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Pediatric Clinic Pulls Plans to Build in West Vegas

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Plot of land where Sanford Clinic was slated for construction. Plot of land where Sanford Clinic was slated for construction.

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas city officials expressed disappointment Wednesday when a health clinic pulled its plans to open in historic west Las Vegas.

The Sanford Health System will not be opening a clinic in the community, despite a year of exclusive negotiations with the city. Sanford is a nationally-known, nonprofit health care system.

Initially, the organization wanted to build a 13,000-square foot facility at Enterprise Park, increasing the community's access to pediatric care.

Although Sanford said it wouldn't build a clinic, it said it would offer some services and rent space at Enterprise Park.

Instead, Sanford Clinic said it is considering other areas of the valley to break ground on a primary pediatric clinic.

In May 2012, Sanford Health started exclusive negotiations with Las Vegas to build a multi-million dollar pediatric clinic at Enterprise Park.

News spread like wildfire to people such as Carol Saaf, who takes care of her two grandchildren.

"It'll be really nice to have something come in that's close," said Saaf, mother of 12 and grandmother of eight, before the clinic pulled its plans. "It'll be really appreciated because there's so many children on our street and in our neighborhood."

Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow said local stakeholders always had questions.

"There are other special interest groups in the area that has concerns," he said.

Barlow didn't specify, but according to University Medical Center, a primary pediatric facility at Enterprise would have been a major overlap of services.

Nevertheless, Barlow said there's no denying the impact Sanford Health could have in the valley, should it decide to build.

"Sanford Clinic is the world's leading pediatric family health facility," Barlow said. "Not just in the U.S. They're across the world and they basically set up clinics in communities of need."

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