NIPM became a biomedical center of excellence this past week, with an $11.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health. The award represents the first COBRE (center of biomedical research excellence) program led by UNLV. NIPM will leverage the award to foster research efforts at UNLV and across Nevada.
The NIPM COBRE is the first in the nation to focus exclusively on personalized medicine as well as the first Nevada personalized medicine initiative peer-reviewed by a national committee. The award represents the culmination of efforts put forth by a dedicated and hardworking team of staff and faculty at NIPM as well as at collaborating organizations, fueled by seed funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and UNLV. More than 45 experts participated in the application process, and the submission had more than 60 letters of support from recognized organizations or experts in the field. Key local collaborators include UNLV’s National Supercomputing Institute and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Personalized medicine is based on the concept that a person’s unique DNA can guide effective treatment and disease prevention. The main goals of the COBRE grant are to advance the use of genomics and genetics in personalized medicine through cutting-edge research discovery, to build a center of excellence that fosters new investigator independence, and to collaborate with key strategic partners. The program will also build upon computational and genomics research capacity, including expert analysts to enable population-level genomics research. Projects forthcoming through the COBRE include developing new methods for comprehensive tissue-of-origin profiling for cancers of unknown sources; diagnosing osteoporosis based on individual genetic makeup and environment; and examining the role of microglia and immune system dysfunction in schizophrenia to help identify new genetic markers of the condition. The COBRE will also be leveraged to expand clinical and educational services.
Las Vegas native, Bonanza High School and UNLV graduate, Colby Shreve, 29, is now a first-year student at the UNLV School of Medicine. Chosen from a field of more than 800 students for the inaugural class, Shreve’s non-traditional path to medicine included a six-year stint as a professional baseball player after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 from the College of Southern Nevada.
Mobile Urgent Care Service Now Treating Patients in Southern Nevada
DispathHealth is a new and innovative provider of on-demand mobile urgent care services in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unlike traditional urgent care or emergency room visits, their medical team brings treatment right to the privacy and comfort of a person’s home, work place or senior living community.
This service is convenient, affordable and personal and can be easily requested by phone at 702-848-4443, or through its website or via a free mobile app. Once a request has been triaged and validated as appropriate, patients will be given an estimated time of arrival. The DispatchHealth medical team is then dispatched to the person’s home and will arrive in approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
The medical team consists of an emergency medical technician (EMT) and an ED-trained and board-certified nurse practitioner (NP) or physician assistant (PA) with continual virtual support from an emergency room physician. DispatchHealth’s skilled and experienced providers arrive with the tools necessary to provide advanced medical care and are supported by modern technological infrastructure to ensure quality outcomes.
The DispatchHealth medical team will arrive on scene with the tools and equipment required to treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses, including the flu, upper respiratory conditions, dehydration, urinary tract infections, nebulizer treatment for COPD, bronchitis, sinus infections, strep throat, sewing up a laceration or skin tear, packing a nose bleed, treating nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, removing foreign objects (from ears and nose), pink eye, stabilizing a sprained ankle, doing basic blood work on-site, treating headaches/migraines, administering IV fluids, medications, antibiotics and much more.
The concept for DispatchHealth was created in 2013 by an Emergency Room doctor in Denver, Colorado in an attempt to reduce the number of persons utilizing the Emergency Room for non-life threatening health issues that could be treated outside of the hospital setting.
“Our care model has proven acute care can be delivered safely in the convenience of the patient’s home or location of need,” stated DispatchHealth Co-Founder and CEO Mark Prather, MD, MBA. “Whether caring for an elderly parent, an injured or ill child, or facing an acute illness or injury themselves, consumers have a new option to address on-demand healthcare needs without the expense, inconvenience and time so often associated with urgent and emergency care facilities.”
DispatchHealth’s unique, care delivery model and clinical capabilities allows them to treat the entire family from young children to teens, adults and seniors. For busy parents with kids, working adults with hectic schedules to seniors in senior living communities, the services offer a convenient and affordable option – in essence, bringing back the house call.
DispatchHealth has contracted with major health care insurance providers in Las Vegas (including Medicare and Medicaid). After a treatment is completed, DispatchHealth will bill insurance directly. There may be a co-pay (urgent care) required depending on insurance. The co-pay would be collected after DispatchHealth has been paid by the insurance company. The service has an affordable self-pay rate for those individuals without health care coverage, are out of network coverage or have a high deductible plan. Health savings plans are also accepted for payment of services.
DispatchHealth focuses much of their attention on serving the senior community – as they often have fewer options and more difficulties accessing urgent care. They may also have limited transportation options and mobility challenges making it difficult to leave home. Having an option besides calling 911 is critical. Going to the emergency room for non-life threatening situations is not only costly, but can be very disruptive and disorienting. DispatchHealth believes their mobile urgent care solution is taking tremendous steps towards higher quality healthcare delivery, lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction.
