Dignity Health Medical Group Nevada Offers Online Patient Health Records

Access Your Patient Records Online

Dignity Health Medical Group now offers an Online Patient Center for our patients! You or a designated family member can view your health records and communicate by e-mail with your personal physician.

The Dignity Health Medical Group Online Patient Center provides a convenient, secure, and electronic way for you to access your clinic visit records (as well as your St. Rose Dominican hospital information). You can also communicate with your Dignity Health Medical Group care team. All you need is Internet access and an e-mail address.

Features of the Online Patient Center:Online Patient Lady Web

  • View lab, imaging, and pathology results (for tests performed at a Dignity Health facility)
  • See a list of your procedures and diagnoses
  • Review your medications and allergies
  • View upcoming Dignity Health Medical Group and St. Rose Dominican appointments and add them to your personal calendar
  • Send a secure message to request, reschedule or cancel an appointment
  • Send secure messages to DHMG physicians and clinic staff
  • Read a summary of your visit

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Provide your e-mail address when you check in for your appointment.
  2. Check your e-mail for an invitation to enroll in the Online Patient Center, and click on the link provided.
  3. Follow the quick, easy steps to enroll, and start managing all of your health records online!

Signing Up Is Easy!

Simply visit your Dignity Health Medical Group clinic and provide your e-mail address to the front desk staff. You will receive an e-mail invitation to the Online Patient Center. Click on the link provided in the e-mail and follow the quick, easy steps to complete your enrollment and start managing all of your health records online.

For More Help

Once you’ve enrolled, the Dignity Health Online Patient Center offers support †24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling ‘‰‰‹Œ†„‹‘Š„“877.621.8014, or on the web at DignityHealth.org/Patients.

Introducing REACH Magazine

ReachUnder45CoverFINALSmallWith the Summer 2015 issue of St. Rose’s quarterly magazine, we are launching the inaugural edition of Reach, formerly WomensCare magazine. After talking with local men and women in focus groups, we found that first, the name WomensCare made it appear the publication was not pertinent to men, which isn’t the case, and second, while people really like our articles, they would prefer that they are shorter and that we cover broader health and wellness topics.

The name “Reach” was chosen because we want our readers to think about all of the goals they aspire to reach – health, wellness, emotional, etc. – and we want to inspire them to reach those goals.

Readers will notice that the magazine doesn’t have as many pages as it did before – that is because we removed all 10 pages of advertisements.

We will continue to write stories featuring our patients and employees, and we will use our original photographs.

If you have any comments about the magazine – or story ideas for future issues – I’d love to hear them. You can contact me at kim.haley@dignityhealth.org.

To see Reach online, visit strosereach.org  

They had her back

Caring support means the world to one of our own.

For more than a decade, Marcie Mynatt, RN, has dedicated herself to caring for patients and being there for her fellow employees at St. Rose Dominican. In July 2011, Marcie learned she had Stage IIIC ovarian cancer. Suddenly, she found herself the patient—and when she needed it most, she also found incredible support.

Listening to her body

Severe bloating and pelvic pain had troubled Marcie for months. “I knew something was not right,” she says. “It wasn’t until I had a CT scan at St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima Campus that the cancer was found.”

Unfortunately, this is often the case with ovarian cancer. It can occur and grow silently. And early signs may be dismissed as not serious. But when it is cancer, it’s one of the most dangerous types. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer accounts for only about 3 percent of cancers among women. But it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

After she was diagnosed, Marcie’s treatment began immediately. She had a complete hysterectomy. Lymph nodes in her pelvis and abdomen were removed along with a section of her colon.

“For those whose cancer has spread widely throughout the abdomen as Marcie’s had, it is important that as much of the
tumor is removed as possible,” says Anthony Nguyen, MD, oncologist. “The goal is to leave no tumors larger than 1 centimeter.”

Strengthened by humankindness

“Those who have or have had any type of cancer know that it takes strength and a will to fight,” says Marcie. “But it also takes support, and I honestly couldn’t have made it this far without my family and friends as well as the assistance I
received from St. Rose Dominican and its employees. I am so thankful for their amazing generosity.”

Marcie’s co-workers donated PTO (paid time off), prepared meals for her family, and covered for her when treatments left her exhausted. “I was able to focus on recovering without worrying about work,” she says.

If you have concerns about your gynecologic health and need a doctor, please call 702.616.4900 for a referral.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tuesdays, July 21 – August 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WomensCare Center of Excellence – Green Valley
2651 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Suite 180
Henderson, NV 89074

Research studies show there are high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers because they often feel they have no control over events. That feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers’ physical and emotional health.

This evidence-based workshop is designed to have positive impact on the health of a diverse group of caregivers, including adult children of aging parents, spouses/partners, caregivers at differing stages in their caregiving roles, living situations, financial, and educational backgrounds.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers learn self-care behaviors, how to manage emotions, increase self-efficacy and find community resources.

