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Dignity Health Nevada and Select Medical to Build Acute Rehab Hospital in Las Vegas

A joint venture agreement between Dignity Health and Select Medical Corporation has been made to construct and operate a 60-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the Las Vegas area.  The new hospital, expected to open in 2018, will be built directly adjacent to the existing St. Rose Dominican Siena Campus, the largest hospital in Henderson.  Select Medical is the majority owner in the joint venture and will manage operations of the new hospital.  The agreement also includes joint operation of 12 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the Las Vegas market, including 11 existing Select Medical locations and one Dignity Health center.

Nationally, Select Medical operates 20 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and more than 100 hospitals specializing in long-term acute care, as well as approximately 1,600 outpatient rehabilitation centers and more than 300 occupational medicine centers through its Concentra subsidiary.

“We are thrilled to partner with Dignity Health to provide an exceptional patient care experience for those needing physical and cognitive functional recovery throughout the region,” said Select Medical Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Division President Jeffrey Ruskan.  “Our clinical leadership and outcomes in rehabilitation combined with Dignity Health’s reputation of providing outstanding system-wide care is a powerful partnership.  Together, we will deliver top-notch inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for patients as they strive to restore strength and independence in activities of daily living.”

The Select Medical partnership enables St. Rose to grow its diverse package of health services to include care for patients who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological condition, amputation, orthopedic injury or have other rehabilitation needs.

“This joint venture brings together two health care providers that are committed to excellent patient care,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health in Nevada.  “For patients being treated in one of our hospitals, the partnership with Select Medical will make additional long-term medical and rehabilitation resources available to help them return to a full, healthy life.”

Ready to enjoy sweet slumber again?

Verna holds her remote control while Dr. Goll shows in Inspire implant.

Verna holds her remote control while Dr. Goll shows in Inspire implant.

Verna Akina lived with obstructive sleep apnea for more than 20 years. She had tried everything, including the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine—a mask you wear while you sleep that forces air through the nose or mouth.

“I used to dread going to bed,” says Verna. “I got so sick of trying to make the CPAP work for me that I finally decided to stop using it and let ‘whatever happens happen.’”

So why does Verna now look forward to going to bed? She was one of the first recipients in southern Nevada to receive the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation implant.

Like night and day

“Inspire therapy is designed specifically for those who can’t tolerate CPAPs,” says Frederick Goll, III, MD, board-certified otolaryngologist, who implanted Verna’s device. “It addresses the root of the problem by delivering mild stimulation to the muscles and soft tissues that relax and block the airway.”

The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. It then syncs with breathing patterns. If needed, it delivers mild stimulation throughout the night to keep breathing passages open.

Verna’s thrilled with the results, saying that since her implant was activated in early October 2016, it’s been like night and day. “I use a remote control to turn the implant on when I go to bed, then turn it off when I wake up.” Now, she doesn’t nod off while reading, and she can drive without fear of falling asleep.

A danger zone

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects 15 million Americans and causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start while you sleep. Left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can result in:

  • Poor memory and concentration
  • High risk for work or traffic accidents
  • Higher risk for stroke or heart attack.

Know the signs of sleep apnea—and find relief

  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up.
  • Headaches in the morning.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day.
  • Snoring and restlessness during sleep.
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling like you’re gasping or choking.
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability.

Benefits of Inspire Stimulation Therapy:

  • Significant reduction in snoring and apnea episodes.
  • Improvement in quality of life.

Find a St. Rose physician who can tell you if the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation implant is right for you. Call 702.616.4900.

St. Rose Wins Consumer Choice Award for Fourth Year in A Row

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus was named a 2016/2017 Consumer Choice Award by National Research Corporation. The annual award identifies hospitals across the United States that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image. The Siena facility is the only hospital in the Las Vegas market to receive this award.

Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country. National Research surveys more than 300,000 households in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with Consumer Choice-winning facilities being ranked the highest.

