Health District Working with Community Partners to Address High Rates of Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis in Southern Nevada

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In 2017, Clark County’s primary and secondary syphilis rate was 24.1 per 100,000 population compared to the U.S rate of 9.5. The congenital syphilis rate was 76.7 per 100,000 live births. The U.S rate was 23.3.

In 2017, Clark County ranked first in the nation for rates of primary and secondary syphilis and second for rates of congenital syphilis. Cases of congenital syphilis have been steadily increasing at an alarming rate in Clark County. In 2016, there were nine reported cases, in 2017 there were 20 cases, and in 2018 there were 24 cases of congenital syphilis in Clark County.

“Congenital syphilis is entirely preventable and should never be an acceptable outcome in our community,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District. “April is STD Awareness Month, and we are working with our partners to emphasize the importance of testing and treatment of all pregnant women as required by state law.”

The Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance collaborated with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to develop a Congenital Syphilis Academic Detailing Packet that contains resources for providers and patients.

Academic detailing is an innovative one-on-one outreach technique that helps medical providers deliver education-based care to their patients. Each academic detailing packet provided by the Health District contains both provider and patient education material along with disease reporting information, case management resources, and recommended discussion points for providers to discuss with their patients. The resources are created using current, evidence-based sources of data to assist medical professionals in providing the most up to date, effective treatments for their patients.

“Health care providers treat many different patients who have many different needs,” said Dr. Iser. “As a public health organization, we are able to connect with our partners in the health care sector to share our resources. These connections and shared resources will lead to more effective treatments, better outcomes for patients, and ultimately the elimination of syphilis in Nevada.”

This initiative is vital to improving the health of Southern Nevadans. Rates of STDs and HIV in Clark County are higher than in Nevada as a whole and in the nation. In 2017, Clark County’s primary and secondary syphilis rate was 24.1 per 100,000 population compared to the U.S rate of 9.5. The congenital syphilis rate was 76.7 per 100,000 live births. The U.S rate was 23.3.

2017 Clark County rates for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV:

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New HIV Diagnosis Rate

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If left untreated, sexually transmitted diseases can increase a person’s risk of giving or getting HIV. In women, they can cause infertility or pregnancy complications.

The Health District and partner initiative encourages the public to interrupt the increase of STDs with these three steps:

  1. TALK: Talk openly about STDs with your partners and health care providers.
  2. TEST: Get tested. It’s the only way to know if you have an STD.
  3. TREAT: If you have an STD, work with your provider to get the right medicine.

In addition to the Health District’s collaboration with the State Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Governor Steve Sisolak is helping to raise awareness by issuing a proclamation in recognition of STD Awareness month.

“Syphilis elimination is achievable in Southern Nevada. With the continued support of our partners, I am confident we will be able to meet this goal,” said Dr. Iser.

Touro University Nevada Raises Record Amount for Student Scholarships During Annual Gala

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Touro University Nevada raised a record amount of funds for student scholarships during its annual Gala held at The Four Seasons on March 10.

During the awards ceremony portion of the program, CEO & Senior Provost Shelley Berkley presented the Touro Awards of Distinction to the Engelstad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman were also presented with the Touro Service Award.

More than 600 guests enjoyed a keynote address from award-winning NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders, an inspirational speech from PA student Niyat Teweldebrhan, a live auction, silent auction, and awards ceremony.

“I am so grateful to Monterey and Dr. Jeffrey Brookman, the Englestad Foundation, Findlay RV, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada for being wonderful partners to us here at Touro,” Berkley said. “The Touro Awards of Distinction and the Touro Service Award are reserved for those who go above and beyond for this university.”

Throughout the evening, guests bid on more than 110 silent auction items in addition to 11 live auction items, including an autographed Vegas Golden Knights Max Pacioretty jersey, a personal jet experience, in-home chef catering, jewelry, art, and more. The proceeds raised from the event directly benefit the Touro Scholarship Fund.

“The Touro Gala is a wonderful way to help ease the financial burden for our hard-working students,” Berkley said. “Whether you donated an auction item, bid on an auction item, or helped show your support for our students by purchasing a table to this year’s Gala, I sincerely thank you for helping to make their journeys a little easier.”

WGU Nevada Kicks Off ‘High Five for Health Care’ Surprise Scholarships to Encourage More Individuals to Pursue Nursing Careers

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Scholarships will be awarded at local hospitals during National Nurses Week in May

WGU Nevada, an online, accredited, competency-based, nonprofit higher education institution, is kicking off a surprise scholarship campaign to help shine a light on the need for more nurses and the high demand in this field.

The “High Five for Health Care” scholarships will be given out during National Nurses Week with the targeted dates of May 8 through 10. The scholarship title refers to higher education and five stops: WGU Nevada will be visiting five Nevada-based hospitals that employ those being awarded $5,000 each in scholarship funds for the nursing program at the college.

