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Dignity Health – Best Place to Interview

 

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job sites, ranked Dignity Health first among the 100 winners of its annual Candidate’s Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Interview in 2017 according to those who know best—the candidates.

Among all U.S. companies considered, Dignity Health received an impressive overall interview experience rating of 93 percent based on positive interview experience ratings, interview duration, and level of interview difficulty shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year. This rating is higher than any other listed company, and is a testament to the passion we bring to our ministry each day, and the way we share that passion with candidates.

Glassdoor noted several themes in candidates’ feedback that led to Dignity Health receiving the top spot on the Best Places to Interview list. Our interviewers often set clear expectations, shared useful information about the role, asked a range of questions—from related experience to how to handle specific situations—and allowed for open questions from candidates.

As Glassdoor’s chief human resources officer said: “The interview process is the gateway experience that employers have with a candidate, and you only get one chance to make a great first impression. It’s no easy task, but employers who get this right will have the recruiting and business advantage.”

We are honored by this award because we believe in demonstrating humankindness in all that we do, especially in our conversations with prospective team members. In the last year, we have implemented a behavioral based interview process, manager training, and standardized job descriptions for non-represented employees. This new approach helps us pinpoint consistent technical competencies, as well as cultural fit and an applicant’s commitment to our patients.

At Dignity Health, we want team members who share our belief that humankindness holds the power to heal and can guide our patients through their healing process.

Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Interview in 2017 list features winning employers across diverse industries spanning health care, business services, technology, retail, aerospace and defense, and more. For more information, visit Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Interview.

 

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Young athletes: Cheer them on to safety

February 3, 2017 Leave a comment

Every kid is a winner when it comes to playing sports. Game time can boost a youngster’s social skills and selfconfidence, while providing plenty of healthy exercise that’s also a lot of fun.

But every sport poses at least some risks. As a parent, you can work with coaches and your young athlete to help reduce these risks.

Stay off the injured list. To help your child score in safety, Emily Peterson, DO, FAAP, a pediatrician at Dignity Health Medical Group’s Henderson location, suggests the following:

ASK QUESTIONS. Learn what your child’s sports program is doing to prevent and respond to injuries, such as ensuring conditioning for players and safety training for coaches.

SCHEDULE A PHYSICAL. A preseason exam from a doctor will help confirm that your youngster is healthy enough to play.

GET EQUIPPED. Depending on the sport, a helmet, body padding, mouthguards or shinguards, eye protection, and proper shoes may be needed.

PLAY BY THE RULES. From football to soccer, many sports have rules designed to prevent injuries. Make sure your child knows—and follows—them.

BEAT THE HEAT. Give your child a water bottle—and encourage frequent drinking.

WARM UP. Encourage warm-up exercises before and cooldown exercises after both practices and games.

TAKE CONCUSSIONS SERIOUSLY. In general, players shouldn’t get back in the game until medically evaluated and cleared to play.

ENCOURAGE REST. Athletes need breaks in between seasons and during practices and games.

SPEAK UP. Teach your child to speak up if he or she is sick or hurt. And remember to check with your child’s doctor if you suspect an injury.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; National Institutes of Health; Safe Kids Worldwide

St. Rose Dominican to Open Four New Neighborhood Hospitals

January 26, 2016 2 comments

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute-care hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas – the Rose de Lima Campus, the San Martin Campus, and the Siena Campus, will be building four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years. These neighborhood hospitals are designed specifically to increase access to high-quality emergency care in underserved metropolitan areas.

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Board-certified physicians, experienced nurses, and other clinical specialists will staff the new neighborhood hospitals. The first level of each of the multi-million dollar hospitals will feature a comprehensive emergency department, an inpatient wing, imaging and quick-access lab services. In addition to Dignity Health Medical Group clinics, other floors will house St. Rose community outreach programs, additional physician offices, and other ancillary clinical services to support community health needs. All neighborhood hospitals will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offering patients the highest levels of care in a smaller campus setting.

