Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has officially opened their Preventative Healthcare Center

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has officially opened the Robert and Dorothy Keyser Foundation and Cashman Family Foundation Preventative Healthcare Center.

It’s Nevada’s first pediatric physical medicine center.

It has more than 1400 square feet of space and a full-service gym with the latest therapy equipment.

The center is expected to help patients rehabilitate following surgeries and procedures, but it will also prevent secondary comorbidities from developing.

Cure 4 the Kids Foundation Tees up 9th Annual Golf 4 The Kids

Cure 4 the Kids Foundation Tees up 9th Annual Golf 4 The Kids

 

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K) is presenting its 9th Annual Golf 4 The Kids event on May 10 at the Private Mountain Course at Anthem Golf & Country Club’s spectacular Hale Irwin-Keith Foster designed par-72 championship golf course.

Funds raised at the event will provide direct support for patient care at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center. The foundation’s Charity Care Program ensures that all patients receive the same top-quality medical care, including those who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to pay for treatment.

“We’re inviting everyone here in Southern Nevada to join us and show their support, either as a player, as a donor or corporate sponsor, or as a volunteer,” said Karen Iglesias, vice president of philanthropy for Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Our goal for this year is to surpass the success of last year’s tournament, so we can continue our work to care for children in need.”

This year, the tournament’s presenting sponsor is MOFI, a strategy and growth company that partners with business leaders at leading companies who are ready to think boldly about new ideas and create strategies to better serve customers and employees. Other sponsors include Johnson & Johnson Law Firm, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Advanced Imaging Services (AIS), and Civil Werx.

The format for the tournament is a shotgun start at 9 a.m. A breakfast, snacks and beverages will be served on the course, along with course contests and hole prizes. Following the tournament, an awards luncheon with prizes galore will take place at the course’s pool. More information about the tournament, including online registration and sponsorships, can be found at www.cure4thekids.org.



Reading week celebrated at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

In honor of Nevada Reading Week, the Logan family’s Dr. Suess-themed patient examination room will be dedicated with a “Grinch” character kicking off the festivities.

 

C4K currently offers 15 patient exam rooms, with the exam room sponsored by the Logan family being the fifth room themed with kid-friendly artwork designed to inspire and comfort young patients who visit weekly or monthly as part of their treatment regimen.

Other themed exam rooms include those honoring and created in partnership with entertainers Criss Angel and Gwen Stefani, Naqvi Injury Law and Hope Hyundai on Wheels. Juan Muniz, a local artist, is responsible for designing and painting all of the paintings so far. The illustrations and artwork are designed around the necessary medical equipment in the room. Special considerations include the use of microbial-resistant glossy paint that allows the room to be cleaned and sterilized.

Logan-Parker’s vision for starting C4K began when one of her two sons was in an accident years ago as a teen. The incident required multiple surgical interventions over four years, completely exhausting her medical benefits. She built C4K putting patients’ individual needs first and understanding the challenges families face in situations like these. Ultimately, research saved his life. This journey inspired much of her calling to ensure children receive the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. It has also made her a huge proponent for clinical trials, as today’s trials are tomorrow’s best practices.

“I’m humbled by this recognition, knowing that it takes strength, resolve and motivation to translate adversity into something positive,” Logan-Parker said. “I’m the perfect example that some of the greatest community resources come from difficult and life-altering experiences.”



Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Ranks No. 4 Among Best Nonprofits to Work For

National award shines spotlight
on Nevada for quality health care

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer
center, ranked fourth in the 2021 Best Nonprofits to Work For. C4K is the only Nevada
organization to make the national list this year, improving its ranking from last year by 19 places.

 “We’re extremely proud to bring this award home and to be nationally recognized as one of the top five best nonprofits to work for,” said Annette Logan-Parker, CEO and founder of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “It demonstrates the dedication and passion our employees have for our mission and shows our dedication to the health and well-being of our team.”

 “We went to extraordinary lengths in the last year to keep our employees and their families safe during the pandemic,” added Logan-Parker. “Those lengths included providing additional benefits such as food and supplies to keep them safe and limit exposure, and an employee wellness initiative that demonstrated our genuine commitment to our employees. We need to always remember to take care of the caretakers.” 

