campus’s past, there’s also a look to the future which includes building a new five-story tower.

“We’re also adding another 72 beds here at the hospital to meet the needs of the community both today and for the next 10 years,” Sklamberg said.

Jost proudly reflects on his time.

“I’ve been able to be involved in a lot of different projects, a lot of things, a lot of growth and it’s a big deal,” Jost said.

And he looks forward to being a part of the future accomplishments.

The hospital opened with less than 100 medical staff and 62 beds. Now, it boasts a medical staff of 1,400 and 690 beds on a 16-acre campus.

Governor Sandoval announces $3.3M in funding for new medical school programs

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Efforts to Help Keep More Nevadans Developing Skills In-State

Excellent healthcare for all Nevadans a top priority for Governor Brian Sandoval

Governor Brian Sandoval announced the funding of four graduate medical education residency and fellowship programs intended to grow Nevada’s physician workforce. The Governor accepted the recommendations of his Graduate Medical Education (GME) Task Force for distribution of $3,324,520 approved in the executive budget during the 2017 legislative session.

“Ensuring Nevadans have access to high-quality healthcare has been one of my top priorities in office,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Growing Nevada’s physician workforce is essential to meeting this goal and funding from this grant will help increase the number of physicians completing their graduate medical education in Nevada.”

According to the State Board of Medical Examiners, there are 175 licensed physicians per 100,000 residents in Nevada, compared to 261.8 per 100,000 nationwide. Within four years, today’s funding is expected to create 5 new residency and fellowship positions across Nevada in high-demand specialties, helping ensure more of Nevada’s medical students will remain in the State to practice medicine.

“Graduate Medical Education is an important part of Nevada’s strategy to grow its physician workforce and increase access to high-quality healthcare. We’re excited that these partnerships will provide new residency programs and state-of-the-art instruction for Nevada’s next generation of doctors,” said Brian Mitchell, Director of the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology.

Currently, Nevada produces more undergraduate medical students than it has available residencies and fellowships. Additionally, Nevada currently lacks fellowships in some specialties that are of interest to students. As a result, many highly educated students are forced to leave the state for further training at a time when they are beginning real-world application of their advanced education. The GME Grant funding awarded today will assist the State in attracting, educating, and retaining more doctors for Nevada.

The funding is broken up between the four programs:

  • Valley Health – $961,955
  • Critical Care Medicine – $80,00
  • Critical Care Surgery Fellowship – $1,560,179
  • Geriatrics Fellowship – $722,346

About the GME Task Force: On March 11, 2014, Governor Sandoval issued EO 2014-07 establishing a GME Task Force to develop recommendations for state funding of GME in the 2015 legislative session. The Governor accepted the recommendations and included $10 million for GME in his executive budget in the 2015 session, which was approved by the Legislature. In 2015, the Governor issued EO 2015-30, reestablishing the GME Task Force and charging it with providing recommendations on how to best distribute the $10 million allocated by the Legislature towards improving GME in Nevada. The Task Force developed a Request for Proposals and solicited applications from accreditor-approved GME programs or sponsoring institutions, evaluated the proposals and made recommendations to the Governor for funding. In 2016, the State awarded $10 million in grant funding to ten recipients. In 2017, the Legislature again funded the Governor’s recommendation of $10 million to grow the physician

workforce. The first $5 million was awarded in June to eight applicants. The remaining $1,675,480 will be awarded next spring following a competitive application process. The Task Force is staffed by the

Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. More information can be found at http://osit.nv.gov.

Roseman University Introduces Roseman Dental

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University Increases Services and Maximizes Patient Recruitment Efforts

Since opening in 2009, the Roseman University College of Dental Medicine’s Orthodontic Clinic at the Henderson Campus has helped thousands of patients of all ages reimagine their smiles by providing affordable, high-quality orthodontic treatment.

Roseman Dental sets up for future growth

Last month, the University completed construction of a new dental clinic, located adjacent to the Orthodontic Clinic, to offer general and advanced dentistry. In 2019, the clinic will serve as the home of a new Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program. In the meantime, the clinic is already providing dental care to patients, and the added services allow patients to access all of their dental needs in one convenient location.