WHAT SETS DISPATCHHEALTH APART
The option of having affordable, personalized care in the home setting is a welcome and much needed addition to the care continuum. Individuals tend to be more relaxed, share more information about their health issues and have better outcomes when treated in their home.
Other advantages include not being exposed to others with serious health issues in an urgent or emergency waiting room setting; having the DispatchHealth medical team able to administer a first dose of medication, as well as write orders for prescriptions during the home visit; and having a medical team completely focused on the patient’s health needs. The average home visit is 45 minutes.
DispatchHealth’s goal is not to replace primary care physicians or home health provider, but support their efforts, when needed, for specific urgent care needs of patients. The medical team leaves a copy of all treatment notes, tests results and prescriptions with the person being treated, and sends a copy to designated primary care physicians and other care providers as requested. DispatchHealth’s objective is to tuck everyone back with their care team when treatment is completed.
DISPATCHHEALTH LOCATIONS & NATIONAL EXPANSION
The original location and corporate office for DispatchHealth is located in Denver, Colorado. Besides Denver, the company has expanded to provide services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Richmond, Virginia and Phoenix, Arizona.
DispatchHealth started helping patients in Las Vegas on December 1, 2017.
DispatchHealth’s most recent opening, as of two week ago, is Houston, TX. Future expansion includes opening in both Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dallas, Texas by early summer. Additional metropolitan locations are under consideration.
DISPATCHHEALTH BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY
The DispatchHealth business motto is “The Right Care at the Right Time at the Right Place.” They believe righteous healthcare can be achieved through the power of technology, convenience and service. Their team works hard to create an integrated delivery solution that extends yet supports the capabilities of a person’s care team, and provides quality care to each individual seen while dramatically decreasing costs for both the consumer and the healthcare industry.
To request care in the Las Vegas Valley: call 702-848-4443.
DISPATCHHEALTH‘S LAS VEGAS TEAM
BJ Wright, Community Engagement Manager
Bill Butcher, Market Director
For those of you who are early adopters like I am, you’re probably aware of the latest Apple technology introduced this month. Apple’s use of consumer data has allowed them to build the best product for consumer needs. They are innovators in their industry. Just like Apple, Regenexx has been on the forefront of the Interventional Orthopedic industry based on our unique ability to track and analyze every one of our patients. We have patients who are 5, 8, 10 or even 12 years out from their nonsurgical Regenexx procedure. This amount of research and data allows us to make advancements in our field that bring patients an outcome based treatment approach customized to their specific orthopedic needs and are grounded in improving the lives of our patients.
Regenexx® stem cell procedures have been studied extensively for more than a decade and our patients are part of the world’s largest human mesenchymal stem cell re-implantation database for orthopedic purposes.
We are the only orthopedic providers in the world with an outcome registry.
Regenexx® Patient Outcome Data by Body Part Treated below:
The current case study shows the economic and physical impact we are making with our corporate clients
As of February, 2018… We have reduced our corporate partners’ orthopedic costs by 84% at an overall savings of nearly $6.140 MILLION dollars with an average patient improvement at 6 months of 80%.
Patient Success is Our Priority
Sheri, a small business owner, was able to keep her company running by avoiding a lengthy recovery and opting for a non-surgical patented Regenexx procedure. Sheri is back to 98 percent of her function and virtually pain free at her six month appointment. See Sheri’s 2-minute video below:
Touro University Nevada will receive more than $21,000 for the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities from the 10th annual Ante 4 Autism Celebrity Poker Tournament.
The tournament, held inside the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, raised more than $137,000 for five autism non-profit organizations across the country. Touro’s Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities was the lone recipient from Nevada.
“The Ante 4 Autism Celebrity Poker Tournament was a resounding success for the autism community,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “We are so thrilled that our Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities was a part of this wonderful event. This donation will make a huge impact on our Center.”
The tournament featured several professional poker players, including Erik Seidel, Jennifer Harmon, and tournament co-hosts Chip and Karina Jett among others. Additional celebrity participants included actors Nicholas Gonzalez from “The Good Doctor,” and Dennis Haskins from “Saved by the Bell.”
Ante 4 Autism had nearly 240 players and more than 40 sponsors for the special event.
Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging celebrates a dream 30 years in the making
In 1988 Dr. Leon Steinberg, Dr. David Steinberg and Dr. Mark Winkler watched as the construction of the very first Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) building was finalized. As SDMI remembers the life of Dr. Leon Steinberg they look back at what has grown from his dreams. SDMI may have opened their doors 30 years ago, but Dr. Leon saw the potential of a dedicated outpatient radiology practice long before that. “My father often reminded us that it takes hard work and dedication, but he knew what SDMI could become and gave us the vision to build on” says Dr. David Steinberg.
Steinberg celebrates 30 years.
