Clinicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Reach Minimally Invasive Milestone in Treating Aortic Stenosis

By | Press Release, Recognition, Uncategorized

The first hospital in Nevada to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in 2012 – to provide patients with an option to open heart surgery – performs the 500th aortic valve replacement procedure last week week.

Clinicians on staff at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center successfully achieved a milestone last week by completing 500 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements since beginning the TAVR program in 2012. That is when Sunrise Hospital’s clinicians performed the first TAVR procedure in Nevada. Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent heart valve condition effecting aging patients.

Led by Interventional Cardiologists and Cardiovascular surgeons – the Sunrise Heart Center team replaces the patients’ damaged aortic valves through a small incision in the skin. Performed in our Hybrid OR, TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic valve stenosis can cause a patient to feel faint, weak or lethargic as the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body.

During the procedure, a hollow tube is inserted into the femoral artery through a leg incision. The new heart valve is compressed and inserted through the tube, then pushed up to the aortic valve where it is expanded. The new valve pushes aside the diseased valve. The existing valve holds the new valve in place.

“Patients with a degeneration of the aortic valve or who have had significant damage to the heart can lead a higher quality of life after having a TAVR,” said Dr. Nayab Zafar “What started as a glimmer of hope for a few hopeless patients is now available to the masses because of TAVR’s success as a less-invasive heart treatment delivering improved outcomes.” Dr. Zafar adds that the TAVR procedure was formerly used when patients’ heart valve disease was deemed inoperable or very high risk. Now TAVR is a good option for treating patients with intermediate risk.

“Placing the first TAVR in a beating heart to reclaim quality of life for the first patient in Nevada and the 500th patient is exemplary of our commitment to advanced heart therapy,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our Heart Center team of clinicians who put their whole heart into caring for our community and for people across the region.”

The first TAVR procedure was performed at Sunrise Hospital by Dr. Nauman Jahangir in 2012.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Announces $100 Million Anniversary Endowment Campaign

By | Grants/Endowments, Press Release, Uncategorized

Capital campaign will raise funds to safeguard the center’s growth and support its mission in perpetuity

After a decade of neurological achievements, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas is launching a $100 million endowment campaign to support long-term sustainability and serve its mission to deliver world-class treatment and research of brain disease. 

In conjunction with its milestone 10th anniversary, funds raised support continued growth of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to meet the ever-changing landscape of neurological care, including:

  • Flexibility to advance clinical programs for those impacted by brain disease
  • Capacity to pursue cutting-edge research and clinical trials
  • Resources to attract the world’s top clinicians and scientists
  • Ability to offer community education and patient and caregiver support services at no cost
  • Infrastructure to train neurological leaders of the future

“A decade of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was made possible through generous donors who believed in our mission, and now we are calling on them again to help us set our sights on long-term sustainability,” said Larry Ruvo, founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “Insurance reimbursement rates do not fully support the amount and quality of care we provide, so we are fueled by the power of philanthropy. We truly believe that what happens in Las Vegas will change the world and ask the public to be a part of it by donating to our cause.”

Since partnering with Cleveland Clinic in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, supported by philanthropy from Keep Memory Alive, has earned a global reputation for diagnosing and treating devastating brain diseases while integrating research and education at every level. To date, it has:

  • Facilitated more than 165,000 patient visits
  • Conducted 70 clinical trials to advance new therapies toward FDA approval
  • Published 525 scientific papers advancing neurological research
  • Provided 41,000 support service visits to patients and families at no cost
  • Spent 55,000 hours training the next generation of medical professionals

A complete list of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s no-cost caregiver support services and upcoming educational events open to the community can be found at KeepMemoryAlive.org/caregivers-community.

“We’ve made great strides in both the research and treatment of brain disease that have changed the medical landscape in Las Vegas and beyond. While we are immensely proud of what we have accomplished thus far, we are hopeful of what we can do in the future and will use this endowment to turn our vision into a reality,” says Marwan Sabbagh, M.D., director of Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “The funds secured will be used to support new research, hire brain health leaders, and fund comprehensive patient and caregiver support services.”

