RENO, NV (KOLO) A growing population in the region has pushed one local hospital to expand.
Sparks is growing.
“We’re over 100,000 now so we are a big boy,” says Sparks Mayor Ron Smith.
And with the population increasing all over the region, Northern Nevada Medical Center just constructed an entire floor of private patient rooms to keep up with the demand.
“So the third floor is part of our phase one expansion, and so our phase one expansion was to add as much capacity as soon as we could but in the best way we could,” says hospital CEO Alan Olive.
It took a year to renovate the floor for the expansion and $11 million.
“We moved our administrative offices out for the most important part which is caring for our patients,” says Olive.
The hospital has served the Reno-Sparks area for 40 years and is the only hospital in the region that has private patient rooms.
“There’s a preference for private patient rooms. For patient safety, for infection control, as well as, privacy,” says Olive.
During the third floor ribbon-cutting, a new nursing unit for medical, telemetry, and surgical patients was also opened.
“We additionally provided more parking as well as more acreage for future expansion,” says Olive.
Sparks Mayor Ron Smith, who also sits on the Northern Nevada Medical Center Board of Governors, says the expansion is a step in the right direction for the city.
“We are building as fast as we can, they are filling up as fast as we build them so we aren’t moving fast enough according to everybody else, but we are doing the best we can and we are doing a good job,” says Smith.
The future of the hospital is being driven by more people moving to Northern Nevada, so even more renovations are necessary, and city and hospital officials say more phases are in the works.
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