Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Ward MA, FACHE joined HealthSouth, Las Vegas in 2012. Prior to working for HealthSouth, Michael lived in London, England and worked for InTouch Health, as managing director, EMEA. Michael was in charge of development and creation of healthcare networks using InTouch Technologies within countries throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Michael oversaw the company’s business development and operations throughout these countries. Michael also worked as the executive director of Network Development at Saint Alphonsus Regional Health System in Boise, Idaho as well as an associate administrator in the HCA Health System.
Michael received his bachelor's of science in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University in 2004. He completed his master's in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University in 2006, and is board certified with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Farzin Farhang, M.D.
Dr. Farzin serves as the medical director for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas. Dr. Farzin received his medical doctorate from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in 1992. He completed his internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Services at Queens Hospital in Jamaica, NY and his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Farzin is currently board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has been since 2005. He is also a faculty member at the MountainView Internal Medicine Program. Dr. Farzin has served as an attending physician at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas since 2004.
Human Resources Director
Cheryl joined HealthSouth in June of 2015 and was promoted to director of human resources at HealthSouth Las Vegas in April 2016. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she worked for Endeavor Airlines and spent 13 years in management at Home Depot. Cheryl has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management where she serves on the board of the Nevada State Chapter as the Young Professionals and College Relations Chair in addition to being a board member of the Southern Nevada Chapter. She is currently a SHRM-Certified Professional.
Director of Quality and Risk Management
Tracey joined the HealthSouth Las Vegas team in May 2005 and currently serves as the director of quality and risk management. She is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management which focuses on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Arts in exercise sports science: athletic training and Master of Arts in organizational management. She has served as an active associate faculty member for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Phoenix, Nevada Campus since 2007. Tracey is committed to continuously improving quality outcomes, operational excellence and the patient experience. She is proud to be a member of a hospital committed to helping patients achieve their rehabilitation goals and return to back to the community.
Area Business Development Director
Tommy joined HealthSouth Desert Canyon in 2016. He serves as the area marketing director for HealthSouth Henderson, HealthSouth Las Vegas, as well as HealthSouth Desert Canyon. Tommy has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is a registered nurse and a certified case manager. Most recently, Tommy worked as the senior director of business development for Select Specialty Hospital’s Greensboro, Durham and Winston-Salem locations. Tommy holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina.
Director of Case Management
Kevy joined HealthSouth Las Vegas in August of 2012. Prior to HealthSouth she worked as a medical social worker in the acute hospital setting for five years. Kevy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Chapman University and a master of social work degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has 14 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her healthcare experience includes case management, crisis intervention for trauma admittances, and participation in interdisciplinary team meetings to ensure safe and efficient discharge planning for patients. Kevy is certified to provide supervision to social work intern students and is a long standing member of the Nevada Association of Social Workers.
Pamela M. Smith MS, PT, OCS
Director of Therapy Operations
Pamela is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and has been a practicing physical therapist for over 21 years. She has been with HealthSouth for over 11 years and joined the Valley View team in 2012. Her experience includes treating neurological, orthopedic, geriatric, and even orthopedic pediatric conditions in several different settings. In 2012 she obtained her Orthopedic Specialist Certification.