Easterseals Nevada Hires Lisa Manning as New CFO

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Easterseals Nevada (“ESN”) announced that Lisa Manning has been named Chief Financial Officer for the organization.

Lisa Manning joins Easterseals.

Manning, who assumed the position in January, has over 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant and over a decade of experience as a CFO. She prominently served as the CFO/COO of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where she was responsible for overseeing the development of the center’s $80 million campus, including the famous Frank Gehry building in downtown Las Vegas and the expansion of critical healthcare services in Southern Nevada.

“It is always so rewarding to bring sound business and financial principles to the non-profit community that supports future sustainability without compromising the organization’s mission,” said Manning.

Manning earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from University of Washington. In 2017, she was named CFO of the Year by Southern Nevada’s Financial Executives Institute.

“On behalf of Easterseals Nevada and the patients, clients and families we serve, I’m honored to welcome Lisa to our organization,” said Christine Zack, President and CEO of Easterseals Nevada. “We were fortunate to recruit a seasoned CFO and healthcare executive to oversee the critical financial planning and analysis involved with the expansion and innovation of our services throughout the state. Lisa’s reputation in the community as a respected leader and CFO has already enhanced the prestige of our operations and mission. I am excited to collaborate with Lisa to further the growth of Easterseals Nevada.”

Easterseals Nevada Appoints Christine Zack New President and CEO

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Easterseals Nevada (“ESN”) announced that Christine Zack has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Easterseals Nevada.

Easterseals appoints Christine Zack

Zack, who assumed the position in December after a pro bono executive search by Mark Wayman, has 15 years of experience serving as a member of the corporate senior management team for four national for-profit healthcare companies. In these roles, she provided strategic guidance on all aspects of organizational affairs. Zack has served in the roles of executive vice president, chief strategy officer, senior vice president, chief risk officer and vice president, corporate counsel for national hospital and skilled nursing chains, and as chief strategy officer for a digital health company.

Currently, Zack also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she created and teaches “Health Care Law & Ethics for Managers” in the Executive Master in Healthcare Administration program. She has also served as a director of the Nevada Public Employees’ Benefits Program Board since being selected for the position via gubernatorial appointment in 2016. In her personal life, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Shade Tree, where she is also a member of the Executive Committee. Zack is the president of her neighborhood property owners’ association Board of Directors and the board liaison for her neighborhood social committee, which she founded in 2015.

One of Zack’s greatest rewards has been contributing to healthcare access and choice for residents of Nevada.

“I am excited to build statewide awareness about the innovative services offered by Easterseals Nevada,” Zack said. “We provide top-ranked physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and educational services to more than 600 children in state-of-the-art facilities in Las Vegas and Reno, and similar in-home early intervention services with a focus on children who are working to reach developmental milestones. Additionally, we provide programs for over 200 adults with intellectual and physical limitations through our Capability & Career Enhancement Program and Capability Centers and for all ages through our Independent Living and Capability Enhancement/Enrichment programs.”

Zack received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Dickinson College. In 2017, Zack was featured in American Healthcare Leader magazine for her leadership at Mariner Health Care and was also accepted into the American Health Care Association’s prestigious leadership program.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and the patients, clients and families we serve, I’m honored to welcome Christine to Easterseals Nevada,” said Karl Armstrong, Chairman of Easterseals Nevada Board of Directors. “We were fortunate to recruit a seasoned healthcare executive to innovate and expand our services throughout the State. Christine is a visionary who has brought tremendous strategic insight to our business operations and mission. Her leadership over the past two months has already had a profound positive impact on our organization. The board is excited to support Christine’s strategic vision and further the growth of Easterseals Nevada.”

Medical Travelers Will Navigate Las Vegas using Elon Musk’s The Boring Company – the Future of Transportation in Las Vegas

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New Technology Keeps City Ahead of Global Competition

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) announced a recommendation to select The Boring Company (TBC) to design, construct and operate a people mover for the Las Vegas Convention Center via a loop of underground express-route tunnels that could carry passengers in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds. Upon approval by the LVCVA Board of Directors on March 12, the project would be another first for Las Vegas and have the potential to connect Downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor, McCarran International Airport and beyond.

“The selection of The Boring Company for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s on-property, guest transportation solution leads the way to the evolution of transportation overall in Southern Nevada,” said LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill. “Our destination thrives on innovation and reinvention and The Boring Company’s concept allows us to continue providing the world-class experience our guests and clients have come to expect and move people in an efficient and cost-effective manner with advanced technology.”

