Nevada COVID-19 Task Force and Department of Health and Human Services Kick Off State-wide Parade on Oct. 28 in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas stop of multi-city activation launches with performance at Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, culminates on the field of Allegiant Stadium

o help stop the spread of COVID-19 and promote the adoption of the COVID Trace Contact Tracing app, the state is launching a multi-city parade with stops throughout Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City. Performers, celebrities, entertainers, local businesses and more will come together for spectacular pop-up performances at iconic Nevada locations, including the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign and Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 28, as well the Reno Arch and Nevada State Capitol Building on Nevada Day, Oct. 30.

Following the tremendous success of several #MaskUpNV events throughout the city, the producers, Greg Chase, CEO & Founder of Experience Strategy Associates, and Douglas Johnson, President & Executive Producer of Entertainment Plus Productions, are once again combining their efforts and rallying the community, promoting a vital message to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, the COVID Trace app is an innovative tool offered free of charge that provides important contact information without compromising privacy.

The event will launch on Oct. 28 at 8 a.m. at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign where performers from shows up and down The Strip will emerge from parked cars and trucks to descend on the iconic sign performing an original version of We Are Family in both English and Spanish. The spectacle will grow to a crescendo that will include beloved Vegas icons including Piff the Magic Dragon, Chippendales dancers, John Katsilometes, Captain Dorsal Finneas from Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas sports team mascots Chance, Bucket$, Aviator and Spruce.

From there, the troupe will join a parade of local business semi-, bucket and display trucks, ambulances, resort limousines and more, and make their way throughout the city. Stops include T-Mobile Arena, Caesars Palace, local grocery stores and health clubs in Las Vegas and Henderson. One special stop will be made at the currently dark Smith Center for a performance in front of the cherished local venue to send the message that the sooner we stop COVID, the sooner we can light up the stages once again. The day will conclude on the field of Allegiant Stadium for a spectacular final presentation. The group will then take the show to Reno for a parade through the area on Oct. 30.

Please note: This event is for MEDIA ONLY and not being promoted to the public in advance to ensure a safe environment. A separate alert with all information for the Reno portion of the activation will be sent at a later date.

What: Pop-up performances and parade featuring Vegas entertainers, celebrities and local business partners, with 12 stops* throughout the city ending on the field of Allegiant Stadium to promote the download and use of the COVID Trace app.

**The final stop at Allegiant Stadium will feature a trauma helicopter flyover to show solidarity with the local medical community. 

Where: The first performance will start at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign before making 12 stops, ending on the field of Allegiant Stadium. A full schedule with all stops is below.


Las Vegas event: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Reno-area event: Friday, Oct. 30, 7 a.m. – end time TBD

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 Parade & Performance Schedule of Arrival Times***:

  • 8 a.m.               Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
  • 9 a.m.               Parade departs
  • 9:10 a.m.          Toshiba Plaza
  • 9:35 a.m.          T-Mobile Arena
  • 10:10 a.m.        Caesars Palace
  • 10:40 a.m.        Mariana’s SuperMarkets – West Sahara Ave
  • 11:10 a.m.        The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
  • This performance will be held in front of the currently closed building as a tribute to the out of work entertainers 
  • 12:20 p.m.        Life Time Athletic – West Charleston Blvd.
  • 12:55 p.m.        Las Vegas Athletic Club – West Flamingo Road
  • 1:25 p.m.          Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center
  • 2 p.m.               Smith’s Food and Drug – Southern Highlands Parkway
  • 2:40 p.m.          Las Vegas Athletic Clubs – S Eastern Ave, Henderson
  • 3:10 p.m.          Life Time Athletic – Green Valley
  • 3:45 p.m.          Allegiant Stadium
  • Includes Mercy Air Trauma Helicopter Flyover

***All times are approximate and are dependent on traffic and other considerations.

Media: To RSVP & On-Site Day of Contact: Please email, call or text Suzie Rugh; 206-915-7201 cell; or Tiff Carey,; 310-383-6028. Please also mention if you are interested in joining the motorcade for any length of time to visit additional locations.

