Friends & Colleagues, 

Although COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to public health as 2020 winds down, nearly 2600 Nevadans have died of the virus and nearly 200,000 have been infected, there are still many things in our community that make us realize that the future of healthcare in Nevada is quite optimistic. In May, we will graduate our first class of physicians. Courtesy of the nonprofit Nevada Health and Bioscience Corporation (NHBC), the UNLV School of Medicine is well on its way to having its first permanent building in the Las Vegas Medical District. With an early groundbreaking last October (completion is scheduled for summer 2022), the new medical building will be a gift that keeps on giving to Southern Nevada. Our clinical practice, UNLV Medicine, continues to grow, with specialty clinics dedicated to transforming healthcare in Nevada. Its value to the community became even more apparent last March when UNLV Medicine began one of the first drive-through COVID testing locations in Nevada -- more than 19,000 tests were performed. Despite the pandemic, UNLV Medicine completed over 170,000 appointments with men, women and children who needed our help. In the immediate future, UNLV Medicine will be front and center in the COVID-19 vaccination process as we have one of the few freezers that can store a large quantity of vaccine at extremely low temperatures. In today’s newsletter, we focus on more of our highlights from 2020.