Las Vegas Medical District – Wellness Way

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Within the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District, an intersection of two streets renamed during the last year has taken on special meaning following the One October shooting.  The intersection of Wellness Way and Hope Place now stands as a symbol of the extraordinary life-saving work performed at UMC, Valley Hospital Medical Center and other nearby medical facilities.

Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring).  It was officially renamed in April 2017 as part of a long-term master plan for the area focused on the development and evolution of a cohesive medical district that includes physical infrastructure improvements as well as a more coordinated approach to medical care with the arrival of the UNLV School of Medicine and a growing number of ancillary medical facilities.

Originally named for the Bearden family, who are direct descendants of Robert E. Lake, the first barber in Las Vegas and the founder of the first school in Las Vegas, Wellness Way planned improvements include a future pocket park that will commemorate the family’s historic contribution to the area via a plaque in their honor.  The park is expected to be complete later this year.

According to Lois Tarkanian, Mayor Pro Tem, city of Las Vegas, the name change to Wellness Way was a unanimous decision of the Las Vegas Medical District and the department of Economic and Urban Development and in keeping with the vision of the area that is undergoing significant economic redevelopment as a result of the new medical school, improvements to existing medical facilities and the arrival of new businesses to support the growing area.

Hope Place, formerly known as Rose Street and renamed in March 2016, runs north and south in front of the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC.  According to UMC CEO Mason VanHouweling, the decision to rename the street was made months before the One October shooting to reflect the life-changing and life-saving care provided at the UMC Trauma Center and Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC on a daily basis.

“As Nevada’s only Level I Trauma Center, UMC remains committed to offering the highest level of care available to community members and visitors.” said VanHouweling.  “The Southern Nevada medical community, including UMC, is in the business of providing hope to patients and their families.  The new street signs for both Hope Place and Wellness Way serve as a daily reminder to all who enter our doors that hope and health are always at the forefront of our mission.”

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Nathan Adelson Hospice Hosts ‘Exploring Behavioral Health Before and At End-Of-Life Care’ Symposium

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Nathan Adelson Hospice Hosts ‘Exploring Behavioral Health Before and At End-Of-Life Care’ Symposium at 14th Annual Multicultural Luncheon & Conference

David B. Feldman

David B. Feldman presents at 11:30 a.m.

Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice, today announced that compelling keynote speaker, David Feldman, Ph.D., will present the Symposium: “Exploring Behavioral Health Before and At End-Of-Life Care” at the 14th Annual Multicultural Luncheon & Conference on Feb. 23, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas. Registration is at 9am with the conference scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m., with Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) being offered at this time. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Especially timely for our community, is that Dr. Feldman will address the ways in which people personally grow in the wake of trauma and loss. He will touch on the research that shows how people tend to deepen in their spirituality, discover or deepen relationships, and find important sources of personal strength during post-traumatic growth. He will also present on stories of survivors and practical strategies for nurturing post-traumatic growth. Dr. Feldman recently completed two decades of research on post-traumatic growth and published his findings in his book, “Supersurvivors.”

Dr. Feldman’s presentation will offer the following objectives:

  • Learn about the possibilities of resilience and growth in the aftermath of trauma, loss, illness, and adversity.
  • Understand the research that supports posttraumatic growth.
  • Develop a better understanding of the conditions that support growth after trauma and loss.

“Our annual symposium educates a broad spectrum of community members about ways to positively impact the end-of-life journey and assist family members with the bereavement process,” said Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice.

The Multicultural Luncheon unites people from various cultures and faiths. It consistently relays important information and tools for industry professionals and the community regarding healthcare trends and end-of-life care. Tickets are $35 per person for the morning session, $75 for the luncheon only, and $120 for the full-day conference. Sponsorships are also available. For tickets to the luncheon or more information, call Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-938-3910 or visit

Download the Invitation

To download the invitation to the event, please click on this link: MCL Invite 2018.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 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

Touro University Nevada Raises More Than $75,000 During “Season of Lights” Fundraiser

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Touro University Nevada raised more than $75,000 during the annual Season of Lights Soiree and Silent Auction fundraiser at the home of donor and Advisory Board Member Michael Tang on Dec. 10.

More than 200 guests attended the annual fundraiser, which benefits Touro’s Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities. Guests enjoyed delicious food and drink while bidding on silent auction items, including art, show tickets, gift baskets, and more.