Topics Include:

  • Taking Care of You
  • Communicating in Challenging Situations
  • Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress
  • Learning From Our Emotions
  • Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns
  • Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Call 702.616.4900 to enroll in this free program.

Protect Your Skin

09917_WOMC_Spring15.inddBeing active outdoors can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle … and with the wonderful climate in southern Nevada, getting regular exercise and fresh air year round is easy. While sun protection is always important, now that we are approaching the warmest time of the year, we all need to be even more aware of the sun’s intensity so we can protect ourselves from UV rays and the damage they cause.

For many southern Nevadans, summer means dashing from air conditioned homes to air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned workplaces, but we are still getting some exposure to the sun and its harmful rays even when we are only in the sun for a few minutes at a time. Those who work outside or participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, golfing, tennis, hiking, etc., often get more sun exposure for extended periods of time. In either case, sun protection is essential to preventing skin cancer — the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells.

Protect Yourself
The warmth and light of the sun are relaxing and can boost our spirits, but the benefits come with a dangerous trade off. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and 90 percent of them are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In fact, the American Cancer Society says Nevada has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the country. And it’s not just about cancer. Most of the skin damage we associate with aging – wrinkles, discoloration, sagging, and leathering – is UV related, and it is cumulative.

According to Dr. Brandon Reynolds, plastic surgeon and third generation Las Vegan, there is still a great deal of confusion about the sun’s risks and cancer. “Many of my patients who grew up in the ‘slather yourself with baby oil and bake’ generation come to get treated for skin cancer and say ‘this is the last skin cancer I’ll ever get because from now on, I’m staying out of sun.’ Unfortunately, the cancers these patients are experiencing have resulted from damage that has already been done. Stopping sun exposure now will help prevent additional damage, but it won’t prevent cancer that was caused by previous  exposure.”

When you’re in the sun, be smart and enjoy it without risking your health. Follow these simple rules:

Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you’re outside, try to find shade or carry a sun umbrella. If your favorite activities take place outdoors, enjoy them during early mornings and late afternoons.

Do not burn. Just one sunburn increases your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. If you have five or more sunburns during your lifetime (not during one summer or one year), your risk doubles.

Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds. Tans are never safe … it doesn’t matter if you get tanned on a beach, by a pool or in a tanning bed. The Skin Cancer Foundation indicates that those who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and 74 percent more likely to get melanoma. Even occasional tanning booth use triples your chance of developing melanoma.

Many tanning salon operators insist their bulbs are safe and that some exposure to UV rays is necessary for vitamin D, but neither statement is true. It’s much safer to get vitamin D through foods such as salmon, fortified milk, orange juice or dietary supplements. And the new sunlamps used in tanning salons actually emit UV doses as much as 12 times that of the sun.

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothes, especially densely woven bright- or dark-colored fabrics, can be your most effective form of sun protection, and the more skin you cover, the better, so when possible, wear long sleeves and long pants in the sun.

Don’t forget your eyes! Serious conditions from cataracts to melanomas of the eye and eyelid can be prevented by wearing wraparound sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of the sun’s UV rays and shield the eyes and surrounding skin. Hats are a great, fashionable way to help protect the face and back of neck. Find one with a brim that is 3” or larger.

Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. A sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how long skin can be exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays before burning compared to how long it would take to burn without protection.

“SPF 15 is technically a full block of the sun,” says Dr. Reynolds, “but it has to be put on so thick it would be visible to others. An SPF of 30 doubles the protection, providing substantial protection if it is put on and reapplied as directed. How often you need to reapply depends on the product’s ingredients, how often you get wet or if you’re sweating heavily.”

Look for products that offer “broad spectrum” or UVA/UVB protection, and make sure your sunscreen has one or more of these ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, stabilized avobenzone or ecamsule.

Use sunscreen every day and in every kind of weather because:

  • sunlight reflects off snow, ice, sand, and water, all of which intensify UV effects by as much as 80 percent.
  • even on overcast days, 70-80 percent of UV rays travel through clouds
  • at high altitudes, the thinner atmosphere filters out less UV rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside, then reapplying every two hours or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating.

Keep infants out of the sun! “Babies are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun because their skin has very little melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, hair, and eyes and provides some sun protection,” says Dr. Reynolds. “I ask my patients to be aggressive about keeping their kids out of the sun or covered in sunblock.”

If you take your baby out in his or her first six months, make sure he or she is covered with clothes, wears a hat or sunbonnet, and is shielded by a stroller hood or umbrella. One severe burn in childhood will actually double your child’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.

Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. Inspect your skin in a full-length mirror.

