Simulation Center’s realistic training tools bring “real life” experiences to students.

Situated in the eastern end of the Las Vegas Medical District, the 31,000-square-foot Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) houses a unique hands-on simulation education program that has trained more than 3,500 nurses, medical students, and community members in the past six years to become successful health and medical professionals.

The center’s staff trains students and residents from three schools:
– Nevada State College School of Nursing
– University of Nevada, Las Vegas – School of Nursing
-University of Nevada School of Medicine

Several community organizations also participate in the CSCLV for certification or specialized training, including:
– Mercy Air
– Parallon
– UNLV Educational Outreach

Students and community professionals learn, practice, and hone their necessary skills using an array of low, mid, and high fidelity training tools, where fidelity denotes the level of realism. Much of the training is done on a specialized training mannequin called a “manikin.” Those training during a low fidelity session may use a manikin arm to practice drawing blood, or a head and torso to complete an intubation. Manikins used during a mid fidelity session enable students to hear normal and abnormal heart, lung, and bowel sounds.

High fidelity scenarios may include specially trained actors, or anatomically accurate manikins that can simulate a wide range of bodily functions, reactions, and verbal responses.

During the high fidelity scenarios, faculty and staff monitor student performance from the center’s control room, where they can also cause the manikins to ‘speak,’ blink eyes, or display physiological changes such as dropping blood pressure or rapid breathing.

Since opening during 2009, the CSCLV has:
– Conducted more than 4,000 simulations.
– Manufactured nearly 30 gallons of “blood.”
– Delivered the birthing manikin’s baby nearly 1,200 times.

The CSCLV has been coordinating training times with other community organizations, and is prepared to begin hosting UNLV School of Medicine students during fall semester 2017.

For more information, visit Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV).

Photo: Courtesy of Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas

Newly certified MS specialist team at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) know that it is a lifelong neurological disease with far-reaching and variable implications. Treatment paths often vary for each patient and doctors strive to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by the disease, which is why the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers developed an “MS Specialist” certification program. Seven providers at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health recently obtained the special certification, which reflects knowledge in the specialization of MS care.

Four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one nurse practitioner and one social worker are now certified “MS Specialists.” The credential illustrates the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas’ commitment to offering an interdisciplinary approach to MS care and treatment for more than 2, 500 people living with MS in southern Nevada.

“The treatment of MS is much different than the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease,” said Jen Nash, manager of rehabilitation services at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Each and every individual patient requires a unique treatment path and a cadre of health care providers and I’m thrilled that the MS team achieved official CMSC recognition of their expertise.”

The goal of the certification process is to provide quality and consistent treatment to those living with MS. Training entails recognizing and establishing MS specialists, establishing basic knowledge to practice MS and continuing education.

Unlike many therapy programs, the Mellen Program for MS at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health focuses on the education of body awareness including, postural control and using exercise to manage symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, which are extremely prevalent in MS.

MS rehabilitation sessions will consist of individualized skilled treatment that requires recommendation from the Center’s MS doctors, Hua and Hersh. Those interested in seeking treatment can make an appointment with either doctor by calling 702- 483-6000.

For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit

Photo: The newly certified MS Specialist team, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Valley Hospital’s acute rehabilitation department helped local entertainment executive, Ron O’Neal, return to his career after a stroke.

Valley Hospital is home to the only hospital-based acute inpatient rehabilitation unit in the Las Vegas Medical District.  Situated close to both downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, the hospital is uniquely positioned to care not only for southern Nevada residents, but also thousands of tourists who come to Las Vegas for work and play.

“We’ve cared for patients from all 50 states and multiple countries,” says CEO Elaine Glaser. “We need a world map to keep track of all our patients’ hometowns.”

When Las Vegas resident and Golden Nugget’s VP of entertainment, Ron O’Neal suffered a stroke in October 2013, the acute rehabilitation department at Valley Hospital was his home for several weeks.

“Rehabilitation is the kind of thing you really don’t think about until you need it. I needed it and Valley Hospital was there for me,” said Ron.  After an extensive evaluation and assessment, the therapy team developed an individualized treatment program. “The therapists started putting me through the paces. What they did for me was amazing and fantastic,” he says.

Ron continued his therapy for several weeks, day undergoing physical therapy to help him relearn to walk, occupational therapy to rebuild the strength in his arms and cognitive therapy to help improve his eyesight and his speech. He was able to return to his career, full-time.

“I always knew I was in the best hands,” he said.

Since opening in late 1971, Valley Hospital has grown from a small community hospital into a metropolitan academic medical center providing advanced neurological, cardiovascular and surgical care to more than 50,000 emergency patients and over 14,000 inpatients in 2015 alone.

