Local Physician Named President of the World’s Most Prestigious High-Risk Pregnancy Organization

By | Press Release, Recognition

Brian K. Iriye, MD of the High Risk Pregnancy Center was named President of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) on Saturday February 16, 2019. He was installed as the organization’s leader at the 39th annual meeting of the SMFM, which was held at Caesars Palace here in Las Vegas, NV. Established in 1977, the SMFM is the world’s premiere organization for maternal-fetal medicine specialists. This organization represents over 3,000 physicians and other practice professional and engages in education and advocacy efforts to support the work of these professionals and optimize the care of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

Dr. Iriye, was chosen for the 1 year leadership position by members of the executive committee and is the first president from a non-university based program in over a decade. He currently holds positions on the board of directors for the national Perinatal Quality Foundation, SMFM Practice Management Division, and the Foundation for SMFM. Recently, Dr. Iriye was the lead editor for the SMFM’s book, Contemporary Guide to Practice Management: For Physicians, Managers, and Administrators.

Currently, Dr. Iriye serves as the managing partner of the country’s largest maternal fetal medicine private practice, the High Risk Pregnancy Center – with offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno. The practice utilizes the latest technology to improve care to pregnant women in Nevada and is distinguished as a NCQA Patient Centered Specialty Practice, accredited in obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography, and has recently started the multidisciplinary Maternal Opioid Treatment, Health, Education, and Recovery Project (MOTHER Project) to help battle the ongoing problems of the opioid crisis and effects on pregnancy mothers and their babies.

Centennial Hills Hospital Receives Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

By | Press Release, Recognition

Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement after undergoing a rigorous on-site review in November. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Centennial Hills Hospital specializes in orthopedic surgery which includes total knee replacements, total hip replacements, spine surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, podiatric surgery and fracture care.  The hospital has invested in orthopedic-specific equipment to benefit patients, including the Mako® system for total hip, total knee and partial knee resurfacing.

“Our goal is to always to provide a positive experience and a positive outcome,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director, Centennial Hills Hospital. “Our patients are typically here for a short stay after surgery, so our team focuses on education, physical therapy and pain management. We actually begin the process with our educational ‘Joint Camp,’ and provide helpful tips during the pre-surgery visit through recovery, from strategies to get in and out of vehicles to performing exercises at home.”

As part of the on-site review, The Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with total hip and total knee-specific requirements. Centennial Hills Hospital provided data tracking its performance related to pre-surgical education, mobility within six hours of surgery, evidence-based deep vein thrombosis prevention measures, post-operative complications, readmissions, and inpatient average length of stay.

“We are very proud to earn this certification from The Joint Commission, which is the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Pullarkat. “We want our patients to receive the highest level of care, which helps them recover quickly and return to their daily activities.”

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Adopts Program to Impact Osteoporosis

By | Press Release

The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program measures 10 ways to treat fracture patients.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center announces a new program to improve patients’ bone health after a fracture. The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone® program is a national initiative designed to prevent the recurrence of fragility fractures. Its web-based program and 10 prevention measures transform the way hospitals treat fracture patients, according to the AOA.

Fragility fractures have become nearly epidemic in the U.S. among older adults with over 2 million fractures each year.

“One of the best indicators of a future fracture is a previous fragility fracture and the first sign of poor bone health,” said Dr. Fred Redfern, medical director of the Sunrise Hospital Geriatric Fracture Program. “With the right protocol in place – which is what AOA’s Own the Bone program brings to the table – we can use the initial fragility fracture to sound the alarm.  Once we have heightened awareness, we surround these patients with support, treatment and education to reduce the risk of a second fracture,” Dr. Redfern adds.

“Own the Bone” measures address nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle counseling, drug therapy, testing and communication.

“At the direction of the Sunrise Hospital Medical Executive Committee and aided by a specific hospital policy,” we are grateful for Dr. Redfern’s leadership in devising the right hip fracture protocol to care for our osteoporotic patients with fragility fractures,” said Dr. Jeffrey Murawsky, Chief Medical Officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. “We welcome this new protocol for its ability to improve outcomes for our patients following a fracture.”