“The Season of Lights is one of the many ways we come together for our wonderful families who receive therapy at the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University Western Division. “Thanks to the generosity of our incredible donors and partners, we are able to provide these families with much-needed financial assistance.”

During the evening’s program, Mark Frissora, Jan Jones Blackhurst, and Caesars Entertainment were presented with the Touro Luminary Award. Tracy and Robert Eglet, as well as Monica Jackson from Fox 5 News, were presented with the Star of the Center Awards.

Host Michael Tang challenged Berkley and other guests to jump in the pool to raise money for the center. The pool jump help raise more than $16,000.

All proceeds from the Season of Lights provide funding for families who need assistance for therapy costs not covered by insurance.

Centennial Hills Hospital: Celebrating 10 Years of Caring for the Northwest and North Las Vegas Communities

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Hospital adds advanced medical services, more beds to meet community needs

10th Anniversary Celebration set for January 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Since opening its doors in January 2008, Centennial Hills Hospital has worked non-stop to bring high-quality care to residents of northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and surrounding communities by adding advanced cardiovascular, neurological and neonatology services, more private rooms and specialized patient care units over the past decade.

To celebrate, hospital staff invites the community to Centennial Hills Hospital’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby. The celebration will feature free health screenings, a gift for the first 100 guests, balloon artistry for children and a free photo booth. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will also be stopping by during this time to commemorate this milestone.

“This is an exciting time in our hospital’s history,” said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director, who has worked at Centennial Hills Hospital since its inception. “We’ve watched our community grow, and listened to residents who said they wanted to receive advanced medical care close to home. We will continue to explore new services and opportunities to enhance the patient experience.”

Recent Hospital Highlights

·         Added biplane angiography capabilities to treat stroke and other neurological diseases by utilizing minimally invasive neuro-interventional radiology procedures in its new biplane lab (2017)

·         Opened an outpatient advanced wound healing & hyperbaric medicine center (2017)

·         Completed an $18.2 million expansion that added 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces (2017)

·         Established a nursing education partnership with Nevada State College around the Caring Science Unit, which focuses on teaching clinical skills in a caring, compassionate and empathetic manner (2015)

·         Opened a Level III neonatal intensive care unit for premature and/or medically fragile newborns (2014)

·         Opened an outpatient therapy center for physical and pulmonary therapy patients (2014)

·         Added neurosurgery to its surgical specialties (2013)

Centennial Hills Hospital By the Numbers

­­                                    2008                2018*
Employees                   359                  1,052
Nurses                          168                      556
Babies Delivered        435                  3,101
ER Visits                  29,332               53,858
Surgeries                   2152                   6,116
Bed Count                  165                       262

*January 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Recent Achievements/Certifications

·         Achieved the BlueCross BlueShield Blue Distinction Center + Specialty Care designation in Maternity Care

·         Received The Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality recognition award

·         One of the first five hospitals in the country, and the first in Nevada, to earn the Go Clear Award™ to eliminate hazardous smoke during surgical procedures. The award is presented by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

·         Accreditation by The Joint Commission for the hospital and as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center

·         Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as a Chest Pain Center

·         Received American Heart/Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines® Gold PLUS Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll

·         Received American Heart Association Mission Lifeline: Receiving Center, Bronze

About Centennial Hills Hospital

Centennial Hills Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in northwest Las Vegas, the 262-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and outpatient physical therapy.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:



Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Awards Over $360,000 in Grants to Community Organizations

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based hospital system, has made $364,332 in grant awards to seven nonprofit collaborations in Henderson and Las Vegas. St. Rose has awarded grants to community programs for more than 20 years.

“For over 70 years, St. Rose has been committed to improving the health of our community,” said Eugene Bassett, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “To ensure we are helping to build a healthier tomorrow, we have partnered with these community organizations to provide people with the resources they need to better care for themselves and for each other.”

Community organization recipients included:

·         $75,195 for Mobilizing Medical Care for the Homeless – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

·         $60,000 for Second Responders 911 Referral Program –Las Vegas CHIPS

·         $99,503 for Grow the Veggie Buck Truck –Together We Can

·         $54,634 for Training Promotores –Vision Y Compromiso

·         $25,000 for transportation for homebound –Lend a Hand of Boulder City

·         $25,000 for Trac-B Need Exchange –Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society

·         $25,000 for Keeping Kids Fit –Vegas PBS

To be selected for a grant, an organization or program must meet one or more of the following criteria:

·         Address the greatest health needs of the community;

·         Emphasize prevention to address the underlying cause of health problems;

·         Contribute to a seamless continuum of care;

·         Build upon and mobilize existing services in the community; and

·         Engage diverse community stakeholders in implementation and oversight.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for 70 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.



