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Siena Joint Replacement Unit Awarded Joint Commission Certification

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for its Joint Replacement Unit. The Joint Commission awarded the Siena Campus the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Joint Replacement.

The Siena Campus earned this distinction after The Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in August making it the first and only hospital in Nevada certified for Joint Replacement and the only one within the Catholic Healthcare West system.

The program was evaluated against The Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“This certification means St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus does the right things and does them well for Joint Replacement patients,” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“The Siena Campus pursued the comprehensive, independent evaluation of The Joint Replacement Unit at our Siena Campus to demonstrate our commitment to a higher standard of service,” said Rod Davis, president, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “Our staff worked incredibly hard to attain certification, so we are very proud to have achieved this distinction.”

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at


Make Plans for the Rose Regatta!

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is hosting the second annual Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Race and Festival at The Village, Lake Las Vegas Marina on Saturday, October 16, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dragon Boat racing at Lake Las Vegas

Sixty dragon boat teams – each with 20 paddlers, a drummer and a steersperson – from Nevada, southern California, Arizona, Colorado and Canada will compete to raise funds to benefit St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ breast health services including medical care and psychosocial support for uninsured women and men facing breast cancer. Nine of the 60 dragon boat teams (eight from outside of Nevada) are comprised solely of breast cancer survivors.

“Dragon boat racing is one of the fastest growing water sports in the country,” said Rod Davis, President/ CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “The response we have received from dragon boat teams across the country and in Canada wanting to participate in this fundraising festival has been overwhelming.”

In addition to the dragon boat races, which begin at 8 a.m., the festival will include activities such as:

  • Flowers on the Water Ceremony – This ceremony honors women currently living with breast cancer and those who lost their lives to the disease. A regular ritual at dragon boat races with breast cancer survivor teams, survivors and supporters assemble near the foot bridge in their dragon boats. After a few words, participants toss flowers into the water as a celebration of survival and to remember those lost.
  • Painted Paddles Gallery – Paddles painted by breast cancer survivors or those touched by the disease will be on display.
  • Light the Way Lantern Tribute – Traditional Chinese lanterns will adorn the floating stage at The Village with dedications to those affected by breast cancer.
  • Entertainment – Entertainment and activities will run during the race and The Village shops and restaurants will be open for your enjoyment.

For more information, please visit or call 702.616.4900.

St. Rose E.R. Wait Times Posted Online

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

In its continuing effort to be transparent and to empower patients with information that will assist them in choosing the hospital that is best for them, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals now posts its emergency room wait times online.

While many local hospitals track how long it takes a person to be triaged (see a nurse), at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, the posted times average the time it took a patient to actually see a doctor in the previous hour. Each campus has its own unique time posted on the website.

“Long waits in emergency rooms are among the top complaints of healthcare consumers. St. Rose is committed to providing consumers information so they can make the healthcare choices that are best for them and their families,” said Rod A. Davis, president, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

The emergency room wait times are posted at, are also accessible from the main page of the hospital’s website (, and can be viewed via smart phones. Healthcare consumers are reminded that these times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival due to the fast-changing nature of emergency room environments. If it is a critical situation, consumers should call 9-1-1.

News You Can Use: City of Henderson National Drug Take Back Day

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment


FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE                                 September 8, 2010

223 Lead Street, Henderson, NV, 89015

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE                                                                                          

Please contact Keith Paul at 267-4510 or Jason Roth at 968-1633 for further information

City of Henderson to Present Operation Medicine Cabinet

In Conjunction with National Drug Take Back Day

Event encourages residents to clean out medicine cabinets of unnecessary drugs

What: Operation Medicine Cabinet

When: Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Where: In the north parking lot of the Galleria at Sunset Mall, 1300 W. Sunset Rd.

Why: To safely depose of unwanted medications

Henderson, Nev. – In conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s first National Take Back Initiative, the city of Henderson Police Department has joined University of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to present Operation Medicine Cabinet in Henderson. 

 Unused and expired drugs may be dropped off anonymously and with no-questions-asked for safe disposal during the one-day, drive-through event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 in the north parking lot of the Galleria at Sunset Mall, located at 1300 W. Sunset Road.

