$1.4 Million Grant to Expand Clinical Social Work Education & Research

UNLV-186UNLV School of Social Work professors Ramona Denby-Brinson and Joanne Thompson and their team of collaborators have been awarded a $1.4 million Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant.

The award is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

The purpose of the three-year project is to work with local and state public and behavioral health partners to develop and expand clinical social work education with the goal of producing more than 100 highly competent practitioners who can intervene on behalf of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youths who are at risk of or who have developed behavioral health disorders.

The project has a strong research component and will utilize multiple innovative methods, including geodemographic recruitment, youth- and family-informed teaching models, mentoring groups, field site environmental scans, and clinical, cultural, and linguistic self-assessments/self-efficacy measures.

“We truly consider this to be good news for all of the children, youth, and families in our community that struggle daily with mental health challenges,” says Denby-Brinson. “We are excited to be able to prepare additional, advanced-level social workers who will have the skills and specialized training necessary to intervene on behalf of this vulnerable group.”

The three-year project will increase number of practitioners working with children at risk for behavioral health issues.

Anthem Commits Nearly $1 Million to Nevada Health-Improvement in 2014

LAS VEGAS—Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada’s work to improve health and strengthen local communities continued in 2014, as the company directed nearly $1 million and hundreds of volunteer hours to health-improving causes, organizations and programs in Nevada.

Anthem“We know that as our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents”

“Anthem is committed to transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions, and that extends directly to our work in communities throughout Nevada,” said Mike Murphy, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Nevada. “We’re proud to support the organizations and programs that are working to help our friends and neighbors live their healthiest lives possible.”

Through its State Health Index – a compilation of public health measures – and Healthy Generations grant program, Anthem and its foundation work to identify the health issues impacting our local communities and then direct charitable support and volunteer efforts toward improving those areas.

Major areas of focus for Anthem in 2014 included promoting active lifestyles and working to reduce the devastating impact of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease on Nevada children, adults and seniors.

“We know that as our local communities change and grow so do the diverse needs of our residents,” Murphy said. “What’s not changed is our commitment to serving our members and advancing health in Nevada. It is a true honor to work with so many great people and organizations and we look forward to doing so again in the year ahead.”

2014 SUMMARY:

ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD IN NEVADA COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Grant Programs in Nevada: Nevada communities benefit from grants made by Anthem and Blue Shield’s parent company foundation to national and local organizations:

  • American Heart Association – Hands Only CPR Tour
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Triple Play Program
  • OASIS – CATCH Healthy Habits
  • March of Dimes – CenteringPregnancy
  • American Cancer Society – Change Grant Program
  • American College of Sports Medicine Foundation – American Fitness Index & Technical Assistance Program
Community Events & Sponsorships
  • Immunize Nevada
  • American Heart Association – Heart Ball, Go Red for Women, Heart Walk
  • American Lung Association – Scale the Strat, Lung Force Walk/Run
  • JDRF – Hope & Health Symposium, Walk at UNLV, Annual Gala
  • Nevada Business Magazine – Healthcare Heroes
  • Three Square Food Bank
Associate Volunteerism Through the company’s Dollars for Doers Program, associates are able to turn their volunteer hours into contributions for the charities which they support. Anthem associates volunteered more than 145 hours to Nevada nonprofits in 2014.
Associate Giving Anthem associates’ contributions made through the company’s year-round Associate Giving program are backed by a 50 percent match from the Anthem Foundation, bringing the total paid out in 2014 to more than $24,000.

The charities in this year’s program were:

  • American Cancer Society;
  • American Heart Association;
  • American Red Cross;
  • Community Health Charities;
  • Feeding America;
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and
  • United Way

ABOUT ANTHEM BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD FOUNDATION

Through charitable grant making, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Anthem’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ campaign pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

UNLV Nursing Online Grad Degree Program Ranked Sixth Best by U.S. News & World Report

Las Vegas — The UNLV School of Nursing earned a spot among the country’s top 10 online graduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 survey.

D69909_14The school’s Master of Science in Nursing program ranked sixth out of 133 surveyed programs offered entirely online. The program jumped four spots from 10th last year, and it has ranked among the top 20 every year since U.S. News began the ranking in 2012.

U.S. News ranks online nursing programs in five distinct areas: student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology, and admissions selectivity.

“This recognition belongs to our faculty and staff, especially Dr. Tish Smyer, the associate dean for academics, and our master’s program coordinators,” said Carolyn Yucha, dean of the UNLV School of Nursing. “Their interaction with our students and dedication to the program continually enhances the curriculum and overall experience.”

