Donald Pearson Joins Las Vegas HEALS Board to Help Drive Process of Improving Healthcare for Southern Nevadans

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Pearson Returns to Las Vegas After Graduation from United States Naval Academy and Service in United States Marine Corps

Having moved with his family to Nevada as a young child, and later returned to the community after many years living outside of the state, Donald Pearson is proud to live in Las Vegas and call it home for his family.

When Donald was eight years old, his mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Unable to find the required care in Las Vegas, and wanting to receive the best medical treatment and assurance that she would be able to continue to raise Donald and his sister, his mother was forced to seek treatment out-of-state. Despite enduring these family health challenges at a young age, Donald maintained hope that one day Las Vegas would be the pinnacle of excellence when it came to healthcare for his family and loved ones.

As Donald and his wife Arianna raise their family in Las Vegas, he finds himself reflecting on his childhood experience with his mother’s cancer. He now takes comfort in knowing that if a healthcare crisis arises his family doesn’t have to leave their home, as with the progress made in recent years Las Vegas healthcare now has their backs. Donald was overjoyed to accept a Board of Directors position with Las Vegas HEALS, to help drive its mission to continue the improvement of healthcare in Southern Nevada.

Donald attended Faith Lutheran for both middle school and high school. It was there that he met his wife, Arianna. After high school graduation, Arianna attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing and Donald accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy on a football scholarship.

After graduating from United States Naval Academy in 2016 Don was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Donald and Arianna got married and moved to their assigned duty station in Miami, Florida where he served as a Financial Manager responsible for all resources allocated in support of Marine Corps activities in Central and South America. Although it never felt like home, Donald appreciated that in Florida he found his love for finance and complex problem solving.

During Donald’s time in Miami, he and Arianna became parents to a beautiful baby girl, Chanelle. The couple pledged to one day return to Las Vegas to be part of the community and raise their family there. Upon completion of Donald’s military service, at the rank of a Marine Captain, the Pearson family fulfilled that promise and their dream of moving back to the city they loved.

Professionally, Donald is a member of WestPac Wealth Partners as a Wealth Management Advisor specializing in financial planning for medical professionals, both individual practitioners and medical groups at large. Education is at the very heart of his practice and he believes in empowering those who make the biggest impact on our community with the very best financial resources.

He is a lifelong learner and understands the value that a good coach can bring. Donald is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Retirement Income Certified Professional®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, and Wealth Management Certified Professional® and has a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Donald has embraced his love for teaching and tutors college undergrad and post-graduate students in finance as well as aspiring Financial Advisors in their preparation for earning their securities licensing.

Outside of marrying his 7th grade sweetheart and being a father to a fifth generation Las Vegan, his proudest achievement is being a part of the Naval Academy football team that boasted a 4-0 record against Army and finished in the NCAA Top 25 rankings in both his Junior and Senior seasons.

Donald and Arianna’s family has been in Las Vegas for four generations. His father in-law owns and operates the Omelet House, a Las Vegas landmark founded in 1979. With community ties deep and strong, Donald is ecstatic to give back to the place he calls home through Las Vegas HEALS and his family’s other community service efforts.

