UNLV School of Nursing Earns National Recognition

By | Recognition

Lauren Shipton wanted something other than a career as a professional dancer on the Strip. With a passion for caretaking and physiology, nursing seemed like the ideal fit.

When Shipton, 36, joined the UNLV School of Nursing in 2017, she was attracted to its accelerated bachelor’s degree program and hands-on training at University Medical Center.

“I loved the program so much,” she said. “The teachers and administration here are all amazing and are super involved in student success.”

That success is being recognized nationally.

The UNLV program received one of the top accolades for nursing schools in the country last week, joining nine others named centers of excellence by the National League for Nursing, a leading professional organization for educators in nursing.

“It’s one of the few awards that looks at the teaching capacity of a school as a whole,” said Angela Amar, the nursing school’s dean. “It does say we’re excellent; it also says we have really good teachers, and that’s what matters.”

Amar said the school wants to expand its undergraduate program. This fall, it welcomed 216 students, a 50% increase from 2017.

By 2026, employment opportunities for registered nurses will see a 15% increase, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Shipton has one more semester remaining in the 16-month program. She hopes to get into the nursing school’s graduate program, with aspirations of becoming a trauma nurse.

“When you’re getting a master’s or doctorate in nursing, you are becoming a more advanced caretaker as well as a practitioner that can dispense medication,” she said. “You’re not just treating what the person has but also looking at their lifestyle and how they wound up in your care.”

At UNLV, Shipton said, she is able to get that hands-on experience. Just weeks after she started the program, she was already at the hospital interacting with patients — one of the perks of being a UNLV student.

“It’s terrifying but great,” she said. “We have really good ties with hospitals here.”

Health District Reports Potential Measles Exposure

By | Press Release, Uncategorized

Encourages Southern Nevadans to review immunization status

The Southern Nevada Health District is informing individuals and the public who were at different locations listed below that they might have been exposed to a person who was confirmed to have a case of measles. Because measles can be highly contagious, the Health District is advising people who may have been exposed to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles or have not already had the disease. This measles case was reported in a visitor. There have been no additional cases reported in Clark County residents.

Slice of Las Vegas

3390 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place)

Aug. 2, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Aug. 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Aug. 6, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Luxor Hotel and Casino Registration Area

Aug. 1, 2019, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

Lupo by Wolfgang Puck

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort) 

Aug. 3, 2019, 6:45 p.m. – 10:52 p.m.

Bay Essentials Convenience Store

3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place)

Aug. 6, 2019, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Backstage Deli

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Luxor Hotel and Casino)

Aug. 6, 2019, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.


3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (located at Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort)

Aug. 5, 2019, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

The measles vaccine is highly effective in preventing illness. Recommendations for measles vaccination may vary depending on a person’s age, occupation, or health status. Additional

information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know website. 

People who may have been exposed should also contact their health care providers if they develop a rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles within 21 days after their visit to these locations. It is recommended that anyone with symptoms contact a health care provider’s office before entering a health care facility to allow the facility to make appropriate arrangements to ensure the illness is not spread.

Symptoms can begin up to 21 days after exposure to the virus.  On average, an infected patient will develop a fever about 10 days after exposure to the virus. The fever can last two to four days and can peak as high as 103 F to 105 F. Following this, people will often also develop a runny nose, cough, and/or red eyes. On average, about 14 days after exposure the telltale rash appears; the rash can last five to six days. It begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, and eventually reaches the hands and feet. Measles can spread approximately four days before the rash appears and four days after.

People more likely to suffer from complications include children younger than five years of age, pregnant women, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. When measles is spread among susceptible people, it can result in serious infections resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and death. Many people born before 1957 had the disease in childhood, and younger people are routinely vaccinated against it. 

For information about the Health District’s immunization clinics, call (702) 759-0850. Immunizations are available at the following locations. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 570 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite D1, Las Vegas

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Closed daily 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Closed noon – 1 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-1682.

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.


MountainView Hospital Announces Expansion of its Emergency Room and Inpatient Rehabilitation Departments

By | Developments, Press Release

MountainView Hospital today announced plans to expand its Emergency Room and Inpatient Rehabilitation departments to meet the continued growing demand from the Las Vegas community.

The Emergency Room expansion will include the addition of 12 new “vertical treatment” bays, and eight private exam rooms. Construction of the 15,000-square-foot addition will begin this fall and will be complete by fall 2020. The expansion will bring the total ER treatment spaces at MountainView Hospital to 62 patient spaces.

