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Roseman University of Health Sciences Purchases Flagship Building of the Former Nevada Cancer Institute

LAS VEGAS — Roseman University of Health Sciences announced recently it has acquired the flagship building of the former Nevada Cancer Institute at One Breakthrough Way in Summerlin, NV, from the University of California, San Diego. The purchase will revitalize the building, which has been vacant since January 2013.

The purchase of the four-level, 143,290-square-foot building expands Roseman’s Summerlin campus, which already includes the 184,000-square-foot Ralph & Betty Engelstad Cancer Research Building. The Engelstad building was acquired in November 2013 through a merger and the absorption of the Nevada Cancer Institute Foundation. The Summerlin campus houses Roseman’s MD-granting (allopathic) College of Medicine.

Roseman University President Renee Coffman said the university’s purchase of the building further demonstrates the university’s commitment to its College of Medicine, which is progressing through the accreditation process with the goal of enrolling its first class of 60 medical students in 2017. “This acquisition greatly accelerates Roseman’s expansion of its Summerlin campus and development of the College of Medicine, allowing the university to increase its already significant contributions to health care and the economies of Clark County and the state, without taxpayer dollars,” she says.

Coffman adds that with the purchase of the flagship building, combined with assets Roseman University acquired through the merger with the Nevada Cancer Institute Foundation, the university now has significant infrastructure assets to support the College of Medicine. “As we retrofit the campus buildings to meet the unique needs of the College of Medicine and continue to hire outstanding faculty, clinicians and researchers, philanthropic support from the community will be vital,” says Coffman.

“It is gratifying and exciting to know that the spectacular flagship building, as part of Roseman University's College of Medicine, will once again help to advance medical education and research for the benefit of the people of Las Vegas and Nevada," says Heather Murren, founder of the Nevada Cancer Institute. “This facility is a unique and important asset to our community that benefited thousands of patients, scientists and scholars, and I am happy to see it once more deployed to serve a critical purpose."

The flagship building provides the College of Medicine additional space for student services, biomedical research, community outreach and public education programs, and administrative and faculty offices. The building also allows the university to capitalize on existing infrastructure to offer medical students, along with the students from the university’s other health professions programs, enhanced inter-professional teaching, learning, and simulated patient care opportunities. Such opportunities will enable Roseman University’s medical, pharmacy, dental and nursing students to work together to enhance their clinical and communication skills and improve health care delivery protocols.

“I’m grateful for Roseman University’s substantial investment in the College of Medicine, as well as for the support demonstrated by our donors,” says Founding Dean Mark A. Penn. “I’m also very pleased with the response from Southern Nevada’s healthcare leaders as we continue to create partnerships to build a premier medical program that will serve the residents of Southern Nevada.”

About the Roseman University College of Medicine
Roseman University began building the foundation for its MD-granting College of Medicine in 2010 through the establishment of medical research programs that now focus on diabetes and obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, and adult stem cell and regenerative medicine. On December 13, 2013, the Board of Trustees of Roseman University unanimously approved the university’s plan to develop an allopathic medical school in Southern Nevada. Under the direction of Founding Dean Mark A. Penn, in January 2014, Roseman University’s College of Medicine submitted an application to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to begin the accreditation process. The Roseman University College of Medicine now employs 25 administrators, faculty/researchers and staff.

About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Founded in Henderson, NV, in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, Summerlin and South Jordan, UT. The university is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The university is currently developing an MD-granting medical school based at its Summerlin campus. Roseman’s research endeavors include cancer, diabetes and obesity, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, adult stem cell and regenerative medicine, and cardiovascular disease. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.