The Nevada Medical Center was founded by the inspired vision of Eric M. Hilton and Nevada Medical Center’s Officers and Board of Directors.
Founder Eric M. Hilton
Eric M. Hilton, a towering figure in local and national philanthropy, died at the age of 83, in 2016. Founder of Nevada Medical Center and Secretary of its Board of Directors, Mr. Hilton imagined that new and innovative healthcare services for the state would focus on innovation, wellness, and illness prevention. He believed his vision could be achieved by fostering greater collaboration in the healthcare community.
Mr. Hilton, the youngest son of Conrad N. Hilton, had a 49-year career with Hilton Hotels, and was elected the corporation’s vice-chair in 1993. In that position, he led the company’s domestic and international strategic planning and property development. Duty to serve in the U.S. Army as a radar specialist during the Korean war, interrupted Mr. Hilton’s plan to attend Cornell University Hotel School. He was later honored for his many achievements with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Houston. He also received the American Vocational Association Award of Merit.
Mr. Hilton was driven by a sense of social and community service. In 2006, along with other community-minded visionaries, he launched the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since Three Square’s launch, it’s become a national model for other organizations of its kind. Along with his colleague and friend, Julie Murray, he co-authored A Place at the Table: How Focused Philanthropy and Community Collaboration Built the Three Square Food Bank.
Nevada Medical Center’s Board and leadership team expresses profound gratitude for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Bennett Family Foundation for their charitable investment and trust that launched our organization.
Board of Directors & Officers
John F. O’Reilly
Chairman of the Board
John F. O’Reilly
Chairman of the Board
John F. O’Reilly serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of O’Reilly and Ferrario LLC, a full service law firm. He is also the chairman and chief executive officer of Business Resource Group, O’Reilly Gaming Group, and Vision 2020. Mr. O’Reilly is a board member and secretary of United Way of Southern Nevada. Mr. O’Reilly has been a director of NV Energy, Inc. (formerly Sierra Pacific Resources) since 1999. He has been a director of Nevada Power Co., a subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Resources since 1995. He has been a director of Sierra Pacific Power Company since July 1999. He serves as a director of Terrible Herbst Corporation. He served as director of Herbst Gaming Inc. since November 2004. He serves as a member of the board of trustees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He serves as a board member of the Nevada Development Authority, TODAY! Inc. He serves on the advisory board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Mr. O’Reilly serves as a member of the community board of directors of Wells Fargo Bank Nevada N.A., a member of the advisory council of the UNLV International Gaming Institute, and a member of the UNLV Foundation board. Mr. O’Reilly is also a member of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. Mr. O’Reilly has a Law Degree from St. Louis University (cum laude) and a bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Gard received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, his MBA from the University of San Francisco, and his PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He spent 25 years as a certified public accountant, working for Deloitte & Touche, Laventhol & Horwath and, most recently, as a partner of Piercy, Bowler, Taylor & Kern, as their director of financial planning. He is the author of two volumes, Phaethon, Our Mythic Moment, and Monkey, Our Mythic Moment. He teaches Chinese and Indian Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a founding board member and trustee emeritus of the Nevada Community Foundation, a founding board member and past chair of the Children’s Advocacy Alliance, treasurer of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, chair of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada, board member of the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development and The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Life. He is married to Dr. Florence Jameson and has two children, Michael and Julia.
Dr. Florence Jameson
Dr. Florence Jameson
Dr. Florence Jameson has spent her life dedicated to family, healthcare, and community. She attended the UCLA School of Medicine, where she earned her medical degree, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1985, she opened a private practice in Las Vegas and has been a solo practitioner for the past 27 years. She is an advocate for patients, their physicians, and community health, having served as a member of the Clark County Medical Society for 27 years and as their past president. She is past president of the Nevada State Medical Association. Her love for patients and medicine has inspired her to strive for quality healthcare for all Nevadans, regardless of their economic situation.
Dr. Jameson is founder and CEO of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (“VMSN”), a free health clinic dedicated to providing medical services to the uninsured who would otherwise have no access to medical care. Prior to starting VMSN, she opened a clinic at the Juvenile Justice Center of Southern Nevada to care for incarcerated young girls who would otherwise have no medical care. Dr. Jameson knows first-hand what a big difference an altruistic medical provider can make. After her father went to prison, her mother struggled to provide for herself and her family. They never went without healthcare because a local physician assured her mother that he would take care of them regardless of their ability to pay. Dr. Jameson vowed someday to “pay it forward.” She has been recognized by the community for her extraordinary accomplishments, receiving many awards and recognitions, including: the Sunrise Hospital First Humanitarian Award; the Red Cross Everyday Health Heroes award, the Harold Lee Feikes Physician of the Year Award for Community Service; Las Vegas Woman Magazine’s Best Doctor award as voted by fellow physicians; and the Innovator Award by Nevada Business Magazine for Healthcare Heroes. Dr. Jameson’s vision is that no child or adult will ever go to bed at night sick without much-needed healthcare. Her mission is to bring the community together to create safety net of clinics that will provide quality healthcare one person at a time in a culture of caring.