Additionally, the MountainView Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation expansion will add 18 beds to the current 36-bed unit. The 15,000-square-foot expansion will be on the fifth floor of the hospital’s 3150 Medical Office Building, directly below the current rehab department on the sixth floor. Construction on the rehab expansion also is expected to begin this fall and is expected to be complete by fall 2020.

The ER expansion will cost approximately $12.7 million, while the rehabilitation expansion will cost approximately $10.6 million.

“Patients continue to seek out MountainView Hospital for their care along the continuum, whether it is for emergency room needs or inpatient rehabilitation for long-term recovery needs,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “The continued demand for MountainView’s patient care reflects that patients are seeking out the highest quality care available to them.”

The MountainView Hospital Emergency Room has seen several expansions over the past several years, as it has grown to meet the needs of the surrounding community. Most recently, the ER underwent an expansion in 2018 that included adding a dedicated CT for the department and the completion of an expanded helipad to accommodate two helicopters. An expansion in 2013 of the Emergency Room doubled its capacity, allowing the hospital to be further accessible to patients and community.

MountainView Hospital is a rated by The Leapfrog Group an A safety grade (Spring 2019), as well as a Top Teaching Hospital recognition for 2018.

Las Vegas HEALS Next Healthcare Happy Hour Hosted by American Medical Response

By | Featured, News

Registration for August 22 Event Complimentary for Las Vegas HEALS Members

Las Vegas HEALS, American Medical Response, AirMed, and Medic West have partnered up for the next Las Vegas HEALS Healthcare Happy Hour. Guests can enjoy cuisine and cocktails while touring AMR’s facilities.

The event will take place on Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 7201 Post Rd. in Las Vegas. Healthcare Happy Hour registration is complimentary for all Las Vegas HEALS members by registering with this link. Non-members who are interested in attending the Healthcare Happy Hour event for the first time may also register for free as a guest.

“We are looking forward to our next Healthcare Happy Hour event at American Medical Response, a really remarkable venue” said Doug Geinzer, chief executive officer of Las Vegas HEALS. “Las Vegas HEALS’ Happy Hours are a great way for professionals in the healthcare industry to network with their peers and learn about new happenings in their industry.”

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. Learn more at www.LasVegasHEALS.org.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases Increase to 83 in Southern Nevada

By | Press Release

Health District works with community partners to offer immunizations to those most at risk

In June, the Southern Nevada Health District announced Clark County was experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A cases. Since November 2018, the Health District has reported 83 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A. In the past few years total cases reported have been significantly lower: 39 cases reported in 2018; 13 cases in 2017; and six reported cases in 2016. People who are at increased risk for infection include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the reported cases, more than 92 percent were people who used drugs (injection or non-injection), and more than 80 percent were among people experiencing homelessness. Weekly hepatitis A outbreak updates will be available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/hep-a-control.

Other risk factors for infection of hepatitis A include:

  • Men who have sex with men.
  • People with chronic liver disease.
  • People who have an occupational risk for infection.
  • People traveling to or working in countries where hepatitis A is common.
  • People with direct contact with people who have hepatitis A.
  • People with clotting-factor disorders.
  • People who are currently or were recently incarcerated.

Hepatitis A is commonly spread from person-to-person through the fecal-oral route. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and light-colored stools.

Hepatitis A vaccination is the best prevention against the virus. Since the outbreak announcement, the Health District has administered 995 hepatitis A vaccinations to adults ages 18 and older. A total of 1,785 hepatitis A vaccinations have been administered to adults by all providers in Clark County.

Practicing good hygiene can also help prevent the transmission of hepatitis A. Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. More information on hepatitis A is available on the Health District website. For up to date information on the nationwide Hepatitis A outbreak visit the CDC website.

Since March 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has assisted multiple states and local health authorities in their responses to hepatitis A outbreaks. As of August 9, 2019, 29 states have reported 23,978 cases of the virus, resulting in 14,330 hospitalizations, and 236 deaths.

The Health District is responding to this current outbreak in Clark County using information from recent cases to identify and notify hospitals that have treated an increased number of hepatitis cases; identifying further locations to target vaccinations; continuing its outreach and immunization efforts with its partners; and working with its health care partners to share information and recommendations about the outbreak.


Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) Welcomes Three New Radiologists

By | New Hires, New Physicians, Press Release

Join us in welcoming the newest Radiologists at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI); Dr. Samuel Nyon, Abdominal Imaging and Ultrasound. Dr. Anit Rastogi, Musculoskeletal. Dr. Victor Fong, Breast Imaging. All three Radiologists have traveled around the United States for school giving each of them a diverse and unique outlook on radiology. We sat down with Dr’s. Nyon, Rastogi, and Fong to find out a little more about their background, what they hope to bring to the Las Vegas valley, and why they joined the SDMI family.


Nyon: As a medical student, it became obvious right away that radiologists have a significant clinical impact on every other specialty. Combining my love for anatomy, great mentoring and the ability to impact a patient’s history through a single radiology study, I knew radiology was the right choice for me.

Rastogi: I enjoy the key role radiology plays in every medical specialty for both diagnosis and treatment. I also appreciate the constant evolution of imaging and technology in radiology that helps achieve better outcomes for patients.

Fong: I chose diagnostic radiology because medical imaging plays such a pivotal role in modern healthcare. It can completely change the picture of what’s going on with a patient and guide the appropriate next step.


Nyon: It was a difficult decision to make, but I had narrowed my choices down to about 3 sub-specialties. Due to the emerging need for specialized body radiologists in almost every practice and the ability to specialize even further as a body radiologist, I felt abdominal imaging fit my thirst for knowledge and the best chance for me to land where I wanted to be.

Rastogi: Throughout radiology training, I always found musculoskeletal pathology and treatment to be fascinating. Also, I am an avid sports fan who has always had a strong interest in musculoskeletal anatomy/physiology as well as mechanisms of injury.

Fong: Breast imaging combined the skills of diagnostic imaging interpretation and minimally invasive procedures, all in an outpatient clinic setting. I feel like I have an impact, whether it is detecting breast cancer or reassuring a patient of benign findings. It also helped that I had great teachers during my residency and later on in fellowship.


Nyon: When I came to SDMI for my interview, all the radiologists and other staff I met were all exceptionally welcoming and went out of their way to make me feel wanted. Everyone I met had no connection to Las Vegas prior to moving but they all took the leap and have never regretted it.

Rastogi: The family and team-oriented environment of the group appealed to me as well as the compassionate care provided by the group.

Fong: I did my internal medicine internship in Las Vegas and wanted to return in a different capacity after finishing all my post-graduate medical training. SDMI with its many locations throughout the region serves a big part of the community and has a consistent mission to provide quality care.


Nyon: I hope with my expertise in body imaging that I can make SDMI and Las Vegas a center of excellence that will assure patients they are receiving the best possible healthcare available. I will continue to keep up with current literature to learn the newest techniques and best recommendations to provide accurate diagnoses that will help patients and clinicians alike. Most of all, I will continue treating each study I’m reading as if they were one of my own family.

Rastogi: As a new radiologist, I want to help the Las Vegas healthcare community continue to grow, as this is and will be my future home. I hope to positively impact the community by using my specialized training in musculoskeletal imaging from a major orthopedic oncology center, to provide exceptional care for the patients of Las Vegas.

Fong: I trained on both coasts which gave me experiences working with different healthcare systems and specialists. So I bring my own perspective and skill set to Las Vegas and hope to make a difference in the healthcare delivery system.


Nyon: I enjoy using all the knowledge I’ve learned through radiology residency and fellowship as well as in medical school to help clinicians solve all their “mystery” cases so that patients will be able to successfully have their diseases treated properly.

Rastogi: My favorite part is having the ability to make a difference in people’s lives when navigating through the unknown of disease or injury.

Fong: My favorite part about being a doctor is making the diagnosis and knowing I made a difference in someone’s care.

UNLV Earns National Center of Excellence for Nursing Education Honor

By | Featured, News

University One of 10 Programs in Country Recognized by National League for Nursing

UNLV’s School of Nursing was one of just 10 programs nationwide named a 2019 Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, the leading professional organization for nurse educators.

The university was recognized for sustained excellence in student learning and professional development in nursing and becomes the first institution in Nevada to earn the distinction. Read more.