Las Vegas HEALS Welcomes New Members in January

By | Featured

Business and Business Leaders Join HEALS to Advance Quality of Care

Professional Development and Networking Key Benefits of HEALS Membership.

Las Vegas HEALS (Health | Education | Advocacy | Leadership for Southern Nevada), the largest nonprofit membership-based healthcare association, announced that Nevada Cancer Coalition-Care Network Nevada, Vineyard Henderson, Connolly Care, Perl Mortgage, Coldwell Banker Premier Realty, Parker Lynch and Ajilon & Accounting Principles recently joined its’ membership ranks.

Additionally, Cox Business/Communications proudly sponsored Las Vegas HEALS as a Basic Sponsor.

“We are excited to have Cox Communications as a sponsor of Las Vegas HEALS. Cox has been a long-time partner to the healthcare industry providing technology infrastructure to better serve our patients. We are also thankful for the other companies who joined Las Vegas HEALS in January and look forward to an amazing 2019,” said Doug Geinzer, CEO of Las Vegas HEALS.

Las Vegas HEALS offers several networking opportunities for members to meet other healthcare professionals and businesses that support healthcare. The monthly Healthcare Happy Hour is the largest networking event attended by physicians, healthcare administrators, allied health professionals and those who support the growth of healthcare. The organization recently relocated its offices to the Roseman University Summerlin Campus at One Breakthrough Way. The new space is situated across from Roseman University’s 98-seat auditorium, which the organization will be able to use. The future plans include bringing healthcare industry leaders together for a speaker series on various significant topics affecting this industry on a local level.

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.



Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada

By | Featured

Diversifying the Health Economy in Nevada

In Conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Thursday, March 7, 2019
12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Oquendo Center
2425 E. Oquendo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120

Las Vegas HEALS, in conjunction with Governor’s Office of Economic Development, presents a special event to introduce how growing Research & Development (R&D) in Nevada will strengthen and diversify the state’s economy, and how healthcare R&D can support efforts to retain new generations of healthcare professionals. The event will also highlight unique opportunities for R&D in Nevada.

Who should attend?
Hospital Executives, Economic Developers, Community Leaders, Businesses in R&D, Professional Sports Executives, Commercial Real Estate Industry, and the Healthcare Community.

Purchase Tickets
Click here to purchase tickets to attend the event. Tickets are $45 per attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event, contact John Burke at 702-858-2550 or john@lasvegasheals.org.

Panel Agendas & Participants

Panel 1 – Current and upcoming Nevada businesses will discuss how their work in R&D and their products will help grow and diversify Nevada’s health economy beyond clinical delivery services.
Moderator: Dr. Angela Amar

  • Cellmedics, Inc. – Scott Shapiro (biotech)
  • HAPPIE Home, LLC – Anthony Ruvo (integrated technology)
  • Acova Pharmaceuticals  – Chad Martinson (biotechnology, genetics and AI)
  • Cleveland Clinic – Jeffery Cummings (clinical trials and new therapies)

Panel 2 – Nevada businesses will highlight strategies to grow a new health care workforce with the goal to strengthen health R&D infrastructure to improve health outcomes and drive economic development in Nevada.
Moderator: Dr. Saju Joseph

Panel 3 – Diversification of Nevada’s health economy requires moving beyond clinical care delivery and its services. Unique opportunities for R&D in Nevada will be presented, including their alignment to one of the state’s economic development priorities.
Moderator: Dr. Gillian Barclay

Ending Keynote

Steve Hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, presents Bridging Economic Development with Las Vegas’ Emerging Professional Sports Environment.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Be there on the 7th.

Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County School District, and the Las Vegas Aces Team Up for Slam Dunk Health Challenge

By | Press Release

Program encourages children to eat healthier and move more

The Southern Nevada Health District, the Clark County School District (CCSD), and the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces are launching a new program called the Slam Dunk Health Challenge to encourage students to eat healthy and participate in physical activity. The Slam Dunk Health Challenge kicks off in February.