*Strict social distancing guidelines will be enforced; masks are required, and temperature checks will be taken on all performers prior to the event.

Live Shots: Live Shot locations will be available in the morning at The Welcome to Las Vegas sign as well as in the afternoon at Allegiant Stadium. Space is limited at Allegiant Stadium.

B-Roll: B-Roll of the 8 a.m. performance at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign will be made available to all media by roughly 11:30 a.m. Additional B-Roll from stops at other locations will be made available immediately following the final stop of the day. Please email to request these clips.


Parade & Performance Participants and Partners:

  • Greg Chase – CEO & Founder, Experience Strategy Associates, Event Co-Producer
  • Douglas Johnson – President & Executive Producer, Entertainment Plus Productions, Event Co-Producer
  • Piff the Magic Dragon
  • Chippendales Dancers Ryan Worley and Ryan Kelsey
  • COVID-19 Task Force
  • Local Las Vegas Entertainers, Showgirls, Impersonators, Singers & More
  • Chance – Vegas Golden Knights Mascot
  • Bucket$ – Las Vegas Aces Mascot
  • Aviator and Spruce – Las Vegas Aviators Mascots
  • John Katsilometes – Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Clark County
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • T-Mobile Arena
  • Smith’s Food & Drug
  • Cox Communications
  • Mariana’s SuperMarkets
  • The Smith Center
  • Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Las Vegas Athletic Club
  • Harley Davidson Las Vegas
  • Presidential Limo
  • Mercy Air
  • Nixon-Egli Equipment Company
  • Screaming Images

** Additional participants confirming up to the day of the event.  

Experience Strategy Associates is a Las Vegas-based consulting group focused on helping organizations unlock potential & revenue through designing innovative brand & product strategies, customer insights, experience design & customer service culture training and development. Most recently, ESA has been actively engaged in supporting the local Las Vegas community in the fight against COVID-19.

E+ Productions ENTERTAINMENT AND SO MUCH MORE… ENTERTAINMENT PLUS PRODUCTIONS is an award-winning, full-scale production company that provides entertainment, along with a full suite of production and design services. From intimate to epic, we create in the world of live events, television, film, continuous shows on land or sea, and any other realm requiring a generous serving of WOW. We are fun-loving, outrageous, over-the-top creatives who were born thinking outside the box. We are also a team who gets the job done on time, on budget, and all within an environment of mutual respect, inclusivity, and love for this artform.

Touro University Nevada Receives Cutting-Edge Breathing Machine for School of Physical Therapy

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Donation to Tour University Nevada’s School of Physical Therapy Made by Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Facilitated by Las Vegas HEALS

Touro University Nevada PT Lab Donation

Touro University Nevada, Nevada’s largest school of medicine and the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, has received a new breathing machine, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Vikas Sayal of the Pulmonology Group, LLC and Las Vegas HEALS, a nonprofit coalition of medical and wellness industry professionals, organizations and institutions, who helped facilitated the generous gift. The breathing machine will benefit the students in Touro’s School of Physical Therapy as they work their way to earning their degree in the high-demand healthcare field.

“I donated the breathing machine in hopes it will leave a long-lasting impact on the education and learning experience of Touro’s students, the next generation of medical professionals,” said Dr. Sayal. “I look forward to seeing how the addition to Touro’s School of Physical Therapy will enhance students’ clinical skills, creating a deeper understanding for those pursuing a degree in pulmonology.”

Dr. Vikas Sayal, MD, FCCP is the CEO of the Pulmonology Group, LLC. with locations in Henderson, Nev. and Bullhead City, Ariz. He did his pulmonary medicine training at Yale University in Connecticut and Critical Care Medicine training at Albert Einstein College of medicine in New York.

The breathing machine allows healthcare professionals to measure a person’s oxygen consumption and calculate their basal metabolic rate (BMR), the rate at which a body uses energy while at rest to keep vital functions going, such as breathing and keeping warm. It can also show the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications and their interactions with a person’s BMR, blood flow and tolerance to heat and cold.