The honor is significant both for C4K and for the entire state of Nevada. She said the coveted ranking shines a bright spotlight on Nevada as a place for quality healthcare and is a key indicator of the significant advances Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has brought to the state.

 According to the report, medium-sized organizations, those with 50 to 249 employees, accounted for nearly half of the 50 best nonprofits, with 24 honorees and in this category. C4K actually ranked second among nonprofits of this size. The survey and awards program are designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the nonprofit industry, benefiting the economy, workforce and businesses.

 Las Vegas-based C4K made the annual list published by the NonProfit Times for the second straight year. NonProfit Times is the leading national business publication for nonprofit managers. It partners with Best Companies Group to identify nonprofit organizations where leaders have excelled in creating and maintaining workplace excellence. The list is made up of 50 organizations from around the country.

 Nonprofits from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Best Nonprofits To Work For. Part one of the survey consisted of assessing each nominated organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics, while part two consisted of an employee survey to measure the overall employee experience. The combined scores determined the top nonprofits and the final ranking.

 



Cure 4 The Kids Foundation announced Jennifer Buitrago as its Chief Nursing Officer.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation announces Jennifer Buitrago as Chief Nursing Officer.

“Jennifer has long been a part of the C4K family and is known for her commitment to patient care,” said Annette Logan-Parker, founder, president and CEO of C4K. “She brings decades of nursing experience to our organization that will continue to build our legacy of nursing excellence by caring with compassion. This affords us the opportunity of advancing the science of nursing and advocating for the health of our patients, families, and community alike.”

Buitrago is responsible for supervision and leadership of all nursing activities, planning, organizing and directing overall nursing and patient care services. The CNO also ensures compliance with patient care quality standards, maintains performance improvement activities within the department, participates in quality improvement report activities and ensures competency of all nursing personnel. She will also focus on diagnostic procedures, safety and quality of the patient experience and alignment of the nursing strategic plan.

“I’m honored to be the chief nursing officer at C4K,” Buitrago said. “Cure 4 The Kids Foundation offers the highest level of care for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases, and I’m thrilled to be leading our world-class team of nursing professionals.”

Buitrago’s nursing experience includes working as an inpatient bone marrow transplant nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and as a pediatric nurse practitioner at

Comprehensive Cancer Center of Nevada and at C4K. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Southern California and her advanced practice degree in nursing from UCLA and has been a pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant nurse for 20 years.

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys Supporting Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

Carter Helps Launch Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s “Keep It Local” Campaign

 

Nick Carter, member of the multi-Grammy award winning musical group The Backstreet Boys, solo artist, actor and producer, and Las Vegas resident, is helping bring greater awareness to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center.

 

Carter has stepped forward to support Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in a number of ways including a series of recorded public service announcements that highlight the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the need for local support. Carter has also supported Cure 4 The Kids Foundation via his social media channels of over 1 million followers. Carter, along with his wife and two children, has made Southern Nevada his home.

 

“I have come to learn so much about Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, and am so impressed by what they provide to the community and of course to patients,” said Nick Carter. “It’s made me truly appreciate that my own children are in good health, and it has also moved me to want to support Cure 4 The Kids Foundation which is saving the lives of children with cancer — including those without medical insurance or ability to pay. That is an incredible commitment to this community and I am compelled to do what I can to support it.”

 

“Getting to know Nick Carter has been an absolute joy and to see his desire to step in and help us is all anyone needs to know about his giving heart, and his commitment to this community,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “We’re proud to say that Nick Carter is one of us, a Las Vegan, and is committed to supporting his community.”

 

The PSAs will be shared by Nick Carter on his social media platforms and also by Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on theirs. The public is encouraged to also share the PSA and is asked to tag @Cure4The KidsFoundation on Facebook, @Cure4thekids onTwitter, @Cure4thekids on Instagram, and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on LinkedIn.

 

Keep It Local

Carters support of the organization, as a resident of Southern Nevada, is also helping Cure 4 The Kids Foundation launch its Keep It Local” campaign. While many national and well-known childhood cancer organizations fundraise in Nevada, those organizations do not provide direct medical treatment to Nevada children battling cancer. 

 

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is Nevada’s only clinic member of the Childrens Oncology Group (COG), the worlds largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric and adolescent cancer research. As a COG member, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is the only Nevada entity with access to COGs more than 100 clinical trials.

