Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and State Bar of Nevada Announce Free Legal Assistance to Victims and Their Families

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Legal community joins forces to provide free legal assistance for civil matters to those affected by the Oct. 1 shooting

The horrific events following the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival will leave more than just emotional scars.  Many people will face a multitude of civil legal issues in the coming days, weeks and months. To help victims and their families deal with these matters, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada have joined forces to provide pro bono legal services covering guardianship, immigration, employment issues, debt relief, probate, jurisdiction issues and other areas.

“In the midst of our mourning and heartache, we realize victims and their families will soon face a myriad of civil legal issues.  We do not want individuals to face these issues alone and without legal guidance. That is why we have been working closely with the State Bar of Nevada and our pro bono attorneys to bring needed legal services to our community,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “We have seen an overwhelming humanitarian response to our call to action. Our staff at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, along with a host of pro bono attorneys, are ready now and for the tough times ahead, to assist victims where they need help. We are grateful and humbled to serve the community in this unprecedented time of need.” 

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc., a local nonprofit law firm, is accustomed to working with volunteer attorneys in the community through its Pro Bono Project.  Additionally, several of Legal Aid Center’s staff attorneys and paralegals have been present at the Family Assistance Center since last week to provide guidance to those with legal problems stemming from the Oct. 1 shooting.

 Kimberly Farmer, executive director of the State Bar of Nevada, echoes Buckley’s comments. “Numerous attorneys in Southern Nevada have come together to offer support and free legal assistance to the hundreds of individuals affected by this tragedy.  The State Bar of Nevada office is prepared to work with organizations from other states to identify legal assistance for out-of-state victims since many of the festival attendees were visiting from other places,” she said.  “We have been receiving numerous offers from local attorneys who are ready to volunteer in areas ranging from probate to insurance matters.  We anticipate legal needs will continue for the unforeseeable future, and we are so proud that our legal community is ready, willing and able to help.”

Examples of civil legal issues victims may face include: guardianship over an orphaned child, custody orders, help when debt collectors call on past due accounts because a household provider has been unable to return to work due to traumatic injury, property and probate matters, and assistance for out-of-state visitors needing help finding an attorney in their own jurisdiction. 

   Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the State Bar of Nevada have established a triage system to help individuals connect with an attorney.  Those affected may call (702) 386-1070, ext. 0, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance.

About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit www.lacsn.org for more information.

About State Bar of Nevada

Please visit www.nvbar.org for more information.

 

Cleveland Clinic Provided $809 Million in Community Benefit in 2016

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Cleveland Clinic provided $809 million in community benefit in Ohio, Nevada and Florida in 2016, a 17 percent increase over 2015.*

Community benefit is a measure of a hospital’s investment in its community through outreach programs, medical education, research, financial assistance, coverage of Medicaid shortfalls, and subsidized care.

“As a non-profit academic medical center, we are a community asset with no owners, investors or stockholders,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “Any and all operating surplus is invested back into the health system to support new research and education initiatives and to cultivate a healthier population by promoting access to healthcare and encouraging healthy behaviors and lifestyles in our communities.”

Cleveland Clinic calculates community benefit conforming to the IRS Form 990 guidelines. Community benefit includes activities or programs that improve access to health services, enhance public health, advance generalizable knowledge and relieve government burden. Cleveland Clinic’s 2016 totals marked the highest level of community benefit in its reporting history.

“Cleveland Clinic is committed to meeting the health and wellness needs of the populations we serve,” said Steve Glass, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Financial Officer. “Our community benefit efforts support our founding principles: better care of the sick, educating the next generation of healthcare professionals, and funding medical research that leads to advanced treatments and cures.”

The primary categories for assessing community benefit include financial assistance, Medicaid shortfall, subsidized health services, outreach programs, education and research:

Financial assistance — $86.2 million

Financial assistance is the amount of free or discounted medically necessary care provided to those patients unable to pay some or all of their bills. Cleveland Clinic’s financial assistance policy provides free or discounted care to patients with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level and covers both hospital care and our employed physician services.

Medicaid shortfall — $328.5 million

The Medicaid program, which provides healthcare coverage for low-income families and individuals, is funded by state and federal governments. In many states, including Ohio, Medicaid payments have not been sufficient to cover the costs of treating Medicaid beneficiaries. In 2016, Cleveland Clinic experienced a 35 percent increase in Medicaid shortfall compared to 2015.