The school offers three master’s tracks—family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and nurse educator—that prepare advanced clinicians and educators in nursing to serve the health needs of the community and educate future nursing care providers.

The UNLV School of Nursing, which is celebrating its golden anniversary during 2015, offers all of its graduate level courses online, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a Ph.D. in Nursing.

Visit U.S. News and World Report to view the complete list of rankings and ranking methodology.

###UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 27,000 students and 2,900 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Larry Barnard Joins Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican as President and CEO of San Martín Campus

Larry BarnardDignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has named Larry Barnard as president and CEO of its San Martín Campus. Opened in 2006, San Martín is one of three Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals in southern Nevada. Barnard will start in early December and will report to Brian Brannman, vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada.

Barnard brings an extensive and impressive range of health-care administrative experience to this role, including his most-recent position as chief executive officer of University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Before he was appointed its CEO, he served as UMC’s chief operating officer for two years. Prior to his roles at UMC, Barnard was Valley Hospital Medical Center’s associate administrator and acting chief operating officer, and the associate administrator at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. He also worked in hospital administration at facilities in Southern California and North Carolina.

“I am impressed with the diversity and complexity of Barnard’s past accomplishments, and his health-care management acumen,” said Rod Davis, senior vice president for Dignity Health Nevada. “Larry is known for combining a focus on top-notch performance with compassionate, patient-centered care. He is also regarded for his skills as a team builder with physicians, community leaders, employees and peers. I am extremely pleased to welcome a leader of Barnard’s caliber to Dignity Health.”

Barnard graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as a U.S. Army captain for five years. He received an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals — the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses — and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.

Meet Dr. Barbara Atkinson – Planning Dean, UNLV School of Medicine

Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine Planning Dean. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)

Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine Planning Dean. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)

Dr. Barbara Atkinson was just settling into retirement from the University of Kansas Medical Center when Karen West, dean of UNLV’s School of Dental Medicine, called. UNLV was looking for an experienced administrator to launch a much-needed School of Medicine. Atkinson began to skim the materials and soon was absorbed by the reports outlining the region’s medical infrastructure needs. The statistics were daunting — Las Vegas is the largest city without an allopathic medical school — but she also saw the tremendous opportunity to do what doctors do: help people.

Here the planning dean for the new UNLV School of Medicine explains how she got into medicine and shares her thoughts on the challenges ahead.


I was truly an outlier. I was a housewife until my children went to kindergarten and the only young mother in my medical school class. My own mother and mother-in-law both thought the kids would be ruined. But my father, a biochemist, and husband, a physician, both encouraged me.

I thought I would focus on cancer research but soon found myself wanting to change how things were done. When I was director of the cytopathology lab at the University of Pennsylvania, I thought there should be a better way of diagnosing cancer than just looking in a microscope and deciding it looks like cancer. We tried to do it by research, but when that didn’t work, I decided that I could better make a difference as an administrator. So that’s where my career took me.

For the most part, I think the doctor/God complex is a bygone.

Doctors used to be so paternalistic. They thought they knew what was best and just did it — sometimes without really talking to the patient. I think having more women in the profession helped change that. Women are more open to discussions.

It’s also a reflection of access to information. Patients are better advocates for themselves. Unfortunately, there’s also so much noise in the system.

Look at the anti-vaccination disaster. Kids shouldn’t be dying of measles. Adults shouldn’t be getting whooping cough. The person who says vaccines caused her kid’s autism can get just as much media attention as a doctor with actual expertise and scientific data. The layperson can’t always separate the importance of their two statements. And it seems to be human nature that we’re more taken by the scary statement than by the reassuring one.

That’s a danger for medical students too. They might Google to find answers too. So you have to teach students to think, to find information, assess it, and apply it.

You can’t teach students the one right treatment because it changes almost every day. I don’t think there’s a drug today being used in the same way as when I learned about it in medical school — except maybe aspirin.

The vision for this school is exactly right.

Building the medical school from scratch allows us to take all the best ideas in medical education and put them together in a new way — in a way that’s right for future doctors and for this region. At established schools, it’s hard and time-consuming to unseat some of the methods that are now becoming outmoded.

We won’t have many lectures or routine dissections in gross anatomy. We’ll have virtual gross anatomy with MRIs and CT scans, the same technology doctors use every day in practice.

Our curriculum will be problem-based. Students will be given a symptom, like a cough, and have to learn what causes it, the mechanics of coughing, the possible treatments. They’ll be focused on solving the problem, in much the same way that they’ll have to as practicing physicians.

It’s a more intensive experience, particularly for faculty. It appeals to the ones who are true teachers at heart, but it’s also proven to be more effective for producing good doctors.

