Community Partners Celebrate and Reopen Medical Clinic at Shade Tree
NV Energy, Caesars Entertainment, Touro University Nevada and additional community partners joined together to ceremoniously cut the ribbon and reopen the Stallman Touro Clinic at The Shade Tree on Thursday, May 26.
“Today is a wonderful day for our staff and our residents here at Shade Tree,” said Executive Director Marlene Richter. “The redesign of the clinic and additional upgrades will benefit our residents in many ways. The impact of having this clinic within our building has been immense over the years and helps the women and children living with us have access to much-needed services. We are thankful to Touro University Nevada for working side-by-side with us for the past seven years and for the many community partners that are committed to continuously improving our clinic.”
The Stallman Touro Clinic at The Shade Tree, which Touro’s Physician Assistant Studies program has been a partner in operating since 2009, provides adult health care, preventive health measures, sick call services and women and pediatric services to residents at the shelter. The clinic is equipped with examination tables, eye washing station, privacy curtains, and various medical equipment to serve the women and children of The Shade Tree but was in need of major upgrades in order to better serve the shelter’s growing population.
“Touro University Nevada has been committed to the health and well-being of the Shade Tree residents for many years,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost. “Our partnership has been and continues to be very important to Touro. Our students and faculty are on-site every week providing healthcare to the women and children that temporarily reside at the facility, so when it came to my attention that the medical clinic was in need of numerous upgrades we immediately worked to identify community partners like NV Energy and Caesars Entertainment to improve the space.”
The NV Energy Foundation initially awarded $25,000 in funding to renovate and refurbish the existing clinic. NV Energy then awarded a supplementary $5,000 to complete the additional work required for the plumbing and piping of a sink. Caesar’s Entertainment learned of the project’s need to replace the flooring and donated more than 400 sq. feet of vinyl flooring.
“NV Energy and its Foundation have worked with The Shade Tree for the last decade to support its efforts to improve the quality of life for thousands of women and children in our community,” said Judy Stokey, Vice President of Government and Community Relations. “We are proud to partner with Touro University on this important project, which will have a meaningful impact on the residents of The Shade Tree.”
The redesign of the clinic, with additional electrical and data outlets, built in cabinetry, work stations and ample storage space for needed supplies and equipment, a sink with running water and other additions will make the clinic more space efficient and functional for the increased volume of patients.
In addition to the generous contributions from the NV Energy Foundation and Caesar’s Entertainment, the contributions and expertise of other local partners played a big role in the relaunch. Howard Perlman and his colleagues at Environmental Design Group donated their time and talents to create the redesign for the clinic while Abel Malvaez of Home Detailing took on the task of being the General Contractor. Through the efforts of the team at Hansen Mechanical plumbing and piping were added to the renovation.
About The Shade Tree
For more than 25 years The Shade Tree, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence and crisis in the Las Vegas valley. As the only organization with an animal shelter on campus, named Noah’s Animal House, The Shade Tree brings families together with their pets and connects them with assistance and services. The Shade Tree is the largest shelter of its kind in Nevada and is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. With 364 permanent beds, The Shade Tree provides over 6,000 women and children safe shelter each year. To learn more about how you can support The Shade Tree, please call (702) 385-0072 or visit www.theshadetree.org. For the latest news and events on The Shade Tree follow them at https://www.facebook.com/TheShadeTreeLV or Twitter @ShadeTreeVEGAS
About Touro University Nevada
Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to nearly 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit www.tun.touro.edu or call 702- 777-8687.
About NV Energy
NV Energy, Inc. provides a wide range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and more than 40 million tourists annually. NV Energy is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, are doing business as NV Energy. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.Learn More About Touro Nevada's PA Program