2017-18 Awards

2017-18 Harold Lee Feikes, MD Awardee

Congratulations to Keith Brill, MD, FACOG, FACS the 2017-18 Harold Lee Feikes, MD Memorial Physician of the Year! The Clark County Medical Society Harold Lee Feikes, MD Memorial Award, honors a Clark County Medical Society physician who has done outstanding community service work beyond the call of duty.

Short Biography

Originally from Long Island, New York, Dr. Brill received his medical degree and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He completed his residency training in OB/GYN at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as Chief Administrative Resident.

He then reported to Nellis Air Force Base here in Las Vegas, where he served as Chief of OB/GYN and Chair of the Ethics Committee at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital. After serving in the Air Force, Dr. Brill decided to stay in Nevada as a private practice Obstetrician/Gynecologist. He is a partner at Women’s Health Associates of Southern Nevada (WHASN), working at the Essential Las Vegas and Essential Henderson locations.

Dr. Brill is the inaugural Chief of Staff for Henderson Hospital, which opened in October, 2016. He was the Chair of OB/GYN at Spring Valley Hospital from 2005-2015. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He has also served on the Academic Committee for the Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH), as well as the Government Relations Committee and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee for ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists).

Dr. Brill is the Chair of the Nevada Section of ACOG. He is a Board member of the State of Nevada’s Maternal Child Health Advisory Board.

Locally, Dr. Brill served as the 59th President of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS). He is the Government Relations Co-Chair for the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) and is also Co-Chair of NEMPAC, the PAC affiliated with the NSMA.

Dr. Brill is a proud graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2015, which is organized by the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Brill has been trained through the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York as a Conservative Mohel. He performs Bris ceremonies for the local community.

Dr. Brill met his wife Daniella when they both worked at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis. He has three wonderful children, and just like his job of delivering babies, they keep him busy at all hours.

Dr. Brill is humbled to be receiving the 2017 Harold Lee Feikes, MD Memorial Award, and he thanks his family, friends, and co-workers for helping him continue to improve the health and wellness of the citizens of Clark County.

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2017-18 President's Awardees Congratulations to....

Florence Jameson, MD

Founder and CEO, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada

Short Biography

Dr. Florence Jameson has spent her life dedicated to family, health care and community. She attended UCLA School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree. She then went to Cedar Sinai where she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In 1985, she opened her private practice in Las Vegas and has been a solo practitioner for the last 32 years. She is an advocate for patients, physicians and public health. Her love for patients and medicine has inspired her to strive for quality healthcare for all Nevadans regardless of their economic situation. Her desire to advocate for accessible, quality healthcare for all Nevadans led her to participate in organized medicine, as past President of the Clark County Medical Society and past President of the Nevada State Medical Association. Currently she is the Southern Nevada Delegate to the AMA.

Jameson knows firsthand what a big difference a generous medical provider can make. After her father went to prison, Jameson’s mother struggled to provide for her and five young children. But they never went without health care because the family doctor assured her he would take care of them regardless of their ability to pay. Dr. Jameson vowed someday to “pay it forward.”

Through the years Dr. Jameson has found many avenues in which to help her neighbors in crisis. She started the clinic at the Juvenile Justice Center of Southern Nevada to care for incarcerated young girls. Many of these young girls were victims of childhood abuse, sex trafficking and drugs. Along with providing medical care she worked hard to help the girls realize their unique gifts, encourage them to be drug free and reach for a fulfilling career.

In 2008, Dr. Jameson, her husband and a group of concerned citizens started Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a free and charitable health clinic dedicated to providing medical services to the uninsured who would otherwise have no access to medical care. At VMSN they believe that every life is of infinite value, and that everyone deserves the right to a healthy, productive, and happy life.
VMSN provides free medical care, supplies, specialized screenings, laboratory and radiology fees/services, medications, and educational programs to patients. The clinic helps prevent acute hospitalization, reduce hospital costs and decrease taxpayer burdens.

In 2016 with the opening of the Ruffin Family Clinic near downtown Las Vegas, VMSN now operates two patient-centered medical homes, providing greater access to healthcare for residents of Southern Nevada. Someday she would like to see a similar clinic in Henderson.

In addition Dr. Jameson and her team last year in March 2016 opened the VMSN Pharmacy,
In April 2016 opened Social & Behavioral Health Services Program and in May 2016 opened the VMSN Dental Health Services.

