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.
In 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Register early as the event can only accommodate 100 attendees!
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.
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 www.strosehospitals.com. to apply. (The position is listed under the Siena Campus although new grads may be placed at all 3 campuses).
When you aren’t feeling well, the last thing you want to do is stop at a pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. Patients discharged from the San Martin Campus at St. Rose no longer have to deal with this inconvenience because St. Rose and Walgreens have launched a program that brings prescriptions right to the patient – before they leave the hospital.
Patients simply call an in-house Walgreens technician who picks up their prescription, runs it to Walgreens and returns with the medication within an hour. When the technician delivers the patient’s medication, they call a Walgreens pharmacist while in the patient’s room, and the pharmacist talks with the patient, reviewing the medication, how it should be taken and what possible side effects could be.
“This program has taken off, and we hope it keeps gaining momentum as we continue to make the discharge process a more simple experience for our patients,” said Vicky VanMeetren, president/CEO of the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-San Martín Campus. “Our patients have truly appreciated the convenience of not having to run to a store once they are discharged to pick up prescriptions. Another great benefit is that our hospital employees can also use the service.”
The Walgreens system at the San Martín Campus is interlinked with the entire Walgreens pharmacy system, so prescription refills are automatically entered and can later be picked up at the patient’s Walgreens home pharmacy.
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Did you know … that our Siena Campus was named the eighth most beautiful hospital in the world by Healthcare Business & Technology?
Anyone who has visited a St. Rose hospital knows how beautiful they are, but it’s nice to have that fact confirmed. Hospitals used to have sterile white walls and very stark – or little – decor. Now you see vibrant colors, eye catching materials and artistic elements both inside and out.
When developing the list of The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World, interior and exterior features and their health-promoting qualities were considered. The different designs included warm woods and nature-inspired elements, soft color schemes and facades that complemented their natural settings. The Siena Campus boasts all of these features and more … a great example would be our healing garden (shown here).