Subsidized health services — $19.6 million

Subsidized health services are clinical services provided to meet the needs of the community despite creating a financial loss. Subsidized health services within Cleveland Clinic include pediatric programs, psychiatric/behavioral health programs, obstetrics services, chronic disease management and outpatient clinics. Excluding financial assistance costs and Medicaid shortfalls,

Outreach programs — $38.1 million

Cleveland Clinic’s outreach programs are designed to serve the most vulnerable and at-risk populations as identified in our comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessments.

Programs range from free wellness initiatives, health screenings, clinical services and education to enrollment assistance for government-funded health programs.

In 2016, some highlights included: 

  • Wellness initiatives in the areas of disease/injury prevention and behavioral change, including tobacco cessation, nutrition improvement, exercise, substance abuse, child safety, teen parenting and domestic violence. Programs were provided to schools, faith-based organizations, community centers, and collaborating cities and counties.
  • Health fairs provided thousands of people with free health screenings, including the Cleveland Clinic Minority Men’s Health Fair, Celebrating Sisterhood, Tu Familia and neighborhood preventive health fairs.
  • Cleveland Clinic provided no-cost clinical and wellness services to under- and uninsured families at community sites, including Langston Hughes Health & Education Center and our pediatric mobile unit. Laboratory and vision services were donated to Cleveland-area organizations.
  • Collaborative initiatives with community nonprofit organizations and local governments addressed critical population health issues, including the opioid epidemic and infant mortality.

Education — $272.3 million

Cleveland Clinic takes pride in a wide range of high-quality medical education that includes accredited training programs for residents, physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. By educating medical professionals, we ensure that the public is receiving the highest standard of medical care and will have highly trained health professionals to care for them in the future.

Research — $64.0 million

Research into diseases and their cures is an investment in people’s long-term health. From a community benefit standpoint, research includes basic, clinical and community health research, as well as studies on healthcare delivery. Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute is continually bringing medical advances into patient care and to the medical world through the development of new techniques, devices and treatment protocols. Over 1,900 scientists and support personnel, including 179 principal investigators, are providing research at Cleveland Clinic. 

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 51,000 employees are more than 3,500 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2016, there were 7.1 million outpatient visits, 161,674 hospital admissions and 207,610 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/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

Editor’s Note: Cleveland Clinic News Service is available to provide broadcast-quality interviews and B-roll upon request.

*Figure includes outreach programs, medical education, research, subsidized care

 

Sunrise Health System Hospitals Report on Las Vegas Mass Casualty

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*UPDATE*

As of 7:30 a.m. October 3rd, the updated patient count for the Sunrise Health System hospitals is as follows:

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

68 patients remain in the hospital

33 patients are still in critical condition

214 patients initially received

15 fatalities

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center

7 patients treated and released

2 patients remain in the hospital

9 patients initially received

0 fatalities

MountainView Hospital

8 patients treated and released

0 fatalities

On behalf of every Care Team member at Sunrise Hospital we extend our deepest sympathies to these grieving families. We want to reiterate the LVMPD number for families to call who are searching for loved ones. That number is 866-535-5654. 

Please check our hospital social handles for continuous updates:

Hospital

Twitter

Facebook

Sunrise

@SunriseLasVegas

@SunriseHospital

Southern Hills

@SHHospitalLV

@southernhillshospital

MountainView

@MountainViewLV

@MountainViewHospital

 

About Sunrise Health System

Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.   Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic, imaging and surgical centers.   Specialty services include a suite of the latest diagnostic and surgical technologies, advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of certified Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers. For more information on Sunrise Health, visit SunriseHealthInfo.com.

 

 

Cardiometabolic Health Congress Announces CMHC West 2018

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CMHC West May 4-5, 2017

Conference Comes to Las Vegas May 4-5, 2017

Back by popular demand, CMHC has recently announced the return of its CMHC West event: Advancing Cardiometabolic Health from East to West. As hundreds of participants gather at the two-day conference, taking place in Las Vegas from May 4-5, 2018, an extensive agenda of cutting-edge keynote speakers and thought leaders, clinical educational sessions, and interactive lectures will collectively deliver the most recent clinical research in cardiometabolic health to attendees.

Register now

As a proliferation of scientific information and evidence continues to emerge surrounding the multitude of ways in which cardiovascular health is tied to a host of diseases and disorders, CMHC is proud to present a carefully curated agenda that features world-renowned experts, and continue its longstanding tradition of providing the latest, most current data and clinical education in cardiometabolic health. Moreover, as global public health epidemics including obesity and diabetes become progressively critical and severe, CMHC West represents a forum in which primary care practitioners and professionals can simultaneously learn from expert faculty, as well as each other.

