Archive for November, 2011

Coco the Colossal Colon is Coming to Las Vegas

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever wondered what the inside of your colon looks like? Find out this weekend at the Rock & Roll Las Vegas Marathon – that’s where Coco the Colossal Colon will be on display. You can crawl through this wacky, winding 40-foot-long, 4-foot-tall replica of the human colon, hosted by St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, on Sunday, December 4, from 2-10 p.m.

This year’s marathon benefits the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and this free exhibit is meant to give you a new perspective on colorectal cancer, Crohn’s Disease, colitis and the importance of early detection.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Almost 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and over 55,000 of them will die. Daunting numbers, BUT … colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers – over 90 percent of all cases can be prevented through proper screening.

Coco will be by the orange Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Team Challenge tent near the finish line (on the southeast side of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Hotel parking lot). For more information, visit



Categories: Siena

Smith’s Gives St. Rose Dominican Hospitals A $130,000 Gift

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Children’s Miracle Network received an early Thanksgiving gift this year from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores – a check for $130,000. This incredibly generous donation will assist families who are struggling to pay for their child’s medical costs after trauma or serious illness.

Mark Tuffin, Smith’s president, presented the check, saying “Our associates and customers are often touched by the care provided by St. Rose. Their mission is to serve people in need regardless of their ability to pay and we are pleased to help them in that mission.”

St. Rose is the only Children’s Miracle network hospital system in southern Nevada, and 100 percent of every dollar raised in our community stays here to provide pediatric equipment, charity care and health education for children treated at St. Rose.

Smith’s has a long history of supporting children’s hospitals. In the 1940’s, company founder, Dee Smith, collected pennies and delivered them to the nearby children’s hospital. In the past 10 years, Smith’s associates, suppliers and customers have raised over $7 million for freestanding children’s hospital’s charity care programs in Utah.

L-R. Assemblyman Mark Sherwood; St. Rose President/CEO, Rod Davis; Smith's President, Mark Tuffin; Senator Joe Hardy, St. Rose Health Foundation President, Charlie Guida

Categories: Siena

San Martin Celebrates Five Years of Service

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The Most Reverend Bishop Joseph A. Pepe

Incredibly … our beautiful San Martín Campus opened five years ago this month, and almost half of its now 800 employees have been caring for that hospital’s patients for the entire five years!  In fact, the staff at San Martín has cared for more than 150,000 patients since its opening.

This anniversary was honored with a special mass Thursday (11/3/11), officiated by the Most Reverend Bishop Joseph A. Pepe.

Vicky VanMeetren, president/ CEO of the San Martín Campus, opened up the ceremony with a reflection and welcoming the 60 employees and community members who came to take part in the mass.

“Please join me in celebration of a very important five years, the lives we’ve touched and the ministry we have spread. Thank you to Rod for giving us the opportunity and allowing us to build a place that has touched so many lives – there is truly a spirit of healing here,” VanMeetren said during the mass.

Bishop Pepe thanked the employees for the work that is done day in and day out to care for the community.

“It’s a great day. It really is a credit to Rod and his vision and Vicky who has made this an ongoing ministry,” Bishop Pepe said. “Thank you for everything you’ve done these five years; the spirit and the quality care here is exceptional.”

Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations, CHW Nevada and president/CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus, closed out the mass with words of praise, encouragement and a focus toward the future.

Davis asked the assembled crowd how they measure success. It is more than the quality numbers that we compile and more than the excellent care that is given.

“The most important way to measure success is the daily interactions with every patient who walks through this hospital. It is caring for every patient how we would like to be treated – with compassion and dignity. It’s giving people hope,” Davis said.

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WomensCare Magazine Offers Readers the Opportunity to Enter to Win the Organized CookTM cookbook!

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Enter to win a copy of The Organized Cook by "liking" or commenting on St. Rose Dominican Hospitals' Facebook page by Nov. 15!

The new issue of WomensCare magazine is now available at The Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Centers of Excellence or by visiting

With each issue of WomensCare magazine we produce, we have the opportunity to share stories of hope and healing about our patients and their families. In this issue, we briefly highlight one of our Children’s Miracle Network moms, Toni Spilsbury, and offer our readers the opportunity to win one of 12 copies of her cookbook, The Organized Cook, through the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Facebook page.

For more than a decade, Toni worked for large health insurance organizations. She helped them save money through organizational efficiency but found that her own opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction were limited.

Toni has discovered great meaning in her life through meeting the needs of her four children, including twins who were born at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. One of Toni’s twins, a precious baby boy, was born blind and has faced other learning disabilities.

With the support of her husband, Toni established the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) to provide information and services that enable families, healthcare professionals and the community to understand and meet the unique needs of children who are blind or visually impaired. Among the services NBCF provides is Nevada’s first Braille library, specialized learning programs and thoughtfully-orchestrated events for the visually impaired.

As Toni’s children have grown, she’s discovered – like most busy moms do – that her family is often moving in many different directions in order to get to school, practices and other activities. She decided it was imperative that her family gather together at the kitchen table for at least one shared meal each day.

Toni used her knack for cooking and organizational efficiency to create cost-efficient, easy-to-make meals for her family. Since then, she has debuted a meal plan system and cookbook to help other families spend less time and money at the grocery store, less time in the kitchen and more time with family.

 Learn more about Toni’s meal planning system at And don’t forget to enter to win a copy of her cookbook by “liking” or commenting on St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Facebook page!

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