In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in Southern Nevada. Through his experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice. Dr. David Haas was the first radiologist hired at SDMI and when asked to look back over the last 30 years he had this to say: “The first time I met Leon Steinberg he said to me ‘If the patient comes first everything else will fall in to place’. It was that vision that made me so pleased to come work with SDMI. Today SDMI is the patriarchal radiology practice in Southern Nevada where the staff and doctors are still focused on having the highest morals and ethical standards. SDMI provides an environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.”
The dreams of one man are now a city wide legacy stretching from the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) on the corner of Shadow Lane and the newly renamed Wellness Way to the Henderson Health Corridor, where more than 450 staff members and 30 radiologists care for over 1,000 patients everyday throughout the 8 Locations.
Being a patient centric practice is carried through the facilities from the design conception to the equipment installed to the employees that are hired. “SDMI is consistently the first to introduce new technology to Southern Nevada, every patient deserves the best imaging available and we work tirelessly to ensure they receive it.” Dr. Mark Winkler
The 30th anniversary includes expansion of the SDMI executive staff, recently promoted are, Michelle Nicholl, Chief Human Resources Officer, Devon Evanski, Chief Financial Officer, and Rachel Papka, Chief Health Informatics Officer. They joined the reigning chiefs, Operating Officer, Jerry Hartman, Information Officer, Don Shackley and Administrative Officer, Stacey Webb. Together the 5 continue SDMI’s strategic growth keeping patient care at the center. “At SDMI we continually analyze workflow, educate staff and work to increase our patient experience efforts to ensure we are growing in a way that honors the foundation on which we were built.” Stacey Webb, CAO
With Dr. David Steinberg at the helm and a leadership team so deeply rooted in Southern Nevada it is no wonder that SDMI has always been a true community partner and neighbor. This year continues their support of notable events like, Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink and CEO’s Against Cancer initiatives and most recently SDMI joined the American Lung Association as they celebrated 10 years of Scale the Strat with a team of 10 dedicated employees.
SDMI has no plans of slowing down in the years to come, you can continue to expect the same exceptional standards of patient care, top-notch equipment and community involvement from now until their next milestone anniversary and beyond.
About Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers:
In 1958, Dr. Leon Steinberg came to Las Vegas to help Sunrise Hospital build the first radiology center in Southern Nevada. Through his experience in the hospital setting, he saw a need for a more patient-friendly option for medical imaging and aimed to build such a practice with his son, Dr. David Steinberg, and Dr. Mark Winkler as his partners, Dr. Leon opened the first SDMI office in 1988. Their standards of excellence in patient care and technology have brought national and international recognition from the medical imaging and health care communities. Today, that commitment to deliver top-notch care wrapped around a positive patient experience has never been stronger. With more than 30 years under our belt, our number one priority in this family-owned business is to make sure that we treat every patient like a beloved member of our family.
HITRUST CSF Certification validates that PlusFour, Inc. is committed to meeting key regulations and protecting sensitive information.
PlusFour, Inc., a leading third-party debt collector, today announced that its infrastructure has earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST. With the HITRUST CSF Certified Status, PlusFour’s supporting infrastructure meets key healthcare regulations and requirements for protecting and securing sensitive private healthcare information.
HITRUST CSF Certified status indicates that the organization’s supporting infrastructure has met industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk, and places PlusFour, Inc. in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.
“Our clients either demand this level of security now or will demand it in the future as they are under great pressure to meet complex compliance requirements that include technical and process elements such as HIPAA, PCI, PHI, NIST, ISO and COBIT,” said Richard Bennett, president of PlusFour, Inc. “Achieving HITRUST CSF Certification allows PlusFour to show that we have covered all bases, and that we are a safe and secure vendor and business partner, and as stated previously, this places PlusFour in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification.”
“The HITRUST CSF has become the information protection framework for the healthcare industry, and the CSF Assurance program is bringing a new level of effectiveness and efficiency to third-party assurance,” said Ken Vander Wal, Chief Compliance Officer, HITRUST. “The HITRUST CSF Certification is now the benchmark that organizations required to safeguard PHI are measured against with regards to information protection.”
Founded in Las Vegas in 1997 with a vision for providing exceptional results and services, PlusFour, Inc. has worked diligently to change the way credit collection services function and finds innovative solutions to common debt-recovery challenges. With stringent regulations on the credit collection services sector, top-notch compliance is essential to maintaining security of businesses and customers alike. PlusFour, Inc.’s core values include professionalism, security, efficiency, communication, transparency, customer service, ethics and accuracy – all performed by a team which undergoes consistent training to remain current on all regulations.
Nathan Adelson Hospice Enters into Agreement to Acquire Kindred Hospice in Las Vegas
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kindred Hospice, an end-of-life health care organization in Southern Nevada, owned by Kindred Healthcare. Nathan Adelson Hospice and Kindred Hospice Care are finalizing the details of the transaction and expect the acquisition to close by March 1, 2018.
