January offers a time for reflection on the past year’s accomplishments. As we enter this New Year, I am remembering the impact that the Summerlin Campus has made in our community, and the impact the community has made on us. Allow me to draw your attention to just three of the activities that affirm our commitment to this community.
In 2016, Vicky VanMeetren, the College of Medicine Special Advisor for Community Engagement, created opportunities each month for our staff and faculty to donate their time to a local charity. One day each month, a group of Roseman employees from the Summerlin Campus donate their morning or afternoon to serve the community in various capacities. In December, it was our privilege to partner with HELP of Southern Nevada by adopting three families in need – purchasing and wrapping Christmas gifts for them. Working together all year long with many community servants in Las Vegas brings considerable joy and satisfaction, and confirms the importance of listening to the needs of our neighbors, and responding.
Throughout the year, the University’s College of Medicine conducts DiscoverMED. This is an active learning experience for high schoolers developed by Ken Rosenthal, PhD, one of our College of Medicine faculty. Our most recent DiscoverMED hosted 42 exceptionally engaged students from the Adelson Educational Campus. Below, please enjoy a few of the many moments of thoughtful learning, and the sheer fun of discovery and active participation. Even though we do not have medical students in these halls, yet, College of Medicine faculty and neighboring volunteer physicians are providing education and inspiring young minds to be inquisitive, to learn, to collaborate, and to consider a future path in the service of healthcare.
Another, among the many highlights of 2017, are the Town Halls, hosted by myself and Gordon Prouty of Greenspun Media – who donates his time and talents. The most recent Town Hall added to our host line-up, Hugh Anderson, a Roseman University Board of Trustees member and leader in the community. These Town Halls are a fine opportunity to bring community members onto Roseman’s beautiful Summerlin Campus and invite them to learn about the newest addition to the university’s educational family – the College of Medicine – and how it will impact Nevada. Each Town Hall lunch session holds a different emphasis, but always features the University and its educational model, while focusing on Roseman’s College of Medicine. Most importantly, the Town Halls are a time for answering questions from the community…and listening.
And the impact the community has made on us? Looking back over 2017, I approach the New Year with gratitude and renewed resolve and appreciation for the great community support – financially, professionally, and socially that we have received. We find all of our community partners to be committed. The intensity of their interest and support is building, and they are unwavering in their support and encouragement. Their pledge of support is followed by actions that are moving us closer to the goal of accreditation. We are here to serve our community, and each community member or organization that we meet has come to understand that the desire to serve is at the core of our commitment to them.
May you prosper in every good way this year,
Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences