Staples named to national architecture board

Larry Staples, president of IN2IT Architecture, has been appointed to the National Board of the Academy of Architecture for Health.

Staples will oversee several committees on major regional, national and international initiatives focusing on health care planning, design and construction. In addition, he will lead regional knowledge community committees and partnership development with national institutions such as the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

The appointment, which comes as the academy prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, gives Nevada a direct platform and voice in the evolving health care architecture industry.

Canyon Ranch’s Strunk honored

Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s Deirdre Strunk was named Spa Director of the Year at the Las Vegas Spa Association’s LVSA Awards.

Strunk was honored for her lengthy list of accomplishments, including her support of fellow spa directors and managers, commitment to charity events in Las Vegas and leadership at the largest spa in Las Vegas.

AARP Nevada adds two to council

AARP Nevada state director Maria Dent announced the appointment of Vida Chan Lin of Las Vegas to the state office’s executive council, its volunteer leadership board.

Lin, who is also president of the Asian Community Development Council, has been a leader in the Asian American Pacific Islander community in Southern Nevada for more than 20 years, as an entrepreneur and community advocate, and as past president of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce. Her efforts have advanced both business and educational initiatives, and brought national AAPI professional conferences and events to the state.

Also joining the board is Laura Coger of Reno. Coger has dedicated her career to connecting seniors and persons with disabilities with resources and services. For the past decade, she has managed self-directed caregiving services with Consumer Direct Nevada. Her professional background also includes work in education as a life skills specialist, and with Medicaid enrollment for the Nevada Welfare Division.

Solutions Recovery cited as LGBT leader

Solutions Recovery Inc. has been recognized as a leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. The honor is given to facilities that meet LGBT-inclusive benchmarks that are part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index, a unique survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. Solutions Recovery earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients, and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve. The Healthcare Equality Index offers health care facilities resources designed to help provide equal care to patients, as well as assistance in complying with new regulatory requirements and access to high-quality staff training.

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