Volunteer Spotlight - Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer has been a resident of Las Vegas for over 30 years. He operates Abbott Trophies, a shop that he has owned for 10 years. Earlier in his career, he worked in emergency medicine and years later, when he felt the “calling” to be a volunteer, contacting Nathan Adelson Hospice just seemed right.
Volunteering every Monday evening at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Tenaya Inpatient Facility for the past four years, Mike humbly refers to it as his “attitude adjustment day.” He said, “I may have a busy week and feel frustrated but on Monday evenings, I deal with patients and family members who have really serious issues they are coping with. At Nathan Adelson Hospice, I feel like I am working on a stage crew for God – just doing what I can to help.”
One of the patients Mike remembers helping was an elderly woman who had Alzheimer’s Disease. She liked to walk around the inpatient facility, and the staff needed someone to make sure she was safe. Mike volunteered to walk with her. He walked with her in her room and the hallways for hours. He said “I would go home totally exhausted those nights.” The woman was unable to speak coherently, but she expressed many emotions on their walks. Mike said, “Sometimes she cried and the best way to help her was just to provide a hug.”
Warren Wheeler, M.D. Receives National Honor
Warren Wheeler, M.D. Receives National Honor
We are very pleased to announce that Warren Wheeler, MD, Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Senior Director of Palliative Medicine was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).
Several months ago, in celebration of 25 years serving the profession, AAHPM asked its 5,000 members to nominate who they think are the leaders – or Visionaries – in the field. They then asked members to vote for the top 10 among the 111 nominated.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative care is provided by a team of Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses and Social Workers. These professionals also serve as a resource for patients primary health care professionals; ensuring an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and is often provided in conjunction with curative treatment.
The 2013 Visionaries – 14 women and 16 men – are physicians, nurses and hospice pioneers such as British social worker Cicely Saunders, credited with starting the modern hospice movement, and Elisabeth Kübler Ross, author of numerous books including the groundbreaking “On Death and Dying.” Five elected officials were nominated and one of them, former President Ronald Reagan, was named a Visionary for signing into law the Medicare hospice benefit in 1982.
Nathan Adelson Hospice has expertise in providing palliative care since inception of the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program in 2006. This program is operated in partnership with several hospitals in the Las Vegas valley, which has resulted in improved quality of life for many people in our community. This year, January until the end of August, 893 hospitalized patients received over 3,000 visits from Nathan Adelson Hospice physicians and nurse practitioners through the Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program.
Sept. 06, 2013 - Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Annual ‘Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert’ Event to Feature Brad Garrett, Bella Electric Strings and Talented Medical Professionals
Celebrities and Doctors Band Together to Perform and Raise Funds for the State’s Largest Non-Profit Hospice
(Las Vegas) – Popular celebrity performers and the local medical community are gearing up to showcase their singing and musical talents this fall to raise funds for Nathan Adelson Hospice. Bella Electric Strings and local medical professionals will be taking the stage during the 19th Annual “Serenades of Life - Doctors in Concert” event to benefit Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice.
Sept. 06, 2013 - Carole Fisher of Nathan Adelson Hospice Honored as 2013 Non-Profit Healthcare Hero
(Las Vegas) -- Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, will be recognized as the Non-Profit Healthcare Hero at the eighth annual Healthcare Heroes event for Southern Nevada on Sept. 10 at Green Valley Ranch.
The awards dinner, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Nevada Business Magazine, celebrates outstanding healthcare professionals across 10 categories in Southern Nevada. A similar event will be held in Northern Nevada on the Sept. 12. In addition to recognizing non-profit work, the ceremony will recognize administration, care providing, education, community work, humanitarianism, innovation, technology & research, and lifetime achievement.
Dec. 10, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program Spearheads 2nd Annual ‘Dog Bed & Blanket Drive’
To Help Keep Animals Warm in the Winter The State’s Largest Non-Profit Hospice and the Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish Law Firm Team Up to Collect Donations
(Las Vegas) – Tails are wagging again this year as the panting pooches and one friendly feline from Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program gear up for their “2nd Annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive” to benefit their furry friends at local animal shelters.
