by Tori Diego
Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals share a commitment with others to improve the health of our community and deliver programs and services to help achieve that goal. With the pandemic, there have been new and exacerbated community needs: food security, access to healthcare and virtual programs. In response to these needs, we implemented new programs and made changes to current programs.
We offer a number of health and wellness programs free to the community. Our six Community Outreach Centers are usually humming with participants coming in for classes, but as we face times of uncertainty, we now offer all programs online. Since March 18, 2020, we have held 1,165 classes for 16,887 participants with about 50 online Zoom classes conducted every month.
The program that brought us to the Nevada Caregivers Coalition is our Caregivers program. Through this program, we are able to offer a 6-week workshop, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This workshop offers caregivers the opportunity to focus on themselves. By taking care of their own health and well-being, they can become better caregivers. Because of the pandemic we were able to expand the program from Las Vegas to statewide. By expanding the program throughout Nevada, we’ve been able to band together to provide additional support for our caregivers.
Editor’s Note: Tori Diego, Coordinator of WomensCare and Community Outreach for Dignity Health, St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, is also Vice President of the Nevada Caregivers Coalition and Co-Chair of the Coalition’s 2021 Caregiver Recognition Virtual Event. Because the pandemic prompted the use of virtual meetings, the Coalition was able to expand to all parts of the state. Dignity Health is the first healthcare organization in Southern Nevada to become a member.