Urology Specialists of Nevada Launches Fourth Location

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Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) announces the opening of their fourth urological office, located at 6190 Ft. Apache Rd., Suite 200 (between Patrick Lane and Post Road).

This location is staffed by Sarah Ryan, M.D., with the practice since 2014, along with USONV’s newest health care provider, Jeffrey Wilson, M.D., who joined in September 2017.

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with thirteen providers and four 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:


What Are the Three Kinds of Money?

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I’m not referring to “types of currency”,  I’m specifically referring to these.

1.       Today. 2. Tomorrow. And 3. Never  

Perhaps remembering them as, Young me money, older me money, and dead me, money.

My point is not to sound morbid or put your mind into a place of even thinking that way.

My goal is to spark you into pondering the best places to direct earnings to so money can cease to be a source of pain to think about. Read the full story >> HERE <<

Louie Frias – 702.400.6515

UMC Unites in Response to Tragic Shooting

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By Mason VanHouweling, UMC CEO

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, our community demonstrated an unparalleled level of unity in the face of an unspeakable tragedy.

Reflecting the strength of the community we serve, our team at UMC in Las Vegas came together in an incredible display of skill, preparation and resilience to save dozens of lives. While several patients arrived at UMC with no chance of survival, our team members saved everyone who had a possibility of living, and we saw many of these patients walk out our front doors and return home to their families.

As Nevada’s Only Level I Trauma Center, UMC has an incredible responsibility to provide the highest level of care, and our team delivered the best conceivable outcome in response to the most challenging situation we have ever faced. I have never been more proud of our team and the entire city of Las Vegas.

The care UMC provided would not have been possible without the courageous efforts of the first responders. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, local firefighters and our community’s amazing EMS professionals risked their lives to save others, and we will never forget their bravery.

Shortly after the gunfire erupted on October 1, our Emergency Department and Trauma teams prepared for the worst to ensure patients had the best possible chance of survival. Before the first patient came to our Emergency Department, additional team members from virtually every department began to arrive. We didn’t need to ask people twice; our team members arrived in droves, ready to assist in any way possible. Many came in without being called as they watched the horror unfold on the news.

While walking through the halls of UMC the week of the shooting, I saw the weary faces of heroes who came together to provide live-saving care and unwavering compassion in our community’s greatest time of need. Despite our shared exhaustion, we stopped to thank one another, offering words of gratitude and encouragement. Sometimes it was just a simple nod and a smile between colleagues, but the meaning remained the same: we were proud to stand together and offer the care our community deserves.

Two days after the shooting, as I saw UMC Chief of Trauma Dr. John Fildes walking through the hallways, I marveled as team members from across the hospital took the opportunity to thank him for directing our trauma team’s incredible efforts on the night of the shooting. One interaction between Dr. Fildes and a member of our Environmental Services team stands out in my mind. Rather than simply accepting the praise and moving on to grab a much-needed cup of coffee, Dr. Fildes stopped and thanked his co-worker from Environmental Services for working tirelessly to keep the Trauma Resuscitation area clean and constantly prepared for an influx of critically injured patients Sunday night and Monday morning. This interaction represents the true collaborative spirit of UMC and our hometown of Las Vegas.

This tragedy brought out the very best in our community. People visited UMC on a daily basis, delivering food, drinks and other essentials in an effort to provide some semblance of comfort to our patients and their families. Perhaps most importantly, community members lined up for hours upon hours to donate blood, doing their part to save lives.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the community for showing the world our unshakable strength and compassion.

While many people demonstrated incredible strength in response to this tragedy, no one displayed greater resilience than the victims of this tragic shooting. These men and women inspired our team and people across the world. We developed strong bonds with these patients as our team worked tirelessly to heal their wounds and help them return to their homes and families.

As UMC continues to focus on providing the highest level of care in Nevada, I remain confident that no bullet can damage the spirit of our patients, our hospital and our community.