Las Vegas has been a supportive environment, with the community engaging to drive awareness of Nevada’s expanding healthcare climate. Recently, Vegas PBS’ “The Power of Love: The Story of Lou Ruvo and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health” won a Gold Telly Award for best original documentary. The prestigious award honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

For more information about the endowment and other opportunities to support Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/Nevada or email DonateNevada@ccf.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides expert diagnosis and treatment for individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple sclerosis; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; and multiple system atrophy. The center offers a continuum of care with no-cost opportunities for the community to participate in education and research, including disease prevention studies and clinical trials of promising new medications. An integrated entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively in support of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth and http://www.keepmemoryalive.org.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

Hepatitis Testing Encouraged During the Month of May

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May is designated Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day

The Southern Nevada Health District is raising awareness about hepatitis and encouraging people to get tested during Hepatitis Awareness Month, and on May 19, Hepatitis Testing Day. Millions of people in the United States are infected with hepatitis and many are not aware of their infection.

Regular hepatitis C testing services are available at the following locations:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Huntridge Clinic, (702) 979-1111

1830 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Nev. 89104

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Monday and Wednesday, Noon – 4 p.m.

Trac-B Exchange, (702) 840-6693

6114 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89146

(Sterile syringe storefront and needle disposal location)

Throughout May, hepatitis C testing will be available at the following locations:

Thursday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. – noon

Center for Behavioral Health, (702) 796-0660

3050 E. Desert Inn Rd., Ste. 116, Las Vegas, Nev. 89121

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Monday, May 20-Thursday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. – noon, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada (The Center), (702) 733-8600

401 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nev. 89101

(Syringe vending machine and needle disposal location)

Thursday, May 23, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Las Vegas Rescue Mission, (702) 382-1766

4800 W. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89106

(Testing, care resources, hepatitis A and B immunizations)

Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Harm Reduction Outreach, (702) 840-6693

Christ the King Catholic Community

4925 S. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, Nev. 89118

(Testing, care resources, sterile syringes, needle disposal, peer-to-peer services, homeless services, Naloxone)

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that may have no symptoms and may not be detected for many years. Chronic hepatitis infections are a leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. There are immunizations to protect against hepatitis A and B, and as a result, hepatitis A cases have declined dramatically. There are lifesaving treatments available for chronic hepatitis B and treatments that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States with about one in 12 living with hepatitis B infection. They account for approximately 50 percent of Americans living with the virus. In addition, a mother can transmit the virus to her baby, and it can also be sexually transmitted.

People born between 1945 and 1965 should get tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are at a higher risk for hepatitis C infection than other adults and most are unaware of their infection. People with chronic hepatitis C infection can be asymptomatic for decades. Hepatitis C is more common among people who received blood transfusions or organ transplants before 1992 and people who inject drugs. The CDC recommends that anyone with a history of injection drug use or unprotected sexual contact with multiple partners also be tested for hepatitis B and C.

 The CDC’s Viral Hepatitis website includes information about the vaccine, resources, and a Hepatitis Risk Assessment that can facilitate conversations with patients and their health care providers.

The Health District’s Immunization Clinic offers the hepatitis A and B vaccines at its public health centers throughout Southern Nevada. The Immunization Clinic is open Monday – Friday at the following locations:

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev. 89107
  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Ste. E12, Las Vegas, Nev. 89110
  • Henderson Clinic at Touro University, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson, Nev. 89014

(Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. by appointment only. The office is closed from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. daily)

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite, Nev. 89027

(Immunization services are available by appointment Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the office is closed daily from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for lunch)

Access information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, YouTube: www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict, Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/southernnevadahealthdistrict/. The Health District is available in Spanish on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

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:

(Rate per 100,000 population)

 

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

New HIV Diagnosis Rate

Clark County

581.7

221.3

20.2

Nevada

553.1

187.8

16.5

United States

528.8

171.9

11.8

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: https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuition/scholarships/nevada/high-five.html

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 www.wgu.edu.

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 www.valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

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 speakers.roseman.edu.

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   https://rmg.roseman.edu/   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.

Sincerely,

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 (www.centurionservice.com) 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.