Archive for August, 2010

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus Stroke Care Program


St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The Siena Campus earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in early August making it the first and only hospital certified for stroke care in Henderson.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on published recommendations for stroke centers developed by experts in the field. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.

To receive the Primary Stroke Center designation, a stroke program must educate and train physicians and nursing staff in stroke care, and put in place processes for delivering clinical care developed by physician and nursing experts in the field; this includes being prepared to give the clot-busting medication, t-PA. In addition to the Joint Commission requirements, the Siena Campus offers advanced stroke care by providing interventional neuroradiology, which allows for advanced life-saving techniques (beyond what is required by The Joint Commission) to be performed for victims of stroke. The Siena Campus is one of only two stroke centers in southern Nevada that provides these advanced stroke services.

Siena now provides t-PA, a clot-busting medication, to all applicable stroke patients as well as interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgical services 24/7 for comprehensive stroke care. This means that all treatment options for stroke are now available at the Siena campus.

“We are proud to have achieved the Primary Stroke Center distinction,” says Rod Davis, president, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding stroke care to our patients and our community. The certification is exciting for our Siena Campus – and Henderson residents – because it means that they can now receive high-level interventional stroke care close to home.”

When it comes to stroke, “Time is Brain.” Before St. Rose received its stroke certification, patients in Henderson had to be transported to a different hospital in Las Vegas about 20 minutes away, a process that wasted precious time. Residents on the south and east side of town can now be brought to the Siena Campus and get treated more quickly.

“People are becoming more informed but still need to understand that stroke doesn’t affect just our older population – it affects young adults as well,” said Scott Selco, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Stroke Care for St. Rose.

Each year, about 750,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke – the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“St. Rose Dominican Hospitals demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

To participate in screenings to help determine your risk factors for stroke and learn more about how to recognize stroke and what to do if one occurs, join Dr. Scott Selco Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 8-10 a.m. at the Siena Campus. Screenings will also be available. Call 616-4900 for information.


Egg Safety at St. Rose

Half a billion eggs have now been recalled due to the Salmonella outbreak and as such, we continue to field questions regarding the ever-increasing recall of eggs. All eggs and egg products received by St. Rose’s Nutrition Services have been pasteurized and meet the most stringent guidelines to ensure that they are safe for our healthcare setting. The shell eggs St. Rose uses go through a 5-step system, and again, have been pasteurized to destroy all viable salmonella.

Do NOT eat eggs over easy … the FDA says to avoid runny egg yolks – and don’t eat uncooked cookie or cake batter!

Make sure to check with your local grocery story, or check on their websites for recall information to see if eggs you have purchased are affected.

If you love eggs, and just can’t live without them, make sure they are throughly cooked. Find great egg recipes at:

Miracle on Las Vegas Blvd.

Check out the story in today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal, that includes St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus:

Aug. 20, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal

COLLAPSE AT RESTAURANT: On the fly, doctor uses steak knife, straw to rescue ‘Santa’ with throat cut


“It only stands to reason that Santa Claus received the kindest cut of all.

Yes, in the drama that played out Wednesday night at the Bootlegger Bistro on Las Vegas Boulevard South, Santa got what was coming to him.


Dr. Michael Colletti, bless his heart, slit Santa’s throat.”

University of Southern Nevada and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Join Forces to Meet Nevada’s Future Demand for Nurses

 The University of Southern Nevada (USN) and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals (St. Rose) have partnered to help shape Nevada’s workforce by preparing qualified registered nurses to meet the state’s future healthcare demand. As a result, career seekers and career changers who already have a bachelor’s degree can become a registered nurse in 14 months through a new accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing (ABSN). The USN ABSN combines online courses and on-site labs taught by USN faculty with clinical rotations at St. Rose locations and other clinical sites in Southern Nevada. 

In Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, nearly 5,500 new nurses will be needed state-wide by 2016. In addition, over the next few years, it is anticipated that the nursing occupation will grow by 37 percent and have an annual growth rate of 3 percent. This promising employment projection casts a glimmer of light on a state currently in the unenviable position of having the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 14.2 percent.

To showcase the program, USN and St. Rose are holding a “Come Explore Nursing” education fair on Tuesday, August 31 from 8-11 a.m. and again at 4-7 p.m. at the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – San Martín Campus conference center, rooms A & B, 8280 West Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV 89113.

The event will allow attendees to learn about the nursing profession, speak with St. Rose nurses from various units, learn about being a nurse at St. Rose, and speak with St. Rose recruiters to learn about the hospital’s culture. Attendees can also learn about USN nurse education programs, including their new nursing program – Nevada’s only 14-month accelerated online bachelor’s degree program – that starts classes in October and is specially designed for adults who already have a bachelor’s degree and want a new career or to change careers. USN instructors will be available to answer questions about the curriculum.

Experts agree that, as the economy improves, the demand for nurses will increase. Nurses who delayed retirement during the economic downturn will retire. Part-time nurses who went full-time because of an unemployed or underemployed spouse will resume their part time schedules, and patients will seek treatment for elective procedures they postponed to save out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, healthcare reform and an aging baby boomer generation will create increased demand for nurses for an already stressed national healthcare system that will be short 1 million nurses by 2020.

“Nevada’s nursing shortage has been mitigated somewhat during the economic downturn,” said Dr. Mable Smith, dean of and professor at the USN College of Nursing. “As the economy improves, we will see the nursing shortage become critical. To help address this community issue, the university has joined forces with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals to address the region’s future need for nurses. We expect that people who enter into nurse education programs now will find a different employment environment at the end of their degree program as the economy rebounds. ”

Rod A. Davis, President and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals added, “Our three hospitals are well-known for providing quality, compassionate healthcare for the community, and our nurses are one of the main reasons we are able to provide that high level of care. We are looking forward to working with the USN College of Nursing to provide this much needed educational resource to our community.”  


This event is free and open to the public. To register, or for more information, call 877-885-8399 or visit   

Who:     The University of Southern Nevada (USN) in collaboration with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

What:    Come Explore Nursing, an education event focused on the nursing profession and USN nursing education programs

When: August 31, 2010 from 8-11 a.m. and from 4-7 p.m.

Where: St. Rose Dominican Hospitals San Martín Campus conference center, rooms A & B, 8280 West Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Why:     To address Nevada’s current and future nursing shortage and to highlight career opportunities

Blizzard in Vegas!

We had a great time on Aug. 5 at the DQ® Orange Julius® at Town Square. Numerous DQ® Orange Julius®  around town were taking part in Miracle Treat Day to support our own local Children’s Miracle Network.

Fun at the Town Square Dairy Queen.

As part of Miracle Treat Day, DQ® Orange Julius® at Town Square Las Vegas hosted a Blizzard eating contest to raise awareness for Children’s Miracle Network. The person who eats the most Oreo® Brownie Earthquake® Blizzard had a Blizzard named after him or her and receive a free Blizzard each month for a year. Thirteen other Dairy Queens across the valley are taking part in Miracle Treat Day with at least $1 from each Blizzard treat sold being donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

And the winner of the Blizzard eating contest was …. Ron Koch who ate 18 Blizzards!!

Thank you to all those who came out to participate and had a little winter fun in August to support the children in our community.

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