San Martin Campus is Baby-Friendly

Our San Martín Campus in southwest Las Vegas has received prestigious international recognition as an official Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility, the first in southern Nevada. Hospitals with the Baby-Friendly designation have a demonstrably higher level of expertise in support and education of mothers interested in breastfeeding their newborns.

The designation is conferred by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and implemented in the United States by Baby-Friendly USA. This initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers which offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities which offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. 
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants. 
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based maternity care, with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding. It compels facilities to examine, challenge and modify longstanding policies and procedures. It requires training and skill building among all levels of staff. It entails implementing audit processes to assure quality in all aspects of maternity care operations, enhances patient satisfaction and improves health outcomes.

“We are extremely proud of being named the first Baby-Friendly hospital in southern Nevada,” said Vicky VanMeetren, president and CEO of the Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus. “The practice of breastfeeding has always been an important part of what we do here at San Martín and this designation is significant to the community.”

There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Currently there are 175 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a completion of a rigorous on-site survey. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the ten steps as demonstrated by quality processes.

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Appoints Brian Brannman VP of Operations for Nevada and President/CEO of Siena Campus

January 13, 2014 Leave a comment


We’re thrilled to announce that Brian G. Brannman was named vice president of the Dignity Health Nevada service area, as well as President and CEO of our Siena Campus last week. Our Nevada service area includes our three hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, four Dignity Health Medical Group primary- and specialty-care clinics, two surgical clinics in partnership with Stanford Hospital & Clinics, two ambulatory surgery centers, a home health and hospice program, two women’s centers and three outpatient imaging sites. 


Brannman will report to Rod A. Davis, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada, who immediately preceded Brannman as president and CEO of the Siena Campus. Brannman is the designated successor to Davis and is expected to be named to the role when Davis retires in late 2014.


His oversight will encompass Dignity Health’s multi-site, multi-area health care service offerings in Nevada, including acute-care hospital operations, physician relationships, ambulatory and outpatient service delivery systems and healthcare philanthropy. Dignity Health’s Nevada operations include more than 3,400 employees, 1,300 physicians and annual net revenues in excess of $800 million. Brannman’s focus will be on realizing high-quality, safe and cost-effective health care delivery.


“I am impressed with the diversity and complexity of Brannman’s past accomplishments, and his health-care management acumen,” Davis said. “Brian is known for combining a focus on top-notch performance with compassionate, patient-centered care. He is also regarded for his skills as a team builder with physicians, community leaders, employees and peers. I am extremely pleased to welcome a leader of Brannman’s caliber to Dignity Health.”


Brannman will join Dignity Health in January from University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. He has been UMC’s chief executive officer since July 2011, and led the recent creation of a designated hospital board in concert with the Clark County Commission. He previously served as UMC’s chief operating officer for three years, leading a turnaround effort after the departure of UMC’s former leadership team.


 His extensive health-care leadership experience prior to UMC includes more than 30 years with the United States Navy, including serving as commander and CEO of Navy Medicine West. In this role, Brannman was charged by the Navy Surgeon General to create and direct the operations of ten naval hospitals and multiple outpatient clinics across the West Coast and Far East. Prior to this assignment, he served as CEO of Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., the largest multispecialty academic medical center in the Department of Defense system, serving three million enrollees. Other assignments included serving as principal staff officer in Navy headquarters in Washington, D.C. for health care issues, and executive positions in naval hospitals in Japan, Haiti and the United States. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Brannman has a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., a Master of Arts in healthcare management from Webster College and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Southern Illinois University.


Celebrating the Life of Sister Anne Wasco

September 13, 2013 1 comment

Everyone at St. Rose is saddened by the news that Sister Anne Wasco – one of the seven founding Sisters of what was St. Rose of Lima Hospital back in 1947 – has passed away. Sister Anne was 91 years old and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican congregation when she died September 29 at the Dominican Life Center. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adrian Dominican congregation this week as they celebrate Sister Anne’s life. 


Sister Anne was the last of the seven founding mothers of St. Rose of Lima Hospital in Henderson and was noted for the Angel Bread she baked for hospital patients. The story of her Angel Bread began when a patient, who was very hungry, tasted Sister’s bread. He said, “Oh Angel. You have a gold mine right here. Put this bread on the market and you’ll make money.”

