Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and their medical (including clinical research) infrastructure continues to expand with new health facilities and health professionals. Just this last Friday, Valley Health System welcomed its first group of medical residents.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the first new crop of doctors donned their white coats in a welcoming ceremony for the Valley Health System’s first group of medical residents. The Las Vegas metropolitan population needs them as the region has grown to 2.5 million, and more and more people keep moving in. As California becomes too costly, Nevada features become apparent (e.g. no state income tax, affordable housing, friendly people and lots of desert landscape) to a high standard of living that may outweigh the cons of the state’s sweltering summer heat, relatively high crime rates and a certain stigma associated with the local dominant industry of gambling.
Comprising of 10 residents in the family medicine program and 16 in general surgery, the new residents received their coats at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center after completing orientation. There has been a shortage of medical professionals in Nevada, but the state is not standing still. Andrew Eisen, Chief Academic Officer, noted “Nationwide, data shows that where people start their residencies, they stay.” The Nevada program has attracted residents with international credentials.
Region wide, the health community in Southern Nevada forged creative and innovative partnerships to help deal with the growing healthcare demand. For example, the Las Vegas Medical District was formed by partnerships with health providers and local medical schools, along with the city’s participation. Moreover, UNLV’s School of Medicine expands along with specialty schools such as Touro University Nevada, Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Medicine and Nevada State College School of Nursing.
About Valley Health System
The Valley Health System operates Valley Hospital Center, a for-profit hospital owned by Universal Health Services. Valley Health System runs six hospitals in the Las Vegas, Nevada, area. The hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission and include a Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Chest Pain Center and a certified Health Failure Center.
Its hospitals include:
- Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
- Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
- Henderson Hospital
- Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
- Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
- Valley Hospital Medical Center
An Integrated System
The Valley Health System is an integrated system of care in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada comprised of the six acute care hospitals (above), physician practices and a variety of outpatient services. Since 1979, they have been offering care to the more than 2 million people residing in Southern Nevada and the surrounding communities.
Each of the six hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission and provide a comprehensive range of services including cardiovascular, neurosciences, maternity and women’s health, emergency and surgical care as well as specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, pediatrics, diabetes, wound care, bariatrics, geropsychiatry and acute rehabilitation.
A Subsidiary of Universal Health Services
The Valley Health System is a subsidiary of Universal Health Services. A Fortune 400 company, it is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the largest hospital management companies in the United States.
Universal Health Services (UHS) assets sprawl across the United States. Through its subsidiaries, it operates 27 inpatient acute care hospitals, 8 freestanding emergency departments (FEDs) and 250+ inpatient and 16 outpatient behavioral health care facilities located in 37 states, Washington DC, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico. Within the U.S., UHS affiliates employ approximately 87,000 as of the time of this article’s publication.