Relocation of Observation Unit Increases ER Capacity; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Expansion Planned for Fall 2021

The team at Henderson Hospital added an additional 69 adult medical-surgical inpatient beds in August as it opened its new six-story tower, increasing its licensed bed count from 170 to 239.

A 33-bed medical-surgical patient care unit opened August 12, 2021, with another 36-bed patient care unit approved by the State of Nevada on August 25, 2021. The latter allowed hospital staff to immediately begin relocating patients from the Observation Unit, adjacent to the Emergency Department, to the new unit. The relocation of the Observation unit increased the Emergency department bed capacity by 25, for a total of 52 ER beds. ER beds are not included in licensed bed counts.

“We appreciate all the efforts of the State of Nevada, our general contractor, SR Construction, and our own team, to continue construction and add more inpatient and ER beds in the midst of the pandemic,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “It’s been a true testament to the commitment and teamwork of all the groups to help our community access the care they need.”

Additional plans for the new patient tower include adding 18 more neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds, four antepartum rooms for high-risk-maternity patients, and a final 36-bed medical-surgical patient care unit by year-end 2021. Once the NICU beds are relocated to the new tower, the Birthplace will undergo renovations to add another surgical suite for maternity-related surgeries and six more labor-delivery-recovery rooms to meet the ongoing demand for maternity services. Completion of this project is planned for early summer 2022.

The project is valued at $150 million and includes a 480-space parking garage and 44 beds shelled out for future growth needs. Other construction activities included enlarging ancillary departments such as Laboratory, Supply Chain, Pharmacy, Dietary, Dialysis and other areas that support the increased patient care expansion.

Prior to the patient tower opening, Henderson Hospital opened a 25-bed observation unit in July 2020, along with a larger ER patient lobby, eight new rapid medical exam/triage rooms, a second CT scan and the preparation of three shelled out surgical suites for future use. The hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was certified as a Level III unit in spring 2020, enabling its Birthplace team to care for patients who are less than 32 weeks in gestational age, weigh less than 1500 grams (approximately 3 pounds, 3 ounces) or are critically ill.

About Henderson Hospital, A Member of The Valley Health System
Located in Henderson, NV, Henderson Hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. It is accredited as both a Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Henderson Hospital has also been honored by The Leapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital in 2018 and 2019; a Top Teaching Hospital in 2020; and earned the “A” Patient Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group during its last six award cycles.

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System (VHS), comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, cares for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. Accredited by The Joint Commission, VHS hospitals provide a comprehensive array of medical services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care, along with specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, orthopedics, diabetes, wound care, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation units. For more information, visit