 

The Keep It Local” campaign is designed to educate Nevadans about their donations to nonprofit organizations, and to encourage the public to support those fundraising efforts that keep funds collected in Nevada in our state to help Nevada’s children.

 

Prior to 2007 when Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was founded, it was not unusual for pediatric cancer patients in Southern Nevada to travel out of state for cancer treatment. This was especially difficult for families with limited incomes who often lack funds and transportation to travel out of state on a weekly or monthly basis.

 

Under the guidance of Chief Medical Officer Alan Ikeda, M.D., Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides treatment for pediatric cancer, rare and ultra rare diseases, blood disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders, genetic and rheumatology conditions and more. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has the largest number of board-certified pediatric hematology-oncology physicians in the state, and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is accredited by the Joint Commission which is considered the most stringent medical accreditation in the country.

 

While most patients at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation are covered by some type of medical insurance, the Charity Care Program ensures those families who are uninsured, underinsured or unable to pay for services also receive the same top-quality treatment. The Charity Care Program is funded through a number of generous donors, fundraising events and campaigns, as well as grants.

 

 

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

We are Nevadas only pediatric cancer treatment center and facility for childhood catastrophic diseases. Founded in Las Vegas in 2007 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to advance cures and prevention of pediatric cancer through clinical excellence, research and innovation. We are proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Our Charity Care Program provides the highest quality treatment for everyone, no matter their financial situation. No patient is turned away because of their familys inability to pay. www.cure4thekids.org

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and Vitalant Announce “Save a Vampire, Donate Blood” Drive Thursday, October 29, 2020

In partnership with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) will be on-site to collect blood for the needs of Southern Nevadans. Many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically reduced the available supply of blood in the region.

The impact of COVID-19 on the blood supply has resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of local blood drives. These cancellations will impact the national blood supply with loss of 27,000 blood donations by the end of this year.

The impact of COVID-19 on the blood supply affects our entire community including patients of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation who may require additional blood during their pediatric cancer treatment, including surgery, transfusions, or other medical procedures. 

All donors must wear a mask when donating. 

All donors who have a successful donation will receive a COVID-19 antibody test

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2020

TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89135. 
The Vitalant Bloodmobile will be located in front of the building located near Town Center Drive and the 215 Beltway. 

Ways to Donate:

By Appointment:
Make an appointment by calling: 877-258-4825  (877-25-VITAL)
Make an appointment online at bloodhero.com — enter code: Cure4Kids

Drop-in:
The Vitalant bloodmobile will be able to accommodate drop-in donors throughout the day. We ask that all donors remain patient when they arrive.

Blood Donor Requirements:

Must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year old much bring a signed permission form from parent/guardian)

  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Be in good general health
  • Eat within two hours prior to donation and drink plenty of water before donation
  • Bring photo ID

Do NOT donate if you had symptoms from a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the past four weeks, or have been in close contact with individuals diagnosed or suspected of COVID-19 infection

Blood donation facts:

*25 percent of the blood collected in Southern Nevada comes from high schools and college blood drives.
*Vitalant is seeking blood donors to make up for the shortfall of thousands of uncollected donations at canceled high school and college blood drives.
*As the pandemic continues, convalescent plasma donations are also needed now to help patients currently battling this disease.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and CCSD Announce New Learning Center for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has announced a first-of-its-kind educational partnership within the State of Nevada to help pediatric cancer patients – and others with catastrophic conditions – advance their educational progress while receiving life-saving treatments.

The Andre Agassi Foundation For Education Learning Center is located in the same building as Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. It will provide patients with direct access to a licensed Clark County School District (CCSD) teacher. CCSD educator Jennifer Morris along with a teacher’s aide will work throughout the school year to assist patients before and after clinic appointments.

Generous funding from the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education will cover the Learning Center’s build-out, operating costs, supplies, educational software and equipment and more.


”The Learning Center is something I’ve dreamed of providing to our patients for years, but we haven’t been in a position to offer it until now,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president and CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Thankfully, some inspired individuals and groups have stepped forward to help us make this happen.”