“This machine allows us to look at someone’s lung volume, lung capacity, oxygen exchange rates as well as the effects of medications on metabolism,” said Dr. Michael Laymon, director of the Touro University Nevada School of Physical Therapy. “Not only will we be able to integrate the use of the machine into student curriculum, it will also open up several opportunities for research projects. This would have been a $45,000 purchase for Touro and we are grateful that Dr. Saval has provided this valuable resource for our students and the University.”

Touro University Nevada (Touro) is Nevada’s largest school of medicine, the state’s only school of osteopathic medicine, fully accredited, and a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution. Opened in 2004, Touro was established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service throughout the state. Touro is now home to nearly 1,500 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medical health sciences. 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 Touro, visit their website or call 702-777-8687.

Oral Rinse COVID-19 Testing Now Available In Las Vegas

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Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Center Offering New Fast and Effective COVID-19 Testing Option Done Without Nasal Swabbing

Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers (NADHC) has partnered with LucidD-Labs to offer the new “Oral Rinse COVID-19 Testing” at NADHC’s Eastern Center Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

The world changed with the pandemic and the most vulnerable population (NADHC’s clients) were affected. Testing options can be confusing and seem painful or scary enough that many seniors may be reluctant to get tested.

NADHC is offering this new testing option to help alleviate anxiety that can come from the uncertainty of being tested to determine if you are COVID-19 positive or negative.

Key points to know about this NEW Oral Rinse Test:

  • NO wooden Q-Tip will be stuck up the nose
  • Simply gargle and spit contents into a tube with this non-invasive test
  • NO out of pocket costs
  • Medicare or Insurance will cover the test costs
  • For those not covered, come and get tested. NADHC will find a way to cover the costs

Some people may refused to test because the wooden Q-Tip up the nose can be an uncomfortable experience, and for those who want an alternative, this test is believed to be more accurate. Results of the test are shared within 24-48 hours via text or email. After receiving test results via text or email, those who wish to tested again may do so with no out-of-pocket costs.

NADHC strongly recommend anyone interested in being tested pre-register since the entire process –  IN & OUT –  should be fewer than 2 minutes. Registering manually will take longer.

Text COVID to 725-527-2577

Bring family and friends to get Tested comfortably. Stay SAFE and HEALTHY!

Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers at Eastern
8695 S. Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89123
215 Fwy-Eastern Exit
(Office Park beside Star Nursery)

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Hosts “Robin’s Wish” Virtual Screening

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This Wednesday, Oct. 21, In honor of National Lewy Body Awareness Month, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will be hosting a virtual screening and discussion of “Robin’s Wish,” the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ final days, what really happened, and what his mind was fighting. After the movie, Dr. Carriere with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health will lead a discussion with caregivers on unique aspects of caring for a person with Lewy Body Disease.

The screening will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Those interested in registering can join using the link here.

Valley Health System Hospitals Resume Limited Inpatient Visitation October 19

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The Valley Health System Urges Caution and Care When Visiting Patients at Hospitals

The six hospitals of The Valley Health System are resuming limited inpatient visitation starting Monday, October 19. This includes Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Valley hospitals.

Inpatient visitation is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

One visitor at a time is allowed in the patient’s room and must remain in the patient’s room during the entire visit.  Multiple visitors within the same group must remain outside the hospital or in a vehicle. Visitors may not congregate in the lobby, cafeteria or other community areas.

All visitors must be 18 or older.

Everyone must bring and wear a mask before entering the hospital and must undergo a temperature check and screening.

Visitors are NOT allowed to visit patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are undergoing diagnostic testing for COVID-19.

One adult, age 18+, may accompany patients to the Emergency department and for an outpatient procedure.

Exceptions continue for labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics and end-of-life situations.

For the safety of patients, employees, physicians, students, visitors and vendors, and to continue reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the following is strongly encouraged:

Do not visit or accompany patients to the hospital if you are not feeling well.

Limit visitation to immediate family / power of attorney representatives rather than a neighborly “drop by to say hi and see how you’re doing” visit.