Roseman Adds New Group Practice Site

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Roseman College of Medicine Opens First Roseman Medical Group Practice Site with Neurology Services by Dr. David Ginsburg

Later this month, Roseman Medical Group, the medical practice of Roseman University’s College of Medicine, will begin providing patient care at its first practice site, located adjacent to Spring Valley Hospital at 5380 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 120 in Las Vegas. The opening of Roseman Medical Group marks the first step in developing the College of Medicine’s clinical practice plan, essential for achieving accreditation by the LCME later this year.

The practice will be offering neurology services led by David Ginsburg, MD. Dr. Ginsburg and his medical team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the nervous system and neurological disorders. Long-term plans for the practice include expansion into primary care and a variety of medical specialties by College of Medicine faculty physicians and nurse practitioners.

“We are delighted to have Dr. David Ginsburg as Roseman Medical Group’s first practicing physician and as a professor on our faculty,” said Dr. Bruce Morgenstern, vice dean for academic and clinical affairs. “Practicing in southern Nevada since 1994, he brings with him remarkable history of exceptional patient care and clinical research in neurology.”

Dr. Ginsburg received his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Pittsburg in 1988. Later, he completed his residency in neurology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and later a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology. This provided him with an extensive background in neurodiagnostic testing with EEG and EMG, and exposure to a large number of patients with neuromuscular disease, which led to him to spearhead local multidisciplinary clinics for muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

“I have developed a strong interest in treating patients with movement disorders, such as tremors, as well as dystonia, spasticity, and migraines with botulinum toxin, also known as Botox. I have been fortunate to learn this skill from some of the pioneers in the field. This procedure is one of my most rewarding experiences as a neurologist, as the patients often receive dramatic improvements in their various conditions.”

Dr. Ginsburg’s passion for helping patients suffering from neurological disorders came early in his career while studying psychobiology at USC. “The more I learned about neurology, the more it made complete sense to me. I have always been interested in circuits and gadgets, and neurology, in some ways, is an extension of those concepts involving the human body,” said Ginsburg. “I also realized how much untapped knowledge exists within the field of neurology, along with large gaps in patient care. From a personal standpoint, I witnessed several family members become afflicted with dementia, reinforcing the tremendous need for advancement in the field. Through my experience in clinical trials, I have had the opportunity to witness treatments from their early experimental stages to widespread availability for patients.”

Now a faculty physician with Roseman University’s College of Medicine, in addition to providing outstanding patient care, Dr. Ginsburg will have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of neurologists to serve patients in our communities.

“My favorite part about teaching medical students is watching them grasp a concept and put it into clinical use. It is also particularly gratifying when they become fascinated by my field, and I occasionally influence their decision to pursue a career in neurology,” said Ginsburg.

Dr. Ginsburg adds that he likes to challenge medical students to think about a particular clinical problem first by localization (where in the nervous system the problem originates), and then by etiology (the specific cause of the problem). The next steps then involve discussion about how to arrive at a method of evaluation, then lastly of treatment options. “I find this stepwise approach to thinking about clinical problems engages students and residents to learn more about neurology,” said Ginsburg.

Dr. Ginsburg believes medical educators also have a responsibility to teach Roseman University medical students how to care for patients in an efficient yet ethical manner, and in an environment that is becoming exponentially more complicated. “At the same time, we must instruct them about ways to run a successful medical practice. We also need to help students learn the most efficient ways to assimilate an ever-expanding knowledge base in their chosen specialties. I am looking forward to meeting these challenges with the entire Roseman team,” explains Ginsburg.

As the clinic begins scheduling patient appointments, Dr. Ginsburg is eager to begin practicing in an academic, patient-centered environment. “I have the opportunity to practice alongside other physicians and treat my patients in a teaching environment that requires excellence from both faculty and students,” said Ginsburg.

More information about Roseman Medical Group can be found online at

Nevada Cancer Specialists Adds Karissa Tan, NP to Staff

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Nevada Cancer Specialists has added a new health care provider to help meet the growing need for cancer care services in the Las Vegas community.

Karissa Tan, NP, Joins Cancer Specialists

Karissa Tan, NP, Joins Nevada Cancer Specialists.

Karissa Tan, NP joins Nevada Cancer Specialists (4750 W. Oakey Blvd., 6190 S. Fort Apache Rd. and 3150 N. Tenaya Way) and specializes in oncology.

Tan completed her medical training at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.