C4K’s Katherine Salkanovic Added to Beryl Institute Pediatric Council

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s Katherine Salkanovic Added to Beryl Institute Pediatric Council

Director of Patient Experience Joins Prestigious Council of Respected Industry Professionals

 

LAS VEGAS  – Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer clinic has announced Director of Patient Experience, Katherine Salkanovic, has been added to the prestigious Beryl Institute Pediatric Council.

 

“We are so excited for Katherine being added as a voting member to the Beryl Institute Pediatric Council” said Annette Logan-Parker CEO and Founder at C4K. “No one is more passionate, dedicated, and committed to clinical excellence via Patient Experience than Katherine. We’re honored to have one of our very own join this council and be an important contributor to this world-renown organization.”

 

Salkanovic, an eight-year veteran of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, has served as Director of Patient Experience since 2020. In her role, Salkanovic implements patient experience programs, monitors program effectiveness, and continuously evaluates improvements. A graduate from the Beryl Institute’s CPXP program, she has been a Certified Patient Experience Professional since 2018.

 

“I’m thrilled and honored to be part of an amazing class of Patient Experience professionals” said Salkanovic. “I look forward to working with the Council to identify, contribute, and recommend innovative programs that can improve patient experience and make a positive impact across the US and around the world.”

 

The Beryl Institute is the largest global organization committed to transforming the human experience in healthcare. The Pediatric Council is a 24-person council of individuals committed to engaging with one another, sharing ideas and expanding the engagement of pediatric patient experience (PX) leaders in The Beryl Institute community.

 

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure patients are getting the best care possible. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation increases access to specialized treatments that improve patient outcomes. Its Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding-scale basis. No patient is ever turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit  www.cure4thekids.org.

 

About The Beryl Institute

The Beryl Institute is a pioneer and leader of the experience movement and patient experience profession for more than a decade. It offers unparalleled access to unbiased research and proven practices, networking and professional development opportunities and a safe, neutral space to exchange ideas and learn from others. Its sister organization, the Patient Experience Institute (PXI), is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the improvement of patient experience through evidence-based research and professional development efforts including certification and continuing education. PXI’s focus is on providing a framework for supporting the development of the field of patient experience.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Announces Promotion of Christine Tonn to President

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Announces Promotion of Christine Tonn

13-Year Organization Veteran Elevated to President of Nevada’s Only Children’s Cancer Center 

 

LAS VEGAS  – Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer clinic has announced that 13-year C4K veteran Christine Tonn has been promoted to President. Tonn was formerly Chief Financial Officer. The promotion takes effect immediately.

 

“Christine Tonn has played an integral role in C4K’s success” said Annette Logan-Parker CEO and Founder at C4K. “Through Christine’s guidance and financial acumen, C4K has been able to grow to become one of the leading children’s cancer centers in the country. I look forward to continue working side-by-side with Christine to continue on our path in the battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

 

Tonn, a Certified Public Accountant, has played a key role in the growth of C4K. She successfully navigated the organization through difficult and turbulent times during the 2020-2021 pandemic. She received her MBA from University of Nevada-Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University.

 

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to help lead Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in the next chapter of its history” said Tonn. “I’m thrilled to continue the work to further our vision of providing comprehensive care to children in our community.”

 

Tonn will immediately step into the President’s role in the organization and will work with Logan-Parker to build on the success of C4K over the past 14 years. As part of the organizational change, Doyne Pickett has been elevated from Controller to Interim Chief Financial Officer of C4K.

C4K Announces Virtual Celebrity Holiday Cooking Experience and Sing-Along with Nick Carter

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Announces Virtual Celebrity
Holiday Cooking Experience and Sing-Along with Nick Carter

Live Stream Event to Feature Backstreet Boys’ singer Nick Carter alongside
TV Personality Billy Harris and Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington

 

LAS VEGAS  – Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only outpatient children’s cancer clinic has announced “Home 4 The Holidays”, a virtual Holiday Cooking Experience and Sing-Along featuring Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys, TV Personality Billy Harris, and Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington. The Virtual Dinner and Sing-Along will be held December 16, 2021 starting at 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time and is limited to 1,000 people. Tickets for the virtual event are $25 and will benefit Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.

 

“We are excited to be hosting such a cool event that includes such talented celebrities such as Nick Carter, Billy Harris, and Nyesha Arrington” said Annette Logan-Parker CEO and Founder at C4K. “Having these professionals come together to celebrate food, family, and holiday music to benefit Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is incredible.”

 

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is saving the lives of children battling cancer and other catastrophic diseases every day” said Nick Carter. “Home 4 The Holidays is a great way for fans around the world to join me in making a delicious holiday meal and singing with my family, all while supporting such an amazing organization”.

 

The virtual Holiday dinner event is an intimate cooking experience featuring savory and sweet bites by celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington and paired with adult and family friendly beverages created by celebrity mixologist, Gillian Murphy. Hosted by Food TV Personality, Billy Harris, the live stream event will certainly be an entertaining evening of family and fun. Once registered for the event, recipes will be provided so the viewers have the opportunity to prepare the meals alongside Nick and Nyesha virtually.

