The St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation, the charitable arm of Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, the fifth largest health system in the nation, has announced a $10 million gift from the Engelstad Family Foundation in Las Vegas in support of an early breast cancer detection program.
The largest gift in St. Rose Dominican's history will support the R.E.D. Rose Program, which promotes responsible early detection of breast cancer and provides access to life-saving diagnostic treatment for underinsured and uninsured patients in southern Nevada. Since its inception, the program has provided access to screenings, clinical breast exams, mammograms, ultrasounds, surgical consultations, and biopsies for more than six thousand women who lack adequate healthcare resources or the financial means to obtain them. In recognition of the gift, the program will be renamed the Engelstad Foundation R.E.D. Rose Program.
"Philanthropy is sometimes seen as a high-brow word," said St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation president Charles Guida. "But at its core, philanthropy truly represents the most boots-on-the-ground element of what we do, delivering resources and allowing us to create and enhance much-needed programs at the hospital and in our community. We are beyond grateful to the Engelstad Foundation, which has partnered with St. Rose for years to make a significant and lasting impact in the care we provide and the patients we serve. These are programs that wouldn't exist without generosity and kindness. This is truly impactful!"