The Challenge is open to all CCSD first- through fifth-grade classrooms. Students in participating classrooms earn points each day for eating fruits and vegetables and being physically active. The Challenge encourages grade-school children to learn about healthy food and participate in physical activity every day. The program includes resources for teachers including lesson plans and activities and weekly video segments featuring Las Vegas Aces players and Coach Bill Laimbeer urging students to eat healthy, stay active, and track their progress.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the Las Vegas Aces and the Clark County School District,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Southern Nevada Health District Chief Health Officer. “Students participating in the Slam Dunk Health Challenge will be learning and establishing healthy habits that we hope they will carry into adulthood.”

The four-week program begins in February, and teachers can participate through the end of April. Winning classrooms will receive tickets to attend a Las Vegas Aces home game.

“We are thrilled to be working with Southern Nevada Health District to assist the children of Las Vegas in developing consistent exercise and healthy eating habits early on in life,” said Aces center Carolyn Swords. “You don’t need to be a professional athlete to benefit from making smart lifestyle choices, and the benefits of taking care of your body will last us all a lifetime.” 

For information about the inaugural Slam Dunk Health Challenge or tips about adopting a healthy lifestyle, visit Get Healthy Clark County or call the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (702) 759-1270. 

An Update from Roseman – Henderson

By | News

Welcome to the first issue of spectRUm in 2019. For all of us, the New Year brings with it a fresh start that generates optimism and opportunity. For students looking forward to continuing their education and entering a new and exciting profession, it can be an anxious, but rewarding time.

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining the College of Nursing in welcoming to campus the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) February 2019 cohort during their orientation. It was a time for them to get acquainted with their peers, the University and the Six-Point Mastery Learning Model, which will provide the foundation of their education over a period of approximately 16  months. The outstanding group of 48 enthusiastic students started classes on Monday. I look forward to watching them progress through the program and graduate in 2020.

While the new class of nursing students is already in classes and learning, over the past few weeks groups of prospective students vying for admission into the College of Pharmacy Class of 2022 have been coming to campus for interviews. It’s great to see so many highly qualified and ambitious students eager to join Roseman University in their journeys to become pharmacists. I look forward to seeing many of them in the fall when the new class is seated and ready to learn and thrive.

Many Roseman University students take advantage of opportunities to participate in research, along with faculty mentors. Next month, on Wednesday, March 6, Roseman University will host its 5th Annual Research Symposium. Faculty, students/residents, and preceptors from Roseman University and other institutions in the region have submitted dozens of research abstracts, and acceptance notifications were sent out last week. Based on presentations at the past four events, I’m looking forward to seeing the outstanding work to be showcased this year. I invite everyone to come out and see the variety of bench, clinical, and educational research projects. Information about the event will be posted on www.roseman.edu/research-symposium.

Finally, I will wrap up this month’s report with exciting news. The Roseman University Neighborhood Health Series events that have been presented at the Summerlin Campus for the past two years are being expanded to the Henderson campus next month. These events introduce expert speakers from Roseman University on a variety of health care topics of interest to the community. The College of Medicine’s Dr. David Ginsburg, professor of internal medicine and a neurologist with Roseman Medical Group, will present the first Neighborhood Health Series event in Henderson, “40 in a million—ALS diagnosis, treatment and the future of the disease.” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 to 7 pm and will feature a light dinner. I invite you to register to attend for free by visiting speakers.roseman.edu.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy February.

Eucharia Nnadi, RPh, JD, PhD
Chancellor – Henderson Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

An Update from Roseman – Summerlin

By | News

In December of last year, the College of Medicine (COM) announced the arrival of neurologist Eric Farbman, MD. He joined Roseman Medical Group (RMG) as an associate professor with the COM, and chief of the RMG Movement Disorders program. He comes to RMG with expertise in managing Deep Brain Stimulators for patients with movement disorders, and is leading clinical trials for patients with disorders like Parkinson’s.  He is working out of RMG’s Spring Valley office alongside his colleague, David Ginsburg, MD, and the rest of the RMG team – adding his efforts to serve patients, and to bring on a medical school.