Currently in the midst of an expansion, the Las Vegas Convention Center will span 200 acres when complete in time for CES in 2021. Conventioneers walking the facility will log approximately two miles from end-to-end hence the need for an on-property guest transportation solution. In 2018, Las Vegas had more than 42 million visitors. The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts more than 1 million convention attendees annually. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada carries approximately 12 million passengers per year within the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor.

“We are excited to work with the LVCVA to provide a world-class mass transit system in Las Vegas,” said Steve Davis, president, The Boring Company. “Upon approval, it can be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, supporting the LVCVA’s expansion timeline.”

Founded by Elon Musk, TBC is a leader in innovative transportation technology. Its projects include a Research and Development (R&D) Test Tunnel in Hawthorne, California. The R&D Test Tunnel represents a fully operational 1.14-mile Loop system that cost less than $10 million per mile including internal tunnel infrastructure.

The LVCVA’s TBC recommendation is a result of a multi-step process that started in 2018 with a request for information to gauge interest. A request for proposal was then issued. Interviews with the qualified respondents were conducted by an evaluation team who determined the recommended company. The evaluation team was comprised of representatives from the LVCVA, private organizations including a Las Vegas resort property, and consultants in transportation systems, and automated people-mover construction and operations industries.

Pending the LVCVA Board’s approval during their March 12 meeting, TBC and the LVCVA would determine specific design, construction and operational plans and negotiate a contract for final approval by the LVCVA Board in a subsequent meeting anticipated by June 2019. The potential project’s estimated fiscal impact is $35 to $55 million.

Tourism is the engine that drives Southern Nevada’s economy, and one of the greatest opportunities for continued growth is business travel. Through expanding and renovating the convention center coupled with innovations in efficiently and effectively moving locals and visitors within the destination, Las Vegas will not only retain its status as the No. 1 conventions city, it will ensure the economic future of the entire destination.

Overall, the tourism industry continues to be crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy generating $58.8 billion in total economic impact, supporting 391,000 jobs and $16.4 billion in local wages and salaries. These jobs represent 41 percent of Southern Nevada’s total workforce.

For a gallery of The Boring Company’s proposed Las Vegas Convention Center Loop conceptual designs and the Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion construction images and b-roll, click here.

Las Vegas as a Business Destination

  • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosts 21 percent of convention attendees traveling to Southern Nevada directly supporting approximately 8,600 jobs, paying $375 million in wages and salaries.
  • Including indirect and induced impacts, the Las Vegas Convention Center’s attendees generate nearly $2.1 billion in economic impact throughout the local economy.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation are expected to support nearly 14,000 construction jobs and nearly 7,800 full-time permanent jobs upon completion.
  • The project will generate an additional $2.1 billion in economic activity during construction and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year.
  • Las Vegas hosts upwards of 22,000 meetings, conventions and trade show annually.
  • The destination boasts nearly 12 million square feet of meeting space including three of North America’s ten largest convention centers, in addition to a wide array of event, dining and entertainment venues that are also used for group business.
  • Trade Show News Network recently recognized Las Vegas as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country for the 24th consecutive year for hosting 47 of the top 250 largest trade shows in North America.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center supports 13,800 local jobs and $2.1 billion in local economic impact.
  • The Las Vegas Convention Center hosted 56 conventions in 2018 with a combined attendance of 1.3 million people

Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

An Update from Roseman – Henderson

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Welcome to the first issue of spectRUm in 2019. For all of us, the New Year brings with it a fresh start that generates optimism and opportunity. For students looking forward to continuing their education and entering a new and exciting profession, it can be an anxious, but rewarding time.

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining the College of Nursing in welcoming to campus the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) February 2019 cohort during their orientation. It was a time for them to get acquainted with their peers, the University and the Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, which will provide the foundation of their education over a period of approximately 16  months. The outstanding group of 48 enthusiastic students started classes on Monday. I look forward to watching them progress through the program and graduate in 2020.

While the new class of nursing students is already in classes and learning, over the past few weeks groups of prospective students vying for admission into the College of Pharmacy Class of 2022 have been coming to campus for interviews. It’s great to see so many highly qualified and ambitious students eager to join Roseman University in their journeys to become pharmacists. I look forward to seeing many of them in the fall when the new class is seated and ready to learn and thrive.

Many Roseman University students take advantage of opportunities to participate in research, along with faculty mentors. Next month, on Wednesday, March 6, Roseman University will host its 5th Annual Research Symposium. Faculty, students/residents, and preceptors from Roseman University and other institutions in the region have submitted dozens of research abstracts, and acceptance notifications were sent out last week. Based on presentations at the past four events, I’m looking forward to seeing the outstanding work to be showcased this year. I invite everyone to come out and see the variety of bench, clinical, and educational research projects. Information about the event will be posted on www.roseman.edu/research-symposium.

