Members in the News: October 2019
Northern Nevada Health System Breaks Ground for New Reno Hospital
Northern Nevada Health System (NNHS) announced its plan to build a full-service hospital in Reno. The project is the first full-service hospital to be built in the region in nearly a century and is expected to open in 2022. Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center (SMC) will join the Health System’s growing operations which include Northern Nevada Medical Center, Northern Nevada Medical Group, Quail Surgical and Pain Management and soon-to-open ER at McCarran NW.
Upon completion of the initial phase of the project, the hospital campus is projected to include 350,000 square feet of hospital and medical office space. The new hospital will feature nearly 200 private patient rooms. During construction, the project will create an estimated 1,500 jobs indirectly and an estimated 1,000 new healthcare jobs at completion. NNHS’ expansion will improve access to healthcare, offer more choices for patients, and serve as an extension of the quality care already offered within the Health System.
“The rapid growth of our region signifies the need to expand healthcare services so patients can access care at the facility of their choice,” said Alan Olive, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Northern Nevada Medical Center. “Our new hospital will focus on the same core values we have embraced at Northern Nevada Medical Center for nearly 40 years. We are proud to be a top-rated healthcare facility in the nation, known for our patient-centered culture and excellence in patient care.”
Sierra Medical Center will introduce comprehensive services including emergency care, orthopedics and surgical services, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, oncology, cardiovascular and neurosurgical services. In addition, the campus will be home to medical office buildings that will provide outpatient services.
“Northern Nevada Health System is increasing their capacity, and as a result, they are completely changing the health care landscape with on our community,” said Dr. James Sullivan, Board Chair for Northern Nevada Medical Center.
Northern Nevada Medical Center is a subsidiary of Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS), one of the nation’s most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services. UHS has invested in the development of healthcare in Nevada, and the other communities it serves, for 40 years.
“We continue to execute on our long-term strategies of prioritizing award-winning patient care, investing in our team and serving the communities in which we operate,” said Marvin Pember, Executive Vice President, UHS and President, Acute Care Division. “By building the new Sierra Medical Center, we are continuing our commitment to be the preferred provider in the market, providing access points within our network to better serve patients and their families.”
According to the Northern Nevada Economic Planning Indicators Committee, Reno’s population boom is on pace to grow by more than 100,000 residents over the next 10 years. These trends will increase the demand for healthcare services, including the need for more primary care providers to serve patients.
Construction of the new hospital, led by SR Construction, is expected to begin later this year. In addition, Northern Nevada Health System will continue expanding its operations and will open the area’s first freestanding emergency department, ER at McCarran NW in 2020.
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital Encourages Routine Depression Screening
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital encourages mental health and depression screenings as part of routine preventive health. Free and confidential assessments are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 775-393-2200.
According to the World Health Organization someone loses their life to suicide everyone 40 seconds. Major Depression can be a contributing factor. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 17 million adults in the US experience at least one major depressive episode in a given year which represents 7.1% of all US adults.
A Major Depressive Episode is defined as, “A period of at least two weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and had a majority of specified symptoms, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, or self-worth.”
Most people experience feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression at times. However, when these feelings become overwhelming and impact day-to-day life for long periods of time, Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital recommends reaching out for help by calling 775-393-2200 for a free and confidential assessment.
Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital opened its doors in March of this year and is the first facility of its kind to be built from the ground up in our community in more than 35 years offering inpatient and outpatient programs for psychiatric and addiction treatment for patients of all ages. The 80,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility is located at 6940 Sierra Center Parkway near Target in the Meadowood area of south Reno.
Centennial Hills Hospital Breaks Ground for Patient Tower
Centennial Hills Hospital hosted a groundbreaking for its $98 million, 5-story patient tower.
The project will add 56 patient beds, increasing the total bed count from 262 to 318 beds, and increase capacity in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Intermediate and Medical Surgical Units across the hospital. The project will also expand key departments, including the inpatient pharmacy, surgical services, and the post-anesthesia care unit.
The tower expansion comes less than three years after Centennial Hills Hospital built out the final two floors of its eight-story tower, adding 60 private patient rooms and over 200 additional parking spaces. Since 2017, the hospital has also added biplane angiography capabilities to treat stroke and other neurosurgical diseases, an advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, and another 12 mother-baby rooms to meet increased demand for maternity services.
U.S. News & World Report recognizes MountainView Hospital as a High Performing Hospital
The U.S. News & World Report has named MountainView Hospital as a High Performing Hospital, in the areas of Heart Failure and COPD, for 2019/2020. Of more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award.
The U.S. News & World Report generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals to help patients decide where to receive their medical care. Rankings includes ratings in various adult medical specialties and procedures or conditions. The “High Performing Hospitals” emblem recognizes excellence in one or more types of medical care
To be ranked nationally in a specialty, a hospital must excel in treating and caring for the most medically complex and severe patients. The publication evaluates hospitals in certain procedures and conditions, and assigns each hospital a rating of high performing, average or below average in each procedure or condition. MountainView Hospital has achieved the highest rating possible in two procedures or conditions: Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
“This reputable recognition of the care we provide for patients undergoing heart failure and COPD continues to remind us that every day is about our patients,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We thank and congratulate our care teams for their consistent dedication to our patients and the quality of their care and safety.
In each of the specialties, procedures, and conditions U.S. News & World Report evaluated, only 10 percent to 26 percent of hospitals were rated High Performing. With the more than 4,500 hospitals that underwent the publication’s rigorous analysis, fewer than 1,500 qualified for any type of award at all. MountainView Hospital is among the elite 33 percent that earned an award.