Items (i.e. reading material, phone chargers, etc.) may still be dropped off for delivery at the Main or ER entrances. All items should be contained in an envelope or plastic bag with the patient’s full name and room number legibly printed on the outside.

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Gabriela Gregory, MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, Joins Nevada Neurosciences Institute

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Established Neurologist Now Accepting New Patients at Nevada Neurosciences Institute

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Announces New Physician Providing Both Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Gabriela Gregory, MD, board-certified in neurology, is now providing in-clinic care at Nevada Neurosciences Institute, located on the campus of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at 3006 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite 765, in Las Vegas, NV.

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Gabriela Gregory, MD

Dr. Gregory diagnoses, treats and manages neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, headache, stroke, epilepsy and has extensive experience in botulinum injections for migraine and spasticity. Over her 28-year career in medicine, she has practiced in a variety of settings from outpatient and inpatient care to academic medical centers. Most recently, she cared for patients as a neuro-hospitalist with the Institute at Sunrise Hospital.

“Dr. Gregory has made significant contributions to our hospital,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital. “She is focused on providing exceptional neurological care and improving access to more patients in our community. Her extensive background in research is impressive as well. Dr. Gregory is a valued physician partner and we look forward to her continued contributions toward improving the lives of Nevadans.”

Complimenting her training and seasoned background in patient care, Dr. Gregory has a strong history in research and trials and is a long-standing member of numerous medical organizations including the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine. As a leader and medical expert among her peers, she has held numerous leadership positions at Sunrise Hospital as the Chief of Staff, Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Chief of Division of Neurology.

“My goal is to serve the community by delivering the best, most compassionate care with the very best outcomes” said Dr. Gregory. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of great care offered at Nevada Neurosciences Institute.”

To learn more about the practice, please visit us at

About Nevada Neurosciences Institute:

Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) is part of HCA Healthcare, one of the most integrated healthcare networks with 32 access points to serve the Southern Nevada Community including hospitals, free-standing emergency rooms, urgent care clinics and physician practices. The team of healthcare professionals at NNI are committed to providing a patient-centered approach by incorporating expert neurological medical management while guiding and coordinating all aspects of patient care. The practice is conveniently located next to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at 3006 S. Maryland Pkwy, Suite 765, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Appointments can be made by calling (702) 961-7310.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update

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The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 807 new cases of COVID-19 on October 17 as the positivity rate continues to slowly increase in Clark County.

The increase in new case reports is not unexpected as more people are getting tested, and more lab reports are received by the Health District. However, the increase in the positivity rate serves as a stark reminder to the public of the importance of following public health recommendations to protect themselves and others to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

People should continue to limit their time in public and wear face coverings when in contact with anyone outside their household. If someone is sick, they should stay home. If they have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19 or think they have been exposed, they should get tested. People who are waiting for their test results should stay home and away from others until they receive a negative result or for 14 days from the last day of their possible exposure.

Additional preventive measures include frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. The Health District is also encouraging everyone to get a flu shot this season. Flu vaccine is available at Health District immunization clinics, and upcoming community clinics are scheduled for:

Wednesday, October 21

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Valley High School

2839 Burnham Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89169


Wednesday, November 4

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Silverado High School

1650 Silver Hawk Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89123

More information about COVID-19 is available on the Health District website at For flu clinic information and resources, go to

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Las Vegas Awarded NCAA Events for 2022 Through 2026 Academic Years

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First Time Las Vegas Awarded Events by the NCAA

In a historic move, and one that adds optimism for the city’s post-COVID-19 recovery, the NCAA has selected Las Vegas as a host site for nine preliminary rounds and finals of predetermined championships in Divisions I, II and III to be held for the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years.

“We’re thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to award nine events to Las Vegas over the 2022-23 to 2025-26 school years,” said Steve Hill, CEO/President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “Las Vegas will provide both the student athletes and their fans an unparalleled experience. Welcoming events of this caliber is important to the destination as we continue to evolve into the Sports Capital of the World.”