The effort comes at a time when new healthcare job opportunities become increasingly abundant, so more professional and educated workers are needed to fill these roles. So far, since its launch in June of 2015, WGU Nevada has graduated 580 students from its College of Health Professions, according to WGU Nevada.
“The desire for our nursing degrees at WGU Nevada continue to grow among our statewide student base,” said WGU Nevada Chancellor Spencer Stewart. “We know from our hospital partners and others in the medical industry that turning out additional quality nurses is a necessity in Nevada. This scholarship effort will help encourage hospital staff members to look into nursing as the next step in their careers, and we are finding a fun way to reward five of those who apply.”

Stewart will be teaming up with hospital executives and local dignitaries to announce the surprise scholarship recipients at their hospital job sites. Along with the surprise, WGU Nevada will be hosting a catered breakfast or lunch for the nursing staffs at the specific locations.

In order to apply for the scholarships, information can be found online at:

About WGU
Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 106,000 students nationwide and has more than 121,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at

The Howard Hughes Corporation® Names The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®

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New Stadium in Summerlin Set to Open for 2019 Season

The Howard Hughes Corporation®, developer of the Summerlin® master planned community and Las Vegas Ballpark®, announced today a multi-year partnership designating The Valley Health System as the Official Founding Healthcare Partner of the Las Vegas Aviators® and Las Vegas Ballpark®. Currently under construction at Downtown Summerlin®, Las Vegas Ballpark is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators®, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

“We are excited to partner with the Las Vegas Aviators and the Las Vegas Ballpark during this inaugural season,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of The Valley Health System, which includes six hospitals in Las Vegas and Henderson. “The importance of being active, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying time outdoors contributes to a healthier community. We are pleased to be part of the Las Vegas Ballpark’s family and look forward to rooting for our hometown baseball team in April.”

“The Valley Health System has been a long-time supporter of our Triple-A baseball team,” said Don Logan, President and COO of the Las Vegas Aviators. “Their commitment to wellness, prevention and healthy living matches our own—as a sports team and as individuals—and we are proud to have The Valley Health System as our Official Founding Healthcare Partner.”

About The Valley Health System

The Valley Health System (VHS), the Official Health System of The Vegas Golden Knights, 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

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Its award-winning assets include the country’s preeminent portfolio of master planned communities, as well as operating properties and development opportunities including: The Seaport District in New York; Columbia, Maryland; The Woodlands®, The Woodlands Hills, and Bridgeland® in the Greater Houston, Texas area; Summerlin®, Las Vegas; and Ward Village® in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio is strategically positioned to meet and accelerate development based on market demand, resulting in one of the strongest real estate platforms in the country. Dedicated to innovative place making, the company is recognized for its ongoing commitment to design excellence and to the cultural life of its communities. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC.

About Las Vegas Ballpark®

Las Vegas Ballpark, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Las Vegas Ballpark provides a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids’ zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Designed to create a festival-like atmosphere in Downtown Summerlin, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway. 

About the Las Vegas Aviators®

The Las Vegas Aviators have the proud distinction of being the longest enduring franchise in the history of professional sports in the state of Nevada. The 2019 campaign will mark the 37th season in the Silver State as a proud member of the Pacific Coast League and the inaugural season in the new Las Vegas Ballpark. The Stars (1983-2000)/51s (2001-18) have reached the 300,000 mark in “home” attendance in all 36 seasons previously at Cashman Field. The Aviators are also in their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and the franchise won the PCL championship in 1986 and 1988.


An Update from Roseman University – Henderson

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Welcome to the March edition of spectRUm. The Henderson Campus is excited to usher in the spring season after a colder than usual winter, which even brought snow and ice to the Las Vegas Valley last month.

Today, starting at 2 p.m., the Henderson Campus will host its 5th Annual Roseman University Research Symposium, featuring 60 presentations and exhibits showcasing research conducted by faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, residents, and students from all of Roseman’s colleges and programs. Additionally, researchers from Touro University Nevada and Valley Hospital and Medical Center will exhibit.

Roseman University’s Research Symposium offers the public an opportunity to learn about the amazing variety of research endeavors happening in Southern Nevada. It also offers students and faculty researchers from different healthcare professions the opportunity showcase and share ideas in a celebration of collaboration in scientific discovery. A panel of judges will present awards for the top research projects.

This year’s podium presenters will be College of Pharmacy Class of 2019 students Chanyis Taylor on “Evaluation of CXCR4 Targeting Drugs on Cancer Cell Behaviors” and Vy Dang on “Cryptococcal Neoformans Menigoecephalitis in HIV/AIDS.” Also, College of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Marife Aczon-Armstrong will present “International Clinical Immersion for Undergraduate Nursing Students: The Concept of Service Learning.”

