A hospital transformation to serve the community

March 12, 2019

With the vision of expanding patient services and being the healthcare provider of choice in the area, construction on the first of three phases of expansions at Northern Nevada Medical Center (NNMC) is well underway. CEO Alan Olive says NNMC is the only hospital in the community that offers private patient rooms, and they are in the process of adding more as part of an $11.8 million expansion project. “There has been and will continue to be tremendous growth in the area. To accommodate the community, we are excited to be adding new surgical equipment, 16 more patient rooms, a new nursing unit, expanded pharmacy and a surgical suite,” says Olive.

Enhanced patient experience

Olive says once construction is completed, there will be 124 private patient rooms. "People love their privacy, especially when they are in the hospital and not feeling well," he says. "Having a private room only enhances the patient experience. Patients get more rest, have fewer distractions and can focus on getting well." The new rooms will be located on the third floor in addition to a new nursing unit and expanded pharmacy. Another surgical suite is also under construction.

The project began last summer, and several of the goals have already been met. New surgical equipment was recently brought in, including an additional da Vinci® Surgical System and an O-arm™ 2D/3D imaging system for use in spinal, cranial and orthopedic procedures. The parking lot was also enlarged to include 55 more spaces.

The emergency room is getting additional bays, as well as a fast-track bay for patients with minor injuries. Construction of the first phase is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer, and then work will begin on the second phase.

“With all of this growth, we have also increased our staff. We look forward to bringing on additional specialties to provide a greater spectrum of care for the community,” says Olive.

Coming soon to Northwest Reno — The region's first freestanding emergency department

Ground was recently broken for the ER at McCarran NW, an extension of NNMC. This facility will offer treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for serious, sometimes life-threatening emergency medical conditions, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Flue/pneumonia
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory distress
  • Serious infections
  • Stroke ... and more

The facility will be located at 10290 N. McCarran Blvd. in West Reno.

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