Through its support of the Learning Center, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education continues its mission to improve the lives of underserved youth by providing educational opportunities.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation does an amazing job of caring for kids with pediatric cancer and other long-term illnesses,” said Julie Pippenger, COO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. “The move to add an educational and resource component to their list of priorities while caring for these young patients is just another example of the level of commitment and compassion Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has for these children and their families.  The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is proud to be a founding partner and supporter of the Learning Center.”


As a CCSD educator, Morris will have access to CCSD curriculum and teaching materials and will offer a full range of educational and support services for Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patients and their families. All educational assistance offered during the Learning Center’s first semester will be provided virtually in recognition of COVID-19 guidelines. Even with those safeguards, Morris will provide virtual one-on-one tutoring, interactive lessons and activities, parental and patient support for the Canvas educational delivery program, and other general education needs.

“At a time when our children are facing so many challenges and hardships in their lives, their schooling shouldn’t be one of them,” said Jennifer Morris, CCSD educator. “Our goal in the Learning Center is to offer our students a balance of educational activities, supports, and a lot of fun so that when they are ready to resume their regular schooling, the transition is smooth and successful.”

Patients will schedule sessions in the Learning Center before or after their clinic visits, as well as during frequent chemotherapy infusions, which can take hours to complete. The Clark County School District is covering the cost of Morris’ salary during the school year“This learning center is an important step to ensure normalcy in the lives of our courageous children by providing them and their parents with access to an educator and other resources to assist with their specific education needs,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, “CCSD is proud to partner with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to support our brave students and their families going through this particularly challenging time.”

One of the principal advocates of the Learning Center is Ellen Bordinhao, a retired teacher who spent 33 years with CCSD. Her daughter, Janie, was a Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient and a teacher, who dreamed of having a position where she could work with children battling cancer. Through her daughter’s 20-month medical journey, Ellen saw firsthand the difficulty families faced addressing their child’s educational needs while also battling a devastating disease. Sadly, Janie passed away on January 15, 2019, but Ellen and her family are determined to have Janie’s legacy live on and benefit other patients. In honor of Janie, a portion of the Learning Center is named Janie’s Classroom.


“Our family is so grateful for the medical care Janie received at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation,” said Ellen Bordinhao. “It’s my job to pay it forward in memory of my beautiful daughter. I am honored to be doing this work.”

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education Learning Center is a vital benefit for children undergoing treatment for cancer and other long-term conditions. Pediatric patients are unable to attend class while in treatment because their immune systems are compromised, and a typical classroom environment could be life-threatening. As a result, patients often fall behind in their educational studies during the months and years of treatment.

Pictured L to R: Alan Ikeda, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation; Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara, Clark County School District; Ellen Bordinhao, Janie Strong Foundation; Steve Miller, President & CEO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education; Annette Logan-Parker, President & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Julie Pippenger, COO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education

Hablo Espanol = I Speak Spanish

Hablo Español = I speak Spanish.

For a significant number of our patient families, the challenge of fully understanding medical treatments and sometimes complicated explanations are even more difficult. That’s because either the patient or family members speak a native language other than English.

As a medical facility, this issue is vital because clear communication with patients and their families is essential to everything we do.

It was an employee who approached Patient Experience Director Katherine “Kat” Salkanovic that triggered an idea to help address the needs of these families. After hearing the concept, Kat wondered, could something as simple as a button that says Hablo Español help?

It turns out it did!

Salkanovic says she’s had patient family members come to her with tears in their eyes thanking her for identifying those employees who can assist them in the Spanish language.

“We have a lot of patients who speak Spanish, and we know that having the ability to speak to someone in their native language is helpful, reassuring, and builds trust. We also have many employees who speak Spanish. Still, there was nothing suggesting they speak Spanish – so this was an easy way to let our patient families easily recognize those who can help them,” said Salkanovic.

There are about 20 employees who wear buttons. They include nurses, medical assistants, and providers, and you’ll find them throughout the clinic, including the front desk, and at check-out.

For those patient families who speak a language other than Spanish, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation also provides access to a translation program that offers language assistance for medical appointments in more than 200 different languages. Anyone with questions about this service can learn more when they check-in at the front desk.

Meet Katherine Salkanovic, Director of Patient Experience

Meet Katherine Salkanovic, Director of Patient Experience 

Some of our best employees at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation have had the opportunity to grow in their careers at the same time our organization has grown.

