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.

Former NBA Player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams Teams up with Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities for Specialized Clinic

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The Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities at Touro University Nevada is teaming up with former NBA player Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams once again to host a free basketball clinic for local children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.

Many children with developmental disabilities have never had the opportunity to participate in team sports so this free clinic provides a safe and fun environment for them to learn educational tools like teamwork while developing core basketball skills.

Split into two sessions during the day, Williams and his team will work alongside Touro University Nevada student volunteers, and clinicians to teach attendees a variety of basketball drills, tactics and teamwork fundamentals. All children participating in the clinic will receive lunch, a t-shirt, mini basketball and a backpack filled with healthy snacks and other items.

The Touro Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities opened in 2008 as a state-of-the-art facility designed with the special needs of children with developmental disabilities in mind. The facility offers multiple evidence-based therapy services for children 18 months to 12 years; as well as diagnostic neuropsychological evaluations for children 18 months to 17 years.

TUNCOM Students Give Back to the Community During “Day of Service”

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Organizing books, making lunches, and sanding trash cans aren’t the typical activities medical students find themselves doing during their first week of school. At Touro University Nevada, however, it’s how 135 new students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine spent their final day of orientation as part of the university’s first “Day of Service.”

As part of Touro’s mission – to serve, to lead, to teach, the new students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time at HopeLink, Spread the Word Nevada, the Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, the Henderson Heritage Senior Center, and Opportunity Village where they helped make a difference in the community.

Dr. John Dougherty, Dean of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, said giving back to the community is a central focus of the osteopathic philosophy, which encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.

“You can sit in the classroom and teach about the physical body and mind, but when it comes to spirit, you have to get them out of the classroom,” he said. “Having opportunities like this helps them begin to grasp the concepts associated with that third tenant of the osteopathic philosophy. They’re helping to make a difference in the lives of the individuals who will benefit from their service.”

James Alexander, a first-year osteopathic medical student from Reno, spent his day painting candy canes and cleaning up the miniature golf course at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. While the northern Nevada native is still getting acclimated to life in Southern Nevada, volunteering with his new classmates allowed him the opportunity to improve his new community while forging important friendships that will benefit him along the way.

“This experience helped put me in the mind frame of what we are doing here at Touro,” Alexander said. “It’s helping me assimilate in a way I never imagined. I’m looking forward to more opportunities where we can volunteer.”

First-year student Nima Jahromi, a Virginia native who traveled more than 3,000 miles to attend medical school at Touro, echoed the sentiment.

“I think volunteering is a great way to start my medical journey,” he said. “This just shows you what Touro is really about. It keeps the bigger picture in mind that experiences like these will help us become more well-rounded physicians. I really love this community feeling.”

Nathan Adelson Hospice Holding Two Events in October to Benefit Programs

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Nathan Adelson Hospice is having two fun-filled events this fall, each benefiting programs for patients and their families.

Oct. 12 Wine Tasting at Gaudin Porche

Oct. 20 Concert at The Smith Center

Fall Events Include Wine Tasting and a Concert

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest nonprofit hospice in Nevada, is gearing up for its annual fun fall fundraisers to benefit quality programs that help patients and their loved ones.

Bring your friends to this fun event.

The 18th Annual Food and Wine Tasting Extravaganza will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 in the showroom of Gaudin Porsche, 6800 Redwood St., in Las Vegas. All proceeds at this event will go toward the hospice’s Pediatric Program and Families in Need Program. Community members and supporters are invited to sample a variety of delectable wines and cuisine from some of Southern Nevada’s most notable restaurants, while enjoying music and a silent auction. Event attendees must be 21 years of age or older. VIP tickets are $150 per person, which includes the VIP Reserve Experience pre-reception from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The VIP reception will feature wines from Johnson Brothers of Nevada and a variety of cheeses from Murray’s Cheese. General admission tickets to the event are $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-938-3910 or online by clicking here.

Former Eagles’ lead guitarist Don Felder headlines

The 22nd Annual “Serenades of Life-Doctors in Concert” event will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the concert, which is presented by Bill and Susan Walters, support The Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at Nathan Adelson Hospice. The program improves the quality of life for the hospice’s patients and loved ones and eases emotional and physical discomfort. Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles, will be headlining the event, and multiple members of the Southern Nevada medical community will be performing. Performers will include: Alan Arnold, M.D.; Linda Woodson, M.D.; Nancy Hsiao, M.D.; and Alter’d Ego band members David Miller, M.D., Ken Woloson, Esq., Phronsie Markin, Larry Tindall, Doug Kralowetz, Tim Mendoza, along with featured guests Ed Kingsley, M.D., Ira Spector, and June Sigman, M.D. Musical numbers will range from soul to rock‘n’roll to pop. News 3 Las Vegas anchor Dana Wagner will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and actor/comedian Brad Garrett will also make a special appearance. In addition, Kelly LeGrow of Brown and Brown Insurance of Nevada will also receive the annual Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award during the evening. Ticket prices vary from $39 to $175 per person. To purchase tickets, call The Smith Center Box Office at 702-749-2000 or visit the Smith Center’s website. More information is also available by calling Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702.938.3910.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for almost 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit.