With the expanded services, and additional residency dental programs planned for both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses in the coming years, the Roseman University Marketing Office has implemented a plan to reintroduce all of the College of Dental Medicine clinics under the name Roseman Dental. This allows the University to maximize patient recruitment efforts with consistent messaging and brand identity, bolster referral opportunities between clinics, and to create scalability for future growth.

Next week, a new Roseman Dental Website will be unveiled at rosemandental.com. The Website will serve both the Henderson and South Jordan campuses with campus-specific pages appearing in the Nevada and Utah markets via geotagging. The single Website allows the Marketing Office to manage fewer sites, eliminating redundancy, while also creating an opportunity to implement a more aggressive and targeted digital marketing campaign to recruit patients.

Additionally, fresh photos and videos featuring residents, faculty and patients from both campuses are being used to create new promotional videos, television commercials, print advertisements, brochures and other marketing materials to be rolled out in the New Year.

The College of Dental Medicine social media channels have also been revamped. The Roseman Dental clinics in Henderson can now be found at @RosemanDentalNV and the South Jordan clinics can be found at @RosemanDentalUT on Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, the clinics at both campuses will be managed through a single account at @RosemanDental.

The Orthodontic Clinic was established as the first clinical practice of the College of Dental Medicine and offers care through the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA (AEODO/MBA) residency program. The program enrolls 10 residents per year and up to four interns. The residents are all dental school graduates and licensed dentists, and are paired with expert board certified or board eligible orthodontic faculty to provide the best care for clinic patients.  The clinic offers an array of orthodontic treatments that include two-phase treatment, traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign®, retainers, and more.

The new Roseman Dental general dentistry clinic in Henderson, along with the dental student, AEGD and urgent care clinics in South Jordan offer a range of services, including dental examinations and x-rays, extractions, tooth sealants, root canals, dental fillings, teeth cleaning, periodontal procedures, dentures, crowns, bridges and implants. Treatment is provided at the Henderson clinic by faculty and resident dentists who are licensed Nevada dentists. Treatment at the South Jordan campus is provided by student dentists enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, under the supervision of faculty members who are licensed Utah dentists, or AEGD residents who are also licensed Utah dentists.

Roseman Dental clinics are an affordable option for dental needs, offering treatment at rates that are typically lower than at a traditional dental or orthodontic office. Dental insurance is not required for treatment and payment is accepted in cash, credit or debit cards. The clinics accept Medicaid for procedures that are covered under that plan. Insurance is accepted. For questions regarding insurances or to schedule an appointment, please call 702-968-5222 (Henderson, Nevada) or 801-878-1200 (South Jordan, Utah).

Source: Roseman University of Health Sciences

Touro University Nevada Welcomes Dr. Wolfgang G. Gilliar as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Award-Winning, Internationally Recognized Academic Leader Joins Touro Team

Touro University Nevada named the internationally recognized Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar as its new Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will begin his tenure as Dean on Jan. 2, 2019.

Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar

“I feel tremendously honored to have been selected as the next dean of TUNCOM,” said Dr. Gilliar. “Nothing could be more rewarding than preparing the physicians of the future by bringing the biological and science concepts of medicine together with a social and cultural mission. Through its expansion and recent innovations, TUNCOM stands poised to become a leader in this enhanced form of medical education as we develop joint health education skills with the various health professions.”

Prior to joining Touro, Dr. Gilliar served as Dean and Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) College of Osteopathic Medicine for more than five years. He previously served as Professor and Chair of NYIT’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, as an adjunct Assistant Professor for Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and as Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliar was also the Director of the Acute Brain Injury Unit at Tufts University’s Greenery Rehabilitation Center in Boston.

Dr. Gilliar is an award-winning and internationally recognized academic leader in medical education. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Educational Consortium.

