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Turntable Health, a membership-based primary care practice in Downtown Las Vegas, will close its doors on January 31. Touted as an a ordable and comprehensive alternative to insurance-based healthcare, the Downtown Project-a liated company noti ed its members in December that its services would no longer be available. The member-based model, in which patients pay a at monthly rate of $80 to receive access to a "wellness ecosystem," including same- or next-day visits; 24/7 physician contact by phone, email or video chat; health coaching; nutrition, yoga and group therapy classes; and an on-site demonstration kitchen. "Unfortunately, the economic challenges of the Las Vegas market no longer allow us to viably and sustainably o er care in our Downtown location, and so doing the right thing for our patients means transitioning their care to other local providers," Turntable Health founder Zubin Damania said in a statement. Patient Dodi Whitehead-Johnson joined when she lost her job—and, subsequently, her insurance bene ts—due to cutbacks. Turntable's impend- ing closure and her ongoing medical needs have her actively looking for a viable alternative. "I'm trying to get some help through county or state as- sistance," she says. "I don't know what I'm going to do, and right now I'm having some medical issues that need Turntable Health. I need to have a doctor available to me." Damania says Turntable is working with pa- tients to make sure they have the resources to fol- low up their care elsewhere, adding that, hopefully, member-based healthcare in Las Vegas isn't gone forever. "We know what works in terms of care. What we need is a sustainable, viable path, because the health care system in Vegas is not designed to support this model economically. Once we gure that out … hopefully we can come back stronger," Damania said. Turntable patients can sign up for insurance under the A ordable Care Act (while it's still avail- able) at healthcare.gov and browse local clinics at southernnevadahealthdistrict.org. Turntable Health's closure could leave Downtown patients with few alternatives + LIFTING THE NEEDLE intersection A N D L I F E M E E T to reopen the space as Bert's Bar on February 1, said he had talked to the Neon Museum about donating the sign, but that removing and transport- ing it would have been too expensive. "It was an extra cost that wasn't needed. I'm already paying for the bar on my own," Hamika, 22, says. Neon Museum spokes- woman Dawn Merritt says the museum doesn't typically assist with costs, but that it "had been in discussions" with Hamika to save the sign, calling it a "marker of the community," notable for its "fabulous, whimsical" design. "We do have a small budget for such work, and we were in the process of obtaining costs to see if we could offer any as- sistance," Merritt says. Hamika points out that, in 2014, a "Save Davy's Locker's Sign" GoFundMe campaign raised only $2,726 of its $6,100 goal. "I want to empha- size I wasn't like, 'Okay, let's destroy this sign.' I like the sign, and I like the historic memorabilia … I tried. The only thing I can say is, it was time for it to come down." –Leslie Ventura B Y L E S L I E V E N T U R A L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 1 . 1 2 . 1 7

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