Dec. 5, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice CEO Named a Top Five Finalist for National Healthcare Award Program
(Las Vegas) – Putting Nevada on the map for health care leadership, Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher received an honorable mention and was named one of the top five finalists nationwide for Modern Healthcare’s “Community Leadership Award” for 2012. Fisher was the only finalist from Nevada and the only nominee from the hospice industry to receive this recognition from Modern Healthcare, known as the top nationwide weekly healthcare business news publication.
November 1, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Becomes National Leader in ‘App’ Development for Healthcare Organizations
(Las Vegas) – Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, has put itself on the technology and communications map in an effort to assist referral based practices nationally. The local hospice has become the first one to develop and sell a “customized app” for healthcare organizations.
Sept. 18, 2012 - The Center for Compassionate Care at Nathan Adelson Hospice Offers Complimentary Teen Bereavement Support Groups
(Las Vegas) – The Center for Compassionate Care division at Nathan Adelson Hospice is offering a series of free bereavement support groups for teens, ages 13 to 18, who have experienced a significant loss. The support group will takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 26 and ending Nov. 14. The group will meet at The Center for Compassionate Care, 4131 Swenson St. in Las Vegas.
Sept. 6, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Announces Initiatives for New Latino Hospice Care Program
(Las Vegas) — As the Latino population continues to grow in Nevada, Nathan Adelson Hospice is taking steps to address gaps that exist between the Latino community and its connection to the philosophies of hospice care.
Aug. 3, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Carole Fisher Joins Hospice Action Network and Helps Spread Word on Capitol Hill
(Las Vegas) -- As a newly appointed board member of the national Hospice Action Network, Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Carole Fisher is already making strides in getting the word out to legislators on Capitol Hill about the importance and impacts of hospice care.
Fisher, who serves as president and chief executive officer of the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice, has been a strong advocate for the hospice industry and conveying the impacts some of the policy issues under consideration have in Nevada. The recent trip to Capitol Hill was dubbed “Advocacy Intensive” and was sponsored by the Hospice Action Network, a division of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
June 25, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Locations to Serve as Drop-Off Points for ‘Back to School’ Supplies for Local Elementary Schools
Nathan Adelson Hospice Locations to Serve as Drop-Off Points for ‘Back to School’ Supplies for Local Elementary Schools
(Las Vegas) – Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada, is already gearing up to help students this next school year. From now until Aug. 22, the hospice’s locations will serve as drop-off points for much-needed school supplies for students at Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools.
May 8, 2012 - Southern Nevada Human Resources Association Appoints Rosamari McNulty to Board of Directors
(Las Vegas) – The Southern Nevada Human Resources Association, which serves the human resource profession and empowers the advancement of its members, has appointed Nathan Adelson Hospice Senior Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services Rosamari McNulty to its board of directors.
McNulty holds more than 15 years experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining Nathan Adelson Hospice, McNulty served as director of Human Resources for University Health System - South, the clinical practice of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where she was responsible for all human resources, training and development activities. Her experience also includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix and as director of Human Resources for Lake Mead Hospital Medical Center.
April 16, 2012 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Announces Dates for Camp Mariposa 2012 at Camp Potosi in Lovell Canyon
(Las Vegas) – Camp Mariposa, an annual children’s bereavement camp hosted by the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice, announced today that registration is now open for the July 20 through 22 camp session.
The overnight camp is designed to facilitate the natural grieving process and provide opportunities for bereavement exploration, balanced with arts and crafts, sports, music, storytelling and other recreational activities. This year will mark the 22nd anniversary of the camp.
May 3, 2011: Carole Fisher of Nathan Adelson Hospice Appointed to United Way Women’s Leadership Council
(Las Vegas) – United Way of Southern Nevada recently announced the appointment of Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher to its Women’s Leadership Council.