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) partnered with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to submit 98 bids to host NCAA Championship Events from Division I, II and III, including tennis, golf, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, bowling and volleyball.

“We are thrilled to welcome upcoming NCAA Championships to Las Vegas and we cannot wait to showcase our great community to participating student-athletes, coaches, their fans and the nation!” said Desiree Reed-Francois, UNLV Director of Athletics, “We are grateful for the partnerships with our local and regional leaders to ensure that Las Vegas is as well-equipped as any city in the nation to host world-class events such as NCAA Championship events, and today’s announcement further solidifies Las Vegas as the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World. We also look forward to our own UNLV student-athletes competing for national titles in our hometown. Today is a great day for UNLV and for the City of Las Vegas.”

In addition to bids submitted by the LVCVA, MGM Resorts International partnered with UNLV to apply for events and was awarded the 2023 Division I Men’s Basketball Regional, to be held at T-Mobile Arena. MGM Resorts also collaborated with Las Vegas Events and was awarded the 2026 Frozen Four Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at T-Mobile Arena.

“Today’s announcement by the NCAA is another successful step in establishing Las Vegas as the Sports Capital of the World,” said George Kliavkoff, President of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts. “T-Mobile Arena and MGM Resorts have hosted a wide variety of large scale, championship sporting events and we’re confident that we’ll deliver a world class Las Vegas experience for the student-athletes, their families and the fans.”

This was the first time Las Vegas has been permitted to submit bids. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting nationwide, in May 2019 the NCAA changed its policy, opening the door for Las Vegas to apply to host title events.

For the 2022-23 through 2025-26 academic years, Las Vegas has been selected to host the following events:

  • 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional, T-Mobile Arena
  • 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional, Bear’s Best Las Vegas
  • 2023 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship, South Point Hotel
  • 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, Boulder Creek Golf Club and The Legacy Golf Club
  • 2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional, Spanish Trail Country Club
  • 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships, UNLV – Peter Johann Memorial Field
  • 2025 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships, Boulder Creek Golf Club
  • 2026 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, Boulder Creek Golf Club
  • 2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship (Frozen Four), T-Mobile Arena

Discover for yourself why Las Vegas is the only place to be at

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 12 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to or

Insperity Shares 5 Ways to Maximize Healthcare Employee Benefits

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Set Up Healthcare Employees for Success By Maximizing Benefits Awareness and Use

Courtesy of Insperity.

From employer-sponsored health insurance to retirement savings plans, an attractive benefits package can help you hire the best employees for your healthcare practice and ensure you retain them for many years to come.

These perks at work can go a long way toward positioning your company to excel in the marketplace and securing your reputation as a stellar employer.

But as incredible as it may seem, many employees don’t take full advantage of all the perks at work.

So, what leads to this lack of participation? It’s likely a result of ineffective communication and education. Take these five steps to get everyone on board.

Make sure your new hires are fully informed

Leverage new-employee orientation and the hiring process to educate new team members about benefits. Be sure to provide each new hire with:

  • A detailed, printed overview of available benefits and out-of-pocket costs, if any
  • Detailed instructions on how and when to sign up, including online enrollment if available
  • Easy-to-follow instructions for how to get questions answered, including contact information for:
    • Your internal benefits representatives
    • Outside vendors, such as the insurance provider and investment company

If your company is large enough to offer new-employee orientation, be sure to dedicate a section to benefits and include a question-and-answer session.

Communicate early and often about open enrollment

In most companies, employees can change some benefits, especially health insurance, only during an annual open enrollment period. Exceptions are made for qualifying life events, such as the birth or adoption of a child.

Open enrollment is your big chance to showcase your employer-sponsored health insurance. Give employees ample time to read and analyze information by communicating early in the game. Encourage them to discuss options with their families and ask questions.