Nathan Adelson Hospice is the only non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, and provides hospice and palliative care to more than 350 patients each day.
Acquisitions in the hospice industry are becoming more commonplace throughout the country. Healthcare systems recognize that hospice leaders, such as Nathan Adelson Hospice, have a unique delivery system.
“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Kindred Hospice,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Carole Fisher. “As the leader in end-of-life care in Southern Nevada for more than 40 years, Nathan Adelson Hospice continues to forge a path forward resulting in improved access for patients and their loved ones. We respect Kindred’s deep knowledge and passion for providing high quality patient care and share a commitment to ensuring a seamless transition for patients, families, employees and volunteers. This acquisition strengthens our position in the post-acute continuum and as the hospice of choice in Southern Nevada.”
Linn Billingsley, Vice President of Operations for Kindred said, “Throughout the years, Kindred Healthcare and Nathan Adelson Hospice have worked closely together. Our mutual respect and confidence in one another allows for a seamless transition in the quality of care for our patients and families.”
Fisher said that Nathan Adelson Hospice will retain its long-established community identity and will continue to explore strategic relationships and partnerships that ensure sustainability.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end-of-life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.
The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.
Southwest Medical Associates, a part of OptumCare has added nine new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:
Faegh Aderangi, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Health Care Center (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) and specializes in adult medicine. Aderangi completed his medical training at St. James School of Medicine in Kralendijk, Bonaire and completed his residency at Baptist Health Madisonville in Kentucky, where he served as chief resident.
Itha Dalrymple, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Oakey Health Care Center (4750 W. Oakey Blvd.) and specializes in adult medicine. Dalrymple completed her medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed her residency at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, California.
William Dalrymple, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Lake Mead Health Care Center (270 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., Henderson) and specializes in adult medicine. Dalrymple completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed his residency at Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, California.
John Kane, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in urgent care. Kane completed his medical training at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed his residency at Capital Health Family Medicine in Trenton, New Jersey.
David Renton, DO joins Southwest Medical’s Tenaya Health Care Center (2704 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in urgent care. Renton completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada and completed his residency at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he served as chief resident.
Kwang Shin, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Rancho Health Care Center (888 S. Rancho Dr.) and specializes in urgent care. Shin completed his medical training at Loma Linda University in Riverside, California and completed his residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California and University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
Gregory Sholeff, MD joins Southwest Medical’s Siena Health Care Center (2845 Siena Heights Dr.) and specializes in adult medicine. Sholeff completed his medical training and his residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Stacy Slade, PA-C joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Care Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in adult medicine. Slade completed her medical training at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada.
Michelle Trapp, NP joins Southwest Medical’s Rancho Health Care Center (888 S. Rancho Dr.) and specializes in OB/GYN. Trapp completed her medical training at California State University, Fullerton.
About Southwest Medical Associates
Southwest Medical, part of OptumCareTM, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group with over 350 local health care providers in over 30 health care centers, including seven convenient care centers, six urgent care centers, two outpatient surgery centers and two lifestyle centers catering to older adults, plus access to a network of 630 providers throughout southern Nevada.
Our full spectrum of health care services includes Southwest Medical Associates Hospice, improving the quality of life for people experiencing a terminal illness. We bring care and comfort home to our patients through Home Health Services, Home Care Plus and Total Home Care and Palliative Care, part of the continuum of care for all stages of a person’s life. For more than four decades we have provided this experienced, compassionate, innovative and high-quality care to patients throughout Southern Nevada. From our 24-hour urgent care center to industry-leading technology such as convenient e-visits and online options like the NowClinic® telemedicine platform, Southwest Medical’s goal is to bring patients the health care they want, the way they want it.
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a nonprofit dedicated to providing free health care services to low-income, uninsured Southern Nevadans, will host its ninth annual dinner fundraiser, Hands Together, Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Palazzo Ballroom inside The Palazzo. All proceeds will help fund VMSN’s medical services and programs.
This year’s Hands Together honoreeis Dr. Tony Marlon, former chief executive and founder of Sierra Health Services, and a longtime supporter of VMSN’s core mission to serve Southern Nevada’s less fortunate.
Through the generosity of community partners, donors, and more than 650 volunteers, VMSN provided over $5 million in healthcare services at the Paradise Park and Ruffin Family clinics this past year. Additionally, VMSN provided:
8,000 primary and specialty medical care appointments to approximately 2,700 men, women and children
More than $1 million in free diagnostic testing
More than $3.1 million in free medications
Last year, as part of its pledge to provide “holistic healthcare,” VMSN added a dental program and social and behavioral health intervention programs to its list of services.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
6 — 9:30 p.m.
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Individual tickets cost $325 and can be purchased by visiting www.vmsn.org.