Along the way, the hospital has refined its ability to diagnose, intervene and treat life-threatening illnesses like heart attacks and strokes, while maintaining accreditation as both an accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Providing advanced medical care for patients also involves an ongoing investment in new equipment. “Our latest purchase is the daVinci® Xi™ robotic surgical system,” says Glaser. “This technology is especially beneficial for patients who need gynecological, urological and colorectal surgery.”

Valley Hospital also identifies community needs and finds a way to fulfill them. With an increasing physician shortage in southern Nevada, Valley Hospital started a graduate medical education residency program in 2006 to create a pipeline of primary care and subspecialists. Since then, about 145 residents and fellows have graduated, and just over 50 percent of them have opted to practice in Nevada.

“We’ve made some big changes in our hospital the past several years,” says Glaser. “Our employees are like a family, and their goal is to provide the best care possible to every patient who enters our doors.”

To learn more about Ron O’Neal’s story, visit

Photo: Ron O’Neal courtesy of Valley Hospital


Project Neon creates long-term benefits for the Las Vegas Medical District.

Project Neon – the state’s largest and most expensive project in its 152-year history — is a nearly $1 billion investment that will improve access to downtown Las Vegas. It also has its benefits for the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD) to the west of Interstate 15 along Charleston Boulevard.

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is diligently moving residents in need of frequent medical care that lived in the path of Project Neon to new dwellings within the LVMD, thereby providing them with necessary care and easy access.

Project Neon additionally creates improved access points for motorists to travel west of the interstate to the LVMD.

Motorists driving from the northeast valley will be able to take U.S. Highway 95 to Martin Luther King Boulevard, which runs parallel to I-15. Some drivers will be able to continue over Charleston and onto the freeway while those in need of medical assistance can exit onto a new ramp leading to Charleston.

The Charleston interchange at I-15 will be reconfigured into a full-diamond interchange that will create easier access to those wishing to travel west on Charleston Boulevard.

NDOT is also building several collector-distributor roads – frontage-like roads that dip below and rise above each other to improve traffic flow — on the east side of the interstate that will lead motorists directly to Grand Central Parkway or Alta Drive, where they can access the LVMD from the rear.

The intent of Project Neon’s collector-distributor roads is to remove traffic now traveling on I-15 and shepherd them to surface streets, alleviating congestion near the LVMD. With less traffic on the interstate, it is anticipated that emergency vehicles will be able to make it to UMC and nearby facilities expeditiously.

It is also expected to reduce the number of motorists who get into crashes along I-15 and need medical attention. Currently, there are 25,000 lane changes per hour and an average of three crashes per day on I-15.

Design and demolition will occur through July 2016 followed by local street improvements and U.S. 95/I-15 ramp braiding through March 2018. I-15 mainline lane closures will be restricted to one construction season between March and November in 2018. Finally, work on the HOV flyover will take place from November 2018 through July 2019.

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Photo: Courtesy of Project Neon – rendering of Charleston & Grand Central

Steinberg Diagnostic, a leader in molecular imaging, introduces a new tool for cancer detection.

For the very best tool in cancer detection and radiation treatment planning, local oncologists don’t need to look beyond Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI). SDMI recently installed its second Toshiba CelesteionTM PET/CT system at its newest location in the Las Vegas Medical District at 800 Shadow Lane.

“The CelesteionTM has not only become the preferred system among our patients, it serves as an excellent planning device for both PET and CT radiation therapy,” said Dr. Mark Winkler, professor of health sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and founding partner of SDMI.

Designed to be the most patient-friendly system, CelesteionTM features include:
– Industry’s largest bore – Offering a feeling of openness and versatile patient positioning
– Fast and accurate diagnoses – Accurate lesion detection with time of flight technology and a 70 cm PET and CT field-of-view
– CT dose reduction – Celesteion comes standard with Toshiba’s most advanced CT dose reduction technology, AIDR 3D, and conforms to the requirements of MITA’s XR-29 Smart Dose Standard

Optimized for oncologists, with its advanced lesion detection, exceptional image quality and much-enhanced patient comfort features, there’s no doubt it will become the standard of care.

“We are very proud of our partnership with SDMI. They are truly fulfilling their mission of delivering an exceptional patient imaging experience,” And SDMI is the only radiology practice west of the Mississippi to have it,” said Satrajit Misra, senior director, CT Business Unit, Toshiba.

For more information about SDMI’s CelesteionTM PET/CT technology, please contact Dr. Mark Winkler at or visit You Tube. To refer patients, contact Jennifer Day at

Photo: CelesteionTM – courtesy of SDMI