Graduate Medical Program Comes to Nevada

St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation



Image of St. RoseThe Engelstad Family Foundation in Las Vegas has awarded a $2.625 million gift to the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation. The gift will create a Graduate Medical Education Program at Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican as well as with our Dignity Health Medical Group. 

Since 2011, the Engelstad Family Foundation has been an integral partner in helping St. Rose Dominican meet strategic objectives and has awarded a total of $5.750 million for a variety of projects including the installation of the first Electrophysiology Lab at our Siena Campus, the purchase of a PET-CT Scanner associated with the Siena Tower Project and most recently the creation of a Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program.  

The creation of our GME Program will address the severe physician shortage as well as the projected shortage of medical residency programs with the anticipated opening of two new medical schools in southern Nevada. An estimated 58 percent of resident graduates remain in the state where they complete their residency programs which will help alleviate the state’s physician shortage.  There are only two Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) sponsoring institutions in Nevada offering 22 programs training up to 344 medical residents annually. When fully implemented, the St. Rose GME Program will train an additional 123 residents each year.

Ralph Engelstad left an indelible mark on Southern Nevada as the owner of the Imperial Palace and co-developer of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was one of the largest real estate owners in the United States, as well as one of its most generous philanthropists. Before his passing nearly 10 years ago, Engelstad and his wife, Betty, set the stage for the creation of a foundation that would enable their family to redirect their assets to meet the needs of others. Under the guidance of Betty Engelstad, their daughter Kris Engelstad McGarry, and trustee Jeff Cooper, the Engelstad Family Foundation has donated more than $300 million to support causes in Nevada, Minnesota, Mississippi, and North Dakota.