I was shocked at the state of medical access here. Nevada ranks No. 45 out of 50 states in the number of doctors per capita here.

Everyone seems to have a story about long wait times and having to go to California or Arizona for their care. The problem is particularly acute in accessing specialists.

One woman told me how she went to Baylor Medical Center for a fairly routine dermatology appointment because she had trouble getting an appointment in a realistic time. You can’t get a liver transplant here at all. The transplant surgeons who are here can only harvest livers and send them out, although they do kidney transplants here.

One mother couldn’t find a rheumatologist to treat her son with arthritis. There are no pediatric arthritis specialists here. Imagine being that mother. Imagine being that child.

If your financial resources are limited, you just keep waiting.

Las Vegas also has the least number of psychiatrists per capita in the country. This, of course, taxes all of our community resources. It affects criminal justice and social service programs as well as our schools. So mental health and addiction treatments will be a significant area of focus for the school.

Those in the medical community here are just as frustrated as patients. Early major supporters of this new school have been the large physician groups and hospitals that have to recruit medical professionals from out of state. They can’t recruit fast enough to fill the extraordinary demand, particularly for specialists.

We’ll see some relief almost immediately as faculty come in. They’ll bring their practices and begin seeing patients almost immediately. We’ll start hiring this spring.

Recruiting them is actually pretty exciting. This appeals to people who want to truly put their stamp on something and use their experience to make a profound difference by building programs. Others are bold and aggressive and recognize the advancements that can be made by bringing extensive research and clinical trials to this population.

There’s really not much pushback on building this school — the need is so apparent. Some people have proposed that the problem could be solved by expanding residencies, but that’s just a piece, and it doesn’t address the need for more specialists and for the types of research studies and clinical trials that an academic medical school will bring.

Others have said that UNR should just expand, but in my experience distance is prohibitive. When I was at what’s now called Drexel University, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh campuses were 300 miles apart and extremely difficult to manage.

I think having a medical school here will raise aspirations for Southern Nevada’s young people. It will make becoming a doctor — or entering any of the much-needed health care professions — that much more attainable.

The medical school also will make an extraordinary economic impact in the community. It’s a wise investment of resources for a healthier population and for economic diversification. People who travel for care will now spend those dollars here. We’ll have a healthier, more productive population. Within 10 years, we will have created 5,300 new jobs and have a $1.2 billion dollar annual economic impact.

And, I hope, we won’t be hearing those heart-breaking stories from people who endured pain or whose diseases progressed while they were on long waiting lists.

MountainView Hospital First in Las Vegas to Offer the da Vinci Xi Robot

MountainView Hospital and its Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery is the first facility in Las Vegas to receive the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, which offers patients less invasive options and faster recovery from a variety of surgeries.

he da Vinci Xi arrives on the loading dock at MountainView Hospital on Thursday

The da Vinci Xi arrives on the loading dock at MountainView Hospital on Thursday

The new technology, approved by the FDA on April 1, provides advanced robotic technology including high-definition, 3-D visualization. It also allows for enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon.

Being the first Las Vegas hospital to offer the da Vinci Xi as a surgical option reinforces MountainView’s commitment to the healthcare of Southern Nevada’s residents and speaks to the depth and strength of MountainView’s robotic surgery program, said Chris Mowan, MountainView CEO.

“MountainView’s new addition, the da Vinci Xi, puts MountainView on the leading edge for minimally invasive surgical procedures,” Mowan said. “This is a significant advancement in patient care for the Las Vegas Valley.”

The hospital received the da Vinci Xi on Thursday, November 20. Dr. Arnold D. Chung, cardiothoracic surgeon with MountainView Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, will perform the first case on the da Vinci Xi on Friday, November 21. Dr. Chung is the only thoracic surgeon in Las Vegas utilizing the da Vinci Surgical Systems.

“This is a significant investment by MountainView Hospital into the health of our community,” said Dr. Chung. “The da Vinci Xi is the next step in minimally invasive surgical technology and will allow us to perform more complex procedures across an array of disciplines.”

The da Vinci Xi has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci Xi system, and has the ability to be used for thoracic, colorectal, gynecological and general surgery. Minimally invasive surgery allows for a quicker recovery time, less pain, less bleeding and shorter hospitalization.

The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view. The da Vinci Xi system’s new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before.

MountainView continues to be the leader in robotic surgery, offering an extensive panel of surgeons and pairing them with trained staff and nurses, who are part of dedicated robotic surgical teams. The da Vinci Xi joins MountainView’s two da Vinci Si robotic systems which will continue to be available as an advanced, minimally-invasive surgical option for patients.

