US Storage Centers buys in Vegas

US Storage Centers Inc., which owns and operates more than 85 self-storage facilities in 13 states, made its first Nevada acquisition with the purchase of American Mini Storage in Las Vegas.

The company provided third-party management for the property at 6380 Annie Oakley Drive for about a year before the buy.

“Having managed this property, we were comfortable making our initial ownership play into this market,” Mark McGilvray, executive vice president for USSC, said in a statement. “USSC has made operational gains with onsite management, collections and in-place effective rents at this location, and we expect to see additional increases in these areas with the continued implementation of our advanced operations and marketing platforms.”

The facility comprises 68,593 rentable square feet of space, 11,088 of which are covered parking for boats, RVs and other vehicles. The two-story property has 508 units, nearly half of which offer climate control.

Irvine, Calif.-based USSC is a real estate investment company that acquires, develops and operates self-storage facilities and provides third-party management services. The company is affiliated with Westport Memphis Self Storage LLC and Westport Properties, a full-service real estate company specializing in self-storage facilities.

Marketing merry-go-round

A number of organizations have changed marketing agencies.

Sunrise Children’s Foundation and the Hydrant Club have each selected Jennifer Bradley as their public and community relations consultant.

Bradley, formerly executive diretor of a children’s nonprofit organization, has been in public relations for the past nine years in Las Vegas. Her clients include Vegas PBS, Nevada State College, Cowabunga Bay waterpark, Bratalian restaurant, Tatyana Boutique, Claire Sinclair.

And the Golden Tiki has chosen one7 communications as its agency of record to provide marketing, advertising and public relations services for the Tiki-themed bar and lounge located in Chinatown.

“One7 communications exhibits a personalized approach, small-business enthusiasm and passion for tiki culture that is just a great fit for us,” Branden Powers, Golden Tiki’s managing partner, said in a statement.

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada has selected Vox Solid Communications as its public relations agency.

The agency will primarily be charged with developing and executing public relations campaigns for this fall’s Dessert Before Dinner fundraising event Sept. 26 at Caesars Palace.

In addition to funding scholarships, proceeds will enable the organization to reach girls in all demographics and areas of the community as well as expand programming in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, social values and financial literacy.

Vox Solid Communications is helmed by Marina Nicola and Erika Pope, who together have 35 years of award-winning experience in marketing, public relations, journalism and social media. The agency specializes in public relations, promotions, special events and creating and managing social media platforms for tourism, hospitality, dining and community-focused clients.

HealthInsight wins job

The HealthInsight Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization has been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to begin work on increasing the identification of patients with depression or alcohol use disorder in primary care settings, while also improving care transitions for behavioral health conditions.

The HealthInsight QIN-QIO, which serves Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah, was one of just six nationally to be awarded this special behavioral health task and will work on improving behavioral health outcomes through July 2019.

HealthInsight was selected as a contractor after submitting a proposal and the behavioral health work is part of a Medicare funded contract.

The HealthInsight QIN-QIO will begin working with primary care practices and inpatient psychiatric facilities to address substance abuse disorders, depression and alcohol abuse, which put patients at a greater risk for hospitalization and complicate treatment of other chronic diseases.

Screenings at nearly 800 primary care practices will begin over the course of the four-year contract , with the goal of seeing a 25 percent increase in screenings during the first year of the project. The Patient Health Questionnaire, a national tool screening for depression, and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test will be used.

The HealthInsight QIN-QIO will also work with 20 inpatient psychiatric facilities across the four states with the goal of reducing 30-day readmission rates and increasing the number of discharges that are followed up with an outpatient visit within seven and 30 days of discharge.

The HealthInsight QIN-QIO will provide workflow redesign and technical assistance to both primary care practices and inpatient psychiatric facilities to help reach these goals.

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