Because people often forget about annual enrollment or it sneaks up on them, communicate frequently using every method possible:

  • Post notices in community areas, such as breakrooms
  • Email reminders beginning at least a month before and through the entire open enrollment period
  • Send an annual printed brochure with detailed information about benefits, and a flyer with dates as the deadline approaches
  • Mail postcards to employees’ home addresses
  • Provide benefits overview sessions at different times and locations, if necessary
  • Use your company’s intranet and interoffice newsletter, if available, to share information and reminders

In all communication, be sure to include open enrollment dates. Also provide contact information for a representative who can answer questions, as well as a web address for online enrollment, if available.

Hold a benefits fair

Open enrollment doesn’t have to be a drudge. If you have the resources, spice it up a bit – while still getting all the details out there. Host a benefits fair to showcase your perks at work. Schedule a conference room for a day and encourage employees to walk in at their leisure to learn more about their benefit options.

Consider offering lunch or snacks. You might also think about providing blood pressure screening (a local hospital may be able to provide this at little to no cost) or a raffle for fitness equipment or dinner at a nice restaurant. If you offer tuition assistance, invite a representative from the local community college to set up a booth.

Information tables can be staffed with subject matter experts, such as investment advisors, insurance professionals or health club representatives. Your HR personnel should be on hand to address any questions.

Help employees truly understand their out-of-pocket costs

Some workers may automatically assume they can’t afford benefits. Be sure they have the tools they need to make educated decisions.

In printed materials and other communication, explain the impact of benefits on your employees’ salary. For instance, what costs are the employees responsible for (partial premiums, deductibles, etc.)? When will premiums be deducted from employees’ paychecks? How does a flexible spending account work? What does their short-term disability insurance cover?

Provide links to online calculators, such as those for retirement savings, so that employees can better understand the value of their investments. Additionally, many health insurance providers offer online “cost of care” calculators, which allow your employees to get an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for certain treatments and prescriptions.

Keep the info flowing throughout the year

Communicate constantly about all your perks at work benefits, both those that can be changed only once a year and those that are ongoing, such as tuition reimbursement, health club membership, employee assistance programs (EAP) and disability insurance.

Update employees quarterly through email, intranet and, if applicable, the employee newsletter. To make it fun, post on your intranet or in regular email communications trivia questions related to the benefits you offer. Then award a prize to the first person who submits the right answer. Or theme the communication around special events, such as heart month in February.

Need a little extra assistance making human resources decisions? Find out how a PEO can help. Download our free e-book, HR Outsourcing: A step-by-step guide to Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs).

SilverSummit Healthplan Supports Hope Springs Bridge Housing To Help Homeless Population

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Donation of $100,000 Will Support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Spring Project to Help Stabilize Homeless Population

SilverSummit Healthplan announced today that it is donating $100,000 to support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Springs project which, when complete, will work to provide homeless individuals in the Northern Nevada area with dedicated bridge housing and services such as medical and behavioral healthcare, housing placement, and case management.

“We are pleased to support Northern Nevada HOPES’ Hope Springs bridge housing,” said Eric Schmacker, SilverSummit Healthplan President and CEO. “While SilverSummit serves many homeless Nevadans, our commitment to the community reaches beyond our member base. This support will help some of the most at-risk populations in our state regain stability, and make positive long-term changes for their wellness.”

Since 1997, Northern Nevada HOPES has been working to serve Northern Nevada’s vulnerable and underserved communities by making access to comprehensive medical, behavioral, and wellness support services possible under one roof. When completed in 2021, Hope Springs will support 30 individual sleeping units, and a 3,200 square foot shared facility with restrooms, showers, laundry, a kitchen, and community space.

“This donation from SilverSummit Health Plan will make a substantial difference in the lives of Nevada’s homeless population,” said Sharon Chamberlin, Northern Nevada Hopes’ CEO.  “Without dedicated partners, like SilverSummit, Hope Springs could not exist.”

“In Nevada we’ve experienced a doubling in the homelessness population since 2009 and 1 out of 7 Northern Nevadans live below the poverty line,” said Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Chief Medical Director for SilverSummit Healthplan. “Places like Hope Springs give chronically homeless individuals a place to be connected with the care and services that they need to get back on the path to a permanent home.”

About SilverSummit Healthplan 
SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, you may visit