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Sister Mary Ellen’s Garden Provides Peace as Well as Organic Food

April 28, 2016, Santa Cruz, California – An article by Erin Kelly-Allshouse in the Santa Cruz Sentinel traces the growth of Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski’s humble herb garden into a 9,000 square foot certified organic garden that produces an assortment of colorful flowers, 30 perennial fruit trees, and a variety of vegetables. But the garden also provides a haven of peace and healing for Dominican Hospital’s harried staff members, patients, and patient visitors. Sister Mary Ellen ministers as the ecology director for Dignity Health, the health care system that includes Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the full article.


St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Siena Campus Dedicates Tower

August 7, 2015, Henderson, Nevada  – The Siena Campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals expanded its ability to serve the community of Henderson, Nevada, with a special July 30 dedication of its new St. Dominic Tower. The five-story, 220,000-square foot facility includes a cardiology center; six operating rooms; an additional 96 private rooms; an oncology unit; 56 treatment bays for the emergency room; and more space for such services as admitting, pharmacy, lab, and radiology.

“This expansion project is so important for the community the Siena Campus serves,” said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health Nevada and president of the Siena Campus. “With this new tower, St. Rose will have the ability to care for more individuals who need it most, using the latest equipment and with a focus on delivering an outstanding patient experience.”

 

       
Sister Kathleen (Katie) McGrail, OP, vice president of mission integration for the Siena Campus, offers some remarks.
Photo by Edyta Sokolowska.
  

Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, of the Adrian Dominican Sisters General Council, addresses the gathering. Photo by Edyta Sokolowska.

 

 

“As I look to you, our St. Rose Dominican community, and look at this magnificent building, I can only imagine the smiles upon the faces of our seven Dominican Sisters who founded St. Rose in 1947,” said Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, during the dedication ceremony. “Since that humble beginning, St. Rose Dominican has continued to respond to the needs of the people and to grow accordingly.”

Sister Corinne noted St. Dominic’s work: reminding the people of his day of “God’s magnificent love and passion for wholeness” and following in Jesus’ mission of healing, liberation, and love. “Embracing this same mission, we are called to be a healing touch and loving presence in the lives of many who come to St. Rose Dominican. …The Adrian Dominican Sisters, those gathered here and those throughout the world, are grateful and honored to walk in mission with you as co-creators of God’s love, healing, and peace,” she concluded.

Sister Corinne is a member of the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, sponsors of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop of Las Vegas, led the blessing ceremony. Other events celebrating the new tower included a public preview on Saturday, August 1. A special, more exclusive tour of the building will be held for specially invited guests on Friday, August 14.  

 

Most Rev. Joseph A. Pepe, Bishop of Las Vegas, blesses the water that was in turn used to bless the tower. Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP (second from left), chaplain, witnesses the ritual. Photo by Edyta Sokolowska.

 

Ground was broken for the tower on February 28, 2014, and funds were raised through the efforts of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican and the Partnership for Compassionate Care Campaign. The St. Dominic Tower will enhance the hospital’s ability to care for the health needs of the public. Watch an interview with Dr. Robert Pretzlaff, Chief Medical Officer, and Mike Walsh, Project Director about the project and its impact.

The four-year expansion and renovation project also included a new parking garage and an expanded neonatal intensive care unit. The projects were overseen by the design and building team of Orcutt ӏ Winslow Partnership and Kitchell.

The second of three St. Rose Dominican campuses, the Siena campus was opened in 2000. The other campuses are Rose de Lima, the original, built in Henderson in 1947, and San Martín, opened in Las Vegas in 2006. St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is part of the Dignity Health, a health care system of 9,000 physicians and 380 care centers in 20 states.



 

 

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