Valley Health System Emergency Medicine Program Receives Approval from ACGME

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Eight Emergency Medicine Resident Physicians to Begin in July 2020

The Valley Health System Emergency Medicine residency program was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 24 total resident slots.

Under the direction of program director Thomas Swoboda, MD, the first cohort of eight residents will begin in July 2020. They will rotate through Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals in partnership with emergency medicine physicians.

The three-year program will feature training in five distinct, busy emergency departments with diverse patient populations and pathology. The development of excellence in emergent procedures and bedside ultrasound will be emphasized. The curriculum also contains a rural emergency department experience at Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, NV.

“Training clinically excellent emergency physicians who will be leaders and patient advocates is the main goal for our program,” says Thomas Swoboda, MD, MS, program director of the Emergency Medicine residency. “Our program emphasizes the core values of honesty, kindness, and hard work to provide an efficient and supportive learning and teaching environment while maintaining excellence in patient care.  We all understand that when patients come to the emergency department, they often did not choose to be there that day, nor were they able to choose their provider. Therefore, it is essential that our residents and faculty provide the best care to every patient they encounter every day.”

“Emergency medicine physicians in southern Nevada need the skills to quickly evaluate, diagnose and treat a huge range of diseases and illnesses, from stroke and chest pain to respiratory issues, drug overdoses, psychiatric issues, appendicitis, blood clots, cancer, trauma and much more,” said Andrew Eisen, MD, Chief Academic Officer for The Valley Health System. “They need to work quickly and effectively with other clinicians to achieve the best outcomes for patients within a fast-paced environment where everyone has a specific responsibility. It takes a unique skill set and mindset to work as an ER physician, and we are excited to introduce this residency to attract and retain future physicians who will work in hospital-based and freestanding emergency departments.”

Other program highlights include:

Training
A mandatory senior-level, month-long rotation in rural emergency medicine will take place at Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, NV.  Residents will work alongside emergency medicine faculty in a rural access hospital with limited specialty services and resources.

Certification
All graduating residents will be eligible and prepared to take the qualifying and certifying exams to become board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Research & Quality Improvement
Participating in scholarly research and develop leadership skills by participating in hospital committees and quality improvement programs.

Graduate Medical Education and The Valley Health System (VHS) Hospitals
“The Valley Health System has been involved in graduate medical education since 2006, when we began our program at Valley Hospital,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System and Northern Nevada Medical Center. “Along with a focus on primary care physicians, we’re adding residencies for in-demand specialists to meet our community’s needs.  We currently have 90 residents and fellows in primary care, internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology, gastroenterology and pulmonary/critical care at Valley Hospital. Our VHS GME program began in July 2019, with 10 family medicine residents and 17 general surgery residents, with more programs planned for the future.”

Applicants for all residencies, including the Emergency Medicine program, must apply through the national ERAS application process. For more details on the program, visit https://www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com/graduate-medical-education-consortium

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS) cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com

As Health Care Expands in Nevada, Health Law Grows

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Lawyers may not be in the operating theater or administering crucial medicine, but they’re a vital component of the country’s more than $3.5 trillion (and growing) health care system.

The William S. Boyd School of Law’s Health Law Program was started in partnership with the School of Public Health in 2013 to train the next generation of lawyers to help patients, doctors, insurance companies, and lawmakers untangle that web.

Founding director and professor Stacey Tovino recalls her own naivete as a law student at the University of Houston; she actually worried about getting a job in the field. She hadn’t even graduated before the job offers started coming in. “Regardless of whether the economy is booming or is in a recession, patients get sick, insurers have to pay, doctors and nurses get sued and it is a recession-proof industry.

Now under the leadership of current director David Orentlicher, the program, which has eight graduates to date, has already seen an impact in the state. Dr. Paul Janda a neurologist and 2016 graduate of the program, helped work on a bill that updated Nevada’s definition of brain death. The program aims to be an expert resource for policymakers in key areas. In the past two years it has hosted symposiums on the opioid crisis, cost containment in health care to reform, and this year’s symposium will consider health care reform and the 2020 election. Program speakers have discussed surprise medical bills for out-of-network care and the impact of legislation affecting motherhood and abortion.

