Archive for June, 2012

Rose de Lima Campus Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Our Rose de Lima Campus is celebrating 65 years of providing quality, compassionate care to the community and to those in need TODAY.

In June 1947, seven Adrian Dominican Sisters traveled across the country by train from their motherhouse in southern Michigan to Henderson after their order purchased Basic Magnesium Hospital for $1 a year with a commitment to run it for 25 years. They immediately embraced the community and began fulfilling their mission of caring for those in need.

“Sixty-five years later, the commitment those seven sisters made to our community continues to serve as the foundation of what is now the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals system of three hospitals – Rose de Lima Campus, Siena Campus and San Martín Campus,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Their acts of faith, dedication and compassion live on through the services provided by St. Rose employees as well as the 12 sisters who still work within the hospital system.”

During Rose de Lima’s 65 years of providing healthcare services, generations of patients have been treated. The hospital has been recognized many times over the years for its excellence in care, most recently as a top performing hospital in the MIDAS+ National Comparative Database and excellence in the care of high-risk, high-volume and problem-prone clinical populations.

In honor of the hospital’s 65th anniversary, Bishop Joseph Pepe will perform a mass, employees are invited to have their hands blessed (as a sign of the care and healing they pass along to patients and to honor their mission as caregivers), and cake will be served to all employees.

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St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Siena and San Martín Campuses each has Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to care for our tiniest patients. Our video tour of the NICU will help new parents and caregivers become acquainted with the unit, as well as the processes and equipment used in the care of your baby.

Categories: Siena

Siena Campus Receives Get With The Guidelines Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award

Congratulations to the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus’ STROKE TEAM!

The Siena Campus has just received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the Siena Campus’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally-accepted standards and recommendations.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “The Siena Campus developed a comprehensive system for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department, which includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.”

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award, the Siena Campus consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation. The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.

“We commend St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

“The time is right for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines–Stroke.  The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Kim Dokken, Trauma & Stroke Programs Director.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Categories: Siena

Chinese Delegation visits St. Rose

On Friday, June 15, a Chinese delegation from the Ministry of Commerce for Medical and Healthcare Exports and Imports met with representatives from Union Village at Ravella at Lake Las Vegas to explore the concept of the Integrated Health Village and its applicability as a center of excellence in southern Nevada, and how the model could be replicated for the good of others. The delegation also visited and toured St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ San Martín Campus.

The meeting featured a presentation on Union Village, including presentations on proton therapy, senior living services and Union Plaza, the project’s retail, restaurant, residential and entertainment center.  Additionally, the delegation visted the Union Village site at the northeast corner of US 93/95 and Galleria Drive in Henderson, Nev. 

Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, Consul General of People’s Republic of China Zhansheng Gao, Nevada’s Director of Economic Development Steve Hill, Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki and several members from the Henderson City Council were in attendance. During their trip to the United States, the Chinese delegation is visiting Harvard and Yale University in addition to Union Village and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

Visitors in the delegation include Ming Xu, vice president of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines & Health Products; Na Zhao, deputy director of the Ministry of Commerce of China; Pengfei Tu with the Ministry of Commerce of China; Gang Cao, director of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines & Health Products; Beibei Zhang, deputy director of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines & Health Products; Guofeng Wu, the executive assistant at Zhejiang Medicine. Co., Ltd; Qi Kang, general director of The United Laboratories International Holdings Limited; Qing Guo, legal advisor; Tengfei Gao, manager;  Hao Xu, manager of Anhui Guangyintang Chinese Medicine Co. Ltd;  Xinbin Shu, president of Shandong Mingyuan Import & Export Company, Ltd.; and Wenzhi Tian, CEO of Huabo Biopharm Company, Ltd.

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Performs Minimally-Invasive TAVR

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is leading the valley in its minimally-invasive heart procedures, including offering the new TAVR procedure, giving patients options for their cardiac care.

St. Rose has successfully completed the SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve by Edwards (TAVR) procedure on several patients, allowing those patients a surgical option when no other option was available.

