Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Fellowship Trained and Board-Certified Breast Surgeon, Rachel Shirley

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired fellowship trained breast surgeon, Rachel Shirley, DO. She will see patients at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, NV 89144, located on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. 

As for Dr. Shirley’s patient philosophy, she says, “I believe it is important for patients to understand the treatment process but to also know all of their options regarding their breast cancer care. As this is a very difficult experience for both the patients and their families, I always strive to provide compassionate care while guiding them through this journey.”

Prior to joining Comprehensive, Dr. Shirley completed a fellowship in breast surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Specialized fellowship programs in breast surgery are relatively new and offer specific training and management of benign and malignant diseases of the breast. She was also General Surgery Resident and Chief Resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. Dr. Shirley is board-certified in general surgery.

Dr. Shirley graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. 

Henderson Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Henderson Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Henderson Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes are the foundation of our culture,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Henderson. “This ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog validates our hard work, and is a direct reflection of both our hospital staff and medical staff’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality health care.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Henderson that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see the hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine.



Valley Health System General Surgery Program Receives Approval from ACGME

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New Residents to Begin in July 2019

The Valley Health System (VHS) General Surgery Residency Program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 28 total resident slots, which includes four categorical residents and eight preliminary resident slots.

Under the direction of program director Saju Joseph, MD, the first cohort of 16 residents will begin in July 2019, including PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents. They will rotate through Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley and Summerlin hospitals in partnership with private practice surgeons throughout Las Vegas.

The 5-year program will feature a mix of simulation and operating room experiences, research, clinic follow-up with patients, specialty certification upon residency completion, and preparation for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam. 

One of the residency’s unique features will be its video-based surgical skills training platform, said Dr. Joseph. “Residents will be able to record their teaching cases and have their videos reviewed by local faculty and also international experts for feedback and insights into techniques they might not otherwise have access to. This program is unique to The Valley Health System, and enables our resident physicians to develop a library of cases for future reference, along with mentorships outside the standard training models,” said Dr. Joseph. “This program is funded by the $794,000 GME grant through the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (OSIT) and the State of Nevada. I believe the use of technology and innovation in surgical education will lead to a better surgical workforce and outcomes for patients in the future.”  

Other program highlights include:


Using a comprehensive simulation curriculum to train in a consequence-free environment, housed at Spring Valley Hospital.

Performing autopsies with the Clark County Coroner’s Office and assisting on organ procurements with the Nevada Donor Network.

Performing rotations at UCLA Medical Center for transplant and hepatobiliary surgery and at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the only Level I trauma center in the state, for trauma rotations, in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Utilizing an inter-professional curriculum, which includes nursing, physician assistants, and other allied health science professionals to prepare residents to work in complex health teams.


Receiving certification in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) and Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) upon completion of their residency program, along with training in ultrasound and robotic surgery.

Having access to the Surgical Council of Resident Education (SCORE) curriculum to prepare for the American Board of Surgery (ABS) Certification Exam.

Research & Quality Improvement

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

The general surgery residency program is the first of eight planned by The Valley Health System to enhance graduate medical education programming in southern Nevada. Other programs include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry and the transition/internship year.

“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. “Along with a focus on primary care physicians, we’re adding residencies for in-demand specialists to meet our community’s needs.  The Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018 report indicated that in 2017, 76 percent of physicians who completed both undergraduate and graduate medical education in the state are currently practicing in Nevada*. This underscores our commitment to provide an excellent program and then recruit them to remain in our community.”

Applicants for the general surgery program must apply through the national ERAS application process. For more details on the program, visit



Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Stephen DelCasino, Jr., PA-C

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Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Stephen DelCasino Jr., PA-C. as its newest health care provider.

DelCasino is a certified physician assistant who has been practicing most recently with Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. “PA DelCasino’s experience and certification as a first assist for the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as his expertise in nerve blocks makes him a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada.

DelCasino attained his medical training at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants and a member (Fellow) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with fourteen providers and four convenient locations. The practice has been serving Southern Nevada since 1996 and is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced and comprehensive care to its patients. USONV is the only urologic cancer provider in Nevada offering the full array of the Calypso® System, the da Vinci Surgical System and the MRI Fusion System for the treatment of prostate cancer. For more information:


HealtHIE Nevada Achieves EHNAC Health Information Exchange Accreditation

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HealtHIE Nevada, a statewide health information exchange that offers real-time, secure exchange of clinical patient data, announced it has achieved full accreditation with the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program (HIEAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). EHNAC’s HIEAP accreditation recognizes excellence in health data processing and transactions, and ensures compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Security and privacy are extremely important for operating a health information exchange and in building trust with our participants and patients,” says Michael Gagnon, executive director of HealtHIE Nevada. “We are thrilled to report that we scored 97 out of a possible 100 points on our assessment which is a testament to the dedication and skills of our entire team.”

