60 years ago, Sunrise Hospital opened its doors in Las Vegas. Renowned for its world-famous resort hotel showcases, the Las Vegas “modern as tomorrow” hospital was the product of a distinguished collaboration among the business leaders, hotel architects, doctors and engineers.

The mission at the time was simple. This “big idea” was to build a hospital for the community that would offer the best of care, superior facilities, comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

“Sunrise is a privately operated community hospital whose structure combines an absorbing interplay of sunlight and restful colors, interesting textures, unique fabrics … and a host of professional people – the heart of a hospital – with functional planning of every details and for every inch of its 40,000 square feet of space.”
Las Vegas Review Sunday, Dec. 14, 1958
“It was one of the highlights of my career to build a facility that takes care of so many people and where so many babies are born,"
-Irwin Molasky, prominent Las Vegas building contractor and vice president of Sunrise Hospital

Now, Sunrise Hospital is the premiere acute care facility in the region with the largest Emergency Department in the state, the most comprehensive children’s hospital in the region and the workplace of choice for 3200 employees. We are the first and only Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center in Nevada. We have achieved and maintained the only National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in Southern Nevada. We have the only pediatric open-heart program in Nevada. We are home to many more firsts.

Celebrating 60 Years of Making "Big Ideas" Happen

  1. 1958

    Sunrise Founded

    • 62 beds
    • 52 physicians
    • 40 registered nurses

  2. 1965

    South Tower Opened for Peds

  3. 1971

    Looking North, Tower 2 has been built. The first section of the North Tower, Tower 3 is behind it. The West Side of the Tower was built in 1971.

  4. 1974

    First Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Las Vegas

  5. 1979

    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Opens

  6. 1980

    First Peds Oncology Unit in Las Vegas

    North Tower after 1979

  7. 1981

    Commission on Cancer accreditation

  8. 1982

    Labor & Delivery Opens

  9. 1983

    Women’s Pavilion Opens

  10. Late 80s

    Children’s services expand.

  11. 1989

    Children’s Hospital Founded

    Sunrise Rehab opened with 26 beds

  12. 1991

    Pediatric Open Heart Program starts with Dr. John Jacobson in 10 bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  13. 1993

    Sunrise children’s hospital critical care transport team begin serving neonatal/pediatric patients from across the region with expert care.

  14. 1994

    Cardiac Program Begins in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

  15. 1996

    Received first National Research Foundation “Quality Leader” Consumer Choice Award

    Sunrise Comprehensive Outpatient Facility Opens

  16. 1997

    Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility Opens

  17. 1998

    633 beds, 1300 physicians

  18. 1999

    Wound Care Clinic Opens

  19. 2000

    New ER Opens (At a cost of $17 million, the 43,000SF ER on the south side of campus was 4 times the size of the previous space. It is the largest ER in Nevada).

    In 2000, the ED expanded. $17 million project comprised 80,000 SF. Expected completion was October 2000.

    October 14, 2000 - The 78,000 SF, $17 million facility is shared by adult and pediatric emergency rooms with separate waiting rooms for both. The adult ring warehouse 50 beds in the children’s area will have 2to 12 bear increase for both.

    A computer system at every bedside will provide wireless registration were nurses can scan identification into the patient’s information into a tracking system which allows doctors and nurses to know what patients whereabouts at all times

  20. 2001

    Gamma Knife Center Opened

    Peds ER (24,000 kids treated)

  21. 2003

    Groundbreaking on Children’s Tower

  22. 2004

    Nevada Neurosciences Institute Opens

  23. 2005

    Grand Opening of Children’s Tower

    Became a Level II Trauma Center

  24. 2007

    OB Triage Opens

  25. 2008

    Achieved Primary Stroke Certification

    Chest Pain Center Opens

  26. 2009


  27. 2010

    Palliative Care Program Started

  28. 2011

    Inpatient Rehab Unit Opens

  29. 2012

    New Hybrid OR Opens

    National Accreditation Program for Breast Center

    Pediatric Rehab Clinic Opens in La Canada Building

  30. 2016

    First MitraClip heart valve procedure patient – Gary Wilson

  31. 2017

    Achieved Comprehensive Stroke Certification

    Groundbreaking for New Tower

    Bariatric Accreditation

  32. 2018

    Pediatric Inpatient Rehab Opens