Leaders from the city of Las Vegas recently gathered with members of long-time Las Vegas family, the Beardens, to officially dedicate the Bearden Family Paseo in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District. The paseo, measuring a “quaint” 22 feet deep by 330-feet long, is named for the Beardens, who once operated a horse ranch on the property, and whose roots date back to the city’s early pioneer settlers, Robert E. and Mary Ellen Lake, who came to Las Vegas in 1904.  The couple purchased some of the first lots from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1905, later building the community’s first school – a tent with a wooden floor north of Stewart Avenue between Second and Main Streets.

The Lake’s children were among the first to graduate from Las Vegas High School.  Mary Ellen Lake was a charter member of the First Methodist Church, the first church built in Las Vegas, and she was also a midwife, helping to deliver some of the firstborn Las Vegas natives. Urban folklore says that Robert Lake, a barber, would cut the hair of any young man who wouldn’t sit still.  From delivering babies, building schools, organizing churches and cutting hair, the Beardens did it all!

Ada Lake Bearden was the daughter of Robert and Mary Ellen Lake. She, along with her son, Gene Bearden, transformed this area in the 1950s from Bearden Ranch – a working horse ranch – into a housing development with six houses that Gene personally built.   Proudly, the Bearden family had five grandsons who served in World War II. And today, Gene’s sons, Mike, Dan and Gary, now carry on the stucco construction company started by Gene in the 1970s.

Located west of MLK and north of Wellness Way (formerly Bearden Drive), the paseo features natural landscape, picnic area, adult exercise equipment, single and group seating areas and a bike rack. It is intended to provide a place of quiet contemplation or socialization for the thousands of workers employed at nearby hospitals and medical facilities in the Las Vegas Medical District, as well as a fun place to visit and play for families who live in neighborhoods surrounding the Medical District.

The ceremony also marked the official naming of Wellness Way, formerly Bearden and Goldring Avenue, which runs east from Shadow Lane (Bearden) and west from Shadow Lane just north of UMC (Goldring).  It was 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.

Photo: Unveiling the Paseo monument. Left to right: Jamie Bearden Clausen, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Mayor Pro Tem Lois Tarkanian, City Manager Scott Adams.

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health named first and only Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence in Nevada

On Friday, Oct. 19, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was honored by the Parkinson’s Foundation with a special designation as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, the first and only in the state of Nevada.

The year 2018 has been one of notable milestones and achievements for the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which received these additional honors and distinctions:

  • Named a Research Center of Excellence by the Lewy Body Dementia Association
  • Received the “Partners in Care” designation from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (the only program in Southern Nevada)
  • Named one of the first five CurePSP Centers of Care in the United States (2018)
  • Continued to operate the only Huntington’s Disease Comprehensive Clinic in Nevada
  • And, as part of Cleveland Clinic, was named the No. 4 neurology program in the country for 2018-19 in S. News & World Report’s annual rankings

Following a tour of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s state-of-the-art facilities, Sean Kramer, vice president and chief development officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation and  Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, a real estate firm based in Miami, and supporter to the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network expansion, presented Zoltan Mari, MD, director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program, Angie Ruvo Chair; Camille and Larry Ruvo, co-founders of Keep Memory Alive and Allison Herman, Parkinson’s Foundation board director, with a commemorative plaque to officially welcome them to the Center of Excellence global network.

The Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network comprises 45 leading academic medical centers, 31 of which are in the United States and serve more than 145,000 individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) annually. This sought-after designation identifies hospitals and academic medical centers with specialized teams – neurologists, movement disorders specialists, physical and occupational therapists, and mental health professionals – who are at the leading edge of the latest medications, therapies and innovations in PD.

During the event, guests also heard from Mr. Tony Cox, a patient living with PD, who spoke about how the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has helped him and his wife, who also serves as his caregiver, navigate through the challenges of the disease by providing excellent patient care and free educational resources. Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Governor Brian Sandoval sent well wishes to the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and officially proclaimed Friday, Oct. 19 as Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence Day in both Las Vegas and the state, respectively.

Mr. Ruvo closed out the ceremony with a champagne toast, thanking everyone for attending and sharing his excitement for the future, stating “with this recognition, what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t stay in Las Vegas, it benefits the rest of the world.”

Photo: L to R:  Dr. Zoltan Mari, Director, Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Program, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, a real estate firm based in Miami, and supporter to the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network expansion; Larry and Camille Ruvo, co-founders of Keep Memory Alive and Allison Herman, Parkinson’s Foundation board director

Southern Nevada quilter creates “Above and Beyond” quilt in memory of #1October

Upon entering the main lobby at Valley Hospital, one’s eyes are automatically drawn to the bright and commanding presence of a 14’ x 8’ wall hanging created by quilter Lois DeGiulio.

“I wanted to visibly demonstrate my appreciation, admiration and respect for the first responders of 1 October while honoring the victims and their families,” she explained.

Over the course of 11 months, she developed the concept, met with Valley Hospital administration to share her vision and identify the right location, travelled to find the right fabric, cut and pieced together over 1,200 fabric pieces, spent three months sewing and quilting, and handed it over for professional matting, framing and site installation. It was delivered to the hospital in time for a special remembrance ceremony on October 1, 2018.

“I wanted to create a feeling of the expanse and power of the Las Vegas skyline,” said Lois. “I chose bright colors for the buildings to create a sense of positivity, showing the brightness after the darkness. The sky is a deep, dark blue filled with twinkling stars to indicate a positive future and acknowledge the many human ‘stars’ responsible for the recovery of the people and Las Vegas. Scattered throughout the night sky are 58 quilted hearts in honor of victims.”

Quilters might recognize Lois’s use of the French Braid technique, which she chose to represent the intertwining of Las Vegas residents, visitors, business and organizations who came together to help one another in the minutes, hours, days and weeks following the shooting.

Entitled “Above and Beyond,” the quilt’s meaning is featured on a plaque adjacent to the framed piece:

Dedicated to:
Our heroes who gave of themselves tirelessly on that night and for so many days and weeks…their efforts went so far above and beyond

The lives lost…their souls rose above the Las Vegas sky

Their families and loved ones …their hearts rose above the Las Vegas sky

“This is truly a masterpiece,” said Claude Wise, CEO of Valley Hospital. “Lois’s quilt serves as a memorial to everyone who was affected by the tragedy, and I’m thankful she chose Valley Hospital for this gift.”

Added Tina Sprague, Administration, “To see the quilt in person is breathtaking. As the focal point of our main lobby, you can take time to understand the thought process and incredible detail of Lois’s vision. It’s a stunning gift to our community, and a true honor to have it in our hospital.”

Photo: Lois DeGiulio and her quilt