Former Siena Pediatric patients swing sledgehammers to kick-off project
LAS VEGAS, November 17, 2022 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Siena Hospital began work on an expansion and relocation of its Pediatric Emergency Department that will improve the hospital’s ability to perform as Henderson’s only Pediatric Emergency Hospital facility.
Former Siena Hospital Pediatric patients took part in ceremonial wall demolition to kick off the $2.4 million project. In lieu of a ground-breaking, kids wearing protective construction gear used hammers to break down a wall to represent the work being done to relocate the Pediatric’ ER facilities.
When completed in 2Q 2023, the project will enhance the hospital’s facilities with nine dedicated Pediatric Emergency beds, a Pediatric ER entrance separate from the adult ER entrance, separate Pediatric admitting and waiting areas for patients and their parents, and dedicated Pediatric ER parking.
Siena Hospital President and CEO Jon VanBoening said, “For 75 years the Henderson community has turned to St. Rose Dominican for compassionate care. I can think of no more important time for that care and compassion than when dealing with a sick child. It’s been said that a hospital is an uncomfortable place to recover from any illness. I can say from experience that an adult Emergency Room is an uncomfortable place for a sick child. They belong in a dedicated Pediatric Emergency facility, under the treatment of some very special doctors and nurses who are specially trained in caring for these smallest and most precious patients.”
The Siena Pediatric Emergency Department treated more than 12,000 children last year and is on track to exceed that number this year. Pediatric emergency visits to Siena increased each of the last two years, growing 26.8 percent over the previous year and up 10.4 percent over pre-pandemic figures. Population projections anticipate neighborhoods near Siena Hospital will experience greater than 5 percent growth in pediatric-aged children over the next five years.
Siena Hospital 24-hour Pediatric Emergency Room services will remain open and uninterrupted throughout the project.
The relocation of the unit will also enable the expansion of Siena’s Level III Adult Trauma Center, allowing additional beds to be added in the previous Pediatric ER space.
Mr. Van Boening added, “Philanthropy was key in allowing us to move forward with the project. It was made possible only through the support of one of our generous donors. As Nevada’s only faith-based, nonprofit hospital system, we rely on the generous support of the community to help us fulfill our mission.”
A Pediatric Emergency Department provides specific facilities and studied experts to treat pediatric patients. Children aren’t just small adults. There are significant differences. For example, internal organs are in closer proximity to each other in children than in adults, placing children at higher risk of traumatic injury. Because of these differences, children present a unique challenge during trauma care - anatomically, physiologically, developmentally, and emotionally.
Siena Hospital has served as Henderson’s only acute care Pediatric Emergency Room since 2015. Siena is also southern Nevada’s home of the Children’s Miracle Network.
About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican this year celebrates 75 years in southern Nevada, marking the anniversary of the arrival of the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters who founded Rose de Lima Hospital on June 27, 1947. As Nevada’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in all its endeavors. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. Dignity Health currently operates three acute care hospitals in southern Nevada and is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of nearly 10,000 physicians, 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals, and 400-plus care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, and primary care clinics. For more information, visit our website at www.strosehospitals.org.