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St. Rose Ranked Third in Review-Journal’s Top Workplaces

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

By Buck Wargo, Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 24, 2013

The reward of a job that helps people in an organization that takes care of its employees makes St. Rose Dominican Hospitals a top place to work in Las Vegas.

The not-for-profit health care provider ranked No. 3 in the large-company category.

Employees cite salary and benefits as big pluses in their industry. St. Rose offers medical, dental and vision insurance, which includes a health maintenance organization with no out-of-pocket expenses to employees and their families.

“I am treated with dignity and respect, and I feel valued as an employee,” one employee said. “My benefits are more than comparable to any other hospital in the valley.”

Employees can receive a forgivable loan of up to $2,500 to use toward a home purchase or refinance. Other benefits include discounted rates on day care centers, tuition reimbursement and even employee scholarships. Employees also can earn up to $1,500 for every successful referral they make to the hospital.

Employees receive recognition in areas such as clinical excellence and patient care. The Value in Action Awards given at each of the three hospitals has winners featured at an annual employee appreciation dinner. The top winner receives a trophy and financial award.

Every month, employees who excel at patient satisfaction are selected by managers for a GEM award. The winners receive a $50 certificate for an area restaurant or theater.

In its Star Performer Program, St. Rose honors employees monthly for exemplifying the hospital’s five core values – dignity, justice, collaboration, stewardship and excellence. The winners receive a limousine ride to a show.

“I’m treated with respect and feel like a valuable asset,” one employee said. “I have been given more opportunities to learn and grow within the organization.”

Employees said the hospital creates a family atmosphere.

“I feel appreciated for the hard work that I do,” one employee said. “I am compensated well and enjoy working here.”

One employee praised the hospital for giving them the opportunity to give back and volunteer within the community.

“My co-workers give their best,” one employee said. “St. Rose has a great reputation in the community and offers quality to patients and staff.”

“I feel that I’m working with a company that is making a difference in my community,” one employee said. “I work in an easy-going, productive environment with people who work well together.”



St. Rose Reduces Early Elective Deliveries – for Mom & Baby

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment

For the past two decades, the number of early elective baby deliveries has been on the rise. Expectant mothers often prefer to plan their baby’s birth date in advance so they can be assured that their own doctor will deliver the baby. Reducing the number of days of discomfort during late stage pregnancy and making sure an anticipated quick delivery occurs in a hospital are also reasons women choose elective deliveries.

The problem is … early elective deliveries come with risks, including increased newborn feeding problems, increased respiratory distress syndrome, and increased Neonatal Intensive Care Unit admissions, according to the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Newborns admitted to the NICU typically spend five days in the hospital.  

Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ parent company – announced that it has reduced early elective deliveries from 7 percent to 1 percent in less than one year after a focused education and intervention effort.

The 32 hospitals in the Dignity Health system that operate labor and delivery units have reduced early elective deliveries between 37 and 39 weeks of gestation, saving an estimated $1 million in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit costs. St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-San Martín Campus has reduced its early elective deliveries significantly – from 5.21 percent to zero percent, while the Siena Campus has reduced its early elective deliveries from 4.52 percent to just .6 percent.

“More than 4,350 babies have been delivered at our San Martín and Siena Campuses over the past 12 months,” said Rod A. Davis, president/CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Of that number, just 21 were early elective deliveries. We want to give our children the best possible start in life, so our goal is to reduce that number to zero.”

“We applaud Dignity Health for their commitmenImaget to the health of moms and babies,” shares Leslie Kowalewski, Associate State Director of the March of Dimes in California. “Their efforts are showing a positive impact in the health and well being of their patients. We hope all hospital systems will take a similar stand and join the efforts of Dignity Health to make these constructive changes.”

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is following a plan based on recommendations by the March of Dimes, which includes education and training for caregivers and patients, algorithms for scheduling deliveries, a checklist that includes medically necessary early deliveries and a policy for a hard stop for patients that do not meet certain criteria, such as hypertension or preeclampsia.

“The exciting thing about putting this plan in place,” said Debbie Pavlica, Director of Maternal Child Services for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, “is that we are enabling families to take their newborns home healthier and more quickly following delivery.” 

“Impressions of Siena” Children’s Art Gallery Opens at St. Rose

February 12, 2013 Leave a comment
As reported in today’s Henderson Press, a new children’s art gallery, “Impressions of Siena,” presented by the city of Henderson and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus, has opened at our Siena Campus.

Margo Sak, with City of Henderson, hangs exhibit photos.
The gallery’s first exhibit in a hospital features 32 works of art created by students at B. Mahlon Brown Junior High School and will remain on display until April 25 when a new exhibit by students will debut. The exhibit features works of art created with charcoal, oil and soft pastels, and collage. 
“The city’s collaboration with community partners such as St. Rose Dominican Hospitals enables us to showcase and celebrate the work of talented young Henderson artists,” said Mayor Andy Hafen.

“This is our first gallery to be located inside a hospital, where these colorful and lively creations will bring a sense of joy to many people. It’s a unique way to make art accessible to more people in our community.”

‘Impressions of Siena’ is located on the third floor lobby at 3001 St. Rose Pkwy. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily admission is complimentary.

The city also hosts and curates the four other galleries throughout the city, displaying the work of adult and child artists.

Avon Breast Health Outreach Awards $25,000 to R.E.D. Rose Program

February 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States and the leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55? According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 227,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be detected in the United States this year and nearly 40,000 lives will be lost. Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes and a death from breast cancer every 14 minutes. 

Despite these staggering statistics, there IS hope AND help coming from organizations devoted to raising awareness and supporting women – organizations like the Avon Breast Health Outreach and the St. Rose R.E.D. (Responsible Early Detection) Rose Programs. 

The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has just awarded a $25,000 one-year grant to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ R.E.D. Rose Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer through annual mammogram screenings. This is the third year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work on this important health issue and in recognition of the program’s excellence. 

The R.E.D. Rose Program educates the community on breast cancer awareness and refers women and men under 49 who lack adequate health care coverage or the financial means to pay, the following services: free clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, surgical consultations and biopsies. The program also provides information and referrals as well as financial assistance to those undergoing treatment.

“We are proud that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our R.E.D. Rose Program again this year. With these funds, not only will we be able to provide education on breast cancer awareness, we will provide 380 mammograms and nearly 300 clinical breast exams this year,” says Rod Davis, president/CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada.

Since January 2006, the R.E.D. Rose Program has provided nearly 827 clinical breast exams, more than 1,500 mammograms, nearly 1,238 breast ultrasounds, and more than 344 biopsies to the uninsured women in our community. 

While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. Programs such as the R.E.D. Rose Program at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.

Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,550 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States, including the R.E.D. Rose Program at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.

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