The TAVR procedure was approved by the FDA in November 2011, as a therapy for adult patients with severe symptomatic native aortic valve stenosis who were determined inoperable for open heart aortic valve replacement surgery by their cardiac surgeons. With the recent opening of St. Rose’s hybrid OR, TAVR therapy is now available for adult patients who are not candidates for traditional open-heart surgery.

“A multi-disciplinary ‘TAVR Heart Team,’ led by cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists, is bringing the highest level of heart care to our community,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “This is another way that St. Rose is meeting the needs of the community and giving physicians the tools they need to care for their patients.”

Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from Aortic Stenosis (AS), and approximately one-third of those suffer from severe AS (usually patients older than 75) which means surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) is necessary. Studies show that without an AVR, 50 percent of those patients with severe AS will not survive more than two years after symptoms begin.

“The support of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals made this new procedure possible for our patients,” said Dr. Herb Cordero, cardiologist. “Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at St. Rose now have the newest technology and procedures to treat patients who would otherwise be too ill for lifesaving surgeries.”

Prior to the approval of TAVR by the FDA, there were no treatment options available for patients who were inoperable because of factors such as age, history of heart disease, frailty or other issues. TAVR enables the placement of a collapsible aortic heart valve into the body via a catheter inserted near the groin rather than by open heart surgery – a much less invasive method of delivery.

“Women of St. Rose” Collection Unveiled at Henderson Library

L-R: Sister Katie McGrail, OP, Vice President of Mission Integration-Siena Campus, Tom Fay, Director-Henderson District Public Libraries; Wendy Walker, Digital Projects Librarian

Representatives from St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and the Henderson District Public Libraries unveiled its “Women of St. Rose” digital historic collection today. The collection preserves and documents more than 65 years of history of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and the women who were an integral part of that history.

The extensive collection even includes the 1947 dedication book of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Rose de Lima Campus that features intricate drawings and signatures of those who attended the opening ceremony. The collection features previous volunteer applications which reflected the times by asking female applicants such questions as “What does your husband do?” and “Do you drive?” Hospital annals are also preserved within the collection, thoroughly documenting the early days of what was then called Rose de Lima Hospital.

Wendy Walker, Digital Projects Librarian, oversaw the project, which included scanning and preserving all documents in archival-quality document holders. The digital collection is searchable by key words to help researchers or those simply interested in the history of St. Rose and the community.

“It was such a joy to work with St. Rose in preserving these materials for future generations,” said Wendy. “What stood out to me in going through the materials were the central roles not just the Adrian Dominican Sisters played in shaping the hospital but those the women of our early community played.”

Walker said documents such as meeting minutes and the volunteer applications are windows into the past for women, their roles in family and society and how the hospital was an anchor within the community.

“We are so thankful that the Henderson Libraries reached out to us to help us preserve our historic documents,” said Sister Katie McGrail, Vice President of Mission Integration at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus. “This collection makes the history of St. Rose and the Adrian Dominican Sisters available to the community.”

The collection can be accessed digitally by visiting the library website, clicking on the Research tab, then the Local History tab or at:

CMN Radiothon!

Children’s Miracle Network Collaborates with Beasley Broadcasting for Second Annual Radiothon

Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization whose local proceeds benefit St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ pediatric departments, is holding its first annual three-day radiothon with Beasley Broadcasting’s AM 720 KDWN, 102.7 The Coyote, and 96.3 KKLZ, now through June 2, 2012.  Call 702-616-5800 to make a pledge today.

“KDWN and The Coyote will be broadcasting live from our St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus lobby throughout the fundraising event,” said Charlie Guida, president, St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation. “Families will tell their miracle stories, and we’ll have a few special guests. Our goal is to have members of the community call in pledges and contribute. Donations can be made by credit card, check, online, cash – even spare change. Every donation makes a difference by ensuring that sick children in our community get the medical treatment – and special attention – they need.”

In southernNevada, 100 percent of every dollar raised by Children’s Miracle Network in our community goes to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Pediatric Centers to provide state-of-the art treatment and care, specialized pediatric medical equipment, health education, and charity care to those families who are most in need.

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