A perfect example of this kind of opportunity can be found in our Director of Patient Experience Katherine Salkanovic, who often goes by Kat.

Did you know Kat originally wanted to be an accountant? In fact, in one of her first positions in the organization in Credentialing, she was shadowing Christine Tonn, the chief financial officer of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, to whom she also became the Executive Assistant. Although Accounting was her focus at that time, the more she learned about the organization, the more she knew her future was about to change.

Cure 4 The Kids: Accounting is what originally brought you to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.  What was it about our organization that made you think you might want to be involved in other areas?

I was drawn to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation from the start. Prior to joining C4K, I worked for over 8 years at another non-profit cancer center. When they were forced to close their doors, I knew I wanted to stay in the non-profit sector, and I knew it had to be a cancer clinic. 

You see, I lost my dad to cancer when I was 22 years old, and we had a very traumatic and negative experience. Since that day – I promised to myself that I would do everything in my power to change the way Patient Experience is delivered – I wanted to change the world. I saw C4K as the place where I could do it and make a difference. This is a place that was built around an experience, and excellence was their goal. I wanted to be a part of the place that set the bar so high. There was nowhere else I wanted to be! While I did have an Associate’s in Accounting from Santiago, Chile, I was unable to transfer my credits here. For me, Accounting was the easy path, but I learned very quickly that I belonged somewhere else.

Cure 4 The Kids: You had some heart-to-heart talks with CEO Annette Logan-Parker about your future when you understood that accounting may not be your ultimate career goal.  What advice did she give you and what actions did that lead to?

 I just can’t say enough about Annette. She’s such an amazing leader, but also, she’s such wonderful human being. She has the gift to see into people’s souls, and she astonish us all with her ability to see the best in people every time.

I swear, she knew what I wanted, before I knew it myself.

She knew about my dad and about my calling, so she asked me “what do you want to do” and I responded, “I want to change the world”. She understood, so she helped me with a path that could make me run the department where we get to make the all changes that affect Patient Experience – we get to change the world!

Annette encouraged me to pursue my bachelor’s degree (which I switched careers to healthcare management!), and become a Certified Patient Experience Professional. I was the second person in the state to hold this very prestigious certification.

Cure 4 The Kids: You were Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s first-ever Patient Experience Manager, and now you are the director of that department. In many ways, this position seems like it was tailor-made for you.  What it is about your job you find most satisfying?

 

It does feel like this role was tailor-made for me.

Having had a very negative experience when my dad got diagnosed with cancer and later when he lost his battle to this horrible disease gave me a front row seat to “what not to do”. I don’t want any family or patient to go through what I went through.

What I enjoy the most about my job is that I get to spend my days with the most amazing kids in the world. Getting to create policies and procedures that makes their visit a positive experience its just a plus.

Knowing that we are educating families on what to expect from a healthcare provider and to not accept any less is truly rewarding. Families deserve to receive the best care possible, with compassion, empathy, and respect – and in a language they can understand.

It is my job to build that trust, and it’s a job that I treasure with everything within me.

Cure 4 The Kids: You recently earned your Master’s in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Healthcare.  It’s tough to work full-time, manage a family at home, and pursue a degree.  It’s also a great accomplishment! Do you have advice to others who may be thinking about obtaining additional education while balancing a lot of responsibilities?

 It was tough, I am not going to lie. And there were times where I wanted to give up, specially after failing one of my classes. I remember walking into Annette’s office and telling her that I was deeply disappointed in myself because I had failed my final statistics exam. She gave me a warm smile and said “that’s great Kat! Failing builds character, and in the long run, this will make you a better leader! Did you know that the most successful bankers are hired because they have failures documented on their careers? Get up, dust yourself off, and do it again!”

So, my advice is: Don’t stop. It’s ok to fail, but its not ok give up. It will be hard, and it be challenging – but truly, all the best things in life are too.

Cure 4 The Kids Note: Katherine was chosen to be a featured speaker at the upcoming Next Generation Patient Experience Annual Conference. This virtual gathering of America’s top minds is aimed at sharing ideas, networking, and learning about the latest technology that are improving patient experience in the medical field.