New Directors Bring Decades of Experience, Excellent Reputations in Healthcare

Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit membership-based healthcare association recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Bard Coats, President Emeritus of HealthCare Partners Nevada
  • Dr. Fermin Leguen, Chief Medical Officer/Director of Clinical Services at Southern Nevada Health District
  • Karen Rubel, Chief Executive Officer at Nathan Adelson Hospice
  • Eric Schmacker, President and Chief Executive Officer at SilverSummit Health Plan
  • Michael Ward, Chief Executive Officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Bard Coats

Dr. Coats currently serves as President Emeritus for HealthCare Partners Nevada. Before joining HealthCare Partners Nevada in 2011, Dr. Coats spent much of his medical careers as a practicing general internist in Northern California and as CMO of a large integrated health system in the Sacramento area. He moved to Las Vegas in 1998 and has held various leadership roles with PacifiCare, Saint Mary’s Health Plans, and was Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare’s Southwest and Pacific regions from 2003 – 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oklahoma City University, his M.D. at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, and his Executive MBA at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Fermin Leguen

Dr. Leguen is the Chief Medical Officer/Director of Clinical Services at Southern Nevada Health District. He previously worked as the Medical Executive Director for the State of Florida Department of Health in Pasco and Hernando counties where he oversaw the delivery of clinical services at seven locations. He also spent ten years as a medical executive director and epidemiology director of the Miami County Health Department. Dr. Leguen graduated from John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Karen Rubel

Ms. Rubel currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Nathan Adelson Hospice. She joined the organization in 2007 as the Vice President for Development. In addition to Ms. Rubel’s ongoing efforts managing programs, she has overseen several major construction projects. In 2008, she finalized funding efforts to build an Adult Day Care in Henderson on land donated to Nathan Adelson Hospice. Prior to working for the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, she served as Director of Advancement for the Nevada Community Foundation in Las Vegas. Ms. Rubel earned a B.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University, and an M.A. in Administration from Dominican University in Illinois.

Eric Schmacker

Mr. Schmacker is the President and CEO of SilverSummit Health Plan and has over 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare and hospital administration. Most recently he served in the Baptist Health System in San Antonio Texas which is part of Tenet Healthcare. While at Baptist, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, and as the Chief Operating Officer at North Central Baptist Hospital. Mr. Schmacker earned his Ph. D in Health Service Research, Management and Policy from the University of Florida; a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University; and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, and New York.

Michael Ward

Mr. Ward joined Encompass Health as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Prior to working for Encompass Health, he lived in London and worked for InTouch Health as Managing Director. He oversaw the development and creation of healthcare networks using InTouch Technologies within countries throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Mr. Ward oversaw the company’s business development and operations throughout these countries. He received his Bachelor of Science in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2004 and a master’s in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University in 2006.

“We are excited to announce these five new additions to our Board of Directors,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS. “They bring decades of experience with excellent reputations in the industry and will help us move forward in achieving our goals to improve the quality of healthcare in southern Nevada.”

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization is located in the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The office is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization uses to bring healthcare industry leaders together on a regular basis.

About Las Vegas HEALS

Founded in 2002, Las Vegas HEALS (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership in Southern Nevada) is a nonprofit, membership-based association whose mission is to foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues, and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare. The organization now represents members who collectively employ over 34,000 healthcare professionals. Multiple task forces, councils and committees meet on a regular basis to address various issues and opportunities.

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