 “We encourage all residents to look through their medicine cabinets and join us to safely dispose of any old or unneeded prescription medications,” said Henderson Police Chief Jutta Chambers. “I know that this effort has the potential to prevent a tragedy.”

 Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen also encourages everyone to take advantage of this effort on Sept. 25 to rid their homes of unwanted medications.

 “We want to keep these medications from being misused, especially by our young people, and hope all our residents will use this as a chance to come down and help us in this effort,” Mayor Hafen said.

 According to Paul Oesterman, associate professor of pharmacy practice and faculty advisor of the Drug Abuse Awareness Team at the University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy, the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, particularly by teens, has increased at an alarming rate in Southern Nevada and across the country.

 The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009, showed that one in five U.S. high school students say they have taken a prescription drug such as OxyContin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Adderall®, Ritalin®, or Xanax®, without a physician’s prescription. Twelfth-graders had the highest likelihood of prescription drug abuse, at 26 percent. A 2009 study by USN, facilitated by Oesterman, found similar rates among Clark County School District middle school students.

 “Unfortunately, most people, particularly youth, are either unaware of or not concerned with the potential chemical dangers of these drugs,” said Oesterman. “There are varying strengths, side-effects and interactions to consider when taking medications that aren’t prescribed to you by a doctor or are simply misused. Tragically, the result can be great bodily harm or even death.” 

 According to Henderson Police Officer Nicole Guess, in addition to regularly cleaning out home medicine cabinets and safely disposing of unwanted drugs and medications, it is also critical that the public secure their current medications at home, so teens can’t access them, as well as keep track of quantities. It’s also important, especially for parents, to make certain that friends and relatives do the same.

 Since being introduced in Southern Nevada in February, Operation Medicine Cabinet has conducted two drug collection events yielding more than 380,000 oral doses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs to be destroyed.

 Operation Medicine Cabinet is presented by the University of Southern Nevada Drug Abuse Awareness Team, city of Henderson, Henderson Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Narcotics Education Foundation of Nevada, Clark County Coroner’s Office, Pain in the Drain, Drug Enforcement Administration and 8 News Now.

For additional information on Operation Medicine Cabinet and information on securing and properly discarding prescription and over-the-counter drugs, visit or become a fan on Facebook at

Las Vegas Sun Article: St. Rose Breaks Ranks

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Check it out – a story in the Las Vegas Sun about St. Rose’s commitment to quality and safe patient care:

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

St. Rose breaks ranks with disclosure on quality of care

By Marshall Allen

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

The St. Rose Dominican Hospitals are winning plaudits for being the first hospitals in Nevada to provide to patients previously internal information about quality of care — including details about certain hospital-acquired infections and injuries.

St. Rose posted the information on its website ( Most of the information is compiled from reports available publicly elsewhere, such as patient satisfaction and general quality of care information.

To read the rest of the story, please visit:

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St. Rose Posts Quality Information Online

September 7, 2010 Leave a comment

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is now one of the few hospitals in the country that reports on its quality data publicly.

The intention behind this effort was to create a broad source of data that consumers could use in assessing the performance of our hospitals.

Access the data for yourself at:

Watch Univision Tonight!

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Veronica Cortez being interviewed by Univision television reporter.

Make sure to tune in to Univision tonight at 11 p.m. as Veronica “Rony” Cortez, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Hispanic Community Outreach Health Educator & Positive Impact Program Coordinator talks about the many programs we have available for the Hispanic community.

Among the many programs available, Rony talked about our Baby Rose and R.E.D. Rose programs, our car seat safety checks, our Spanish-language physician referral line, and our Family to Family “activities with your kids” programs at the Gibson Library in Henderson.

Car Seat safety checks: Family to Family Connection 568-9601 or WomensCare Center 616-4900.

Activities with your Kids:  Family to Family Connection at 564-0896 or Gibson Library at 564-9287.

 R.E.D. Rose:  (The R.E.D. Rose program, which stands for Responsible Early Detection, addresses the need for quality breast cancer screenings, diagnostic screenings and treatment services.) 616-5750.

Baby Rose: (The Baby Rose program focuses on increasing the number of women who receive prenatal care early in their pregnancies. The program assists women in accessing prenatal care regardless of their ability to pay.) 568-9074.

Spanish-language Physician Referral service: 616-4999.

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