The Sisters were too busy at the hospital to make the bread commercially, so after his stay, the patient returned to the hospital with local and national bakery representatives who learned Sister Anne’s recipe. Bakeries began making Angel Bread and gave a share of the profits to Rose de Lima. By 1957, approximately 600,000 loaves of Angel Bread were being sold in states as far away as Minnesota.

Sister Anne found humor in her efforts to improve the bread. Another Sister had told her “you don’t have to bake bread.” Sister Anne thought the comment meant she didn’t have to take on additional responsibility when, in fact, it turned out the other Sister meant the bread wasn’t very good. Her diligence obviously resulted in a very popular recipe.

ImageIn 1998, Carol Bower, the wife of St. Rose’s former medical director, Dr. Joel Bower, wrote a short story about Angel Bread and read it to the children in elementary schools in Henderson. The booklet had special significance to them because they had participated in an art contest with the winning pictures being used to illustrate the story of Sister’s Angel Bread.

Many long-term St. Rose employees still talk about the privilege of knowing Sister Anne. In her passing, we celebrate her life and how she influenced our ministry and the health of our community. We feel blessed that Henderson was her home for several years.

California Nurses Association Members Ratify Four-Year Contracts with St. Rose

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

We’re thrilled to share that Dignity Health announced yesterday that nearly 10,500 CNA-represented nurses at the three St. Rose Dominican hospital campuses in Nevada and 27 Dignity Health facilities in California have ratified new four-year agreements. 

“These agreements are good for our employees, our organization and the communities we serve,” said Darryl Robinson, executive vice president/chief human resources officer for Dignity Health. “The agreements honor our commitment to our employees while acknowledging the significant challenges Dignity Health and other providers are facing in the current, difficult economy. With these four-year agreements in place, Dignity Health and our nurses will continue to care for our patients with the humankindness that they deserve and expect from us.”

The four-year master contracts provide competitive wages over the life of the contract. The contracts also provide additional workplace injury insurance and an enhanced retiree health benefit.

First Annual Children’s Miracle Network Fashion Show & Instagram Party



Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Las Vegas strives to create new events involving “Miracle Kids” who have been treated at St. Rose. This year, CMNH is launching a new event, the First Annual CMNH Fashion Show & Instagram Party.

The event is Saturday, August 17, at the Las Vegas Marriott, from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. Local up-and-coming fashion designers from the RAW “Natural Born Artist” organization will showcase their fashion attire with the help of “Miracle Kids” as guest models! The fashion show and party are ways CMNH creates positive outlets for the children.

After the fashion show, the runway becomes a dance floor for our “Instagram Zone” party!  Before the party, we will set up an Instagram account so everyone can follow our progress as we lead up to the night of the event. 

Ticket prices for the event are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling Jason Williams at the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation (616-5756) or by e-mail at 

Register early as the event can only accommodate 100 attendees!

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St. Rose-Stanford Clinics Expand into Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Stanford Hospital & Clinics have expanded St. Rose-Stanford Clinics to include a cardiovascular and thoracic surgery program.

The new clinic will advance the science of cardiovascular surgery in the Las Vegas Valley. The goal of this joint program with Stanford is to improve quality outcomes for cardiovascular surgery using evidence-based models that reduce patient risk. For patients, these measures can mean decreasing the rate of post-surgical complications and increasing patient survival rates for complex heart surgeries.

The program will also bring leading-edge technology to heart surgery in Las Vegas, including new types of hybrid cardiac/cardiovascular surgery procedures. These new techniques include minimally invasive and robotically-assisted cardiovascular surgeries, as well as heart-valve insertions using catheters versus opening the chest wall. The benefits of these types of procedures include a decreased need for blood transfusions, shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of infection, less post-operative pain, and a faster return to normal routines.

Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford is a leading pioneer in heart medicine. Stanford’s many innovations in heart surgery and cardiac care include completion of the first adult human-heart transplant in the United States, the world’s first successful combined adult human heart-lung transplant, and the first successful use of a ventricular device as a bridge to transplantation. 

