Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, was founded in Las Vegas in 1972 and is Nevada’s largest multispecialty medical group. For nearly 50 years, it has provided experienced, compassionate, innovative and high-quality care to patients throughout southern Nevada.
A healthcare provider that has been around that long knows that a community’s quality of life is directly related to the health of its members. That’s why Southwest Medical works not just to improve the healthcare system in Nevada, but to give back to the community whenever possible. They have an organization-wide response to ongoing social issues, not simply with corporate giving each year (including the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the American Red Cross, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department Foundation and many more), but with the support of all of their employees, from executive leadership to frontline personnel.
They accomplish much of this service through their 12 Employee Community Councils (“ECCs”) that are made up of every Southwest Medical employee. These ECCs identify charities and then support them regionally or organization wide. These volunteer efforts typically reach over 15,000 hours of service each year.
The executive leadership of Southwest Medical also offers their support as board members and chairpersons for charities, committees and organizations across the region, including:
- Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief & Recovery Task Force (Member; Dr. Robert McBeath, President, Optum Nevada)
- Nevada Gaming Control Board (Past Chairman; Dr. Tony Alamo)
- Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (Board Member; Dr. John Rhodes)
- Project 150 (Founding Board Member; Dr. Robert McBeath)
- Tyler Robinson Foundation, founded by Imagine Dragons (Board Member; Toni Corbin, Executive Vice President Operations)
- Nevada Academy of Family Physicians (Board Member; Dr. Neil Gokal)
Southwest Medical also strongly supports a vibrant healthcare education system, by Nevada and for Nevada. They work in tandem with area university medical programs and are a major contributor to the UNLV School of Medicine. In 2016, they announced a $3 million grant and partnership between UNLV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation to advance healthcare innovation and access to care in Southern Nevada, especially for Medicaid patients and the medically underserved.
Of course, they have also reached out to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, working diligently to inform people on how to protect themselves, their families and their friends, as well was ways to cope with the stress. And, during this unprecedented public health crisis, access to healthy meals has become a challenge for many. Earlier this year Southwest Medical worked with their counterparts at OptumCare and Health Plan of Nevada to reallocate their office campus cafeteria staff to provide over 10,000 meals each week for thousands of homeless people. The City of Las Vegas and Clark County partnered to transport and distribute those bagged meals.
A tradition of care is only as strong as the commitment to it. Having been a part of southern Nevada as long as Southwest Medical has, the organizaiton knows the area’s residents – they know generations of them. More than serving people in their offices, in their healthcare centers and in their community centers, they reach out to the community as a whole.