MountainView offers many different types of robotically assisted procedures including ear, nose and throat (ENT), gynecological, fertility and gynecological oncology, urogynecological, urology, thoracic, colorectal and general surgery including single-site gallbladder surgery. For a full list of procedures performed by the Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, please visit: www.LVIRS.com. To find a physician who practices at MountainView’s Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery, please call (702) 233-5474.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Campus Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican today announced its Siena campus has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The Siena campus was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for (insert applicable measure set(s) for which your hospital was recognized). The Siena campus is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of St. Rose for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at St. Rose is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Rod Davis, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Our Siena campus is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit: http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

 

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Is the Best Performing System in Southern Nevada

Leapfrog Group
Henderson, NV –
 The Leapfrog Group has announced its hospital safety scores for all eligible hospitals in the U.S., and Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s, Rose de Lima Campus was one of two hospitals in southern Nevada to receive an A. Additionally, the St. Rose hospital system (Rose de Lima, San Martín and Siena Campuses) was the best-performing system in southern Nevada. Participation in the Leapfrog survey is voluntary, and all three St. Rose hospitals, along with more than 2,600 other hospitals nationwide, participated.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans, converted numerical safety score data into letter grades from A to F, with an A denoting the best safety performance. Scores for each St. Rose campus are: Rose de Lima Campus, A; San Martín Campus, B; and Siena Campus, C. Of the 2,520 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 790 earned an “A,” 688 earned a “B,” 868 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D” and 26 earned an “F.”

“We applaud the efforts of our medical staff and employees,” said Rod Davis, 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.”

Patient care and safety continue to be our highest priorities at St. Rose. We are committed to ensuring access to safe, quality patient care and continue to demonstrate this commitment to improving and enhancing patient safety by adopting best practice guidelines recommended by national health care quality organizations such as the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. By working in partnership with our patients, our visitors and our community, we are constantly improving the safety and quality of patient care for all.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena

and San Martín Campuses) and their more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is a member of the Dignity Health network of more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Wins Las Vegas Consumer Choice Award

St. Rose Dominican Hospital - Siena CampusDignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus is this year’s award winner of the 2014-15 Consumer Choice Award for southern Nevada, as announced in the Oct. 13 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. This award is given annually by the National Research Corporation to the hospital that consumers rank as best in overall quality and image. This prestigious award indicates that the Siena campus has reached a level of service that is highly valued by consumers in its market. It also provides consumers with useful information when selecting a hospital as a place to receive care.

“We applaud the efforts of our medical staff and employees,” said Rod Davis, 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.”

Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer health care survey in the country. National Research surveys more than 290,000 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 winning facilities being ranked the highest. This is the 19th anniversary of the Consumer Choice Award and its popularity continues to rise.

“The complexity of health care has urged consumers to play much more of an integral role in their care decisions, which in turn, is prompting hospitals and health care systems to lead a proactive approach to brand awareness,” said Brian Wynne, Vice President of Sales at National Research. “This year’s winners have done an exceptional job of representing their organizations in terms of high-quality care, improvement initiatives, and positive consumer perceptions and experiences.”

About National Research Corporation
For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric health care across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction firm in the United States, National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other health care stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and their more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is a member of the Dignity Health network of more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Sister Blesses Emergency Medical Services Personnel, Ambulances, Helicopters and Fire Trucks

Dozens of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, along with their ambulances, helicopters and fire trucks, were blessed by Sr. Mary Kieffer, OP, this afternoon at the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican San Martín campus. The event coincided with the Feast of Saint Michael on Sept. 29. Saint Michael is the patron saint of all those who defend the community, including paramedics and EMTs. The event included lunch and the gift of a Saint Michael medallion for first responders. The blessing was non-denominational and open to all faiths.

st rose blessing“We partner every day with EMS workers to make sure our patients get the care they need at the time they most need it,” said Kieffer, vice president of mission integration at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martin. “We wanted to take the day of the Feast of Saint Michael to thank our partners for their work, break bread and bless these special people who save lives every day.”
A long tradition identifies Saint Michael the Archangel as the leader who remained faithful to God and cast out Lucifer at God’s command. His powerful aid has always been invoked by the Catholic Church in time of emergency. The Popes have constantly called on Saint Michael as the special protector of the Church whenever great evils threatened God’s people. For this reason, Saint Michael is especially honored at Rome, on Monte Gargano, near Foggia, in Italy, and in France on Mont Saint Michel in Normandy. The Feast of Saint Michael is also known as Michaelmas.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, religiously sponsored hospital system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters for more than 65 years. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the three St. Rose Dominican hospitals (the Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín Campuses) and more than 3,400 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 21-state Dignity Health network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or our Blog.