The event’s keynote speaker is Alan Chait, MD: a renowned thought leader in the fields of endocrinology and nutrition. Dr. Chait’s research primarily focuses on lipoprotein-proteoglycan interactions in atherogenesis, the role of diabetes in the pathogenesis of macrovascular disease, and the links between obesity, inflammation, insulin resistance, and atherosclerosis. He has received funding from the NIH and other research programs, in addition to authoring numerous publications and clinical research articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

As cardiovascular health becomes an increasingly critical facet of patient wellness—coupled with the need to address root symptoms of cardiometabolic disease—the far-reaching potential of CMHC West marks an exciting and unique opportunity for attendees to be at the forefront of the healthcare industry. Delegates will learn firsthand about the newest and most effective ways to enhance practice and patient outcomes.

Event Resources

The following links have been provided by CMHC to keep attendees informed. Information will either be added, or updated, as the event draws closer. Bookmark links of interest to keep up-to-date as new details become available.

CMHC West Conference Agenda
Expert Faculty
Host Venue (Wynn Resort Las Vegas)
Exhibit Hall Information
Professional Education Resources
CME Symposia

About the Cardiometabolic Health Congress

The Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) is more than an annual conference or regional meeting. CMHC provides a single point of access for busy practitioners to stay abreast of evolving science, clinical practice advances, and continuing education in cardiometabolic disease prevention and management. CMHC provides a complete platform of education spanning live and digital communications that extends the energy and experience of our national and regional conferences throughout the year to an audience of frontline clinicians with vested interests in cardiometabolic health.

To learn moreregister for any event, enroll in any training program, or exhibit at a CMHC Conference, please contact the office of Cardiometabolic Health Congress:

Phone: 877.571.4700
Email: info@cardiometabolichealth.org

Balloon Festival at Southern Hills Hospital

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Annual Balloon Festival benefiting The Public Education Foundation

Southern Hills Hospital, Vegas Balloon Rides, Greenspun Media, Davis Amusements Cascadia, Silverton Casino Hotel, Findlay Chevrolet and Mix 94.1 are proud to bring back the Balloon Festival to Southern Nevada. Southern Hills Hospital hosts the Balloon Festival, a community event that has grown larger each year. Along with hot air balloon morning launches and passenger rides, there will be tethered balloon rides, kids’ arts and crafts activities, evening glow shows, amusement rides and carnival games. On Saturday, Oct. 21, a health fair will feature a Southern Hills’ Kangaroo Heart Clinic for kids, and community health partners including massage, flu shots, blood pressure checks and more!

The fundraising event benefits Nevada high school students interested in the healthcare field through the Southern Hills Hospital High School to Healthcare Scholarship program and The Public Education Foundation. Thanks to sponsor and vendor support, Southern Hills Hospital has awarded $84,000 to 21 Nevada high school seniors since 2014. The students receive $1,000 per year for four years toward their college education.

Special thanks to Gold Sponsors: ATM Electric, Coldwell Banker, Hospitality Renovation Services; and Silver Sponsors: Brown & Brown Insurance Nevada, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, HSS Security, MountainView Hospital and Sunrise Hospital.

The Balloon Festival is free to attend unless otherwise noted, and the daily event schedule varies (weather permitting). For details, visit SouthernHillsHospital.com.

WHEN:             Friday, Oct. 20                5 to 11 p.m.

                             Saturday, Oct. 21            6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

                             Sunday, Oct. 22              6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Schedule varies daily; info subject to change; event is weather dependent. 

WHERE:          Southern Hills Hospital, 9300 W. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89148

OTHER:           To arrange media rides and/or interviews, contact Joyce Goedeke at 702.290.8991 or Joyce.Goedeke@HCAHealthcare.com.

To schedule a hot air balloon ride during the Balloon Festival, visit VegasBalloonRides.com and or call Vegas Balloon Rides at 702.553.3039. Balloon passenger rides are specially discounted for the event at $200/person.