The program is maturing as the region’s healthcare infrastructure expands with the launch of the UNLV School of Medicine. The need for Nevada health lawyers has grown to cover issues as varied as physician employment contracts to joint operating agreements to privacy regulation, fraud, waste, and the high-tech rules that govern patient records.

“When the health law program first started out, we were teaching the students just the basics,” Tovino said. “But now that the healthcare industry in Las Vegas is growing, the doctors and hospitals want to do all sorts of things that are legally complex. Many federal and state health laws heavily regulate these activities. Now we’re getting into the nitty-gritty stuff. It’s such an exciting time for health care and health law in Las Vegas.”

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Debuts New Themed Patient Exam Room

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is debuting its newest themed patient exam room, which offers childhood patients a colorful and inspiring atmosphere for their frequent medical appointments.

Thanks to a generous donation from Farhan and Ellie Naqvi, on behalf of Naqvi Injury Law, the patient exam room combines elements of high fashion, elegance, and mid-century modern inspirations. The room was designed by Elizabeth Coleman, an attorney with Naqvi Injury Law.

“We have quickly come to learn just how important and how special our themed exam rooms are to our patients—which is wonderful!” said Annette Logan-Parker, CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Many patients will often request a specific themed room for their next appointment. It gives patients something to look forward to despite the ongoing nature of their particular medical journey,” said Logan-Parker.

Illustrations, artwork, and furniture in the Naqvi Injury Law room are incorporated around the room’s existing medical equipment. The paint used on the walls is courtesy of the Sherwin-Williams Company, which provides a special microbial-resistant glossy paint at no cost to the clinic. The specialized paint allows the room to be cleaned and sterilized without damaging or dulling the design. All fixtures and furniture brought into the room also meet health standards and do not harbor bacteria which could be dangerous to immune-compromised patients.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is near and dear to me,” said Farhan Naqvi. “Family is so important to us personally and professionally. I am fortunate to have healthy children, but cancer can happen to anyone. On behalf of myself and Ellie, our family, and our whole firm, we couldn’t be more thankful for this incredible honor,” he said.

The Naqvi Injury Law patient exam room joins a star-studded selection of exam rooms at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Debuting in March of 2019, the Gwen Stefani-inspired room reflects many favorites of the GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, including images of sunflowers, bananas, a reference to her hit single ‘Hollaback Girl;’ and oranges, an homage to her hometown of Anaheim, in Orange County, Calif. The illustrations were designed and completed by Las Vegas artist Juan Muniz.

Muniz was also responsible for the kid-friendly themes and colorful artwork that adorn the walls of the Criss Angel patient exam room. Based on elements incorporated into Criss Angel MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Juan Muniz’ illustrations include a caricature of Criss Angel, and a tree and handprints which represent the children being treated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Angel’s son, Johnny Crisstopher, who received treatment at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, joined his father for the room’s debut in May of 2019.

Since 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has treated more than 50,000 individual patients who were affected by childhood cancer or other life-threatening conditions. All donations to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation stay in Nevada to help patients in our state and those from surrounding states.

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment to those who are underinsured, uninsured, or unable to pay for services. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. www.cure4thekids.org

24th Annual Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert to Benefit Nathan Adelson Hospice

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Nathan Adelson Hospice, the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Nevada, will celebrate over 40 years of caring for people in our community with its 24th Annual Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Established by Dr. Edwin Kingsley, a Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustee member, this great evening of entertainment is a showcase of the extraordinary musical talents of local physicians.

The physician performers will be joined by a headliner band that has consistently received accolades for their outstanding level of musicianship and holds the record for the longest-running band in Las Vegas history – The Lon Bronson Band. This iconic, 14-piece horn-infused band is nationally known for their eclectic mix of classic rock, soul, & blues.

The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award to Carole Fisher, a passionate hospice advocate, community leader, and respected role model.

