Friends & Colleagues, 

So it’s happened, courtesy of the nonprofit Nevada Health and Bioscience Corporation (NHBC) -- the UNLV School of Medicine is on its way to having its first permanent building in the Las Vegas Medical District. As promised by the NHBC and its donors, groundbreaking for our new 135,000 square foot, five-story Medical Education Building took place last week ahead of schedule. We expect the building, situated on Shadow Lane right across from the Valley Hospital Medical Center, will be ready to occupy by summer 2022. It will be, I am sure, a gift that keeps on giving by training the next generation of physicians to serve the needs of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. In addition to providing a space to train physicians, such a gift is a catalyst for attracting new biomedical and pharmaceutical companies to diversify our economy. Of course, we thank the people of the NHBC again and again for their generosity. But we must thank them for more than funding a building. We must thank them for sharing their never-say-die spirit. The donors at NHBC have shown us that the very real needs of the community can be addressed, even when naysayers consistently put up roadblocks. NHBC has realized that working to better the health of the community is an enduring purpose, a call to arms without bloodshed or violence. That spirit is something we should all adopt if we are to move forward to create a better life for our community.