Health District Offers Flu Shots

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Flu shots available

Tis the season! The calendar is rolling into flu season and the Southern Nevada Health District is now offering flu immunizations at its clinics. This year, the Health District is offering the quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccine as well as the high-dose immunization for people age 65 and older. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance. For more information visit the Immunization Program’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic, (702) 759-0850.

The Health District encourages everyone 6-months and older to get flu vaccinations. Some health care practices and pharmacies in the Las Vegas Valley are already offering flu vaccines to patients or patrons. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu vaccinations prevented 71,000 flu hospitalizations during the 2015-16 influenza season. In addition, the CDC estimates that the vaccine prevented 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 5 million illnesses during the same flu season.

The Health District is offering flu shots at its clinics. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

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

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, 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.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

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

The Health District accepts most insurance plans. Not all immunizations are covered by insurance. Contact the Health District’s immunization clinic for information and current fee schedule.

Although everyone should receive a flu vaccine, it is important that anyone who is more susceptible to complications from flu get vaccinated, including people with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or respiratory conditions. In addition, pregnant women and people who care for babies younger than two months old should also be vaccinated.

People who have allergies to any of the flu vaccine’s components, who have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), or are feeling ill should talk to their doctor before getting a flu shot. More information is available on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html.

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. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

MountainView Hospital Emergency Medicine Resident Program Receives Accreditation

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MountainView Hospital announced today it received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its Emergency Medicine residency program for 32 residents.

The Sunrise Health GME Consortium Emergency Medicine Residency Program located at MountainView Hospital will have eight positions available the first year, with the first Emergency Medicine residents joining MountainView beginning July 2018. This accreditation brings the total number of residency positions available at the hospital, among its accredited graduate programs, to 141 positions.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Specialized training in Emergency Medicine takes place over a three-year period.

Residents of the Emergency Medicine program will rotate between MountainView Hospital and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Michael P. Allswede serves as the program director over the Emergency Medicine residency program.

“We are excited to open an Emergency Medicine residency program at MountainView Hospital, adding to our expanding portfolio of residency programs,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “Las Vegas provides a unique opportunity for Emergency Medicine training, from the suburban community setting of MountainView Hospital, to the urban and pediatric emergency medicine, as well as trauma modalities at sister hospital Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, only minutes from one of the nation’s largest tourist destinations.”

Under the newly accredited Sunrise Health GME Consortium, which includes the Emergency Medicine program, accreditation marks another important milestone for MountainView Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education department and is the fifth accreditation for a residency program received by the hospital. MountainView Hospital launched its Graduate Medical Education program in 2015 with the accreditation of its Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Since that time, MountainView Hospital has received accreditation for additional programs including General Surgery, OB-GYN and Transitional Year.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. MountainView’s Graduate Medical Education program trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital
3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128
www.mountainview-hospital.com

Health District Hosts Inaugural Environmental Health Expo

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Public invited to free event on Sept. 26

How is a restaurant inspection completed? What is mosquito surveillance? What is the Southern Nevada Health District’s role in water quality issues? What’s the deal with septic systems? Southern Nevadans are invited to learn more at the inaugural Environmental Health Expo, 11 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Southern Nevada Health District’s Environmental Health division staff will provide information and demonstrations about their role in keeping the community healthy at this free event. For more information, visit the Health District’s website at www.SNHD.info.

Most people think “restaurant inspection” when they hear about environmental health, but the Health District’s Environmental Health Division oversees or regulates more than 30 programs that impact nearly everyone in Southern Nevada. Programs range from child care facility inspections, used mattress regulations, to tattoo and body piercing establishments.

“Environmental Health division staff members provide services and regulatory oversight that impact the public each and every day,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer. “This Expo is an opportunity for our community to learn about the many different aspects of the Environmental Health division and the impact it has on the food they eat, the water they drink, the public establishments they visit, the schools their children attend, and so much more.”

Environmental Health by the Numbers

In 2016 the Environmental Health Division:

  • Conducted more than 24,000 routine food establishments inspections, 9,300 temporary food establishment inspections, and 1,100 special event inspections.
  • Received more than 1,000 illegal dumping complaints, presented 157 cases to the hearing officer and assessed $342,677 in illegal dumping penalties.
  • Conducted more than 500 routine tattoo, permanent make-up, and body piercing establishment inspections.
  • Conducted more than 3,800 routine pool and spa inspections.
  • Submitted more than 7,000 mosquitoes to be tested for West Nile virus, Western Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis.

For a complete list of programs and regulatory services offered by the Environmental Health Division visit the Health District website at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/eh/index.php.

In addition to information about environmental health programs, other Health District programs and services will participate in the Expo. All Health District services will be available during the event.

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. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the Health District on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404. Additional information and data can be accessed through the Healthy Southern Nevada website: www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

 

Southern Nevada’s Largest Medical School Announces Increase to Class Size

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Touro University Nevada receives accreditation approval to expand physician class size and generate even larger quantity of future health care providers

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, the university 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.

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to nearly 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). Accreditation signifies that a college of osteopathic medicine (COM) has met or exceeded the COCA standards for educational quality with respect to mission, goals, and objectives; governance, administration, and finance; facilities, equipment, and resources, faculty, student admissions, performance, and evaluation; preclinical and clinical curriculum; and research and scholarship activity. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at DoctorsThatDO.org.