“Each year we look forward to this amazing event that supports such a critical program,” said Karen Rubel, President and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “We are thankful to all the performers who participate and everyone that comes out to enjoy an evening of music and fun for a great cause. Our organization is also honored to present an award that is truly fitting to someone who has been an inspirational leader and has contributed so much to our legacy.”

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, established in memory of philanthropist Bonnie Schreck.  This crucial program uses proven interventions to reduce the pain, stress, and anxiety of critically ill patients.

Tickets can be purchased by calling The Smith Center Box office at 702-749-2000 or online at https://www.thesmithcenter.com/event/serenades-of-life/

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine, is the oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life care to more than 400 patients and families every day. Recognized as a national model for superior care, the vision of Nathan Adelson Hospice is simple; no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation is incorporated in Nevada for charitable purposes. As an IRS-approved 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charity, all donations may be tax-deductible. For more information, visit www.nah.org

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center First Hospital in Nevada to Add HIFU Technology with Vituro Health

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Partnership Provides HIFU Technology for Prostate Cancer Patients

Vituro Health and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, are teaming up to provide High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) technology for prostate cancer patients. Summerlin is the first hospital in the state of Nevada to provide this revolutionary treatment for those with prostate cancer.

HIFU is a minimally invasive procedure that offers reduced side effects compared to traditional cancer treatments and aims to help maintain quality of life for patients after treatment. Vituro Health arms partner physicians with HIFU technology and other patient-centric, concierge services to elevate the standard of care and patient experiences.

“We are proud to partner with Summerlin Hospital Medical Center to continue their mission of providing exceptional quality patient care,” says Vituro Health CEO Clete Walker. “With the addition of HIFU, Summerlin will be adding the latest innovative technology to their extensive specialty services for their patients.”

Dr. Sheldon Freedman and Dr. Michael Verni have been providing HIFU with Vituro Health in the Las Vegas area and have been pioneers for HIFU treatment even before its FDA clearance in 2015. The two will now work with Summerlin Hospital to provide this quality prostate cancer treatment in a hospital setting.

“Prostate cancer like any other cancer is a life changing diagnosis,” said Dr. Michael Verni. “To be able to provide curative treatment without radically altering a patient’s and his family’s quality of life is a very gratifying and game-changing experience.”

“About one of every nine men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States*,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO/Managing Director of Summerlin Hospital. “Because cancer impacts so many southern Nevada residents, it’s one of our most important service lines we provide, and it’s vital that we have the medical expertise, technology, equipment, employee training and patient and family education to help our patients through a prostate cancer diagnosis, especially since it has a high survival rate when diagnosed and treated early.”

About Summerlin Hospital
Summerlin 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 the master-planned community of Summerlin, the 485-bed hospital offers emergency care, advanced cardiovascular care, women’s health, comprehensive maternity services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a children’s medical center, oncology care for adults and children, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, acute inpatient rehabilitation, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy services for adults and children. For more information, visit www.summerlinhospital.com

About Vituro Health
Vituro Health is headquartered in Birmingham, AL, providing concierge services and new technology in partnership with leading urology physicians throughout the United States who are carefully selected based on their depth of experience, expertise, and dedication to achieving the highest levels of patient outcomes.

UNLV, Switch Launch Multi-Year Partnership for Sports Technology Innovation

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Collaboration Focuses on Sports-Science, Data Analytics and Student-Athlete Success

UNLV and Switch announced that they have entered into a multi-year technology initiative focused on sports-science, data analytics and student-athlete success. This collaboration, enabled by a substantial financial commitment from Switch, is motivated by a mutual aspiration to establish Las Vegas as the world’s epicenter of sports.

Switch, the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions, sees the relationship with UNLV Athletics as accelerating its entry into sports, and health and wellness research.

“Switch is excited to build the technology foundation to accelerate the emergence of the UNLV Athletic Department as a nationally preeminent program through the intersection of data analytics, sports technology and physical athletics,” said Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy. “We believe in the leadership and direction of the UNLV Athletic Department and are proud to take this exciting step forward together.”

Anchoring the relationship, is the soon-to-be Switch Sports Science Studio located in the heart of UNLV’s planned Center for Student-Athlete Excellence. The Excellence Center will provide holistic services fundamental to the success of student-athletes with the Switch Studio to represent an interdisciplinary, leading edge context to drive sports performance.