Prop Neighborhood Hospital - North Las Vegas WebThe first of the four locations to open is the North Las Vegas Campus, which is scheduled for opening in the first quarter of 2017. The North Las Vegas opening will be followed by three sites in Las Vegas: Blue Diamond Campus, West Flamingo Campus and Sahara Campus, with all sites in operation by summer 2017. Two additional valley locations are also under consideration.

As part of this expansion, St. Rose Dominican has a joint-venture agreement with Emerus, a nationally recognized innovator in the delivery of efficient medical care, to build and manage these sites and to lay the groundwork for additional facilities through the region. This highly efficient model has been successful in both Colorado and Texas, creating shorter wait times in their fully functioning emergency departments, while decompressing the current burden of current ERs.

Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “By partnering with Emerus and building these neighborhood hospitals, we will be expanding our services to the community in convenient locations with compassion, efficiency and excellence, while maintaining our high standards for quality, safety and service. With several of our new locations in areas of redevelopment and growth, such as the North Las Vegas and Sahara/Decatur campuses, we will be the neighborhood choice. St. Rose is proud to work with Emerus to bring this highly-efficient health care model to Nevada.”

“We are honored to partner with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, an organization that values excellence, compassion and collaboration,” said Dr. Toby Hamilton, MD, FACEP and CEO of Emerus. “Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals will continue to grow as the Las Vegas region grows. They are positioned to be the region’s leader in the delivery of efficient, value-driven, community-based health care now and into the future.”

A groundbreaking celebration for the North Las Vegas Campus will be held March 2. Construction on the initial four hospitals is expected to begin shortly. Once open, each hospital is expected to create more than 100 permanent jobs in the greater Las Vegas area.

In addition to creating additional access for high-demand, lifesaving emergency care, these neighborhood campuses will also extend access to primary care. Nevada ranks 46th in the nation for its share of primary care doctors, family care specialists and pediatricians. Each neighborhood campus will include a new Dignity Health Medical Group primary-care clinic, which will help ease the burden on primary-care physicians currently in practice.

Protect Your Skin

09917_WOMC_Spring15.inddBeing active outdoors can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle … and with the wonderful climate in southern Nevada, getting regular exercise and fresh air year round is easy. While sun protection is always important, now that we are approaching the warmest time of the year, we all need to be even more aware of the sun’s intensity so we can protect ourselves from UV rays and the damage they cause.

For many southern Nevadans, summer means dashing from air conditioned homes to air-conditioned cars to air-conditioned workplaces, but we are still getting some exposure to the sun and its harmful rays even when we are only in the sun for a few minutes at a time. Those who work outside or participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, golfing, tennis, hiking, etc., often get more sun exposure for extended periods of time. In either case, sun protection is essential to preventing skin cancer — the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells.

Protect Yourself
The warmth and light of the sun are relaxing and can boost our spirits, but the benefits come with a dangerous trade off. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and 90 percent of them are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. In fact, the American Cancer Society says Nevada has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the country. And it’s not just about cancer. Most of the skin damage we associate with aging – wrinkles, discoloration, sagging, and leathering – is UV related, and it is cumulative.

According to Dr. Brandon Reynolds, plastic surgeon and third generation Las Vegan, there is still a great deal of confusion about the sun’s risks and cancer. “Many of my patients who grew up in the ‘slather yourself with baby oil and bake’ generation come to get treated for skin cancer and say ‘this is the last skin cancer I’ll ever get because from now on, I’m staying out of sun.’ Unfortunately, the cancers these patients are experiencing have resulted from damage that has already been done. Stopping sun exposure now will help prevent additional damage, but it won’t prevent cancer that was caused by previous  exposure.”

When you’re in the sun, be smart and enjoy it without risking your health. Follow these simple rules:

Seek the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you’re outside, try to find shade or carry a sun umbrella. If your favorite activities take place outdoors, enjoy them during early mornings and late afternoons.

Do not burn. Just one sunburn increases your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. If you have five or more sunburns during your lifetime (not during one summer or one year), your risk doubles.

Avoid tanning and never use UV tanning beds. Tans are never safe … it doesn’t matter if you get tanned on a beach, by a pool or in a tanning bed. The Skin Cancer Foundation indicates that those who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and 74 percent more likely to get melanoma. Even occasional tanning booth use triples your chance of developing melanoma.

