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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican San Martín Campus Debuts Two State-of-the-Art Operating Rooms

Dedication event blends modern surgical technology with St. Rose Dominican tradition to open new facilities

LAS VEGAS, NV. – February 25 2019 – The Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus recently celebrated the completion of construction of two new operating rooms (ORs), expanding its surgical capacity from six ORs to eight.

The hospital dedicated the new facilities in an event that balanced modern surgical technology with St. Rose Dominican tradition. A high-tech daVinci® surgical robot was utilized to cut a ceremonial ribbon. Sister Phyllis Sikora, Vice President of Mission Integration, and a member of the Adrian Dominican Order that founded St. Rose Dominican in southern Nevada in 1947, offered a blessing over the new ORs and the hands of the doctors and nurses who will work there.

“This $2.5 million investment is part of our overall growth strategy for the San Martín Campus,” said Larry Barnard, President and CEO of the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus. “This expansion of our surgical capacity enables us to meet and pace ahead of surgical demands, extending our cardiothoracic, neurologic, orthopedic and general surgery service lines. The San Martín Campus will continue to meet the acute care needs of our community, expanding both inpatient and outpatient services at our facilities throughout southern Nevada.”

A premier medical center in southwest Las Vegas, the St. Rose Dominican, San Martín Campus is recognized for delivering high-quality, advanced surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic care.

Alan Willis, Interim Director of Surgical Services at the San Martín Campus, has served an integral role in the design and construction of more than 150 surgical suites across the country. He said, “These new OR suites are a tremendous addition to the hospital, able to accommodate almost any type of surgery – laparoscopic, arthroscopic, orthopedic, neuro/spine, cardiac, and bariatric. I’m most impressed that this facility features embedded germicidal lamps in the ceilings of each of these new rooms. Most hospitals utilize portable fixtures that are rolled in when needed. These are the first ORs I’ve encountered that installed these permanent fixtures.”

Germicidal lamps utilize UV light to sterilize the entire room between procedures.

Also among the new facilities’ features:

  • The new ORs are larger than most, accommodating a wide range of procedures.

  • Boom technology – Movable, ceiling-mounted devices able to support surgical equipment, deliver electrical power, suction, and gasses with no ground support. Boom technology allows surgeons to precisely position equipment where it is needed, as well as clearing OR clutter providing a safer work environment.

  • Circulating Nurse station – Providing central, computerized control of many OR functions – lights, gases, etc. – and more efficient response to surgeon’s requests.

  • Large flat-screen video monitors – Both wall-mounted and boom-mounted, able to display images ranging from laparoscopic cameras to EKG monitors.

  • Centralized surgical services – ICU, Cath Lab, PACU are all adjacent to the new ORs.

  • Seamless flooring – Easier to clean, providing faster turn-around between procedures Per Nevada regulations, the San Martín Campus must provide two fully equipped operating rooms dedicated to and available for open-heart surgery services. This requirement limits two of the current six operating rooms to Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular procedures. While San Martín is projected to perform more than 650 heart cases in the current year, a more than 20 percent increase over the previous year, only four ORs remain available to support all other surgical specialties.

With the completion of this OR expansion, six ORs are available to support patient and physician needs and support growth and accessibility through expanded surgical capacity. 

Overall population growth in the San Martín Campus primary service area in southwest Las Vegas is projected to increase more than 5 percent in the next 5 years. That includes a 9 percent increase among residents age 45-64, the primary age range for high utilizers of surgical procedures.

These new facilities will support growth in neurosurgery, orthopedics, and general surgery at San Martín by providing a technologically advanced environment, which will serve to enhance recruitment and retention of quality surgeons and OR nurses.

Mr. Barnard added, “Meeting the acute care needs of our community is critical to the future of our hospital. This expansion not only enables us to support the expansion of our current capabilities, it also empowers us to push our boundaries and encompass a more diverse range of specialties. San Martín will continue to provide key access to acute care facilities for community physicians, specialists and their patients, all of whom benefit from having these services close to home.” 


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics.


Publish date: 

Monday, February 25, 2019

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