Ever since those Dominican Sisters of Adrian bought the hospital in what would later become downtown Henderson from the federal government in 1947 (the price: $1 a year for 25 years), the city has been pretty much a one-hospital town. But, as the saying goes, there’s a new game in town—or, in this case, a new kind of hospital.
Henderson Hospital, part of the Valley Health System, is getting ready to open its first facility in Henderson, on Galleria Drive at U.S. 95. Many believe it’s going to be a game changer not just for health-care offerings in Nevada’s second-largest city, but perhaps cities across the country.
“There’s a lot of buzz in the community, and across the country, about doing this in other cities and states,” says Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “From my understanding, this is a model that hasn’t been done yet [anywhere else].”
It is unique for a hospital to be part of a commercial and retail development that includes so many things that many seniors need.
As the anchor tenant in the new 170-acre Union Village development, which includes a mix of retail, senior housing and senior-oriented offerings, the full-service Henderson Hospital is a project that may be one of the first of its kind in the nation, Kaufman says.
“Union Village is a concept of an integrated health care network,” Kaufman says. “You’re going to have a one-stop shop for health care in this area, for seniors and for others.”
The 142-bed hospital will not focus solely on senior health care concerns. It will include a 24-bay emergency room; a women’s services floor; inpatient and outpatient surgery, including cardiology; labs and testing facilities; and a pharmacy.
Still, it is unique for a hospital to be part of a commercial and retail development that includes so many things that many seniors need.
“Seniors, of course, utilize health care more than most parts of the population. So to have senior living and then to have the hospital right on the campus, you don’t normally see that in health care,” Kaufman says.
Henderson has long cultivated age-restricted, master-planned communities, including Sun City developments in MacDonald Ranch and Anthem. The Union Village project, however, is not about golf course community retirement homes. With an emphasis on age-restricted apartments and condos, as well as long-term care facilities, the $1.6 billion mixed-use development is catering to a different type of senior.
“We know the community definitely needs additional health care services in this part of town,” Kaufman says. “The city of Henderson has been a phenomenal partner in all of this.”
Mayor Andy Hafen has often highlighted the new hospital in speeches and interviews during the past few years, including this year’s State of the City address.
“I can’t tell you how much we’re looking forward to the grand opening this fall,” Hafen said in his February address.
This will be the sixth hospital in the Valley Health System, which is owned and operated by Universal Health Services. Other hospitals in its network include Summerlin Hospital, Spring Valley Hospital and Desert Springs Hospital. Before taking over Henderson Hospital, Kaufman was the CEO at both Desert Springs and Valley Hospital. He’s been with the company for 25 years. Originally from Maryland, Kaufman moved to Henderson, where his wife grew up, to work at the company.
Henderson Hospital will have 400-600 employees to start, Kaufman says, but that number could grow. After the hospital opens in October, the company may hire additional staff if there is enough demand. Likewise, Kaufman says the company already has 30 additional beds in reserve if demand outpaces its initial 142 beds.
In the meantime, the hospital is holding multiple job fairs and has an on-site camera that shows real-time construction progress. Information about the job fairs and the camera feed can be accessed at HendersonHospital.com.