HEALTH: $1.2 billion medical project breaks ground – Henderson Hospital to open in 2016
– Handshakes and backslaps abounded through the settling dust after officials broke ground at Union Village Oct. 8, bringing four years of planning and negotiation to the cusp of fruition.
Mayor Andy Hafen told the gathering of dignitaries and media members the complex is projected to create 17,000 construction jobs through build out and strengthen and diversify the city’s economy, but he also framed Union Village’s importance in more personal terms.
“I’ve recently experienced firsthand just how critical this project is to our future,” Hafen said. “For the past week my family has been at the bedside of my little one-year old granddaughter as she has fought for her life against a deadly heart condition.
“This is, today, poignant, and one of life’s little ironies that as she sits in a hospital bed out of state, we here are ground breaking for the newest hospital in the city of Henderson and in southern Nevada.
“Although it’s been a very difficult time, it has provided me with insight into what a tremendous blessing and benefit this project will be to thousands of our people.”
The $1.2 billion healthcare-centered master planned community is slated to cover 170 acres in Henderson at the northeast corner of US 93/95 and Galleria Drive. Union Village was named as the top healthcare building project in the U.S. by industry journal standard Health Facilities Management and is one of the first Integrated Health Villages in the world.
“In addition, the concept of the integrated health village is essential to provide the quality of health care that our residents need now and in the future — and deserve.”
“This has been the most ambitious project I have ever seen,” said John Marz, councilman for Ward III where the project is located.
Union Village is planned to offer a four-hospital medical complex with a 90,000 square foot Las Vegas Athletic club facility, entertainment and specialty retail space, a civic and cultural arts center, a 350-unit townhome development, and a vibrant senior retirement community.
The community will be anchored by Henderson Hospital, on which construction began shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony and is expected to be completed by 2016.
Henderson Hospital will be The Valley Health System’s (TVHS) sixth acute care facility in Southern Nevada and a sister to Summerlin, Spring Valley, Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, and Valley Hospitals.
The 142-bed facility will feature many services, including emergency services, intensive care units, inpatient and outpatient surgery, women’s and children’s services, and cardiology.
“We are proud to be the first health care organization to break ground with Union Village,” said Karla Perez, Regional Vice President of Universal Health Services, TVHS’s parent company.
“As we build Henderson Hospital and expand Union Village and all of the healthcare services that will be delivered,” Perez told area college and university administrators, “we will certainly be relying on your outstanding graduates.”
“We’ve got universities here,” Marz reiterated, “we’ve got medical schools, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, and technical schools, so this hospital in this village is going to be surrounded by (institutions) that can literally help them grow . . . they are going to supply wonderful physicians and some wonderful work force.”
“This is something that is immediately going to improve our state’s economy.” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.
“Nevada is coming back, and this is another great symbol of having trust, confidence, and belief in us.”
“We conducted a study four years ago,” Sandoval continued. “Where could Nevada capitalize? Where could we be great? Healthcare was one of those (answers) and now this will be that anchor tenant in this new Nevada.”
“This will be a destination where people will come to change their lives.”
Union Village, LLC has experienced some adversity over the past four years while under development, and onlookers questioned whether the project had the makings to sail through.
Labor complaints, a split from initial intended partner Dignity Health, and a long delayed city-owned land sale in the aftermath of the collapse of a sports complex with similar development agreement elements all challenged the project’s progress.
Co-founders David Baker and David Michael expressed appreciation at the groundbreaking ceremony for partners and community leaders who demonstrated continued commitment to the project and eventually helped see it through.
“It’s been four years of very hard work,” stated Michael, “and suddenly it’s an overnight success! Of such things dreams are made. . . . It has been a wild, exciting, dangerous, daring ride.
“The City allowed us six extensions, providing us time to find and sign TVHS. Talk about patience and persistence! Thank you, city of Henderson, for your foresight and faith.”
“Two years from now,” said Michael, “we will all be back for the grand opening of the new Henderson Hospital. Right where you are sitting today will be a beautiful new building designed to heal people.” | iH