Dignity Health | St. Rose Dominican | Reach | Winter 2020
StRoseHospitals.org 3 It is a familiar sight to all southern Nevadans—the shining cross rising high above the bell towers at our St. Rose Dominican hospitals. It is an icon we hope brings feelings of safety and well-being each time it comes into view. The cross itself is an ancient symbol of compassion and healing. But there’s another story behind the cross that rises to almost 100 feet above our Siena Campus. A lasting local connection The 6-foot, 75-pound cross was placed atop the 90-foot bell tower nearly 20 years ago during the hospital’s topping-out ceremony. It is made of titanium, a gift from the TIMET Corporation, and fashioned right here in Henderson. The Siena cross was given to the new hospital as a sign of the 50-year relationship shared by TIMET, St. Rose Dominican, and the City of Henderson. TIMET opened its doors in Henderson in 1950. That was shortly after the 1947 arrival of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who founded St. Rose de Lima hospital. The Siena cross itself was made by longtime TIMET employee Ray Martinez, who worked with the metal for decades. Nearly half the weight of steel but twice as strong, titanium is used to build everything from engines and airframes to landing gear and even golf clubs. The heart of our mission Today, the cross atop the bell tower stands as a dramatic focal point of the Siena Campus. It serves The bell tower cross stands as a beacon of compassion and healing A historic reminder 100 feet above us as a meaningful symbol of the mission of St. Rose Dominican in southern Nevada: to blend technology with compassion to provide the highest quality patient care. You will find bell towers on our San Martín Campus, as well as at our new hospitals around the valley. Each one represents the history and connection— now 72 years strong—between our healing mission and the people of southern Nevada. “Teach us to give and not to count the cost.” —St. Ignatius de Loyola The 6-foot titanium cross was raised to the top of the Siena Campus bell tower nearly 20 years ago.