Through EHNAC’s comprehensive third-party review, HealtHIE Nevada was evaluated in areas of privacy and security, technical performance, business practices and organizational resources as it relates to health information exchange (HIE) policies and procedures. In addition, EHNAC reviewed the organization’s process of managing and transferring protected health information and determined that the organization meets or exceeds all EHNAC criteria and industry standards. Through completion of the rigorous accreditation process, the organization demonstrates to its constituents, adherence to strict standards and participation in the comprehensive, objective evaluation of its business.

“The amount of protected health information (PHI) and data exchanged electronically within and between healthcare organizations is undoubtedly increasing. As such, there has become a heightened need for all organizations touching this data to have the utmost privacy, security and safeguard procedures in place,” said Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “Having met the highest standard for privacy and security as it relates to consent, authorization, authentication, access and audit procedures throughout the HIE entity, with its EHNAC HIEAP designation, customers and business partners can have confidence and trust in HealtHIE Nevada’s ability to manage their data with integrity and effectiveness.”

Clark County Medical Society Members Recognized Among “Best Doctors in America”

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The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) proudly recognizes 49 physician members who were included in the Best Doctors in America List, an annual list published by Best Doctors that includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians.

Best Doctors, a global benefits provider founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, conducts a biannual peer-to-peer poll to identify doctors whom other doctors recognize as the best in their respective fields.

“It is always great to see our physicians being recognized for the great work they do by a national peer-to-peer survey organization,” said CCMS President Dr. Jeffrey Roth. “Congratulations to all the outstanding CCMS members who made the list.”

The Clark County Medical Society is a professional membership organization of over 1,500 doctors in Southern Nevada and works to serve physicians and their patients through education, community outreach, and advocacy.

“We are very proud of the doctors we serve and the work they do to keep our community healthy,” CCMS Executive Director Alexandra P. Silver said. “It’s really an honor to get the opportunity to work with these incredibly talented physicians through their membership in the Clark County Medical Society.”

Members of the Clark County Medical Society who were featured include: Dr. Carlos Fonte, Dr. Cres P. Miranda, Dr. Charles Allen Rhodes, Dr. Douglas A. Thomas, Dr. W. Reid Litchfield, Dr. Donald L. Kwok, Dr. Gregory Kwok, Dr. Jerome Frank Hruska, Dr. Gary R. Skankey, Dr. Eugene L. Spec, Dr. Mark Charles Handelman, Dr. Jerrold Schwartz, Dr. Bradley J. Thompson, Dr. Fadi Braiteh, Dr. Souzan E. El-Eid, Dr. Russel Gollard, Dr. Edwin C. Kingsley, Dr. James Delfino Sanchez, Dr. Nicholas J. Vogelzang, Dr. Zvi Sela, Dr. Derek A. Duke, Dr. Jeffrey Lee Cummings, Dr. Luis L. Diaz, Dr. Paul D. Bandt, Dr. Jocelyn Ivie, Dr. Florence N. Jameson, Dr. Kirsten B. Rojas, Dr. Bruce S. Shapiro, Dr. Mark Doubrava, Dr. Emily L. Fant, Dr. Walter (Russ) Schroeder, Dr. Robert C. Wang, Dr. Doug J. Fife, Dr. Jonathan Strauss, Dr. Ruben J. Acherman, Dr. William Evans, Dr. Abraham Rothman, Dr. Ricardo Samson, Dr. Craig T. Nakamura, Dr. Goesel M. Anson, Dr. Michael C. Edwards, Dr. Julio L. Garcia, Dr. Michael A. O’Hanlan, Dr. Terence G. Banich, Dr. Annabel E. Barber, Dr. John J. Fildes, Dr. Arthur Fusco, and Dr. Sheldon J. Freeman.

New Physician Announcement: Vincenzo De Masi, MD at 21st Century Oncology

By | New Physicians, Recognition

21st Century Oncology is excited to welcome Vincenzo De Masi to the Las Vegas team. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Radiation Therapy including IMRT, IGRT and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. He has been personally involved in the Radiation Treatment of more than 15,000 patients. He is the author of several publications and has a special interest and expertise in breast, prostate, lung, lymphomas, CNS and gynecological malignancies. He was the recipient of the 2009 Terra del Sole Award for his achievements in Medicine. He is also a member of the AMA, ASTRO, ASCO and the American Brachytherapy Society. Dr. De Masi will work from all of the 21st Century Oncology locations in Las Vegas and is available for new patients.


Clark County Medical Society Receives AAMSE President’s Award for Opioid Education Programming

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The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award on Friday, July 27 in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada.

The program, Understanding New Opioid Laws in Nevada, was a collaborative effort among staff, physician members, and our partners at the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) to help physicians in Nevada better understand Assembly Bill 474, which implemented strict new regulations regarding the prescription and use of opioids in response to the growing opioid epidemic in the United States.

“We are incredibly grateful to AAMSE for presenting us with this award, and want to share this recognition with all of our community partners and physician members who helped make this program a success,” said Alexandra P. Silver, the Executive Director of CCMS. “It was very important for us as a medical society to make sure our doctors had a seat at the table when it came to this legislation, which had caused them a lot of concern in its initial form.”

The program consisted of several events to help educate and gain input from physician’s and the community, including a town hall at the City of Las Vegas Council Chamber which saw over 300 attendees. Other aspects of the program included free and discounted CME opportunities for CCMS members, and participation on the task force which was addressing the legislation.

“Our ability to get direct input from our members to affect this legislation is a perfect example of why it is more important than ever to be involved in organized medicine,” Silver said. “We help our physicians get their voices heard, so that they can focus on what they do best — providing fantastic health care to our community.”

The award was presented during the annual AAMSE Conference, which brings medical society and association executives together once a year for a series of keynote speeches, best practices seminars, and roundtable discussions regarding how to improve the services these organizations provide.

“Every day there are medical societies making a positive impact on their members and in their communities with programs and campaigns that advance the field of organized medicine and improve the lives of physicians and the patients they serve,” said Steve Levine, president of AAMSE. “AAMSE is committed to recognizing these efforts with the Profiles of Excellence awards.”

About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to 2,000 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Names New Chief Operating Officer

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital announces that Mark J. Amox, FACHE, CMPE, is its new Chief Operating Officer effective today. With an established track record as a children’s hospital healthcare executive, Amox is a strategic thinker focused on growth, sustainable operations, safety and quality – with a penchant for patient-centered care delivery.

Coming to Sunrise Children’s Hospital most recently from El Paso Children’s Hospital in El Paso, TX, where he was President and CEO, Amox is a skilled administrator in all aspects of children’s hospital operations. His previous role was Administrator of University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, FL. 

Amox will assume oversight of Sunrise Children’s Hospital featuring a 72-bed level II Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), a 24-bed Pediatric ICU, and the only pediatric rehabilitation unit for inpatients in the state – scheduled to open this fall. The Children’s Hospital also features a dedicated emergency department that is expanding as part of the campus-wide, multi-phase campus expansion more than $130 million.

“Sunrise Children’s Hospital serves one in four children in our state annually in a child friendly environment supported by an extremely dedicated and experienced staff,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “As COO of Sunrise Children’s Hospital, I am highly confident that Mark Amox has the background and innovation needed to grow and maximize this valuable and worthwhile community asset.”

The previous COO at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Kathy Donovan, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, returned to healthcare in St. Louis, MO last March. 

Roseman University College of Nursing Awarded $2.8 million Grant

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Funds Set to Boost Primary Care Nursing Workforce in the Region

Roseman University of Health Sciences

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) division of Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) has awarded $2.8 million to Roseman University’s College of Nursing to recruit and train undergraduate nursing students and current Registered Nurses to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care settings. 

Roseman’s College of Nursing will implement a Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) training program in order to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues; even the distribution of the nursing workforce; improve access to care; and improve population health outcomes. 

The training programs will be implemented at both the Roseman University Nevada and Utah campuses and the surrounding communities within rural and underserved areas thereby supporting the initiatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020.

Undergraduate nursing students will be provided with in-depth information and knowledge concerning community-based primary care initiatives; chronic disease prevention strategies; healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved populations; rural healthcare; mental health and substance abuse conditions; childhood obesity; and the need for inter-professional healthcare collaboration. 

According to Dr. Jené Hurlbut, Roseman College of Nursing professor serving as project director and principal investigator, students identified as RNPC undergraduate students will receive clinical training within the fundamentals of nursing and community mental health nursing blocks. The training will occur at facilities that are located in areas that are designated medically underserved with a focus on primary care. Additionally, RNPC students will have an opportunity to complete their practicum in an underserved primary care setting.

The Roseman College of Nursing has clinical affiliations with William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Ely, Nevada, Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona, and a partnership with the Utah Center for Rural Health who will facilitate clinical experiences in rural areas of Utah, yielding graduates ready to practice in community-based primary care teams that impact rural and underserved populations. It is anticipated that additional clinical affiliation agreements will be added in both Nevada and Utah to further support the increase in RNPC students in coming years.

Hurlbut says, Roseman College of Nursing will collaborate with county health departments and other health organizations that support inter-professional team competencies to be able to offer a robust array of training for practicing RNs. These professional development trainings will address primary care competencies, leadership training, healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations, chronic disease prevention, and various mental health topics. 

“The provision of healthcare is changing from an exclusive acute care focus, to one that encompasses a community and primary care context.  Nursing education needs to reflect these trends and prepare graduates to meet the future demands of healthcare, including those of underserved and rural populations,” said Hurlbut. “It is exciting that the HRSA grant will allow us to create a sustainable model that can be shared with other nursing education programs.”