Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute-care hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas – the Rose de Lima Campus, the San Martin Campus, and the Siena Campus, will be building four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years. These neighborhood hospitals are designed specifically to increase access to high-quality emergency care in underserved metropolitan areas.
Board-certified physicians, experienced nurses, and other clinical specialists will staff the new neighborhood hospitals. The first level of each of the multi-million dollar hospitals will feature a comprehensive emergency department, an inpatient wing, imaging and quick-access lab services. In addition to Dignity Health Medical Group clinics, other floors will house St. Rose community outreach programs, additional physician offices, and other ancillary clinical services to support community health needs. All neighborhood hospitals will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering patients the highest levels of care in a smaller campus setting.
The first of the four locations to open is the North Las Vegas Campus, which is scheduled for opening in the first quarter of 2017. The North Las Vegas opening will be followed by three sites in Las Vegas: Blue Diamond Campus, West Flamingo Campus and Sahara Campus, with all sites in operation by summer 2017. Two additional valley locations are also under consideration.
As part of this expansion, St. Rose Dominican has a joint-venture agreement with Emerus, a nationally recognized innovator in the delivery of efficient medical care, to build and manage these sites and to lay the groundwork for additional facilities through the region. This highly efficient model has been successful in both Colorado and Texas, creating shorter wait times in their fully functioning emergency departments, while decompressing the current burden of current ERs.
Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “By partnering with Emerus and building these neighborhood hospitals, we will be expanding our services to the community in convenient locations with compassion, efficiency and excellence, while maintaining our high standards for quality, safety and service. With several of our new locations in areas of redevelopment and growth, such as the North Las Vegas and Sahara/Decatur campuses, we will be the neighborhood choice. St. Rose is proud to work with Emerus to bring this highly-efficient health care model to Nevada.”
“We are honored to partner with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, an organization that values excellence, compassion and collaboration,” said Dr. Toby Hamilton, MD, FACEP and CEO of Emerus. “Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals will continue to grow as the Las Vegas region grows. They are positioned to be the region’s leader in the delivery of efficient, value-driven, community-based health care now and into the future.”
A groundbreaking celebration for the North Las Vegas Campus will be held March 2. Construction on the initial four hospitals is expected to begin shortly. Once open, each hospital is expected to create more than 100 permanent jobs in the greater Las Vegas area.
In addition to creating additional access for high-demand, lifesaving emergency care, these neighborhood campuses will also extend access to primary care. Nevada ranks 46th in the nation for its share of primary care doctors, family care specialists and pediatricians. Each neighborhood campus will include a new Dignity Health Medical Group primary-care clinic, which will help ease the burden on primary-care physicians currently in practice.
$20,000 in Donations Made to Local Charities
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s medical staff is spreading humankindness this holiday season by making donations to local nonprofits that go above and beyond when providing assistance for those in southern Nevada and those serving overseas. Each hospital campus’ medical staff committee chose a nonprofit and notified them of the award last week. The donations include:
- Safe Nest – $10,000 to fund holiday and scholarship activities for domestic violence victims;
- Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation – $5,000 to help fund the shipping costs for 500 care packages to
deployed military members in Afghanistan and Iraq this holiday season;
- Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada – $5,000 to fund a full, free community meal for a day.
“Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican and its medical staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in our community,” said Dr. Gary Mono, vice president for medical staff affairs for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican. “We are very proud to announce these donations and grateful for everything these charities do for those in need every day.”
A variety of dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Dominican Tower at the Siena Campus Monday, November 9, including
- Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske
- Senator Joyce Woodhouse
- Assemblyman Lynn Stewart
- Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus
- Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen
- Councilwoman Gerri Schroder
- Councilwoman Debra March, and
- Henderson Chamber of Commerce CEO, Scott Muelrath.
The dignitaries, along with many Henderson Chamber of Commerce board members and staff, joined Siena Campus CEO, Brian Brannman, COO, Teressa Conley, and nearly 100 employees for the ceremony.
The new five-story, 220,000 square foot tower features 96 more private rooms, new expanded adult and children’s emergency rooms (56 private rooms), six new operating suites, and expanded services for orthopedics, cardiology, admitting, nutrition services, radiology, lab, pharmacy, endoscopy suites, and other support services.
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus was named a 2015/2016 Consumer Choice Award recipient by National Research Corporation. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image.