Cynthia Kiser Murphey
Cynthia Kiser Murphey
Cynthia Kiser Murphey is president and chief operating officer of New York-New York, a 2,024-room resort, pairing the singular style of New York City with the unique energy of the Las Vegas Strip. In this role, Murphey has been honored to be a part of this exciting, inclusive, “come as you are” property. Murphey led the team and redevelopment of the Brooklyn Bridge Experience into an entertainment destination with a patio culture. New York-New York has also launched a new advertising campaign reinforcing the property’s spirit, where guests can be a part of creating memories and sharing stories. The attention-grabbing advertising slogans “Be a Part of It” and “Start Spreading the New” are paired with compelling photos and graphics that highlight the new Strip Side developments, including Hershey’s Chocolate World, Stupidiotic, and SWATCH. Previously, Murphey served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International, and was a guiding force in the development of the company’s comprehensive wellness and disease prevention program. She also played a major role in the negotiation of labor agreements, including the fostering of joint labor management cooperative relationships, and the implementation of diversity initiatives and culture-building programs. Additionally, Murphey served on the Human Resources opening teams for The Mirage in 1989 and MGM Grand in 1993. Murphey proved instrumental in the creation of an in-house corporate university, on-site child development center, and an unmatched benefits package. Murphey is involved in a number of charitable and professional organizations. She currently supports our community by serving on the board of directors for Nevada Medical Center, and is a trustee for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Health and Welfare Fund, as well as a member of the Health Care Reform Policy Council. She also proudly serves on the Host Committee for Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for ONE DROP, and is the executive sponsor for the MGM Resorts Veteran’s Employee Network Group and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Previously, she served as Chairperson for the State of Nevada Academy of Health and on the State of Nevada Governor’s Commission on Medical Education, Research and Training and Co-Chair for the Health Services Coalition of Southern Nevada. Murphey earned bachelor and master degrees in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she has served as a part-time professor. She was named UNLV’s “Alumna of the Year” in 2008.
Richard H. Bryan
Richard H. Bryan
Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan focuses his practice on government relations at the federal, state, and local levels, particularly in the area of public land use issues.
Senator Bryan began his legal career in 1964, as a Deputy District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada. Two years later, he was named Clark County’s first Public Defender. In 1968, Senator Bryan was elected to the Nevada State Assembly and re-elected in 1970. He was elected to the State Senate in 1972 and re-elected in 1976. The former prosecutor won his first statewide election as Nevada’s Attorney General, where he played a major role in successfully defending Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure in the federal courts.
In 1982, Senator Bryan was elected to his first of two terms as the Governor of Nevada. Under his leadership as Governor, economic diversification and the attraction of new businesses to Nevada became a priority. In 1988, he was elected to the first of two terms in the U.S. Senate. He was the only Senate member to simultaneously serve on the following U.S. Senate Committees: Finance; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
John Miller, a Las Vegas native, has been an investment professional, entrepreneur, and consultant to the community banking industry for the last 17 years. Mr. Miller started his career with PWH Trust, managing a community bank and insurance portfolio for 11 years, growing assets to over 500 million. Mr. Miller built two Texas banks from the ground up: Professional Bank and Pioneer Bank. He served as a founding investor and board member of both banks. Professional Bank, located in Dallas, Texas, sold in 2008. He still serves as a board member of the now decade-old Pioneer Bank, located in Austin, Texas. Since its launch, Pioneer has grown to 1.2 billion after several mergers and organic growth. In California, Mr. Miller served as a board member of Mojave Desert Bank, sold in 2010, and still serves on the board of Mission Valley Bancorp in Sun Valley, a 350 million asset bank. In Utah, Mr. Miller served as a board member for Proficio Bank, acting as president of the bank mortgage company. He is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame, and a co-founder of Cast Wines in Sonoma county’s Dry Creek Valley.
Mr. Miller raises his four children, Regan, Ignatius, Xavier, and Maverick, with his wife, Jaclyn, in Nevada. He is also an active minister at St. Viator Catholic Church, Cub Master for Boy Scout pack 143, and coaches youth soccer for Southern Nevada Soccer Association.
Julie Murray is one of Nevada’s most prominent social entrepreneurs, having spearheaded three designated national model projects. Murray co-founded both Three Square Food Bank and the Las Vegas “I Have a Dream” Foundation, with Eric Hilton. She also served on the leadership team that helped build the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Murray has dedicated her life to the practice of using philanthropy as a strategic tool to collaborate in public and private partnerships, with the hopes of evoking positive change in the world. That’s why she founded Moonridge Group, a philanthropy firm working with other professionals in the field, locally and globally. Julie serves as board chair of The Moonridge Foundation, board secretary of Transforming Youth Recovery, and on the boards of the UNLV School of Medicine, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, First Friday Foundation, and Noah’s Animal House. She is also on the board of trustees emeritus member for the University of Nevada, Reno.
Julie published several articles on implementing philanthropic strategy into business culture and, along with Eric Hilton, co-authored A Place at the Table.
Murray’s accolades include Woman of the Year in both 2013 and 2014, the 2016 Silver State Entrepreneur Award, the 2017 Señoras of Excellence Award, and the 2010 UNLV College of Urban Affairs Alumnus of the Year. She is a frequent university lecturer and public speaker.
Julie received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from UNLV, and has three children, Kathleen, Joe, and Riley Foley.
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