  • Start with your head and face – use a blow dryer to check your scalp
  • Check your hands, including nails. Look at your elbows, arms, underarms, torso, and trunk
  • With your back to the mirror, use a hand mirror to check your back, the back of your neck, and other hard-to-see places
  • Sitting down, check your legs and feet including soles, heels, toes, and nails

See your physician every year for a professional skin exam. Regular total-body checkups are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy. Ask your child’s pediatrician to examine skin as part of a yearly checkup.

At-Risk Skin Types
Certain types of skin are at greater risk for developing sun damage and skin cancer. Light-skinned people who always burn and never tan are at highest risk for skin damage and skin cancers. Those with more pigmentation in their skin (darker skin) have more natural protection from sunlight, but they can still get skin cancer. Bottom line is, everyone is at risk and should follow the prevention tips outlined above.

The most common forms of skin cancer linked to UV exposure are

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – The most frequently occurring form of skin cancer often looks like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps or scars.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) – The second most frequent form of skin cancer often looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression or warts that may crust or bleed.

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Melanoma – The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanomas often resemble moles and some develop from moles. Most are black or brown, but they can be skin colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma can show up at any age and can spread to other parts of the body.

 

 

Melanoma

Melanoma

Treatment Options

According to Dr. Reynolds, the method of treatment depends on how invasive the cancer is. “There are treatments as simple as freezing the cancer off with liquid nitrogen, burning it off or using topical drugs such as Aldera® or Effudex®, or cutting out the growth, along with a surrounding border of skin using a scalpel or curette, an instrument with a sharp, ring-shaped tip.” In most cases, these procedures can be done in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Dr. Reynolds stresses that the method of treatment should be a joint decision between the doctor and patient.

If you have any warning signs, visit your primary care physician. He or she may then refer you to a dermatologist for further examination. For more information or to find a physician, please call 702.616.4900.

St. Rose & Community Partners Launch Healthy Southern Nevada Website

The Southern Nevada Health District, with the support of community partners including St. Rose Dominican, the UNLV School of Nursing, UNLV School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and United Way of Southern Nevada, have just launched the Healthy Southern Nevada website.

Fresh FruitThis first-of-its-kind website is a source of community health information and population data available to planners, policy makers, and members of the community to use when conducting community assessments, strategic planning, and community health improvement and advocacy activities. The website can be accessed at http://www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

The Healthy Southern Nevada website features a number of tools for users:

  • The Find Health Data section allows the user to view more than 100 economic, social, and health indicators for Clark County.
  • The Promising Practices section is a collection of documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life from around the country.
  • Additional tools assist in generating reports, indexing socioeconomic needs, comparing health indicators, and finding health disparities.

“St. Rose Dominican is excited to be a part of this innovative, collaborative approach to public health,” said Holly Lyman, Director of WomensCare and Community Outreach for St. Rose. “This new tool will be very beneficial for those who want to better the health of all Nevadans, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this project.”

This website is also integral to the health district’s current efforts to complete a Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan as part of the Public Health Accreditation process. The information is intended to be a resource for all interested audiences, including hospitals and health care providers, other public health agencies, health coalitions, non-profits, city planners, policy makers, educators, local service providers, and students.

Additional HealthySouthernNevada.org partners include the American Heart Association, Center for Progressive Policy and Practice, LLC, Clark County Social Services, Clark County School District, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes, and Nevada HAND.

St. Rose Dominican and Community Partners Launch Healthy Website

Multiethnic Group of People Holding Alphabet To Form Health

The Southern Nevada Health District, with the support of community partners including Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, the UNLV School of Nursing, UNLV School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, and United Way of Southern Nevada, have launched the Healthy Southern Nevada website. This first-of-its-kind website is a source of community health information and population data available to planners, policy makers, and community members to use as a tool for conducting community assessments, strategic planning and community health improvement and advocacy activities. The website can be found at: http://www.HealthySouthernNevada.org.

The Healthy Southern Nevada website features a number of tools for users. The Find Health Data section allows the user to view more than 100 economic, social and health indicators for Clark County. The Promising Practices section is a collection of documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life from around the country. Additional tools can assist in generating reports, indexing socioeconomic needs, comparing health indicators, and finding health disparities.

“Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican is excited to be a part of this innovative, collaborative approach to public health,” said Holly Lyman, Director of WomensCare and Community Outreach for St. Rose. “This new tool will be very beneficial for those that want to better the health of all Nevadans, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this project.

This website is also integral to the health district’s current efforts to complete a Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan as part of the Public Health Accreditation process. In addition, this information is intended to be a resource for all interested audiences, including but not limited to hospitals and health care providers, other public health agencies, health coalitions, non-profits, city planners, policy makers, educators, local service providers and students.

Additional HealthySouthernNevada.org partners include the American Heart Association, Center for Progressive Policy and Practice, LLC, Clark County Social Service, Clark County School District, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, March of Dimes and Nevada HAND.

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