Governor Sisolak has been reappointed Lilnetra Grady, FirstMed Health and Wellness Center Chief Medical Officer, to the Patient Protection Commission (PPC).
PPC was originally formed by the Nevada Senate in 2019 to review health care issues related to quality, accessibility and affordability across Nevada. Shortly after its inception, the PPC was tasked with making short-term and long-term COVID-19 recommendations for the Nevada Legislature and the governor.
Grady will serve as one of 12 voting members, which include patient advocates, for-profit and nonprofit hospital workers, a representative of the largest private nonprofit health insurer in the state and more. Grady is the only representative on the commission who is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and works primarily at a federally-qualified health center (FQHC).
"It has been a privilege to review and work toward improving the quality and accessibility of health care for Nevada residents since my initial appointment last year," Grady said. "I look forward to analyzing and addressing pressing health care issues across our state today, such as rising health care costs."
Grady has more than 20 years' experience in the healthcare field, most recently being named Chief Medical Officer for FirstMed in 2020. Since then, she has the clinic’s effort to obtain both the Substance Abuse & Prevention Treatment Agency and Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) certifications. FirstMed is now the only nonprofit in the country that has both the FQHC and CCBHC certifications.
Grady also leads FirstMed's Medication Assisted Treatment program and the pre-Exposure Prophylaxis initiative to provide care for those at risk of HIV infection.
Prior to her position at FirstMed, Grady spent most of her nursing career caring for patients in her home state of Illinois and the inner city of Chicago.