COVID-19 Update – July 2, 2021

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COVID-19 Update

  • The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a total of 2,005,236 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Clark County as of July 2. The total number of vaccinations initiated is 1,150,695; the number of vaccinations completed is 946,421.
  • Upcoming vaccination clinics are scheduled at the following locations and additional information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine:
    • Fade’Em All Barber shop, 7760 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, Saturday, July 3, 12 p.m.-2 pm.
    • Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Henderson, Wednesday, July 7-Saturday, August 14, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., lower level
    • CSN North Las Vegas and West Charleston campuses, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
    • Southern Nevada Health District, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
  • The Health District continues to sequence samples of positive COVID-19 test results to identify variants of concern. To date, the Alpha B.1.1.7 (UK) variant is the dominant variant with 731 cases; the Delta B.1.617 variant has been identified in 269 cases. The total number of COVID-19 cases identified with variants of concern is 1,132.
  • The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) reported three Delta-Plus cases to the Southern Nevada Health District last week; these cases were sequenced by the NSPHL.
  • Unvaccinated people attending Fourth of July celebrations and gathering are at an increased risk of COVID-19 infection and spreading the virus. It is recommended they:
    • Continue wearing masks in public places and in gatherings with unvaccinated friends and family members and maintain a safe social distance both indoors and outdoors until fully vaccinated.
    • Practice frequent handwashing, especially after being in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
    • Visit the CDC’s website for additional guidance for unvaccinated people to celebrate holidays and special events: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/winter.html
  • COVID-19 testing is available at the Southern Nevada Health District Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.; CSN North Las Vegas, West Charleston, and Henderson campuses, Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Testing is recommended for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. In addition, unvaccinated people who have participated in activities that put them at a higher risk of infection, including events with limited masking and social distancing. COVID-19 testing information is available: www.snhd.info/covid-testing and Nevada Health Response: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/find-covid-19-testing-in-nevada/.

More information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid. The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

WGU Military Appreciate Scholarship Available for Careers in Healthcare

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WGU is join our nation in honoring our serving and retired armed forces and families on Memorial Day and every day! WGU is proud to be ranked as a top-rated “Military-Friendly®” program and to count 13% of our student body as military-affiliated.  We are very pleased to offer this scholarship in recognition of your service:

America’s military personnel and their families have made countless sacrifices in the service of our country. We don’t want you to make any more sacrifices when it comes to your, or your family’s, college education.

That’s why WGU created our Military Appreciation Scholarship.

  • Valued at up to $2,500
  • Can be applied to any of WGU’s more than 60 career-focused degree programs in business, education, IT, and healthcare (including nursing).
  • Open to service members, veterans, and their spouses.

WGU’s classes are 100% online with no set log-in times. Plus, you can advance through the curriculum as quickly as you demonstrate mastery of the material and skills.

Optum Care Cancer Care Adds Two New Providers

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Optum Care Cancer Care has added two new providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community.

Carlos W Araujo, M.D. joins Optum Care Cancer Care (2300 W. Charleston Blvd.), specializing in hematology and medical oncology.

Irene Kyritsis, A.P.R.N. joins Optum Care Cancer Care (3175 Saint Rose Pkwy, Ste. 200, Henderson), specializing in medical oncology.

Clark County Surpasses One Million First Dose COVID-19 Vaccinations

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting more than a million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Clark County. As of May 25, more than 1,002,047 people have received their first dose of the vaccine at sites throughout the community. Of those vaccinated, 785,182 have been fully vaccinated and more than 1,713,609 doses have been administered.

“The Health District received its first shipment of the vaccine on December 22, 2020, and now six months later we are marking what has been a monumental undertaking,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “This achievement is a credit to the hard work of our public health staff, and our many partners at the local, state, and federal level, as well as to every individual in our community who did their part to keep themselves and each other safe and healthy.”

The Health District is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing people from getting sick. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. People who are fully vaccinated can start doing activities they did prior to the pandemic. More information about current recommendations is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

“The progress we have made to vaccinate Southern Nevada residents is a credit to the strong partnerships we have in our community across our public and private sectors,” said North Las Vegas Councilman and Southern Nevada District Board of Health Chair Scott Black. “Our vaccination efforts have been supported and encouraged by large corporations, small businesses, and individuals who want to do their part to keep their community safe. It is because of these combined efforts that we are able to start to return to normal.”

“I want to thank our residents for helping us achieve this milestone in protecting the health and safety of our community,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Health District’s Board of Health. “Fighting the pandemic is a community effort. We would not be where we are today in terms of returning to normal life if our residents hadn’t responded to the call to get vaccinated when they became eligible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep themselves, their family members and the visitors to our community safe.”

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine has never been more convenient. Upcoming pop-up clinic locations include:

  • Thursday, May 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Whitney Recreation and Senior Center, 5712 E. Missouri Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89122
  • Friday, May 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – The Crossing Church, 7950 W. Windmill Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89113

The Health District and partners continue to offer drive thru vaccines at the Texas Station and Las Vegas Convention Center locations, and upcoming locations also include school district sites. More information is available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine. Additional COVID-19 vaccine clinic information can be found online at www.NVCOVIDFighter.org. The site also features live chat support to make scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment and getting information about the vaccine more accessible.

Children under the age of 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian at the time of services. The Health District’s policy is available on its website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/about-us/general-information/policies-regulations/.

Additional information about COVID-19, including Health District resources, reports, and testing and vaccine clinic sites is available at www.snhd.info/covid. The Health District’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated daily and available at www.snhd.info/covid-cases.

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Anthony Munoz, Visits Las Vegas Vaccination Sites in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine PSA Campaign

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz visited various vaccination sites and locations across Las Vegas, on April 26, meeting with elected officials, community leaders, residents, and healthcare professionals. The visit is in conjunction with the recently launched COVID-19 vaccine PSA campaign, a partnership between SilverSummit Healthplan, Centene, and the Pro Football of Fame, to educate people across the country about the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a particular focus on communities of color.

Jersey Mike’s Subs Presents $79,000 Donation to Special Olympics Nevada

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11th Annual “Month of Giving” Check Presentation. SONV representatives and volunteer coaches will be on hand to accept an incredible $79,000 donation from Jersey Mike’s Subs during a special check presentation. A part of it’s annual Month of Giving campaign, 12 Jersey Mike’s locations collected donations throughout March, building to its Day of Giving on March 31, where the restaurants donated 100 percent of sales, not just profits, to SONV.

In addition to supporting the organization’s sports, education, leadership, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, Jersey Mike’s goal-busting donation will assist SONV in it’s efforts to establish an independently run chapter in Nevada. While all fundraising dollars support athletes in Nevada, SONV is currently under the umbrella of Special Olympics Northern California.

The restaurant chain is also looking to expand it’s team in southern Nevada. Jersey Mike’s is currently hiring for 20-30 open positions across the Las Vegas valley, including general managers, assistant managers and crew members.

Southern Nevada Health District Statement on Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine

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Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA recommended a pause in the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine while they review six reports of cases of a rare type of blood clot that occurred in individuals who received the vaccine. In keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and FDA, the Southern Nevada Health District has stopped administering the vaccine in its clinics and advised its community partners to do the same.

The severe adverse events that occurred were all reported in women between the ages of 18 to 48, and their symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine. At this time, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare and people who received the vaccine more than three weeks ago are at even lower risk. People who received the Janssen vaccine and develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of vaccination should contact their health care provider. More information is available at www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html.

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not associated with these events. To date, more than 1,180,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Clark County, including more than 47,000 doses of the Janssen vaccine. The Health District and its community partners schedule vaccine appointments based on the allotment received each week, and there will sufficient vaccine supplies to continue to safely vaccinate the community.

Updated information and resources are available on the Health District’s COVID website at www.SNHD.info/covid.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.               

American Academy of Neurology Names Three Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Physicians to Fellow Status

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Prospective Fellows Nominated and Confirmed by Current Fellows

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is celebrating physicians Carrie Hersh, DO, MSc, FAAN; Le Hua, MD, FAAN; and Zoltan Mari, MD, FAAN, on their recent designation as Fellows of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN).

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Fellow status acknowledges exemplary work and achievements in the neurosciences, the clinical practice of neurology or academic/administrative neurology, in the AAN, and in the community. Prospective fellows are nominated by current fellows; those who meet the qualifying criteria are then eligible to be “voted in” by their peers.

The AAN aims to promote the highest quality patient-centered neurological care and enhance member career satisfaction. This past year, Drs. Hersh, Hua and Mari were among only 115 neurologists worldwide to earn the coveted FAAN, demonstrating recognized patient-centered care within our Las Vegas Community.