The Southern Nevada community is a strong one. It was demonstrated to the world in 2017 following the mass shooting on October 1. People from all walks of life came together to support one another in the aftermath of an unfathomable tragedy. Throughout 2020, our community again has had to face tragedy. This time, it’s a long-lasting pandemic that has touched the lives of tens of thousands of our fellow Nevadans. Many have become sick, and some, sadly, have lost their lives. Others have lost their jobs and are under tremendous financial, emotional, and physical stress. And, all of us have had to change the way we live to protect ourselves, loved ones, and our community.
Since joining Roseman University in June, I, along with my team of medical educators, have embraced this strong and extraordinary community. We have met many people, some who are natives or have lived in the Las Vegas Valley for most of their lives and some who, like us, are more recent transplants to the region. Regardless of whether people have been here for decades or just a year, we have discovered that they all have something in common – they love this community, its people and want it to prosper. All of us at the College of Medicine, along with the faculty, staff, and administration of Roseman University, share in this love for Las Vegas.
Further, the region is home to thousands of hardworking healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals on the frontlines of the pandemic – who should be commended for their courage and dedication to patient care. They are true heroes to their patients and loved ones. Despite their hard work, the COVID-19 has added enormous strain on our local healthcare systems, already suffering from shortages of doctors and other professionals required to meet the needs of our ever-growing community. It has also shone a light on the disparities of care that have always existed but have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
As we soon enter a new year, I, along with my College of Medicine colleagues, are committed and look forward to working closely with members of our community – in healthcare, social services, government, education, technology, and business – to create programs that build upon the existing healthcare infrastructure to grow and enhance medical education and healthcare delivery. Together, we can address healthcare disparities and improve the lives of all people in our Las Vegas community. We want to help our community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and be more prepared to mitigate and manage future pandemics so their impacts are less severe. We want to build diversity in our healthcare workforce by working with our schools and youth programs to inspire our local talent to become our future healthcare workforce.
We invite everyone in our community to join us in this important endeavor. Our success is dependent upon working with you.
I wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.
Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr., MD
Roseman University College of Medicine