December 06, 2019
Designed to Meet Growing Healthcare Needs of Nevadans, Las Vegas Visitors
Las Vegas, NV — Just 26 months ago, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center became a national focal point of emergency response and trauma services. Earlier today, guests and media gathered to Rise Together as Sunrise Hospital held a grand opening to dedicate its new, state-of-the-art, five-story tower expansion and improve access to its healthcare services.
Joining Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer for Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony were: Sandy Miller, chairwoman, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Board of Trustees; Molly Redfield, a former Sunrise Hospital patient and Doctorate of Musical Arts student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; Commissioner Tick Segerblom, District E, Clark County Commission; and Senator Joyce Woodhouse, Nevada Senate, Clark County District 5.
Sunrise Hospital, Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, now features a new and expanded trauma and emergency department, doubling the square footage of Sunrise Hospital’s adult ER, while Sunrise Children’s Hospital’s ER will grow in the coming months. A new ambulance bay can serve up to 17 ambulances, while a new helipad supports total maximum takeoff weight of 22,000 pounds, large enough to land a Black Hawk or Boeing Chinook helicopter. With 36 private Intensive Care Unit (ICU) rooms and a 36-bed inpatient surgical unit, Sunrise Hospital has grown its capacity to 762 beds.
The 182,000 square foot expansion is the centerpiece of Sunrise Hospital’s $200 million, multi-phase campus expansion. The new tower, a $131 million construction project, spanned 24 months following a groundbreaking held Dec. 8, 2017, and was led by Layton Construction, LLC.
“Following the 1 October tragedy, we were there for you then, providing exceptional care, strength, hope and perseverance,” said Sklamberg. “We liken Sunrise Hospital and our community to the mythological phoenix. From the ashes of 1 October, today we Rise Together to celebrate this new expansion.” Sklamberg says the hospital plans opening the new tower floors starting Monday, Dec. 9 with the expanded ER and trauma department opening sometime Dec. 10.
Segerblom noted the expansion will enhance Sunrise Hospital’s ability to serve our community. “In 2018 alone, Sunrise Hospital cared for 88,656 uninsured and low income Nevadans, most of them through its Emergency Room. Given how low Medicaid reimbursement rates are in our state, this is a really big deal.”
Woodhouse shared her passion to ensure institutions like Sunrise Hospital can continue to provide the best healthcare in our community. “Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital provide roughly a quarter of all emergency room care and inpatient admissions covered by Medicaid in Clark County and more than a third of the hospital admissions for children on Medicaid,” said Woodhouse. “I’m thrilled to be here today to celebrate the continued investment that Sunrise Hospital is making in our community.”
Representatives from the offices of four elected officials were on hand to recognize Sunrise Hospital for completion and grand opening of its new tower: Margarita Salas Crespo, attending on behalf of Governor Sisolak; Christian Bato, attending on behalf of Senator Cortez Masto; April LaLone, attending on behalf of Senator Rosen; and Cassandra Munoz, attending on behalf of Congresswoman Titus.