Fisher joins a select group of women business executives, decision makers and philanthropists who dedicate their time and resources to non-profit organizations throughout Southern Nevada. In addition to recognizing accomplished women for their humanitarian activities and contributions to the community, the Women’s Leadership Council brings together women philanthropists to share interests and involvements, apprise members of emerging trends, and address the needs of the Southern Nevada community.
Jan. 10, 2011 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Partners with Three Square to Provide Meal Delivery Services
Home Care Patients and Loved Ones in Need Can Receive Healthy Meals as Part of Comprehensive Care
(Las Vegas) – Two prominent local non-profit organizations have teamed up to make lives easier for caregivers assisting hospice patients. Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice and one of the first founded in the nation, has joined with Three Square, the Las Vegas Valley’s central food hub, to offer meal delivery services for home hospice patients and their loved ones.
Through the partnership, Three Square provides low-cost, nutritious meals prepared in their facility, and Nathan Adelson Hospice volunteers then distribute the meals to those in need.
“With more than 375 patients that our hospice cares for daily, we discovered the need to help those patients, their caregivers and loved ones who require financial assistance and general help in preparing meals for the patients and themselves,” said Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Dec. 20, 2010 - Nathan Adelson Hospice to Host 7th Annual Multicultural Luncheon & Conference
‘Journeys of a Caregiver - Passport to Resources’ to be Held in January
(Las Vegas) – In an effort to energize, motivate and empower caregivers and the Southern Nevada community, Nathan Adelson Hospice is holding its 7th Annual Multicultural Luncheon & Conference on Jan. 27, 2011 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. This year’s theme will center around ‘Journeys of a Caregiver – Passport to Resources.”
The event’s keynote speaker will be Ken Ross, son of psychiatrist and author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. and president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation. Kübler-Ross was a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking 1969 book, “On Death and Dying,” in which she first discussed the Kübler-Ross model, commonly known as the five stages of grief.
Nov. 29, 2010 - Priscilla Schwartz-Hodes Earns Excellence in Volunteerism Award
Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees Member Honored by Nevada Hospital Association
(Las Vegas) – Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees member and volunteer Priscilla Schwartz-Hodes recently received the 2010 Nevada Hospital Association Excellence in Volunteerism Award.
A 10-year member of the board of trustees for the non-profit hospice organization, Schwartz-Hodes donated more than 260 hours of her time volunteering for Nathan Adelson Hospice in 2009 alone. Every Tuesday, she provides comfort and care to patients at the hospice’s in-patient facilities.
Channel 13 previews the Food and Wine Extravaganza
Sept. 28, 2010 - 11th Annual Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza to Benefit Nathan Adelson Hospice
‘Every Drop Helps’ Non-Profit Hospice Organization
(Las Vegas) – The Golden Monarch Council is gearing up for the 11th Annual Wine and Food Tasting Extravaganza from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 to benefit the non-profit Nathan Adelson Hospice. Southern Nevada residents and hospice supporters are invited to sample wine and fare at Gaudin Jaguar-Porsche-Aston Martin of Las Vegas, 7200 W. Sahara Ave., where “every drop helps” to benefit the hospice’s pediatric program.
“This popular, annual fundraiser has made a significant impact in raising funds for our pertinent pediatric division,” said Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “We truly appreciate the community support and are proud we have been able to help thousands of families with our non-profit programs.”
In addition to wine tasting and cuisine sampling from some of the finest restaurants in Las Vegas, the event will feature luxurious silent auction items as well as prize-filled balloons. Each guest will also receive a souvenir charm-adorned wine glass.