In 2016 VMSN saw over 2,700 patients who received over 7,500 patient visits, they had over 650 volunteers for an Overall Gift to the Community valued at $5,611,904

As part of Dr. Jameson’s vision that everyone in Nevada has access to health care she volunteered to be part of the implementation of the ACA in Nevada, nominated by CCMS. She has served as the chairwoman of the Silver State Board since 2015. The last open enrollment was our most successful ever with almost 90,000 patients purchasing qualified health plans.
Dr. Jameson has been recognized by the community for her extraordinary accomplishments, receiving many awards and recognitions, including: Harold Lee Feikes Physician of the Year Award for Community Service, Philanthropist of the Year Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2008, Everyday Health Hero’s Award, Red Cross 2010, Sunrise Hospital First Humanitarian Award 2011, Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition, Inspired Excellence in Health Care Award 2013

Last few years, Dr. Jameson has been one of the founding members and serves on the board of the Nevada Medical Center. The Nevada Medical Center’s Vision is to enhance the lives of all Nevadans and those who visit Nevada through improved access to and quality of affordable and innovative healthcare.

Dr. Jameson has been blessed by the joy of being married 35 years to her childhood sweetheart, Gard, and raising her two children, MJ and Julia. Dr. Jameson, now 62, having established her medical practice, enjoys her family, her private practice, delivering babies and pursuing the vision, that no child or adult in Nevada will ever go without much needed healthcare. Her mission is to bring the community together to create a safety net of clinics which will provide quality healthcare one person at a time in a culture of caring.

Catherine Cortez Masto

United States Senator for the State of Nevada

Short Biography

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General, where she fought to combat drug crime, protect seniors, take on the big banks, and worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. Cortez Masto currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, Paul.

In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto is a member of six U.S. Senate Committees that will enable her to be a strong advocate for Nevadans: The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Rules and Administration; the Committee on Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

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2017-18 Winged Heart Awards

Award Recipient for the Nurse Category:

Kellie Crawford, RN

HealthCare Partners a DaVita Medical Group

Short Biography

Kellie Crawford, RN has always had a strong passion for nursing and care management. Her career in health care started when she was just a teenager, when she became a certified nurse assistant through a program at her high school. Now, after 37 years of health care experience – including 20 years as a nurse – Crawford is Executive Director of Nursing at HealthCare Partners, a DaVita Medical Group, where she oversees a nursing staff in 40 clinics throughout Southern Nevada. Her commitment to the Total Care Model – HealthCare Partners’ signature approach to coordinated care – and passion for care management, is what drives Crawford every day. She is constantly advocating for her patients, and she expects the same dedication to advocacy from every member of her staff. In fact, all nurses at HealthCare Partners are required to meet with Crawford in their first 90 days on the job to learn more about her approach to patient-centric healthcare delivery.

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Finalists

 

Ellen Aliberti, RN, MS, CCM

HealthCare Partners a DaVita Medical Group

Short Biography

Ellen Aliberti, RN, BSN, CCM, MS is a seasoned managed care leader that has over 30 years of case management experience within in managed care organizations. Ellen has worked in most settings along the healthcare continuum in various leadership roles including Director of Acute Care Management and Director of Post Acute Care Services. She is a certified case manager and currently is the Clinical Educator for Davita- HealthCare Partners Nevada where she is responsible for both Medical Assistants and Nursing staff clinical education and training. She has an extensive background in managed care, case management, and clinical process improvement and has led many interdisciplinary teams focused on developing programs and pathways directed at enhancing the effectiveness and quality of patient care transitions. Ellen is a prolific writer and national speaker on care management and managed care and is currently writing for an online CEU/CCM provider. She is the founding president of the Case Management Association of Las Vegas and currently Board Member Emeritus for the organization; an Advisory Board member of the Practice Change Fellows a national organization focused on mentoring new leaders in geriatric care (2003-2010); Advisory Board member for the RWJ Foundation sponsored HMO workgroup on Care Management (1994-2003); recipient of the So. NV Chapter March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Managed Care (2006) and recipient of the So. NV Chapter of the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Education (2011). She has served on the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Committee since 2006.