Finally, I will wrap up this month’s report with exciting news. The Roseman University Neighborhood Health Series events that have been presented at the Summerlin Campus for the past two years are being expanded to the Henderson campus next month. These events introduce expert speakers from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics of interest to the community. The College of Medicine’s Dr. David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and a neurologist with Roseman Medical Group, will present the first Neighborhood Health Series event in Henderson, “40 in a million—ALS diagnosis, treatment and the future of the disease.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7 pm and will feature a light dinner. I invite you to register to attend for free by visiting speakers.roseman.edu.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy February.

Eucharia Nnadi, RPh, JD, PhD
Chancellor – Henderson Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

An Update from Roseman – Summerlin

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In December of last year, the College of Medicine (COM) announced the arrival of neurologist Eric Farbman, MD. He joined Roseman Medical Group (RMG) as an associate professor with the COM, and chief of the RMG Movement Disorders program. He comes to RMG with expertise in managing Deep Brain Stimulators for patients with movement disorders, and is leading clinical trials for patients with disorders like Parkinson’s.  He is working out of RMG’s Spring Valley office alongside his colleague, David Ginsburg, MD, and the rest of the RMG team – adding his efforts to serve patients, and to bring on a medical school.

To put the rapid growth of RMG in perspective, consider this:  RMG saw its first patient in 12 months ago. Dominic Etli, RMG’s first Nurse Practitioner, will be coming on board in March, joining the Family Medicine team. With another Family Physician joining us in July, RMG will have outgrown its first office space in just a year and a half. We’re already looking for new sites to expand our reach to patients.

RMG has announced its Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony to be held February 28th hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and HEALS.  It is Roseman University’s first medical clinic, taking us one step closer to achieving the goal in its Strategic Plan – to create an Academic Health Center.  Due to the limited space the event will be RSVP.


Breakthrough in Medicine! College of Medicine Campaign Update –

We’re happy to announce that Rita Vaswani, Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager, Professional Banking of Nevada State Bank has accepted the position of Chair of the University’s Breakthrough in Medicine! campaign for the College of Medicine. Rick Smith, President of RDS Properties in Henderson, is co-chair. Ms. Vaswani is an active community member with a long-standing, effective commitment to the health care concerns of this community. Mr. Smith is a member of the Roseman University Board of Trustees and of the COM Community Advisory Board. Both Ms. Vaswani and Mr. Smith strongly support the Mission, Vision, and Values of the COM, and their participation in this Breakthrough in Medicine! campaign strengthens our outreach into the community. We deeply appreciate the commitment of their time and talents and those of the other members of our Campaign Committee to the COM.  We continue to seek out those who identify with the core tenets of the COM; those who are willing to partner with us as they give of their means and who desire to become advocates for the COM in the community.

In closing, click on the following link: @RosemanMedicine  to see the COM’s and Summerlin Campus’ many activities too numerous to mention here.


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

Breathe! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo Arrives February 19th

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Leaders and Entrepreneurs Unite to Inspire and Invigorate

Secrets to Success and a Richer Life from Southern Nevada Leaders in Business, Professional Sports, Investments and Health on February 19th and 20th

Arriving in Las Vegas on February 19th with a VIP reception, BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo panelists will challenge participants to strike a chord and blend success with happiness. The two-day event, that helps attendees perfect balance in their personal lives and careers, will be held at UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute. BREATHE! brings together thought-provoking perspectives from some of Southern Nevada’s most respected leaders including on the event’s full day of programming on February 20th starting at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Kerry Bubolz, President and COO of the Las Vegas Golden Knights
  • Brett Lashbrook, Las Vegas Lights Owner
  • Dave Levine, Business Entrepreneur and Investment Expert
  • Dray Gardner, Silent Savasana Yoga Founder
  • Jerry Nadal, Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President
  • Mary Beth Sewald, President/CEO of the LV Metro Chamber of Commerce

Balance Life and Work.

These in-demand business leaders join well-known executives uniting to share their thoughts on mastering success and reducing stress for a fuller life. As theologist, A.K. Reb Materi writes, “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo is for every professional who is juggling life and climbing the ladder of professional success.

