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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals receive national recognition for commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular care

The American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline awards for proven dedication to best practices and life-saving care

LAS VEGAS, July 18, 2023 –  Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals have received four American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer hospital readmissions.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack. Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As participants in Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs, Siena Hospital and San Martin Hospital qualified for awards by demonstrating how their organizations have committed to improving quality care.

Dr. Rod Buzzas, Chief Medical Officer of Siena Hospital, said, “At Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, we are committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes.” 

Dr. Robert Costa-Allen, Chief Medical Officer of San Martin Hospital, added, “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in southern Nevada experience longer, healthier lives.”

This year, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican received these achievement awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Award
    • Siena Hospital
    • San Martin Hospital
  • Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll
    • Siena Hospital
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
    • Siena Hospital
    • San Martin Hospital
  • Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Silver Plus Award
    • San Martin Hospital

John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said, “We are pleased to recognize Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican recently celebrated 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 is still 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

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit

 About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit


Publish date: 

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

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