Many tanning salon operators insist their bulbs are safe and that some exposure to UV rays is necessary for vitamin D, but neither statement is true. It’s much safer to get vitamin D through foods such as salmon, fortified milk, orange juice or dietary supplements. And the new sunlamps used in tanning salons actually emit UV doses as much as 12 times that of the sun.

Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothes, especially densely woven bright- or dark-colored fabrics, can be your most effective form of sun protection, and the more skin you cover, the better, so when possible, wear long sleeves and long pants in the sun.

Don’t forget your eyes! Serious conditions from cataracts to melanomas of the eye and eyelid can be prevented by wearing wraparound sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of the sun’s UV rays and shield the eyes and surrounding skin. Hats are a great, fashionable way to help protect the face and back of neck. Find one with a brim that is 3” or larger.

Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. A sunscreen’s SPF, or sun protection factor, measures how long skin can be exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays before burning compared to how long it would take to burn without protection.

“SPF 15 is technically a full block of the sun,” says Dr. Reynolds, “but it has to be put on so thick it would be visible to others. An SPF of 30 doubles the protection, providing substantial protection if it is put on and reapplied as directed. How often you need to reapply depends on the product’s ingredients, how often you get wet or if you’re sweating heavily.”

Look for products that offer “broad spectrum” or UVA/UVB protection, and make sure your sunscreen has one or more of these ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, stabilized avobenzone or ecamsule.

Use sunscreen every day and in every kind of weather because:

  • sunlight reflects off snow, ice, sand, and water, all of which intensify UV effects by as much as 80 percent.
  • even on overcast days, 70-80 percent of UV rays travel through clouds
  • at high altitudes, the thinner atmosphere filters out less UV rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside, then reapplying every two hours or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating.

Keep infants out of the sun! “Babies are especially susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun because their skin has very little melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, hair, and eyes and provides some sun protection,” says Dr. Reynolds. “I ask my patients to be aggressive about keeping their kids out of the sun or covered in sunblock.”

If you take your baby out in his or her first six months, make sure he or she is covered with clothes, wears a hat or sunbonnet, and is shielded by a stroller hood or umbrella. One severe burn in childhood will actually double your child’s chance of developing melanoma later in life.

Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. Inspect your skin in a full-length mirror.

  • Start with your head and face – use a blow dryer to check your scalp
  • Check your hands, including nails. Look at your elbows, arms, underarms, torso, and trunk
  • With your back to the mirror, use a hand mirror to check your back, the back of your neck, and other hard-to-see places
  • Sitting down, check your legs and feet including soles, heels, toes, and nails

See your physician every year for a professional skin exam. Regular total-body checkups are the best way to make sure your skin is healthy. Ask your child’s pediatrician to examine skin as part of a yearly checkup.

At-Risk Skin Types
Certain types of skin are at greater risk for developing sun damage and skin cancer. Light-skinned people who always burn and never tan are at highest risk for skin damage and skin cancers. Those with more pigmentation in their skin (darker skin) have more natural protection from sunlight, but they can still get skin cancer. Bottom line is, everyone is at risk and should follow the prevention tips outlined above.

The most common forms of skin cancer linked to UV exposure are

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – The most frequently occurring form of skin cancer often looks like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps or scars.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) – The second most frequent form of skin cancer often looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression or warts that may crust or bleed.

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Melanoma – The most dangerous form of skin cancer, melanomas often resemble moles and some develop from moles. Most are black or brown, but they can be skin colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma can show up at any age and can spread to other parts of the body.

 

 

Melanoma

Melanoma

Treatment Options

According to Dr. Reynolds, the method of treatment depends on how invasive the cancer is. “There are treatments as simple as freezing the cancer off with liquid nitrogen, burning it off or using topical drugs such as Aldera® or Effudex®, or cutting out the growth, along with a surrounding border of skin using a scalpel or curette, an instrument with a sharp, ring-shaped tip.” In most cases, these procedures can be done in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Dr. Reynolds stresses that the method of treatment should be a joint decision between the doctor and patient.