Roselyn Rudolph, RN, BSN, CCM

United HealthCare Group Managed Care Company

Short Biography

Roselyn M. Rudolph RN, BSN, CC Earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Cebu Philippines. She came to United States in 1993 and started working as a live in private caregiver while reviewing for NCLEX. She began working as an RN at a Skilled Nursing Facility in California, then staff RN at several acute hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada. Started working as a case manager in 2000 working for AIG-HDI workman’s comp. department. She has also worked as a Utilization management case manager for Encompass Culinary Union in 2003 then UM case manager / Care For Me Program for Sierra Health Services which is now United Healthcare (2005 to present). She is a member of the Case Management Society of America. Roselyn has volunteered at Three Square Food Bank and is actively involved with SACS (St. Alphonsus Catholic School- Philippines) Batch ’89 outreach programs (Feeding program for the street children; providing school supplies to needy children); She iscurrently in communication with the incoming Executive Board member of BAREFOOT PHILIPPINES: an organization partnered up with UNICEF. It aims to create sustainable and contextualized solutions for the communities and more importantly and are advocates for indigenous children’s rights. A specific program we’re conducting this coming school year is to build a library for the kids in Pampanga Philippines. Roselyn is known for her ability to get things done. She enjoys the diversity of her role as a working mother. She also enjoys encouraging other working mothers on how to balance their careers while raising young children.

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Award Recipient for the Non-Profit Category:

The Academy of Human Development

Short Biography

The Academy of Human Development was established in October, 2007, because of observations and experiences of its founders. After several years of working in the private and public sectors, it was determined that there was a need for programs that could provide attainable goals for individuals to successfully complete the State of Nevada requirements for the High School Equivalence program. The main goal was to establish and maintain stable success rates and utilize teaching methods that are not hindered by any bureaucratic limitations. It is our belief that our greatest accomplishments have been to change peoples’ lives in order to overcome obstacles. The reward for the Academy is the recognition by the community and its students that the Academy is a viable and credible resource. The Academy is a privately owned and operated educational institution dedicated to serving the needs of the citizens of Nevada and the Greater Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson areas, with an emphasis on educating the hardest to serve community.

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Finalists

 

Cleveland Clinic

Short Biography

Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

Miracle Flights

Short Biography

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 100,000 flights and counting. Flight support is provided at no cost to the families and as many times as necessary. Since 1985, Miracle Flights has established itself as the nation’s leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization, providing financial assistance for medical flights so that seriously ill children may receive life-altering, life-saving medical care and second opinions from experts and specialists throughout the United States. Through the support of our Miracle Makers, families are given hope that their children may live longer, healthier lives.

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Congratulations to the 2017-18 Student Rising Star Awardees

Daniel LeCaralier

Touro University | College of Medicine

Short Biography

Since I was young I have always had an interest in health and wellness. I graduated from Eldorado High School and completed my undergraduate education at UNLV where I majored in kinesiology and minored in biology. While taking a full course-load, I also worked as a physical therapist tech at Valley Hospital for five years. I gained most of my clinical experience during this time as all of my work dealt directly with patients. When I had the opportunity to provide CPR to a patient who coded and actually brought her back, I knew I wanted to be a physician. I have also participated in several volunteering projects such as providing basic health screenings at Las Vegas Rescue Mission center
Being accepted and attending Touro University, Nevada has given me the special opportunity to not only stay near my family, but to also give back to the community that I call home. I have come to be aware and appreciate the cultural/socio-economic diversity that exists in Las Vegas, and this has helped me understand some of the needs of our city as well as how I would like to make my impact in the medical community. One of my biggest goals is to improve the relationship between patients and physicians in hopes of increasing all-over health education and patient compliance with issues regarding their personal health on both a physical and mental level. I am excited and honored for the opportunity to become a physician in the town that I have grown up in.

Kara Dienes

University of Nevada Reno | School of Medicine

Short Biography

Kara Dienes is finishing up her third year of medical school at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She is from Las Vegas, NV originally, received a Bachelor of Science University Honors degree in pre-professional biology and minor in psychology from UNLV, completed her first two years of medical school in Reno, and returned to Las Vegas for her core rotations. She has thoroughly enjoyed rotating through different specialties, which has deepened her appreciation for both primary care and specialized practice.
Her passion for medicine and desire to become a physician stems from overcoming adversities in her personal life, prior experiences as a pediatrics ER volunteer in addition to volunteering with several organizations throughout her local community, working as an emergency room scribe, and participating in global medicine outreach during her Nicaragua medical mission trip where she helped run a clinic and worked on community projects. She plans to pursue emergency medicine and aspires to expand upon her global medicine endeavors. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, playing tennis, bicycling, reading, visiting museums, concerts, shows, cooking, and trying different cuisines and restaurants.
She would like to extend profound gratitude to all of her friends, family, faculty, and mentors that have supported her during her journey of becoming a physician. She is incredibly grateful to be nominated for the Clark County Rising Star Award.