“We applaud the efforts of our medical staff and employees,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “They work in partnership with our patients, visitors and community, to consistently and constantly improve the safety and quality of the care we provide.”

This year marks the 21th anniversary of the Consumer Choice Award celebrating the power of a strong brand image in healthcare.

“For each of the past 21 years, winning hospitals have provided outstanding experiences that have transcended their four walls to build consumer preference, loyalty, and trust in their markets. We are honored to congratulate this year’s winners on a job well done,” said Brian Wynne, Vice President of Business Development at National Research.

A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.nationalresearch.com/ConsumerChoice.

 

Introducing REACH Magazine

ReachUnder45CoverFINALSmallWith the Summer 2015 issue of St. Rose’s quarterly magazine, we are launching the inaugural edition of Reach, formerly WomensCare magazine. After talking with local men and women in focus groups, we found that first, the name WomensCare made it appear the publication was not pertinent to men, which isn’t the case, and second, while people really like our articles, they would prefer that they are shorter and that we cover broader health and wellness topics.

The name “Reach” was chosen because we want our readers to think about all of the goals they aspire to reach – health, wellness, emotional, etc. – and we want to inspire them to reach those goals.

Readers will notice that the magazine doesn’t have as many pages as it did before – that is because we removed all 10 pages of advertisements.

We will continue to write stories featuring our patients and employees, and we will use our original photographs.

If you have any comments about the magazine – or story ideas for future issues – I’d love to hear them. You can contact me at kim.haley@dignityhealth.org.

To see Reach online, visit strosereach.org  

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.

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Launches Baby Growth Tracker Mobile App

Mobile application developed in collaboration with Chandler Regional Medical Center  in Chandler, Arizona, to help parents track their baby’s progress

ImageSt. Rose Dominican Hospitals, a Dignity Health member, has unveiled its new Baby Growth Tracker mobile application. This app, which is available by a free download from the iTunes Store and Android Market, provides resources and support for new parents.

The concept for this app was created and initially submitted by Anna Wroble, R.N., a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, in response to Dignity Health’s Greenlight Challenge, an annual challenge that harnesses the collective creativity and wisdom of 60,000 employees, volunteers, and physicians to solve crucial issues for the organization.

“We were one of three projects selected from hundreds of submissions to receive grant funding as part of the Greenlight Challenge,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “We’re humbled to have been selected as part of this innovative effort, especially as we aim to learn how emerging mobile technologies can improve quality of care, lower costs and expand access to the communities we serve.” 

Chandler Regional Medical Center in Arizona, a sister Dignity Health facility, partnered with St. Rose in an effort to launch this app in two distinct markets. Children’s Miracle Network also provided a grant to help with the development of the app.

“As a neonatal intensive care nurse, I find that parents are often traumatized when their babies are in the NICU. They don’t know what to expect and tell me they feel as though ‘they have no control’ when it comes to helping care for their tiny babies,” said Wroble. “Having four daughters, one of whom spent time in the NICU, I wanted to be able to tell parents what they can do rather than what they can’t – and that we are listening to their needs.”

The Growth Tracker app includes relevant information for mothers-to-be and allows parents to track their baby’s progress, including height, weight and head circumference, from their birth through the first year. The app also caters to parents who have a baby in the NICU, with educational information on gestational age beginning at 23 weeks, and it includes a video tour of the NICU to help familiarize parents with the specialized unit.

“The app will engage new mothers in monitoring their baby’s feedings, with features such as a time and date log to track breast and bottle feedings,” says Debbie Pavlica, director of the Maternal Child Center at St. Rose. “Educational materials and videos that range from what to expect as your baby develops, to the important role breastfeeding plays in your baby’s growth and development have also been incorporated.” The app also includes original videos about breastfeeding, hand expressing, and formula safety.

The app can be found on the iTunes and Android stores, by searching through a variety of key words, including “nicu growth” or “Dignity Health.” More information about the apps can be found at www.strosehopsitals.org/mcc.

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.

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