“We applaud the efforts of our medical staff and employees,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “They work in partnership with our patients, visitors, and community to consistently and constantly improve the safety and quality of the care we provide.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Consumer Choice Award celebrating the power of a strong brand image in healthcare.
“For each of the past 20 years, winning hospitals have provided outstanding experiences that have transcended their four walls to build consumer preference, loyalty, and trust in their markets. We are honored to congratulate this year’s winners on a job well done,” said Brian Wynne, Vice President of Business Development at National Research.
Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country. National Research surveys more than 300,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with winning facilities being ranked the highest.
A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.nationalresearch.com/ConsumerChoice.
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. ~ Eleanor Brownn
Caring for a loved one who is ill or frail can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be one of the toughest things you’ll ever do in your life.
Preparing meals, giving medicines, arranging medical care, paying bills—tasks like these take a lot of time and energy. So it’s no wonder that caregivers often give short shrift to themselves—there’s not much room on that daily must-do list for anything personal.
Sound familiar? If you find yourself nodding yes, then repeat this caregiving mantra: You can’t do a good job of caring for someone else if you don’t take care of yourself.
Show yourself some humankindness
Here are some suggestions on how to carve out some much-needed—and deserved—me time:
Accept and ask for help. Gladly say yes to offers of help so that you can do something for yourself, whether that’s seeing your own doctor or recharging with a walk. And don’t hesitate to be specific about what might help you most. It’s OK to say, for example, “Can you stay with Mom for two hours this Wednesday so I can see my dentist?”
Seek out community services. These services—such as nursing care, adult day care, and home delivered meals—can help lighten your load. To find out what’s available, call the Nevada Aging and Disability Services at 702.486.3545 or visit http://www.adsd.nv.gov.
Make your own health a priority. Caregivers are often so busy tending to others that they neglect their own health—which helps explain why they’re more likely than other adults to develop serious health problems. So don’t skip checkups, screening tests, or necessary medical care. Learn self-care tools at our Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop (call 702.616.4900 for information or to register).
And do your very best to eat well, exercise regularly, and get enough shut-eye. Some days that may be easier than others. Do what you can—and remind yourself why it’s important for you and your loved ones.
Sources: Family Caregiver Alliance; Office on Women’s Health
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Greg Sutter moved to Las Vegas in early 2002. A firefighter from 1989 to 1995, he took a deferred retirement to run a landscaping and lawn service business he had started while still fighting fires. Then in 1996, Greg joined FedEx Express® (FedEx). He worked mornings six days a week at his landscaping business then afternoons five days a week at FedEx. He ultimately transferred to Las Vegas with FedEx.
“I fell in love with Las Vegas back in the early ‘80s,” says Greg. “I love its openness, climate, and the nearby mountains.” While living in southern Nevada, he has traveled extensively, accumulating about 85,000 miles touring the western and mid-western parts of the country on his 2000 Harley Davidson Springer Softail. “I’ve visited nearly every national park in the Western U.S.,” says Greg.
But Greg’s days of Harley riding came to an abrupt halt in September 2014 shortly after returning from a nine-day solo ride to Glacier National Park. “I was in relatively good health for a 51-year-old guy,” says Greg. “I took a low dose of blood pressure medicine but had stopped taking it for 6-7 weeks.” After suffering symptoms he thought might indicate heart trouble, he went immediately to his primary care physician who did EKGs and blood tests. The test results indicated an immediate need for him to go to the emergency room because his troponin levels were sky high. (Troponin is a combination of three proteins that are integral to cardiac muscle contraction).
“I had six people surrounding me within three minutes of arriving at the Rose de Lima emergency room,” says Greg. “They did a variety of tests, but everything kept coming back normal.” Even the cardio cath showed that Greg’s coronary arteries did not have any calcification or plaque buildup. Ultimately, a 3D arterial CT scan was done, which showed that his right coronary artery had grown between his pulmonary artery and his aorta. He was diagnosed with a coronary artery anomaly, a condition commonly heard of in elite athletes who die suddenly during games or practices.
Dr. Robert Wiencek, cardiothoracic surgeon “extraordinaire” (per Greg) with St. Rose|Stanford Clinics, performed coronary bypass surgery on Greg, which was a complete success, and he was up and walking less than 24 hours later.