Clark County Medical Society Alliance Fashion Show to Benefit Lady Gaga Foundation

By | Featured, News

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Selected as Beneficiary of Event in March 2020

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation was selected to receive the proceeds from Clark County Medical Society Alliance’s 19th annual Spring Fashion Show luncheon to held at the Las Vegas Four Seasons on March 19, 2020. The fashion show – which in past years drew over 400 attendees and featured fashion industry stars like Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, St. John, Tory Burch, Anne Fontaine, and Diane Von Furstenberg – will allow both Born This Way Foundation and the Alliance to join forces to support Nevada’s youth and their mental wellness. Read the full story

Hyundai Hope On Wheels Presents Cure 4 The Kids Foundation With $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant To Support Pediatric Cancer Programs

By | Recognition

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, announces $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. The institution is one of 77 recipients receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year. The Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Chief Medical Officer Alan Ikeda, M.D., at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on Thursday, August 8 at 10:00am.

HHOW remains one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research and programmatic support in the nation. This year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 towards finding a cure. With this latest grant, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has received $200,000 in total grants from HHOW.

“The number of children who survive a cancer diagnosis has increased exponentially over the past several decades,” said Annette Logan-Parker, CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “These advancements are a direct result of the research funding provided by many organizations, including Hyundai Hope on Wheels, who have been dedicated to finding cures and treatments that extend the lives of childhood cancer patients. We are extremely thankful to Hyundai Hope on Wheels for their focus on the lives of our children,” she added.

Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer, affecting over 15,000 new cases for children and adolescents annually in the U.S. This year’s campaign theme “Minutes are Precious” celebrates the many milestones in a child’s life from birthdays, game days and graduation day. By supporting innovative research and novel therapy, HHOW’s goal is to ensure every child lives to enjoy more of life’s precious moments for years to come.

“The fight against pediatric cancer is a priority for which Hyundai and its dealers have been committed for over 21 years,” says Scott Fink, Board Chair and Hyundai dealer owner, Hyundai of New Port Richey. “For a child who travels the uncertain journey of pediatric cancer, every second is precious in the fight. Hyundai and its dealers are united in our goal to end childhood cancer. We continue to stand alongside these brave children and their families until we’re celebrating a future that is finally cancer free.”

During the event, children being treated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation who are battling cancer will participate in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they’ll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of our 2019 Hope On Wheels grant winners, please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org/research. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels, twitter.com/HopeOnWheels or Instagram.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $160 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

At Hyundai Motor America, we believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build our cars to the way we treat the people who drive them, making things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to provide high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and many other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in the State of Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding scale basis. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. www.cure4thekids.org

LVGEA Welcomes Three New Team Members

By | New Hires, Press Release

Company expands with new roles in investor relations and communications

Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) has welcomed three new hires to the organization: Vice President of Investor Services & Engagement Alaina Cowley, Manager of Investor Services & Engagement Alexandra Shahady-Dupree and Public Relations Specialist Danielle Smith. 

“This is a great time for our organization as we fill more roles that are integral to furthering economic development efforts,” said LVGEA President & CEO Jonas Peterson. “We are thrilled that Alaina, Alexandra and Danielle have become part of the team. They all bring with them years of experience in development, sales and public relations that will be key to supporting our mission.”  

Alaina Cowley—As Vice President of Investor Services & Engagement for LVGEA, Alaina Cowley manages investor recruitment and recognition efforts. She specializes in relationship building, external relations and strategic growth. Prior to joining the LVGEA team, she served as Director of Development at UNLV, directing fundraising programs for the College of Sciences. At Snell & Wilner LLP, she worked in Nevada Government Affairs representing small businesses and Fortune 500 companies across various industries. Additionally, she has experience with political campaigns and the Nevada Legislature. Raised in Las Vegas, Alaina is a graduate of UNLV, earning a Dual Baccalaureate in Political Science and Women’s Studies. 

Alexandra Shahady-Dupree—As Manager of Investor Services and Engagement, Alexandra Shahady-Dupree is responsible for identifying, cultivating and maintaining financial relationships with small business stakeholders to support LVGEA’s mission and strategic initiatives. She is a sales and management professional with eight years of experience supporting sales team across various industries. Alexandra specializes in building relationships for long term business success and is passionate about new techniques and avenues to network across broad audiences. 

Danielle Smith—Serving as Public Relations Specialist, Danielle Smith manages all communications, public relations and social media efforts for LVGEA. Upon relocating to Las Vegas to assist in creating and facilitating community services, she began her public relations career at Kirvin Doak Communications, Nevada’s largest communications agency. There, she worked on the launch teams of high-profile events such as T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights; Park MGM, the newest hotel-casino on The Strip; and much more. Danielle feels privileged to become part of another team shaping the landscape of Las Vegas, bridging a passion for community development with her communications skillset.

 For more information, visit lvgea.org.