 

Tickets for the virtual experience are on sale at Cure4thekids.org. There is limited capacity for the virtual event, which is limited to 1,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Home 4 The Holidays with Nick Carter will take place December 16, at 5pm, pm Pacific Standard Time.

 

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

Founded in Las Vegas in 2007, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides high-quality, research-focused medical treatment to children battling cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation operates the only outpatient childhood cancer treatment center in Nevada and is proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure patients are getting the best care possible. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation increases access to specialized treatments that improve patient outcomes. Its Charity Care Program provides high-quality treatment on a sliding-scale basis. No patient is ever turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit  www.cure4thekids.org.

 

About Nick Carter

Sparking his career at the tender age of 12 years old, Nick Carter became an international pop superstar as the youngest member of the iconic boy band, Backstreet Boys. Known for his boyish good looks and heartthrob status, Carter’s 22-year entertainment career has spanned far beyond the stages of sold out arenas, with an array of projects in television and film, and as a philanthropist and author.

 

About Billy Harris

For the past twenty-five years, Billy Harris has been wowing audiences throughout the United States and around the world. His razor-sharp timing and brilliant improvisational skills have made him one of the most sought-after MC’s in the business. A cousin of Vaudeville great Georgie Jessel, Billy has been performing his entire life.

 

About Nyesha Arrington

Chef Nyesha J. Arrington has been in love with the kitchen since cooking alongside her Grandmother at a young age. Born in Southern California, Arrington integrates flavors and techniques from around the world to create a global style that is both personal and unparalleled. A graduate of the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles, Arrington draws from a fine dining background and has worked with the legendary French chef Joel Robuchon and Melisse. The late Jonathan Gold placed both of her California restaurants in the “Best 101 of Los Angeles”.

 

About Gillian Murphy

A native of Cork, Ireland, Gillian studied at the University College Cork where she fully immersed herself in the rich traditions of her home country and it was during this time when she discovered Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey and developed a passion for the cocktail and spirits industry. Upon graduation, Gillian got the opportunity to join the brand ambassador trainee program with Tullamore D.E.W. in the U.S. Later, she expanded her career with William Grant & Sons in the global retail. Now, Gillian is a Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador. She is responsible for engaging directly with consumers, media and the trade, educating all about the exciting world of Tullamore D.E.W.

Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers Supports C4K with $50K Donation

Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers Support Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

$50,000 Donation to Support C4K Arts in Medicine Program

 

LAS VEGAS  – Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K), Nevada’s only pediatric cancer center has announced a significant donation to its Arts In Medicine program, Project Imagine. The $50,000 donation was brought to C4K by Autonation Toyota on behalf of the Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers and to celebrate Arts in Medicine Month, the dealership will debut their new art installation November 1st featuring art created by C4K’s patients.

 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support of Autonation Toyota for our Arts in Medicine program” said Annette Logan-Parker, Founder and CEO at C4K. “This support will allow us to continue to provide important Arts in Medicine programs, activities, and resources to our children battling cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

 

“We are delighted to be part of such an incredible organization like Cure 4 The Kids Foundation” said Cesar Ramos, General Manager of Autonation Toyota. “We love the amazing work that C4K’s Project Imagine provides to the children it cares for and we couldn’t think of a better cause that aligns with Autonation’s values and mission”.

 

Project Imagine is C4K’s exclusive Arts in Medicine program providing a unique experience designed to enhance the quality of life and empower children through creative expression. Project Imagine facilitates art, music, photography, and literary exploration that can aid in a child’s treatment success. It provides a safe, creative space that gives children the opportunity to express and resolve unspoken feelings through the arts.

 

The support of Autonation Toyota on behalf of the Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers will make possible the continued delivery of C4K’s Arts in Medicine program. This includes supplies and other necessary items and services that enable Project Imagine to deliver high-quality creative activities for its patients.

 

About Autonation Toyota

AutoNation Toyota Las Vegas is one of the largest and most popular Toyota dealerships in the Las Vegas area. Our dealership features an extensive inventory of new Toyota models, exclusive lease and financing specials, a state-of-the-art service center, and an experienced team of Toyota enthusiasts ready to assist you with any request you may have.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation successfully renewed their Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation successfully renewed their Accreditation from The Joint Commission

 

LAS VEGAS, NV, August 1, 2021 – Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

 

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on July 14-16, 2021. During the visit, Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with standards spanning several areas including infection prevention, environment of care, emergency management, medication management, etc. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, healthcare providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

 

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Cure 4 The Kids Foundation for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

 

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation strives for clinical excellence every day and our recent Joint Commission survey reflects how hard our team works to provide the best care possible for our patients and families. Obtaining Joint Commission Accreditation is not easy to accomplish in an outpatient ambulatory care setting because we are not a large organization, so everything gets inspected and evaluated for the three full days the surveyor is with us. Our team exemplified our commitment to provide safe and exceptional care with our recent inspection.” Tamara Saldana, RN, BSN, Manager of Clinical Services and Quality

 

Our organization prepared for The Joint Commission survey by participating in mock surveys, audits, trainings, and education programs. We also gave the team Joint Commission Readiness Guides that contained lots of common Joint Commission standards and explanations on how our organization meets those standards.

 

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

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.