Micro Hospitals to be built in some under-served areas of the valley
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
More locations and better service are the ideas behind a new plan to build neighborhood hospitals in some of the valley's under-served areas.
They're called "Micro Hospitals", operated by Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican.
"I think we could use another hospital here," says new parent Ben Scott.
Scott has every reason in the world to worry. As a father of a newborn, access to health care is a priority. Trouble is, there aren't many options near his North Las Vegas home.
The plot of land at Craig and Camino Al Norte will soon be the home to a brand new St. Rose campus.
Brian Brannman with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican says it'll be more primary care based. It'll have an emergency department that's 24-hours, 7-days a week.
Brennman is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health Nevada. He says the new "Micro Hospital" will be one-tenth the size of the Siena Campus in Henderson. But patients can still expect full service, inpatient beds, radiology, a pharmacy and everything, just only in a smaller facility.
"If you think about supermarket chains for X-number of roofs they have a facility. It doesn't make sense for us right now to add more brick and mortar, we'd rather have convenient care where you need it," says Brennman.
The hospital will have an official groundbreaking in March and then will be open to the public in early 2017.
Parents in the area say it's good news to have a closer hospital.
Parent Raymond Garrett in Las Vegas says he would have to go to Sunrise Hospital for his children or UMC and the idea of a closer hospital is good news to parents.
Each location creates about 100 jobs a piece. "Currently, if you go to an emergency department that might take you 3-4 hours, the model with this facility is to get you out in 75-90 minutes," said Brennman.
The location in North Las Vegas is just the beginning. St. Rose is also opening Micro Hospitals at Flamingo and 215, Blue Diamond and Decatur, and at Sahara near Decatur