If you have any warning signs, visit your primary care physician. He or she may then refer you to a dermatologist for further examination. For more information or to find a physician, please call 702.616.4900.

St. Rose Dominican is Taking the Great Kindness Challenge

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

At St. Rose Dominican, we strive to ensure that humankindness drives every interaction we have with the people we serve. During the week of January 26-30, St. Rose is encouraging employees to take part in The Great Kindness Challenge, which includes a suggested 50-item Acts of Kindness checklist to complete by January 30.

Great Kindness Photo SmallSt. Rose is working in partnership with the Josh Stevens Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that helps schools, businesses, and youth organizations across the nation recognize and celebrate heartfelt acts of kindness. With their help, more than 100 Nevada schools are participating in this year’s Great Kindness Challenge. Participating schools are giving their students the 50-item checklist and encouraging them to complete that checklist by January 30. Students who complete the checklist will receive a gift from the Josh Stevens Foundation.

Globally, the Great Kindness Challenge is currently on target to have more than two million students enrolled for 2015, which will amount to 100 million acts of kindness in schools nationwide. In addition to serving as a presenting sponsor of the Great Kindness Challenge, many of Dignity Health’s more than 65,000 executives, employees, and physicians are taking the Great Kindness Challenge alongside the students, effectively “matching” their good deeds in hospital, clinic, and office settings.

“St. Rose is committed to practicing humankindness every day in our hospitals and care centers,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada. “We are focused on putting policies in place that strengthen the human connection with our doctors, nurses, and caregivers so every guest feels welcome, safe, comfortable, listened to, and respected. Our mission calls us to collaborate with organizations that share the same goals and help spread the word about the power of kindness, especially within schools.”

For more information on The Great Kindness Challenge and Kids For Peace, go to http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org. For more information on the Josh Stevens Foundation, please visit http://www.joshstevensfoundation.org.

Helping Southern Nevadans Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

January 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Diabetes SignsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three U.S. adults has prediabetes. That’s 79 million Americans over 20 years old, and the majority of these people who have prediabetes don’t know it.

If you have prediabetes, it means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes is a serious health risk that increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes, 15-30 percent of the people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five

You may be at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you:
• are 45 years of age or older
• are overweight
• have a parent with diabetes
• have a brother or sister with diabetes
• have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander
• had diabetes when you were pregnant of gave birth to a baby weight 9 pounds or more
• are physically active less than three times a week.

The good news? You can prevent type 2 diabetes by making healthy lifestyle changes, and Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican has a new program that can help.

The new CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program offered by St. Rose Dominican that is aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes.

In this program, you will work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes. You will learn about healthy eating, adding physical activity to your life, staying motivated, and solving problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.

“If you have prediabetes,” says Aidee Flores Fernandez, Community Education Program Specialist at St. Rose Dominican, “this National Diabetes Prevention Program offers a real chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by helping you adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

What is diabetes?
In type 2 diabetes, the most common form, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin allows the body to use glucose (sugar) for energy.

According to the American Diabetes Association, when there isn’t enough insulin or it doesn’t get used as it should be, glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the body’s cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of fueling the cells, the body becomes starved for energy and, over time, may hurt the eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes
• Urinating often
• Feeling very thirsty
• Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating normally
• Extreme fatigue
• Blurry vision
• Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
• Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
• Tinging, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Learn about the many diabetes-related programs offered through St. Rose by calling 702.616.4914

Joint Commission Logo

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Joint Commission Logo

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Rose de Lima Campus with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. With this new Primary Stroke Center certification, all three St. Rose Dominican Hospitals are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. The Siena Campus earned its certification in September 2010 while the San Martín Campus in southwest Las Vegas earned its certification one year ago.

Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. The Rose de Lima Campus’ Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

The Rose de Lima Campus underwent a rigorous on-site review in September where a Joint Commission expert reviewed its compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, the Rose de Lima Campus has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends St. Rose for successfully undertaking this challenge at all three of its hospitals to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Rose de Lima Campus will now be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that St. Rose is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care” and will help patients easily identify this hospital as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

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