April 14, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada – Sister Victoria Dalesandro, OP, who has served since 2011 as the director of caring and healing at San Martin Campus of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, was profiled in the Spring 2016 issue of Reach, a publication of the hospital.
In the article, Sister Vicki speaks of some of the highlights of her 60 years as an Adrian Dominican Sister. A native of Los Angeles, she returned there to teach in South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s, during the riots, and later opened a social service center for people who lived near the city’s Skid Row.
Sister Vicki first came to St. Rose Dominican in the 1990s, working on a variety of projects – such as classroom on wheels – and beginning her studies for a master’s degree in pastoral studies to allow her to minister as a counselor. She worked with pregnant women in Apple Valley, California and became certified as a chaplain. Back at St. Rose Dominican since 2011, Sister Vicki told Reach that she “love[s] visiting patients and working with the nurses.”
Sister Vicki is now working on the hospital’s new No One Dies Alone pilot program, “training volunteers who are interested in sitting with dying patients who would otherwise be alone.”
March 1, 2016, Henderson, Nevada – Sister Michael Thomas Watson, OP, was featured on KSNV TV in Las Vegas recently as “Local Hero of the Week.” She was recognized for her tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service over the span of 17 years at the St. Rose de Lima Campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. In an interview with reporter Christine Kim, Sister Michael Thomas speaks of the blessings she receives from her ministry: walking the halls of the hospital, listening to patients and staff alike, and giving them support and love.
Sister Michael Thomas has also been featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Healthcare Quarterly. To read the article, click on this link and then on the arrow on the right-hand side of the screen until you come to pages 30-31.