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 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.


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.

Recruit and Retain Top Talent through FREE Home-Ownership Benefit

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Home Purchasing Plan Now Open to HEALS Members

Derek Parent, Las Vegas HEALS Board Member is pleased to announce the Affinity Partner Program through Cross Country Mortgage, a ZERO COST non-traditional benefit to help companies recruit and retain top talent through home-ownership.

FORBES named home-ownership as the ULTIMATE employee perk to boost company culture, build loyalty and strengthen relationship between employee/employer. Program also serves as a recruitment tool elevating company on boarding process by qualifying employees for a loan with a signed job offer letter 60 days prior to start date.

Derek shares, “Las Vegas has a history of being a transient town and we’re having a very difficult time retaining physicians and medical staff in Southern Nevada. My solution? Make them home-owners and get them INVESTED and INVOLVED in our community. Let’s welcome them and make them feel at home from day one.”

Affinity Partner Program Benefits:

  • $2,200 mortgage savings on new purchase or refinance
  • Benefit available in ALL 50 states
  • ZERO COST to employer and employee
  • Benefit extends to all company employees and their family members
  • Easy implementation with marketing resources provided for company
  • Benefit offered to all HEALS members and their family
  • Members can qualify for loan with a job offer or transfer letter 60 days prior to start date

Current list of companies signed on as Affinity Partners include Las Vegas HEALS, SalesForce, T-Mobile, Hertz, University of Washington, International Association of Firefighters, the State of Tennessee and more.

For more information, contact The Parent Team at CrossCountry Mortgage:

Derek Parent, VP of Mortgage Lending and Las Vegas HEALS Board Member

(702) 354-1400

Jane Villafuerte, Business Development Manager

(702) 374-6500

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Names New Top Leadership at Southern Nevada Hospitals

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Executive Changes Reflected in Three Southern Nevada Acute-Care Hospitals

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, southern Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system providing healing ministry in the community since 1947, today named new top leadership at three southern Nevada acute-care hospitals.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican announces new executive roles and responsibilities.

Lawrence Barnard, current President/CEO of the St. Rose San Martín Campus, will assume the role of Nevada Market Leader and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, effective July 1. Over the past four years, Barnard has demonstrated his talents at the San Martín Campus.  His leadership played a significant role in cultivating the cohesive, high-performing team at San Martín, which now delivers some of the best patient care and performance results in the Dignity Health ministry.

In his new role as Market Leader, Barnard will become Dignity Health’s ambassador to the growing southern Nevada community, extending throughout St. Rose Dominican the effective relationships he has successfully built at San Martín.

Barnard assumes his new role following the announcement that Eugene Bassett, Interim SVP of Operations and President/CEO of the Siena Campus, will be retiring, effective June 30.

Kimberly Shaw, Siena Campus Chief Operating Officer, has been appointed President/CEO of the San Martín Campus, effective July 1. Shaw has been a part of Dignity Health for the past nine years, honing her leadership skills and providing critical leadership and administrative guidance. She has proven to be a highly innovative and effective leader with a strong commitment to excellence.  Shaw looks forward to bringing that same commitment to San Martín and building on the model of distinction that has been established there.

Julie Sprengel, Southwest Division President for Dignity Health, said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have an abundance of existing internal talent and expertise that will help lead our teams into the future. I am confident that Larry and Kim will represent the uniqueness of our St. Rose Dominican heritage and continue to demonstrate our commitment to care for our patients with compassion and humankindness, sustain our commitment to our employees, strengthen our relationships with our physicians, and deepen our partnership with our community.”

Tom Burns, Chief Nurse Executive at the Rose de Lima Campus, will take on additional executive duties at the hospital, becoming Chief Operating Officer/CNE at the Rose de Lima Campus, effective July 1. Burns has been with Dignity Health since 2007, serving as the CNE at both Siena and Rose de Lima Campuses. He led the nursing department and hospital to achieve exceptional clinical outcomes, in addition to working side-by-side with the Rose de Lima team through the recent transition.

After completing the almost two-year transition of the Rose de Lima Campus into a smaller, more efficient, acute-care hospital, corresponding administrative coverage consistent with these new operations is now being implemented. Teressa Conley, who has served as President/CEO of the Rose de Lima Campus since 2013, announced her retirement, effective June 30.

“No one has been more committed to the Rose de Lima transition than Teressa Conley,” said Sprengel.  “Working collaboratively with Dignity Health and the Adrian Dominican leadership, she successfully led the transition, ensuring the majority of Rose de Lima staff retained positions at our San Martín and Siena campuses.”

In closing, Sprengel said, “I ask the entire southern Nevada community to join me in congratulating Larry, Kim and Tom on their new and expanded roles. Join me as well in sending our sincere best wishes for both Gene and Teressa, thanking them for the time they dedicated to our healing mission with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. 

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit their website

Las Vegas HEALS to Host 8th Annual ‘Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards’

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Awards Honor Healthcare Leaders Members Making an Impact in the Community

Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership of Southern Nevada), a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, will recognize a group of deserving honorees as part of the 8th Annual “Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards” for their outstanding contributions to the Southern Nevada community.

Inspired by the pioneer exploits of Dr. Royce W. Martin, Las Vegas’ first chief surgeon, circa 1905, the award will recognize physicians of good standing in their professional and personal life, who have demonstrated achievements of exceptional leadership, and management proficiency to enhance strategic and operational effectiveness of healthcare delivery in their practice/community. The candidates sought should be worthy of recognition from colleagues as the best in their field, individuals who ignite and inspire continued possibilities for healthcare excellence. The candidates can be physicians and non-physicians.

Nominations are open now through Sunday, June 30, and can be emailed to: Entries submitted on behalf of a healthcare group will be limited to one recipient per organization.

Past recipients have included the following healthcare leaders: Dr. Joseph Adashek, , Dr. Chowdhury H. Ahsan, Dr. Mary Ann K. Allison, Dr. Howard Baron, The Honorable Shelley Berkley, Dr. Charles Bernick, Dr. Joel Bower, Dr. Dale Carrison, Dr. Jim Christensen, Dr. Michael Ciccolo, Mr. Bob Cooper, Dr. Michael Crovetti, Dr. Jeff Cummings, Dr. Rutu Ezhuthachan, Dr. Mitchell Forman, Dr. Oscar Goodman, Jr., Dr. Lindsay Hansen, Dr. Joe Hardy, Dr. Don Havins, Dr. Flip Homansky, Dr. Florence Jameson, Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin, Dr. Edwin Kingsley, Dr. Deborah Kuhls, Dr. Eddy Luh, Mr. David Marlon, Dr. J.D. McCourt, Dr. Russ Nevins, Dr. Rupesh, Parikh, Dr. Ben Rodriguez, Dr. Anashu Shah, Dr. David Steinberg, Dr. Steven Thomas, Dr. Nick Vogelzang, Dr. Troy S. Watson, Dr. Mark Winkler, Dr. Dylan Wint and Dr. Carolyn Yucha.

“Las Vegas HEALS is thrilled to be continuing the tradition of the Inspired Excellence in Healthcare Awards,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “We are looking forward to honoring a group of individuals who set a higher standard for the healthcare community in Southern Nevada at our 8th annual gala on October 24.”

The 8th annual gala will take place from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Individuals interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Las Vegas HEALS at 702-952-2477 or visit the Gala web page.

About Las Vegas HEALS

Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities.