Centennial Hills Hospital increased its licensed bed capacity to 336 beds following the approval of a 36-bed medical surgical nursing unit by the State of Nevada on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Patients were being admitted to the new unit shortly after 12:30 pm the same day.
Currently, the nursing unit is being used for patients who need medical/surgical and intermediate-level medical care, with future plans to use it as a dedicated orthopedic nursing unit with its own therapy gym.
"This has been a tightly coordinated effort with the State of Nevada, our general contractor SR Construction, and our own team," said Sajit Pullarkat, CEO/Managing Director of Centennial Hills Hospital. "Officials with the state played an integral role to help expedite this from a process review standpoint while ensuring all safety regulations were met and no deficiencies noted. Our contractor, SR Construction, has been with us every step of the way to accelerate the anticipated opening date from late first quarter 2021 to mid-December.
"This is truly an enormous group effort to benefit our community by adding capacity to care for patients during a very busy time," said Pullarkat. "The project was obviously planned far in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are very appreciative of the efforts of all the groups involved to help expedite this much-needed capacity to better serve the growing needs of our community based on the latest increase in hospital utilization."
The opening of the new unit comes approximately five weeks after the opening of a 36-suite mother-baby (post-partum) unit located on the second floor of the new tower. The addition of the new tower, valued at $95 million, also includes 2021 plans for an expanded inpatient pharmacy, laboratory, surgical services and post-anesthesia care unit to accommodate the growing needs of Northwest Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and outlying communities. Additionally, the fourth and fifth floors of the new tower are shelled space that can be built out for future expansion with an anticipated capacity of more than 400 beds.