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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.

Dignity Health Breaks Ground at North Las Vegas Neighborhood Hospital

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is celebrating with the groundbreaking of its first neighborhood hospital in North Las Vegas, an area of southern Nevada in need of improved access to health care. The new neighborhood hospital is expected to create more than 100 permanent jobs in North Las Vegas

The groundbreaking will be held Wednesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. on the northwest corner of Craig Rd. and Camino Al Norte. Dignitaries will include Mayor John Lee of North Las Vegas, executives from Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican and from Emerus.

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 practices, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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