MEDIA             Joyce Goedeke, Vice President of Marketing/ Public Relations, Southern Hills Hospital

CONTACT:       702.290.8991 or Joyce.Goedeke@HCAHealthcare.com. (# # #)

About Southern Hills Hospital

Southern Hills Hospital provides the communities of southwest Las Vegas with emergency and pediatric emergency services with two ER locations, a behavioral health program, an accredited Chest Pain Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, a dedicated orthopedic and spine unit, OB-GYN, Level II NICU, diagnostic imaging, oncology and surgical services. Utilizing advanced digital technology and an accomplished medical staff, Southern Hills Hospital’s advanced care and superior service make for better outcomes and an exceptional patient experience.

In 2016, Southern Hills Hospital opened a second emergency room called ER at The Lakes, a full service emergency room that is just four miles north of the main hospital campus. This hospital-based ER is the first of its kind in Nevada. In 2017, Southern Hills Hospital added a newly created Graduate Medical Education program with its inaugural class in Family Medicine. Additionally, Southern Hills Hospital is building an 80-bed psychiatric facility that will treat adolescents through adults, expected to open in 2018. The hospital is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. 

Southern Hills Hospital

9300 W. Sunset Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89148

SouthernHillsHospital.com

Facebook.com/SouthernHillsHospital

Youtube.com/user/southernhillslv

Twitter: @SHHospitalLV

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican 4th Annual Blessing of Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Ambulances, Helicopters and Fire Trucks for the Feast of Saint Michael

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The 4th Annual Emergency Medical Services Blessing will take place on Friday, September 29 from 11 am – 1 pm in honor of the Feast of St. Michael, the patron saint of those who defend the community, including police and EMS personnel.  The annual event is non-denominational and open to those of all faiths. Blessings will be provided to emergency personnel and their rigs to reach all those who will be transported in the year to come.

Who:               Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus                    

What:             4th Annual Blessing of Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Ambulances, Helicopters and Fire Trucks

When:             Friday, September 29, 11 am – 1 pm                   

Where:           Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus
8280 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113
Ambulance Entrance, near ER (follow Ambulance Entrance signs)

Photo and interview opportunities are available. Please contact Jennifer Cooper at 702-809-9511 or Stacey Escalante at 702-466-7029 on the day of the event.

Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson, MD

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Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Jeffrey Wilson, M.D. as its newest urologist.

Jeffrey Wilson, M.D. is a board-certified urologist who has been practicing independently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the last three years. “Dr. Wilson’s skills in robotic surgery as well as his experience in treating large and complex kidney stone issues are a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada. 

After attaining his medical degree at Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Wilson completed his residency at The Ohio State University Department of General Surgery and the Department of Urology.

Dr. Wilson participated in multiple city-wide cancer care case presentations while in Pittsburgh, all of which were surgeries he performed and selected by a panel of oncology experts for their complexity. All of them were performed robotically.

Dr. Wilson is certified by the American Board of Urology and has given numerous presentations on urological issues.

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with thirteen providers and three convenient locations. The practice has been serving Southern Nevada since 1996, and is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced and comprehensive care to its patients. USONV is the only urologic cancer provider in Nevada offering the full array of the Calypso® System, the da Vinci Surgical System and the MRI Fusion System for the treatment of prostate cancer. For more information: www.usonv.com

 

Nevada Hospital Association Announces 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors

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The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) confirmed its Board of Directors for 2017 – 2018 at the NHA Annual Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Spa on September 7. Board members include:

·         Robert Freymuller, Board Chair, CEO with Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

·         Jason Bleak, Board Vice Chair, CEO with Grover C. Dils Medical Center

·         Alan Olive, Immediate Past Chair, CEO with Northern Nevada Medical Center

·         Chris Bosse, Treasurer, Vice President of Government Affairs with Renown Health

·         Bill M. Welch, Secretary, President/CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association 

·         Sam Billig, Director, CEO with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson

·         Susan Davila, Director, CEO with Desert View Hospital

·         Leonard Freehof, Director, CEO with Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center

·         Helen Lidholm, Director, CEO with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

·         Tom Mangione, Trustee, Southern Hills Hospital Medical Center

·         Erik Olson, Director, CEO with Renown Regional Medical Center

·         Melodie Osborn, Nurse Executive, Renown Health

·         Adam Rudd, Director, CEO with Southern Hills Hospital Medical Center

·         Steve Shell, Director, CEO with Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

·         Todd Sklamberg, Director, CEO with Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

·         Mason VanHouweling, Director, CEO with University Medical Center


“We are delighted to welcome these new officers and directors to the NHA Board, each of whom has an impressive, proven track record in Nevada,” Bill Welch, President and CEO of the Nevada Hospital Association, said. “They will provide invaluable guidance and direction to our members over the next year.”

