6th Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball
VMSN Honors Rod A. Davis
Past President/CEO for twenty-three years of St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus
The Sixth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball was held on Saturday, November 8, at The Venetian |The Palazzo Las Vegas. Over 600 prestigious Las Vegans and supporters came out to celebrate the life and career of the remarkable Rod A. Davis former President/CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus. The event was hosted by Dr. Florence Jameson, CEO & Founder of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, and featured Sue Manteris and Kendall Tenney as Co-Emcees. Human Nature, Australia’s top selling pop group thrilled the crowd with their classic Mowtown sounds. Two-time Emmy award winner, comedian Louie Anderson, made everyone laugh and Tim Gabrielson treated the crowd to his riveting and highly skilled magic. The beautiful construction-themed silent auction display by Fresh Wata set the tone for VMSN's future plans for a second clinic. The announcement made during the Ball Dinner, celebrated a dream come true for Dr. Jameson as she revealed that construction is currently underway to build the flagship Volunteers in Medicine Ruffin Family Clinic in downtown Las Vegas. The evening was truly magical from start to finish!
VMSN Founder and President, Honoree Rod A. Davis and Presenter Hugh Anderson
At this year’s event, VMSN honored Rod A. Davis, Senior Vice president of Operations at Dignity Health Nevada – St. Rose Dominican. Davis the former President/CEO for 23 years for St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus and Dignity Health have always been integral partners for VMSN. Last year, the nonprofit received $50,000 Community Grant from Dignity Health and $50,000 in-kind services from St. Rose Dominican Hospitals to support VMSN’s mission to provide high-quality health care to individuals without health insurance. This donation was consistent with Dignity Health’s commitment to disease prevention, treatment of chronic disease and health education within its community. As a leader in the health care industry, Davis has been unwavering in his dedication to better the lives of Southern Nevadans by promoting innovative ways to deliver health care to address the diverse needs of society.
“Each year, our annual ball serves as an opportunity to honor the generosity of donors and volunteers that make it possible for Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada to provide the critical health care services so desperately needed by our community,” said Dr. Florence Jameson, president and founder of VMSN. “Through the compassion of partners like Rod, we are able to improve the lives of so many of our neighbors in Southern Nevada.”
All proceeds raised during the Sixth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball will support VMSN’s operations in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides approximately 6,000 patient visits each year and serves as the medical home for more than 2,300 Southern Nevadans. Through the generosity of volunteers and community partners, VMSN is able to deliver close to $4 million in health care every year with a budget of approximately $1 million.
Other than VMSN’s current clinical operations, the organization plans to expand its reach by opening a second clinic in downtown Las Vegas. Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, approximately 300,000 Nevadans remain without access to health care coverage. In addition to making the organization’s services more accessible for the city’s uninsured, a clinic downtown will allow VMSN to serve more patients and expand its services to include vision, dental and mental health care. Although VMSN has secured a location for its new facility on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue, the organization is still raising funds to break ground and begin construction.
Dr. Florence Jameson greets Human Nature