To put the rapid growth of RMG in perspective, consider this:  RMG saw its first patient in 12 months ago. Dominic Etli, RMG’s first Nurse Practitioner, will be coming on board in March, joining the Family Medicine team. With another Family Physician joining us in July, RMG will have outgrown its first office space in just a year and a half. We’re already looking for new sites to expand our reach to patients.

RMG has announced its Open House and Ribbon Cutting ceremony to be held February 28th hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and HEALS.  It is Roseman University’s first medical clinic, taking us one step closer to achieving the goal in its Strategic Plan – to create an Academic Health Center.  Due to the limited space the event will be RSVP.


Breakthrough in Medicine! College of Medicine Campaign Update –

We’re happy to announce that Rita Vaswani, Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager, Professional Banking of Nevada State Bank has accepted the position of Chair of the University’s Breakthrough in Medicine! campaign for the College of Medicine. Rick Smith, President of RDS Properties in Henderson, is co-chair. Ms. Vaswani is an active community member with a long-standing, effective commitment to the health care concerns of this community. Mr. Smith is a member of the Roseman University Board of Trustees and of the COM Community Advisory Board. Both Ms. Vaswani and Mr. Smith strongly support the Mission, Vision, and Values of the COM, and their participation in this Breakthrough in Medicine! campaign strengthens our outreach into the community. We deeply appreciate the commitment of their time and talents and those of the other members of our Campaign Committee to the COM.  We continue to seek out those who identify with the core tenets of the COM; those who are willing to partner with us as they give of their means and who desire to become advocates for the COM in the community.

In closing, click on the following link: @RosemanMedicine  to see the COM’s and Summerlin Campus’ many activities too numerous to mention here.


Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

Breathe! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo Arrives February 19th

By | Featured, News

Leaders and Entrepreneurs Unite to Inspire and Invigorate

Secrets to Success and a Richer Life from Southern Nevada Leaders in Business, Professional Sports, Investments and Health on February 19th and 20th

Arriving in Las Vegas on February 19th with a VIP reception, BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo panelists will challenge participants to strike a chord and blend success with happiness. The two-day event, that helps attendees perfect balance in their personal lives and careers, will be held at UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute. BREATHE! brings together thought-provoking perspectives from some of Southern Nevada’s most respected leaders including on the event’s full day of programming on February 20th starting at 8:30 a.m.:

  • Kerry Bubolz, President and COO of the Las Vegas Golden Knights
  • Brett Lashbrook, Las Vegas Lights Owner
  • Dave Levine, Business Entrepreneur and Investment Expert
  • Dray Gardner, Silent Savasana Yoga Founder
  • Jerry Nadal, Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President
  • Mary Beth Sewald, President/CEO of the LV Metro Chamber of Commerce

Balance Life and Work.

These in-demand business leaders join well-known executives uniting to share their thoughts on mastering success and reducing stress for a fuller life. As theologist, A.K. Reb Materi writes, “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” BREATHE! Health and Wealth Summit & Expo is for every professional who is juggling life and climbing the ladder of professional success.

Tuesday, February 19th includes the VIP Reception recognizing the philanthropic and professional prowess of LV Metro Chamber President and CEO, Mary Beth Sewald. All the proceeds from this evening event will benefit the Nevada Military Support Alliance, providing much needed financial assistance for our state’s soldiers, wounded warriors, veterans and military families, as well as funding toward the new Military and Veterans Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Wednesday, February 20th will deliver a full day of information, panel insights, networking, and exhibitions moderated by Steve Schorr, anchor of “Under the Vegas Sun” and President/CEO of LV.NET

BREATHE! Health & Wealth Summit & Expo

  • VIP Meet & Greet Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 5:30PM-7:30PM
  • BREATHE! Summit & Expo: Wednesday, Feb. 20th, from 8:30AM-5:30PM
  • UNLV Stan Fulton Building/International Gaming Institute
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, 89154 Click here for a map.
  • Feb. 20th Summit – AM Session: 8:30AM-12 Noon / PM Session: 1:00PM-5:30PM Tickets: $60-$155 / Register at www.BreatheSummit.com

Email for Exhibitor/Sponsor Information: Business@5AMglobal.com. Call: 1-800-392-0143 for more information