About the NHA

The Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing Nevada’s acute care hospitals along with psychiatric, rehabilitation and other specialty hospitals as well as health-related agencies and organizations throughout the state. Allied with the American Hospital Association, the NHA is an independent organization headquartered in Reno, Nev.

 

Momentum Building for Health Higher Ed in Southern Nevada

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Touro University

As we welcome the newest group of medical students to the 14th class at Touro University Nevada, I want to welcome the first class to the new medical school at my alma mater, UNLV. We are excited to work together as we help expand access to health care in our great state.

Exciting things are taking place at Touro, inside and outside of the classroom. Thanks to the research of two of our medical students, Graham Lambert and Charles Cullison, a new law was passed during the recent legislative session to strengthen marijuana DUI testing.

Touro celebrated the graduation of nearly 300 new physicians, health care professionals and educators during our spring commencement. Since 2004, it has graduated more than 3,400 professionals, with nearly 1,000 of them licensed to practice and teach in the state.

Our students make a difference in the community, which follows the Touro mission: to serve, to lead, to teach. Our mobile clinics provide basic health care services to Southern Nevada’s most underserved populations, from an existing partnership with Opportunity Village to new ones with Veterans Village II, U.S. Vets and Village of Hope.

On Aug. 4, students and faculty from our College of Osteopathic Medicine will participate in their day of service as part of new student orientation. They’ll spend the day volunteering and making meaningful connections through service.

It’s a wonderful time to be a part of the Touro family, and we look forward to many more exciting things to come.

Shelley Berkley is CEO and senior provost for Touro University’s Western Division, including its campuses in Nevada and northern California.

Roseman University

We believe 2017 is our “Year of Breakthroughs” for Roseman University’s planned College of Medicine, having intensified efforts to prioritize clinical-practice development, increase and diversify philanthropic support, and strengthen our research program. We continue to develop relationships and share our mission, vision and values.

This year, we launched our DiscoverMed program, an immersive experience for high school students designed to stimulate interest in the biomedical sciences. As a result, we received a $35,000 grant from The Del E. Webb Foundation to expand the number of schools and students participating.

Our physician faculty are committed to providing outstanding services, and we welcome area physicians to partner with us to provide patient-centered care.

One of our researchers recently received a Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities award from the National Cancer Institute to investigate prostate cancer’s disparate impact on African-Americans in Nevada.

We continue to receive philanthropic gifts to support development of the College of Medicine, including a recent anonymous $500,000 donation.

Faculty and staff are volunteering. We recently provided no-cost physicals at a health fair in Logandale, with partners from the Valley Health System. Every month, we select a nonprofit agency to support, such as Opportunity Village, Three Square to Catholic Charities.

If we continue to make progress as planned, we will be looking to have our first class begin in 2019.

Dr. Mark Penn is founding dean of the College of Medicine at Roseman University.

Touro University Nevada to Expand Physician Class Size and Generate Even More Future Health Care Providers

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The American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) granted Touro University Nevada unanimous board approval on August 26 to substantially expand its class size, thus the institution will continue leading the state of Nevada as its largest medical school.  

“Touro’s presentation to the COCA board to expand and welcome additional students was met with resounding approval. This change in class size will increase the medical education pipeline and will have a positive impact on providing future health care providers for the entire state,” said Dr. John Dougherty, Dean of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. “Touro’s program has longstanding success in curriculum development, community partnerships, national board scores, and residency placement which played a key role in the expansion approval from the board.”

For more than a decade Touro University Nevada had been the only medical school based in Southern Nevada, a community with more than two million residents, working to continuously address the physician shortage and quality of care. Each year the campus, located in Henderson, receives 5-6,000 applicants for its medical program, of which 3,500 are qualified under the university’s admissions standards. With only 135 positions to fill, many highly qualified applicants have been turned away.

“Touro University Nevada has been leading the way for medical education in Southern Nevada since 2004,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division. “We went before the accrediting commission to ask for the class size increase in an effort to further our commitment to address physician shortages throughout the entire state. Having met the criteria and receiving the Commission’s unanimous approval is an extraordinary success for our campus and all Nevadans.”

Currently, the state of Nevada is ranked last in the country for primary care physicians and last for the majority of surgical specialties. Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s request for growth of the approved class size was directly in response to this ranking and the increased demand for physicians-in-training in the community.

Established in 2004, Touro University Nevada is home to more than 1,400 students in a wide range of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education. Many of these programs were the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Touro Health Center.

For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.