Tuesday, February 19th includes the VIP Reception recognizing the philanthropic and professional prowess of LV Metro Chamber President and CEO, Mary Beth Sewald. All the proceeds from this evening event will benefit the Nevada Military Support Alliance, providing much needed financial assistance for our state’s soldiers, wounded warriors, veterans and military families, as well as funding toward the new Military and Veterans Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wednesday, February 20th will deliver a full day of information, panel insights, networking, and exhibitions moderated by Steve Schorr, anchor of “Under the Vegas Sun” and President/CEO of LV.NET

BREATHE! Health & Wealth Summit & Expo

  • VIP Meet & Greet Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 5:30PM-7:30PM
  • BREATHE! Summit & Expo: Wednesday, Feb. 20th, from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, 89154 Click here for a map.
  • Feb. 20th Summit – AM Session: 8:30AM-12 Noon / PM Session: 1:00PM-5:30PM Tickets: $60-$155 / Register at www.BreatheSummit.com

Email for Exhibitor/Sponsor Information: Business@5AMglobal.com. Call: 1-800-392-0143 for more information

Clark County Medical Society Alliance Hosts 18th Annual Spring Fashion Show on March 19

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Highly Anticipated Event Bridges Local Autism Community with Local Medical Community Transitioning Families with Autism to Adulthood

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) is celebrating its 70th year of operation, and is hosting its annual Spring Fashion Show on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Event to be held on March 19th.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Spring Fashion Show is regarded as one of the premier philanthropic events in Las Vegas. Showcasing spring designs from the local favorite fashion store, VASARI located at Tivoli Village, the 2019 Spring Fashion Show will raise valuable funds for our autism community including Sunshine Nevada, UNLV Project FOCUS, and New Vista.

“We’re very excited for this year’s Spring Fashion Show,” said Kim Fonte, this year’s Spring Fashion CCMSA Co-President along with Sharlin Ahmed and Estela Hansen. “This will be CCSMA’s 70th year in operation and while this highly anticipated event allows us to further our mission to better the quality of healthcare in Southern Nevada, each year we’re particularly proud to work towards bridging our autism community with our medical community.   Those benefiting from our fund raising are three amazing organizations: Sunshine Nevada, UNLV Project FOCUS, and New Vista, who offer socialization, recreation, upper-education and housing.”

The CCMSA is a philanthropic organization steadfastly dedicated to its mission of building a healthier Southern Nevada, comprised of the spouses of physician members of the Clark County Medical Society.  CCMSA collaborates with community supporters to provide education, outreach, and support for programs and endeavors that directly improve healthcare in Nevada.

“Our organization has a long history of supporting various health related initiatives throughout Clark County,” said Michelle Volker, who is Co-Chairing the event with Ginger Allen. “We’re honored to continue this tradition by helping to bridge autism awareness/needs with our local medical community and raise funds to help transition families with autism to adulthood.

The 2019 Spring Fashion Show will be emceed by News3LV’s anchors, Dana and Kim Wagner.

Sponsors for the Spring Fashion Show include: HealthCare Partners, Nevada Heart & Vascular, Desert Radiology, West Pac Wealth Partners, Mary Thomas-Berkshire Hathaway, Achievable Behavior Strategies, Welltower, Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Valley Health System, Mercedes Benz of Henderson, Tour University Nevada. Fashion presented by Vasari.

Tickets for CCMSA Spring Fashion Show are $225 and can be purchased on the event website.

For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

The Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) was officially chartered with the Nevada State Medical Association Alliance (NSMAA) and the national affiliate of the American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA) in 1949. CCMSA is a nonprofit service organization comprised of spouses of members of the Clark County Medical Society and American Medical Association. Primarily a service organization, CCMSA focuses on health-related needs in the community, initiating their own projects or providing volunteer hours and monetary assistance to charitable organizations or groups.

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious National Award for Quality

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Selection of Top Hospitals 2018 Based on Surveys from Nearly 1,900 Hospitals

Henderson Hospital Earns Prestigious Award.

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Henderson Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, and the designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Josee Gill, Director of Quality for Henderson Hospital, will attend the Top Hospital Awards Dinner and Ceremony tonight at 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Top Hospital Award comes following the hospital’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group, this fall.

“When we opened on October 31, 2016, our team understood that our culture was based on keeping patients safe during every single patient interaction, which equates to hundreds of touch points during a patient’s visit,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director. “It begins with our environment and extends to our hands-on patient care, our analysis of big data to continually find ways to improve, the behind-the-scenes work by pharmacists and nursing staff to prevent medication errors, and ongoing education with our hospital team and medical staff on policies, protocols, technology and bundles (a series of particular steps) for better outcomes.

“To receive the Top General Hospital award is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees and medical staff,” said Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest awards we can receive in our hospital’s young history.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Henderson Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally as one of 118 hospitals:

  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 35 Top General Hospitals (includes Henderson Hospital)
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors based on 2018 data. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Henderson Hospital has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Henderson and other patients throughout Southern Nevada requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals. 

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, and outpatient wound care and hyperbaric medicine services. The ER at Green Valley Ranch, an extension of the hospital’s emergency department, opened in November 2018. Henderson Hospital was also awarded an “A” hospital safety score by the Leapfrog Group in fall 2018.

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