The Keynote Speaker for the Research Symposium is Dr. David R. Powell, senior vice president, metabolism research from Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Joining us all the way from Woodlands, Texas, Dr. Powell will present on the topic “Sotagliflozin as an Adjunct to Insulin for Patients with Type 1 Diabetes.”

I encourage anyone interested in learning more about locally conducted research projects to attend. I’d also like to thank our Organizing Committee, Dr. David Rawlins, Dr. Christopher So, Dr. Susan Nguyen, Dr. Jene Hurlbut, Kristi Singer and Rachael Thomas for their hard work in making this event possible.

While I mentioned it in last month’s report, let me again offer an invite to attend the debut of Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series at the Henderson Campus. Sponsored by Nevada Health Link, the first in the series of events will feature the Roseman University College of Medicine’s Dr. David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and a neurologist with Roseman Medical Group presenting, “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. Please register to attend for free by visiting

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

An Update from Roseman University – Summerlin

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Welcome to this update from the Summerlin Campus. In this edition I am pleased to highlight some great progress with our College of Medicine. The College of Medicine campaign slogan, Breakthrough in Medicine! was born from the concept that the path to accreditation for the College of Medicine will be accomplished in a series of breakthroughs including: philanthropic donations, clinical partnerships, and College of Medicine medical clinics.

Through an anonymous donation in 2017, the College of Medicine received $500,000 to be used specifically for the operations of medical clinics, and on February 28th the College of Medicine hosted the Open House for its first medical clinic next to Spring Valley Hospital on Rainbow Blvd., through the efforts of Roseman Medical Group, or RMG.  The event was attended by many community friends and supporters who have come alongside us over the past several years. It was heartwarming to see so many that have become encouragers and champions for our College of Medicine. It takes times to make acquaintances, to see them grow into friendships and partnerships. As we enjoyed the evening with this amazing community we found ourselves grateful for their interest, their well-wishes and words of encouragement, and their tangible support. President Coffman and four Roseman University board members attended the ceremony, and we received:

  • A Proclamation from our County Commissioners: Michael Naft, Justin Jones, Tick Segerblom, James Gibson, Lawrence Brown III, and Lawrence Weekly; Michael Naft joined us in person at the event to present the Proclamation.
  • A Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation from United States Representative Susie Lee, who represents Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District; Gabriella Everett, from the Congresswoman’s office, attended the event and read the certificate.
  • A Certificate of Special Congressional Commendation from United States Representative Dina Titus, who represents Nevada’s 1st Congressional District; Cassandra Munoz from her office presented the certificate.
  • A hearty Congratulations from Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman;
  • And, a personal video expressing congratulations and gratefulness to RMG, from United States Representative Steven Horsford, who represents the 4th Congressional District.

The evening culminated with the traditional ribbon-cutting to mark the occasion.

The Spring Valley clinic now includes two neurologists, three family physicians, and one pediatric nephrologist. In a few months an additional family physician will join the team at the clinic. It is the goal of the College of Medicine to expand its services to include other primary care and medical specialties over time. More sites across the valley are being evaluated for expansion over the next year.

In the just first 20 years of its existence, Roseman is realizing the dream of its founders:  a university of needed health-education colleges and programs, clinics to serve the community, and a developing College of Medicine which will open the door to achieving a significant goal in the university’s Strategic Plan – an Academic Health Center.

I thank the organization, HEALS, and Doug Geinzer for their support of this event, as well as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber and Sallie Doebler for helping us with the ribbon cutting.

Please visit   to learn more about this first medical practice for Roseman University’s College of Medicine.

If you would like to see more photos from this auspicious event please see Roseman’s website and social media, and, as always  @RosemanMedicine  on Twitter for the most current College of Medicine news.


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

Summerlin Hospital Receives Centurion Service Group’s Financial Sustainability Award for Responsible Medical Equipment Management

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–  Among the U.S. top hospitals for increasing the life-time value of medical equipment

–  Acknowledged for reducing environmental harm

Summerlin Hospital has received the Financial Sustainability Silver Award, 2018, from Centurion Service Group, which annually recognizes the top U.S. hospitals for Financial and Environmental Sustainability in responsible equipment management.

The awards presentation, held February 7, 2019, honored Summerlin Hospital’s Supply Chain Operations team, which is responsible for coordinating the disposal and/or re-purposing of used medical equipment, such as pumps, rehabilitation equipment, and biomedical equipment. Items are sent to Centurion Service Group, which then auctions off the equipment for use in other medical settings.

“The equipment is still in good condition, but is no longer needed,” explained Joe Love, director of Supply Chain Operations for Summerlin Hospital. “Through this partnership with Centurion, we know equipment can be effectively reused elsewhere.”

Used medical equipment poses several logistical and financial challenges. Disposing of used medical equipment in landfills represents a complete loss of investment in the equipment, and the potential for a negative environmental impact. This has become a growing problem that leading hospitals today are aggressively addressing.

“We are very proud of our Supply Chain Operations team for their commitment to financially responsible asset management,” said Rob Freymuller, CEO/Managing Director of Summerlin hospital. “We want to be good stewards of our resources, and providing equipment for an extended life is an excellent example.”

About Centurion Service Group

Centurion Service Group ( helps hospitals and surgery centers obtain fair market value for medical equipment. Used medical equipment is sold through the world’s largest medical equipment auction house, reaching thousands of domestic and international buyers. Centurion helps hospitals make room for new technology and frees important financial resources that can be used to improve patient care. The outcome reduces environmental harm by keeping equipment out of landfills, making it available for affordable resale to communities the world-over. 

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.


Southern Hills Hospital Opens New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

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Southern Hills Hospital celebrated the ribbon cutting and opening of the Pavilion, an 80-bed inpatient unit dedicated to behavioral health treatment for patients age 13 and older, making it the only facility to offer behavioral health services in southwest Las Vegas.

Spanning over 45,000 SF, the $30 million unit features industry-leading technology. This includes real-time patient tracking systems, laser curtains between beds in adolescent rooms and alarms on top of doors to detect weight. This technology helps create a safe environment of care for patients and employees.  Four outdoor patient recreation areas, offer the ability to receive therapy in a comforting outdoor environment.

“With Nevada’s rapid population growth, there was an unmet need for behavioral health services which results in a backlog in emergency rooms or in individuals going without proper care, “ said Adam Rudd, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center. “By expanding behavioral health services, we are providing the community with the convenient, close to home access they need. This shows our commitment to our community and to the care and the improvement of human life.”

Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion added 66 beds to the existing 14 senior beds for a total of 20 adolescent beds, 40 adult beds and 20 senior beds. The senior unit is Alzheimer’s disease certified by The Joint Commission. Common conditions treated range from, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. The additional of Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion, created more than 100 new jobs.

Later this year, Southern Hills Hospital Pavilion will open an outpatient clinic to offer continuum of care. Additionally, the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program is awaiting approval of a psychiatric residency program.

“Mental health disorders may not be something that we visibly see every day, but they are present,” said Rudd. “With access to appropriate care, we hope this will help prevent injuries and help to save lives.”


Comprehensive Cancer Centers Hires Two Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners

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Comprehensive Cancer Centers (Comprehensive) has hired advanced registered nurse practitioners Katelyne Atijera, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, as well as Dulce Novakovic, MSN, BSBA, APRN, FNP-C to join the healthcare practice.

Atijera is certified in Basic Life Support and ONS Chemotherapy Biotherapy. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association and Nevada Nurses Association. Prior to joining Comprehensive, she worked as a registered nurse in Las Vegas. Atijera graduated with her B.S. in nursing from Nevada State College in Henderson and received her M.S. in nursing on the family nurse practitioner track from Purdue Global University in Davenport, Iowa. Atijera will see patients at Comprehensive’s Henderson treatment center at 10001 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 108, Henderson, Nevada 89052.

Novakovic has certifications in Basic Life Support and Chemotherapy. She is currently a member of the Philippine Nurses Association in Nevada. Prior to joining Comprehensive, Novakovic worked as a registered nurse case manager in Las Vegas. She graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. with a B.S. in nursing and her M.S. in nursing on the family nurse practitioner track from Chamberlain University. Novakovic will see patients at Comprehensive’s Summerlin Medical Center II treatment center at 653 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 402, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144.

About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an award-winning multi-specialty practice comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery, pulmonary services, cancer genetic counseling and clinical research, with treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. Comprehensive, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research trails. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing more than 70 FDA-approved cancer therapies. For more information, visit the company’s website at, and follow the practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Sunrise Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team Delivers Christmas to Pediatric Heart Children

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Sunrise Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Team helped deliver an early Christmas to families whose children have Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). The Sunrise Children’s Hospital pediatric ambulance pulled up ready to spread Christmas cheer with flashing lights, Christmas décor and the back of the ambulance full of presents. 

“Our Critical Care Transport team is called upon to bring critically ill children to our hospital which can be a scary thing for anyone – especially a child,” said Mark Amox, Chief Operating Officer for Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “It is always gratifying for our team to have a positive interaction and see the kids’ smiling faces as they explore the ambulance full of holiday gifts just for them.”

One of the special recipients was Chloe Manuel who is just three years old. Confined to a wheelchair and struggling developmentally, she is surrounded by a loving family: her mom Yvonne, her dad Antwand; and siblings Anthony and Baylee. Manuel is diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disease that affects one in 50,000 people. However, to us, she is one in a million.

The Children’s Heart Foundation, solely dedicated to funding CHD, brought Chloe’s family to the attention of Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s Care Team members from the Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Unit, the ER and the Transport team adopted three families in total.