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Bigger ER, more hospital beds coming to Henderson
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HENDERSON, Nev. -- An empty emergency room bed is rare in the Las Vegas valley, but by the end of next year there will be more beds because of a construction project in Henderson.

St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus is undergoing a $160 million expansion. Not only is the project adding much needed hospital space, it is also generating jobs. More than 300 people are currently employed on the project.

Josh Goddard and his crew of 40 carpenters are playing an important role.

"This is all the metal stud framing for the wall, we're hanging the top portion of drywall before all the mechanical items are put in," said Goddard, a superintendent with Anning-Johnson company.

The St. Rose Dominican Hospital Siena Campus emergency room is one of the busiest in the valley, treating more than 60,000 patients a year.

"We are pretty much at capacity in many of our areas, the emergency department, in particular, is full everyday. Particularly with the new growth, we need more space," said Brian Brannman, president, Siena campus.

The emergeny room will double in size with 60 emergency room bays. While most of the construction is happening on the first floor, there is work being done on every floor. The five-story tower will include an intensive care unit, joint replacement unit, and a medical surgery wing.

And while the hospital is adding 200,00 square feet of space, it won't raise the hospital's electric bill.

"The exterior skin, whether it's the wall window or roof, has all been designed to be as efficient as it can be, keep heat out and cool air in," said Michael Walsh, project director, Kitchell Contractors.

The expansion will create 700 more hospital jobs. The emergency room will also be considered for an upgrade to a Level 2 trauma center, meaning more patients can be accepted.

"It's good to tell people, yeah I worked on a hospital something that saves lives," Goddard said.

The tower is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The entire project will be finished by fall of 2016.


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