Stanford clinical faculty members affiliated with the St. Rose-Stanford cardiovascular and thoracic surgery clinic are cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director, J.W. Randolph Bolton, M.D., Ph.D., and cardiovascular surgeon, Robert G. Wiencek, Jr., M.D.  Dr. Bolton works with St. Rose, its medical staff and his Stanford colleagues to implement new protocols and expand the range of cardiovascular services provided at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, with specific focus on the use of minimally invasive techniques to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Wiencek is a longtime local cardiovascular surgeon and now also a Stanford faculty member. A recent Best Doctors survey by Seven magazine and Consumers’ Checkbook noted Dr. Wiencek was named most often by his physician peers as the best local cardio/thoracic surgeon as well as the best vascular surgeon in the Las Vegas Valley.

“Many of the procedures Dr. Wiencek and I are introducing at St. Rose will truly benefit people who need heart surgery and their families,” said Dr. Bolton. “For example, we and our physician colleagues are implementing surgical procedures that do not require the use of a heart-lung machine, which means there is far less trauma to the patient’s body and therefore a faster recovery.”

“No other hospital program in the Las Vegas Valley will offer this depth or level of cardiovascular surgical expertise. St. Rose is truly advancing minimally invasive valve replacements and bypass surgeries.”

Over the past two years, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals has developed the technological infrastructure to allow all local physicians to achieve greater advances in cardiovascular care. In 2012, it opened the first hybrid cardiology-cardiac surgery operating suite in the Las Vegas Valley at its Siena Campus. An emerging trend among top national cardiac facilities, the hybrid operating room allows physicians to convert a minimally invasive cardiac procedure into an open surgical procedure if medically necessary, improving efficiency and enhancing patient safety. That same year, the hybrid operating room was the site of one of the earliest Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures in Nevada. TAVR is for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are determined ineligible for traditional open-heart aortic-valve replacement surgery. This summer, St. Rose expects to announce another hybrid OR cardiac procedural “first,” as well as open a new cardiac catheterization lab at its Rose de Lima campus and introduce the region’s first comprehensive Heart Valve Clinic.

In addition to helping advance clinical expertise, Dr. Bolton will focus on enhancing post-operative patient care processes at all three St. Rose hospitals, using Stanford protocols and recommendations. For example, the sooner a patient’s breathing tube is removed post-operatively, the less likely the patient will contract ventilator-acquired pneumonia and the less pain he or she will experience. All of these measures and efforts will focus on improving quality outcomes for heart patients in Las Vegas, including decreasing post-surgical complications and increasing patient survival rates for complex heart surgeries through the use of evidence-based models.

“The expansion of the St. Rose-Stanford Clinics further enhances our investment to continuously improve the caliber of health care in the Las Vegas Valley and across the West as technology advances,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “I am most pleased that this affiliation has the potential to allow heart patients to return home sooner and feeling better, as well as introduce new techniques that formerly required local residents to leave Nevada for care.”

The new cardiovascular surgery clinic joins the St. Rose-Stanford Neurosurgery Clinic introduced in 2011 and a liver transplant pre-and-post op clinic added in 2012. The St. Rose-Stanford Clinics are Stanford’s first such programs outside California.

The St. Rose-Stanford Clinics are located at 2865 Siena Heights Dr., Suite 131, in Henderson, across from the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus. To consult with a cardiovascular surgeon at the St. Rose-Stanford Clinics, ask your physician for a referral or call (702) 616-6580.

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St. Rose Invites Recent Nurse Graduates to Join RN Residency Program

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals invites recent nursing graduates to join our RN Residency Program, which begins September 9, 2013. This 12-week program is designed to help Graduate Nurses transition from students to professional nurses while enhancing clinical competence. Participants in this program develop clinical proficiency through evidence-based practices and supervised clinical experience, with an emphasis on clinical application in the hospital setting. The program is designed around the goal of providing a nurturing, enriching environment where new RNs can safely, effectively care for patients independently. 

 Application and Interview Process:

  • June 1: New graduates are invited to complete the online application
  • June 7: Last day to apply and submit all required documents online.
  • June 8 to July 16: Managers will review applicants. Selected applicants will be contacted directly to successfully pass the Math and Behavior Assessments. Selected applicants will then be contacted directly to schedule an interview.
  • July 17: Interviews will be held.
  • July 17 to August 2: Offers will be made to the selected graduates.
  • September 9: St. Rose Dominican Hospitals orientation begins. 

Please go to apply. (The position is listed under the Siena Campus although new grads may be placed at all 3 campuses). 

If you have questions regarding your GPA or other concerns, please call Casey Imageat 702-492-8117.



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