“We are thrilled about what our partnership will mean for our student-athletes,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “This is a cutting-edge collaboration with a world-class technology company that will deliver unprecedented impact. We are truly honored to call Switch a critical partner and we thank Rob Roy and Thomas Morton for this vote of confidence.”

This partnership with Switch will also feature collaboration with UNLV’s Division of Research and Economic Development. Space in the Switch Sports Science Studio will be devoted to aligned campus faculty members and staff engaged in sports-science related research, innovation and scholarship.

“This is a great example of UNLV coming together as a campus community to begin a transformational partnership with an industry-leading company,” said Zach Miles, UNLV Associate Vice President for Economic Development. “Together, we will utilize technology to optimize performance, recovery and safety, and we will impact lives by using data to reduce certain risks to athletes.”

Effects of physical exertion across both amateur and professional sports have been well documented. Through this new step in partnership with Switch, UNLV will look to emerge as a national leader in safeguarding, through technology and innovation, the health and welfare of student-athletes.

“Establishing the Switch Sports Science Studio reflects our core value of innovation and begins our journey to becoming the industry leader in the use of information to drive new levels of safety, efficiency, and ultimately competitiveness,” continued Reed-Francois.

Community impact is also a focal point for both parties. “Switch is proud to provide the technology infrastructure at the forefront of Las Vegas’ and UNLV’s transformation,” said Rob Roy. “We are excited to accelerate positive growth while we work together to develop UNLV’s student-athletes into leaders of character to take our city forward.”

Planning for the UNLV Center for Student-Athlete Excellence, to be located within a renovated Lied Athletic Complex is underway. Additional services to be featured in the center will include nutrition, counseling, academic support, and sports medicine, alongside professional placement and leadership development.

About Switch
Switch (NYSE: SWCH), the technology infrastructure corporation headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Switch Founder and CEO Rob Roy has developed more than 500 issued and pending patent claims covering data center designs that have manifested into the company’s world-renowned data centers and technology solutions.

The Switch PRIMES, located in Las Vegas and Tahoe Reno, Nevada; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia are the world’s most powerful hyperscale data center campus ecosystems with low latency to major U.S. markets. Visit switch.com for

Promo Direct Official Sponsor for Henderson Chamber, Las Vegas HEALS

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Promo Direct Sponsors HEALS, Henderson Chamber.

Promo Direct , #1 rated promotional products store, has become an official sponsor for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) and Las Vegas HEALS. The sponsorship deal involves free supply of promotional products and apparel that can be used by HCC and Las Vegas HEALS to gain more visibility and show appreciation to attendees at events. In return, Promo Direct stands to gain quality advertising and networking benefits among members of both these organizations.

HCC and Las Vegas HEALS are well-established organizations with a varied target audience based in Southern Nevada. Both these organizations command immense respect and trust among members.

Las Vegas HEALS is a coalition of medical and wellness industry professionals and organizations. The coalition is devoted to improving the quality and access of healthcare and to communicating industry developments to the people of Southern Nevada. Las Vegas HEALS has close to 275 member companies and 35,000 member employees.

HCC is a private and non-profit organization committed to the growth and well-being of the business community in Southern Nevada. The organization has over 1,800 member companies and provides companies with legislative representation, advertising, business development training and networking opportunities. Members of HCC are focused on promoting the commercial, civic and industrial development of Southern Nevada.

Promo Direct is home to more than 9,000 promotional products and apparel items. Promo Direct has won numerous national and local awards with its award winning website https://www.promodirect.com. Promo Direct’s state-of-the-art 7,500 sq. ft. factory in Henderson, Nevada performs screen printing and embroidery for clothing merchandise.

The impact of Promo Direct’s wide appeal can be gauged by the customer reviews present on the company’s Trustpilot page. The company has also won the prestigious PPAI Technology Award for the best eCommerce Website .