Dr. Gilliar was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Medical Schools of New York. He has served as Chair of AACOM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Medical Education Transition and member of the ACCOM Ad Hoc Committee on Governance. In addition, he served as the Inaugural Chair of the Advanced Test Items Committee for the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and was a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of State Government Affairs Telemedicine Workgroup Affiliate.

Overseas, Dr. Gilliar was instrumental in introducing a three-year Osteopathic Manual Medicine Curriculum to the German Society of Osteopathic Medicine which has become recognized throughout Europe. Throughout his accomplished career, Dr. Gilliar has received numerous awards, including the Educator of the Year Award(2012) bestowed by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

“I am delighted that Wolfgang is joining us at Touro as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “He brings an extensive and diverse background in osteopathic medical education. He is a respected national leader within the medical community and I know that he will help strengthen Touro’s position as the leading medical educator in Nevada and in the country.”

Source: Touro University News

Las Vegas HEALS Re-energizes Task Force to Address Healthcare’s Workforce Challenges

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Task Force to Form Recruitment, Retention and Education Subcommittees

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, human resource leaders of area healthcare organizations convened for a Lunch & Learn series delivered by the recently relaunched Workforce Task Force of Las Vegas HEALS. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Packham, Nevada’s top expert on Healthcare Workforce matters. Dr. Packham delivered a one-hour presentation highlighting several of his reports and findings on physician, nursing, and allied health shortages in Nevada (click here for PowerPoint presentation).

John Packham

The Task Force has had success in the past when it assisted in doubling the nursing programs in Nevada as well as created the Healthcare 2020 Program, which developed nurse residency programs in southern Nevada. The Task Force also attended nursing career fairs in cities across the country. At the meeting, the group discussed its upcoming goals for 2019 by its’ newly appointed Task Force leaders.

Meeting Summary:

  • The Board of Directors recently appointed new Task Force Leaders
    • Jim Andres – Vice President of Human Resources for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and 20+ year executive recruitment veteran
    • Andrew Priest – Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Touro University Nevada
    • Carolyn Yucha – Retired Dean of the UNLV School of Nursing
  • Three new subcommittees will be formed
    • Recruitment – How to attract them (healthcare professionals) here
    • Retention – How to keep them here
    • Education – How to grow them here
  • The Task Force’s future plans
    • Develop a job board for healthcare employers to post jobs
    • Recruit from medical meetings being held in Las Vegas
    • Partner with Hiring Our Heroes to attract exiting military veterans to the area
    • Develop retention programs in partnership with the Customer Service Excellence Awards hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
    • Create a directory of all the nursing and allied health schools in southern Nevada

The Task Force will meet monthly in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus Auditorium – adjacent to the Las Vegas HEALS office. Moving forward, lunch will be sponsored each month. A big thank you goes to our October lunch sponsor, Fingerprinting Express (FE). FE offers livescan fingerprints, background checks, notary and passport/visa photos. Founded in 2003, their Culture To Care™ program has offered discounted fingerprint fees for teachers, volunteers, nonprofits and military – totaling over $500,000.  FE is getting people back to work and licensed faster than traditional screening methods through the implementation of proprietary efficiencies and exclusive systems. FE is an approved fingerprint vendor for Nevada boards and divisions, including healthcare.

Member human resource leaders and educators interested in joining the Workforce Task Force should contact Pam@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Members interested in sponsoring a future lunch can reach out to membership@LasVegasHEALS.org.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramps Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

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Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Ramping Up for PREVIEW LAS VEGAS 2019

Click to learn more about PREVIEW 2019

Preview Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Thomas & Mack Center – Cox Pavilion
Preview Las Vegas is the Vegas Chamber’s signature annual trade show and economic forecasting conference; featuring more than 100 local business and government exhibitors, 2,000+ attendees, an information-packed speaker series and complimentary lite bites from some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants.  Learn More


NEW! Early Bird Ticket Pricing
(Through Dec. 31)
$45/Chamber Member or $50/Non-Member



Early Bird Exhibitor Booth Pricing
(Through Nov. 30)
$1,125/Single Booth or $1,650/Double Booth