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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.”

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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

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  

They had her back

Caring support means the world to one of our own.

For more than a decade, Marcie Mynatt, RN, has dedicated herself to caring for patients and being there for her fellow employees at St. Rose Dominican. In July 2011, Marcie learned she had Stage IIIC ovarian cancer. Suddenly, she found herself the patient—and when she needed it most, she also found incredible support.

Listening to her body

Severe bloating and pelvic pain had troubled Marcie for months. “I knew something was not right,” she says. “It wasn’t until I had a CT scan at St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima Campus that the cancer was found.”

Unfortunately, this is often the case with ovarian cancer. It can occur and grow silently. And early signs may be dismissed as not serious. But when it is cancer, it’s one of the most dangerous types. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer accounts for only about 3 percent of cancers among women. But it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

After she was diagnosed, Marcie’s treatment began immediately. She had a complete hysterectomy. Lymph nodes in her pelvis and abdomen were removed along with a section of her colon.

“For those whose cancer has spread widely throughout the abdomen as Marcie’s had, it is important that as much of the
tumor is removed as possible,” says Anthony Nguyen, MD, oncologist. “The goal is to leave no tumors larger than 1 centimeter.”

Strengthened by humankindness

“Those who have or have had any type of cancer know that it takes strength and a will to fight,” says Marcie. “But it also takes support, and I honestly couldn’t have made it this far without my family and friends as well as the assistance I
received from St. Rose Dominican and its employees. I am so thankful for their amazing generosity.”

Marcie’s co-workers donated PTO (paid time off), prepared meals for her family, and covered for her when treatments left her exhausted. “I was able to focus on recovering without worrying about work,” she says.

If you have concerns about your gynecologic health and need a doctor, please call 702.616.4900 for a referral.

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.

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Stanford Hospital & Clinics

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Celebrates the Grand Opening of the St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic

(Henderson, Nevada; May 17, 2012) – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, one of the country’s most respected medical institutions, today celebrated the grand opening of the St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic.
The newly constructed clinic is located at 2865 Siena Heights Dr., Ste. 131 across from the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus. The affiliation was first announced in fall 2011 and opened in a temporary facility, prior to today’s grand opening.

The affiliation with Stanford Hospital & Clinics marks the first time the well-known medical institution has ventured out of California for a clinical collaboration. The partnership combines the high levels of quality and community trust already established at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals with the world-renowned expertise of Stanford in the treatment of neurological disorders at St. Rose. In addition, St. Rose and Stanford have plans to expand the partnership to include liver transplant and cardiovascular services.

“The opening of this clinic is another indicator that Las Vegas is a growing health care destination,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “This affiliation further enhances our investment in health care in the valley, allowing for patients to receive coordinated care and keeps more patients in Nevada to receive that care.”

Amir Dan Rubin, President and CEO of Stanford Hospital & Clinics said: “At Stanford Hospital & Clinics, we strive to heal humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time, through our commitment to care, educate and discover. We are focused on delivering patient-centered care that is leading edge and highly coordinated. Through our partnership with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and the opening of the St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic, we are pleased to provide the most advanced, academic-based neurological care possible to the southern Nevada community and beyond.”

Dr. Randal Peoples, a Stanford faculty member and local physician, is the Medical Director of the St. Rose Neurosurgery Clinic. Peoples, a neurosurgeon, works directly with St. Rose and his Stanford counterparts to implement new protocols and expand the neurological services provided at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, especially in the area of complex adult and pediatric neurosurgical cases.

Gary Steinberg, Chair of Stanford University’s Department of Neurosurgery, said: “We look forward to continuing our work with Dr. Peoples and his team in delivering in-depth expertise and implementing ground-breaking technologies and new treatment methods to treat the full spectrum of neurological diseases and conditions.”

The affiliation maintains the independence of both medical centers while providing an infrastructure that will foster partnership and collaboration among staff at both institutions. By joining forces, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Stanford will now be able to provide academic-based care close to home.

About St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
U.S. News & World Report recognized St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena Campus as the best hospital in the Las Vegas metropolitan area for 2011-2012 for the specialty area of Gynecology and the San Martín Campus for the specialty area of Neurology and Neurosurgery. The San Martín Campus also was recognized in 2011 for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital ProgramSM for an “Outstanding Inpatient Experience.” The Siena Campus received the 2011 HealthInsight Quality Award, which recognizes hospitals that achieve a high level of performance on publicly reported quality of care data. The Rose de Lima Campus has been recognized by Avatar International, an industry leader in healthcare quality improvement services, as one of its most innovative hospital partners in 2010. As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and Catholic Healthcare West (CHW). As the community grows, St. Rose’s mission is to serve people in need. For more information, visit http://www.strosehospitals.org.

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is dedicated to providing leading edge and coordinated care to each and every patient. It is internationally renowned for expertise in areas such as cancer treatment, neuroscience, surgery, cardiovascular medicine and organ transplant, as well as for translating medical breakthroughs into patient care. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health on a global level. U.S. News & World Report features Stanford on its prestigious list of “Americas Best Hospitals” and ranks the hospital No. 1 in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit http://www.stanfordhospital.org.

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