Five days later, Greg’s condition suddenly changed. His hands and feet became swollen and discolored, so he was placed into an induced coma and ventilated for six days while doctors ran tests. Greg was diagnosed with Disseminating Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which has an over 50 percent mortality rate. DIC is the body’s response to massive hemorrhage, but Greg’s body was not, in fact, hemorrhaging. Coagulated blood was being pushed into his extremities, so physicians had to draw off that blood and replace it with fresh blood, along with blood thinners, to prevent Greg from dying.
After recuperating at the San Martín Campus’ ICU for 10 days then spending an additional 13 days there, he was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Henderson at the Rose de Lima Campus where he rebuilt muscle and regained his strength. Greg was discharged with gangrene in two of his fingers and both of his feet, which were necrotic (the tissue had died).
Greg and his doctors decided together that amputation – below the knee on both legs and removal of both fingers – was the best course of action. But surgery could not be scheduled for nearly two months because they had to wait for the gangrene to stabilize (a line of demarcation would form to show the parts of his hands and feet that were alive and those that were not). He recovered at home with daily wound care, physical therapy, and nursing care.
Greg’s amputations took place at Rose de Lima. He spent 24 hours in the intermediate care unit followed by 21 days as an amputee patient in the Rehabilitation Institute where therapists helped him get ready to go home in a wheelchair. Greg healed at home for eight weeks then was readmitted to the Rehabilitation Institute for the third time for intensive prosthetic therapy and training – or what he jokingly refers to as Prosthetic Boot Camp.
“The rehab team custom fit a therapy program designed specifically for me,” he says. “Knowing that I’m a FedEx driver, the team had me climbing 8 foot step ladders and doing stairs from the first to the fourth floor and back nonstop. Initially, I had to use my upper body strength, then I learned to shift the emphasis to my lower body by using my new prosthetics.”
Greg’s favorite form of physical therapy was what is now called the “Sutter Hill Challenge” because he challenged his physical therapists to walk the hill with him. During his first stay, Greg had to stop 4-5 times before making it to the top. On his second visit, he conquered the hill while in a wheelchair. At one point, his therapist, Stephanie, said, “let’s go do the hill.” Greg’s response was “If I do it, you do it,” and she said, “You’re on. I accept your challenge.” That wheelchair challenge was closely followed by another with his therapist, Kim, who also succeeded the first time. The therapists still use the Sutter Hill Challenge with their patients.
Throughout his treatment, Greg has stayed positive. He feels his journey unfolded because God was preparing him for what was happening. “I had time to prepare emotionally because I was kept fully informed about what was coming by my medical teams,” he says. “I was at peace with everything until the morning before my amputations. I lay in bed very anxious and began to pray, and I was overcome with a calm, peaceful message that everything would be okay. I haven’t had an anxious moment since.”
“Greg has an attitude of empowerment that is contagious,” says Dr. Tony Chin, physiatrist, and Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Institute. “He participated at a level that was encouraging and inspiring to both the patients and the staff … our nurses and therapists would get daily hugs and ‘doses of Greg’ before starting their shifts. God’s light literally seemed to shine through him.”
Greg now has a customized set of prosthetics that he is becoming more comfortable with. “They reflect my ‘fiery’ personality,” he says. “If I have to wear them, I figure I might as well have some fun with it.” He’s even been to Christian music festivals where the musicians have signed his prosthetics, and “they spur some interesting conversations almost everywhere I go,” he laughs.
And his Harley? Greg met his goal of being back on his bike with the wind in his face in late August. In fact, Greg went on his first overnight ride – he and his cousin rode to the North Rim in mid-September – on the one year anniversary of his experience starting.
If you would like to communicate with Greg, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The wait is finally over! The new Emergency Room at the Siena Campus – one area for adults and another specifically for children – is now open and accepting patients!
More than twice as many treatment rooms – 32 have been added for a total of 56 – will now provide quiet, comfortable, private healing environments for our emergency room patients and their loved ones.
The Children’s Emergency Room has also been expanded and includes 11 kid-friendly treatment rooms. Board-certified pediatric emergency medicine physicians and specialized pediatric emergency nurses will provide the best “kid-sized” care for our smaller patients!
The Level III Trauma Unit has also been expanded to four treatment areas.
While the emergency Room has expanded and is much more comfortable, waiting in an Emergency Room is never fun, so our InQuicker online emergency waiting room service continues to be available at StRoseHospitals.org.