Sept. 5, 2010 - Nathan Adelson Hospice Earns Veteran’s Administration Contract
(Las Vegas) – Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s largest non-profit hospice organization, today announced the hospice care provider has earned a contract from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
The second VA contract awarded to Nathan Adelson Hospice, the one-year agreement began Aug. 1, 2010, with an option for three additional years. As part of the agreement, Nathan Adelson Hospice will provide in-patient and home care hospice services to members of the Veterans Administration Southern Nevada Health Care System. Additionally, it will provide hospice care to those military veterans in nursing homes and group living residences.
Aug. 16, 2010 - Nevada Executive Women in Healthcare Appoints Carole Fisher to Board of Directors
(Las Vegas) – Nevada Executive Women in Healthcare, a a dynamic community of Southern Nevada women health care executives who encourage and inspire each other throughout the development of their careers, has named Nathan Adelson Hospice President and Chief Executive Officer Carole Fisher to its board of directors.
A 30-year veteran of the heath care industry, Fisher began her career as a substance abuse counselor. She has since served in a number of executive positions, including executive director for Southwest Medical Associates, a division of Sierra Health Services. Because of her unique ability to be an inspiring and compassionate leader with sound business practices and a strong awareness of the community’s needs, the Nathan Adelson Hospice Board of Trustees appointed her to the position of president and chief executive officer within her first year on staff at the hospice.
June 2010 - Carole Fisher Recognized with a ‘Women of Distinction’ Award
National Association of Women Business Owners Honors Nathan Adelson Hospice’s CEO
(Las Vegas) – The National Association of Women Business Owners presented Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, with a Women of Distinction Award at its 12th annual awards ceremony in March.
Fisher, who oversees the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, earned the honor in the Professional Services category. Selection committee members were impressed by her dedication and passion to the mission to be the hospice of choice, employer of preference and training center of excellence.
May 28, 2010 - Nathan Adelson Hospice CEO Advocates on Capitol Hill For Patients and Families Facing End-of-Life
Carole Fisher of Nevada asks Congress to Protect Access to Compassionate and High-Quality End-of-Life Care
(Las Vegas) – Carole Fisher, president and chief executive officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, the largest non-profit hospice in Nevada and one of the first founded in the United States, joined other hospice advocates recently to urge Congress to protect access to compassionate and high-quality end-of-life care for all Americans. Fisher joined her fellow advocates in Washington D.C. as part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Capitol Hill Day 2010.
Fisher met with several political representatives to discuss the value of hospice care to patients and their families in Nevada. The representatives were from the offices of Sen. John Ensign, Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Shelley Berkley, Rep. Dina Titus and Rep. Dean Heller. During the meetings, Fisher encouraged Congress to support efforts to stop cuts to hospice programs in Nevada and throughout the nation.
“Following health care reform and the cuts the hospice community is slated to sustain as a result of Medicare payment reform, Hill Day was a great opportunity to educate our members of Congress about the value that we as hospice providers bring to Nevada patients and families facing the end of life,” Fisher said.
April 2, 2010 - Cassandra Cotton of Nathan Adelson Hospice Earns Community Citizen Award
(Las Vegas) – Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Community Relations and Multicultural Outreach Representative Cassandra Cotton recently received a notable Community Citizen Award. Recognized by Community Partners for Better Health, a collaborative non-profit organization of health care providers, faith community leaders and citizens, Cotton earned the award for her compassion and dedication to providing care for underserved and minority communities in Southern Nevada.
Cotton and other award winners were honored at CPBH’s 2010 Annual Awards Banquet at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Office on Feb. 24.
March 9, 2010 - Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Tracey Judkins Named National Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year
(Las Vegas) – Tracey Judkins, LPN, CHPLN, a nurse with Nathan Adelson Hospice, was recently recognized as the 2010 National Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year by the National Board of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.
A four-year employee of the non-profit organization, Judkins earned the nationwide honor for her professionalism and commitment to patient care.
As a licensed Hospice and Palliative nurse with Nathan Adelson Hospice, she provides wound management and patient care for homecare hospice patients, as well as emotional support to patients and their families. Judkins also teaches other caregivers about wound care and medication, including the hospice staff.