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St. Rose Hospital Siena Campus Expanding

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LAS VEGAS -- Growth in Henderson is the reason for a $160 million construction project at St. Rose Dominican Hospital-Siena Campus.

The expansion will create one of the biggest emergency rooms in the Las Vegas valley and create hundreds of jobs.

The contractor says it is one of the biggest construction projects in Henderson. Crews will be building a five-story tower, adding 100 new beds and creating six new operating rooms.

The project includes more than 200,000 square feet of construction and has around 350 people on the job, including senior project superintendent for Kitchell Contractors Steve Wilson.

"The economy the way it has been, anytime you pick up a job it is a good one," Wilson said.

Wilson is helping build the emergency department at the St. Rose Dominican Hospitals- Siena Campus up and out.

When finished, the department will double in size and be equipped with a five-story tower, discharge room, a larger waiting room and 60 emergency-room bays.

The construction will all be done with as little inconvenience to the patients as possible.

"There is a lot of additional concerns. You have to maintain patient safety, staff safety, the operational status of the hospital itself," Wilson said. "This is one of the cool things, and one of the reasons I like hospital work, because of the challenge."

Patients have to follow signs to redirecting them around the construction site, and they must walk through a metal tunnel to get to the ER. Hospital officials say the growing pains are a necessity.

"It will give us more ability to meet the demands of the community. We struggle with being one of the busiest emergency departments in the valley and this will help us," COO of Siena Campus Teressa Conley said.

The ER treats more than 60,000 people a year. The big build may allow the hospital to upgrade the facility and take more stress off crowded emergency rooms across the valley.

"Eventually, when we get the tower completed, we will look into the possibility of being level-two trauma, but we need those additional beds in order to do that," Conley said.

When the construction project is completed, more than 700 full-time hospital jobs will be created, according to hospital representatives.

The project is rolling out in phases a new waiting room is supposed to be open Wednesday morning and the tower is set to open in 2015.

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