About Promo Direct
Launched in 1991 by technopreneur Dave Sarro, Promo Direct has grown from strength to strength over the years. The company is powered by a team of marketing and creative experts spread across the world. Their collective goal has been to provide quality promotional products and apparel at the best prices.

Post Acute Medical to Acquire Nine LifeCare Long-term Acute Care Hospitals

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Complex Care Hospital of Tenaya Renamed to PAM Specialty Hospital of Las Vegas

Post Acute Medical, LLC, (PAM) announced it has acquired nine long-term acute care hospitals from LifeCare Holdings, which filed for bankruptcy in May. PAM will continue to employ many key staff members of LifeCare.

Acquiring the hospitals, which are located in Texas, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Louisiana and Ohio, provides both a growth and strategic opportunity for the company, according to Anthony Misitano, president and CEO.

“With their strong market positions and reputation for quality care, we look forward to adding these hospitals to our existing network of specialty hospitals,” he says. “Because the hospitals are located primarily in large metropolitan areas, we are confident they will provide strong opportunity for future growth, as we respond to each community’s need for post-acute health care services.”

Long-term acute care hospitals provide specialized medical care to acutely ill patients requiring extended recovery time after an acute care hospital stay. Due to multiple medical issues, they need daily physician observation and care, as well as the intense services of an interdisciplinary team.

About Post Acute Medical, LLC:

Post Acute Medical, LLC, (PAM) based in Enola, Pa., provides post-acute health care services through 41 long-term acute care hospitals and medical rehabilitation hospitals, as well as more than 32 outpatient physical therapy locations, in 12 states. PAM is committed to providing high-quality patient care and outstanding customer service, coupled with loyalty and dedication of highly trained staff, to be the most trusted source for post-acute services in every community it serves. Our mission is to serve people by providing compassionate, expert care and to support recovery through education and research. Learn more at www.postacutemedical.com.

Nevada Students Invited to Help Raise Awareness About Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention

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SilverSummit Healthplan is sponsoring the OpiEnd Youth Challenge poster contest to help raise awareness about opioid misuse and abuse prevention. Nevada students between 9 and 14 are invited to learn about opioids and the harm opioid abuse can cause, then are challenged to design a poster that helps to raise awareness of the issue. Winning students can receive national and state level prizes by joining SilverSummit Healthplan in the battle against opioid abuse.

Poster submissions will be judged at both the state and national levels with monetary prizes to the winner’s school or club, and a savings bond to the winning student entrant. The national winner will receive $5,000, with $3,000 for second place, and $1,500 for third place.

Nevada judges will choose the winning poster from among the state’s submissions based on judging criteria, and the school or non-profit organization that helped the student apply will receive a $1,000 prize from SilverSummit Healthplan.

Full details are available at OpiEndYouthChallenge.com. The site also includes downloadable information sheets about opioids and guidance on designing a poster. The deadline for entry is November 1.

Karen Iglesias Joins Cure 4 The Kids Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropy

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Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is proud to announce that Karen Iglesias has joined the organization as vice president of philanthropy. This is a newly created position at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and reflects an expanded effort to increase community partnerships that will help the organization to broaden its services, treatments, and research.

Ms. Iglesias is highly experienced working among nonprofit organizations in Southern Nevada. She has held positions at some of Southern Nevada’s best-known charities, including president and CEO, director of development and most recently as senior regional director of philanthropy at the American Cancer Society. In this position, she was responsible for management and oversight of all significant philanthropic efforts with a focus on funding cancer research and access to care across six-states in the Western Region of the United States.

“I have no doubt that Karen’s incredible skill and experience in the philanthropy world will be an incredible benefit to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation — and it comes at a crucial time for our organization,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Our strategic plan is bold and includes creating new treatment pathways, expansion of our clinic, as well as adding new services, some of which will have a philanthropy component.”

“I am truly blessed to be here at Cure 4 The Kids, working alongside these outstanding healthcare professionals, supporting local families fighting pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases,” said Iglesias. “I’m excited to bring my years of experience in the cancer space to engage our community’s support in expanding life-saving treatment and services for these brave children and the families who love them.”

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation:
Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. www.cure4thekids.org