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New Hospital Coming to Southwest Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is getting a brand new hospital that will create hundreds of jobs and fulfill a great need in the valley.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the new Mountain's Edge Hospital near Durango Drive and Patrick Lane.

What is now a desert lot will soon be home to southern Nevada's newest medical building.

"Mountain's Edge will be a 130-bed post acute hospital," said William Fox, the executive director for Horizon Speciality Hospital.

Fox says the hospital will be a 75,000 square foot facility.

"It's a hospital designed to handle about 80 to 85 percent of medical requirements of acute care patients. It doesn't handle emergency services," Fox said.

Construction on Mountain's Edge Hospital is expected to last about one year. Bentar Construction will hire people to do the construction work. Once the hospital opens, it's expected about 300 medical professionals will be hired.

Jeremy Aguero, a principal analyst with Applied Analysis says southern Nevada has been under served in health care for a while and the new hospital will fill a void in the community.

Southern Nevada is home to roughly 30 hospitals of different sizes, but for a population of 2 million, more are needed.

"As a matter of fact, we only have about 65 percent of the health care infrastructure that we should for a community of our size. If you look at the Kaiser Health Statistics, we have too few doctors, too few nurses, and we have for a very long time," Aguero said.

Wednesday's groundbreaking is also a symbol that the economy -- once in critical condition -- is on the mend.

"The fact that more of those services are starting up again is not only good for us from a healthcare perspective, but good for us from a general economic perspective," Aguero said because it's a signal that Las Vegas is out of that recession and into that recovery.

Mountain's Edge Hospital is ready to expand healthcare choices in the Las Vegas valley.

"There is a demand. We're expanding to meet the need of the patient population that we serve," Fox said.

The hospital is expected to open at the end of 2014.

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